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Apple Developing Song Identification Features for iOS 8 With Shazam

shazamShazam, the music identification app is coming to Apple iTunes via Siri – according to reports by Bloomberg. Anonymous sources  from teh London startup hinted at the collaboration as a feature in the upcoming iOS 8 launch, expected on June 2 of this year during Apple’s annual developer conference. Read more

Front/Back Selfie App Finally Comes to Android

frontback androidSelfie photo app, Front/Back came to iPhones in September of 2013. Since then, the app has been growing a healthy userbase to 1 million downloads, doubling in the last month alone.

With the new Android app, users will have the same feature as the iOS version.  Each photo captured with Front/Back is a collage that that can be shared to your favorite social networks like Facebook or Twitter. Read more

Don’t Take a Selfie Next to a Moving Train

Here’s good advice for those seeking to impress friends with selfies taken next to moving trains: don’t do it. As demonstrated in this video, the selfie-taker was kicked in the head by a wise, disciplinarian train conductor. He’s lucky he’s not dead.

Don’t forget about this great selfie video depicting dangerous selfie scenarios. We told you so?

eBooks’ Interactive Features Are Not Always Helpful for Reading Comprehension

children app ebook comprehensionResearch from Heather Ruetschlin Schugar and Jordan T. Schugar of West Chester University are pointing to troublesome features of eBooks – mainly that they provide too much stimulation without enough reading compression.

While some books such as Miss Spider’s Tea Party, provide positive reinforcing stimulants, such as the sound of tea drinking- others, like Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the Really Big Adventure,  simply distract children with gimmicky features of moving objects and disconnected sounds. Read more

Wireless Companies Providing Voluntary Anti-Theft Tool for New Smartphones in 2015

Activation-LockToday, CTIA and participating wireless carriers announced major anti-theft protection for new smartphones, starting in July of 2015. The voluntary program , which includes participation from major carriers such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon Wireless.

New smartphones manufactured after July 15, 2014 will feature remote wipe and other methods of rendering the device inoperable to thieves. Read more

‘Family Guy’ Joins the Top Free Android Apps List This Week

Facebook EngineersFacebook is still leading the top free list on Google Play, but we’ve got some newcomers to the top ten list that are worth mentioning. First up, Family Guy –  my favorite TV show in the known universe. The game is free and fun, especially if you are really into epic chicken battles.

There’s also Cut the Rope 2 at #10, a follow up to Cut the Rope. If you like crushing candy and being addicted to games, this app is for you.

Below, we’ve listed the top free Android apps of the week as well as videos to the two new apps. The list links to Google Play’s research about the individual apps, including user reviews.

We spotlight the top free apps every week–helping our readers discover, enjoy and analyze successful content. Read more

‘The Girl Behind the Door’ is Today’s Free eBook

the girl behind the doorThe Girl Behind The Door: A Father’s Journey Into The Mystery Of Attachment - is today’s free Kindle download from writer John Brooks. The memoir follows a father’s journey to understanding his adopted daughter’s tragic suicide:

A Marin County, California father embarks on a journey to understand what led his seventeen-year-old daughter, Casey, to take her life. He travels back to her abandonment at birth and adoption from a Polish orphanage at fourteen months, through her happy childhood and her turbulent adolescence, searching for answers. In most respects, Casey was a perfectly normal girl – beautiful, smart and popular, accepted at an elite college. But she also had troubling behaviors that no one understood, including mental health professionals.  Read more

Scientists Can Use Your Hot Body to Generate Electricity for Wearable Devices

71564_webA research team from the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have found a way to print thermoelectric materials onto flexible, glass fabric. This fabric is actually a miniature generator, capable of harnessing your body’s heat and converting it into usable energy to charge your mobile, wearable devices.

Byung Jin Cho, professor of electrical engineering at KAIST : Read more

Sex Workers Find AirBnB Convenient and Inexpensive

airbnbAirBnB rental units are being used by sex workers, who cite the service as inexpensive, convenient, and lacking in surveillance when compared to typical hotels. This may very well surprise no one, but it’s particularly hard to swallow for AirBnB hosts who are not aware of the brothel-like conditions.

The story in the New York Post came after Air Teman, an AirBnB host who complained about coming home to police shutting down a sex party for “Big Beautiful Women.” Teman said, “There were all sorts of people walking out of my apartment and people coming in from the back yard. It was a huge mess.” One party-goer even shared the event on Twitter as a “XXX FREAK FEST.” Read more

Irony: Google Glass Developer Creates App That Maps Security Cameras

Google Glass developer, Sander Veenhof, has created, what some must see as a most ironic situational irony: an app for Google Glass wearers to see security cameras in their surroundings. The app culls open data about security cameras and maps the information into the user’s vision, using 3D projections.
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