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Snaptube caught with ad click fraud scheme and unwanted subscription signups

There are a plethora of Android apps that allow you to download videos and music files from popular websites such as YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and more. Since doing that isn't exactly legal or sanctioned by Google, these applications live completely outside the Play Store, which means they lack any substantial malware protection. Some apps take advantage of this, and popular third-party downloader Snaptube turns out to be one of those. Security platform Secure-D has found evidence of fraudulent advertisement clicks in the background and unwanted, automatically created subscriptions which the owner of the phone has to pay for.

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Trying out Google Play Pass? Here's what to look out for

Google Play Pass is rolling out in the United States and everyone's getting a 10-day trial to figure out what sort of apps and games they'd like to install — perhaps even keep around — and which of the tonnage of free, unlockable extra features they'll make use of. But if you're outside our shores and curious as to how you'll go about it when Play Pass comes to your region or are just a bit puzzled and need a little crash course on what's going on, we've got it for you right here.

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[Update: Site down, sign-ups still live] Get 3 years of Disney+ for $141 ($69 off) through September 1

Ah, yes, Disney+: the place you'll want to head to starting November 12 to look for enchanting premium content from your favorite Disney property. And by premium, we mean premium. It's $7 per month in the United States or $70 a year. But if you admit to being a true Disney fan, you might be able to snag a nice discount... but only on a bulk membership.

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Developers offering subscriptions on Google Play will have more ways to grab users and retain them

Although most of the excitement of Google I/O has passed since the first day, the developer conference is still ongoing and smaller announcements are trickling one by one. Many of these are geared toward developers, but will impact end-users at some point, as is the case with these new tools for devs who offer subscriptions on the Play Store.

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Mobile Passport app introduces Plus subscription, charges for features that were previously free

If you're a U.S. passport holder or a Canadian with a B1 or B2 visa, you've probably found the Mobile Passport app to be an exceptionally expedient solution to getting past the immigration queues and out of the airport. But the latest update has brought a paywall to features you're used to getting for free.

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Google Play Store v12.2 may add an option to pause subscriptions [APK Teardown]

When you're about to take a two-week vacation to the Caribbean, you're probably not going to cancel your newspaper subscription and then start a new one as soon as you get back. No, you're just going to call up and have them suspend deliveries for a couple of weeks. Why should your digital subscriptions be any different? A recent update to the Play Store suggests Google is asking the same question.

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Newton Mail raises prices for new subscribers to $10 a month and $100 a year, adds Recap feature for follow-up reminders

Newton has been rolling out a lot of intelligent Gmail-esque features to its app, all to help you achieve that zen-like state of "Inbox Zero," or a complete and total sorting of all inbound emails. Now, Newton wants to ensure that outbound communications are also managed as responsibly as possible, so the company is introducing a feature called Recap, which is basically a more centrally-organized version of Gmail's Nudge.

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[Update: More info for developers] Google Play Store adds tools for managing app subscriptions

The Play Store is home to all kinds of services you can subscribe to. Since January, Google's been testing a way to view all the apps you're paying a recurring fee for through Google Play. It's taken form as a convenient subscriptions center, accessible from the the left-hand menu in the Play Store on both mobile and desktop. Now, Google has announced several changes to the way subscriptions work on developers' end.

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Facebook is testing paid subscription groups for premium content

Plenty of Facebook groups have morphed into small businesses that use outside payment and membership tools to distribute paid content (e.g. Patreon). Now, Facebook is looking at ways to bring that activity into its platform with subscription groups. These are sub-groups with exclusive content, a monthly subscription fee, and additional admin tools.

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Autodesk SketchBook's 'Pro' features are now free

Autodesk SketchBook is now completely free. Up until this month, certain features—the majority of the app's brush presets, for example—were only available as part of a subscription plan that cost $4.99 a month or $29.99 a year. The full feature set does still require an Autodesk account, but that's also free.

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