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Sonos app hits big 5.0: Universal search, smarter playlists, more

Sonos app hits big 5.0: Universal search, smarter playlists, more

Sonos has pushed out its new Sons app for iOS and Android, graduating the software from beta, and bringing universal search, musical alarms, and smoother multi-room support to all users. The new Sonos Software v5.0 updates the interface considerably, but it's the ability to search for music across all available sources rather than one at a time that will likely please avid listeners.

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Facebook kills Poke and Camera (we feign surprise)

Facebook kills Poke and Camera (we feign surprise)

Facebook has quietly axed its Poke and Camera apps, yanking them from Apple's App Store after they failed to set the social world alight. Poke was Facebook's attempt to cash in on the ephemeral photo craze begun by Snapchat, allowing Facebook users to send each other self-destructing photos, but which languished under the shadow of persistent rumors that the social network was trying to buy its smaller app rival.

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Adobe Voice turns iPad into storytelling tool

Adobe Voice turns iPad into storytelling tool

Apple has always pushed the iPad as a content creation tool, but Adobe is taking things one step further with Adobe Voice for iPad, a new video app that promises easy storytelling with pro-style results. Intended to create the sort of heartstring-tugging or wallet-opening clips that you commonly see shared on Facebook or crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter, Adobe Voice effectively makes its After Effects engine automatic.

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Google buys Appetas, could spell doom for Yelp

Google buys Appetas, could spell doom for Yelp

After purchasing Zagat in 2011, Google’s restaurant review ambitions have floundered. Though they have one of the more powerful properties in the restaurant industry, there was no native way to interact or otherwise provide quick and easy feedback on your favorite eating spot. With their purchase of Appetas, Google is taking an end-around, potentially crippling the troubled Yelp in the process.

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Evernote and LinkedIn team on business cards

Evernote and LinkedIn team on business cards

Evernote and LinkedIn have inked a deal to handle one of the lingering frustrations of business: physical, printed business cards. The partnership will see LinkedIn shutter its own mobile card scanning app, CardMunch, and instead push its users to Evernote's card scanning system, with existing subscribers getting two years of service. Meanwhile, there's something in it for existing LinkedIn members, too.

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Vhoto iPhone app sucks incredible stills from your videos

Vhoto iPhone app sucks incredible stills from your videos

A new iPhone app aims to blur the lines between photos and video, with Vhoto automagically pulling out the best stills from video clips. The app, handiwork of a former Xbox and Activision engineer among others, aims to change the way that photos are captured by using computer vision to sift through footage and yank out images with good framing, where people are smiling, or that have merit otherwise.

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