Blast from the past: Verizon rolls out Android 7.0 Nougat for Motorola DROID MAXX 2

The DROID MAXX 2 is a rather old smartphone having been introduced in the US in late 2015. At the time Verizon launched the device, it was running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, but the carrier updated the DROID MAXX 2 to Marshmallow back in 2016.

Although it hasn’t been three full years since the DROID MAXX 2 made its debut on the market, we’re kind of surprised to see that Verizon and Motorola are still supporting the smartphone. Today, Big Red confirmed the handset launched in October 2015 is now getting an Android 7.0 Nougat update.

Along with Nougat, Motorola included the December security …


iOS 11.3 Beta 2 finally adds the iPhone battery health sub-menu

After another iPhone scandal late last year, Apple admitted it hasn’t been transparent enough about how it handles power management on aging iPhones. Long story short — iPhones with batteries that have degraded beyond a certain level get their performance throttled in order to prevent the weak batteries to cause random restarts. However, the user was never informed properly of what is going on and why their iPhone has suddenly slowed down in performance and responsiveness.

To redeem itself for this lack of communication, Apple lowered the price for replacing an iPhone battery down to $29 …

Deal: Save up to $200 on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL for Verizon

US retailer Best Buy is running another promotion on the Pixel 2 smartphones, but only on the Verizon models. Basically, the same deal Best Buy offered last month is making a comeback but with lower discounts this time.

Instead of letting you save $250 on the Pixel 2 XL and $200 on the Pixel 2, Best Buy now offers the smartphones for $200 and $100, respectively, less. Customers who want purchase the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL must activate a monthly installment plan for Verizon in order to save $100 or $200 on the two flagships.

The deal is available for either of the two storage options …

Waiting for the iPhone SE 2? Apple might disappoint you

Apple’s iPhone SE (pictured above on the left) will soon be 2 years old, and yet it’s still a pretty popular handset, being the only 4-inch smartphone that offers nice features in a premium body – all at a decent price. 
Recently, we’ve heard rumors about a next-generation iPhone SE, possibly called iPhone SE 2, which could be released before mid-2018 to cater to the needs of users who aren’t crazy about large screens. But a new report now has it that Apple might not be working on an iPhone SE 2, or at least not yet.
According to …

Cancelled Microsoft Band 3 would have been a nice improvement over the Band 2

The Microsoft Band 3 was cancelled before the fitness tracker hit the market. However, a prototype of the device was recently discovered and it included some useful improvements over the Band 2. Thanks to Electrocardiogram (ECG) sensors, the Microsoft Band 3 would have provided more accurate heart rate readings. The sensor would have also given wearers readings on their blood pressure, stress levels and temperature. The Band 3 would have been able to tell users whether they were in good health, or if there was an underlying problem brewing.

While the Band 2 was water resistant, the Band …

Lenovo, Xiaomi, other smartphone makers to buy $2 billion worth of Qualcomm components

After being hit with a $1.2 billion fine for paying Apple to keep its LTE modems exclusive, Qualcomm announces a $2 billion deal with Chinese smartphone makers.

Lenovo, Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo have signed a deal with Qualcomm to buy $2 billion worth of components over the next three years. According to the US company, this is a non-binding agreement, which means either party can break off negotiations at any time.

The official statement doesn’t mention Qualcomm’s mobile processors, but RFFE components that are designed to enable OEMs to build more complex mobile devices at larger scales. …

Rovio adds NFL related features to Angry Birds 2 and Angry Birds Evolution

Rovio and the NFL are working together to get football fans interested in the foul fowl known as the Angry Birds. Angry Birds 2, which launched in 2015, now allows you to dress up the birds by having them wear the uniform and helmet belonging to any one of the 32 NFL teams. The game will have new levels added along with in-game competitions. And Angry Bird Evolution, which launched last summer, now features NFL players to battle against. A new bird called the “Quarterback” has been added to the game, although we don’t expect to see it named Tom Birdy or Nick Fowls.

The football theme starts …

50+ Awesome high-res wallpapers, perfect for your iPhone X, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8/S8+, LG V30, Pixel 2 XL and others


It’s that time of the week again, folks! “What time,” you may ask, and let me tell you – it’s the time of the week when we post our regular pick of awesome, high-def wallpapers! If you’ve been following our various columns on customization, then you should know by now that we like giving our home screens a fresh coat of paint every now and again. And by “every now and again”, we mean almost every week! This means doing a wallpaper rotation at the very least, and/or applying a custom set of icons in the case of Android users to really freshen things up.

However, finding awesome, high-quality …

LG Aristo 2 goes official at MetroPCS, priced to sell for $60

As expected, the LG Aristo 2 has just made its debut at MetroPCS and you can get it for a great price: $60. Although the smartphone usually costs $140, the carrier offers a $30 instant discount and $50 mail-in rebate, so you’ll be saving $80.

When it comes to specs, everything seems to come in line with our previous report. LG Aristo 2 comes with a 5-inch display with HD (720p) resolution, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a secondary 5-megapixel camera with Auto Shot and Gesture Shot.

On the inside, the budget-friendly smartphone packs a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, …

All the best signs from round 2 of the Women's March

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One year after millions of demonstrators took to the streets in Women’s Marches around the world, it’s time for round two.

And yes, everyone brought their finest signs — from the witty to the inspiring to the righteously mad.

Here are a few of the best.

Real-life Wonder Woman Aly Raisman was on the minds and signs of many who came out for the second annual #WomensMarch2018 on Saturdaypic.twitter.com/AEaw5qDuq6

— Chris Spargo (@chrisonchris) January 20, 2018

It’s a beautiful day to march for our rights.
#WomensMarch2018 #WomensMarchDC pic.twitter.com/2RQortLwl5

— Luisa Haynes (@wokeluisa) January 20, 2018 Read more…

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