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[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.

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Security firm Check Point says millions infected with botnet malware via Play Store

The conventional wisdom is that limiting your app downloads to the Play Store will help you avoid malware. That's true for the most part, but every now and then we hear about something sketchy that fell through the cracks. For instance, the security firm Check Point says that a number of "game guide" apps in the Play Store were hiding malicious code, and they may have accumulated millions of downloads.

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[Deal Alert] Here are 35 temporarily free and 26 on-sale apps to get your week going

It's the start of a new week and it's time for another round of free and on-sale apps. For some of us, the semester is starting to wind down with finals on the horizon. So whether you have a case of the Monday blues or you're gearing up to close out this session of school, today's selection may help keep you going.

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[Deal Alert] 23 temporarily free, 2 cheap, and 5 on-sale apps for your Wednesday

Wednesday is here and it's time for some more app deals. The list today is, mercifully, shorter than Monday's — that was quite the doozy. And in case anyone is wondering, we designate "cheap" as $0.20 or less with "on-sale" being anything higher than that.

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The new Play Store "My Apps" screen layout is rolling out more widely

Remember the new Play Store "My Apps" screen layout that we spotted in testing in a dogfood version in February? Well, that appears to be rolling out more widely now, possibly even to everyone. You may need to clear the Play Store's app data and restart it to see the change (which might revert you back to the old lime green color for a bit before it switches back to the new darker green, thought I'd warn you), but it should be working for everyone now based on the number of tips we've received and on testing with our own devices. 

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[Deal Alert] Here are 25 temporarily free and 39 on-sale apps to help start off the week

It's the start of a new week and I hope that my post from Friday was enough to tide you over the Easter holiday. If you're feeling a bit sluggish today, then maybe some of these apps will help jazz you up as the day begins to wind down. Both free and cheap apps are below for your perusal.

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Samsung's first app to hit one billion installs has magical powers (according to the reviews)

With all the talk about the Galaxy S8, you may have missed Samsung's latest milestone. For the first time, one of its Play Store apps reached one billion installs. Given its 4.1 star rating and over half a million reviews, it is surprising it took this long.

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[Deal Alert] 55 temporarily free and on-sale apps to round out your week

Another Friday is here and we're back with some more deals on apps. There are a bunch to get through, but let's go over some logistical stuff first. There are two sections in today's post: free and on-sale apps.

Next to each one you will find the original price, what it is now, and how long each sale has left before it expires (if available). It is all accurate at the time of this writing.

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[Deal Alert] Check out these cheap and temporarily free apps, games, and icon packs from the last few days

We're back once again with some more free and cheap apps for you all. There are a few in here that you may have seen before in previous roundups, but now you have a second chance to grab them if you missed out the first time they were free.

You might notice a trend in today's selection. Most of them have a focus on customization and personalization, so there are quite a few icon packs to choose from today.

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[Update: Google responds] Google still hasn't solved the Play Store's fake review epidemic

Fake reviews on the Play Store, or any other online marketplace, are not new at all. But over the years, Google has stayed ahead of the curve with improved fraud and spam detection. But in the past few weeks, the amount of obviously fake reviews has skyrocketed.

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