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Seeking music edge, Apple buys song recognition app Shazam

NEW YORK (AFP) – Apple said Monday that it would buy leading song recognition app Shazam in a fresh bid to secure an edge in the intensifying battle of streaming services. Apple, whose streaming service has rapidly grown but still has only half the paid subscribers of Spotify, said that Shazam has consistently been one of the most popular items …

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Tech giant Google follows Trump, updates Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

(Web desk)- On 6th of December this year, biased Trump announced his reckless and impetuous decision of shifting U.S. embassy to Jerusalem without taking into account hazardous repercussions. Soon after Trump’s announcement, widespread condemnation emanated across globe with thousands took to streets in Turkey, Pakistan, Europe, Lebanon, Iraq, Indonesia, Malaysia and even in the U.S. Condemning Trump’s announcement, Turkey’s Erdogan …

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Facebook decides to ‘revive’ its Poke feature

(Web Desk) – The simple, but infamous “Poke” feature of Facebook will now be revived as the social media giant has decided to give it a more visible placement on the profiles. Although Facebook never discontinued or removed the Poke option, it had lost its worth with the passage of time and introduction of several other fascinating updates. People used …

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Pregnant and looking for a seat on Tokyo metro? Well, there’s an app for it

(AFP) – Pregnant women struggling to bag a seat on the famously packed Tokyo subway could find their salvation in a new app connecting them with nearby passengers willing to give up their coveted perch. The digital match-making app being trialled this week on the metro aims to overcome two problems especially prevalent in Japan: passengers generally have their nose …

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Apple to buy music recognising app Shazam: report

NEW YORK: Apple is in talks to buy the popular song recognition app Shazam as the tech giant tries to compete with streaming leader Spotify, TechCrunch reported Friday. The technology news site, quoting unnamed sources, said that the deal could be announced Monday with financial terms not yet clear. A spokeswoman for Apple declined comment. Since its founding in 1999, …

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Apple to buy music recognizing app Shazam: report

NEW YORK (AFP) – Apple is in talks to buy the popular song recognition app Shazam as the tech giant tries to compete with streaming leader Spotify, TechCrunch reported Friday. The technology news site, quoting unnamed sources, said that the deal could be announced Monday with financial terms not yet clear. A spokeswoman for Apple declined comment. Since its founding …

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Apple iPhones in 2018 to have longer battery life: report

(Web Desk) – The three Apple iPhones which will be released next year will have increased battery life as part of the company’s bid to address battery woes reported by consumers, according to Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities. Kuo wrote that Apple will improve the battery designs and make new L-shaped batteries to fit into the 6.1-inch 6.5-inch and 5.8-inch …

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Gene editing advance reverses disease in mice

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A step forward in the gene-editing technique known as CRISPR/Cas9 suggests some diseases like diabetes and muscular dystrophy may be reversible, according to research involving lab mice published Thursday. The report in the journal Cell shows it is possible to avoid cutting genes by accident with the precision medicine technique, nicknamed “molecular scissors.” Instead, CRISPR/Cas9 can be …

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‘Go home’ drone seeks to stop Japan overtime binge

TOKYO (AFP) – A drone that hovers over Japanese employees and blares music to force them to go home was unveiled Thursday, as the country tries to reduce its notoriously long work hours. The “T-Frend” buzzes over those trying to work late, blasting out the strains of “Auld Lang Syne”, a Scottish tune typically used in Japan to announce that …

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Toshiba, Western Digital aiming to settle chip dispute next week: sources

(Reuters) – The board of the embattled Japanese conglomerate approved a framework for a settlement on Wednesday, one of the sources said. The potential for Western Digital – Toshiba’s partner in its main semiconductor plant and jilted suitor in the auction – to block a deal has been seen as the main obstacle to the planned sale of the unit …

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