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QuickOffice for iOS and Android

After years of widespread use — going back to Symbian and Windows Mobile days — QuickOffice is going away as a standalone application. On its Apps blog, Google announced it will be “unpublishing” QuickOffice for both Android and iOS in the coming weeks. Google purchased QuickOffice in 2012 to integrate the Office-compatible software in Google Docs. Chromebooks have already seen some of the QuickOffice integration and once the software is pulled from app stores, you’ll only see QuickOffice in Google Docs, Sheets and Slides unless you already have QuickOffice on your mobile device: Existing app users can keep using it but the software won’t get future updates.

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At WWDC, Apple announced a new app for the Mac called Photos, which will be part of OS X Yosemite. Many wondered what the announcement meant for Apple’s current photo library programs on Mac, which included the consumer-oriented iPhoto and the pro-oriented Aperture. According to a statement from Apple provided to Gigaom, there will be no new development of Aperture when Photos for OS X becomes available early next year. It also appears that the new Photos app, with a heavy emphasis on iCloud Photo Library integration, will replace iPhoto. This leaves Adobe’s Lightroom as the logical choice for professional photographers using a Mac.

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If you’re having trouble with iTunes at the moment — say, your Movies and TV section on Apple TV has disappeared, or you can’t access the App Store — you’re not alone. Despite Apple’s system status showing all services working across the board, there are widespread complaints on social media Thursday afternoon that some of Apple’s media services are down. I’ve asked Apple for comment and will update as needed. Update 5PM ET: It’s back.

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Choosing between reading an ebook on your own or having it read to you just got a little easier: Amazon updated its Kindle reading app with Audible integration on Tuesday. You’ll have to pay a little extra for the professional narration but you won’t have to switch between the Kindle and Audible apps if you want to hear your book aloud. Amazon’s Whispersync for Voice function keeps track of your place regardless of whether you or an in-app narrator is reading. Amazon says the updated Kindle app is now available for both iOS and Android devices.

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