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Star Wars ships arrive on Earth, visible with the help of Samsung Galaxy phones

Augmented reality has emerged as simple way to get amazing effects into the hands of users, and advertisers have only been too willing to jump on the opportunity that presents. Alongside the new Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker film coming to theaters, Samsung is pushing just such an AR promotion that allows Galaxy devices in select cities to see Star Wars ships streaking across the sky.

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Chrome 79 rolls out new VR and AR capabilities to everyone, adds password checkup feature, and more

It has been three weeks since the last Chrome release, and right on schedule, Chrome 79 is now rolling out across desktop and mobile platforms. This isn't the largest update we've seen recently, but there are a few changes worth highlighting. Let's jump right in!

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ARCore's new Depth API will bring the next generation of hide-and-seek to phones

AR applications on Android have historically always had problems with proper depth sensing and distinguishing between foreground and background in the physical world. Whenever you'd add an AR object, it would just sit on top of the whole scenery in front of your viewfinder, regardless of whether or not something should realistically block the view. To combat this, Google today introduced the Depth API to ARCore. The new interface helps distinguish between real-world foreground and background so digital objects will be properly occluded while improving their path finding capabilities and physics.

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Five Nights at Freddy's AR: Special Delivery brings jump scares to the real world with official Android release

Last month we learned that the next Five Nights at Freddy's release would enter into early access in November, and thanks to a recent press announcement, it has been revealed that the official launch of Five Nights at Freddy's AR: Special Delivery will take place today. It would seem early access was opened worldwide this past Friday, and today marks the official release. Much like the previous titles in the series, you'll have to confront malfunctioning animatronics in an attempt to survive their horrors, but this time around, you'll do so in a game made exclusively for mobile devices that uses augmented reality to bring its jump scares to the real world.

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(Update: More territories) Minecraft Earth is finally available in the US as an early access release

Over the last few months, Minecraft Earth has entered into early access in many regions, with the UK joining in last week. Well, today, fans in the US can finally see what all the fuss is about. That's right, Minecraft Earth is officially available in early access in the US, and it's now clear that the game is free-to-play, and it includes in-app purchases that range up to $79.99 per item. So if you were hoping for a premium game, think again.

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Chrome Beta 79 enables WebXR API by default, opening door to more web-based AR/VR experiences

Chrome 78 has rolled out to all platforms, which means it's time for Chrome 79 to hit the Beta Channel. This update is definitely smaller in scope than the last few releases, but there are still a few interesting additions — especially if you're interested in VR/AR.

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[Update: Early access] 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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Pokémon GO is expanding today with new Pokémon from Gen 5

The Pokémon GO team has announced today that Pokémon GO will receive an update that brings new Pokémon from the Unova region (Pokémon Black and Pokémon White). This update is not live yet, though it should land sometime today. Along with these new Gen 5 Pokémon, players can expect new hatchlings, additional Pokémon for raids, and unique region-specific Pokémon for Asia, Europe, the US, as well as the Western and Eastern hemispheres. New shinies are also expected, and the Unova Stone makes its first appearance, which will allow specific Pokémon to evolve.

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Form AR goggles review: The coolest and most accurate swimming tracker

As a swimmer and a techie, every time a new activity tracker is announced, my first reaction is to skim its official page trying to find if it supports my favorite sport. What follows is an extensive research into what exactly it tracks about the swim because that can be anything from just the total time and distance to a detailed account of every lap. More often than not, none of that information is readily available and I just have to buy the device to test for myself.

When I saw Form's swimming goggles, I knew what I was getting into.

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