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Killian Bell Killian Bell is a freelance writer based in the UK. He has an interest in all things tech, but most enjoys covering Apple, anything mobile, and gaming. You can follow him on Twitter via @killianbell, or through his website.

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Apple welcomes Beats to the family as $3 billion acquisition is finalized

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Apple today officially welcomed Beats Music and Beats Electronics to its family, along with Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, following its $3 billion takeover back in May.

“Music has always held a special place in our hearts, and we’re thrilled to join forces with a group of people who love it as much as we do,” reads an announcement on Apple.com, while those buying products from the Beats website will now be routed through the Apple Store.

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The Straitjacket is my new favorite iPhone case

Loop's Straitjacket case will keep your iPhone crazy-safe. Photos: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac

Loop’s Straitjacket case will keep your iPhone crazy-safe. Photos: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac

Loop Attachment is famous for making some of the best silicone cases you can buy for iOS devices, but the company’s latest effort for the iPhone 5/5s is a little different. It looks a lot like Loop’s Mummy lineup and carries over some of those cases’ greatest strengths, but it’s made from a mixture of rigid polycarbonate and soft polyurethane.

It’s called the Straitjacket, and it aims to provide your iPhone with excellent impact protection without completely covering its aluminum chassis and iconic Apple logo. It doubles as a credit card holder; provides full access to all buttons, ports and switches; and comes in a number of pretty colors.

What’s more, it’s the best Loop case yet for the iPhone.

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Europe says yes to Apple’s $3 billion acquisition of Beats

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The European Commission today gave its approval to Apple’s $3 billion takeover of Beats Electronics and Beats Music. The regulator concluded that the two companies are not close competitors, and that the headphones they sell are “markedly different in function and design.”

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Meter lets you customize the signal bars on your jailbroken iPhone

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If you’ve never really understood why Apple decided to make the iPhone’s signal bars circular in iOS 7 (I haven’t, either), then you’ll be pleased to know that you’ll soon have the ability to change it, thanks to an upcoming tweak for jailbroken iPhones called Meter.

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Apple is bringing its OS X Yosemite beta to the public tomorrow

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Listen up, Mac users! Apple is gearing up to release its first public beta of OS X Yosemite tomorrow, July 24, giving those without a developer account the opportunity to get their hands on it for the first time. Only the first 1 million people who sign up will gain access to the pre-release software, however, so if you haven’t already, submit your details today.

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Europeans get new roaming options in iOS 8 beta 4

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If you’re an iPhone user based in Europe, you’re going to have greater control over data roaming when iOS 8 makes its public debut this fall. Apple has added the ability to toggle Internet connectivity specifically alongside the general data roaming switch in its latest iOS 8 beta.

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Apple announces 2014 iTunes Festival with Pharrell Williams, Maroon 5, Kylie

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Apple today announced the eighth annual iTunes Festival in London with a whole bunch of massive acts already confirmed. Those lucky enough to bag tickets will see the likes of Pharrell Williams, Maroon 5, Kylie, Sam Smith, and Blondie.

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Lowdown uses artificial intelligence to take the pain out of meeting prep

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Turning up to a meeting unprepared can be a big mistake, but who really enjoys meeting preparation? No one, that’s who. But iPhone app Lowdown can take care of the hard work for you, saving you valuable time and energy.

Using artificial intelligence, Lowdown tells you where your meeting is, how long it’ll take to get there, and who you’ll be meeting. It even finds and presents useful information on those individuals, including their professional profiles and connections, and recent correspondence you’ve shared with them.

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It’s impossible to upgrade the entry-level iMac’s 8GB of RAM

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If you plan on buying one of Apple’s new 21.5-inch iMacs for $1,099 and then upgrading internal components yourself later on, then listen up. Upgrade experts OWC have torn down the new entry-level all-in-one and discovered that its memory is soldered to the motherboard and cannot be upgraded.

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Facebook Messenger now lets you send 15-second videos to your friends

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You can now share your crazy World Cup goal celebrations with your friends via Facebook Messenger for iPhone. A new update rolling out today introduces the ability to record and send 15-second video clips without ever having to leave the app.

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