SoundHound Infinity, Google Maps, Shazam

updated 11:19 am EDT, Thu May 15, 2014 | Posted in iPhone Apps

SoundHound Infinity 6.0 ($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. Version 6.0 introduces fully redesigned Song, Artist, and Album pages. The new Song pages now contain photo galleries of a user’s favorite performers, as well as more relevant music videos and better recommendations. [Download - 17.1MB]

Google Maps 3.0.1 (free) - Google Maps can be used to find directions to locations around the world. The app includes full voice-guided GPS navigation for driving, biking, and walking, complete with lane guidance. Live traffic conditions and incident reports can also be found within the app. The v3.0.1 update fixes some occasional issues with Navigation. [Download - 13.4MB]

Shazam 7.6 (free) - Shazam Encore is a music tagging tool that can identify songs simply by listening to them. A number of improvements have been made to the result page that is displayed when shazaming TV shows in v7.6. Users will now have easy access to music from the show, as well as a full cast list and the latest news regarding the show. In addition the latest release now integrates with the LINE app, allowing users to share all of their Shazams directly with friends. [Download - 28.1MB]

Facebook 10.0 (free) - Facebook is a mobile client that allows users to access a Facebook account. Support is include for viewing profiles and the news feed, updating a personal status, sending messages, and more. Version 10.0 now allows users to review how a post will look, as well as choose whether to remove any suggested links before sharing. Support for creating posts while offline has also been added, with the post being set to automatically publish when a connection becomes available. [Download - 59.4MB]

Litely 1.0.4 (free) - Litely can be used to add film-inspired tones to digital photos. The software also includes a number of other tools for cropping images, as well as adjusting exposure, sharpness, vibrance and vignette. The latest release now lets users easily share their images to Instagram and other apps. A number of performance improvements have also been including, along with fixes for reported bugs. [Download - 14.7MB]

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