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16. Februar 2019

Apple Acquires Voice App Startup PullString

Apple recently purchased PullString, a San Francisco startup that enables the design and publishing of voice apps through its PullString Converse platform, reports Axios.

PullString could be used to improve the voice capabilities of Siri, Apple’s personal voice assistant.

On its website, PullString says that it can be used to „collaboratively design, prototype and publish voice applications for Amazon Alexa.“

At PullString, we strive to help people talk effortlessly with voice technology that surrounds us. Working at the intersection of creative expression and artificial intelligence, we provide agencies and enterprises with the leading [...]

 
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12. Februar 2019

Amazon Acquires Mesh WiFi Maker Eero

Amazon today announced that it is acquiring eero, a company known for its mesh Wi-Fi systems.

eero makes a range of easy-to-use and somewhat affordable mesh Wi-Fi systems, designed to extend Wi-Fi signal across a person’s entire home, putting an end to areas with weak signal.

There are no details on the purchase price, but Amazon says that it is acquiring eero to „help customers better connect smart home devices.“

„We are incredibly impressed with the eero team and how quickly they invented a WiFi solution that makes connected devices just work,“ said Dave Limp, SVP of Amazon Devices and Services. „We have a shared vision [...]

 
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3. Januar 2019

OWC Acquires Popular Thunderbolt 3 Accessory Maker Akitio

Longtime Mac accessory vendor OWC today announced that it has acquired Akitio, maker of popular professional-level external storage solutions focused on Thunderbolt 3. Akitio also offers a number of other Thunderbolt 3 accessories including docks, eGPU boxes, and more.

„This acquisition gives us the opportunity to strengthen our core prosumer lineup and market reach with photography, video and music pros with some really exceptional new offerings,“ said Larry O’Connor, OWC Founder & CEO. „Our product lines and brands are quite complementary, with Akitio bringing a strong reputation in the Windows space and segments like performance [...]

 
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11. Oktober 2018

Apple Acquires iPhone Power Management Technology in $600 Million Deal With Chipmaker Dialog

Apple has finalized a business agreement with Dialog Semiconductor to license its iPhone power management technology and transfer technical assets, in a deal worth $600 million.

As part of the agreement, Apple will acquire some of the Anglo-German chipmaker’s assets and 300 of its R&D staff, which is around 16 percent of Dialog’s workforce. Dialog’s shares rose as much as 34 percent on the news, their highest since 2002.

Announcing the deal on Thursday, Dialog said Apple would pay it $300 million in cash for the transaction and prepay a further $300 million for products to be delivered to Apple over the next three years. [...]

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