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Owlchemy Labs, makers of Job Simulator and Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality, joins Google

Google and Owlchemy Labs are ready to get schwifty together, as the one has now eaten the other like so many Pac-Man dots on the field of VR games. Both companies made their coordinated announcements earlier today. Google has been expanding their VR efforts pretty aggressively recently, so it's not too surprising. Although Owlchemy has produced Android games in the past, as of yet none of their VR works have been for the platform.

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Instagram has a new mobile web app, with the ability to upload photos

Not too long ago, Twitter released 'Twitter Lite,' a progressive web app version of the official Twitter app. It can do almost everything the native app can, including notifications, but it uses less data and runs entirely in a web browser. Now Instagram has done something similar, with the new web app offering much of the native app's functionality.

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JerryRigEverything proclaims Xiaomi Mi6 a durability champ, with massive improvements over the Mi5

A new phone launch and we get a new JerryRigEverything video. You can pretty much guarantee a new flagship will merit his attentions — as well as his smooth and impassioned desire for wanton destruction — and Xiaomi's latest Mi6 is no different. After submitting the phone to his will, it came out in one piece, unlike last year's Mi5.

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Hands-on: Firefox Focus is being ported to Android, and it shows promise

As unfortunate as it might be, it's a given that using the internet extensively may compromise your privacy. Tracking codes that can follow you across sites have become incredibly common, often used to create targeted advertisements for users. At this point, Google probably knows more about me than I do.

Of course, it's possible to block some trackers, like with the Privacy Badger extension and similar tools. Back in 2015, Mozilla released 'Firefox Focus,' a content filter for Safari on iOS that blocked trackers.

Mozilla later turned Focus into its own lightweight browser for iOS, using the Safari engine (as other engines are not allowed on the Apple App Store).

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You can now save custom locations in Uber (besides work and home) with Saved Places

Today Uber announced their new Saved Places feature. The name is descriptive, as it gives you the ability to store selected locations inside the app, for quick selection before travel. Now you don't need to remember or search for addresses to frequently visited places via the service. Humorously enough, Saved Places even supports Emojis in names. I expect a coming flood of people labeling work as 💩.

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[Update: Deal ended] [Featured Deal Alert] Caseology is offering its new cases for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus to Android Police for as little as $5.99 for a limited time [Sponsored]

If you got a new Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus, you probably want to protect it while still having it look good. And since those phones aren't exactly cheap, I bet you don't want to break the bank getting a case, either.

Good news: Caseology is offering a really great set of exclusive deals on their cases for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus for Android Police readers. All the cases below, already available for a low price, are deeply discounted when using the coupon codes provided. 

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Snapchat says it spent $2.3 billion last quarter to pull in just $149 million in revenue

Messaging apps are a hot business lately, and Snapchat is one of the hottest. I mean, all the kids are using it, and kids are never wrong about anything. Snap (the parent company of Snapchat) just announced its earnings for Q1 of 2017, but it didn't really earn anything. In fact, it lost a stupendous amount of money, about $2.2 billion.

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The Sims Mobile is out as a soft launch title currently available in Brazil

Electronic Arts have soft-launched their new Sims game in Brazil. It is titled The Sims Mobile, and it is offering an experience a bit more similar to the PC franchise. Currently, the majority of us cannot install it from the Play Store but if history is anything to judge by it should be releasing for the rest of us soon.

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PBS announces PBS KIDS Plug & Play streaming device

In a press release today, PBS KIDS has announced its own streaming stick. Much like the Android app it is able to pull live streamed content from the provider, which as of last year has a new 24-hour channel, as well as give kids access to more than 100 hours of recorded content. Parents that pick one up can rest easy knowing what their children are watching is going to be appropriate content.

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Netflix updated to v5.0 with HDR video for LG G6

There have thus far been three devices release in 2017 with support for HDR video: the Galaxy S8, the Galaxy Tab S3, and the LG G6. There isn't a lot of HDR video out there, though. Netflix is one of the few sources, and now it's finally available on Android. However, only the LG G6 is supported right now.

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