Subway Surfers is world's first game to reach 1 billion downloads on the Play Store

Developers SYBO and Kiloo Games have just announced their endless runner Subway Surfers is world’s first game to reach 1 billion downloads on Google Play Store.

Subway Surfers made its debut on mobile devices almost six years ago, but the teams behind it never stopped supporting the game and adding new content to it on a monthly basis. According to developers, Subway Surfers was the most downloaded game of 2017.

Apparently, last year the game broke through its all-time annual download record with more than 400 million mostly organic downloads on both Android and iOS platforms. But …

Dinosaur hunting game "ARK: Survival Evolved" to launch on iOS and Android

ARK: Survival Evolved will get a mobile version for iOS and Android. The game will be free-to-play and is expected to arrive this spring. It will also have the same content as the PC and console versions; however, the graphics will be scaled down a bit to fit the technical capabilities of mobile devices. Behind the project is “War Drums Studios”, who have also ported popular game franchises Max Payne and Grand Theft Auto to mobile.
ARK: Survival Evolved is a survival game for PC, PS4 and Xbox One, where you take on dinosaurs using bows, spears, …

Google officially rebrands Android Wear to Wear OS

What started as a rumor a few days ago was confirmed earlier today by Google: Android Wear has been rebranded. Starting today, Google’s platform for smartwatches will be called Wear OS, a wearables operating system for everyone.

The change will affect more than 50 smartwatches that made their debut since the launch of Android Wear. The new name is supposed to better reflect Google’s technology and vision, the company said in a blog post.

As our technology and partnerships have evolved, so have our users. In 2017, one out of three new Android Wear watch owners also used an iPhone. …

Deal: Apple Powerbeats3 wireless headphones on sale at Walmart for less than $100

Apple’s Powerbeats3 wireless earphones are on sale once again, but this time their price dropped under $100. Although the title says Walmart has them on sale for less than $100, it’s not the only US retailer that offers a big discount on the headphones.

Dick’s Sporting Goods has the Powerbeats3 wireless headphones on sale as well, but only for today until 10 PM. Walmart doesn’t mention when the promotion ends, but if you want the headphones there’s no reason to wait for too long.

The Powerbeats3 headphones usually sell for $200, so you’ll be saving more than $100 if you buy them while …

Streaming music provider iHeartMedia files Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Saddled with $20 billion in debt, iHeartMedia today announced that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and is reorganizing its financial obligations. The company, which streams music online, also owns 850 radio stations and promotes concerts. Under Chapter 11, a company is protected from creditors seeking repayment of debt while it reorganizes. The media giant has reached an agreement in principle with holders of $10 billion of its debt, which will halve iHeartMedia’s debt load to $10 billion when it emerges from bankruptcy in the future.

Currently, the iHeartRadio app is …

Save 50% on Bose's SoundTrue Ultra in-ear headphones at Amazon

If you happen to own an Apple device and need a pair of headphones to go with it, Bose might have the right accessories for you. The SoundTrue Ultra in-ear headphones promise to offer deep, rich sound across a wide frequency range.

Since they’re not wireless, they come with an inline microphone and remote right on the cable, which should allow users to switch between calls and music with select iPhone models. Also, you’ll be getting a protective carrying case in the box.

Usually, the Bose SoundTrue Ultra in-ear headphones sell for $129, but Amazon has them on sale for 53% off, which …

BlackBerry CEO John Chen receives a contract extension to 2023

Has 1,592 days really gone by since John Chen took over as CEO of BlackBerry from Thorsten Heins? Chen, as he promised, continued to push out new handsets until it was obvious that this was not a financially viable survival plan. So the executive made a brilliant move and licensed the BlackBerry name and its version of Android to other companies including TCL. This allowed the company to eliminate its hardware manufacturing business in order to focus on “cybersecurity and embedded software.”

To reward Chen’s turnaround of the company, BlackBerry today extended Chen’s contract by another …

Samsung offers Galaxy S9 deals via its Shop app, including a Verizon BOGO deal

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ have already started shipping in the US, but their actual release date is tomorrow, March 16, when the two phones will be widely available online and in stores across the US. If you’re not yet sure you want to buy a Galaxy S9 or S9+, perhaps one of Samsung’s deals will convince you.
First of all, we have to mention that said deals are available only via the official Shop Samsung app. With that out of the way, the first deal is really attractive, but only for Verizon Wireless users.
When purchasing a Galaxy S9 or …

Users are deleting Snapchat following its "slap Rihanna" ad

Snapchat’s fall from grace has been swift and sudden. The company changed its UI on iOS, which led upset Snapchatter’s to circulate a petition demanding that the old UI be brought back. That might have cost the company a few iOS subscribers, but it is nothing compared to the current brouhaha that Snapchat finds itself embroiled in. The messaging app ran an ad on its app asking whether users “would rather slap Rihanna or punch Chris Brown.” Brown was convicted in 2009 after brutally attacking Rihanna in a car.

Many Snapchat subscribers took to social media to post their disgust with the ad, …

Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are getting Android Oreo updates

If you own a Verizon Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+, we’re glad to inform you that your smartphone is being officially updated to Android Oreo! Verizon Wireless is rolling out the updates starting today, March 15, but some users might have to wait a few days before getting it. 
The updates bring Android Oreo 8.0 (not the newer 8.1) to the Galaxy S8 series, although users will probably not be too sad about this – after all, Verizon is the very first US carrier to deliver Oreo to its Galaxy S8 and S8+. The updates for both the S8 and S8+ unsurprisingly include the Samsung …