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Shazam brings music ID powers to Mac

Shazam is bringing its media identification software to the desktop with an app for the Mac. Previously only available on smartphones, Shazam is now available for free in Apple’s Mac App Store. As with the Android or iOS version, Shazam for Mac identifies songs playing in the background of your home, office, coffee shop, or anywhere else you have your …

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Stuart O'ConnorShazam brings music ID powers to Mac
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Apple refreshes MacBook Pro with Retina display line, improved processors and more RAM

As rumoured yesterday,  Apple has unveiled an upgrade to the Retina MacBook Pro lineup. The entry-level 13-inch model now comes with a 2.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor – previously it was a 2.4GHz chip – with 8GB of RAM as standard. The top-tier 13-inch model comes with a 2.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, and also has 8GB of …

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Stuart O'ConnorApple refreshes MacBook Pro with Retina display line, improved processors and more RAM
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WATCH: Cortana outsmart Siri

There is no love lost between Apple and Microsoft, and in a new TV ad for its Halo-inspired Cortana virtual assistant, Microsoft pokes a bit of fun at Apple’s Siri. Bringing back memories of Apple’s Mac vs PC campaigns, the advert presents a series of commands which Cortana is able to intelligently process, while Siri struggles. Watch the ad below …

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Stuart O'ConnorWATCH: Cortana outsmart Siri
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Greenpeace and Amazon in war of words over clean power

Greenpeace does not appear to be a big fan of Amazon, or its Amazon Web Services In a recent Green Internet report, Greenpeace praised companies such as Microsoft, Google  and Apple for their green credentials, while claiming that AWS had the “dirtiest” cloud. “AWS has dropped further and further behind its competitors in building an internet that runs on renewable …

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Stuart O'ConnorGreenpeace and Amazon in war of words over clean power
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Has Apple’s new MacBook Pro Retina spec been leaked?

If the rumours are true, Apple should soon be updating the MacBook Pro Retina line with much-improved power specs. According to Trusted Reviews, a photo of Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina specs that was leaked in China shows that an upgrade looks to be coming soon. The photo, said to have come from the company’s Paradise Walk store in Chongqing, …

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Stuart O'ConnorHas Apple’s new MacBook Pro Retina spec been leaked?
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Apple buy talk/podcast app Swell?

Rumours are flying around that Apple has been spending its pocket money: Has it just put down $30m to buy talk radio app Swell? According to Recode, Apple has bought the app which generates custom playlists from podcasts and talk radio content, and learns what you like. An interesting move from a company that is more accustomed to making billion …

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James O'MalleyApple buy talk/podcast app Swell?
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Apple partnering with Swatch for the iWatch?

Have we been reading the runes wrongly? Could the iWatch not just be a single watch, but a platform involving many different manufacturers? That’s what swirling rumours about Swatch may be pointing towards. According to VentureBeat, Apple is working with Swatch to build smartwatches – so that a broader range of styles may be offered. “From geek, to chic”, as …

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Apple working on mobile payments for real goods? There’s two good reasons why that would be a wise move.

Soon you could be using your iPhone to pay for goods in actual physical shops – at least, if the rumours are to be believed. According to Business Insider, Apple CEO Tim Cook has been talking to payment companies, including Visa, about striking a deal to make the tech work. What it would allow you to do is rather than …

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James O'MalleyApple working on mobile payments for real goods? There’s two good reasons why that would be a wise move.
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iWatch shows up on the US Patent Office website

As if further proof was needed that Apple is planning a smartwatch, diagrams showing what the iWatch could look like have turned up at the US Patent Office. The designs show plans for a watch that tethers to another mobile device, and that will be packed with sensors – possibly including some in the strap. Exactly as we’re expecting the …

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James O'MalleyiWatch shows up on the US Patent Office website
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Rip-off Britain: UK shoppers pay more for technology

It’s something that people in the UK have always suspected, but now Which? has made it official – Britons pay far more for new technology products than consumers in the US. The consumer watchdog compared the prices, excluding tax, of 13 identical products ranging from televisions and games consoles to desktop applications and security software and found UK consumers pay more …

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Stuart O'ConnorRip-off Britain: UK shoppers pay more for technology