SoundHound Infinity, Drafts for iPad. Shazam Encore

updated 11:08 am EDT, Wed April 9, 2014 | Posted in iPhone Apps

SoundHound Infinity 5.9.1 ($7) - SoundHound Infinity is a music recognition tool that can identify songs by listening to them for a few seconds. After identifying a song the app provides users with the song title, artist, lyrics, and a link to purchase the song in iTunes. The v5.9.1 update includes a number of minor bug fixes. [Download - 15.4MB]

Drafts for iPad 3.5.8 ($3) - Drafts for iPad is a text editor that allows users to quickly take notes and choose where to send them later. Version 3.6 introduces a number of new features, including Google Drive Actions, Background App Refresh support, and new Clipboard Actions. Users can now create an unlimited number of custom Google Drive actions, which are similar to the existing Dropbox and Evernote actions. [Download - 10.3MB]

Shazam Encore 7.5.1 ($5) - Shazam Encore is a music tagging tool that can identify songs simply by listening to them. The latest release is strictly a maintenance update that resolves a number of reported issues. [Download - 26.7MB]

Plex 3.4.2 ($5) - Plex can be used to stream music, videos, and photos from any home computer running the Plex Media Server. A potential crash that could occur when performing a search within a section has been fixed in this release. Additionally, a problem where certain searches would result in incorrect results has also been fixed. [Download - 13.2MB]

Heads Up! 2.2 ($1) - Heads Up! is a party game where players must guess a word that is held to their forehead. To play, users first choose a category and then place their iOS device in front of them. Everyone else on the player’s team must then give them clues to help them guess what word is displayed. The latest release adds new cards to all of the categories and addresses a number of reported bugs. [Download - 67MB]

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Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files

Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t

Graphics/Web Design  1m

PopChar X 7.5 arrives

Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for €30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]

Software  3h

Safari Technology Preview release 5 arrives

Apple has released the latest, and fifth, version of its Safari Technology Preview. The latest version arrives two weeks after the Preview release 4. As with the previous releases, the STP does not replace the gold candidate release of Safari, but can reside alongside it, though it is primarily aimed at developers to utilize for testing purposes. The latest release brings fixes to JavaScript, CSS, Web APIs, Web Inspector, Media, Security, Networking, Accessibility, and bugs fixes for large animated GIFs and zooming in and out of PDF documents. Users running a previous version of the preview can update it via the Mac App Store. http://apple.co/1qLpSk8

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Parallels Access 3.1 updated for iPad Pro

Virtualization software Parallels Access 3.1 has been updated with support for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, including Apple Pencil support. The software allows remote access to your PC or Mac from anywhere to control desktop applications from iOS or Android tablets and phones, with native touch gestures, as well as from any computer with an HTML5 web browser. Featuring three resolution choices for your mobile device ("Best for your Device," "More Space," and "Same as Computer") and 3D Touch support for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the update also adds a new Tablet Mode in Windows 10, which makes it easier to interact without a mouse or keyboard. http://bit.ly/1OWZqjg

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Hyundai brings CarPlay to more 2016 models

Along with its previously-announced support for adding CarPlay technology to the 2016 Sonata, 2017 Elantra, and 2017 Ioniq, a leaked memo to dealers has revealed that CarPlay-supporting software updates will be available today that bring the infortainment tech to the 2015 and 2016 non-hybrid Sonata models, the 2016 hybrid Sonata, the 2015 and 2016 Genesis Sedan, the 2016 Tucson, the 2017 Santa Fe, and the 2017 Ioniq. Owners can upgrade the system themselves by visiting the Hyundai website, and will need a Mac or PC with either an SD card slot or SD card reader to transfer the update to the vehicle. http://bit.ly/1YZqkqS

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Google Paris HQ raided by investigators

Google's Paris headquarters has been raided by dozens of French police. The Tuesday raid was part of an ongoing investigation into possible tax-avoidance practices, stoked by widespread dissatisfaction with the way multinationals like Google are structuring their business operations. Although trading in many countries around the globe, Google reports its international sales only in tax-friendly Ireland, similar to a practice adopted by Apple. According to French law, if it completes any of its sales contracts in France and not Ireland alone, it could be in breach of its laws. Google, for its part, denies any wrongdoing, and said that it is fully compliant with French law. http://reut.rs/1Udk2T9

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Apple TV extends universal search to NBC

Apple has extended its universal search function on the Apple TV to now include NBC shows in its results, provided the user has installed the NBC tvOS app. The search results can be generated either through Siri, or through the Search app, and includes support for searches by title, genre, and actor, among other queries. NBC joins CBS, more recently, among other channels including: Disney Channel; Disney Jr; Disney XD; FOXNOW; FXNOW; HBO GO; HBO NOW; Hulu; Nat Geo TV; Netflix; PBS; PBS Kids; SHOWTIME; SHOWTIME Anytime; Starz, and Watch ABC, all of which are supported by universal search. http://apple.co/25lGi5R

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