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Holiday Play Store Deals Roundup [Updated Continuously]

'Tis the season to spend money on stuff for others, but what about you? What about your needs? It just so happens there are a ton of apps and games on sale for this holiday week, and we're going to keep track of all the best stuff. Check back as we'll be updating this post with new sales as we come across them.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon Offers Over $30 Of Appstore Apps And Games For Free, Including Lifeline, Last Horizon, And Goat Simulator MMO

There are probably quite a few new Amazon Kindle tablet owners poking through their brand new gadgets this morning, and to encourage new customers to check out what the Appstore offers, Amazon is giving some of its best games for free. A couple of its best games, anyway - the rest of today's 13 freebies are less than notable. But gamers will definitely want to grab textual space adventure Lifeline, atmospheric exploration game Last Horizon, and the zany fantasy-themed Goat Simulator MMO Simulator.

Here's the full list of currently free titles.

  1. 2Do ToDo List ($6.99)
  2. AVG AntiVirus PRO Android Security ($11.99)
  3. Batman: Arkham City Lockdown ($5.99)
  4. Bridge Constructor Playground ($2.62)
  5. Christmastry
  6. Explore Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood ($2.99)
  7. Goat Simulator MMO Simulator ($.99)
  8. Lifeline ($.99)
  9. Victor's Cold!!
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Official Kodi Remote 'Kore' Updated To v2.0 With PVR Support, New Animations, And More

Kodi (formerly XBMC) is a popular option for those who want to roll their own media center, and the official Kodi remote "Kore" plugs into the system perfectly. This app hit the Play Store earlier this year, shortly after the alpha and beta builds of Kodi did, and now Kore is getting a nice v2.0 update.

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YouTube Has A New Pseudo-Drawer For Subscriptions On Tablets

The YouTube app's hamburgerless layout has been with us for a while now, and while it's gotten a mixed bag of reactions, Google is still iterating on it slowly but surely. It seems like the latest development is a new layout on tablets for the subscription tab.

Previously, a strip of avatars lined the top of the content area, with blue dots to indicate whether the channel had a new video for you. In the new layout - which seems to be rolling out pretty quickly from the server-side judging from our inbox - subs have their own sort of pseudo-drawer on the left of the screen.

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WSJ: Google Is Building Another Messaging Service... With Chatbots [And Blackjack, And Hookers]

Google, for all its skill in the realms of mobile search, advertising, email, and even operating systems, has never been particularly good at the social thing. Even now, I suspect, someone at Google is fuming at the notion that the company "isn't very good" at messaging or social networks and pointing animatedly at the tens of millions of Google+ and Hangouts users. The problem is and has always been that for whatever success Google has had in social and messaging platforms, it is constantly undercut by the actions of Google itself that say otherwise. There is near-yearly reworking, redesigning, or branching off of these products in ways that very strongly suggest they aren't getting the results Google's Alphabet overlords consider acceptable.

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SwiftKey Offers "Holiday Presents" Theme Pack For Free And "Everything Megapack" For 70% Off

How festive is your phone? Cool Christmas wallpaper on? Definitely. Christmas watch face sent to your wrist? Check. Snowglobes all over your Facebook messenger? Sure. How about your keyboard? Uh. Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! You tellin' me you ain't decked your keyboard with boughs of holly yet?! It's time we took care of that. Yes, right now. Don't tell me you'll do it tomorrow. That's 24 hours you could spend looking at jolly reindeers and gift packs and cold wintery landscapes in your keyboard's background. Type "yes." You can do it. Yes.

SwiftKey is taking care of you this season so you don't have to shell out any money to dress up your keyboard.

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Runkeeper 6.0 Brings A New Interface, Colors, And Iconography

When Runkeeper was updated to version 6.0 on iOS back in August, Android users were asked to be patient and promised the same treatment sometime in the fall. Well, the app's developers kept their promise but it was a close call. Released yesterday, just at the end of the fall season, Runkeeper 6.0 brought the new interface, colors, and icons that iOS users have been enjoying, then was followed by a small bug fix update to version 6.0.1.

In version 6.0, Runkeeper gets rid of its bright blue color in favor of a more greenish blue / turquoise hue.

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Chromer Opens All Of Your Links In A Chrome Custom Tab

Introduced at Google I/O this year and implemented in the stable version 45 of Chrome, Chrome Custom Tabs aim to make browsing from third-party apps as fast, unintrusive, and seamless as possible. Instead of developers relying on System WebView to load links from their applications, they could implement Custom Tabs to open these links in a faster page that sits on top of the app and uses Chrome's rendering and data saving capabilities, has access to its saved passwords and autofill information, and benefits from its security updates.

However, not all developers have implemented Chrome Custom Tabs and that's where Chromer comes in.

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SD Maid 4.0 Beta Moves The App's Interface From The Holo To The Material Design Era

If you're like me and you spend a great deal of your time installing and uninstalling apps on your phone, then you're probably aware of the mess that some apps leave on your internal storage even after they're long gone. SD Maid specializes in getting rid of these ghosts of apps' past by removing the relics from your storage so it's like they've never been there to begin with. And now the app can do its job while also donning a nice modern Material Design interface.

Version 4.0.0 beta was released a couple of days ago and has since received a small bug fix update to version 4.0.1.

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Action Launcher 3 Updated With Improved Icon Editing, 'Smartsize' Icon Scaling, And More

There's still time to squeeze one more Action Launcher update in this year, and it's a big one. The latest version of Action Launcher makes a myriad of tweaks and adds two new icon-related features, one of which will sound a little familiar.

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