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Kick off the holiday weekend with 20 temporarily free and 95 on-sale apps

It's finally Friday! Christmas is just a few short days away, so here's my final round of app sales before the holiday. The list today is almost as long as Wednesday's, which itself was massive, but I find it lackluster in comparison. There are some good things to be had, like The Room 3, which you will find in bold. And be sure to go back to Wednesday's post so that you can get in on the remainder of the sales there. Also, I will not be posting one of these on Monday, so I will see you all again next Wednesday.

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HMD Global estimated to have sold around 16 million Nokia phones in Q3 2017

HMD Global was founded just over a year ago, and in that short time, it has used the Nokia brand to sell a wide variety of phones. The company's lineup ranges from the high-end Nokia 8 to feature phones like the new Nokia 3310. Counterpoint Research, an analyst firm, estimates that HMD sold 13.5 million feature phones and 2.8 million smartphones during Q3 2017.

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'Geometry Dash SubZero' is the latest stand-alone expansion for RobTop Games' Geometry Dash series

RobTop Games' latest rhythm-based platformer Geometry Dash SubZero just landed on the Google Play Store. Much like a previous entry in the series (Geometry Dash Meltdown), the developers newest release of Geometry Dash SubZero is also intended as a mini stand-alone expansion. It includes 3 new winter-themed levels and an original soundtrack by MDK, Bossfight, and Boom Kitty.

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TuneIn drops out of audiobook market effective January 15th

Subscribers to TuneIn Premium will not be psyched to learn that the streaming audio service is dropping out of the audiobook market effective January 15th. TuneIn started offering unlimited audiobook streaming for Premium subscribers in August 2015, making this feature decently short-lived.

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[Update: Winners] Giveaway: 7 winners will get a 1440p security camera ($65+ value each) from Reolink plus a Christmas sale for everyone else [US + 4 other countries]

If you're ready to take your home security into the 21st century or want to expand your existing system, you can get yourself a 1440p PoE or wireless version for free as part of this giveaway. And if you're not so lucky, or want to really go all out, you can take advantage of a holiday sale on these and other components too.

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[Deal Alert] Costco offers MoviePass + Fandor 12-month subscription for $89.99 (50% off)

Whether you're a devotee of independent cinema or a casual movie-goer, Costco has a great deal that will keep you or someone on your last-minute gift list entertained for the next year. Until January 10, 2018, Costco members can grab the Movie Lovers Package, combining one-year subscription to two great movie services, MoviePass and Fandor, for just $89.99.

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Tip: Disabling "Ok Google" detection on Android Wear could fix your smartwatch's stuttering and lag

I love my Huawei Watch because it can vibrate and notify me silently of new messages and calls without disturbing everyone around me like my phone does, but recently I've stopped using it for anything else because of the lag. One out of every 3 or 4 taps or swipes seems to stutter and take forever. And I often find it faster and easier to take out my phone and do things than wait for Android Wear's whims to execute a command.

But it looks like the fix is a simple toggle. As discovered by redditor Yozakgg, disabling "Ok Google" detection under Settings -> Personalization on your watch will remove a lot of stutters and lag.

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Eric Schmidt leaving Executive Chairman post at Alphabet to become "technical advisor"

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Instagram now lets you directly nag your friends to watch your live video

What's the point of broadcasting live on Instagram if you can't prod your followers to watch you? Otherwise you're just livestreaming to the wind. To solve this crisis, Instagram today announced a new feature allowing users to send their live videos right to the Direct inbox of a follower or a group of them. It's kind of like performing a song on their front lawn and throwing rocks at their window to get them to notice.

Live videos still work as they always have, this only adds the ability to single out the users you would like to join you, giving you a way of saying, "Hey!

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New commit shows possibility of Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 powered Chromebooks

At the unveiling of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 earlier this month, Microsoft and Qualcomm announced "always-connected" Windows 10 notebook PCs with LTE support and batteries that last throughout the day. For Microsoft's part, this new initiative is separate from the previous Windows RT releases, as these systems can seamlessly run x86-64 32-bit x86 apps. A newly discovered commit indicates that Snapdragon 845-powered Chromebooks are being developed as well.

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