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Apr 17 2014 1:03PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Shazam listening

Apple rumors tend to vary wildly between fact and total fiction, but here's one of them we would certainly like to see: A partnership with Shazam to make it even easier to discover music with an iPhone.

Bloomberg today reported that Apple is working on a new song discovery feature for an upcoming iOS update that will allow iPhone or iPad users to identify a song just by having the device listen to it for a few seconds.

If that sound familiar, it should: An app called Shazam has long allowed for just such a feature, and Apple is said to be working in tandem with developer Shazam Entertainment Ltd. for the rumored feature.

The key difference is that downloading the Shazam app will no longer be required — instead, the technology will be baked right into iOS itself, much in the same way Apple has with Facebook, Twitter and Vimeo. This method would also allow Shazam's song identification technology to work with Siri, presumably by asking "What song is playing?".

Shazam and Apple spokespeople declined to comment on this enticing prospect, which could wind up being introduced as part of this year's iOS 8, expected to first be unveiled during Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference in early June.

The same report closes with claims that Apple has already internally built a subscription-based music service similar to Spotify, Rdio and Beats Music, but one source claims Cupertino is hesitant to release it for fear of accelerating already declining download sales.

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Apr 17 2014 12:39PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Yahoo search on iPhone

The CarPlay invasion appears to be coming in full force later this year, now that both Alpine and Pioneer have confirmed aftermarket systems and Hyundai just announced Apple's technology will be built into 2015 Sonata models. Apple's CarPlay website was also just updated and now adds Beats Music as another supported app, so there's plenty to get excited about — but for now, you'll have to settle for a recap of what went down over the last 24 hours...

Yahoo Vying to Bump Google from Default iOS Search

This isn't the first time we've heard this, but Re/code reported Wednesday that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer appears to have a "secret plan" to persuade Apple to ditch Google as the default search engine on iOS — which honestly, may not take much prodding, given the ongoing hostilities between the two companies. One Yahoo insider calls Mayer's goal to "grab the pole position in iOS search," although for now that pitch exists only within the company and has yet to be presented to Apple, who already uses Yahoo for weather and stock data on its mobile platform.

Pinnacle Studio Video Editor Comes to iPhone

No longer limited to the iPad, Pinnacle announced Wednesday the release of Pinnacle Studio for iPhone, a $9.99 video editing app designed for iOS 7. The app allows iPhone owners to edit video, audio and photos in a Storyboard-style user interface while retaining the ability to make precise trim edits in the Timeline. Up to three audio tracks are supported including sync to video in full 1080p HD quality, complete with 3D animation, transitions, motion titles and graphics and much more. Pinnacle Studio for iPad has likewise been updated for iOS 7 and now features 64-bit processing on supported devices for more powerful editing. Both apps are now available on the App Store, and the iPad version is a free update for existing owners.

Verizon Delivers More Value to Off-Contract Customers

Starting today, Verizon Wireless is offering more savings for customers on its MORE Everything plan, and for the first time is allowing month-to-month subscribers to sign up and save by adding a smartphone for $30 per month on data plans 8GB and lower (a $10 savings) or only $15 per handset for 10GB or higher plans (a $25 savings). Better yet, new customers can finally bring their own smartphones and add them for the same MORE Everything rates, although a Verizon-compatible device is obviously required to do so. Last but not least, Verizon Edge early upgrade customers are also eligible for the same pricing, which pretty much matches exactly what AT&T rolled out earlier this year.

Chrome Remote Desktop Brings Mac to Android Screens

The Google Chrome Blog announced Wednesday that Android smartphone and tablet owners will now be able to keep tabs on their Mac or PC back home, thanks to the free Chrome Remote Desktop app. After installing the desktop client from the Chrome Web Store, the Remote Desktop app allows VNC-style remote access and control of any computers connected to your Google account from anywhere there's an internet connection. Google also plans to roll out an iOS version of the app later this year.

MediaFire Releases Updated iOS App with Native iPad Support

Cloud storage upstart MediaFire announced Wednesday that the latest version 1.3 of its free, universal iOS app has arrived in the App Store with a fresh new look and native iPad support. The company recently took its Mac and Windows desktop clients out of beta and offers a generous 10GB of free storage, which can get bumped to as much as 50GB by jumping through the right hoops. Texas-based MediaFire has ratcheted up its marketing efforts in recent months, most recently slashing the price of its 1TB Pro plan to a mere $2.49 per month in response to increased competition from Google Drive and other services.

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Apr 17 2014 12:32PM EST | Source: Geek.com
iphone6_battery
At this rate the iPhone 6 is looking likely to have more leaks pre-release than the iPhone 5 smartphones. A few days ago CAD renders, a detailed technical schematic, and the phone manufacturing […]

Apr 17 2014 12:00PM EST | Source: Geek.com
Project Tango
One of Google’s many ATAP projects was recently put under the iFixit scalpel, revealing a simple phone with lots of interesting hardware inside. There’s no shortage of technology out there geared towards the […]

Apr 17 2014 10:48AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German business software maker SAP warned on Thursday that it expects the negative impact of the strong euro to worsen after reporting lower than expected first-quarter results.

Apr 17 2014 10:18AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Google Inc's disappointing first-quarter results left Wall Street unfazed about the internet giant's ability to come to grips with the shift to the fast-growing mobile advertising market.

Apr 17 2014 10:01AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Thursday it was launching a new domestic money transfer service called "Walmart-2-Walmart" in partnership with Euronet Worldwide Inc subsidiary Ria Money Transfer, competing directly with Western Union Co.

Apr 17 2014 9:49AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German business software maker SAP warned on Thursday that it expects the negative impact of the strong euro to worsen after reporting lower than expected first-quarter results.

Apr 17 2014 9:25AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Thursday it was launching a new domestic money transfer service called "Walmart-2-Walmart" in partnership with Euronet Worldwide Inc subsidiary Ria Money Transfer, competing directly with Western Union Co.

Apr 17 2014 9:13AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia has suspended sales of its Lumia 2520 tablet in some European countries while it fixes a fault with charger units which it said on Thursday could pose a risk of causing an electric shock.

Apr 17 2014 8:14AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc's first-quarter revenue fell short of Wall Street targets and margins narrowed as the price of its ads continued to decline, underscoring the challenges Internet companies face as the world shifts toward mobile devices.

Apr 17 2014 8:03AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Google Inc's disappointing first-quarter results left Wall Street unfazed about the internet giant's ability to come to grips with a shift to the fast-growing mobile advertising market.

Apr 17 2014 7:51AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German business software maker SAP warned on Thursday that it expects the negative impact of the strong euro to worsen after reporting lower than expected first-quarter results.

Apr 17 2014 7:34AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - China's Weibo Corp, a Twitter-like messaging service company, raised a less-than-expected $286 million after it cut the size of its U.S. initial public offering amid a selloff in technology shares and concerns about slowing user growth.

Apr 17 2014 7:33AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German business software maker SAP warned on Thursday that it expects the negative impact of the strong euro to worsen after reporting lower than expected first-quarter results.

Apr 17 2014 6:59AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC) targets record revenue in the second quarter as more of the company's chips are installed in high-end smartphones to power increasingly complex features.

Apr 17 2014 6:25AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
HONG KONG (Reuters) - ZTE Corp, China's second-biggest telecommunications equipment maker, said first-quarter profit matched its estimate after benefiting from the country's introduction of fourth-generation mobile networks.

Apr 17 2014 3:49AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - China's Weibo Corp will be valued at a lower-than-expected $3.46 billion when it goes public on the Nasdaq on Thursday, amidst concerns about the microblogging service's slowing user growth and the country's highly censored media environment.

Apr 17 2014 3:18AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Disappointing results from Google Inc and IBM may unnerve investors shaken by a strong recent selloff in tech stocks, underscoring the challenges the Internet and IT sectors face as corporate report cards come due in coming weeks.

Apr 17 2014 2:28AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German labor union Verdi has called on workers at online retailer Amazon in Germany to go on strike on Thursday as a long-running pay dispute continues.

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