Google+ app for iPad hits the iTunes store


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Updated. Google (s GOOG) just released a native Google+ app for the iPad, bringing Hangouts group video chats, the Google+ stream and other goodies to the Apple (s AAPL) tablet. Google also added a few new features to the iPhone version of the app, which includes Hangouts as well as limited support for Google+ Events.

The new iPad app closely mimics the Android tablet experience, but with a few key differences: iPad users will be able to stream their Hangout group video chat sessions to their Apple TV via Airplay.

Also, Google+ on iOS doesn’t support Party Mode for events yet, which makes it possible to automatically add photos to an event after a check-in. Google+ Events are also limited in other ways: iOS users basically can view events, but not create any events on their own, RSVP, comment or tag photos. A Google spokesperson told me that…

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Android 4.0 comes to Galaxy Note, which is coming to T-Mobile


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Samsung’s “phamous phablet,” the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note, continues to improve thanks to an update to Android 4.0 for device owners on AT&T’s network. The carrier is now pushing out the Ice Cream Sandwich software, which also includes Samsung’s Premium Suite of tools to enhance the phone’s digital pen. And as rumored before, it’s looking very likely that T-Mobile will soon announce availability of the Galaxy Note on its network as well.

AT&T(s t) says the free update is available through Samsung’s Kies application, which is supported on both Windows(s msft) and Mac(s aapl) computers. The software won’t be made available as an over-the-air update. Along with the more refined Android 4.0 software, Samsung added three enhancements for the Galaxy Note’s S-Pen: Formula Match, Shape Match and a Knowledge Search feature that translates handwriting into a Wolfram Alpha search.

While the Note has sold well on AT&T and overseas —…

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Take that, vCloud: Microsoft opens Windows Azure to web hosts


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Updated: It looks like Microsoft is serious about becoming the operating system for cloud computing. At its Worldwide Partner Conference on Tuesday, the company announced what amounts to a white-label version of its Windows Azure cloud platform targeting current Windows Server-based web hosts. This looks like a shot across the bow at VMware (s vmw), which has been pushing its vCloud agenda — which spans both on-premise and cloud-based VMware deployments — for a couple years.

Microsoft has taken flak in the past for not having a legitimate hybrid cloud strategy, but it’s certainly shaping up now. With the new offering called Service Management Portal, currently in Community Technology Preview mode (Microsoft lingo for “pre-beta”), Microsoft partners can offers customers a Window Azure-like infrastructure-as-a-service experience without actually using Microsoft’s cloud. This is accomplished via a standardized management portal, but also via extensible APIs that let developers connect their hosted…

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