How to check your iPhone's battery health and disable performance throttling (iOS 11.3)

Alright, alright! So, it turned out all those conspiracy theories about Apple slowing down old iPhones had some type of truth to them. Apparently, Apple put in a mechanism in iOS which would limit hardware performance if the phone’s battery had deteriorated and was no longer capable of providing reliable power for the phone to function right. Apple’s train of thought was this — better have a slow phone that works instead of one that restarts randomly due to the battery failing.

The problem? Apple forgot to tell the customers that this was happening. So, some people were out there …


Several Amazon Echo models are on sale over the weekend; check out these deals now

Just a few hours ago, a new sale got underway at Amazon covering some of its smart speaker models. From now until 2:59 am EST on Monday morning, you can save 12% or $15 on the Amazon Echo Spot. This is one of the newer Echo devices in the lineup, and includes a 2.5-inch display. With the discount, the price of the Echo Spot is reduced to $114.99 from the usual non-sale price of $129.99.

The second-generation Echo is also on sale. Priced with a $15 discount at $84.99, you can save $15 or 15% from the pre-sale price of $99.99. The new speaker on board features seven microphones, beamforming …

Check out new footage from Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery

Up for release later this year, we are starting to find out more about Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery. For some background, the game is being developed by Portkey Studios, which is a new company created for the production of new Wizarding World experiences. It will be available for both Android and iOS. Take a look at the teaser footage below:
The game looks like it will be a very extensive experience, touching on many beloved aspects of the Harry Potter franchise. Starting off, you will insert yourself into the wizarding world utilizing the …

Get your wand and check out the first trailer for the Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery game

Last month, we told you to expect the Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery game to be released for iOS and Android this coming spring. The game allows users to create their own character who gets to experience life as a Hogwarts student. A trailer for the game has been released, and you can view it by tapping on the video that appears at the top of this story (with your finger, not a wand). This is an RPG game, which means that how you fare is dependent on the choices you make. Sure enough, that echoes a comment made by Hogwarts Headmaster Professor Albus Dumbledore, which is shown at the beginning …

Wish your Google Assistant "Merry Christmas," and check out the Easter eggs

Google’s keeping up with the holiday spirit, introducing Easter on… Christmas, as you only need to wish the Assistant on your phone, or your Home smart speaker with Google’s chatbot buddy on board “Merry Christmas,” and those eggs will start spilling out. 

We won’t spoil the fun entirely, but will just say that it’s not the usual Santa tracker that gets spat out only, but an actual Play Holiday Mad Libs game for kids and adults alike. 
There are also heartwarming (and heartbreaking) Christmas stories, plus a few other options …

How to check how many battery cycles is your Apple iPhone battery on

*Update: With the iOS 10.2.1 software update, Apple significantly slows down processor performance on the iPhone 6s and earlier models that have an old battery. With iOS 11.2, the same throttling is done to iPhone 7. If you want your device to go back to its normal running speeds, you need to change the old battery on it to a new one. Read on to understand how to know whether exactly how old your iPhone battery is.*
An iPhone battery usually lasts throughout a full workday, but rarely much more than a day, which means that you still need to …

How to check the cellular signal strength of your Android device

Say what you want, but smartphones are all reliant on that pesky signal strength indicator on the status bar. You know, it’s the one you normally don’t pay much attention to, but once your Internet connectivity dies out, you immediately start praying to the gods of the cellular connectivity. Often, there’s little you can do besides restarting the device and waiting for the problem to fix itself – poor cell reception is caused by being in congested urban environments, below ground, or in really bad weather, as all of these will reduce your phone’s chances of communicating with …

Check out the official trailer for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' mobile version: PUBG with style

Guess what, battle royale fans, the official trailer for the mobile version of the wildly-popular PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds free-for-all gunfest has just arrived.

Chock-ful of content that’s not even in the base PC game yet, the trailer is a rather cinematic take on what a regular PUBG match would look like if it was directed by Michael Bay himself (sans the tons of aimbots and wallhackers that break the game). Sadly, no gameplay has been included in the trailer thus we can’t really see what the current state of the mobile port of the battle royale is yet, but what we get to …

Oppo R13 leak: check out this all-black iPhone X… errrr Android phone!

If you’ve been a member of the smartphone fandom for a while now, you’ve probably heard of Oppo. The company doesn’t have much of a presence on western markets, but it’s huge in China. And, despite the phone we are about to write on in this article, Oppo has also notably made attempts at making unique, innovative designs — like the Oppo N3 with its unique swivel camera, or the Oppo R5, which was “the world’s thinnest smartphone” at the time of its launch. Oh, it’s also the parent company of the OnePlus “flagship killing” brand that everyone is talking about nowadays.

Innovative concepts …

In case you missed it, check out T-Mobile's new ad starring Nick Cannon for its Apple iPhone 8 BOGO deal

If you caught Sunday night’s American Music Award, you might have seen T-Mobile’s new ad starring Nick Cannon. The ad focuses on a BOGO deal being offered by the nation’s third largest carrier as part of its #HolidayTWOgether ad campaign. With this deal, consumers will be able to buy an Apple iPhone 8 and get a second one for free. The 30-second spot apparently takes place on Christmas Eve when Santa and his son (little Saint Nick) make a loud arrival down a chimney.

Pops urges Junior to take notes. First, Santa tells his son that T-Mobile gives you two iPhone 8 units for the price …