Shazam is for more than just music now, with the latest version of the music identification app being able to scan images and QR codes to offer access to interactive content.
Starting today, the newest version of Shazam will have a new camera icon on the interface. The new button will allow users to wave their phone over items with the Shazam camera logo or a QR Code to bring up interactive content, special offers and other custom mobile content. Shazam is working hand in hand with a long list of companies to make this work, including that of the Warner Brothers, Guerlain and Evian to name a few, to put interactive content on their products that can be accessed via the app. The app can also read content on regular QR codes with no problem either.
If you’d like to give it a go, you can download Shazam here though it will be awhile yet till we see Shazam specific content around our parts.
We reported some time ago that Google was splitting up its services from Drive and now unlimited cloud storage for videos and photos is here in the form of Google Photos. Already available for Android, iOS and web users will be getting a taste of the app as they get launched.
The service will feature free unlimited storage that allows you to upload photos which will be stored at original quality up to 16 megapixels and videos up to Full HD 1080p. The app will also automatically backup images from your PC, tablet and smartphone. Apparently you will be able to upload images from your camera but this hasn’t yet been confirmed.
Basically what the app allows you to do is it lets you watch and record live broadcasts straight from your smartphone and it looks like it will be a game changer when it comes to how we share live broadcasts.
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Microsoft‘s Cortana is jumping off the Microsoft exclusive wagon and is heading straight to iOS and Android. This was just revealed in a video as explained by Redmond’s Joe Belfiore and Cortana will be presented as a “phone companion app” to be some serious competition for Apple’s Siri and Google Now.
In terms of looks, Layout is basically the same on Android and iOS with the same basic features that allow the creation of Instagram ready photo collages with up to nine photos. Once you pick the layout you want, you can resize each photo, swap them around and rotate or flip individual images. You can also emulate photo booth style photos straight from your phone’s camera.
The resulting images will adhere to Instagram’s square form factor for photos and can be immediately uploaded via Layout to your Instagram account.
The app is available for smartphones running Android 4.1 and up and can be downloaded for free on Google Play.
Heads up Maxis Postpaid users, you can now snag yourself extra data for free when you buy any data plan using the MyMaxis App. On top of letting you keep an eye on your internet usage the app also makes it easy to purchase data.
From the 18th May to the 19th July, any data plan bought using the MyMaxis app awards you 500MB free data during the promo period. That’s right, even buying the daily 100MB plan for RM2 can get you that 500MB of data. The 500MB Mobile Internet Pass is valid for 30 days but the extra data is a one off freebie that can only be redeemed once per customer or number.
Do note that this doesn’t apply to supplementary lines so only the principle line will be awarded the free data. The free 500MB data will be credited on a weekly basis and you’ll receive an SMS upon activation.
For more information, head over to Maxis’s Free 500MB Promo page.
Piloting a drone can be tough for first time users. What if you had a GoPro enabled drone that could pilot itself? This is the Lily, the only drone with a built-in camera that you can throw up into the air and have it follow you to capture life’s greatest adventure.
Last week we announced that Snake Rewind, the game of classic Snake reborn for touchscreen devices, was on the way and now it’s finally available for download.
From the creators of the original Snake, Rumilus has made the game available as a freemium title with the game free to download and you can either collect or purchase Fruits to spend in the in game “Fruit Store” for power ups. The best part is, if you happen to crash you can just rewind and get back on the ball. Graphics are quite minimalist but up to date with a snazzy soundtrack to boot.
It also looks like there will be a healthy mix of old and new features, with missions you can complete in the game as well as visual modes that imitate Snake from past and present, so if you fancy playing Snake on a Cathode Tube screen or exactly the way it was on the Nokia 6110 you can do just that.
Attention Penangites, Uber – Your personal driver on demand has finally arrived. Penang is Uber’s 3rd Malaysian city after Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru, and they are available now throughout the island.
One of the benefits of Uber is that you can request for a clean and safe ride directly from your smart phone. Another convenience of using Uber is that it is completely cashless, as your trips are charged automatically to your assigned credit or debit cards. This means you can just hop on and off an Uber ride without worrying about small change.
We’re sure most people still remember the old glory days of playing Snake on their Nokia phones, in all it’s monochrome glory. Those days are long behind us, the times when you were stuck with whatever software was on your feature phone, and almost always there would be Snake.
Now the game is making a comeback for touchscreen phones thanks to Nokia engineer Taneli Armanto who was originally responsible for putting the game on the Nokia 6110 and developer Rumilus Design for a fresh take on good ol’ Snake.