Apple’s iOS 8 to Reportedly Include Shazam Music Recognition

2 hours, 6 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple apparently wants to make it easier for iPhone and iPad users to identify the songs they hear, so the company is reportedly planning on including Shazam's song identification technology in iOS 8. Including Shazam as a system-level feature would make it easier to answer those "what song is playing" questions, but could put a crimp in sales of competing apps.

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Including song identification in iOS 8 would give Apple yet another way to drive customers to the iTunes Store, and if that technology comes from Shazam, it'll be a hard blow for SoundHound.

Sponsor: Merlin from Project Wizards

2 hours, 33 minutes ago · Dave Hamilton · Weekly Sponsorship

It is my distinct pleasure to have Project Wizards on board this week to sponsor TMO with their awesome project management app, Merlin. Long-time followers of TMO history will note that Project Wizards has been sponsoring our Cirque du Mac party for the past 5 years straight, contributing directly to the benefit of our collective community here. Please join me in offering our sincere thanks for all of this.

New Cars for Anki Drive Hit the Track

3 hours, 13 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

The incredibly cool iPhone-based remote control cars for Anki Drive have some new competition because the company has two new models available. The Corax and Hadion models offer new feature to ramp up the competition: Hadion comes with Turbo Boost, and Corax lets you mount multiple weapons. The new cars make an already great racing game even more awesome, and Anki has new tracks available, too. Corax and Hadion are priced at US$69 each, and the new Crossroads and Bottleneck tracks cost $99 a piece.

What it’s REALLY Like to Work For Apple

3:15 PM EDT, Apr. 16th, 2014 · John Martellaro · Hidden Dimensions

Working for Apple is the experience of a lifetime. Most everyone who has had that privilege looks back with affection on the experience — if one ignores the reason for leaving. But a recent article, without having spoken to any former Apple employees, looks only at the downsides from a few whiners. It was a one sided, deceptive picture.

Jeff Gamet Recaps Macworld/iWorld 2014 at Estes Park User Group

11:10 AM EDT, Apr. 16th, 2014 · TMO Staff · TMO Appearances

Jeff Gamet, The Mac Observer's Managing Editor, will be speaking at the Estes Park Internet Computer User Group on Wednesday, April 16, in Estes Park, Colorado. Jeff will talk about this year's Macworld/iWorld Conference, The cool things he found on the expo floor, what you missed out on if you weren't there, and more.

Apple, Samsung Sign on for CTIA’s Smartphone Kill Switch

10:19 AM EDT, Apr. 16th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple and Samsung are among the smartphone makers that have agreed to comply with CTIA's guidelines calling for a "kill switch" that renders devices useless if lost or stolen. The agreement will take effect in July 2015, and for Apple, it won't involve much more than it already offers through its Find My iPhone feature.

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Tools to help smartphone owners protect their personal information if the device is lost or stolen are great, but it doesn't seem like Find My iPhone has done much to reduce iPhone thefts. It may be a little myopic for companies and law enforcement agencies to think that will change come July 2015.

Judge Cote Denies Apple Request to Stop State Ebook Antitrust Cases

9:16 AM EDT, Apr. 16th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's attempt to dismiss the string of ebook antitrust lawsuits filed against it by several states was shot down by Federal Judge Denise Cote on Tuesday. Several state Attorneys General filed lawsuits accusing Apple of conspiring with publishers to artificially raise the price of books, and Judge Cote -- who already found Apple guilty in the antitrust case filed by the Department of Justice -- said the states can move forward with their trial scheduled for July 14.

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It's no surprise that the states get to move forward with their antitrust lawsuit because Judge Cote doesn't think Apple has been able to back up its claims that there wasn't any injury. July should be an interesting month for Apple's legal team.