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Microsoft caught sneaking Bing search onto phones with the Outlook app

Microsoft might be the market leader when it comes to desktop operating systems, but its aspirations for search have remained depressingly dismal. Currently, less than 3% of online searches are conducted via Microsoft's Bing search engine, but the company is trying to bump that number up by any means necessary... apparently even spammy additions to its Outlook app on Android.

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42 temporarily free and 78 on-sale apps and games for Monday

Welcome to Monday, everyone. After a smaller sales roundup this past Friday, we are starting the new week with a massive sales list. This means you can pick up the skill-based auto-runner Thumper: Pocket Edition for more than half-off. If arcade games aren't your bag, then maybe the CRPG Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition is more your speed? If not, then perhaps the story-based mystery puzzler 7Days is what you're looking for? As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are 42 temporarily free and 78 on-sale apps and games for the start of the week.

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SiriusXM is buying podcasting platform Stitcher for $325 million

SiriusXM is one of the most popular satellite radio services in the US. However, the growth of paid radio subscribers is falling as free offerings like podcasts find more popularity than ever before. In an effort to ride the wave, SiriusXM has announced its acquisition of Stitcher, a mainstay in the world of podcasting.

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Google Chrome 86 will get a LiteVideos mode that forces SD quality clips

Google Chrome has helped you save precious data for a long time with its data saver that eventually turned into the Lite mode we know today. As reported by TechDows, Google seems to be working on a Lite mode that extends to videos, making them play in SD quality.

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YouTube Music now features playlists hand-crafted by artists

While YouTube Music is still missing a few features from Play Music, Google is already working on making the service more capable than its predecessor (or more similar to Spotify, depending on your perspective). The company has added artist playlists to the platform, allowing you to listen to the music your favorite bands listen to — if they proactively add playlists to their profiles, that is.

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Twitter just hit 1 billion installs on the Play Store

It's hard to imagine the world without Twitter right now. So much is happening on the platform these last few years, from politics, product announcements, and grassroots movements to more personal means of communication. Given that there are 7.8 billion people in the world and Android being the most used mobile operating system, you'd think that the Twitter app already has more than one billion installs, but no, the application has just now crossed that milestone on the Play Store.

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Join app will soon have a new desktop client with clipboard sync and keyboard shortcuts

Join is the Pushbullet clone created by João Dias (also known as 'joaomgcd'), the same developer behind Tasker and many of its popular add-ons. It allows notifications from your Android device to appear on your computer, complete with the ability to respond to text messages, take screenshots, and more. Join is now testing a new desktop application, with multi-platform support and the ability to sync clipboard data.

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Microsoft's PWABuilder makes submitting web apps to the Play Store easier than ever

'Web wrappers,' or web applications haphazardly packaged into native apps for distribution on app stores, have existed on Android for over a decade. Google created a new method for converting web apps into native apps last year, with the introduction of Trusted Web Activities, and now Microsoft has updated its PWABuilder tool to take advantage of newer web features.

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Transform your health in 100 days with SOTKA, the free educational fitness app (Sponsored)

As the COVID-19 quarantine keeps a tight grip around most of the globe, staying in shape has grown increasingly more difficult, especially for those who used to frequent the gym several times a week. With many fitness centers severely restricted or closed down entirely, fit fanatics have adopted other regimens — like street workouts, an exercise subculture cofounded by Anton Kuchumov — in order to stay in shape. Keep your body toned and healthy with some help from SOTKA, the free "edufitness" app by Kuchumov himself.

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How to scan QR codes on Android

QR codes have almost infinite uses. Be it simply sharing a URL, a Wi-Fi password, acting as a web authenticator, or helping your pay for goods and services, these little black-and-white jumble squares have evolved into a truly ubiquitous part of our lives. But when you're not using an app or phone feature that specifically knows you want to scan a QR code, you may find yourself a bit puzzled, and that's led many people to just rush to the Play Store and download one of a million ad-filled scanner apps. The fact is, there are far better ways to scan QR codes on Android that don't involve installing a sketchy app, using everything from Google Lens, to your smartphone's own camera app, to a lightweight website that does the job without trackers and ads.

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