Shazam now available on the Mac

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Shazam has released a desktop version of their popular mobile application for the Mac. The app has so far been limited to iOS, Android and Windows platforms.

The Mac version of Shazam works similarly to the mobile version, except you can now have it running all the time in the background. It will constantly look out for music or other media such as TV shows or even advertisements in the background and will show a handy notification for you when it recognizes it. Read more »

Mac Mini may be getting refreshed soon

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The Mac mini hasn’t received any hardware update love for some time.

But that might change soon though, as rumor has it that Apple is planning on refreshing its little computer-that-could. Read more »

Samsung trademarked the Gear S name in the United States

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Samsung trademarked the Gear S name. The Korean giant filed the paperwork for the moniker in the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) earlier this month, on July 22.

There is no word on what product will Samsung use the patented name. Read more »

Tylt Energi 2K travel charger flash review

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The Tylt Energi 2K travel charger is a product of a successful Kickstarter campaign by the young company. The gadget brings together a typical USB charger and 2,200mAh battery in one bright-colored package.

Founded in 2011, Tylt quickly established itself as designer and manufacturer of quality products with characterful design and quality ergonomics. Read on to find out about the company’s latest creation! Read more »

Leaked iPad Air 2 cases confirm Touch ID sensor

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The iPad Air 2 is coming this year, that much has been made obvious by the myriad of leaks about it. If you’re tired of seeing iPad Air 2 dummy units pictured and shown in videos, what about a couple of cases for the upcoming tablet?

Both the image above and the one that follows are said to be from a Chinese case manufacturer, which has already published them in anticipation of Apple’s next full size tablet. One thing that’s obvious in these pictures is that the next iPad Air will in fact have a Touch ID fingerprint scanner embedded in its Home button. Read more »

Samsung patents three rounded smartwatch designs

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Samsung has patented three new smartwatch designs, all of which have a rounded display instead of that on their well-known rectangular Gear smartwatches.

The patent number is US D709,873 S and covers the design of three smartwatches with slightly different displays and straps. All of them feature a camera on the strap, which may indicate the use of Tizen OS over Android Wear. Read more »

HTC Desire 616 dual sim hands-on

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The HTC Desire 616 dual sim is like a smaller version of the Desire 816 but it has an attention-grabbing octa-core processor. And the processor has eight Cortex-A7 cores instead of big.LITTLE architecture.

The Desire 616 has a large screen for a mid-ranger but with 720p resolution it won’t be fighting flagships any time soon. This fits the style of smartphone popular in East Asia – screen size takes precedence over resolution, dual-SIM is a must and the more cores the better. Read more »

Nokia HERE Maps launches globally for Windows 8.1

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Nokia made its HERE Maps apps for Windows 8.1 available all around the world earlier today. As part of the wider release, the company has also included a bunch of cool updates to the app.

Highlights include manual location settings, new City page design, and a weather forecast feature. Read more »

D.M.A. Navi Watch app for Galaxy Gear puts Google Maps navigation on your wrist

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You own a Galaxy Gear and need to get somewhere but don’t know the way. While Google Maps integrates with Android Wear, your Tizen-powered Samsung Gear smartwatch can’t use Android Wear apps. How to get out of this conundrum? The free D.M.A. Navi Watch app.

The app still uses Google Maps for navigation, but transfers the notifications put out by Maps onto your wrist. Read more »

India’s largest e-commerce site Flipkart raises a funding of $1 billion

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India’s largest e-commerce company, Flipkart, boasted that it has raised a new funding of $1 billion. Flipkart says this is the largest venture investment to be received by an Indian internet-based business.

As the New York Times points out, Flipkart is only outdone by Uber, which managed to raise $1.2 billion. Read more »

Bolt, new instant messaging app from Instagram, now available in select countries

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We talked about the Bolt service a few days back. The app is now officially available on iOS and Android, but only in New Zealand, Singapore, and South Africa for now.

Bolt lets you have a group of close friends that you can instantly send photos or videos to. Just tap on their contact name and it takes a photo and sends it. You can press and hold on the contact name to send a video. Just like with Snapchat, the photos and videos are not sent and are removed from your device when you swipe them away. Read more »

Signal will keep your iPhone calls private

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Spooked that the NSA is snooping on your phone calls?

Then you might want to try out Signal, the app that encrypts your iPhone’s calls. Read more »

EA Access is a carte blanche Xbox One gaming pass for $5 a month

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EA and Microsoft have worked together to bring a Playstation Now-esque service for Xbox One owners called EA Access.

For $5 a month or $30 a year, players will have the ability to have unlimited access to a selection of “vault” games. Read more »

Xiaomi secretly sending your info to Chinese servers [UPDATED]

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You always had a feeling that Xiaomi’s deals were too good to be true, but you just couldn’t figure out what the catch was exactly, right?

Well it’s safe to say now that that puzzle’s been solved, as the RedMi Note was caught red-handed sending private user info to a Chinese server. Read more »

NVIDIA Shield Tablet now available starting at $299

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NVIDIA’s powerful new tablet, the Shield, is now out. It was made official exactly one week ago, after many leaks about it had popped up in the past.

The NVIDIA Shield tablet can be yours for $299, directly from the company’s own online store for the US. This price, however, doesn’t include the Shield Wireless Controller, the Wi-Fi-based gamepad that’s been prominently featured alongside the tablet in promo materials. Read more »