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Google offers two more Chromebook freebies ahead of Pixelbook Go launch

Google keeps its Chromebook offers page populated with a bunch of freebies and deals that are refreshed every few weeks. The company is now throwing in two new apps — Duet Display and Photolemur — for new Chromebook purchases just minutes before it’s expected to make the Pixelbook Go official.

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Sling TV simplifies access to free content on Android and Amazon Fire devices, no credit card required

Sling TV is an over-the-top (OTT) internet television app that streams live cable TV to an extensive list of devices. After bestowing Roku users the ability to watch free content earlier this year, Sling TV is rolling out the same feature to all Android and Amazon Fire device users starting today.

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Chrome Beta on Android receives password leak detection

You've been able to save passwords in Google Chrome for a long time and you could use an extension or Google's checkup website to see if any of these credentials have ever been leaked. A native option for Chrome on Android has been lacking so far, but as we've discovered before, it's already in the works, and we can report that there's progress. The beta version now lets you go ahead and activate the feature.

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Google Blogger gets surprise Material Design update on Android after years of neglect [APK Download]

Blogger used to be the go-to platform for anyone who wanted to share their words and opinions with the internet, but it has long been surpassed by social media on the consumer side and WordPress and Medium on the more professional side. We assumed that Google would just let the service die slowly by not providing updates to it anymore, but today, a new Android app version has been released on the Play Store after two years of stagnation. The update replaces the Holo interface of old with a modern Material redesign, bringing the product in line with Google's other offers.

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Google Photos adds document cropping extension

Google Photos can do a lot of smart things with your pics. It suggests archiving bills and other paperwork, it applies color pop effects on some of your portrait snaps, and not very long ago, we were told it'd start recommending cropping pics of documents. While the latter is still not very reliable — you never really know when the suggestion will pop up and when it won't — there's now a manual document cropping extension in Photos.

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16 temporarily free and 22 on-sale apps and games for Columbus Day

Welcome to Monday. Some of you may have had the day off, some of you elected to take the floater holiday later, and the rest of you had to work. Whatever your situation, I have some app sales for y'all to check out.

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Chinese propaganda app unsurprisingly might be spying on its users through purported root backdoor

The Chinese Communist Party published an app called 'Study the Great Nation' earlier this year which it heavily advertises and even mandates many citizens to use. While it looks like a mere propaganda tool at first glance and seems to function as a news and factoid resource on Chinese President Xi Jinping and his party, it appears to be engineered to monitor its users and even sports a superuser backdoor which it could use to gather more data.

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[Update: Now in stable] Pocket Casts now respects the system dark mode setting on Android

Many apps are rushing to add a dark mode now that Android 10 and iOS 13 have implemented it on the system level. Some apps, however, have had a dark theme for years and the only thing they need to change is to make it respect the system setting. That's the case for Pocket Casts, the popular podcast player.

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9 temporarily free and 16 on-sale apps and games for the weekend, including Monument Valley 2

We're on the cusp of another holiday weekend, so here's a very small list of app sales to get it started. Yep, there isn't a whole lot today, except Monument Valley 2, but be sure to check out Wednesday's post. There were several excellent games there on sale.

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Pinterest releases new tiny 1MB Lite app for emerging markets

Roadblocks like low broadband and 4G penetration aggravated by entry-level smartphones with limited storage keep many apps from expanding deeper into certain developing nations. A quick workaround to these hurdles is bringing ‘lite’ app versions to these markets, a solution popularized after Facebook Lite was introduced back in 2015. Pinterest soon followed with its own bite-sized app that didn’t survive for a long time. After rebuilding Pinterest Lite from the ground up, the company is now reintroducing it to five countries.

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