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Deezer SongCatcher is like Shazam, but better

Deezer SongCatcher is like Shazam, but better

Earlier this week, Apple announced its intention to acquire Shazam. As some of you already know, Shazam is an app that allows you to identify songs you hear on the radio and in commercials by having it listen to the content in question. It seems like a pretty safe bet that we'll see Apple integrate Shazam into Siri and Apple Music, but today, Deezer is beating it to the punch.

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Facebook Snooze lands in time to avoid Star Wars spoilers

Facebook Snooze lands in time to avoid Star Wars spoilers

This is a big weekend for Star Wars fans. The Last Jedi launches in the US today, which means that the race is now on for those who would rather not be spoiled. Those fans need to see the movie as quickly as possible or risk running into spoilers on the internet, which are unsurprisingly everywhere. What if you can't see the new movie right away, though? A new feature being rolled out by Facebook could help with that.

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Pixel camera will soon see through unwanted objects

Pixel camera will soon see through unwanted objects

Today Google is one step closer to allowing Pixel phone cameras to see through solid objects. Not hard walls, and not necessarily every single object in the world - but some of the most common objects, like photobombing fingers, and chain-link fences. Google spoke about this functionality at their developer conference Google IO in May of 2017, and have been working on this tech with MIT since 2015 - or likely well before.

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AOL Instant Messenger is officially dead

AOL Instant Messenger is officially dead

After more than 20 years, AOL Instant Messenger is officially dead. We've known this day was coming for some time now - AOL originally announced its plans to shut down AIM back in October, but now the day has come. As of this morning, AIM has been shut down for good, so hopefully you got one last chat session in before it went dark.

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Grammarly Keyboard now fixes grammar mistakes on Android

Grammarly Keyboard now fixes grammar mistakes on Android

Grammarly, the online grammar-checking website, has just launched a keyboard app for Android that brings the same technology to mobile. Simply called Grammarly Keyboard, the app first launched for iOS, but was promised to follow for Android in the future. That future is here and Grammarly Keyboard with it; Android users can grab it from the Play Store now and rest easy knowing their comma mistakes will be caught ahead of time.

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You can get Pandora Premium on-demand music free: Here’s how

You can get Pandora Premium on-demand music free: Here’s how

Earlier in the year, Pandora launched a new on-demand service called Pandora Premium. Meant to keep Pandora competitive in this age of paid music streaming subscriptions that let you listen to what you want on-demand, Pandora Premium's launch was certainly long overdue. While Pandora still offers free streaming for those who don't want to pay, it's looking to extend those Premium perks to everyone today.

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Twitter Threads make tweet storms an official feature

Twitter Threads make tweet storms an official feature

For as long as Twitter has existed, users have been circumventing its 140 character limit (which, as of last month, is now 280). One way most people do this is through the tweet storm - instead of boiling down opinions, news, or arguments into a single tweet, users will instead create a string of tweets, each one replying to the last, to form a thread of connected thoughts.

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A costly new phone doesn’t beat a free software update

A costly new phone doesn’t beat a free software update

I bet you'd rather have something for free than have to dish out a rather large pile of cash to get a new phone. I've been on a two-year cycle for the past 7 years or so, and before that I had a non-smart phone - and I had that thing for 3-4 years, without issue. I saw the new phones, I wanted the new phones, but I certainly didn't want to pay for the new phones.

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Instagram update lets you follow hashtags to stay in the loop

Instagram update lets you follow hashtags to stay in the loop

Discovery is becoming an increasingly large part of social media. After all, if you can easily follow topics you're interested in, you're not only more likely to stay on a site like Facebook or Instagram, but you're also more likely to come back. It shouldn't come as much of a surprise, then, that Instagram is today launching new tools that will allow you to more easily follow the topics you're interested in.

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Xbox One YouTube app gets 4K and 60fps support

Xbox One YouTube app gets 4K and 60fps support

Xbox One owners can now stream YouTube videos in 4K resolution using the console thanks to a new app update. The update adds support for the Ultra HD resolution, giving users the feature they've been requesting for many months. The console's app also now supports 60fps, which tends to come alongside 4K resolution in cases where it is used. The update is available now.

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Google ‘appsperiments’ test three new mobile photography tools

Google ‘appsperiments’ test three new mobile photography tools

Google has taken the wraps off what it calls "appsperiments," an awkward moniker for a trio of new experimental apps that all center around mobile photography. These apps were designed to help explore "the potentials of mobile photography," says Google, which calls its new apps Storyboard, Selfissimo!, and Scrubbies. Each name refers to the app's primary function, though you won't be able to use all three on the same device.

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Gen 3 Pokemon GO Cheat Sheet Update

Gen 3 Pokemon GO Cheat Sheet Update

The Gen 3 Pokemon GO update is live, right this minute, and it's time to drop in on the most updated cheat sheet available. This cheat sheet makes sense of the Pokemon out in the wild right now, right alongside what'll be coming in the immediate future. Gen 3 has an amazing, beautiful, powerful set of Pokemon in it, but for many users it's the first really unfamiliar generation. You're going to learn today!

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