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Telegram 4.2 brings self-destructing media, profile bios, and more

I think by now that all of you should know how much I like Telegram and respect it as a platform. It's my messaging service of choice (though there are a few stragglers in my contacts list that still use SMS or Hangouts). Today brings the app to v4.2, which has a few new features worth noting.

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Google Maps' Timeline feature now recognizes skiing

Google Map's Timeline feature is equal parts awesome and creepy. Located in the side menu of the Google Maps app, it shows all the locations you have visited on a given day, complete with what mode of transportation you used and (in some cases) the pictures you took at each location. The app can recognize walking, biking, driving, and now skiing.

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LinkedIn Lite is a tiny 1MB app that will help people in emerging markets find jobs [APK Download]

No matter how much people may dislike it, LinkedIn is still a staple of job searches and connection creating. The Microsoft-owned company has followed in Facebook's footsteps and unveiled a lite version of its "social network" called LinkedIn Lite, a 1MB-small app that LinkedIn is aiming at emerging markets with less powerful devices and slower data connections, starting with India.

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Google's new personalized Feed starts rolling out with new home button in search results and bottom tabs

Google's been all over the place with its server-side rollouts in the Google app lately. Some people are seeing two tabs, some are seeing three, and some four. It's totally bizarre, but that's Google for you. Following the announcement of the upcoming, more personalized Google Feed several days ago, we're now seeing it materialize, and the home button that was in Google's screenshots is starting to pop up on some devices.

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SoundCloud app update allows Go and Go+ users to save playlists offline to external SD cards

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[Update: Valid for another week with new code] Deal Alert: Get $5 off all your Fandango purchases this month with Android Pay

Last month, Fandango added Android Pay support when checking out inside its app and provided a promo code for $3 off all purchases. That offer was said to last until July 5, but it looks like there's a new one and it's even better.

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Finish off the week with 37 temporarily free and 37 on-sale apps

The end of the week is upon us, finally. I have a busy weekend ahead of me, but I still took the time to compile this app sales post for you all. While I didn't find anything that I can, without a doubt, heartily recommend today, there are still a lot of apps, games, and icon packs (& customization) to look through. Be sure to head back to Wednesday's list, too.

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Deezer updated to include support for Android Wear [APK Download]

French music streaming service Deezer launched in the US almost exactly a year ago and its large catalog of songs has impressed as the company attempts to rival Spotify and Google Play Music outside of Europe. Since May, subscribers have also been able to use the service through Google Home, and the latest update extends functionality to Android Wear watches.

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Alexa is finally rolling out to Amazon's Android app, starting this week

Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant is best known for being on its Echo line of speakers, but it's available on both iOS and Android. There's a dedicated Alexa app on both of those operating systems, but only iOS has Alexa built into the main Amazon app. However, that's changing very soon.

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Level 6+ Local Guides can apply to preview new Google Maps features before they go public

Google's Local Guides program for Google Maps has proven to be quite successful, with tons of people offering additional feedback and providing photos about various destinations. Part of this is due to the rewards that Google gives to Local Guides; for instance, Google is currently offering me three months of free Play Music and 75% off a movie rental. The latest reward is kind of a double whammy for Google - an opportunity to preview new Google Maps features before the public does.

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