Linkbait Stories August 26, 2014

Is this iPhone case company worth $2.5B? Goldman Sachs thinks so.

From Reuters:

Otter Products LLC, the privately held company that makes the OtterBox protective cases for mobile phones, is exploring a sale that could value the company at more than $2.5 billion, including debt, according to people familiar with the matter.

Otter Products, founded in 1998 by entrepreneur Curt Richardson and owned by him and his family, has hired investment bank Goldman Sachs Group Inc to manage the sale process, the people said this week.

Some private equity firms have expressed interest in the company, the people added, cautioning that no deal is certain.

Looks like smartphone case maker Otterbox may be looking to cash in on its success to the tune of $2.5 billion. That would be quite the sale, if anyone were to take them up on it. Otterbox itself acquired fellow case maker Lifeproof last year.

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Sad but (probably) true …

Sadly, the bottom chart is probably more true than the top one.

A humorous response to Apple’s poetry-themed iPad ad.

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Want to try iOS 7 without bricking your phone? (Update: pulled)

If you want to try out iOS 7 for yourself without the risk of bricking your phone or dealing with constant restarts, Recumbo is housing an interactive demo on the website. Besides the transitions between screens, it may feel like you’re staring at a bunch of screenshots, but it does a great job at demonstrating the newly designed iOS. If you’re using Firefox or Chrome, you can also use your webcam to take pictures in the Photos app. Be sure to check out Notification Center and Control Center while you’re at it.

Update: Not so fast! It looks like Apple asked Recumbo to remove the demo.

Linkbait Stories June 6, 2013

Kevin Rose gives his familiar WWDC predictions [Video]

The Digg founder and current Google Ventures partner has a storied history with Apple rumors. For instance, he predicted the Retina iPad but was just over a year early on that. In that post we noted that Rose’s predictions were a bit shaky:

Rose has been very hit-and-miss over the years in terms of his Apple predictions. Prior to the launch of the first iPhone he incorrectly predicted the device having a physical keyboard and most recently, Rose claimed the new Apple TV would be called the “iTV” and would include an App Store as well as ad supported TV stations. On the other hand, Rose was correct about the Apple TV’s September launch date, iPad remote feature, and $99 price point and was also correct about the fourth-generation iPod nano’s features and even posted a photo of it. Rose was also correct about copy/paste in iOS 3.0 as well as new iTunes features.

In this case, Kevin Rose’s source seems to be a big 9to5mac reader. MacBook Airs? Sure, sure. Big changes in iOS 7? Yeah, yeah and yeah. We’ll have the definitive WWDC 2013 roundup later today.

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