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Start off the week with 18 temporarily free and 28 on-sale apps

Welcome to the final week of August! A holiday weekend is just around the corner for us in the U.S., which is awesome. We have a little ways yet to go, so let's pass the time with an app sales post. For a Monday, it's a very short list, so let's get started.

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11 new and notable Android apps from the last week (8/22/17 - 8/28/17)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so.

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DisplayMate analyzes the Note8's display — 1,200 nits of brightness and great color

Since time immemorial, DisplayMate has done a review on the screen of Samsung's upcoming flagship just before launch. Well, it's that time of the year, and they're at it again with Samsung's Note8. As you'd expect, all the numbers look pretty fantastic. But the most shocking by far is the 1,200 nits of brightness that Samsung's latest can spit out. I hope everyone saved their eclipse glasses. 

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Google Maps v9.60 brings usable Picture-in-Picture mode, prepares for adding personal notes to locations, food reviews, and more [APK Teardown + Download]

Friday saw the launch of video submissions by Local Guides, some of which are already popping up. But that wasn't the only thing to come with the v9.60 update, the Picture-in-Picture mode added in the last update has been fixed and now offers a useful window into your trip while you're using other apps. There are also several new topics for a teardown, including personal notes for locations, food reviews with photo submissions, and much more.

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CloudFlare, Google, and others teamed up to take down WireX botnet distributed in ~300 apps on the Play Store

On August 17th, a botnet that would later be named WireX struck the 'net, DDoSing a handful of CDNs and content providers. Cloudflare just revealed the details of the DDoS and the fight against it in a recent blog post. Researchers at the company as well as other affected organizations were able to combat the botnet by determining the source, which was primarily found to be Android devices running malicious applications, some of which were distributed by the Play Store. Google was then notified, and hundreds of offending applications were removed from the Play Store.

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Fitbit announces its first smartwatch, the Ionic, along with new wireless earbuds and a smart scale

Back in December of last year, Fitbit paid $40 million for Pebble. Considering Pebble's entire future product lineup was cancelled as a result of the buyout, many hoped that Fitbit would at least offer a similar product in the future. The company's new smartwatch is finally here - the Ionic - as well as two other new fitness products.

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S-OFF is now available for the HTC U11 via SunShine

The root/ROM community in Android may not be as big as it once was, but there are still hardcore enthusiasts out there who refuse to buy any phone unless its software is modifiable. For those of you, there's good news - SunShine now supports S-OFF for HTC's latest flagship, the U11.

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[Deal Alert] Get a Chromecast Ultra for $59 ($10 off) at Google Store, Best Buy, and more

Google doesn't offer discounts on its products very often (aside from the Google Home, which seems to be on sale quite a bit), but a Chromecast Ultra deal has just gone live. This is the very same deal that we saw back in June and in February, and while a $10 discount isn't anything astronomical, it's a nice incentive to grab Google's premium Chromecast if you don't already have one.

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Tasker can hide Android Oreo's 'App is running in the background' notifications, root not required

One of Android Oreo's many new features is a persistent notification for each app that runs in the background. While this is certainly helpful for the average person, it can get old quick for power users that frequently run applications like Tasker and LastPass. If the messages really get on your nerves, you can now use Tasker and the Notification Listener plugin to hide them.

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Facebook Messenger Lite passes 50 million downloads

Facebook released a lite version of its Messenger application near the end of last year. As with most Lite apps, it's designed to be used in growing markets, where cellular data may be a limited resource. It's less than 10MB, works on Android 2.3 or higher, and has all of the essential features of the full app.

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