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Shazam collaborates with Rdio to play full tracks in the iOS app

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Shazam for iOS has been updated to support full track playback by plugging into Rdio’s extensive collection.

The Shazam-Rdio collaboration is already quite deep, previously allowing users to deep link into Rdio from Shazam once a user had tagged a song. The new feature merely saves a step, allowing users to listen to the entire song in the app, for free, while encouraging them to listen to similar content in the Rdio app itself.

Shazam continues to be the de facto song identification song, charting the top tracks in various categories from around the world. This update furthers integration between it and Rdio, giving the streaming music service some much-needed publicity at a time when Spotify, Google and others are trying to steal its thunder.

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Google’s augmented reality MMO ‘Ingress’ arrives on iOS

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Google’s augmented reality game, Ingress, has finally arrived on iOS. Ingress hit general release in December following a year-long beta, but has been Android only since the official launch. The iOS version has been a long time coming — Google confirmed it was working on Ingress for iOS back in October – but there’s been little in the way of updates since last year. The availabilty of Ingress for iOS was confirmed last night via Google+ and a trailer on YouTube.

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Canadian mobile customers now pay less for more, and more for less: Wall Report

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Canadians now pay less for higher-end plans, and more for entry-level plans, according to the updated CRTC-commissioned Wall Report.

An annual review of wireless, wireline, mobile data and broadband data prices across various usage models, the Wall Report details the realities of Canadian monthly spending. In its seventh year, this is the first report since the CRTC’s Wireless Code of Conduct came into effect, and shows that while prices for low-usage plans have increased, those in the higher-usage bracket have fallen since last year.

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Halifax exploring deployment of patchy public WiFi scheme

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Halifax’s Regional Municipality has put forward an Request for Information (RFI) for a public WiFi solution partner. The city is looking to deploy WiFi in key public spaces around Halifax and Dartmouth and believes the initiative will further bolster Halifax’s reputation as a digital city, as well as enhance the lives of residents and visitors to the city. (more…)

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Rdio brings a new General Manager to Canada to better compete with Spotify

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Rdio is once again ramping up its Canadian presence in the run-up to Spotify’s launch north of the border. The company announced today that it is bringing on former Bark & Fitz CEO, Michael Orrbrooke, as a new General Manager for the company’s Canadian operations.

Rdio has grown steadily since it launched in Canada, and Orrbrooke’s role will be “growth and strategy” for the up-and-coming streaming music service. In April, Rdio announced a partnership with Shaw Communications, wherein Rdio would become the streaming service of record across Shaw’s considerable advertising and content network.

Scott Bagby, Rdio’s President of International, said, “The new role is part of Rdio’s commitment to Canada as one of our most important international regions,” though the company hasn’t released subscriber numbers to back up that claim.

The move is in line with Rdio’s strategy to grow its ad-based free streaming tier, which launched in January to grow the company’s user base. Rdio is available on iOS, Android and Windows Phone, as well as the web, and costs $9.99/month for the Unlimited tier.

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Raspberry Pi announces lower power Model B+ with four USB ports and improved audio

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When Raspberry Pi launched two years ago, it was supposed to be an educational tool — a small, cheap computer capable of running a basic OS that children could use to learn to code. The device exploded in the enthusiast market as DIYers created exciting new use cases using a range of operating systems, including Android.

Since then we’ve seen several iterations of first generation Raspberry Pi hit the market but today brings a new model, one that the Raspberry Pi Foundation is calling the ‘final evolution’ of the Raspberry Pi 1.0. Called Raspberry Pi Model B+, it adds some pretty significant hardware upgrades. (more…)

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Google launching a media-heavy redesign of its Play Store

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Google is set to launch a media-heavy redesign of its Play Store in the coming months, likely in the run-up to the release of Android L.

The company launched a new set of design principles at Google I/O, Material Design, and has committed to overhauling most of its mobile and web portals to coincide with this fall’s launch of Android L.

Android Police has received what appears to be a series of screenshots from a new version of the Play Store, for both phones and tablets, showing a media-heavy, minimal redesign of Android’s app centre.

Like many websites today, Google is making app logos, screenshots and content overviews front and centre, with a surfeit of white space. Reviews are front and centre, and app descriptions are more widely spaced.

It’s not clear when the redesign will launch, but it makes sense that Google will roll it out, possibly piecemeal, over the next few months.

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BlackBerry promo video shows how BBM Protected is for ‘conscious organizations’

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BlackBerry launched BBM Protected a month ago, the first product of its eBBM suite of services. The functionality is free for those who purchased of BES 10 and targets those enterprise customers who would desire to have an added level of security with their instant messages.

BBM Protected uses FIPS 140-2 encryption to send messages between users in the same company and between other Protected customers. A new video has been uploaded by BlackBerry that deems BBM Protected is for “conscious organizations” who want Secure IM. (more…)

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Samsung dreams of a day when retina scans will pay the bills

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Samsung recently introduced its new Exynos quad-core ModAP processor and it looks like it is already setting an eye to what’s next — possibly even the Next Big Thing.

The official Samsung Exynos Twitter account has teased an insight into what they are working on, stating, “Security can be improved using features unique to us. That’s what we envision. What would you use?” The image shows a large-sized smartphone with an edge-to-edge display and a fingerprint scanner. The highlight of the picture is located in the middle of the display and hints that users will someday have the ability to pay bills by a simple scan of the retina, which would be a significant level of added security.

There is no timing on if or when this will happen, but before the Galaxy S5 hit the market it was rumoured that Samsung would launch the flagship with a fingerprint sensor, and was actively “studying” eye scanner technology.

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Samsung Apps brands to GALAXY Apps, promises ‘hundreds of exclusive apps’

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Samsung has rebranded its Android app store to align more closely with the Galaxy brand, which is perhaps more well-known in North America than the company itself.

Galaxy Apps is the destination for “hundreds of exclusive apps” only for Galaxy owners, and will be the single portal for promotional apps and discounted products. (more…)

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