Shazam is often the go-to iOS app when it comes to identifying and tagging music. The free service keeps adding on new ways to share, learn about, and listen to music of all stripes. Since the iOS 7 overhaul, Shazam has receive several updates on iTunes, bringing the current version to 7.2.0.
Rdio fans will notice the latest update has a built-in function to play tagged Shazam tracks as a Rdio playlist. For those who aren't familiar, Rdio blends streaming music with social media, making it possible to learn about new music from friends and followers. Rdio functionality joins other services already on the list in Shazam, including Spotify, YouTube, iTunes, lyrics display and more.
iOS users can now wake up to their favorite musical artists thanks to Pandora's new alarm clock mode. Version 1.5 of the Pandora Radio app not only brings a refreshed design for iOS 7 and some bug fixes, but it also adds the option to set an alarm using your favorite radio station.
Users can set the new alarm by navigating to the settings section of the radio station they want to use. The Alarm Clock configurations are at the bottom of the page in the "CLOCK" section under "Sleep Timer". Just tap the Alarm Clock bar to set the time, station, snooze length and volume. Your Pandora app will then alert you when it is time to wake up.
It looks like Razer, who is known for making high quality PC gaming accessories, is working on their own iPhone game controller. The always reliable @evleaks today posted several press shots of the new device called "Kazuyo."
As you can see from the leaked image above, the gaming pad features a directional pad, shoulder buttons, and four regular buttons. There also appears to be a speaker on the right hand side of the controller.
The companion app for the PlayStation 4 game Knack is now available on the App Store and Google Play. Knack's Quest is a puzzle game which gives players the chance to win items that they can use within the console version of the game.
The object of the game is to collect 3 or more of the same type of parts to help Knack grow larger and reach a certain size before the the time limit expires. The app is free to download on the App Store, and is compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch running iOS 6 or later.
Knack's Quest is also available for free for Android devices via Google Play.
SlickWraps is offering 35% off its entire inventory at slickwraps.com. You can take advantage of this deal by using the promo code HOLIDAY during check out. The sale has already started and ends on December 17.
SlickWraps offers a wide variety of cases and screen protectors for the iPhone 4 or later and iPad 2 or later. The accessory makers promises their screen protectors will not bubble after being applied, and feature a full 360-degrees of protection. Other SlickWrap products include a series of glow in the dark iPhone wraps, carbon cases and leather cases.
Google Chromebooks can now detect iOS devices and automatically import all images and video to Google+ thanks to the newly installed Google+ Photos app. While this makes it easier for iOS users to upload images and video to their Chromebooks, it is also annoying because sometimes you don't want your files to be automatically shared on social media sites.
Luckily you can disable this feature by locating the Google+ Photos app in the Apps tab located at the bottom of your Chromebook's display. You can then navigate to the Google+ Photos Settings by clicking the gear icon in the top hand right corner. Just remove the check next to "Automatically import photos when I plug in a camera or memory card," and this will stop your Chromebook from detecting your iOS device and trying to import your photos to Google+.
Apple is offering a free "Holiday Playlist" of eight songs to iPhone owners who use the Apple Store App. All iOS users can download the app for free from the App Store, but the free Holiday Playlist is only available through the iPhone version.
You can download the free playlist by opening the Apple Store App on your iPhone and scrolling down until you see the "Holiday Cheer" tab. Tap the "Download now for free" button and you will be taken to the redeem gift card section of iTunes. Just tap the "Redeem" button on the top right hand of your display and the playlist will automatically download to your phone.
Eutechnyx has teamed up with Games Workshop to release Warhammer 40,000: Storm of Vengeance in 2014. The strategy game will be released for both PC and mobile devices, including iOS. The new title will be set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe during the planetary conflict on Piscina IV, and feature the popular characters Grand Master Belial and Ork Warlord Ghazghkull Thraka.
"Storm of Vengeance sees Eutechnyx working with one of the most established brands in gaming" said Eutechnyx CEO, Darren Jobling. "I am very excited that our new partnership with Games Workshop will allow us to bring the world of Warhammer 40,000 to dedicated fans around the world via our new mobile division."
Even though the addition of the front-facing camera on most smartphones has eliminated the "selfie arm," there is another way to snap the perfect self portrait using your iPhone's headphones.
To take a picture using your headphones, just aim your phone and push the + button on the your Apple earbuds remote while the camera app is open. You can also use the play/pause button in the middle of the remote to start and stop recording video when in video mode. Of course your headphones will need to be plugged into your device for this trick to work.
Now all that's needed to buy an iTunes gift card is a PayPal account. The online payment service has launched a new feature called PayPal Digital Gifts, with iTunes gift cards as its first product offering. Of course, when buying a gift card the cost is immediately debited directly from your PayPal account.
The iTunes gift cards are available from PayPal in $15, $25, $50 and $100 denominations, except that $15 and $25 cards are currently sold out. When purchasing the cards there's an option to "Buy for Me" or gift the cards for someone else. Keep in mind, however that the cards are only valid for purchases on the U.S. iTunes store.