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Japan and Italy residents can now join Google Opinion Rewards

If you like letting corporate entities know things about you, you like having money in your Google Play account and live in the Far East or in the borders of southern Europe, then what we’re about to tell you might probably be the best news you’ve received today. Google announced that Opinion Rewards is now available in Japan and Italy, joining several other major countries where answering marketing surveys from the tech company is now monetized.

EyeEm 4.0 photo app filters and effects make pics standout

If you use your smartphone camera to take lots of pictures an interesting app has been updated that will give you camera and photo filters to apply. The app is called EyeEm: Camera and Photo filter and it is on Google Play right now. The app has a number of unique filters and effects that can be applied to photos you shoot on your device.

HTC defers launch of smartwatch to early 2015

We’re not sure if it’s a case of being cautious or they want to actually face-off against the Apple Watch, but it seems that HTC has decided to push back on the launch of its own smartwatch to early 2015. This is also the same time period that Apple would be officially launching its wearable, which was announced earlier this weak. There might be missed holiday sales for HTC, but it looks like there is a solid reasoning either way for the Taiwanese OEM to wait until next year to launch their smartwatch.

Google gives 2-hour window for refund of apps,games

If you’re one of those people who always has buyers’ remorse after purchasing an app, whether it’s $0.99 or $9.99, you can now rest assured that your “mistake” can be corrected within two hours of buying an app or game on Google Play Store. At least, that’s what it officially says on their GPS policy page now.

Google Hangouts now lets you make voice calls

There you have it. Just a day after we were speculating about the seeming migration of Google Voice to Hangouts, Google has officially made an announcement to the effect. When you update your Hangouts to its latest version, you will now be able to make free calls to other users of the messaging service, to numbers within the United States, and for a low fee, even calls outside the country.

Is Google Voice starting to merge with Hangouts?

In what may be the logical conclusion to this story, several Google Hangouts users have reportedly been receiving prompts to migrate their Google Voice to the messaging service. However, there has been no official announcement from Google yet, and even if you choose to "turn it on”, it’s still not working properly which may mean the process isn’t complete yet or this wasn’t supposed to happen yet but someone pushed a button already.