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Sizzle vs. science
Is Bose up to a challenge from Apple?
Bose and Beats headphones on the shelves of the Apple Store on Boylston Street in Boston.

When Apple announces it is entering your business, it’s a bad day for any executive.

For Bob Maresca, president of Bose Corp., the largest consumer electronics company in Massachusetts, that day came on May 28. Apple said it would pay $3 billion to acquire Beats Electronics, a maker of headphones, speakers, and a music streaming service headquartered near Los Angeles.

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A lot of news today from Apple, but few were probably paying as close attention as RunKeeper, whose health graph strategy seemed to be going up against toe-to-toe against  Apple's newly announced HealthKit. If Cupertino's moves are raising founder Jason Jacob's pulse rate, he's not showing it. He emailed Dennis Keohane:
It is great to see a powerhouse like Apple is getting involved, and starting to bring some of the other key players in the ecosystem (doctors, EMRs, etc) into the discussion.  This is exactly where things need to be heading, and with our continued laser focus on the direct-to-consumer side, having big partners like Apple start to tie the other pieces together will be a helpful enabler of our efforts.  We are excited for RunKeeper and Breeze users to be able to tie in their data with HealthKit soon!
New territory
Apple returns WWDC to the developers, but it comes at a price
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If you're an Apple fan and not an Apple developer or obsessive, there's a good chance you walked away disappointed today. A long keynote that focused more on new standards, APIs, and features that allow other features, many of my colleagues seemed less than impressed during our live blog. But the keynote set up developers with the tools to make much more powerful, fun, and useful apps for the future, meaning that come fall, when iOS 8 and Mac OS X Yosemite come out, almost everyone on Apple's platform will benefit in unpredictable ways. Read More
Early Adopter
Eager Apple fans have gone through some extreme measures to get early hands on the Mac OS X betas in the past, including registering as developers. Now they won't have to, as Apple announced it will offer pre-registration to try out an early version of OS X Yosemite. The registration URL will be but it currently forwards back to the Mavericks splash page. Read more at BetaBoston's Live Blog. Discuss
Now Dre can celebrate
As Apple closes $3 billion Beats deal, the future starts streaming in
Dr. Dre performs during his headlining set with Snoop Dogg on the first weekend of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Apple's strategy of generally holding the line at 99 cents per song revolutionized and helped commodify the music industry, but its iTunes Radio streaming service never quite caught on even as consumers have shifting from buying to renting their digital content with services like Pandora, Rdio, Amazon, and Netflix. Apple's $3 billion acquisition of Beats is a step to catch up, particularly since cloud services is one of the areas that Apple has struggled with most in recent years. Read More
Bacon wakin'
This gadget is a bacon-scented alarm clock for your iPhone
If you've given up bacon for Lent, stop reading now. The same goes for people who don't own a smartphone made by Apple Inc. But if you've got an iPhone and a love for "the candy of meat," you might want to check out a new high-tech promotional gimmick from  old-school meatpacker Oscar Meyer. The company, which is owned by Kraft Foods Group Inc., is giving away 4,700 gadgets that convert an iPhone into a bacon-scented alarm clock. For a chance to win one, just click here. Read More