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Microsoft Expands Office For Android Tablet Preview, No Invites Required To Download

Microsoft started a closed beta for Office on Android tablets back in November, but today it's opening things up. Just mosey over to the Play Store, and you can download Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for free, no beta invite required. These are still preview apps, but they seem ready for prime time.

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Expensify Adds Beta Camera Features: Rapid Fire Mode, Add From Gallery, And LED Flash Support

When one of your app's core features is built around the camera, your camera interface had better be up to snuff. Take Expensify for example: this expense report app just released an update that overhauls its camera feature, which is designed to save and automate your receipt reporting. The updated "beta" camera adds a ton of useful stuff, none more so than the capability to use your phone's LED flash module, which was apparently missing before.

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Yelp Releases New Mobile App Made Just For Business Owners

Business owners already keep up with Yelp, as reviews can make or break sales. But at the end of the day, the mobile app remains a consumer-facing piece of software, encouraging users to check out which establishments are hot and leave their own feedback.

While Yelp isn't changing its main app, it has released a separate one that acknowledges how much attention the people running restaurants and stores pay to the service.

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Google Releases 'Primer: Marketing For Startups' App To Help Small Teams Get Their Brand Out There

Primer: Marketing for Startups isn't like most of Google's other Android apps. For starters, it's the first to appear in the Play Store under the publisher "Google Learn." The app also happens to be such a niche product that only a specific target demographic will benefit from it.

As the name says, Primer is aimed at helping startups manage their marketing efforts. A great deal of work and knowledge goes into getting a new brand in front of consumers and establishing awareness.

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French Telecom Company Iliad Gives Up Its Quest To Acquire T-Mobile

T-Mobile will continue to go it alone in the wilds of the US wireless industry after French telecom Iliad has announced it is dropping plans to buy the carrier from parent company Deutsche Telekom. Iliad's leadership had imposed a deadline of mid-October to decide whether to increase its previously rejected offer of $15 billion for a 56.6% stake in the Uncarrier. That's not happening, so the dream is dead.

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Iliad first announced the offer as Sprint was reportedly in the late stages of acquisition talks with T-Mobile.

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Shake Is A Mobile App That Handles Legal Mumbo Jumbo For Freelancers And Small Businesses

In the Android community, there are a ton of freelancers working together to get stuff done. Whether it's a graphic design artist contributing to apps or websites, video editors helping with game trailers, developers hoping to create the next big thing, or writers churning out content for blogs (yours truly), the mobile space is filled with independent types coming together to accomplish great things. In our space, and in the broader world at large, freelancers need to sign agreements and write up documents that help guarantee payment and assign ownership of work.

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Adobe Acquires Image Editing Startup Aviary To Accelerate Development Of Its Creative SDK

Maybe you've heard of Aviary—it's the company behind the Aviary photo editor for Android and iOS. That's not all the company does, though. It also makes its tools available through a free SDK, and that's what led Adobe to scoop up the company for an undisclosed sum.

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[Beat It] Apple Reportedly Planning To Shut Down Beats Music Streaming Service [Update]

It's common for companies to eliminate redundancy when an acquisition takes place. So it should come as no surprise that Apple is reportedly in the process of shutting down Beats Music, the streaming service it picked up when it bought the company for $2.6 billion earlier this year. The timeline isn't clear, but the wheels are allegedly already in motion.

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TwitPic Acquired By Mystery Buyer, Will Remain Open For Business

It was a bit of a shock earlier this month when TwitPic announced it would be closing its virtual doors on September 25th. All seemed lost, but now a ray of sunshine has burst through the gloomy image hosting clouds. TwitPic is being acquired by an unnamed party and will live on. Crisis averted.

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PayPal Here Expands To Fit The Larger Screens Of Android Tablets

Several years back this company called Square produced a product that let people accept credit card payments on their smartphones using this portable swiper-thingy that plugs into the device's headphone jack. PayPal saw this and decided that it wanted in on this action, so it produced a similar offering known as PayPal Here. The solution worked with phones, but many businesses relying on such products for point-of-sale like to use tablets instead. Now PayPal Here works with those too.

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