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Telegram adds 25 million new users in just 72 hours as rival apps falter

Telegram adds 25 million new users in just 72 hours as rival apps falter

It's only just getting started, but 2021 feels like it will be a crucial year for social apps. The world's most popular app, WhatsApp, just announced changes to its privacy policy that will increase Facebook's powers to use your data. Meanwhile, one of the world's most controversial apps, Parler, was unceremoniously dumped from the internet this week. Unsurprisingly, this is great news for rival chat app Telegram.

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PUBG Mobile 1.2 adds Runic Power Mode, a new solo experience, and the latest chapter is live (APK Download)

PUBG Mobile 1.2 adds Runic Power Mode, a new solo experience, and the latest chapter is live (APK Download)

PUBG Corporation isn't one to stick to a rigid schedule when it comes to new patches, so we didn't see an update in December. Well, it looks as though the studio is possibly back to its old schedule for the time being since it just released patch 1.2 on the Play Store. As you would expect, new content is here for all to enjoy, such as the Runic Power Mode, where players will get to choose from three new skills that require special runes to power. Of course, new weapons, new options, and plenty of game improvements are in the mix as well, which I'll detail below.

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Parents can now share Spotify Kids playlists

Parents can now share Spotify Kids playlists

While Google shunned kids from using its music streaming service when it sunset Play Music, Spotify only recently launched a dedicated app for children, Spotify Kids. The application only consists of hand-picked, child-friendly audio content and comes with a more playful UI. Now Spotify has announced that it's adding support for shared playlists, allowing parents to share their favorite music with their kids.

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Parler's ban is causing tons of people to mistakenly download an obscure old app

Parler's ban is causing tons of people to mistakenly download an obscure old app

Alt-right social media platform Parler has been kicked to the curb by Apple, Google, Amazon, and basically every other company it could possibly do business with, but a glance at the Play Store top app charts might leave you confused — if you can't spell, anyway. Somehow "social talking app" Parlor has hit #3 on the Play Store.

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Google adds Play promo code support for France

Google adds Play promo code support for France

It's not something those of us in the US consider often, but promo codes for free apps can't be issued by developers globally. Instead, Google maintains a list of countries that are eligible. Today's update is the first we've posted about in over two years; it adds five countries, but takes two away.

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Hulu drops ad-supported plan to $2/mo for students

Hulu drops ad-supported plan to $2/mo for students

For the past two years, Hulu has discounted its ad-supported subscription to $2 per month during Black Friday, down from the usual $5.99/mo. If you're a student, you can now get the same discount year-round.

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30 temporarily free and 33 on-sale apps and games for Monday

30 temporarily free and 33 on-sale apps and games for Monday

Welcome to Monday, everyone. Today I have a few standout sales to share with everyone, including Slaughter 2: Prison Assault, an enjoyable shooter absent of abusive monetization. Next, I have Neverwinter Nights, a quality CRPG that's often on sale for half off. Last is Package Inc., an entertaining puzzler from InfinityGames. 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 30 temporarily free and 33 on-sale apps and games for the beginning of the week.

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Google offers a silly solution for multilingual Android Auto users: Stick to one language

Google offers a silly solution for multilingual Android Auto users: Stick to one language

Google may offer quite some options for multilingual users, but there are still many hurdles when using the Assistant, Gboard, and other Google apps in two or more languages. Over the last year and a half or so, the problems have also moved over to Android Auto. Bilingual users have been reporting that the Assistant reads notifications in the wrong language, resulting in word soup and unintelligible sounds. After months of working on resolving the problem, Google has finally found a, uhm, let's call it solution: Just remove your secondary language from the Assistant.

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Signal tops app store charts globally as WhatsApp bows down to Facebook

Signal tops app store charts globally as WhatsApp bows down to Facebook

WhatsApp has been reaping the whirlwind ever since it rolled out its new terms of service, which give parent company Facebook more control over user data. While some users aren't as bothered, others definitely don't seem comfortable with the accept-or-die ultimatum served by WhatsApp. Resultantly, Signal — an alternative, more secure messaging app — has gained some incredible traction in the last few days, placing itself at the top of charts on both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store in various countries.

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Google Calendar finally moved its search button to the top bar

Google Calendar finally moved its search button to the top bar

Searching your events in Google Calendar can be a tedious experience, and many people might not even remember that's an option in the Android app at all. That's likely because the search button is hidden in the hamburger menu below the different view options. It looks like Google has recognized that this position doesn't make a lot of sense, as the company is rolling out a small UI tweak that moves the search button to the top app bar.

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