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14 temporarily free and 19 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

14 temporarily free and 19 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

Welcome to Wednesday, everyone. After a busy weekend, it looks like sales have slowed down for the middle of the week. Luckily we still have a few standout titles. First up is 7Days, a mystery adventure game that offers some fantastic art and dialog. Next is Castles of Mad King Ludwig, a deep board game adaptation that offers solo and multiplayer gameplay. Last but not least is Buff Knight, one of the first idle RPGs on the platform. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold green text in order to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are 14 temporarily free and 19 on-sale apps and games for the middle of the week.

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If you've ever wanted to automate your spreadsheets, there's now an app for that

If you've ever wanted to automate your spreadsheets, there's now an app for that

Tasker is an incredible service that allows you to automate almost anything you could think of on your phone. The app only recently gained support for Google's new sleep tracking tools and learned to read JSON data and web pages this year, and now, Tasker can also automate Google Sheets with its latest plugin: AutoSheets.

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YouTube's new icon style is making its way to YouTube Music

YouTube's new icon style is making its way to YouTube Music

Last year, YouTube shed its lifeless, gray in-app icons for more visually distinct line-art ones. It seems like sister app YouTube Music might not be too far from getting the same treatment — the new icons are already being tested.

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Adding new stickers to WhatsApp is getting even easier and faster

Adding new stickers to WhatsApp is getting even easier and faster

WhatsApp has supported stickers for a long time, but it has always been tedious to add a new pack if your friends didn't happen to send you a sticker from the desired collection via the chat app. The latest version of WhatsApp makes that easier with support for deep links, allowing you to add stickers to WhatsApp by simply tapping an address on your phone. For example, you can add the recently announced "Vaccines for All" pack via this link: https://wa.me/stickerpack/VaccinesForAll.

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Signal wants to replace your Venmo and Cash apps with private crypto payments

Signal wants to replace your Venmo and Cash apps with private crypto payments

Signal was being really secretive about its open-source server code over the last year, and now we know why: the nonprofit has been working on a payments feature and didn't want to spill the beans ahead of the announcement. Starting now, people living in the United Kingdom can send and receive a cryptocurrency using Signal beta builds.

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Take a look at Gmail's funky new slide animations on Android

Take a look at Gmail's funky new slide animations on Android

It's the little touches that separate a good app from a great one. Paying attention to how UI elements affect each other might not seem important, but it can go a long way in improving the end-user experience. To that end, Google has added some fancy new animations to its Gmail app on Android, making managing your email feel a lot more fluid.

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Signal updates open-source server code after it failed to for nearly a year

Signal updates open-source server code after it failed to for nearly a year

Signal has always been heralded as the security-aware alternative to WhatsApp and Co. due to its open-source nature, but the nonprofit behind the chat app hasn't always stuck to its original open-source promises. While it regularly publishes the code of its client apps, Signal failed to update the Github repository for its server for almost a year, as reported by German publication Golem — though earlier today, the company pushed out an update with a more recent release.

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The Spotify app is getting another new feature you didn't ask for

The Spotify app is getting another new feature you didn't ask for

A little over a year back, Spotify was found testing its own voice bot with the "Hey Spotify" wake phrase, akin to Google Assistant. Since then, we haven’t heard much about the new voice feature, though it now looks to be rolling out as a wider public release.

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Android Auto's first 3rd-party navigation and map app is now available

Android Auto's first 3rd-party navigation and map app is now available

Until now, Google Maps and Waze (also owned by Google) were the only navigation apps to be fully supported on Android Auto — others were restricted to the phone interface. This is now changing as popular alternative Sygic becomes one of the first third-party navigation apps to have native support for Android Auto.

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Samsung TV Plus will come to more European countries this month

Samsung TV Plus will come to more European countries this month

Samsung is responsible for some of the most popular Android phones in the world, but the company has plenty of other ventures up its corporate sleeves as well. Samsung brought its TV Plus service to select Galaxy phones a few months back, and it's announcing expanded availability that includes two new countries now with more on the way next year.

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