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  • Shazam introduces visual recognition
  • Shazam introduces visual recognition
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Shazam introduces visual recognition

Audio recognition app Shazam – which helps hundreds of millions of people find the names of songs playing around them – has expanded its features to include ‘visual recognition’. It's effectively re-inventing the much derided QR-code functionality, but aren't QR codes already dead?



  • An app that makes images searchable An app that makes images searchable

    You can Google anything your heart desires, ask Siri almost anything and Shazam music wherever you are. But the way we see the world is still largely unsearchable. Blippar is making visual search a reality with an augmented reality app that turns cameras into search engines.

  • Article image Amazon Fire Phone: a department store in your pocket

    After years of speculation, Amazon finally announced the Fire Phone in June 2014, featuring stereoscopic glasses-free 3D. Its biggest talking point was Firefly – a visual and audio 'Shazam' that lets you buy whatever you scan directly from Amazon. But do people really want this?

  • Article image Awear Solutions: shopping from a stranger’s back

    Israeli start-up Awear Solutions is making awkward 'where did you get that bag?' interactions a thing of the past with an app that lets you scan strangers’ outfits on the go, taking you to the original purchase site. But given that it relies on brand and customer co-operation, does it have growth potential?

  • Peekster: Shazam for print publications Peekster: Shazam for print publications

    On your way to work, you spot an interesting article in the free paper, but the train pulls into your stop before you have time to finish reading it. But with the Peekster app, you can can the headline to bring up the digital version and save it for later, or share it.