Amazing achievement: Skype for Android passes 1 billion downloads on the Google Play Store

We’re quite sure that one billion people did not download Skype on their Android device, but we’re certain that the application has been downloaded more than one billion times. Microsoft has just announced its mobile app has just passed this amazing achievement a few days ago.

As surprising as it may be for some that Skype has so many users on Android that downloaded the app so many times, let’s not forget that Skype is one of the few messenger services that grew so fast in the last couple of years.

No earlier than 2015, Skype announced that its Android app …


Razer might announce its smartphone for hardcore gamers on November 1

Shortly after acquiring Nextbit, the company behind the Robin cloud-based smartphone, Razer suggested it plans to release its own smartphone aimed at “hardcore gamers.”

Today, a teaser has gone live, which confirms Razer plans to announce its first smartphone. We don’t know the name, the price or any technical details, except for the fact that it will be designed for hardcore gamers (whatever that might mean).

According to the teaser, Razer will announce something on November 1. The image shows a guy playing a game on a smartphone, which is evidence that …

How to improve battery life on your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus: 10 tips and tricks (+1 bonus)

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are already out and you may already have one in your hands. Congratulations on the new device! The new iPhones are not only incredibly powerful, thanks to the new Bionic chips, but are also the longest-lasting iPhones we’ve put through our battery life test.

10 and a half hours of screen on time for the large Plus variant and 8 and a half hours for the regular-sized iPhone 8 are absolutely nothing to snark at. In fact, these numbers will probably last the average user well enough and will keep power users grinning for most of the day.

But, …

HP Elite X3 to reach its End of Life on Nov 1? HP says no, phone to run through 2019

The HP Elite x3 has had the best specs of any Windows 10 Mobile powered handset since the device was launched last December. Now, there is talk that the Elite x3 will go EOL on November 1st. For those of you unaccustomed to playing alphabet soup, EOL stands for ‘End of Life’ and it means that the phone will no longer be sold after that date. The report, out of Germany, would give the phone 5 more weeks on the shelves before getting pulled for good.

The problem here isn’t just HP’s fault. Microsoft’s decision to stop working on Windows 10 Mobile prevented HP from updating the Elite x3. According …

Fitbit Ionic smartwatch and Fitbit Flyer headphones to hit the shelves on October 1

Two Fitbit products will be available for purchase at the beginning of the next month: Ionic and Flyer. The smartwatch and wireless headphones Fitbit introduced a while ago will be launched on the market on the first day of October.

After “ongoing, extensive testing,” Fitbit’s Ionic smartwatch will be available at major retailers worldwide beginning October 1 for $300 (£300/€350). Before the smartwatch goes on sale, Fitbit will release its software development kit (SDK) on September 26, enabling more than 1,000 devs who already signed up to support the platform …

Colin Kaepernick, shunned by the NFL, named Week 1 MVP by the player's union

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Professional NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick can’t find a team to call home in the National Football League, but that didn’t stop the NFL Player’s Association from celebrating his charity work this week.

The official player’s union of the NFL named Kap as the organization’s Week 1 “Community MVP” on Friday. He received the honor “for his commitment to empowering underserved communities through donations and grassroots outreach,” the NFLPA announcement notes.

On Sept. 7, Kaepernick split a $100,000 donation up between four charities: DREAM, Coalition for the Homeless, The Gathering for Justice, and United We Dream. Days later he was on hand for a Back to School Backpack Giveaway at Lower Eastside Girls Club of New York. Read more…

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Apple Watch Series 3 requires an iPhone 6 or later for setup; battery gets 1 hour of talk time

Apple announced yesterday that unlike previous versions of the Apple Watch, the new Series 3 model does not need to be paired to a nearby iPhone for internet access, or to make/take phone calls. But it still requires an iPhone to configure the timepiece. And while the Series 1 Apple Watch can still use the Apple iPhone 5s and up to communicate with and to set up the device, the new Series 3 watch requires an Apple iPhone 6 or higher for the configuration and set up of the timepiece. The phone must have iOS 11, or higher, installed.

This means that if you are moving up from a Series 1 Apple …

Telltale's Batman Episode 1 now free for iPhone and iPad


Telltale is a popular game developer that makes episodic, story-driven adventure games. You know, The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, Game of Thrones, Tales From the Borderlands… And yes, the developer also has a Batman game out, split into five episodes. Each installment costs $4.99, which means that buying the episodes separately would set you back around $25.

However, now, the initial download, which gets you episode 1, is free for iOS users. Additionally, if you buy episodes 2 to 5 in a package, you pay $14.99 instead of the $19.96 you’d pay for them separately.

If you are …

Amazon offering Music Unlimited at 50% off to students, Prime Students only pay $1 per month

Amazon’s Music Unlimited is getting a lot cheaper… for university students, that is. The e-commerce site is slashing 50% off its subscription fee for the music streaming service, provided that you can verify your enrollment in a degree-granting college or university. 
This means that eligible users will only have to pay $4.99 per month, down from the usual rate of $9.99. Students that are on Amazon Prime can get it for even cheaper – $6 for 6 months, much less than the regular Prime rate of $7.99 per month.
Such …

BlackBerry KEYone arriving at AT&T on September 1

Sprint will remain the only carrier to offer the BlackBerry KEYone for the rest of this month. However, come September, the smartphone will be available for purchase at AT&T. Moreover, the carrier announced the KEYone will come in a unique Space Black color, which will only be available at AT&T.

We have yet to learn the outright price of the BlackBerry KEYone, but we do know customers will be able to get it on AT&T Next for $16.67 for 30 months. The smartphone is supposed to hit shelves on September 1, so you’ll have to wait just one more week.

To …