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SoundHound introduces ‘Hound’, a voice search app like no other

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Google recently showed off its machine learning skills at Google I/O, but this is likely to blow even Google’s socks off. Presenting Hound, from the people who made SoundHound, the music recognition app. Hound is an app that uses voice search to find you relevant information, just like Siri or Google Now. Just that it’s way, way better at it.

Hound gives you quick search results for all your queries. You don’t have to mollycoddle it with specific queries that won’t fall within its search parameters. We already got that to quite an extent with Siri and Google Now, both of which can understand natural language fairly well, but they can still only deal with one query at a time. Read more »

Samsung Pay to launch in US and South Korea in September this year

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Over a month after announcing that its mobile payments service will be launched in the second half of 2015, Samsung has confirmed that Samsung Pay will debut this September in the United States and South Korea.

The confirmation came from the company’s Executive Vice President Rhee In Jong, who also revealed that the service will be launched in conjunction with Samsung’s next high-end mobile device, which – given the time frame – could well be the Galaxy Note 5. Read more »

Google Maps now deliver real-time public transit information

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Beginning today, Google Maps will show you real-time transit information. The search giant has been providing transit information for a while now, though not in real-time.

The feature will deliver live arrivals for buses, metro trains, and subway. Read more »

Foursquare users can now request Uber rides from within the app

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Foursquare has integrated Uber’s ride-hailing service into its mobile-discovery app, allowing you to request Uber rides from within the app.

From now on, when you look up for a destination on the Foursquare app, you’ll see an Uber button alongside other details regarding that place. Tapping on the button will automatically load the destination’s address into the Uber app, where you’ll be able to select the car type (see image above). Read more »

Google Photos launches with free unlimited storage

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We knew it was coming, but now it’s official – Google Photos is becoming a separate app. Photos is already available for Android, while an iOS version and web app should be launched later today. It offers free unlimited storage.

It has some very smart way to organize and search your growing photo collections too. Read more »

Google makes Android Pay official

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Get ready for the third “Pay” program. After Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, Google has today unveiled Android Pay at its annual developer conference. Just like its competitors, Android Pay is all about allowing you to easily make payments with your phone, by using NFC and even fingerprint sensors on devices that have them.

In a similar fashion to the other systems, with Android Pay you add a bank card to an app on your mobile device. When you’re at a merchant that accepts Android Pay, you simply unlock your phone and place it near the NFC terminal. The payment goes through without requiring you to open an app or do any other additional thing. Read more »

Apple iOS 9 Transit Maps will only support a few cities at launch

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According to a report in 9to5Mac, the previously rumored Transit Maps feature in Apple iOS 9 will have limited availability at launch. The service will allegedly be live in 5-6 cities in the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Transit Maps in iOS 9 might go live as early as next month in New York, San Francisco, Toronto, Paris, Berlin, and London. Read more »

Microsoft OneClip app is a cloud-powered, cross-platform clipboard

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Evernote is one software that will let you store images, numbers or text and make it available across devices and platforms. While there are other alternatives such as Google Keep or Apple Notes app, Microsoft is also testing a similar virtual clipboard internally.

Microsoft’s OneClip is a cross-platform clipboard app that allows to quickly copy pieces of data such as images, phone numbers or strings of text, then making it available immediately across different platforms. Read more »

Snapchat apparently exploring e-commerce with investment in shopping app Spring

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Looks like Snapchat is planning to enter into e-commerce business as the company has invested in Spring, a shopping app that was launched just last year, according to a Recode report. There is, however, no information on the size of the investment as well as whether or not it has closed.

Spring raised $25 million in funding last month, but that did not include Snapchat. However, Jello Labs – the company behind Spring – has an option to raise another $5.7 million in a fresh round, which is where the messaging app company might step in, the report notes. Read more »

Google to launch a new Photo service by end of this month

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Millions of photos are stored online at cloud services of Flickr and Facebook. But not many would prefer about Google’s own photo service nested in Google+.

That’s why Google is working to reveal a new photo tool that will allow storage and sharing the images to popular social networks such as Facebook and Twitter easily. This new photos tool is expected to be announced at the Google I/O developers conference at the end of this month in San Francisco, according to the latest report. Read more »

Google adds tweets to mobile search results

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Beginning today, Google added tweets to mobile search results. The new content will appear in the Google application, as well as on a mobile device’s web browser.

The new functionality will allow users to get real-time information about their searches. Read more »

Report says Google planning to add ‘Buy’ buttons to mobile search results

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In an effort to compete with e-commerce giants like Amazon and eBay, Google is planning to add ‘Buy’ buttons alongside some of its search results, according to a report from Wall Street Journal.

The buttons will only appear next to sponsored search results on mobile devices, the report said, adding that clicking on them will take you to another Google product page where you can complete the purchase. Read more »

Uber founder and CEO Travis Kalanick sued for allegedly stealing the idea of an on-demand car service

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A California man by the name of Kevin Halpern has filed a lawsuit against Uber, its CEO Travis Kalanick, as well as several early investors in the company, claiming that they stole his idea of a GPS and cellphone-enabled taxi service.

In a YouTube video (hit the Source link below) called Grand Theft Uber, Halpern revealed that back in 2003 he founded a company – called Celluride Wireless – based on the idea, and in 2006 he developed a mobile phone prototype of the service. He also explained how while in San Francisco he met Kalanick, with whom he shared his concept, designs, and prototype. Read more »

Samsung to pull the plug on its Wallet service on June 30 as Pay launch nears

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Samsung has announced that its Wallet service, which allows you to store and manage tickets, coupons, boarding passes, and membership cards, will no longer be available after June 30. The announcement was made via an email to the users of the service.

While any tickets or reservations made through the service would remain accessible, coupons clipped with in the Wallet will no longer be available after the service is shut down, Samsung said, adding that users’ personal information will be handled in accordance with the company’s Privacy Policy. Read more »

Rdio launches on-demand Select subscription service at $3.99 a month

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Music streaming service Rdio has announced a new subscription service called Rdio Select for those seeking on-demand, affordable music. The new Rdio Select will cost $3.99 a month against the standard $9.99 a month for unlimited access.

Rdio Select is almost like a diet music subscription plan that offers streaming without ads and capability to skip tracks. However, the catch here is the you can only download 25 songs a day. Read more »