[Deal Alert] Here are 23 temporarily free, 2 cheap, and 18 on-sale apps for your Wednesday

Feels like it was just yesterday that I was writing the last one of these, but here we are halfway through the week. That means another round of apps that have gone free or on sale! Quite a few have popped up since then, though there is still a theme that centers around icon packs and games.

Today's post also includes the two 10-cent apps of the week. Remember that these usually exclude the U.S.

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Amazon announces Echo Look, an Echo with a camera that takes photos of your outfits

Usually, web-connected home cameras are used for surveillance and security. Amazon is taking a different approach, though, with its announcement of the Echo Look.

The Echo Look is an Echo with a camera. It acts like a regular Echo with Amazon Alexa built-in, but the biggest difference is the fashion-focused features the camera adds. You can take photos of your outfit every day, and the depth sensor allows you to blur the background and you can also enable a live view so you can see the back of your outfit. You can share photos of your outfit through a connected smartphone.

The smarter features of the camera include Smart Check, which uses machine learning to pick the best outfit that flatters you and matches current trends. It also keeps a log of your daily outfits so you can pick your favorites.

Whether this feature set is useful or important to people remains to be seen, as demonstrated by the many dislikes on the video. However, you can hit the source link and request an invite to buy one of these devices for yourself for $200.


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Google simplifies cooking with step-by-step recipes on Google Home

Google Home has proven to be a capable assistant, but the search giant is intent on constantly improving it. A key part of that improvement is utilizing relationships and partnerships to add new, unique functions. Partnerships have certainly enabled the latest feature on the Google Home, which is the ability to give step-by-step instructions for recipes.

To bring recipes to life, Google partnered with Bon Appetit, The New York Times, Food Network, and more. Users can go to the Google Assistant or Google Search app and find a recipe. Upon selection, users can select the “Send to Google Home” button, which will save it to the device, regardless of whether you’re at home or not. Once ready to begin, users can say, “Ok Google, start cooking,” or “Ok Google, start recipe.”

Users can easily ask Google to repeat steps or jump to different steps in the recipe. Additionally, the other functions of Google Home won’t be hindered while cooking. Users can still play music, get the weather, ask for conversions, and more, while keeping the recipe going in the background.

The feature will roll out to users over the coming week, so it may be a few days before it hits your Google Home. Once you receive it, you can even have the Google Home find recipes for you by saying,”Ok Google, let’s cook _______.” When you’ve given the feature a try, report back and let us know how it is!


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Nougat starts rolling out to the Samsung Chromebook Plus, but only for Canary builds right now

Google renewed its commitment to running Android apps on Chromebooks earlier this year with the announcement of universal Android app support going forward. One of the first devices covered by this promise is the Samsung Chromebook Plus, and it's also (apparently) the first to get the latest version of Android. Nougat (7.1.1) has started rolling out, but you need to be on the bleeding edge to get it.

Users of the Samsung Chromebook Plus are seeing the Nougat update from Marshmallow, but only if they're running the Canary build of Chrome.

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Opinion: Google should fix its erratic reminder system

The ability to quickly set a reminder on your phone is one many of us take for granted these days. Smartphones have seemingly always had this basic PDA functionality. Type ‘add reminder’ into the Google search box and you’ll be able to quickly set up a notification to jog your memory about something later on. You can even use the ‘OK Google’ voice command: “remind me to pick up the groceries at 6pm,” for example.

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Google Trips soon to include itinerary sharing and expanded reservation support

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Google has just pushed out a blog post that indirectly outlines a few changes to Google Trips. We reported last month that manually adding reservations and support for bus and train tickets had been added to the app. This latest post by Google shows off some additional features, like easy itinerary sharing and new reservation types like restaurants and car rentals.

For those out of the loop, Google Trips is a pretty sweet way to keep all your itineraries and reservations together in one place on your phone.

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Lenovo posts release notes for Moto X Pure Edition Android 7.0 update

The Android 7.0 Nougat update for the Moto X Pure Edition has been a long time coming. Motorola has been very slow with updates for awhile now, abandoning its quick update schedule from the older Moto X devices.

Fortunately, the Moto X Pure Edition’s update should be out very soon. Lenovo has posted the release notes for the update, though the OTA update hasn’t launched just yet.

The Nougat update is a big one, including new notifications, quick replies, a better Doze mode, multi window support, quick switching between apps by double tapping the recent apps button, and a lot more. Hit the source link for the full changelog.

Expect the update to be launching soon, and let us know when you get it!


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Riven: The Sequel To Myst has been remastered and it is on the Play Store

It was only a few months ago that Noodlecake Studios Inc released a remastered version of realMyst. Today they are following up that release with a remastered version of Riven: The Sequel To Myst. As you would expect, Riven is a continuation of the storyline found in Myst. You will pick up exactly where you last left off in order to help free your friend's wife from captivity.

Riven: The Sequel To Myst is very similar to its predecessor in design and feel.

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