Shazam For Android Can Now Recognize Music Playing On Your Phone

Shazam For Android Can Now Recognize Music Playing On Your Phone

The app has recently been updated where it now comes with a new feature called “Pop Up Shazam”. This seems to be an Android-only feature at the moment, which is a little ironic considering that Apple now owns the company. According to Shazam, “When Pop Up Shazam is switched on, you will see a persistent notification in you notification drawer. This notification will be used to trigger the floating button. Just tap on it and you will see the Shazam button appear. To Shazam tap on the button and we will tell you the result wherever you are.”

This means that if you’re watching a video on YouTube or Instagram and there is a song playing and you want to know who it is, you can just press the floating Shazam button and it will attempt to identify the song for you. As for iOS users, as we said, this is an Android-only feature (for now), but in the meantime there are alternatives to identifying songs on your phone. This includes using a pair of earphones and placing them next to your phone’s microphone.

Xperia 1 Now In Stock Through Sony Store Europe

Xperia 1 now in stock through Sony Store Europe

The Xperia 1 is now available to order through the official Sony eStore in Europe. The handset is in stock in the UK portal available for £849 with black and purple colour options. Also, if you're quick you can claim a free pair of WH-1000XM3 headphones – only 130 headphones are available on a first come, first served basis.

Xperia Ace Announced; Japan Exclusive For Now

Xperia Ace announced; Japan exclusive for now

Sony Mobile and NTT docomo have announced the Xperia Ace (SO-03L) a brand new smaller form-factor smartphone for the Xperia range. It will be a Japan exclusive for now, and launches on the docomo network, alongside the Xperia 1 (SO-03L).

You Can Now Play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate With Nintendo Labo Vr

You Can Now Play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate With Nintendo Labo VR

Ahead of the Nintendo Switch reveal from back in 2017, it was reported that Nintendo was looking into ways to integrate VR to the console. It was later proven to be true when a couple of months ago, Nintendo launched the Labo VR kit which kind of brought VR to the Switch console system.

Since then, we’ve seen how Nintendo has updated some of its games to support it, such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey. Now, if you thought that maybe a fighting game would be cool in VR, you’ll be pleased to learn that Nintendo has since announced that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will also be supported in the Labo VR.

Spotify For Android Now Has A Sleep Timer

Spotify For Android Now Has A Sleep Timer

If you’re the type of person who loves falling asleep to music, you might be interested to learn that after years, Spotify for Android has finally been updated where it now comes with a built-in sleep timer. This feature is pretty straightforward as its name suggests, where Android users can now set a sleep timer which will stop the music playback once the timer is up.

As we said, this feature seems to have been a long time coming. This is because the iOS version of Spotify already has the feature, so it is unclear why it took Spotify this long to introduce it to Android. Previously, Android users had to turn to third-party apps in order to achieve a similar effect, but naturally having a native built-in function is always much preferred, especially since it will work right out of the door.

Tepco: No Foreigners On Decommissioning For Now

TEPCO: No foreigners on decommissioning for now

Tokyo Electric Power Company has put on hold its plans to hire foreigners under a new type of work visa in decommissioning work at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

TEPCO earlier announced that for its decommissioning work it would hire foreigners under Japan's new visa program that began last month.

Honda E Gets New Colors, And Reservation Books Are Now Open In Europe

Honda E gets new colors, and reservation books are now open in Europe

Potential customers for the Honda E have been allowed to "register interest" for the little electric car, but the order books officially open today. Your order is essentially placed through a reservation system wherein you choose your desired color of Honda E. Speaking of colors, there are now a total of five to choose from for initial ordering. You can check them out in the gallery above.

We've been staring at the white Honda E for awhile now, so it's great to see a bunch of new options for the cute car. All of the hues look superb, but we may be partial to the Crystal Blue or Charge Yellow. Whatever color you choose, it appears to retain the black accents on the hood and around the rest of the car. For the time being, there aren't any other customization options available. We imagine packages and options may become selectable later on if you actually commit to purchasing one.

Now There's Another Luxury Minivan We Want From Toyota

Now there's another luxury minivan we want from Toyota

Remember that ultra-luxe Lexus LM minivan from a month ago? Well, we certainly haven't forgotten, and Toyota just released another new van to fawn over. It's not as luxurious as the LM, but it's also going to be far cheaper for the folks who end up buying it. Let us introduce you to the all-new Toyota Granvia.

The Granvia is based-off the Toyota HiAce, which is actually more of a commercial van than anything. However, Toyota takes a significantly different tack with the consumer-friendly Granvia. Just look at the interior. There's no partition like the LM, but the chairs are still stunning compared to any minivan on this side of the world — and yes, the rear chairs are powered, too. Upwards of eight people can sit comfortably in the massive van. We're really digging the amount of comfort and luxury provided by the interior, even if it's several magnitudes of luxury below the Lexus LM.

Sony's 'god Of War' Documentary Now Available On Youtube

Sony's 'God Of War' Documentary Now Available On YouTube

The God of War franchise has been quite a staple in Sony’s PlayStation-exclusive line for years now, and with the last release, Sony attempted something different by introducing a new character to the game in the form of Kratos’ son. It proved to be a good idea because the game was extremely well-received and won a prize at the Game Awards.

For those who love to see what goes on behind-the-scenes during game development and want to know what the game’s designers and developers were thinking, Sony has since released the “Raising Kratos” documentary on YouTube where you can watch it for free in its entirety.

Android Q Beta 3 Now Available For Xperia Xz3

Android Q Beta 3 now available for Xperia XZ3

Google announced further details of Android 10 Q last night, including the news that the latest Beta (v3) will be available to 21 phones in all. The full list can be found here, and the great news for Xperia fans is that the Xperia XZ3 is on the list. Android Q brings a number of new features including the much awaited dark mode (great for the XZ3's OLED display), new gestures, live captioning, as well as stronger privacy and security controls. One feature that you might not be happy about is that Google is removing the back key, and replacing it with a swipe gesture. More details can be found here.

Nintendo Switch Online Now Has 9.8 Million Subscribers

Nintendo Switch Online Now Has 9.8 Million Subscribers

For the first time ever, Nintendo decided to start charge gamers for access to its online gaming services, where they would need to pay a fee if they wished to be able to play with other gamers online. Given that Nintendo did not charge in the past, many were curious as to how players would react to this.

As it turns out, players are reacting pretty well. According to the latest figures, it has been revealed that Nintendo Switch Online is boasting 9.8 million subscribers. This number includes those who took part in the free trial and also those in family members, so it is unclear as to how many actual individual subscriptions there are, but it is still a pretty impressive figure given that the service only launched last year.

Playstation Now Subscription Service Tops 700,000 Users

PlayStation Now Subscription Service Tops 700,000 Users


The PlayStation Now streaming service has been around for quite some time now, long before similar services were offered for the Xbox One. Sony launched it back in 2014 and it has seen constant growth for PlayStation Now over the years. Sony has revealed that the subscription service now has over 700,000 users.

Sony’s cloud-based game streaming service is based on a subscription model. Users can purchase a membership for $19.99 per month and that provides them with access to more than 750 games for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

Toyota Brings Out Electric C-hr For The Chinese Market (for Now)

Toyota brings out electric C-HR for the Chinese market (for now)

Toyota has officially unveiled its C-HR-based electric crossovers for the Chinese market. The GAC Toyota-built electric C-HR and the FAW counterpart, IZOA, appeared at the Shanghai Auto Show today. The models are the first fully electric Toyotas for China, and sales begin next year.

No figures have been released for the electric twins, nothing about the attainable range, available power or performance, but more information is sure to be made available later. The C-HR rides on the same TNGA platform as the new Corolla, so the BEV-ization of the Corolla is surely just a matter of time, and it's not unreasonable to expect a global fully electric variant of both the Corolla and C-HR in the near future if the Chinese endeavor is anything to go by. Still, as recently as late 2017, a Toyota executive said that "long range" battery electric cars were not part of the plan because of the time it takes to charge them, but that a new quicker-charging solid state battery was in the works for early next decade.