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Head into the weekend with 29 temporarily free and 29 on-sale apps

We've reached the end of another week — I hope that your Friday has been great so far. This obviously means that it's time for the final apps sales post for the first full week of September. Before you go, be sure to go back to Wednesday's list. Without further ado, let's dive in.

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[Update: Google Pixels and LG V30 too] YouTube is rolling out HDR playback option for Galaxy S8/S8+, Note8, and XZ Premium users

High Dynamic Range (HDR) has seemingly been the next big thing in video playback for quite some time, but most people have yet to experience it outside of taking photos. It relates not to the resolution of a video, but to the amount of contrast and the color range, and it should make things look much more realistic. HDR content is still fairly limited, however, and so is device compatibility. The ill fated Samsung Galaxy Note7 was the first phone to support it, but few people got a chance to try it out on that, for obvious reasons. Its successor, the Note8, as well as the S8 and S8+ support it, too, and it seems YouTube's HDR videos will now work on those devices.

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Outlook for Android finally gets external app and service integration

Outlook's so-called "add-ins" were first introduced to the app this February, but the feature was exclusive to iOS. At least, it was, until Microsoft's blog post today. To put it simply, it allows you to use features from apps like Trello, Evernote, or services like GIPHY from directly inside the app. It's sort of like Android's intents system, allowing you to quickly pass data between services, but built into Outlook.

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Justice League VR: Join the League is a completely free Cardboard VR minigame collection from Warner Bros.

All you Cardboard VR headset owners should take a quick look at Warner Bros. latest title on the Play Store. It is titled Justice League VR: Join the League, and it is a DC superhero themed minigame collection just released for the Cardboard VR platform. Each minigame has a different DC superhero as its protagonist, with a total of five games to choose from.

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AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint are working together to improve mobile two-factor authentication

When it comes to two-factor authentication, SMS isn't exactly the most secure method. Thankfully, AT&T and Verizon just announced a partnership today with T-Mobile and Sprint to improve the security of mobile authentication. Carriers rarely work together, but it would appear that this is a vital enough concern for customers to encourage collaboration. 

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Galaxy Note8 gets an in-depth teardown courtesy of iFixit, receives a score of 4

We just saw the Galaxy Note8 pass through JerryRigEverything's durability testing, and it did quite well. But what about when you do break something on your expensive Note8 and need to repair it? iFixit has just torn down the Note8, and ended up giving Samsung's latest flagship a very "meh"-inducing 4/10. That's still better than the Essential Phone's 1, though.

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Google Phone v12 reveals further Duo integration is coming [APK Teardown]

Over the last few months, Google has been taking small steps to integrate Allo and Duo into different pieces of the phone. Most recently, Allo shortcuts were added to the Contacts app, but today's teardown is more closely related to Duo recording its video chats to the system call log. It looks like Google's next step may involve having its Phone app be a little more forward about Duo.

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Google is preparing to deploy a mandatory Assistant update that forces you to relink smart home devices

Google Assistant is always getting smarter and learning new tricks, but it doesn't usually need big user-facing updates to make it happen. You will, however, need to get your hands a little dirty for a new Assistant update if you're using any smart home devices. Google is sending out an email to Assistant users to let them know smart home gadgets will need to be relinked after the latest update.

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Public beta of 'Don't Starve: Shipwrecked' is live on the Play Store

All the way back in January Don't Starve: Shipwrecked was released on iOS, but all of us Android users were left wondering when Klei Entertainment would release this single-player expansion on the Play Store. Well, it would appear that today is the day... sort of. You see, it's a public beta release, but the key word here is public. So that means we are all free to pay the asking price of $3.99 today in order to explore its all new seafaring world.

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LeEco takes its US site offline for a week, which is a totally normal thing for a company to do

Chinese tech firm LeEco exploded into the US market last year with a number of compelling deals on powerful smartphones. But things haven't gone as planned for the company. As its operation back in China faltered, the future of its US expansion has become unclear. It's more unclear than ever now that the LeEco US website is gone. According to the message left in place of the website, the company is busy "upgrading the system."

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