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18 temporarily free and 73 on-sale apps and games for the day before Thanksgiving

Hello, all, and welcome to the eve before Thanksgiving. I have quite a list of app sales for you, but be ready for a humdinger of a list on Black Friday. Anyway, have fun and I hope that you all have an excellent Thanksgiving with your families and friends.

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Google Photos rolls out manual face tagging: Tutorial, benefits, and a big asterisk

A few months ago, Google Photos product lead, David Lieb, told us that manually tagging faces was on the app's update roadmap. We didn't hear anything about the feature until last week, when XDA developers managed to find it hidden inside Photos v4.32 and enable it. Now, it's going live for some users, though there's an important asterisk to keep in mind.

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Stadia Buddy Pass is rolling out, giving a friend of yours 3 months of free Pro service

Google's Stadia release seems rushed, as many advertised features like family sharing, a UI for achievements, and the ability to use existing Chromecast Ultras for game streaming are still missing. At least the company is keeping one promise it had made to appease customers during the hectic launch: Buddy Passes are currently rolling out to people who purchased the Stadia Founder's Edition.

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'Flip to Shhh' comes to the Pixel 2 with latest Digital Wellbeing beta [APK Download]

"Flip to Shhh" launched with the Pixel 3 as a way to quickly enable Do Not Disturb on your phone by simply turning it so the display was face down. Even though the feature shouldn't have required any special hardware or capabilities, Google chose to keep it exclusive to the Pixel 3 and didn't bring it to its older devices. That's changing with the latest Digital Wellbeing beta, which enables the feature on the Pixel 2.

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(Update: Stable) Wikipedia beta now follows system dark theme settings on Android 10

Dark theme and night mode are a boon for those who like to stare at their smartphone screens in a pitch-dark room while regretting staying up late. What further adds to this convenience is an in-app option to automatically match the default system theme settings. Wikipedia is bringing exactly that to its beta app for Android.

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(Update: Support for more phones) Samsung's PlayGalaxy Link game streaming app is now available on Android and Windows

When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note10, it also introduced a new game streaming platform called PlayGalaxy Link albeit with very little by way of concrete information. We learned soon after that it would be launching in September, and so it's come to pass. The Playgalaxay.com site is now live and the Android app is available for download.

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Disney+ makes it easier to continue watching your shows and movies

Disney+ is the hottest video streaming service around, but being new, it lacks a lot of features. One of these is the ability to resume where you left off in a movie or TV show. Thankfully though, the option has started showing up for some users.

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Malicious third-party SDKs obtained personal data from millions of Twitter and Facebook users on Android

Twitter and Facebook have both been targeted by malicious mobile SDKs on Android that accessed personal data, such as email addresses and user names. The companies have since informed Google about the issue, and Facebook sent cease and desist letters to the data collection firms behind the SDKs, oneAudience and MobiBurn.

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Google Duo testing a bottom bar UI during calls

With phones getting taller and taller, Google has grown fonder of bottom bars in its apps. The latest app to get a new interface centered around moving essential shortcuts to the bottom is Google Duo.

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Google explains why your Opinion Rewards credits disappeared, will add expiration date notice (Updated)

Last week, Google went on a cleanup spree and deducted large chunks of Play Store credits that people had raked over time in Opinion Rewards. Our tips mailbox quickly filled up with reports of balances unexpectedly shrinking by tens of dollars, while Google stayed mum on what appeared to be a widespread concern. The company just broke its silence on this issue with a short explanation appearing for many within the Rewards app.

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