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Apple to confirm Shazam acquisition today; Snap and Spotify also expressed interest

After we broke the story last week that Apple was acquiring London-based music and image recognition service Shazam, Apple will be confirming the news today, we have heard. It is purchasing the startup — one of earliest players in the world of mobile music — as part of its bigger ambitions in the music business. Show More Summary

News: Report: Apple acquiring music recognition app Shazam

Apple is close to acquiring Shazam, the app that lets users identify songs, movies, TV shows and commercials by using a small portion of the audio or images, TechCrunch reports. Sources said the deal could be announced as early as today, with one claiming Apple could pay more than $400 million for the company. Show More Summary

Apple scoops up Shazam for a musical score - CNET

It's not quite $3 billion for Beats, but still: Apple confirms it'll buy the music recognition app to bolster its Spotify competitor, Apple Music.

Samsung Galaxy S9’s improved iris scanner will be as secure as Face ID

Samsung Pay can utilize the iris scanner, but no other banking apps can use it. A new report out of Korea claims the Samsung Galaxy S9 will have improved iris scanning that will be able to secure sensitive information.

The Last Jedi Cast Answers the Web’s Most Searched Questions

Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Mark Hamill, Laura Dern, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Domhnall Gleeson and Kelly Marie Tran take the WIRED Autocomplete Interview and answer the Internet’s most searched questions about Star Wars and themselves. Show More Summary

Floor Kids is Tony Hawk’s Pro Breakdancer

If you have a Nintendo Switch, chances are you also have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The new Zelda is a massive, phenomenal game that you can and should play […] The post Floor Kids is Tony Hawk’s Pro Breakdancer appeared first on Geek.com.

Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection on Xbox One will let you play the classics in 2018

Street Fighter has been a sensation ever since the first game released back in 1987. Today, Capcom revealed the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection for Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4. The collection is meant to celebrate the franchise's legacy by offering some of the most iconic games in the series on modern devices. ...

The market for bitcoin futures is heating up

Cboe Global Markets' bitcoin futures market is heating up after it launched Sunday evening. Ed Tilly, CEO of the exchange group, told Business Insider volumes and the number of participants in the market are picking up. The market for...Show More Summary

Google Home Max Now Available for $399; Verizon Discounts LG V30

Verizon Wireless today began selling the Google Home Max in-home assistant and speaker. The Max relies on the same Google Assistant that powers the Google Home and Google Home Mini devices, but packages the voice-based tool in a larger, music-focused box. Show More Summary

Apple confirms it's buying music recognition app Shazam

Well, that was fast. Following reports on Friday that Apple was planning to buy music recognition app Shazam, CNBC reports that Cupertino has confirmed the purchase. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but TechCrunch estimates the agreement to be worth around $400 million. The site was also the first to report news of the acquisition Friday afternoon. Source: CNBC

OnePlus 5T Can't Stream HD Content from Netflix, Google, Amazon

The latest flagship smartphone from OnePlus cannot stream video content from certain providers in high-definition, according to The Verge. The services impacted include Amazon Prime Video, Google Play Movies, and Netflix. The OnePlus...Show More Summary

Galaxy S9 Will Fight iPhone X Face ID with This

Samsung's Galaxy S9 iris scanner will offer faster and more reliable performance, according to a new report.

Face ID rivals on Android? Apple’s Phil Schiller says ‘they all stink’

Face ID is the future of authentication, at least on the iPhone, starting with the iPhone X. But the TrueDepth camera is likely coming to other Apple products in the near future, including iPads and MacBooks. Many people will say that Apple did not invent facial recognition and the iPhone X isn’t the only device that can do it. Show More Summary

Galaxy S9 might not copy the iPhone X’s Face ID, but it’ll have a better iris scanner

The Galaxy S9 may not be unveiled in early January, as some reports had suggested, but that doesn't mean the Galaxy S9 rumors have stopped coming in. New reports reveal major details about the upcoming Galaxy S9 smartphones, including...Show More Summary

Bitcoin price steadies as first futures contracts begin trading on Cboe exchange

The price of bitcoin steadied in trading Sunday night following the launch of the Cboe XBT, tradable bitcoin futures contracts on the Cboe Global Markets exchange. Bitcoin trading was all over the place in the lead up to the launch, with the price of bitcoin surging $1,700 in early morning trading to $15,591.63 at 9:30 a.m. Show More Summary

iPad Pro Helps Save Apple’s iPad Brand

2017 has been a great year for Apple. Not only did the Apple Watch finally take off, but the iPhone X is on its way to possibly becoming the biggest money-making iPhone yet. Earlier this year, Apple released updated versions of it’s 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, in particular, has received fantastic reviews. Show More Summary

Goldman Sachs will clear bitcoin futures for some of its clients

Goldman Sachs will clear bitcoin trading for some clients on a case-by-case basis, according to a person familiar with the plans. The derivatives contracts are set to go live on the Cboe Futures Exchange on Sunday. Goldman CEO LloydShow More Summary

PSA: If you have an older iPhone with slow performance, a new battery could solve your problems

One longstanding complaint from iPhone users is how their device slows down over time, specifically as the device ages and Apple releases new software updates. A Reddit thread has emerged this weekend with some interesting theories as to why this may happen… more…

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