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Which songs stumped Shakira? Shazam will now show you

An updated version of the app will show artists' searches to users.

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Google Play Music adds free, ad-supported radio in effort to lure subscribers

Human-curated playlists, the fruit of Google's acquisition of Songza, are part of the free offering that anyone can try.

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Spotify for Android 3.0 update adds swipe-to-skip gesture, revamped player design

Sadly, there's still no sign of that nifty running feature and new start page.

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Google Play 'Family' section now highlights kid-friendly apps, games, and TV shows

Disney characters, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and other children's favorites get a prominent spotlight.

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Spotify launches beta testing program for Android

It's an invitation-only initiative, so sign up now if you want to check out new features before they're released widely.

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Android apps can track your Wi-Fi connections to puzzle out your location

A new study warns that Wi-Fi data collected by applications could be used for tracking.

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GasWatch propane tank scale alerts your mobile phone when you run low on fuel

This clever gadget safely lets you know how much propane is left, so you don’t get caught with a half-cooked meal.

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Turn your phone into a Wii-style remote with Motion Tennis Cast

The Chromecast game will have you swinging away at a virtual tennis ball, just make sure you don't let go.

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How to use your mobile device to control your home theater

With the right selection of apps you can transform your iOS or Android phone or tablet into an elegant home entertainment command center.

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Grab $6 in Google Play credit through your Chromecast

Google's intent is to encourage you to rent a movie for Valentine’s Day, but it’s good for any content in the Play Store.

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AllCast brings easy Chromecast photo beaming to iOS

The free app does a fine job of sending photos to your TV, but there are better options for video.

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7 wacky sleep-hacking gadgets to help you get some shut-eye

Start-ups are tackling the science of sleep at this year’s CES.

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UbiSpeak combines voice and text messaging in a single app

Developer of the Ubi voice-controlled computer announces a free Android and iOS app that lets you create text messages with your voice.