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Shazam looks to access camera for more context

Shazam looks to access camera for more context

If you find yourself looking to Shazam for song recognition routinely,you already know how capable it is. The listening app is typically pretty adept at finding that song you can’t quite place, and even makes itself aware of what certain TV commercials are talking about. Instead of just listening, Shazam might also want to take a look at what is going on. Show Shazam what you’re looking at through your phone’s camera, and you might get a wealth of info.

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Hyundai rolls out its Blue Link Android Wear app

Hyundai rolls out its Blue Link Android Wear app

Barely two months after first making an appearance at CES 2015, Hyundai's Blue Link platform is finally coming to your smartwatch for real. The car maker has just pushed out an update to its smartphone app that includes the companion Android Wear version. This update will bring almost all the most used functionality of the cloud-based smart car system to the convenience of your wrist. Apple fans need not be jealous though, as Hyundai promises equal treatment when the Apple Watch finally comes out of the woodwork.

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Your Waze app will soon have AMBER alerts

Your Waze app will soon have AMBER alerts

Waze has come under fire lately for just being Waze. Law enforcement sees it as a possible threat to safety, where the police reporting feature is seen as a way for those who want to attack police a heads-up on where they might be. The scope of Waze is to encourage better driving and faster travel time, but a new feature might also bring in a lot of goodwill. Now, you may see AMBER Alerts pop up on your Waze app.

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RadPad lets you pay, split rent using Apple Pay

RadPad lets you pay, split rent using Apple Pay

Paying for rent is never fun, and in 2015, shouldn’t be so dated. Writing checks seems so wrong with all the digital payment processors flying around. RadPad is a unique app in that it lets you find an apartment for rent and pay your rent, all without ever opening your checkbook. In an update, RadPad is about to get — well, radder. Though you could already pay your rent using Apple Pay (which is awesome), RadPad will now let you split your rent with roommates, and everyone can pay with Apple Pay!

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Android Wear could come to iOS as Google preps app

Android Wear could come to iOS as Google preps app

As Google I/O approaches, we’ll start to hear some interesting rumors and chatter about what we might discover in May. Though a lot is going on lately with Google+, Android Pay, and Google’s incoming Nexus-ish carrier plans (which we can expect to hear more about at I/O), a lot is left dangling in the wind. Now we’re getting word that Google’s Android Wear platform may not be so Android-y in the future. According to one source, Google is preparing to make Android Wear more available to iOS.

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Waze may soon be a pre-loaded Android app

Waze may soon be a pre-loaded Android app

If Google Maps didn’t come pre-installed on your phone, you probably went and found it on an app store somewhere. The leading mobile Maps app has a lot of features that keep users coming back, and it gets better all the time. On purchasing Waze, many assumed Google would simply shutter the service at some point (at least in the US) and bring it to Maps. Today, Waze is announcing the app may soon come as standard an Android app, preloaded when you buy your next phone.

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Hungry? No problem with Domino’s pizza on your smartwatch

Hungry? No problem with Domino’s pizza on your smartwatch

The idea behind smartwatches is that they become your bridge to your smartphone for instances when you can't dig out your mobile device from your bag or pocket. That is why they have mostly been relegated to simple, one off tasks like notifications, quick replies, reminders, or accepting/rejecting voice calls. They're not usually meant to replace your smartphone, but that might just be what Domino's is aiming for by letting you order a pizza right from the convenience of your Pebble or Android Wear smartwatch.

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Tinder charging people 30 and older extra for premium

Tinder charging people 30 and older extra for premium

Feeling old yet? If you're over the age of 30 and you're thinking Tinder could be the key to scoring yourself a mate, you're going to have to pay extra for the premium version, with the service assuming no longer being in your twenties means you've more money to burn. This assumes you're interested in using Tinder Plus, which gives users more features than the non-plus version: namely, you can undo that swipe that you didn't mean to do, and you can view profiles outside of your region via Passport.

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YouTube adds video trimming tool for Android

YouTube adds video trimming tool for Android

When it comes to videos, everything about the sharing process is more difficult than their photo brethren. The troubles with them have gotten easier over the years, but after shooting a video, any edits that the footage needs are a cumbersome process for those without video-editing software -- and the trouble is amplified when the edits need to be made from a mobile device rather than a laptop. There are existing apps, of course, that try to simplify the process, but YouTube wants you to bypass those entirely.

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VLC hits iOS, Android — Windows Phone in open beta

VLC hits iOS, Android — Windows Phone in open beta

VLC, the media player that doesn’t discriminate, is back in a big way. While we expected it to come back for iOS (it was in a kind of regional beta rollout), we weren’t sure when it might return in an official capacity. It’s now out and ready for download, streaming fans. The app, which plays locally stored content, is back on the App Store. Though the rumored Chromecast feature is missing, you can now use VLC on just about any platform you have.

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