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Skype's big v8.0 app update is live in the Play Store

Skype has been around for a long time and has gone through some big changes over the years. The new v8.0 update might be the biggest one yet, though. It brings some Snapchat-like features including "add-in" services and "Highlights," which are basically Stories. This feels a bit like one giant "fellow kids" meme.

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[Update: Winner] Win an unlocked (or Sprint) HTC U11 from HTC and Android Police (US and Canada only)

HTC and Android Police are teaming up to give you a chance to win the company's newest flagship, the U11. It's actually U11 launch day here in the US, so the timing couldn't get much better, right? We've got a single unlocked or Sprint (your choice) U11 to offer to our readers, and you can choose any one of the three launch colors here in the US, too (silver, blue, or black).

In the box, you'll also get HTC's new USB-C U Sonic earbuds with active noise cancellation and a quicker charger. The U11 works on all four major carriers in the US, too, so there's no worrying about compatibility.

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Android O feature spotlight: Pixel Launcher gets a new teardrop icon shape

Among a few of the other changes that appeared in yesterday's third Android O Developer Preview, a new icon shape has appeared. Joining its squircle, rounded square, square, and circular brethren, Pixel Launcher users have the option to make their icons teardrop-shaped.

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Cubiscape is a free, addictive puzzle game with unlimited levels, multiple difficulty settings, and zero ads [Sponsored Post]

When it comes to puzzle and logic games, there is a delicate balance to be struck. If the game is too simple, it's just no fun. But if it's too difficult or too complicated, then the game becomes frustrating or the learning curve becomes too steep. Many games fail to strike this balance, and even those that do sometimes leave you wanting more once you've beaten all its levels.

Cubiscape is a new game that balances simplicity, complexity, and difficulty very well all while giving players unlimited levels to solve. Even better is that the game is free and includes no third-party ads.

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ADT updates its Pulse security app to lock out rooted or otherwise modified devices

There are plenty of home automation and security platforms these days, but some consumers like to stick to what they know, and ADT has been doing home security for a long time. It offers its own camera and sensor systems, all controlled via the Pulse app with support for third-party devices like Nest. People pay monthly for ADT services, and now some of them are feeling rather ripped off after an update to Pulse blocked access on rooted or modified devices.

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[Deal Alert] Finish off the week with 19 temporarily free and 18 on-sale apps, including 5 Noodlecake Studios games

Welcome to Friday! I am back after taking a short, but much needed, vacation. I'd like to give a huge shoutout to our very own Matt for holding down the fort while I was away — he did a great job. Moving along, today brings us a decent selection of apps for you to check out, including a few in here that I personally recommend (which will be bolded). And if you're itching for more, be sure to go check out Matt's post from Wednesday.

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[Update: Out of stock, ships in 2-4 weeks] The HTC U11 is available to buy in the US and Canada, some pre-orders have already arrived

HTC announced its latest flagship phone last month. The impossibly shiny HTC U11 with its strange, squeezable Edge Sense sides seems like it might be an improvement on its recent offerings. After recent failures such as the U Ultra (a close relative of the new U11), the Taiwanese firm is in need of a win. After going up for pre-order a few weeks ago, the HTC U11 should be now available to purchase from HTC's US ($649) and Canadian ($899) sites. Some pre-ordered devices have already arrived with customers.

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Android O feature spotlight: WiFi and cellular status bar icons switch positions again [order has been restored]

Sometimes it's the little things in life that bring the most joy. Google often uses Android developer previews to test small changes and gauge public opinion on them ahead of a final release. This may or may not be one such example. Dev Preview 3 has reversed a tiny change that was made in the last version, namely changing the order of the WiFi and cellular icons on the status bar.

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Android O feature spotlight: Camera app updated to v4.4, with small UI tweaks [APK Download]

After the surprise early release of the 3rd Android O developer preview yesterday, everyone is busy searching for any subtle little changes here and there. The stock Android camera app was last updated back in February with new zoom and exposure controls. The new dev preview brings the camera up to version 4.4 and includes some minor UI tweaks.

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Chrome Beta 60 adds new search widget, limits the Vibration API to combat malware ads, and more [APK Download]

Chrome 59 was just released, which means Chrome 60 has graduated to beta status. This version includes a few interface changes, like a new context menu and file picker, as well as a new search widget. The Vibration API also has some new limitations to combat malware ads. Let's take a look.

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