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Unofficial Google Music App for iOS Adds Support for All Access Subscriptions

gMusic iconGoogle may be the enemy in the eyes of many iOS users, but it’s hard to deny the search giant has brought most of its coolest toys to Apple’s mobile platform — so why did it take a third-party app to add support for Google Play Music All Access?

Interactive Innovative Solutions LLC released the latest version of its unofficial Google Music app for iOS on Thursday, and gMusic 6.0 is a big one for those looking to take advantage of Google’s latest music offering.

That’s because gMusic is the only iOS app capable of supporting Google Play Music All Access, the search giant’s .99 per month answer to Spotify, Rdio and Rhapsody. The service is currently available with a 30-day free trial, and those who sign up before the end of June will only pay .99 per month.

With all of the official Google apps available on the App Store, it seems odd that Google Play Music has remained an Android (and web) exclusive, but gMusic has been a great way to unofficially add the service. The universal app includes pretty much all the functionality of Google’s offering, and now that package is truly complete with All Access support.

To use this feature, you’ll need to first sign up for the free All Access trial, then open gMusic and tap the new Web Search option. Type in the name of a track, album or artist you’re looking for, and like magic, you’ll be presented with everything Google Play Music All Access has to offer.

gMusic 6.0 is available on the App Store for .99; the universal app requires iOS 5.0 or later and also adds the ability to create and play Radio Stations in the app as well as adding All Access music to your library.

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Google, Yahoo Also Avoid Offshore Taxes by Setting Up Shop in Ireland

Tax time!A U.S. Senate subcommittee may have spent the better part of Tuesday grilling Apple executives over untaxed offshore fortunes, but Cupertino isn’t the only tech company taking advantage of the same loophole.

Bloomberg reported Wednesday that search giant Google Inc. is among a long list of companies who, like Apple, have set up corporations in Ireland as a way to avoid paying U.S. corporate taxes on income made offshore.

Even as the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations puts pressure on Apple to pay income tax on billion made overseas during the last four years, it turns out that Google and Yahoo! are both guilty of the same tactics.

In Google’s case, Mountain View established a pair of tax shelters in Ireland and the Netherlands, referred to as “Double Irish” and “Dutch Sandwich” by tax attorneys. According to the company’s own filings, Google avoids billion in income tax payments to the U.S. each year by shifting profits to Bermuda — a country with no corporate income tax.

Yahoo! also has an Irish subsidiary where its overseas profits are deposited, but claims to be a tax resident of the Cayman Islands rather than Ireland. The report notes that profits totaling “hundreds of million of dollars” have been funneled through the suburban home of the company’s Dutch bookkeeper, where it eventually lands with subsidiaries based on Mauritius and Switzerland.

Apple executives were quick to note that the company does not hold money in the Caribbean as Google and Yahoo! have done, and current U.S. tax laws are based on where a company is incorporated, not where it is actually managed.

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Hangouts Upgrade Kills Gmail-Based Google Voice

Google Voice in GmailGoogle is making a big push for Hangouts to be your new best friend, but users of the company’s free Voice service are discovering that enabling messaging on their Gmail account eliminates convenient access for the elder service.

The Verge reported Sunday that Google’s new Hangouts has created a bit of a conundrum for users of Google Voice: Gmail users who choose to enable Hangouts on their account have discovered Google Voice vanishes as a result.

While Voice users can still use Voice from their mobile devices or even the dedicated web app, the convenience of initiating such calls from within Gmail appears to be gone after enabling Hangouts there — it’s one or the other, at least for now.

Thankfully, users can revert from Hangouts back to the classic Google Talk, which also restores Google Voice calling from Gmail. Google has plans to integrate Voice into Hangouts at some point in the future (along with SMS support, which is completely lacking at the moment), so it’s possible this is only a temporary dilemma.

For now it seems that the best solution for Google Voice users who enjoy calling direct from Gmail is to keep Hangouts a mobile-only option — Google Talk on the desktop will still work with third-party clients such as Adium in the meantime, but without a lot of the swanky features introduced by the new Hangouts.

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Google Wants Unofficial Ad-Free YouTube App for Windows Phone Removed

YouTube on Windows PhoneStrange but true: Windows Phone has no official YouTube app, and now Google wants to eliminate the only real option available to users, claiming Microsoft is violating terms of its API by eliminating ads.

Within an hour of the Google I/O keynote wrapping up Wednesday, The Verge reported that Google had slapped a cease and desist order on Microsoft in an effort to stomp out Redmond’s unofficial YouTube app for Windows Phone.

According to the letter, Google is demanding that Microsoft “immediately withdraw this application from the Windows Phone Store and disable existing downloads of the application by Wednesday, May 22, 2013.”

The issue appears to be mobile advertising, or rather the unofficial YouTube app’s lack of it, which Google says is in violation of its API rules.

“Unfortunately, by blocking advertising and allowing downloads of videos, your application cuts off a valuable ongoing revenue source for creators, and causes harm to the thriving content ecosystem on YouTube,” the cease and desist letter from Google reads.

Within a few hours of the story going public, Microsoft responded in kind by claiming they’d be happy to add mobile ads to their YouTube app for Windows Phone — with no indication as yet that they plan to actually shut the app down next week.

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Overnight Recap: T-Mobile iPhone, Google Storage Bump, 1Password for iOS 4.2

15GB shared storage. Free.Lots of cool stuff to report on for this mid-month Tuesday, but the lead story won’t be good news for those of you who have been vacillating about grabbing an iPhone 5 on T-Mobile US — the handset will now cost you an extra 50 bucks compared to last week, proving once again that you snooze, you lose. The rest of our Monday recap is better news, with the exception of AT&T and HTC, who appear to have a loser on their hands with Facebook Home…

T-Mobile Raises iPhone Down Payment by

As noted by TMoNews, T-Mobile US has quietly raised the up-front price of an iPhone 5 by following a Mother’s Day weekend trade-in promotion. Instead of a .99 down payment for the 16GB model, T-Mo is now asking 9.99, which also raises the price paid over 24 months from 9 to 9 accordingly. The higher down payment also affects pricing on the 32GB and 64GB models sold through the company’s website, but the good news is the monthly equipment fee on all models will remain the same as it was before.

Google Drive Bumped to 15GB, Shared Between Services

The Google Drive Blog announced Monday that free storage between Drive, Gmail and Google+ Photos will now be unified into one pool for a shared storage total of 15GB. The change will be welcome to those who don’t use Gmail too much, but need extra space for documents, photos and other files on Google Drive. On the flip side, if you’re a heavy Gmail user, unified storage means you’ll no longer be limited to a 25GB upgrade there. The change is expected to roll out “over the next couple of weeks,” so if you’re not seeing it yet, no cause for alarm.

1Password for iOS 4.2 Arrives with Desktop-Style Browser Changes

Agile Bits released 1Password for iOS 4.2, a pretty massive update that adds the Strong Password Generator to the app’s built-in “1Browser” on iPad as well as desktop-style Go & Fill Logins, complete with AutoFill if you roll like that. 1Password items can now be shared via Messages or email using a one-tap obfuscated format or as plain text, depending on how secure you’d like to make it. Last but not least, 1Password for iOS 4.2 adds the ability to search URLs for Login items with an option to “expand search to all fields,” which should turn up whatever you seek. The update is now available from the App Store.

Amazon Releases Cloud Player for PC, Mac Version Coming Soon

Amazon has been on a roll lately with marketing its cloud-based services, following up its new Cloud Drive Photos for iPhone app with a dedicated Amazon Cloud Player for Windows computers. Using the free application, desktop and laptop users can stream all of their albums, songs or playlists, download MP3 purchases for offline playback while keeping everything up-to-date through the cloud. Although it’s not available at launch, the e-tailer promises a Mac version is on the way, but for now you can give Amazon Cloud Player for PC a spin if you’re running Windows 7, Vista or XP.

Rumor: AT&T Plans to Kill Facebook’s HTC First Following Poor Sales

BGR reported Monday that AT&T may be planning to eliminate the Facebook Home-equipped HTC First from its lineup with extreme prejudice as a result of poor sales thus far. How bad did the Android handset sell? The report claims the carrier “sold fewer than 15,000 units nationwide,” which includes last week, when the up-front price of the smartphone dropped to a mere 99 cents with two-year agreement. That’s apparently worse than AT&T’s previous Facebook-enabled handset, the HTC Status (i.e. ChaCha), which came and went two years ago. AT&T has yet to confirm or deny the rumor, stating only that “we do pricing promotions all the time and have made no decisions on future plans.”

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