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Apple to partner with Shazam for song recognition in iOS 8, report says – Apple Insider

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 05:52 pm PT (08:52 pm ET) By AppleInsider Staff A report on Wednesday claims Apple is looking to incorporate a song identification feature into its upcoming iOS 8 operating system, possibly as part of Siri, and is working with Shazam to roll out the capability. According to people familiar with Apple’s plans, the next-generation iOS 8 will feature song identification capabilities that gather sound from an iPhone or iPad’s microphone, sends it up to the cloud for processing and returns results to users, reports Bloomberg. The company is said to be working in partnership with Shazam, which has for years marketed its own song identification app and technology in the App Store. Shazam’s system works in Read More

Office for iPad Could Actually Hurt Microsoft and Google – Motley Fool

In one of the worst-kept secrets in years, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) finally released Office for the iPad. On the surface, this would seem to be a big deal for Microsoft and should help the company. However, this move could actually hurt both Microsoft and Google (NASDAQ: GOOG  ) , while giving Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) a boost. A game changer, but not in the way you thinkIn theory, Office for iPad changes the game for Office 365. Microsoft’s subscription service becomes more valuable, as there are millions of iPad users who can now use the real Office programs on their iPads. Within days of the release, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint jumped into the top free Read More

Marissa Mayer wants Apple to ditch Google for Yahoo! as default iOS search … – Apple Insider

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 03:15 pm PT (06:15 pm ET) By Mikey Campbell Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is reportedly working on a plan to convince Apple to change the default iOS search engine from Google to a new Yahoo solution, which could deal a significant blow to Google’s ad income. Citing unnamed sources, Re/code reports Mayer and Yahoo SVP of mobile Adam Cahan are “aggressively” working to increase revenue with a pair of search-related projects. Most important, sources say, is a search engine and monetization platform that would harness Apple’s vast user iPhone and iPad user base by usurping Google as iOS’ default search engine. “This is the aim of the whole effort here, to grab the pole position in Read More

HP Z1 G2 Workstation Review – SlashGear

Nate Swanner With the Z1 G2 workstation, HP is hitting a lot of high notes. Highly customizable, intensely powerful, and endlessly useful, the newset HP workstation is a substantial upgrade versus last year’s model. With everything tucked neatly behind the screen, this is a low-profile all-in-one workstation that gets the job done, should you need a lot of power backing your operation. While grandma and grandpa likely won’t find need for the Z1 G2, those who need a lot of guts to power a robust application (or set of them) will want to take notice. Though it’s highly customizable, we found the middle of the road variant entirely powerful for a top-end gaming experience at minimum. Going with an “entry Read More

Blizzard’s ‘Hearthstone’ Arrives On iPad Worldwide – Forbes

After a successful test in a few regions, Blizzard has now released its battle card game, Hearthstone, on Apple’s Apple’s  iPad worldwide. The game has made a splash on PC since an exceptionally popular closed and open beta, and has been officially released for a couple months now. The card game takes characters and creatures from Warcraft lore, and pits them against each other in a Magic: The Gathering style battling format. Hearthstone has thrived due to both its incredibly impressive UI, and its relative ease-of-play, even for those who don’t traditionally play card games. From its inception, it was always clear that Hearthstone was meant to come to the iPad, and I can’t say I’m surprised that Blizzard has Read More

Samsung’s marketing blitz vs. Apple: Effective, but big data would help – ZDNet

Samsung’s master marketing plan — initiated in 2012 and playing out through this year — appears to have worked well against Apple, but judging returns is a bit tricky. CNET: Emails from Apple exec show worry over Samsung ads  Full coverage of Apple vs. Samsung The consumer electronics giant’s marketing plans were made part of the Apple vs. Samsung patent trial that’s currently underway. The trial has revealed that Samsung marketed heavily against the iPhone and rattled Apple to some degree. In 2013, Apple spent more on marketing and advertising to close a branding gap. Kantar Media recently highlighted the mobile phone marketing gap. Those figures are stunning. Samsung spent $364.03 million marketing phones in 2013, down Read More

Apple rolls out 8GB iPhone 5C in many more countries – CNET

The 8GB iPhone 5C is now selling in Italy, among other countries. Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET Apple’s new 8GB version of the iPhone 5C is expanding its reach around the world. As of this week, the 8GB model is available in the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Poland, and the Czech Republic. The online Apple Store for all six countries show the 5C variant as in stock and ready to ship within 24 hours. The 8GB 5C has also popped up in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland. Apple introduced the 8GB iPhone 5C in March to consumers in the UK, France, Germany, Australia, and China to add to the 16GB and 32GB editions. The new Read More

3 Reasons to Buy Apple Stock Today – Motley Fool

Apple‘s (NASDAQ: AAPL) stock hasn’t gone much of anywhere for nearly three years even though the company is constantly pumping out cash. AAPL data by YCharts. Maybe it’s the fact that Apple’s recent products haven’t wowed the market, growth has slowed, and competitors are catching the tech juggernaut on all fronts. Despite these challenges, there are a few reasons Apple is still a great buy today, especially for investors looking for value. Despite losing market share, Apple’s tablets are still the most popular in the world. Image courtesy of Apple. iPad still rules tablets The iPad no longer dominates market share now that Google’s (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL) Android operating system is spreading, but it’s still the best, most profitable tablet Read More

Apple Inc Q2 Earnings Preview: Revenues Low, Gross Margin High – International Business Times AU

<!– Like us on Facebook –> Revenue guidance for Apple Inc was expected between $42 and $44 billion. The guidance may be higher or lower than $43.6 billion guidance in 2013.  Wall Street expected Apple to report $43.6 billion in revenues compared to Forbes’ Chuck Jones who expected the company to earn $43.3 billion. Gross margin guidance for Apple for the March quarter is expected between 37 and 38 percent. Q2 Earnings Compared to Q1 Apple has released its Q1 FY 2014 earnings and surpassed analysts’ and its own expectations with $57.6 billion sales with earnings per share of $14.50. The Cupertino-based tech giant announced the company sold 51 million iPhones, 26 million iPads and Read More

Apple CarPlay Coming to Pioneer In-Car Systems This Summer – Mashable

The reach of CarPlay, Apple’s in-car app system, will extend even further than before, thanks to a new arrangement with Pioneer. Soon, when Pioneer users plug their iPhones into their vehicles, CarPlay will automatically launch and offer access to its full suite of apps. See also: Watch Apple CarPlay in Action “By providing an aftermarket option, Pioneer’s 2014 in-dash multimedia systems give many iPhone owners the ability to add CarPlay to their current vehicles,” Ted Cardenas, vice-president of marketing for Pioneer’s car-electronics division, said in a statement. The CarPlay option will be made available this summer through a firmware update to Pioneer’s line of five 2014 NEX in-dash multimedia receivers. During the initial rollout of CarPlay earlier this year, some Read More