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Google Trips, Flights, and Destinations come to new countries with new languages

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Nova Launcher 5.4.1 is out of beta, brings Sesame Shortcuts deep links to everyone

In July, Nova Launcher began testing a new feature in v5.4 beta: Sesame Shortcuts. Thanks to an integration with this third-party app, you could use Nova's app search and shortcuts to jump into a specific place or page inside more than 20 apps. For WhatsApp that means specific conversations, for Netflix it's about movies and shows, and there are more granular links for Spotify, Waze, Yelp, YouTube, Tasker, Reddit, and so on. Now that feature is out of beta and ready for primetime.

With v5.4.1, Sesame Shortcuts and a few other small changes are available to everyone on the stable channel of Nova.

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[Update: Maestro cards and more banks] Belgium is the tenth country to get the Android Pay treatment

Belgium is next up in Google's ongoing, slow-moving initiative to bring Android Pay to more countries. Starting today, Belgians can use the contactless payments service at over 85,000 locations including places like McDonald's, H&M, and Carrefour.

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Here are 29 temporarily free and 27 on-sale apps for your Wednesday

Welcome back, everyone. I hope that you all enjoyed your three day weekend — if it was anything like mine, it was probably too short. Seeing as it's Wednesday, I figured I'd get another app sales post up for you all. Yes, I know it's a bit late, but I think you'll manage. As always, the times noted below are accurate at time of writing.

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Nine Email updated to v4.0.0 with IMAP/Gmail support, shared calendars, and a whole lot more

Most people are happy to use the Gmail app on Android, but some swear by Nine Email. This enterprise-focused email client has been on Android for ages, but it's been updated consistently with new features and user interfaces as Android has evolved. Today, v4.0.0 is live in the Play Store with a massive list of changes and improvements. Most prominently, it finally works with regular Gmail accounts.

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This free app hides Android Oreo's "running in the background" notification

Android Oreo displays a persistent notification for each app running in the background, to give the user a better idea of what is happening on their device. But for power users that frequently run apps like Tasker and LastPass, the notification can be plain annoying. Thankfully, there's now an easy way to hide it forever - an app by developer 'iboalali.'

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[Update: Live] Twitter is readying a night mode for the desktop site

It's been roughly a year since Twitter made a ton of users very happy and fully introduced a night mode for its Android app. That was such a popular move with anyone who hadn't defected to a third party Twitter client that it seemed a dead cert it would eventually come to the desktop site. That time has now come.

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Chrome 61 starts rollout of Chrome Home UI, improves Translate bar, enables new APIs, and more [APK Download]

The past few Chrome releases have only had one or two user-visible changes, with most of the work going into new features that websites can use. But Chrome 61 has plenty of both, most notably the new Chrome Home UI that is finally rolling out. Let's dive right in, shall we?

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Plex live TV support comes to Fire TV and web interface

Plex used to just be a way to manage your local video collection, but that changed a few months ago when support for live TV was launched. At the time, only certain platforms were supported, but now live TV is expanding to Fire TV and the web. For the Fire TV, you also get support for live TV DVR functionality.

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Google's new 'Data Transfer Tool' shows up in the Play Store, likely a Pixel 2 system app

Going by last year's timing, we can probably expect this year's Pixel phones sometime next month. Likely in preparation for the launch, Google has uploaded a new 'Data Transfer Tool' app to the Play Store, which appears to be a system app for the next Pixel phones.

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