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Rated or Hated? The secret to getting a good score from your Uber driver

Keeping your driver waiting and not giving a tip could get you docked one or more stars

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Microsoft Office for iOS goes free and full-featured on your iPhone

This latest update syncs your work between your iPhone and iPad and lets anyone create or edit documents — no Office 365 account required.

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Google Maps 9 brings slick new design, Uber and OpenTable integration

Both Android and iOS variants get a Material Design makeover, with friendlier navigation and bigger images.

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Send text messages straight from the desktop with Pushbullet update

Leave your phone on the desk and fire off SMS messages right from the Chrome browser.

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Get your Disney movie fix on Android with the Disney Movies Anywhere app

The Disney Movies Anywhere app is now in Google Play, putting Pixar, Marvel Universe, and Disney films one tap away.

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These four file sharing apps offer speed, security and more

From your phone or your browser, you can make files accessible to multiple devices, colleagues or family members. Check out these apps for their special talents in sharing or security--but watch out for those subscription fees.

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Amazon Appstore is throwing a Halloween bash with $115 in free apps

There's a lot of cool games here, though the tradeoff is getting locked in to Amazon's ecosystem.

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New Chrome bookmark manager de-clutters your favorite sites

It brings faster search, visual previews, and better sharing capabilities.

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Flipboard 3.0 is both more and less personal than before

The popular reading app for phones and tablets adds thousands of topics--including some oddly specific ones--and a “Daily Edition” for everyone.

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Google updates more Android apps with Material Design, just in time for Lollipop's debut

Google Play Games and Google Wallet are among the culprits, though Google Docs and Google Camera also received minor updates.

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Google Fit consolidates your health data, but needs third-party apps to prosper

The big players like FitBit and Jawbone have yet to jump on board Google's health platform.

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Android devs: Google urges you (once again) to suit up apps for Material Design

Googles published a hearty list of last-minute guidelines, just as a reminder of what its new interface aesthetic stands for.

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Microsoft opens up Office 365 APIs to other platforms, including Android

The most exciting part of this news: IFTTT recipes that are coming with it.