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43 temporarily free and 41 on-sale apps and games to start Labor Day weekend

Welcome to the final day of August. Autumn is right around the corner, which means schools are back in session (or close enough). Seemingly in celebration of this, a lot of apps went on sale today, or maybe because IFA is also still going on. Anyway, take a look through what we have today to see if anything interests you. Have a good Labor Day weekend.

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Firefox will block tracking scripts by default, starting in 2019

Mozilla has always been a strong advocate for internet privacy. More recently, Mozilla has been working on Firefox Focus, a simplified browser that blocks all trackers/cookies and erases browsing data after you close the app. Now the company wants to take privacy a step further, by blocking all tracking scripts by default on the main Firefox browser.

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[Bonus Round] BIOK, ColorFold, Aqua Moto Racing 2, Wheely World, Thunderbirds Are Go: International Rescue, Hungry Dragon, and Star Trek Trexels II

Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a competent indie puzzler, a minimal ribbon folding game, a fantastic wave racer, a goofy endless runner, a Thunderbirds Are Go licensed action game, a medieval twist on the Hungry Shark series, and a Star Trek: The next Generation space exploration RPG.

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MyNBA2K19 companion app is out ahead of NBA 2K19 release

Another year, another 2K companion app slash collectible NBA themed card game. That's right, the console and PC release of NBA 2K19 is just around the corner, so in preparation for the release, 2K has published the MyNBA2K19 companion app on the Play Store. The thing is, it's not just a companion app for an AAA sports game, as it also offers a collectible card battling game that you can play on any compatible Android device. So get ready to collect your favorite NBA superstars from the past and present.

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Snapchat 10.40 beta adds an adaptive icon and starts implementing notification channels [APK Download]

Not to be outdone by its closest competitor, Instagram, Snapchat has rolled out an update to its app on the beta channel that adds two important Android Oreo features: adaptive icons and notification channels.

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[Update: APK Download] Tez, Google's mobile payment platform in India, gets rebranded to Google Pay

Naming and branding things isn't Google's forte. One day a service is launched, the next it's renamed, and the third it's rolled into another service, which then gets rebranded again. That was the story for Google Wallet and Android Pay, until they were unified into Google Pay. Now Google Tez is also joining them under the same umbrella.

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Adobe Lightroom CC 3.6 improves optics settings, adds support for HEIF images, and more

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Get the Pocophone F1's launcher right now [APK Download]

Xiaomi's Poco F1 has been turning plenty of heads with its incredible price tag, piquing our collective curiosity here at Android Police. If you want an early look at what the Poco F1 is like, Xiaomi's launcher for the phone just showed up on the Play Store. Unfortunately, the early access program has run out of space. But thanks to the magic of APK Mirror, you can still try it out for yourself.

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Essential Phone finally gets support for YouTube zoom-to-fill

Now that almost every major smartphone has a display with a ratio around 18:9, regular old 16:9 videos aren't looking too hot with their black bars. To combat this, YouTube added a helpful zoom-to-fill feature to its Android app, but that functionality only works on select, more mainstream devices. The Essential Phone is finally getting support for it, months after both its and the feature's release.

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The Humble 'Digital Tabletop' Bundle includes 3 awesome board games that can run on Android

Okay, so Humble Bundle's new Digital Tabletop bundle isn't a mobile bundle, but it does happen to include Asmodee Digital's Android versions of Ticket to Ride, Mysterium: A Psychic Clue Game, and Talisman. The first two are both part of the base bundle, so you can snag them for as little as a dollar, but if you want to purchase Talisman, you will have to pay more than the average. The deal will run for twelve more days.

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