Google acquires image recognition firm Moodstocks


In joint announcements by Moodstocks and Google’s French office, the search giant will be acquiring Moodstocks in a deal to obtain the company’s visual recognition technology. Moodstocks has been working to develop “on-device image recognition,” or using a smartphone’s camera as a sensor analyzing the physical around, since 2012. More recently they have been working on object recognition and deep learning approaches to make the system work even better. That should fit in nicely with Google’s own efforts to make greater use of machine learning.

Samsung rolls out new S Health features to keep up with the Gear Fit 2

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With the Gear Fit 2 barely a month old, Samsung has decided it’s a good time to start tweaking and updating their S Health application. S Health has gone through a few different design changes over the years, usually with each new Galaxy S release, but it seems like they’ve found their groove with the layout and design and have only been adding features since then.

Enjoy Independence Day with four free months of Google Play Music


If you have been on the fence about the Google Play Music Unlimited subscription service, Google is hoping a special promotion connected to the July 4th holiday in the U.S. may be just the incentive you need. Just for U.S. customers who would be a new Unlimited subscriber, Google is offering four months of free access to Play Music Unlimited before consumers would have to start to pay $9.99 per month to continue access.

Samsung Pay Mini trademark application filed in Europe


A little over a month ago word surfaced that Samsung was working on a new version of their Samsung Pay platform that would work on non-Galaxy Android smartphones and would even cross the divide to work on iOS devices. The pending release of the new application appears to have been firmed up a bit with the discovery of a trademark application with the European Union for “Samsung Pay Mini”.

Google Maps gets enhanced timeline, multi-stop support in latest update

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With many users hitting the roads for the Independence Day weekend in the U.S., Google rolled out a couple new changes to their Google Maps app to help people get where they are going and remember all the good times they had there. The new features include the ability to setup multi-stop routes on Android devices, with the feature coming to iOS soon, and the ability to add notes to the Timeline.

Handy website lists all the OK Google voice commands you never knew you needed to know


By now, most of us have probably used the OK Google command at least once, quite likely using it to find the answer to a question or perhaps for the route to a new destination through Google Maps. But that’s the mere surface of what you can do with the OK Google command, it’s capable of a lot more. A whole lot more, and  you can learn how much more by joining us after the break to check out a really useful website that an enterprising young developer has created that holds more than 150 voice commands, with more than a thousand variations. 

Twitter copies Snapchat, will bring daily Stickers to your social media photos


In the latest round of feature additions, Twitter is taking a page out of Snapchat’s playbook and adding the option to put stickers on the photos in your tweets. It seems like most new social media additions these days are chasing Snapchat, but hey, can’t argue with what works.

Twitter’s #Stickers will work like Snapchat’s filters, except they’re applied to pictures and not disappearing photos/videos of your face. You’ll get a rotating set of images every day that you can slap on your image, which should help to spice up what you’re sharing with your followers. The rotating sticker idea will probably help to keep some people drawn in.

Live-streaming is where YouTube is going next


The live-streaming hype really got going again at SXSW 2015 when Meerkat and Periscope became the go-to apps for people roaming around Austin, Texas. Over a year later, things have really changed. Meerkat is transitioning to a social network while Twitter’s Periscope has to face a big challenger: Facebook. The social network built by Mark Zuckerberg has Facebook Live, a service that has surprised everyone by becoming the biggest live-streaming service for mobile devices.

Now there’s about to be another competitor in the live-streaming face, and it’s from a familiar name. At VidCon 2016, YouTube announced live-streaming for all.