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37 temporarily free and 49 on-sale apps and games for the Labor Day weekend

37 temporarily free and 49 on-sale apps and games for the Labor Day weekend

August is just about done, it's a holiday weekend here in the US, and I have a big list of app sales to celebrate. There are some goodies here, like the Reigns games, so have at it, have fun, and have an excellent weekend.

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Amazon Music adds gapless playback and loudness normalization to its Android app

Amazon Music adds gapless playback and loudness normalization to its Android app

Even though we mostly write about Spotify, YouTube Music, and Google Play Music around here, we mustn't forget that Amazon Music also exists. The retail giant sets itself apart from the pack by including a limited selection of content for Prime subscribers, all while also offering a fully-fledged streaming service of its own with 50 million tunes called Music Unlimited. After rumors of a Tidal-like high-fidelity Amazon service, the company sure seems to set certain wheels into motion to allow for better audio enjoyment. In the meantime, an update to the Amazon Music Android app adds loudness normalization and gapless playback.

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Stranger Things 3: The Game has finally arrived on Android

Stranger Things 3: The Game has finally arrived on Android

For those that haven't been following closely, Stranger Things 3 The Game was released on consoles and PC back in July. The title serves duty as a sequel for Stranger Things: The Game, a mobile release that was offered for free and played a heck of a lot like a classic action-RPG. It was one of our favorite releases in 2017, and now that the sequel has made its way to Android, it's time to revisit Hawkins and save the world one more time.

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Dark mode and bottom navigation come to the BitTorrent Android app

Dark mode and bottom navigation come to the BitTorrent Android app

BitTorrent has been the go-to distribution platform for file sharing long before Android even existed. The company based in San Francisco first published its app to Google's platform back in 2012, and has since improved and iterated on it. With Android 10's upcoming dark theme and the app's age starting to show, BitTorrent decided it was time for another redesign with version 6.0.8, released on Thursday. It has a dark mode, a bottom navigation bar, and looks and feels much more modern.

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Play Store bug bounty program expands to all apps with 100 million+ downloads

Play Store bug bounty program expands to all apps with 100 million+ downloads

Google has a plethora of bug bounty programs that help it stay on top of black hat hackers. To keep incentives high, the company is constantly tweaking these programs' general frameworks and has recently increased Chrome's vulnerability rewards. Today, Google announced an expansion of its bug bounty system on Google Play to include all apps with 100 million downloads or more. It also introduced privacy-focused rewards for researchers identifying data abuse issues in apps.

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Pokémon Masters has landed on Android, filled with loot boxes and IAPs

Pokémon Masters has landed on Android, filled with loot boxes and IAPs

Pokémon Masters has arrived, and while the release was slightly unexpected, the date falls in line with the previously announced summer-release window. Of course, this isn't a mainline Pokémon game, since it comes from DeNA, the same company behind Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. As expected, Pokémon Masters is a free-to-play release packed with in-app purchases and loot boxes, and this time around, instead of collecting adorable creatures, you'll spend your time collecting trainers to play through 3v3 battles, similar in style to the many MARVEL Strike Force clones already available on the Play Store.

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Telltale Games revived, will start re-publishing old games and working on new titles soon

Telltale Games revived, will start re-publishing old games and working on new titles soon

Telltale Games was a widely successful studio, but in the midst of bad management decisions, it had to close its doors in September last year, taking down many of its critically acclaimed games along the way. It looks like the dead don't die, though. Alongside a relaunch of Telltale Games' website, a holding company called LCG Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it purchased the shattered ruins of the studio. It intends to re-release select games and develop new titles, continuing some of the brand's franchises.

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Cryptographic key used to sign one of Facebook's Android apps compromised

Cryptographic key used to sign one of Facebook's Android apps compromised

The security of Android app updates hinges on the secrecy of a given app's signing key. It's how app updates are verified as secure, and if it falls into the wrong hands, false updates could be distributed containing nefarious changes. As a result, developers usually guard signing keys quite closely, but someone at Facebook seriously messed up. A key used by the company to digitally sign its Free Basics by Facebook app has been compromised, and third-party apps reusing the key have been spotted online.

After APK Mirror and Android Police owner Artem Russakovskii discovered the issue and reported it to Facebook, the original app listing was pulled from the Play Store and replaced with a new app using a new signing key.

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Facebook Messenger reportedly working on a screen sharing feature, Duo users waiting in despair

Facebook Messenger reportedly working on a screen sharing feature, Duo users waiting in despair

Screen sharing is very popular in conference calls, as everybody can look at the same presentation at once. Although less common, there are times when you'd like to do the same in a private setting, whether it's to help with an issue, show your friends what you're about to buy, or even watch content together. The latter is already possible on Facebook thanks to Live Chat, and the company will soon extend the sharing feature to the entire screen.

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