Shazam is finally profitable after a billion downloads

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A Totally Autonomous, Electric Shuttle Service Is Now Running In Lyon, France

The experimental service runs on a 1300 meter circuit with five stops. In September, an experimental free shuttle service featuring electric, driverless busses launched in Lyon, France, the first of its kind in the world. The service is run by the French Agency for Environment and Energy and the …

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Twitch will be ad-free for all Amazon Prime subscribers

Live streaming site Twitch, which is owned by Amazon, today announced an exclusive set of perks for Amazon Prime members, including ad-free viewing and discounts on video games bought on Amazon.com. Twitch CEO Emmett Shear announced the new service, appropriately called Twitch Prime, at the …

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Blizzard is ditching the Battle.net name

Now that online gaming services are a given, there’s no need for special branding. Battle.net has been synonymous with Blizzard for most of the game studio’s history, and for good reason: from Diablo onward, the online service helped usher in the concept of free, fully-integrated multiplayer …

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Olympus Says Earth’s Rotation Limits Image Stabilization to 6.5 Stops Max

It turns out the only thing standing between Olympus and even better image stabilization than the E-M1 Mark II‘s already insane 6.5 stops… is the …

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Instagram says advertisers more than double in six months

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc’s Instagram said on Thursday its advertising base more than doubled to exceed 500,000 in the last six months. Instagram, the popular picture-sharing app that uses Facebook’s ad technology to target highly specific audiences, has gained traction as the preferred platform used …

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Stop Doing HDR like it’s 2008!

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Comment from Steve Kondik fuels uncertainty surrounding CyanogenMod

The times when Cyanogen Inc. blustered about “putting a bullet through Google’s head” are over. These days, when company executives speak publicly, …

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Check out this Beatles-inspired song written entirely by AI

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are the only two surviving members of The Beatles, but if they ever want to take the show back on the road, this AI would probably be a welcome addition. Sony CSL Research Labratory is releasing an album next year of songs written entirely by artificial intelligence. …

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How Long Do Android and iPhone Owners Keep Their Phones?

Every time a new Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPhone gets released, it seems like everyone who has chosen iOS over Alphabet’s (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL)Android immediately orders one. In reality, however, not every consumer trades in his or her phone just because a new model comes out. They may want to, …

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