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Instagram is testing a standalone messaging app called Direct

Remember how upset people were when Facebook started requiring everyone to install the separate Messenger app? Now Instagram is going down the same road, or it's at least strongly considering it. Instagram is testing a new app called Direct that replaces the messaging inbox from the main app and builds an experience around it. The new app is only available in a few countries so far, but it could be rolled out widely later.

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PPSSPP picks up Vulkan graphics support and more in latest update

So, you've got some PSP games that you totally backed up from your own legally purchased UMDs? You probably want PPSSPP to play them on Android. This emulator has more than 10 million downloads, and development is very active. In the latest v1.5.4 update, PPSSPP gains support for the Vulkan API. That means a big performance boost on supported devices.

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HBO GO and NOW apps updated with suggested content in search, Android TV improvements, and more

I know it's not Game of Thrones season, but some people are still watching HBO. It has some other stuff worth watching, I'm told. HBO's Android apps are getting some significant updates today with suggested series in search, as well as a ton of Android TV improvements. However, HBO's selection of apps is a little convoluted.

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Here are 27 temporarily free and 18 on-sale apps for your Wednesday

Hello again, everyone, and welcome to Wednesday. It's time for more app sales, and a short list at that. December and the holiday season are both in full swing, and the semester is nearly over. Don't expect too much from today's list if you take the time to look over it, or even at Monday's. Til next time.

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30 new and notable (and 1 WTF) Android games from the last week (11/28/17 - 12/5/17)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so.

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Google Search Lite becomes Google Go, Files Go exits beta [APK Download]

Google is spinning up the previously announced "Go" version of Android, including a suite of apps in the Play Store. This optimized build of the OS was announced back at Google I/O, and a few test apps have popped up in the intervening months. Today, Google has renamed Search Lite to Google Go. That matches Files Go, which is out of beta now.

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Target launches its own mobile wallet because we definitely don't have enough of those

Perhaps you frequent your local Target store, and you've been wondering why the retailer doesn't support NFC payments. Now we have an answer: Target Wallet. The Minneapolis-based company has launched its own mobile payment service in an updated version of the Target app. Target promises faster checkouts and discounts with its service, and you can get it now.

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16 new and notable Android apps from the last week (11/28/17 - 12/4/17)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so.

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Netflix is testing a redesigned Android app with a bottom bar UI

The Netflix app on Android has looked the same for a long time, but the company is apparently trying something new. One Reddit user has shared the updated UI that popped up on his phone, which includes a bottom navigation bar. There are some other changes as well, but all the same functionality should be included. If you're looking for an APK download, sorry. This looks like a server-side switch.

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Start the week with 34 temporarily free and 13 on-sale apps

December is here and 2017 starts to wind down. I'm back with some more app sales for you all. Due to the volume of homework and the end-of-semester rush, I was not able to get to a post on Friday — mea culpa. Regardless, it seems like we didn't miss much, which sets us up nicely for today.

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