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Google Maps updated for iPhone, Android with reservations and Uber

Google Maps updated for iPhone, Android with reservations and Uber

This week Google is bringing on a new version of Google Maps for the masses. The iPhone, the iPad, and the entire Android universe will be getting a far more bold look at Google Maps, working with new major feature integrations like in-app restaurant reservations and Uber cards. This isn't just a user interface reboot, it's a feature update, made to change the way you use Google Maps on all your devices - especially your Android and iOS-based smartphones and tablets galore.

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Office for iPhone debuts as Microsoft drops 365 sub need

Office for iPhone debuts as Microsoft drops 365 sub need

Microsoft refuses to slow down on its software push, with a new free Office suite for iPhone and by dropping its Office 365 subscription requirement for its iOS and upcoming Android apps, as it redoubles its efforts to grab mobile user share. The new Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for iPhone - taking on Apple's own Pages, Numbers, and Keynote - arrive alongside updates to the same apps for iPad, but also see Microsoft announce a new Office for Android tablets beta program. Though not quite open for business yet, Android tablet owners can sign up for when the apps are released in early 2015.

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Google Inbox invites opened to public

Google Inbox invites opened to public

Want to know how you're going to get in on Google's alternative to Gmail with the app called Inbox? Wonder no more, fair citizens, Google is opening the flood gates this afternoon. Between the hours of 3PM and 4PM Pacific Time, you'll only have to send an mail to Google at inbox (at) google (dot) com requesting an invite. They seem to have an automated system set up to accept invites and grant them by 5PM, also Pacific Time - promised, as if by magic.

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PS4 update 2.01 inbound to fix software woes

PS4 update 2.01 inbound to fix software woes

The PlayStation 4 2.0 update arrived in recent days, and with it came many anticipated features...as well as some unanticipated bugs, which have been causing some gamers trouble. Reports about problems started popping up shortly after the update rolled out, with console owners saying they were getting everything from game play issues to connectivity trouble and even volume changes. One particular problem is getting the console to turn back on from rest mode, something which Sony has now announced plans to address.

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Larry Page: AI will take jobs, but living will be cheaper

Larry Page: AI will take jobs, but living will be cheaper

Speaking this week on the future of Google and the technology-infused world at large, Larry Page made some rather interesting comments on you and the way you'll be working. Not at a job you don't like. Not in a menial labor job that can be done by robots. Artificial Intelligence, he suggests, will be a big factor in two key game-changers in our society. One is in taking the place of workers at jobs they didn't want to be at in the first place.

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Outlook for Mac is here (but there’s a catch)

Outlook for Mac is here (but there’s a catch)

The new Outlook for Mac has finally made its much-anticipated debut, revamping the email app for Apple's computers with a boost in performance and a switch to the cleaner UI we've seen on other recent Microsoft apps. Matching more closely its iPad, iPhone, and Android Outlook Web App counterparts, as well as Outlook's web and PC versions, the new email app should also run faster and crash less than before, thanks to Microsoft's backend improvements. However, before you get too excited, there's a strong possibility that you won't be able to use it.

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Huawei’s 4-month old Ascend Mate2 is done with Android updates

Huawei’s 4-month old Ascend Mate2 is done with Android updates

This week Huawei appears pumped up to announce that one of their newest devices on the market, the Huawei Ascend Mate2, will not be getting any more Android updates. This is the device we reviewed in June of this year - it was released that same month - but now there'll be no more updates to its software. Here's the kicker: Huawei WILL be updating the device in every region outside the United States. It's just its 4G USA-centric release that they've essentially abandoned.

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Minority Report reality: London Police test Precrime software

Minority Report reality: London Police test Precrime software

A 20-week study in London just completed this week utilized predictive software to spot potential gang-related crimes before they happen. Using software developed by Accenture, this project targeted individuals across all known gangs in each of London's 32 boroughs. "Our goal," said James Slessor, Managing Director of Accenture's policing and public safety business, "was to provide MPS with an unprecedented level of insight and intelligence to help them continue to reduce gang-related crimes in the city." With analytics information in hand, the London Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) was able to assess the likelihood of known individuals re-offending.

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Mylio pro photo-handling software launches tomorrow for iOS, OS X

Mylio pro photo-handling software launches tomorrow for iOS, OS X

Thanks to smartphones, most of us have a lot of pictures floating around -- they're usually scattered all over the place, maybe being saved to a central cloud account for those who took the time to set one up. Sorting through and otherwise keeping track of all these images can be difficult, but for the photographers among us who have thousands or hundreds of thousands of images, organization becomes an entirely different kind of beast. That's where professional-level photo handling software comes in, not the least of which is Mylio, which will be arriving for Apple users tomorrow.

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Steam is down, and it’s a little funky

Steam is down, and it’s a little funky

Over the past hour or so Steam has been a bit shaky. Valve is currently working on the problem, but as this article is written, just about half of Singapore is offline (3 of 6 servers, as it were) while 59 of 62 servers are up. Of course even a single server down results in someone realizing it and flipping out, so it's time! It's time to watch the madness unfold.

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