Today we watched Apple purchase Beats Electronics for $3 billion, investigated the benefits of solar energy, learned about LG's inspiration for the G3 and uncovered a few tricks to help you find new life in your old Wii. Read on for Engadget's news highlights from the last 24 hours.

Apple acquires Beats Electronics for $3 billion

Well, it's official. Beats Electronics will soon be part of the Apple family. And despite the rumors, the $3 billion deal will include both the software and hardware sectors of Dr. Dre's audio company.

Inside LG's G3: How vacuums, focus groups and competitive pressure shaped a smartphone

The LG G3 doesn't just have the nicest display on the market, it's got an ultra-fast autofocusing laser sensor -- all thanks to a coffee break with the company's vacuum experts. Read on as our own Brad Molen investigates the inspiration behind the company's most powerful smartphone yet.

Old console, new tricks: Getting the most out of your Wii

Be honest. It's been a while since you last dusted off your Wii and engaged in a match of Mario Power Tennis, hasn't it? Not to worry, we've got a few tricks to help you rekindle your relationship with the 10-year-old console.

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What you need to know about solar energy

Most of us realize the basic benefits of harvesting solar power, but did you know it was the second leading source of new energy last year? Even still, many argue as to the efficiency of the technology. Continue reading to learn all you need to know about the business of the sun.