Sony launches Star Wars Battlefront II Xperia Theme in the Google Play Store

Sony is well-known for keeping close to its Xperia customers by delivering lots of extra content for many of its products. If you’ve been running an Xperia smartphone as your daily driver, then you already know that you have lots of Xperia Themes at your disposal, which can be downloaded via Google Play Store.

In celebration of the recent release of the Star Wars Battlefront II video game, Sony has decided to allow Xperia users to customize their smartphones with a Star Wars theme.

The new Star Wars Battlefront II Xperia Theme includes a couple of nice icons, …


Finger Pow uses small magnetic pods to charge your phone

Over at Kickstarter, a new system that will quickly charge up the batteries on your smartphone using magnets, has raised more than five times the target amount of funding that the product developer was seeking. Called Finger Pow, the system is made up of four waterproof magnetic pods, each of which will charge in a base or a charging station that contains a 5000mAh battery. The base just charges the pods while the charging station doubles as a power bank. When you’re ready to use the Finger Pow’s battery power, a magnet connects one of the pods to the handset that needs charging. Since …

Devs are taking the initiative, and introducing dark app modes for the OLED iPhone X

Remember the beautiful but imaginary dark mode for the iPhone X that we showed you the other day. Unfortunately, it was a work of fiction, as Apple hasn’t dabbled into experimenting with darker backgrounds for its OLED iPhone X just yet. 

Enter app developers, who are increasingly aware that black looks as it should on OLED displays, plus it saves on battery, as the pixels are turned completely off to display it. Thus, darker backgrounds make sense on apps where there is a lot of reading or browsing involved, as OLED’s Achilles heel when it comes …

Apple sued for slowing down iPhones with older batteries

Apple is getting sued for “purposefully slowing down older iPhone models when new models come out”. A lawsuit was filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California by Los Angeles residents Stefan Bogdanovich and Dakota Speas. 

The plaintiffs claim that Cupertino’s decision to implement power management features that can affect the performance of an iPhone presents a breach of contract, as Apple has failed to properly inform the user or obtain consent prior to making these changes. Here’s what the filing reads:

Defendant …

How to bring the display of your Google Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL to life by forcing wide color gamut mode (no root)

One of the most common complaints about the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL’s displays, apart from the severe blue shift when viewing them at an angle, is the dull all-around appearance of colors. And this is a legit complaint—the colors do, indeed, look somewhat washed-out and muted—but this isn’t caused by the displays being technically incapable of offering more, or anything of the sort. In fact, with Oreo, Google is introducing the option to use different color spaces and gamuts – low, HDR, and wide. Only problem (currently) is, that an app has to specifically call for the …

Mining Bitcoin or other crypto on an iPhone gets you nowhere

Remember the Bitcoin craze? How can you forget it, it’s still going on. If you can’t afford to buy a Bitcoin, and are not satisfied with owning a virtual fraction instead of the whole ephemera, you might have thought about mining cryptocurrency as an alternative. You got the newest iPhone X, 8 or 8 Plus, and those have A11 processors inside that all benchmarks agree are above and beyond anything currently on mobile, so can’t they be put to better use, right?

Wrong, as, despite the proliferation of “mining” apps, those usually are ad-laden scams, or developer exercises …

Verizon rolling out Android Oreo official update for the Moto Z2 Force

Do you happen to be a Moto Z2 Force owner that’s on Verizon? If so, you’ll be happy to know that the official build of Android 8.0 Oreo will soon land on your phone. 

Even though Big Red is yet to update its “Device Software Update” page with the latest changes, a screenshot from the XDA Developers forums seems to prove that the rollout is indeed happening. The latest version should bump the build on your phone to ODX27.109-34.
The changelog highlights the addition of notification dots (or badges), smart text …

Google's 12 Days of Play bonanza brings deals on the best Android apps and games for 2017

Google always has surprises for us in its Play Store when the holidays are near, and this year is no exception. The search giant just announced its 12 days of Play undertaking, which bring Android device owners deals on many apps, music, books, movies, and TV shows. 
There are 99 cents movie or series rentals, or up to 80% discounts on poopular games like Minecraft Story Mode season 2, Need for Speed Most Wanted, and even FRAMED 2. 
That’s on top of what game devs have already introduced as holiday extras …

Honor 7X Review


Huawei’s budget-friendly Honor sub-brand has released the follow-up to the 6X – its fiercely competitive mid-range offering – the Honor 7X. Now sporting a body constructed entirely of aluminum, the 7X steps up the class factor from its partially-plastic predecessor. Adding to this aura is the inclusion of an 18:9, 5.93-inch screen with minimal bezels to match. Throw in dual cameras and Honor’s typically quick performance, and you have a lean, mean $200 mid-range machine. But is it enough to knock off more recognizable and similarly equipped competitors?

In the box:
Honor 7XMicro-USB …

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 rumored to carry a 7-inch display and a 5500mAh battery

The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 was released this past June, carrying a 6.4-inch display with a 1080 x 1920 FHD resolution, powered by the Snapdragon 625 SoC. That is a pretty big screen for a handset, but not close to the size of the display that is rumored to be featured on the Mi Max 3. If the latest rumor is right, the Mi Max 3 will be encroaching on tablet territory with a screen size of 7-inches. The aspect ratio will weigh in at 18:9, and the panel will sport thinner bezels than those seen on the first two models in this series. The early betting line has the 1080 x 2160 FHD+ resolution the favorite …