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Google Opinion Rewards Now Available In The UK, Canada, And Australia

Attention residents of the UK, Canada, and Australia: Google would like to ask you some questions. In exchange you will be paid exactly one pittance. Don't complain or they'll cut it to, like, 0.75 of a pittance. But hey, free money is free money. All you have to do is grab the newly updated Google Opinion Rewards app and wait patiently for Google to call your number.

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Report: Google Is Looking Into Offering Mobile Phone Service In Google Fiber Markets

According to a report from The Information, Google held a series of talks with Verizon Wireless in January covering a range of issues. A source familiar with the talks says one item on the agenda was Google's interest in becoming a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) in markets where it offers Google Fiber. This isn't the first time a Google phone carrier has been rumored, but this might be the first time Android is strong enough to withstand the inevitable blowback from established carriers.

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SwiftKey's New Evernote And Google+ Personalization Options Move From Beta To Stable In Version 4.4.5

Sometime last month, the beta version of SwiftKey gained the ability to pull from Evernote and Google+ to learn which words a user's trying to say. These joined the already long list of supported sources ranging from SMS and Gmail to Facebook and Twitter. The core functionality remains the same - just permit SwiftKey to access your social accounts and let those fingers fly.

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SwiftKey learns a user's typing habits by scanning through their emails and posts, ultimately improving the quality of text predictions.

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Google Play Newsstand Updated To v3.2 With New My Library Section, Multiple Action Bar Colors, And More [APK Download]

The third part in Google's update troika today is Play Newsstand. This app is getting some subtle changes to organization and not so subtle color tweaks. If you're anxious to get your hands on the latest version of Google's news reader, head down below to grab the APK.

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Google Play Movies Updated To v3.1 With Refreshed Slide-Out Navigation Menu, Improved Seeking Behavior, And More [APK Download]

Google Keep isn't the only app getting an update today – a new version of Play Movies is rolling out as well. This one comes with some UI refinements, news seeking behavior, and a few new settings. You want it? We can help.

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Google Keep Updated To v2.2 With Searchable Images, A Crazy Yellow Action Bar, And More [APK Download]

Google is rolling out an update to Keep today, and it's a pretty big one. With the push to v2.2 Keep is gaining a few new features, but probably the first thing you'll notice is that wacky orangey-yellow action bar.

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Rumor: Google Now May Be On Track To Properly Handle 'Timer' Queries (No More Alarms)

It's hard not to be excited about the future of Google Now. It's already an incredibly powerful tool, on its way to being a do-anything personal assistant, and we've heard tell of even more functionality from bill pay reminders to inferred events entries to contact-based reminders.

Today, though, we've heard about something that many have asked for from Google Now for a long time now - actual timer functionality. Search may not be getting its own built-in timer, but it won't be side-stepping your request to set an alarm, either.

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Google Play Web Store Adds 'My Play Activity' With All Your +1s And Ratings In One Place

A new item just popped up in the Play Store sidebar called My Play Activity. Once it's fully deployed, this will act as a list of all the Play Store content you have reviewed and shared. It's essentially the web-based version of the recent activity page in the updated Play Store app.

2014-04-01 17_03_16-Artem Russakovskii - Google Play

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Report: Google Is Working On A New Camera App With Support For Third-Party Extensions

Google has been posting versions of most of its first-party apps to the Play Store in an effort to update key features of Android (or at least Google's branded additions to the platform) without having to wait for carriers to push out software apps. According to a report from Engadget, the standard camera app will soon get an upgrade, presumably following the same path. At this point we'll consider this a rumor, since Engadget only cites "sources aware of Google's plans."

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The report says that the updated camera app will include many of the bells and whistles that newer devices are getting, like the fake depth of field effect shown off on the HTC One M8.

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[April Fools] The Chromecast Is Perfect For Squirrels, May Contain Nuts

Google is really heavy on the joke content this year. There's the Photobombing, Pokémon Maps, Signature Apps, and now Chromecast for Squirrels. What? Small mammals have video they want to watch on bigger screens too.

The video really drives the point home that Chromecast is all about squirrel empowerment and choice. No longer will squirrels have to watch human video content, because now there's Chromecast. As for the paw-friendly app situation, Google is working on that.

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