Bing Audio, Windows Phone’s built-in music matching service, rolls out to 14 new countries

I was watching an old episode of Breaking Bad the other day when they played this soulful tune I couldn’t quite place. I just knew I loved it and wanted to hear it again. So I pulled out my phone and fired up Bing Audio, the built-in feature for identifying any artist, song, or album that’s playing around you.

Boom. Moments later my phone had the answer: The track was “Didn’t I,” from some semi-obscure ‘70s-era musician named Darondo. He’s now the star of my music collection.

Bing Audio is one of those Windows Phone features that, once you know it’s there, you find yourself using all the time. (Yes, I’m the weird guy waving my phone in the air at coffee shops and bars, inside the car, and in front of the TV.) The good news is that now more of you will have a chance to try it. Bing Audio support for Windows Phone has started rolling out to 14 new countries including Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, and Switzerland. The feature is already available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the U.K., and the U.S.

If you’ve never used it before, here’s how Bing Audio works: When you hear something playing you want to identify, just tap the Search button on your phone, then tap the little music note icon shown below.

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The phone listens for a few moments, and then lets you know if it finds an audio match. Here’s another tip: If you ever want to go back and see a song Bing Audio identified in the past, just go to Music History, which you’ll find by tapping the Search button, then tapping open the More menu.

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Of course, some people swear by popular music recognition apps like Shazam and SoundHound, which you’ll find in the Windows Phone Store (it’s always nice to have choices). But in my mind Bing Audio has a couple things going for it. First, it’s built in, so you can start using it right of the box—no downloading necessary. Second, it’s tied into Xbox Music. So once you identify a track, it’s easy to quickly buy the song or preview others from the same artist. Just tap the Store icon shown in the screenshot above. Xbox Music Pass subscribers (I’m one) can also stream or download the tune to their phones.

So next time you’re stumped on a song, give it a shot. And if you’re curious how Bing Audio performs this neat trick, check out this Q&A I did with some of the engineers who worked on it.

I was watching an old episode of Breaking Bad the other day when they played this soulful tune I couldn’t quite place. I just knew I loved it and wanted to hear it again. So I pulled out my phone and fired up Bing Audio, the built-in feature for identifying any artist, song, or album that’s playing around you.

Boom. Moments later my phone had the answer: The track was “Didn’t I,” from some semi-obscure ‘70s-era musician named Darondo. He’s now the star of my music collection.

Bing Audio is one of those Windows Phone features that, once you know it’s there, you find yourself using all the time. (Yes, I’m the weird guy waving my phone in the air at coffee shops and bars, inside the car, and in front of the TV.) The good news is that now more of you will have a chance to try it. Bing Audio support for Windows Phone has started rolling out to 14 new countries including Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, and Switzerland. The feature is already available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the U.K., and the U.S.

If you’ve never used it before, here’s how Bing Audio works: When you hear something playing you want to identify, just tap the Search button on your phone, then tap the little music note icon shown below.

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The phone listens for a few moments, and then lets you know if it finds an audio match. Here’s another tip: If you ever want to go back and see a song Bing Audio identified in the past, just go to Music History, which you’ll find by tapping the Search button, then tapping open the More menu.

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Of course, some people swear by popular music recognition apps like Shazam and SoundHound, which you’ll find in the Windows Phone Store (it’s always nice to have choices). But in my mind Bing Audio has a couple things going for it. First, it’s built in, so you can start using it right of the box—no downloading necessary. Second, it’s tied into Xbox Music. So once you identify a track, it’s easy to quickly buy the song or preview others from the same artist. Just tap the Store icon shown in the screenshot above. Xbox Music Pass subscribers (I’m one) can also stream or download the tune to their phones.

So next time you’re stumped on a song, give it a shot. And if you’re curious how Bing Audio performs this neat trick, check out this Q&A I did with some of the engineers who worked on it.

Official Facebook app for Windows Phone 8 gets major upgrade

The apps just keep on coming this morning. Redbox. iHeartRadio. And now this.

A few months ago we created the Facebook Beta program, an opportunity for heavy-duty Facebook users and Windows Phone enthusiasts to help test out and shape future versions of one of our most popular and important official apps. Your help and support has been tremendous, and today the beta program is paying its first big dividend: Facebook 5.0 for Windows Phone 8. Download it now

This major update brings a ton of new features and improvements that many of you have been asking for, including a complete overhaul of the user interface, improved navigation, support for high-res pictures, post sharing, Facebook Timeline view, and more. Grab the update from the Store and tell us what you think.  (UPDATE: We’re also working to update the Windows Phone 7 version of the app later in the summer. Stay tuned.)

And if you’re the type who enjoys living on the edge and tinkering with pre-release software, then by all means also download the separate Facebook Beta app, which allows you to preview and provide direct feedback on future changes to the app.

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The apps just keep on coming this morning. Redbox. iHeartRadio. And now this.

A few months ago we created the Facebook Beta program, an opportunity for heavy-duty Facebook users and Windows Phone enthusiasts to help test out and shape future versions of one of our most popular and important official apps. Your help and support has been tremendous, and today the beta program is paying its first big dividend: Facebook 5.0 for Windows Phone 8. Download it now

This major update brings a ton of new features and improvements that many of you have been asking for, including a complete overhaul of the user interface, improved navigation, support for high-res pictures, post sharing, Facebook Timeline view, and more. Grab the update from the Store and tell us what you think.  (UPDATE: We’re also working to update the Windows Phone 7 version of the app later in the summer. Stay tuned.)

And if you’re the type who enjoys living on the edge and tinkering with pre-release software, then by all means also download the separate Facebook Beta app, which allows you to preview and provide direct feedback on future changes to the app.

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Top 5 Android Apps for Power Users: Joe Edition


Brandon and Geoff have already shared their top five Android apps with you. If you missed their videos, it’s well worth your time to go back and take a look! Since I focus more on hacking, slashing, and pushing your Android past what it was designed to do, I thought I’d focus on my top five apps that are a must-have for any Android power-user — though if you don’t consider yourself part of that group you should still get quite a bit of utility out of what I’ll show you in my video. 1. ROM Manager (basic version: free; premium version: $4.99): If you are interested in flashing ROMs, recovery images, backing up your device, or any number of other low-level tasks, ROM Manager is the app for you. It takes much of the risk out of flashing your device, and makes the processes much easier — though for those of us who are used to doing things “the old way” this seems a lot like cheating. bit.ly 2. Theme Chooser (free with CyanogenMod custom ROMs): T-Mobile created an awesome app for distributing with their phones called Theme Chooser. They later released it as opensource and the CyanogenMod team picked it up and included it in their custom ROMs. Using this app you can customize the look and feel of your Android-powered device. The app lets you install themes which can change a lot of the UI elements in the operating system including your status bar, icons, wallpapers, backgrounds, and even icon sets and widgets. 3. Launcher Pro and ADW Launcher EX (Launcher Pro: free

How to download apps on your PS3 (Jailbreaking) [Part 2]


——–WATCH IN HD FULLSCREEN———– ———-Only Works On 3.55———- ——–Update For 4.XX Soon——— Video Part 1: www.youtube.com **********Download Links************* All official system updates (OFW) – www.ps3hax.net Kmeaw 3.55 (CFW) – torcache.net (comes with an old version of multiman backup manager, dont download it.) Package Files (Apps) – ps3.dashhacks.com (get multiman, file manager, ntfs support) This tutorial shows step by step how to install 3.55 custom firmware via usb flash drive method, to your PS3 slim or fat! This allows backing up game discs to PS3 or Downloading new games from torrents (piracy). YOU CANNOT DOWNGRADE FROM 3.56+ Video Skipper: 1. Format USB drive with FAT32. 2. Make PS3/UPDATE folder on USB. Copy over Official Firmware from sony’s website. 3. Reboot PS3 into recovery mode and update from USB. 4. Put USB back in PC and replace official firmware with kmeaw’s firmware in step1 folder of download. Also, put package files (apps) onto USB root directory. 5. On PS3, update via removable media. Once done flashing, “install package files” 6. Open multiman. 7. (For downloaded games) Insert Fat32 external harddrive to computer, and create folder called GAMES. Copy game folders inside there. PS3 Hacking Scene Background (In order from old to new): – Sony removes OtherOS from the PS3 in version 3.21, which used to allow consumers to install linux on their ps3 and use it as a desktop pc and/or write code for the ps3. – A separate

Top 10 BEST NEW Android Apps MUST have v5


www.youtube.com = check out my channel (2 shows/week) Best Apps of the week 1. MX Home Launcher 2. Taptu (News and Rss app) 3. PhotoFunia 4. Android Assistant 5. Amazon Free App of the Day Notifier (99 cents on the maket) (But the developer has posted a free download link for all those who dont wish to donate)heres the link forum.xda-developers.com 6. Guerrilla Bob 7. Minimalistic Text widget Live wallpaper = MultiPicture Live wallpaper I’m ruunnig a custom rom Destroyer Rom v2 (modified version of CM7 for Evo) Click the SUBSCRIBE button Up Above 2 shows every week !!!! 🙂