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[Deal Alert] Here are some free and discounted apps from the last few days

We're back again with some more free and cheap apps for your enjoyment and perusal. I've taken great care to note how much longer the free ones are... free, so pay attention. Remember that adding the freebies to your Google account means they're permanent, unless you uninstall in the usual refund window.

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Thanks to a new partnership, Samsung Pay users will be able to shop online wherever Visa Checkout is accepted

Out of the different mobile payment solutions, Samsung Pay is probably my favorite — granted, my experience with Apple Pay has been limited thus far. Not only is there no bootloader restriction, but the support for old-fashioned magnetic terminals is a huge plus. But what about online shopping? Sammy has its customer base covered with the newly announced partnership with Visa, which will allow Samsung Pay users to shop at any virtual merchant who accepts Visa Checkout.

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Telegram v3.18 adds new voice calls and video compression options

Users of the messaging app Telegram may have noticed an update waiting for them today. This new version, 3.18, adds in five compression options for videos and the much-requested voice calls. But before we get too carried away on that last one, let's look at the changelog.

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Galaxy S8 and S8+ pre-orders are live at all four major US carriers, Best Buy, and Samsung.com

The Galaxy S8 and S8 plus were launched in NYC just a few hours ago, but since it's now March 30th at 12am ET, pre-orders at the big four US carriers (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon), Best Buy, and Samsung.com are now live. If you want one of these bezel-less beauties quickly (we techies can be an impatient bunch), now's the time to order.

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Samsung's new router has a built-in SmartThings Hub and supports mesh networking

Some people want to deal with as few devices as possible - especially when it comes to their home network. If you happen to need a router, and also use anything in the SmartThings ecosystem, Samsung has just the product for you.

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Galaxy S8 pre-orders come with a free Gear VR, plus optional discounts on headphones and a microSD card

The time has come for Samsung to do everything in its power to rack up big pre-order numbers for the Galaxy S8. The best way to do that, of course, is to give things away. Samsung will throw a free Gear VR at anyone who pre-orders the phone. If that's not enough, you can also get a deal on some AKG headphones and a big microSD card.

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The Galaxy S8's 'DeX' dock turns the phone into a portable workstation

Several smartphone companies have tried making phones that can 'dock' to become desktop PCs. Microsoft has developed Continuum for Windows 10 Mobile, Ubuntu Linux has Convergence, and Motorola tried the Atrix 4G Lapdock. Now Samsung is giving it a shot, with the S8's 'DeX' desktop environment.

DeX works like other solutions - just plug the S8 into the DeX dock, and connect a keyboard, mouse, and HDMI display. The phone then becomes a desktop computer, running Android apps in separate resizable windows. Any app compatible with either Android Nougat's multiwindow API or Samsung's old multiwindow solution should work.

Samsung is hoping businesses will adopt DeX, with the company working with Microsoft and Adobe to make their apps fully compatible.

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Samsung's first S8 commercial shows an ostrich trying to fly

Samsung has a mixed track record when it comes to commercials - remember that awful ad for the original Galaxy Gear? Samsung's latest phone, the Galaxy S8, was officially revealed today. And the first commercial is pretty good.

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Samsung's reveals a new Gear 360 camera, smaller and lighter than the original

Samsung's Gear 360 from last year was a pretty neat little camera. Like many similar products, it recorded 360-degree video with two fish-eye lenses. But it had a few faults - it only officially worked with Galaxy phones, and it was fairly expensive at $350. Alongside the Galaxy S8, Samsung revealed a new model of the Gear 360.

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The Galaxy S8 is the first phone with Bluetooth 5, can stream audio to two Bluetooth devices at once

Bluetooth is simultaneously useful and annoying. It's great when you can get it to work, but the annoyances with Bluetooth audio are why many passed on the jack-less iPhone 7, Moto Z, and HTC U Ultra. Among the many other features of the Samsung Galaxy S8 is Bluetooth 5 support; it's the first phone to include the new standard.

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