Shazam Now Identifies Songs Played on Other Apps — But Only on Android

Prior to its acquisition by Apple late last year, Shazam had bled millions.

Breaking down the song recognition app’s for 2017, the company reported a gross profit of £38.4 million ($50.6 million at the historic exchange rate), up just 2.3% year-over-year.

While that sounds good at first, Shazam’s administrative expenses also increased.

In 2016, the company posted £41.6 million ($54.8 million) in total administrative expenses.  That number jumped 35.2% to £56.3 million ($74.1 million) in 2017.

Had it not been for Apple’s $400 million acquisition late last year, the company would’ve likely drowned in debt, just as most music tech startups do.

Taking full advantage of the purchase, the Cupertino tech giant from the music identification app last December.

Now, as the app’s developers prepare to offer exclusive series content access on Apple Music, Books, TV, and Podcasts, Shazam has unveiled a new feature.

Identifying what you’re listening to through your headphones.

On Android, the Apple-owned app has launched Pop-Up Shazam.

In the company’s latest Android version of the app, Shazam quickly tracks and identify songs played through wired headphones and earbuds as well as wireless Bluetooth headsets.  In short, Pop-Up Shazam no longer needs to hear a song through your smartphone or tablet’s speaker.  The new feature tracks and identifies songs played on other apps.

The Pop-Up appears as a floating chat icon on your phone’s UI, similar to Facebook Messenger.  Once the app successfully identifies the song, users receive a notification featuring the song and artist name.  You can also access additional information, including a track’s complete lyrics.

To get started, Android users will first have to enable the notifications under Settings.  Strangely enough, the iOS version of Shazam hasn’t made the feature available just yet.  This may be due to an iOS restriction, which disables developers’ ability to access audio playing through another app.

It remains unclear when this feature will come to iOS, if ever.


Featured image by Shazam.

SoundCloud Announces Instagram Integration On iOS & Android

Music followers have most likely seen Instagram customers sharing their favourite tunes via their IG tales. While some might need entry to the “scroll up” choice, which hyperlinks the viewer to a special webpage, many have been left with the choice importing screenshots their most popular tracks. SoundCloud has introduced the addition a brand new Instagram function that can assist its customers share musical creations successfully. 

The replace permits customers to share SoundCloud songs on to their Instagram Story by merely clicking “Share” on the SoundCloud menu and deciding on “Share to Instagram Stories.” People who view the story will then be capable of entry the track by tapping “Play on SoundCloud” on the high the put up, which is able to make them the SoundCloud cellular app enjoying the chosen track.

Millions music creators who construct their careers with SoundCloud might be happy with the improve as a lot because the avid music listener. Saweetie is a component the fanatics.

The new SoundCloud + Instagram function begins its rollout immediately and is offered via the newest variations the SoundCloud and Instagram cellular apps on each iOS and Android.

Teyana Taylor Wears Transparent Jumpsuit In Axel Arigato X Samsung Campaign

Swedish brand Axel Arigato has been tasked with styling Samsung’s latest marketing campaign recognizing fashion and its convergence with technology. The Swedish design house will produce and market exclusive trousers, a jacket, a bag, accessories, and shoes (its specialty) in conjunction with the all-new Samsung Galaxy S9 superphone. The concept they’ve adopted for the occasion is Transparency, with a double entendre necessitating both style and substance. 

Enter Teyana Taylor, the sculpted singer-model as the new face the ad campaign, wearing you guessed it: a transparent jumpsuit, all with a Galaxy S9 present in some capacity.

The rear shot works as “back pocket placement” the Galaxy S9, something I personally advise against in case you/she were to sit down reflexively. Teyana’s diet and exercise routine are akin to LeBron’s holistic spending. The shapely remains immutable, even to pregnancy.

The stylist must have had a field day contorting the ever-so-flexible Taylor, this pose a bourree she learned in the ballet-jazz symposium.

Teyana draws the phone to her ear (quite believably). The “Samsung” Velcro fixings are as apparent in this shot, as the last. The Arigato X Samsung collaboration will be sold exclusively through Axel Arigato retails and online channels, and will be accompanied by a London, UK launch on September 7th, followed by one in Stockholm on September 14th.

"Fortnite" Beta For Android Finally Touches Down

After months assuring gamers that they would port their popular Fortnite game over to Android devices, Epic Games has finally made good on their promises. The game developer announced that open beta for Fortnite mobile will be open to Samsung users starting today. Although Samsung users are the first Android owners to get their hands on the game, Epic Games claims that more Droid devices will receive the game in the near future. You can sign up for an invite to the beta here. 

These are the Samsung devices that are able to access the beta immediately: S7 / S7 Edge, S8 / S8+, S9 / S9+, Note 8, Note 9, Tab S3, Tab S4. Epic Games also states that purchasers the new Samsung Note 9 or Galaxy Tab S4 will get access to the new Galaxy skin.

Here is a list devices the Android beta will be accessible on in the future:

Google: Pixel / Pixel XL, Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL
Asus: ROG Phone, Zenfone 4 Pro, 5Z, V
Essential: PH-1
Huawei: Honor 10, Honor Play, Mate 10 / Pro, Mate RS, Nova 3, P20 / Pro, V10
LG: G5, G6, G7 ThinQ, V20, V30 / V30+
Nokia: 8
OnePlus: 5 / 5T, 6
Razer: Phone
Xiaomi: Blackshark, Mi 5 / 5S / 5S Plus, 6 / 6 Plus, Mi 8 / 8 Explorer / 8SE, Mi Mix, Mi Mix 2, Mi Mix 2S, Mi Note 2
ZTE: Axon 7 / 7s, Axon M, Nubia / Z17 / Z17s, Nubia Z11

"Pokémon GO" Teases Generation Four Update With Two Year Anniversary Image

Time sure does fly. It has already been two years since Niantic released the mobile game sensation Pokemon GO. Atlhough the hype has died down, to a certain extent, memories hundreds kids flooding the streets to “catch ’em all” are still fresh in our heads. When Pokemon GO dropped, it felt like everyone was playing the game. Kids were so distracted by their cell phones, they were walking into traffic and into other dangerous situations. Despite the gamers who lost their grip on reality, Pokemon GO was amazing for kids who never got out the house. Instead a game that rewarded children for staring at their television screen from their living room, Niantic created a game that encouraged going outside and traveling. Now, Niantic is gearing up to celebrate the two year anniversary their breakthrough game. 

Pokemon GO’s ficial Twitter released a new promotional image for their anniversary that hints at a generation four update. Along with several other Pokemon, the image includes Chimchar, Turtwig, and Piplup. Those three pocket monsters were the starter Pokemon from the Sinnoh region that was introduced in Pokemon Diamond and Pearl versions. Niantic has yet to release an ficial release date for the new Pokemon, but their annual Pokemon Fest takes place this month, so expect new Pokemon GO news very soon. 

"Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle" Update Allows Gamers To Summon Porunga

Porunga may not be as famous as Shenron, but he is just as powerful. The Namekian dragon is summoned once all seven dragon balls are collected on Piccolo’s home planet. According to GameRevolution, a new update in Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle allows gamers to summon the Namekian dragon. There are three sets Porunga Dragon Balls, so 21 in total, that need to be collected in a specific order to summon the bulky dragon. Clues within the game give players hints as to how to attain each dragon ball. Each set seven must be collected in order (the first set first, second set, etc.) for the summoning to work. Via GameRevolution, these are the instructions for attaining all three sets:

Porunga Dragon Balls Set One

  1. Clue: Daily training is crucial to getting stronger: For this Dragon Ball, you need to train with one character.
  2. Clue: Find the button for switching between Quests and Events on the HOME screen: You just need to switch between quests and events a few times to get this ball.
  3. Clue: Battle alongside the little warrior who saved Dende from Dodoria: Complete a quest with any the Gohan (Kid) variations as part your team.
  4. Clue: Is it possible to be friends with yourself?: Search for your own friend ID in friend search and try to send a friend request.
  5. Clue: The Scouter had an abnormal reaction?!: Go to the summon screen and tap on the scouter to look at the featured unit for this ball.
  6. Clue: Where can you find lots Awakening Medals?: Complete one stage the Battle for Awakening Medals.
  7. Clue: A Dragon Ball is also hidden inside the banner!?: On the home screen look for the banner marked with a question mark. Tap it to get the Dragon Ball.

Porunga Dragon Balls Set Two

  1. Clue: Tap on the invisible button on the character list screen: On the character select screen, you need to click on the number that scrolls to the bottom the screen to get this ball.
  2. Clue: Get help from the hermit that lives on top the holy tower: Use a Kami Awakening Medal on any character.
  3. Clue: Make a circle on the home screen for the amount Dragon Balls that there are: Spin the character wheel on the home screen seven times.
  4. Clue: Obtain new allies with the bond that you’ve created with your friends: Complete one friend summon.
  5. Clue: Do a lot Quest and Event stages: Use a total 50 stamina completing Quest and Event stages.
  6. Clue: An old lady that likes to look at money and fights is looking to trade: Buy one item in the Baba Shop.
  7. Clue: Awaken the power ‘Super’ or ‘Extreme’: Z-Awaken any character once.

Porunga Dragon Balls Set Three

  1. Clue: Fight a strong enemy in a fierce battle: Complete a single Dokken Event to get this Dragon Ball.
  2. Clue: Awaken a character to a new form: Dokkan Awake a single character.
  3. Clue: Visit an old enemy’s shop: Go to the main menu and head into Pilaf’s Trove to get this ball.
  4. Clue: My training is a bit tough. Train once at Korin’s Tower.
  5. Clue: Go and find the glowing orbs that are one the 5 colors: Beat any the Hidden Potential stages you can currently access.
  6. Clue: It seems that you still have dormant powers: To get this ball, you need to raise the hidden potential one character by one node.
  7. Clue: Fight with 5 allies that are colored in the same color: Finish a stage using characters that are all the same color.

Instagram Launches IGTV, Allows Users To Post Videos That Last 60 Minutes

Video content has become the most popular form social media. Instagram is aiming to compete with Snapchat, and possibly even YouTube, with their latest update. The social media site, which is owned by Facebook, is hosting an event today in which it is speculated that they will be introducing a new video function. Reports are swirling that Instagram will be fering a new extended video service. 

According to Tech Crunch, Instagram is set to introduce a new feature for longer videos that will function much like Snapchat’s Discovery section. Users will reportedly be able to upload videos that last up to 60 minutes, which is much longer than Instagram’s current one minute limit. CNET, who will be live streaming the event, reports that the new service is geared towards giving users a platform to tell much longer stories. Whether that be a political narrative, a travel vlog, or a makeup tutorial, Instagram wants to create a platform that allows users to promote their lifestyles. The long-running videos will be accompanied by ads so that users who bring in an enormous amount viewers can also get paid. The service will be called IGTV.

Check out the live stream Instagram’s event, which begins at 1 PM ET, below.