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10 temporarily free and 26 on-sale apps and games for the weekend

We're in the final days of September and autumn is here. It's also the weekend, or close enough, so that means I'm back for one more round of app sales. Today's list, like Wednesday's, is quite small, so it shouldn't take anyone too long to sort through. There's not much of note here, but as always, some one out there may find something to enjoy.

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Is Google Play Pass worth it? Depends on who you are

I have 500 words to tell you whether or not I think you should get Google Play Pass for $5 a month or if you're better off with an alternative solution. Frankly speaking, if you're the type that constantly uses a wide array of apps and games and are always curious enough to try just one more every so often, you should pull the trigger. But let's not get ahead of ourselves, here.

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YouTube Music will replace Play Music as a pre-installed app in Android 10

It has been more than a year since Google revamped its music and video offerings with the YouTube brand front and center. The company signaled that YouTube Music would eventually replace Play Music, and it's moving one step closer to making that a reality. Devices that ship with Android 10 will no longer have the Play Music app pre-installed. Instead, they'll have YouTube Music.

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[Update: 23 more] Here are 251 apps and games available on Google Play Pass right now (Updated continuously)

People have been wondering about the full roster of launch titles featured in Google Play Pass — supposedly, we've got over 350 of them to go through. Here's the thing: Google doesn't make it easy to suss out all of the apps participating in the program, whether through the Play Store or external documentation on associated Google sites. Great. Well, guess what? We're gonna give it a try and list as many apps on Play Pass as possible.

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Firefox Preview 2.0 adds search widget and playback control notifications [APK Download]

As you may know by now, Mozilla has halted development of the stable Firefox release on Android, only adding security patches at the moment. The company is instead focusing on its next-generation browser, Firefox Preview, slated to replace its aging counterpart before the end of this year. A big update to version 2.0 adds a number of features to the new browser, like a search widget, a notification with audio/video playback controls, and various usability enhancements. Add-ons are not yet available, sadly.

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Facebook experiments with hiding like counts to tackle social envy

Facebook used to be a place where you could freely share moments from your life with your peers, but once the network grew into the behemoth we know it as today, users soon began competing against each other to see who could get the highest like count on their posts. To combat this potential spiral of negative feelings (and possible subsequent user exodus), Facebook has decided to test obscuring like counts on some posts, starting today with Australia.

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[Update: Fixed] Google broke the Play Store's Updates tab

Google wouldn't be Google if it didn't break stuff from time to time. If you've been wondering why your Updates tab in the Play Store app is blank, rest assured knowing that you're not alone; it's an issue affecting pretty much everyone.

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Tasker v5.8.5 rolls out with dark theme control for Android 10

Google has finally seen fit to give us a dark theme in Android 10, but there's very little to the functionality aside from the quick settings toggle. There's not even so much as a schedule for turning on and off dark mode, but Tasker is here to help with v5.8.5. This bastion of automation now plugs into Android's dark theme settings, opening up all manner of customization.

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Google's hyperlocal news app 'Bulletin' is shutting down

Google launched a new hyperlocal news service in early 2018 called Bulletin. It's understandable if you don't remember—Bulletin still hasn't moved out of the pilot phase, and it never will. Google has just alerted Bulletin users that it's shutting down the platform in November.

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