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Hulu drops support for Daydream, latest nail in Google's VR coffin

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Clear gigabytes of cached Chrome storage you probably forgot existed

If you're like me using an Android device, you probably browse the web with Chrome because it exists in plain sight and does the job you want it to do (and if you're not me, we've got an article for you). What it doesn't do a good job of, though, is telling you just how much stuff the sites you visit are caching into your phone — which will be particularly stressful for those surviving on 32GB, 16GB, or even 8GB disks. Fortunately, you can do something about it.

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'Simjacker' exploit can compromise vulnerable phones with just an SMS message

Yesterday, security researchers at AdaptiveMobile Security revealed the existence of a new exploit they call "Simjacker," which they say allows for remote surveillance from targeted phones (among other potential actions) using nothing more than a malicious SMS. They even claim that the exploit has been actively used over the last two years by "a highly sophisticated threat actor in multiple countries." It all sounds like a pretty big deal, and unfortunately for concerned consumers, the researchers leave plenty of unanswered questions.

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ARCore works on ’save button’ for location-based AR artworks and improves cross-device interactions

While ARCore's user-facing Android app has been renamed to Play Services for AR, the underlying SDK still carries its old name and is alive and well – unlike Google's VR efforts. Further proving the company's commitment, Google has announced updates to its Augmented Faces and Cloud Anchors APIs just a couple of weeks after the service's two-year anniversary.

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Five Nights at Freddy’s AR: Special Delivery is coming to Android, and you can pre-register right now

The Five Nights at Freddy’s series exists as a group of horror-themed video games packed with jump scares, and it's rather popular with younger audiences. Since today is Friday the 13th, it makes sense that Illumix just announced that it's bringing the FNaF franchise to the real world with Five Nights at Freddy’s AR: Special Delivery. This will be an augmented reality release designed to bring new audio and visual gameplay experiences to the series, and you can pre-register for the title on the official FNaF AR website.

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'Automatic Dark Theme' lets you schedule dark and light mode on Android 10

Google offers a system-wide, easily accessible dark theme in Android 10 and more and more apps are receiving updates to support it. However, there is no native schedule option to switch between light and dark mode automatically. Due to Android's open nature, though, one developer was quick to introduce an app called Automatic Dark Theme that allows you to retrofit this functionality. You just have to connect your phone to your computer and run an ADB command before you can start using it.

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[Update: Rolling out again] Google app getting full dark mode for Search, Assistant, and in-app Discover feed [APK Download]

About a month ago, the Google app started showing early signs of a dark mode implementation, but users who had the design only saw it interspersed throughout the interface in some sort of chimera mode that mixed white elements, dark ones, and illegible text in many instances. Now, the proper dark mode is showing up for some users, with the entire interface dipped into darkness, from the entire Google app to Assistant and all of its settings.

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Chrome 77 adds 'Send this page' feature, lets sites import contacts, improves Lite Mode, and more

It has been about a month since Chrome 77 entered beta, and right on schedule, it has now graduated to the stable branch. This release doesn't have many groundbreaking changes on the surface, but there are still some new features worth mentioning. Without further ado, let's take a deep dive into Chrome 77!

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The Android Police Podcast is live on Twitch

The annual IFA showcase in Berlin is in full swing, so this past week has been a busy one. Multiple companies have announced new phones, Samsung's Galaxy Fold is getting a re-launch, and Android 10 is officially out. We're discussing all this (and more) on the Android Police Podcast, so why not have a listen?

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Grab a refurbished 128GB Pixel 3 in black for $400 ($200 off) on Amazon

With all of the recent Pixel 4 leaks, you'd be forgiven for having forgotten about last year's Google phones. But if you're not too interested in what's coming, or are dreading the likely high MSRP, then Amazon has a deal for you. Right now, you can get a 128GB Pixel 3 in black for a mere $399.95, $200 off the Google Store's current price, or down $500 from when the phone launched.

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