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Shazam Brings Always-On Music and TV Recognition to Mac With Free Menu Bar App (Eric Slivka/MacRumors)
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Shazam Brings Always-On Music and TV Recognition to Mac With Free Menu Bar App — Music recognition service Shazam, which was one of the early App Store hits and has continued to see good success on mobile platforms, is now bringing its services to the desktop in the form of the first music, TV show, and ad recognition app for Mac.
Sony warns smartphone weakness will brake profit progress after first-quarter surge (Sophie Knight/Reuters)
Sophie Knight / Reuters:
Sony warns smartphone weakness will brake profit progress after first-quarter surge — (Reuters) - Japan's Sony Corp warned it doesn't now expect to make money on smartphones this year, citing weak demand, as the consumer electronics maker said restructuring will still help it turn a profit on its TVs after 10 years of losses.
Ina Fried / Re/code:
T-Mobile Adds 1.5 Million More Customers, Swings to Profit on Spectrum Sale — T-Mobile said Thursday that it added a further 1.5 million customers to its network in the second quarter, adding more than a million customers for the fifth straight quarter. — The company posted a net profit …
Google Will Add Ratings to Search-Results Ads So They Look More Like Amazon (Rolfe Winkler/Wall Street Journal)
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Google Will Add Ratings to Search-Results Ads So They Look More Like Amazon — Google is prodding merchants to provide more information to make its search results more effective-and more like Amazon. The question is whether merchants will play ball. — In a blog post Tuesday …
Lytro Illum review: an expensive, flawed, buggy glimpse of the future of photography (David Pierce/The Verge)
David Pierce / The Verge:
Lytro Illum review: an expensive, flawed, buggy glimpse of the future of photography — Lytro Illum review: this is the camera of the future — It's almost time to forget everything you ever knew about photography — Ten minutes into using the Lytro Illum, I'm throwing out everything I've ever learned about photography.
Internet.Org's App With Free Access To Facebook, Google, Wikipedia, Local Info Launches In Zambia (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Internet.Org's App With Free Access To Facebook, Google, Wikipedia, Local Info Launches In Zambia — 85% of the 5 billion people without Internet simply can't afford data plans. So Facebook's accessibility initiative Internet.org today launches its Android and web app for the developing world …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
NomadPlus Transforms an Apple Charger Into a Portable Battery — Nomad, the company behind the pocket-sized NomadKey iPhone cable, today debuted the NomadPlus, a product that transforms an Apple charger into a portable battery pack. — While there are hundreds of different portable battery options …
Medical marijuana delivery service Eaze launches in SF, hoping to be the "Uber of pot" (Carolyn Said/San Francisco Chronicle)
Carolyn Said / San Francisco Chronicle:
Medical marijuana delivery service Eaze launches in SF, hoping to be the “Uber of pot” — Medical marijuana users link to delivery services with Eaze — Deliveries will be free for patients, with driver fees and Eaze paid by dispensaries in exchange for gaining new business.
Google releases the source code for its I/O 2014 app as a template for developers (Josh Ong/The Next Web)
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
Google releases the source code for its I/O 2014 app as a template for developers — Google today published the source code for its I/O 2014 app in hopes of teaching developers some of its best practices for Android apps. — While you may have used the I/O 2014 app to plan your schedule at the conference …
Samsung VP: two new smartphones coming with six months, one with a "large screen", the other with "new materials" (Min-Jeong Lee/Wall Street Journal)
Min-Jeong Lee / Wall Street Journal:
Samsung VP: two new smartphones coming with six months, one with a “large screen”, the other with “new materials” — Samsung to Launch New Smartphones as Profit Falls — One Model Will Have a Large Screen While the Other Will Be Built Using New Materials
DisplayMate: Surface Pro 3 has one of the best, most accurate displays available on any mobile platform and OS (Brooke Crothers/CNET)
Brooke Crothers / CNET:
DisplayMate: Surface Pro 3 has one of the best, most accurate displays available on any mobile platform and OS — Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 wins plaudits for display, says researcher — Microsoft's newest 12-inch tablet has one of the best displays of any tablet out there, according to DisplayMate Technologies.
Chris Duckett / ZDNet:
Samsung mobile profit down by a third in 2Q 2014 — Summary: A decline in profitability of Samsung's IT and mobile communications division has pulled overall profit for the Korean conglomerate lower. — Chris Duckett — Samsung has announced an overall 15 percent fall in operating profit …
Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:
Samsung's Milk Music Update Adds $3.99 Premium Subscription Option — Samsung pitched Milk Music this spring as a totally free music service exclusive to its devices, but slipped in at the end that it might not be free forever. You can still stream tunes for free without ads …
Elliot Njus / Oregonian:
Portland legalizes Airbnb-style short-term rentals — A portion of this Irvington home was available for short-term rental until someone complained to the city. (Janet Eastman/The Oregonian) — Portland will start issuing permits for its first legal short-term rental operations in private homes as soon as September.
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
1Password debuts extension for third party apps on iOS 8 — The popular password and security management app 1Password has already previewed its iOS 8 extension and Touch ID support for unlocking and accessing its content outside of its iOS app, and today AgileBits has announced …
European regulators training sights on Google's mobile software — (Reuters) - European regulators are preparing what could be a stern challenge to Google Inc's (GOOGL.O) (GOOG.O) mobile software business in the coming months after a nearly four-year investigation into the company's Web …
SocialRank now lets you analyze your Twitter followers based on location and keywords (Jon Russell/The Next Web)
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
SocialRank now lets you analyze your Twitter followers based on location and keywords — Twitter analytics service SocialRank, which was launched in February by two ex-Dwolla staffers, has undergone a significant upgrade in order to help brands and companies get more value and insight from their social media.
FCC Chairman: Verizon Uses a 'Disturbing' Loophole to Throttle Unlimited Data (Sam Gustin/Motherboard)
Sam Gustin / Motherboard:
FCC Chairman: Verizon Uses a ‘Disturbing’ Loophole to Throttle Unlimited Data — Federal Communication Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is “deeply troubled” about Verizon Wireless's recently-announced plan to begin slowing down data speeds for some customers, he wrote in a strongly-worded letter to the company's CEO on Wednesday.
AMD announces dev kit with 64-bit ARM-based server chips for $2,999; paves way for x86 coexistence (Agam Shah/PC World)
Agam Shah / PC World:
AMD announces dev kit with 64-bit ARM-based server chips for $2,999; paves way for x86 coexistence — AMD's new 64-bit ARM board points way to x86 coexistence — Advanced Micro Devices is moving closer to a motherboard design that will accept both x86 and ARM chips with the shipment of its first 64-bit ARM board.