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Google Opinion Rewards now tells you when your credits will expire

For years, Google Opinion Rewards has given out Play Store credit in exchange for answering targeted surveys. Google recently started enforcing the 1-year expiration date for credit earned through Opinion Rewards, and after the resulting outcry, the company promised to make the expiration dates more clear in a future update.

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15 temporarily free and 29 on-sale apps and games for the weekend

It's finally the weekend, and if your week has been anything like mine, that's a godsend. Anyhow, I'm back again with some more app sales. Enjoy.

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Microsoft Math Solver does what it says on the tin (APK Download)

While I could never understand the mathematical obsession with solving for x, perhaps Microsoft knows a thing or two about crunching numbers. The software giant has developed the Math Solver app — currently in beta — that claims to have solutions to mathematical expressions ranging from basic equations to more complex integrations and limits. If the app finds itself stumped, it directs you to a Bing search result to potentially help you find an explanation.

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WhatsApp finally adds call waiting, but without call holding (APK Download)

When you're already talking on the phone and another person tries to call you, most phones and operators let you know that you've got a call waiting. Very few VOIP services support that, though, and WhatsApp wasn't among them until now. The service has rolled out call waiting on Android, but it didn't include the fancy call holding addition.

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Google's Calculator reaches 500 x 1,000,000 installs on the Play Store

Between being preinstalled on many Android devices and generally available for users to download on the Play Store, it's little surprise that Google’s Calculator app is doing pretty well for itself. Last January the app hit the 100 million installs milestone, and now less than two years later it’s already up to 500 million.

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Pixel Launcher now shows long-press options even for app shortcuts

The December security patch rolled out earlier this week to first-gen Pixels, as well as the Pixel 2, 3, and 3a. With it, came a lot of features for Google's older flagships like Live Caption, Styles, gesture navigation in third-party launchers, and a swipe gesture for notifications on the homescreen. There's also one minor but nice improvement that came with the launcher: app shortcuts get a similar action panel to regular apps.

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Todoist experiments with hand-written task list scanning, adds auto dark theme switching

A couple of months ago, task manager Todoist received one of its biggest updates with the "Foundations" release, which added project sections, better subtask management, dynamic task addition, and more. The app's devs aren't taking the remainder of 2019 off, though, and keep releasing beta updates with new features. The latest beta is interesting to us for two reasons: auto dark theme on Android and a new, experimental OCR scanning option.

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Pixel Tips teardown points to Google Pay in power menu, background blurring for Duo, automatic Call Screening, and more

You might think on-boarding applications like Pixel Tips are annoying and don't bring much value to advanced users, but as it turns out, the app hides a few unannounced features in its code. A teardown brings to light Google's work on cards and passes support in the long-press power menu, automatic call screening in the Phone app, background blurring and auto-framing for Duo, and a post hoc Portrait Mode for Photos.

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Google Maps working on street lighting layer to help you stay safe at night

Google Maps has become an indispensable tool for many of us when we travel, offering a good enough one-stop solution for our navigation and exploration needs at most times. Google is constantly working on improving aspects of the service, recently adding landmark icons and a feature that alerts you when your taxi is going off-route. It looks like the company is also preparing a layer that highlights brightly lit streets so you can stay safe at night, especially when walking alone.

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Craigslist now has an Android app, and it's already down to two stars on Google Play

Even all these years after its introduction in 1995, Craigslist is still the top place to find cars, houses, and outdated furniture for sale near you. After a short beta period, official mobile apps are now available, but the Android version hasn't been well-received.

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