Fake Google+ Usernames Are Cool Again

Google+ has dropped its strict name policy from last Tuesday which means all you crazy kids and trolls on YouTube can go and change it to whatever you want.

In 2011 when Google+ launched, there were restrictions on users adopting fake names. Now Google is throwing all the rules out the window and allowing you to choose whatever you want as your name.

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Pinterest Is On A Voyage Of Discovery

Pinterest is branching out with new discovery tools again, something that turns out to be quite necessary when you have people pinning stuff they find all over the web onto one place.

Pinterest announced last Thursday that you can now follow specific interests as well as following specific users.

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Is The ‘Buy Button’ Facebook’s Next Big Move?

Twitter has already been testing out purchase options for advertisers on their website, notably the #AmazonCart feature which allows users to reply to a tweet with an Amazon link in it using the hashtag #AmazonCart.

This adds the item to the users Amazon basket and allows them to complete the transaction at a later stage. Well, Facebook wants a slice of the action too.

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Shazam Streams Full Tracks From Rdio

via Engadget

Shazam has linked out to Rdio for a while now, but the tune-identification app would boot you out to access a full track.

With a recent update though, the software now streams songs it identifies from Rdio’s library from within, so long as you have a subscription.


Those who have yet to pay up will still get a preview, but selecting the aforementioned repository from the listening options will only prompt you to download its app.

Those who do shell out the monthly fee need only to link the two apps in order to take advantage. Shazamed tracks are automatically sorted inside their own playlist for later access, while an “Add to Playlist” button lets you chose more appropriate destinations.

While the iOS version is available now, folks who carry Android devices can expect it to arrive “in the next few days.”

Paypal’s App Can Save Your Loyalty Cards

via Engadget

If Joe’s Diner gives you a free slider every ten meals, you may no longer need to schlep around a punch card if you use PayPal.

It’s latest iOS app now works with loyalty cards from select retailers just by scanning a barcode on your physical card. That’ll save it into your PayPal wallet in a similar way to Apple’s Passbook and Microsoft’s Wallet, letting you score discounts or other deals.

The company also squashed a few bugs and killed the old-school check-scanning feature. So far, the update applies only to iOS devices, but we’d imagine it’ll hit Android soon as well.



Google Brings Augmented Reality To iOS

via Apple Insider

Long a favorite of Android’s early adopter crowd, iOS users can now get in on the augmented reality fun of Ingress — a game in which players battle through the real world to secure virtual portals for their team — after Google’s Niantic Labs released an official client on the App Store

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