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Google Allegedly Negotiating Songza Acquisition, Probably To Improve Play Music Curation

For some reason, it seems that streaming music is the new hotness in the world of tech firm acquisitions. Today, the New York Post reports that Google is eyeing the acquisition of Songza.

Songza is a popular music curating and streaming service that, with five and a half million active users, is nothing to sneeze at. The Android app is currently in the 1 million - 5 million download range, with almost 60,000 ratings.

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QuickPic Image Viewer Gets A Beta Testing Community, New APK Ready For Download

Each smartphone comes with a gallery app, but considering how diverse the Android smartphone landscape is, the one you end up with varies from device to device. If you want an identical experience across devices, the best approach may be to turn to a third-party app, and while you're at it, you might as well choose one that's spiffy and straightforward. QuickPic is one of our top picks in this area, and now the app's developer has opened up a beta community for testers and dropped a new beta release for them to get their hands on.

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Kingsoft Office Marks 210 Million Global Users With Rebrand To WPS Office, Update To Version 6.0

Kingsoft, makers of the popular productivity app Kingsoft Office, today announced that the Android app has reached 210 million users around the world. To mark the event, the app has been rebranded to WPS Office and given a new icon to match. The announcement comes on the heels of the app's update to version 6.0, which introduces "over 100 feature updates and enhancements," including a revitalized interface, support for 44 languages, and - in Kingsoft's words - "much more."

The app can view, create, and share office documents on any Android device running 2.1+, and offers collaboration features like edit tracking and comments.

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Google Search Is Ready For The World Cup With The Scoop On Match Schedules, Scores, Rosters, And More

Starting now, looking up information about the World Cup within the Google Search app will pull up specific details on who's playing where, who's competing next, and who's beating whom. The World Cup takes off next week, and rather than installing a dedicated app just to get the basics, Google has you covered.

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[New App] CyberLink Brings The Award-Winning PowerDirector Video Editor To Android Tablets

There are a handful of video editors available for Android, but CyberLink is attempting to raise the bar with the release of its popular PowerDirector software for Android tablets. Immediately upon opening the app, experienced video editors will see a UI that looks familiar to that they've been using on desktops for years, albeit much simpler. Here it is running on a Nexus 7.

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The interface is somewhat cramped on this device, which is why the app requires an Android tablet seven inches in size or more to use.

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After 5 Years Of Privacy Wrangling, Google Street View Finally Launches In Greece

For nearly half a decade, Google has been barred by a Grecian privacy authority from bringing its Maps Street View service online in the country, citing concerns of, you guessed it, privacy. After significant negotiation, last year that authority authorized Google to start using collected data from its Street View vehicles (which, in Europe, appear to be Astra diesel 5-door hatches) on Google Maps. As of yesterday, Google finally published the first street view images for Greece.

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Action Launcher 2.1 Beta Enables "OK Google" Search Hotword, Visual Tweaks, And More

Action Launcher developer Chris Lacy has rolled into the latest beta a feature that just appeared in Nova Launcher two days ago. After signing up for the beta and getting everything good to go, just hop over into the app's settings to toggle the feature on. From then on, you can say "OK Google" from the homescreen to have it pull up a Google search a la the Google Now Launcher.

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That's not all the beta has up its sleeve.

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[Deal Alert] Shazam A Song And Get $1.29 In Amazon MP3 Credit, Good For One Free Song

When a catchy song pops up on the radio, during a television commercial, or over the speakers of a general department store, and you don't know who is singing, it's time to whip out Shazam. Now if you live in the US and take the time to Shazam a song - allow your phone to listen to and figure out what is playing - it will reward you with $1.29 in Amazon MP3 credit.

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Thursday App And Game Sales: Mobile Observatory, Samurai II: Vengeance, Bombcats: Special Edition, And More

It's quite a dilemma when you want stuff, but you don't want to pay full price for it. Not much we can do to help you in real life, but there are plenty of sales on apps and games. In fact, we've got a whole list of such sales assembled down below.

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[New App] Joaomgcd's AutoVera Tasker Plugin Integrates With Your Vera Smart Home Controller So You Can Automate All The Things

With enough money, a collection of Z-Wave devices, and a Vera smart home controller, it doesn't take much to turn your home into an intelligent fortress. There's even an Android app by Vera that puts control of everything into the palm of your hand. But if we've learned anything over the years, it's that you're not impressing anyone until there's a Tasker plugin that can automate everything for you. Now there is.

AutoVera comes to us from joaomgcd, the maker of the best Tasker plugins out there, and security is far from its only application.

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