Nike's new NBA jerseys for fans come with NFC tags that bring premium content to your phone

Yesterday, Nike introduced its new line of “NBA Connected” jerseys for NBA teams and players. Versions of the uniforms that fans can buy, come with an NFC tag that will “unlock” premium content for fans.  The tags work in conjunction with the NikeConnect app to bring to your smartphone pre-game arrival video, game highlights, and music playlists from NBA stars. A certain player’s replica jersey could be outfitted with a tag that will provide boosts to that same player’s NBA 2K18 capabilities.

The jerseys containing the embedded NFC tags will not be cheap. The $110 “Swingman” …


Next version of Nova Launcher to bring adaptive icons support

A brand new version of Nova Launcher was released earlier this week, which brought quite a few important changes that Android users can take advantage of. But there’s a new version of the launcher that’s being in the works now that will add a couple of other major improvements.

Released as beta, Nova Launcher v5.5 brings support for adaptive icons into the mix. The new feature is fully compatible with devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop and higher, but some icons will require at least Android Nougat.

If you plan to install the beta version of Nova Launcher 5.5, then you should know …

Andy Rubin plans to bring the Essential Phone to the UK, Europe and Japan

You didn’t think Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone will be exclusively available in the United States, did you? Even though the company behind the quirky smartphone hasn’t yet come forward with an official statement to confirm its expanded availability, Financial Times reports the Essential Phone will be released in many other countries.

Apparently, Andy Rubin’s company negotiated the release of the Essential Phone in the UK with local carriers. Last week, Essential execs held talks with EE and other UK network operators to find a suitable time frame for the launch the …

Gameloft to bring President Donald Trump to Gangstar New Orleans mobile game

Gangstar New Orleans, Gameloft’s mobile take on Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto franchise, is about to get even funnier. The French developer is teasing another update for its open world action-adventure game, which will include President Donald Trump.

Before getting your hopes too high and think that you’ll actually be able to play as Donald Trump, you should know that the new update will bring Gangstar New Orleans players the option to unlock some masks.

There will be no less than five new masks included in the upcoming update, and one of them is Donald Trump’s. …

OnePlus teams up with Otterbox to bring you ultimate protection

Otterbox is a famous smartphone case manufacturer, best known for its rugged protective designs. OnePlus has long been known to offer fitting accessories for its “flagship killers” straight from the OnePlus.net store and it seems as it’s ready to up its game even more!

Yes, cases for OnePlus flagships are nothing new, but, according to the company’s presentation, the new series are developed in partnership with Otterbox themselves. We don’t know how much that would affect the quality of the shell-style covers, which we’ve seen before, but we can see a brand-new …

Skype update bring its version of "Stories" and much more to the platform

An update to Skype has added new features and designs, some of which are already in place on other messaging apps. For example, Skype Highlights allows you to follow a week’s worth of photos posted by friends and family. Sound familiar, anyone? You can also use emoticons and stickers to convey your emotions, or to call attention to a particular photo or message. In addition, you can change the background colors of your messages.

The chat screen has been divided into three tabs called Find, Chat and Capture. With Find, you can share content from another app without having to leave …

The new Moto Mods bring an awesome new GamePad, add improvements to old concepts

So, today, the Moto Z2 Play was stealthily revealed — no fanfare, no red carpets, the phone just appeared. And that’s not a huge surprise — the Play series is for midrange devices, which are rarely high-profile enough to warrant a lot of noise.

But still, the Moto Play phones are awesome and have their own fanbase thanks to the value / price ratio that they have. And, with the Z2 Play, there are 4 new Moto Mods, which we think are pretty cool and need their own attention.

So, let’s check them one by one. Remember the good ole Style Shells that did nothing but just change the cosmetic …

Google will bring ads and more e-commerce options to AI Assistant as part of monetization strategy

Google ads exec Sridhar Ramaswamy offered a look at the company’s plans to profit from its free Google Assistant for smartphones and smart devices. Researching and developing a service like this is a huge undertaking, so it’s only natural that Google will look for ways to monetize it without hampering the user experience.

Thus, big G plans to introduce advertisements and more e-commerce options to the assistant. Both can be potentially useful to users of the application and integrate nicely within its existing functionality. So we choose to remain optimistic about this.

The Assistant …

Here's how Android O will bring better battery life, strengthened security, app stability improvements

Android may be the most popular mobile operating system in the world, but it is not known as the most secure one. Or as the most responsive or most stable OS, for that matter. Google seems to be well aware of that, which is why with Android O, we’re promised to see improvements in areas with key importance to what Google calls Android’s Vitals: security, stability, and battery life.

That’s great news, of course, but what’s no less interesting is the approach Google is taking to ensure that Android O smartphones run without a hitch. It all starts with doubling-down …

Blizzard to bring new Deck Importing and Friendly Challenges features to Hearthstone

Hearthstone, arguably the most prolific card game these days, is getting new features that will help players spend more quality time while battling friends online. Blizzard announced that an upcoming update would bring a lot of cool stuff, but two new features need special attention.

The first one is called Friendly Challenges and will allow players to complete quests by playing with someone in their Friends list. The new feature was implemented as a test last year, but Blizzard used a different name: Friendly Feud.

However, there are come minor drawbacks …