With iOS 12, Apple allows developers to build apps that report spam calls and texts

Apple didn’t mention this when unveiling iOS 12 at WWDC, but on its Developer website the company has announced a new feature that allows users to report spam calls and texts or block their phone numbers through a third party app. Developers of such apps will be able to build an app extension that adds an option called “Unwanted Communications” in the Settings app. This option would have to be enabled by the user in order to report an unwanted call or text.
With “Unwanted Communications” enabled, users will be able to report a specific call in the Recents tab by swiping …

HMD Global raises $100 million so that it can build more Nokia phones

HMD Global’s deal with Nokia to license its name for smartphones has been a rousing success. For example, today’s flash sale to launch the Nokia X6 sold out all available inventory in ten seconds. The Nokia brand is on its way to having some relevancy again; the 4.4 million smartphones it sold in the fourth quarter of 2017 topped the number rung up by HTC, OnePlus, Google, Sony and Lenovo during the same period. It makes you wonder what might have been had then Nokia CEO Stephen Elop chosen Android instead of Windows Phone to run Nokia’s new connected handsets back in 2011. It was a decision …

Nintendo wants to build a billion dollar mobile game empire

Remember how adamant Nintendo was on not entering the mobile game business during the Wii and DS era? Oh, how things have changed. The company now has a bunch of really popular mobile games under its belt, and although it has up until now kept its promise that it wouldn’t release a “full-fledged” title in one of its flagship franchises as a mobile game, things may be about to change.
Not in the sense that Nintendo will release the next grand Mario or Zelda adventure on Android and iOS, but in the sense that it will focus much more heavily on mobile than it’s been …

Moto Z3 Play with dual-camera setup & glass build appears in render

Motorola’s upcoming Moto Z3 Play has just appeared in a new render. The Chicago-based brand is currently expected to reveal its upcoming upper-midrange device towards the beginning of summer and now, following a number of case leaks, an official press render has apparently appeared, revealing the device’s design entirely.

Continuing with the company’s recent trend, the Moto Z3 Play sports a 6-inch, 18:9 display which minimizes bezels at both the top and bottom. Because of this, the fingerprint scanner has been removed from the front of the device and, in its spot, the company has placed …

Why this artist taught herself how to build augmented reality creations


Cyrene Quiamco loves Snapchat. It’s easy to tell by the Ghostface Chillah plush in her bedroom, the pair of Spectacles in her bag, and the fact that her current Twitter profile picture is a Snapcode. 

There’s good reason for her to love it. The app, which was once popularized for sexting and passing notes in class, helped her quit a full-time job at Verizon a few years back to focus on her other passions. As of this week, Quiamco’s the first winner of a Snapchat Lens Studio Challenge, where anyone can compete for glory and some tech prizes from Snap Inc. 

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A leaked Android 8 build for Galaxy S8 brings Dolby Atmos to the phone!

With recent stirrings in the Samsung Beta Program for Android 8 on the Galaxy S8 and S8+, it’s become obvious that an official update to the next major Android build is drawing near. Official info from the company now states that the Beta Program will be closed on January 15th. This falls in line with earlier reports, which claimed that Android 8 Oreo will be pushed to the Galaxy S8 and S8+ in late January. Also, reports of Oreo hitting Note 8 units have also surfaced today.

An unreleased beta build has now leaked on Reddit and fans were quick to sideload it on their phones. They …

Microsoft demands your mobile number when setting up Windows 10 Build 17063

Windows 10 Build 17063 asks, nay, demands that you give your mobile phone number to Microsoft during the set up process. If you refuse to give the number to the gang in Redmond, you will not be allowed to finish installing the new build on your PC. The screen that demands your number says “Link your Phone and PC. Windows loves all your devices-get essential apps that help you work better across your devices.”

There is no “Skip” button, and when you enter your mobile number an SMS message is sent to your smartphone that links the two devices. This allows you to use features like “Continue …

Learn how to build the iOS app you've been dreaming about


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Build the next big smartphone game by taking this app-development course


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Build a team of legendary fighters in Capcom's new Puzzle Fighter free-to-play game

Capcom is well-known for its popular arcade games that are mostly about fighting, so it’s no wonder the studio’s newest title is a “love letter” to fans. Puzzle Fighter allows players to build a team of legendary fighters from all of Capcom’s most popular fighting games.

Your team will consist of a main and two support characters, each with their own strengths and abilities. Players can choose to play iconic characters like Ryu, Ken, or Chun-Li to take on Mega Man’s X, Darkstalkers’ Morrigan, or Dead Rising’s Frank West.

Make no mistake though, this is a …