Apple Buys Shazam Music Service for an unknown amount

Early Monday, Apple confirmed that it is acquiring Shazam, the popular app that identifies any song, TV show, movie, or ad by listening to a few seconds of it. “We are thrilled that Shazam and its talented team will be joining Apple,” Apple spokesperson Tom Neumayr said in a statement to BuzzFeed News. “Since the launch of the App Store, Shazam has consistently ranked as one of the most popular apps for iOS. Today, it’s used by hundreds of millions of people around the world, across multiple platforms.” “Apple Music and Shazam are a natural fit, sharing a passion for Click Here to Read more

Apple Park estimated to cost $5 Billion to build

“The ‘spaceship’ of Silicon Valley has landed in Cupertino, but the question remains: How much did it cost to build? Construction data and analytics startup BuildZoom estimated in October that the new Apple campus cost more than $1.1 billion, based on the building permits,” Seung Lee reports for The Mercury News. “But longtime Santa Clara County Assessor Larry Stone estimates that costs for the iPhone maker’s shiny new campus far exceeded BuildZoom’s estimate, and may be closer to $5 billion — or just about the cost of 5 million iPhone X’s.” “Apple could not be reached for comment on the Click Here to Read more

Apple’s Phil Schiller tries to ease fears about Face ID and 3rd party developers

“Apple’s had a big year. The highlight was the introduction of the iPhone X, the ten year anniversary phone that said goodbye to the iconic Home button and is Apple’s template for smartphones in the next decade,” Erwin van der Zande reports for “But does the entire industry agree, like it did with the original iPhone 10 years ago, or is it just Apple?” “I can ask this [of] Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing,” van der Zande reports. “Schiller points out a couple of features… The first one is Face ID, the new security technology Click Here to Read more