Humming to that catchy tune is about to get easier. Apple is reportedly buying out music recognition software Shazam.
Shazam scans and tags audio clips recorded with your phone’s mic. The app first exploded into the app scene when it helped users name unfamiliar songs. Throughout its life, Shazam grew to identify movies, TV shows, and even visual content.
The app is instrumental in connecting users with music sales and streaming services whenever users Shazam songs. Currently, the app links directly to search engines and other music apps. This includes Apple’s Siri.
Apple’s move will eliminate the need for a middle man, and they may control searches themselves. This will lend credence to Apple Music’s hold as a viable music service. Especially for Apple users, the move will draw a good number of listeners to Apple Music, rather than Spotify, Google, YouTube, or other apps.
Further, acquiring Shazam’s algorithms can improve Siri’s search abilities. This works especially well since the app can now recognize visual data. Apple may hope to compete with Google Lens in the near future.
More radically, Apple can also close down the app, as Shazam has been at a loss since 2016.
Reports value the acquisition at around US$ 400 million, down from its US$ 1 billion value in 2015. More details should be revealed when Apple announces the move soon.
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Google asks smartphone makers to pay for Play Store
In response to EU’s ruling
Months ago, Google landed in a scalding pool of Europe’s hot water. The European Competition Commission accused the company of anti-competition practices. Among other things, Google forced smartphone makers to bundle Chrome and Google Search as a requirement. According to the commission, the stipulation gives the company an unfair advantage over its rivals.
Eventually, the Commission hammered down a guilty verdict. From this, Google paid a record-breaking fine to the European Union. Besides this, the company had to stop the indicted practice.
Now, Google is finally implementing a resolution for the guilty verdict. Starting this month, the company will change its offered bundles for smartphone makers in the EU.
As opposed to enforcing the bundle, Google will offer Android’s apps for a price. Instead of a strong-arm strategy, Google’s new strategy aims for the best of both worlds. Smartphone companies can opt out of the program. Historically, some companies have already opted out of Android’s app ecosystem. For example, Chinese smartphones often implement their own variants because of China’s prohibitions.
Additionally, Google will loosen its regulations against forked versions of its Android operating system. Some smartphone makers alter Android’s inner workings for their own uses. Most notoriously, Xiaomi uses its own MIUI software. Previously, the bundling scheme swayed the deal towards Google’s favor, despite any proprietary changes. With looser regulations, companies can fork all they want.
Now, companies can sell smartphones running forked Androids. That is, if they also sell a separate smartphone with Google’s untouched software.
Amid all these changes, Android remains as free software for smartphones. Android can maintain its status as the world’s most ubiquitous operating system. However, if this issue elicits any questions, it’s this: How will Google’s new schema affect the casual consumer? Right now, we’ll have to wait and see.
6 iPhone apps for your well-being
Mental health is important!
World Mental Health Day may have come and gone but that shouldn’t mean that your well-being should be pushed aside. In fact, a healthy disposition should always be practiced. How does one do that in today’s fast-paced world?
We’ve got apps for you!
Omvana is a meditation app that measures stress levels and even your state of mind; it’s your personal mindfulness coach! The app also automatically connects to HealthKit.
With guided meditations, breathing exercises, sleep stories, and relaxing music, this app will help make sure you’re always in a relaxed mood.
Don’t know how to meditate? This app allows for guided meditations from the industry’s best practitioners!
Another guided meditation app which allows you to manage stress and even apply meditative practice to your every day. There’s also a sleep experience feature which promises better rest and calmness.
Aura’s three-minute meditations will bring more positivity to your life. The app also does life coaching, relaxing music, and even personalized meditations.
Better sleep means a better disposition! This app tracks sleep automatically with Advanced Heuristics AutoSleep so you’ll always have the info at hand.
What are you waiting for? Get to downloading and happy meditating!
Facebook Lite comes to iPhones at less than 5MB
It consumes less power, too!
After being enjoyed by Android users for years, the slimmed down version of Facebook’s main app finally arrived on iOS. Although, it’s only available to a select few — for now.
The Facebook Lite app was originally designed for developing countries where mobile data can be unreliable and Android phones are pretty basic. But, it also gained popularity among users with better phones because it uses way less data than the main Facebook app.
On iOS, the lite version is available for download through the Apple App Store for less than 5MB. Apart from being an easy download, it also uses less battery power and occupies minimal storage space.
This is going to be ideal for iPhones and even iPod Touch devices that are already showing signs of slowing down. The app is compatible with devices running iOS 9.0 and later.
For now, the app is only available in Turkey. As the testing phase expands to other regions, Facebook Lite will eventually be open for everyone.
Via: Business Insider
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