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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: December 14, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: December 14, 2012

Welcome to Friday evening everyone. The weekend will be underway soon, but before we jump in, let's recap the news from the afternoon. We found out today that Google Maps on iOS might not be around for very long, so enjoy it while it lasts, while Motorola Atrix HD users are now getting a long-awaited update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Google is leaving Sync support in the dust starting on January 30, 2013, and there were launch events for the iPhone 5 in 33 different countries today.

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Google+ for Android updates with full-size image uploads, improved Hangouts, and more

Google+ for Android updates with full-size image uploads, improved Hangouts, and more

A ton of new features have arrived on the Google+ app for Android. To celebrate "Season for Shipping", Google decided to roll out several new and useful features for their social network service, especially for Android users. Google says a total of 24 new "treats" have come to Google+ in this update, which should be beneficial for a lot of users this holiday season.

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Google+ Communities turns social upstart into discussion hub

Google+ Communities turns social upstart into discussion hub

Google has revealed its answer to Facebook Groups, Google+ Communities, a way for like-minded souls to create hubs of discussion and media on any topic they're interested in. Hitting all Google+ accounts today, Communities works as a topic-specific discussion board, with support for various sub-topics branching off from that, and with a choice of privacy settings to control whether anybody can participate, or if it's locked down.

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Google Play reviews now use Google+ name and photo

Google Play reviews now use Google+ name and photo

Google really wants all of the content users of its various services upload and create to use their real name and offer their photograph. Not too long ago Google updated YouTube giving people who upload videos the opportunity to use their Google+ name and profile photo rather than whatever random name they chose when they register for YouTube. Google is now rolling out that more personalized name and photo service to Google Play.

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Google Drive introduces direct sharing (and embedding) to Google+

Google Drive introduces direct sharing (and embedding) to Google+

It's time to get serious once again about cross-use between Google services right here with Google Drive and the company's social network Google+ - from one to the other! The announcement today is that the media you upload to your Google Drive account from whatever source you've got - be it your smartphone, your tablet, your Chromebook, or your desktop computer - can now be viewed from Google+ and shared directly as well! Google is making the case once again that it simply makes more sense - ie is easier - to use all Google all the time.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 4, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 4, 2012

Welcome to Thursday evening everyone - just one more work day to go and then we'll have arrived at the weekend. Today we received a pair of invites from Microsoft - one for a Windows 8 launch event happening on October 25, and another for a Windows Phone 8 event happening on October 29. We also learned today that Samsung intends to update the Galaxy S III to Jelly Bean "soon," but sadly, we still don't have a specific date to speak of. We were also told today that HP will be hiring more than 50 developers to work on Open webOS, which is definitely something to get excited about.

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Could Google+ Eat Evernote?

Could Google+ Eat Evernote?

Information is pointless if you can't find it when you need it. That's the ethos that has driven search engines like Google just as it has "digital notebook" services like Evernote, and it's also the reason why Google+ could eat Evernote's lunch if it put its mind to it. With the news of Facebook's one billion active users, questions as to how Google+ will compete with Zuckerberg's empire have inevitably surfaced; of course, the best way to stay relevant is to offer something completely different altogether.

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