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Google Docs for iPhone and iPad review: It's just as bad as Google Sheets

Google Docs is one of Google's newest iPhone and iPad apps. Just be sure you don't confuse it with the Google Docs service itself, because the Google Docs app deals only with word processing and text editing. If you want to access your spreadsheets, you'll need to grab the Google Sheets app as well. Some folks may ask why Google decided to split these services into two separate apps that were already accessible with the Google Drive app. Perhaps for extra features or capabilities? I recently reviewed Google Sheets and found that wasn't exactly the case. So is Google Docs any different?

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Google Sheets for iPhone and iPad review: It sucks

Google Sheets is Google's latest attempt at letting you access their online spreadsheets app on your iPhone or iPad. This functionality was previously handled by the Google Drive app but Google recently decided to make dedicated apps for their productivity suite the way Microsoft and Apple have done with Office for iPad and iWork's Numbers app. Unfortunately, Google Sheet, as currently implemented, isn't as good as either Microsoft's or Apple's app. And unless you're already all-in on Google's office suite — which many are — it's not worth your time.

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Apple and Google settle with employees over antitrust no-hire case

The giants of Silicon Valley have bowed to their employees and settled an antitrust case brought against them over back-room deals to not hire from each other. The settlement, first reported by Reuters, brings to an end a legal battle that could have cost Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe billions of dollars and dragged them publicly into court. The terms of the deal were no disclosed.

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Exclusive games just the latest battleground for Apple, Google, and Amazon

Are the best games on Android or are the best games on iPhone? That's a question that's becoming increasingly important to both Apple and Google, and they're reportedly willing to help developers get massive marketing pushes in exchange for periods of exclusivity for hot new games. This will come as a surprise to precisely no one familiar with the console market, or the basics of running any store, real-world or virtual. Mario, Sonic, Halo, and other exclusive franchises made the console wars of the past, and on mobile, and for iOS and Android, that's now translating into Plants vs. Zombies 2, Cut the Rope 2, and others.

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Apple scores 100% clean energy score in Greenpeace cloud report

Greenpeace has published a report on the renewable energy used by major internet companies, including those active in the mobile space. Topping the list is Apple, which apparently runs iCloud and iTunes on 100% green electricity. It’s got a massive solar farm powering its North Carolina data center, and plans for geothermal and solar power for its upcoming Nevada data center. Oregon and California data centers are already being powered through wind energy partners.

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Photowall for Chromecast puts your memories on the big screen

Google has today pulled the wraps off its latest Chrome experiment, Photowall, that takes your pictures and puts them on the biggest screen in the house. Using an iOS app, Android app or the Chrome browser, you and your friends and family can send photos through Chromecast to the TV in real time.

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Google Chromecast now available in Canada and across Europe

After recent speculation, Google's Chromecast has finally broken free of U.S. exclusivity and is now officially available in Canada and 10 countries across Europe. Pricing is similar to that of the U.S. Chromecast costing £30 in the UK and $39 in Canada, so it's great to see we haven't been charged a premium.

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Google Chromecast SDK is open for business

The day many a Chromecast owner has been waiting on has finally arrived. Google has officially opened the doors on the SDK making it available to Android and iOS developers to add support for the $35 HDMI dongle. It has previously been available as a preview, but with strict restrictions attached. Thus far, only apps officially signed off by Google like Netflix and Hulu Plus have been allowed access.

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Engagement, affluence, and value: The numbers Apple's using to show Android is #2

Apple believes their customers browse more, buy more, and are just plain worth more than Android's. And they're saying so now. A lot.

It's commonplace now for an Apple event keynote to include a slide or two pointing out Google's struggle to get tablet-optimized versions of Android apps, or to get any sort of usage momentum. That makes sense. Unlike the raw marketshare numbers that so often consume the popular media narrative these days, usage is hugely in Apple's favor.

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Google sells off Motorola for $2.9 billion. What does it mean for Apple? Nothing...

Google is selling off their Motorola Mobility handset business to Lenovo for $2.9 billion dollars. China Daily broke the story:

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