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Google+ Photos Chrome app mysteriously starts working on the Mac

Back in July, the Google+ Photos app for Google Chrome appeared in the Chrome Web Store, and was installable on the Mac but wouldn't work upon launching. At that time, it had been soft launched for the Chromebook Pixel about a month previously – though worked on other Chromebooks – and since then the listing has been disabled. However, if you managed to get it installed already, it appears to have magically begun working, and if you didn't get it installed there is still a way to try it out with a little Chrome trickery.

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Google adding local advertisements into mobile Maps apps

Google has outlined a new advertising strategy for their mobile Maps app for Android and iOS, that sees local, "relevant" ads displayed at the bottom of the search window. Following the recently launched overhaul to Google Maps which included an iPad version for the first time, Google is now looking at how they're going to continue to monetize it. But, as Alex Dobie at Android Central points out, this isn't anything new.

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Google Play Books for iPhone and iPad updated with support for rented textbooks

Google Play Books has had an update pushed out that lays the way for their textbook rentals. Back at the Nexus 7/Chromecast event in San Francisco, Google confirmed that textbooks would be coming to their own Google Play Books selection. A direct competitor to Apple's own textbook selection available through iBooks, Google also stated that their textbooks would be available on a rental basis and this update adds support for them.

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Google Adsense app comes to iPhone, shows you the money!

Google has released what they call the first version of their Adsense app for iOS. It's iPhone only at the moment, though of course it'll run, boxed, on the iPad as well. With Adsense for iPhone you can look up key earnings information, top custom and URL channels, ad units and sites reports, and payment alerts.

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How will Google's attempt to devalue hardware hurt Apple?

With Google’s recent release of the updated Nexus 7 tablet at $229, a lot of comparisons have been made between it and other low priced tablets on the market. It sure seems like Google wants to put pressure on vendors to offer solid specs with affordable price tags for consumers. After all, this helps sell more devices, and that increases the potential market for Google services, which is where the search giant makes its profit. This isn't dissimilar to how the race-to-the-bottom in App Store pricing has commoditized software, which benefits Apple's hardware-centric revenue model. But it does prompt the question, will it force down prices, or catalyze a price war, such that nobody really makes any money on hardware? And if so, what will become of Apple's business model?

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Starbucks partners with Google for in-store Wi-Fi

Starbucks and Google have partnered to bring Google Wi-Fi service to over 7,000 Starbucks locations across the United States. Google is replacing AT&T as the provider for these locations.

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Apple vs. Google/Samsung numbers: Lies, damn lies, and sloppy statistics

There's a trio of strange stories this week that all revolve around the reporting of Apple vs. Samsung statistics, or rather the rush to propagate incorrect, sensationalistic, negative narratives around the currently trendy Apple is doomed theme. Things like Google saying the Nexus 7 outsold the iPad mini in Japan, or reports of Samsung beating Apple on profitability. Yet what's interesting is that these stories didn't stop there. People looked into them, dug into them, and called bullshit.

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Google Catalogs for iPad next to be closed down, turns a final page on August 15

Seems not a day goes by at the moment without news of another Google app shutting its doors, and today it's the turn of Catalogs. While the service shall live on, the iPad app will turn its final page on August 15 alongside the Android tablet application. Google Catalogs will be available to access still via the browser, so at least you shouldn't lose any of your stuff in the process.

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Google Hangouts updated, join a Hangout on Air from your iOS device

Google Hangouts for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch has just seen a tasty little update released that will help you broadcast on the go. Hangouts on Air is Google's live broadcasting system that sends the feed out via YouTube – indeed, the Mobile Nations live podcasts have just switched to using this – and with the latest update you can join one right from your iOS device.

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Zagat from Google launches for iPhone, discover cool nightlife and restaurants

While Google may taketh away with one hand, they giveth with the other, as is the case with the new Zagat application for iPhone. Zagat has been available on Android since late 2012, and provides a service to discover nightlife and restaurants in selected cities around the world. Picking up a little where the Google+ local app leaves a gap, Zagat's arrival on iOS means that at least a part of Google's local search services remains separate from their main bank of apps.

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