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#79 August 7th, 2016
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Nexus Launcher leaked, Mobius Final Fantasy, huge Google Play sale for games! - Android Apps Weekly
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Android Apps you shouldn't miss this week
Blackberry Hub+
Blackberry Hub+ is the software that was on the Blackberry Priv. It's now available for everyone!
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Mobius Final Fantasy
Mobius Final Fantasy is the latest Final Fantasy game. This one features decent graphics and a job system.
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Verne: The Himalayas
Google's realease features 3D, 360-degree imagery of the Himalayas along with a tour with a Yeti, named Verne.
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Dropbox Paper Beta
Dropbox has launched a new note-taking application that's meant to go toe-to-toe with Evernote.
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NBC Olympics
The Rio 2016 Olympics have officially begun and you'll likely want to keep updated. NBC has released their official Olympics coverage app where you can see the latest Olympic news coverage. 
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Headlines this week
  • Niantic Labs had an epic fail earlier this week. After a user reported an issue with the game, the company accidentally game them an Articuno. That's pretty special because that Pokemon has not actually been added to the game yet. Niantic figured out their mistake and removed all of the legendary creatures from anyone that had one. It must have been an exciting weekend for that poor person.
  • New York has passed a new law where playing Pokemon Go is actually a violation of parole for sex offenders. The premise is that kids like Pokemon and sex offenders like kids, so the concern is that predators will use the game to lure children into dangerous situations. People on parole for sexual crimes will be sent back to prison if they're caught playing the game.
  • Niantic Labs upset a good number of Pokemon Go players last week when they shut down their API and prevented third parties from accessing it. The short answer is that it's because they were causing even more server traffic and removing them was a move to lessen overall load to the servers. Niantic also announced that they were going to replace the 3-step detection after they finish revamping it.
  • To the surprise of no one, Pokemon Go swept passed the 100 million download mark this last week and is making a reported $10 million per day. Even though the phenomenon isn't the forefront of the news anymore, it's still making waves in the background. Many still aren't happy with the game's issues, but that hasn't stopped the majority of players from continuing to enjoy the game.
  • The Nvidia Shield series of devices had an excellent week this week. Riptide GP: Renegade was released for the platform and an update to Alto's Adventure added Android TV and Nvidia Shield Console support!
  • SwiftKey had a bit of a problem this last week. Their cloud syncing had a data leak and this caused people to have words, emails, and phrases that were recommended that they didn't recognize. Typically, it was strange email addresses and words in foreign languages. In response, SwiftKey has stopped their cloud syncing service until they can get it straightened out.
  • A report earlier this week indicated that there were around 200 million Yahoo accounts that were for sale on the dark web. A hacker named Peace_of_mind put up the accounts in their store and are asking for 3 Bitcoins (just under $2000) for the whole collection. According to Motherboard, some of the accounts are active and some are disabled or inactive. Either way, if you have a Yahoo account, you should change your password now.
  • Cheetah Mobile has finished up a deal where it purchased News Republic for $57 million. News Republic, for those who don't know, is an HTC Blinkfeed partner and they have a really good news app. This has come in the wake of a number of other moves, such as releasing BADLAND 2. Tons of people use Cheetah Mobile apps, but the company's reputation is less than stellar. That makes us wonder what they have in store for News Republic.
  • Google Play is having a massive game sale this week. Final Fantasy VI, Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath and Munch's Oddysee, Minecraft: Story Mode, Lara Croft Go, and many others are up for grabs. Each game is on sale for a varying amount with savings occasionally reaching over 50%. Most of these are really good games that are definitely worth checking out.
  • Google's new Nexus Launcher leaked this last week, with the APK going out for everyone to see. It's a unique premise that gets rid of the app drawer icon in favor of a much more minimal arrow along with a Google Tab at the top for quick access to Google Search. It is coming with its fair share of bugs, but that's mostly because it's meant to be installed as a system app. You can check it out, but don't be surprised if some features don't work.
  • Google is celebrating the Rio 2016 Olympics by allowing you to play some pretty fun little doodle-based games. All you'll need is the official Google app installed and then you can find it in there. They're goofy little games and aren't overly in-depth, but it can help you get into the mood for the summer games. 
  • In this week's Android Customization post, Feisty shows us what sensors are and how to test to make sure they're working!
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