Apple: these new iMessage emojis are coming with the iOS 11.1 update

What’s vain and colorful, and so popular that it deserves a special Apple blog post? New emojis coming with the iOS 11.1 update, of course, and the team from Cupertino felt obliged to show us the next batch of its 59 new designs that are coming with Unicode 10. The first set was shown on World Emoji Day, and included Woman with Headscarf, Bearded Person, Breastfeeding, Zombie, Person in Lotus Position, as well as new items in the food section like Sandwich and Coconut.
There are the obligatory diversity faces, different heart colors, but also …


Microsoft Edge on iOS is official and available for testing now, Android version coming soon

If you read yesterday’s rumor that Microsoft will be launching its Edge browser on iOS and Android soon and dismissed it as a pipe dream, we have some bad news for you: it’s now official. In a semi-surprising announcement, Microsoft confirmed that a version of its current web browser is available for immediate testing on iOS, with an Android version coming “soon”

And while it basically proves we’re living in an alternate, doomed timeline, the new(ish) browser looks like it has a cool idea or two baked inside. First and foremost is the “Continue on PC” …

HP Elite x3 still coming to Verizon?

During July, which seems so long ago, there was talk that the HP Elite x3 was heading to Verizon. For those of you unfamiliar with the Elite x3, it is a highly spec’d Windows 10 Mobile powered phablet. Actually designed for enterprise use, we have had a couple of months go past and yet, the HP Elite x3 remains unavailable at Verizon. From all appearances, it seems as though the Elite x3 has received its Verizon certification. It does offer Continuum2, which allows you to create a Frankenstein-like desktop PC using the HP Elite x3.  With Windows Hello, you can unlock the phone with a fingerprint, …

Alcatel Idol 5 coming to Cricket Wireless on October 27

Quietly introduced earlier this month at IFA 2017 trade fair, the Alcatel Idol 5 will make its debut in the United States in late October. The smartphone will be exclusively carried in the country by Cricket Wireless.

The Idol 5 promises premium features at a fraction of the price of today’s major brand smartphones. But how much exactly Alcatel’s handset really costs? According to Cricket, the Idol 5 will be available for purchase for just $199 beginning October 27.

Now let’s see what are those “premium features” that Alcatel says the Idol 5 has to offer …

Google Assistant is coming to Android TV, NVIDIA Shield TV gets it first

Six months after it promised to bring its Assistant to Android TV, Google kept its promise and announced the digital personal assistant will be rolled out to select devices starting today.

The first device to benefit from Google’s Assistant is NVIDIA Shield TV, while the Sony Bravia TVs will get it in the coming months.

Google Assistant will arrive on the Shield TV as an update, so make sure that you accept the update and press the remote’s mic button after the device restarts.

With Google Assistant, you can now tell your Shield TV what to play by …

Verizon to launch the LG V30 on October 5th; no pre-order period coming

While the LG V30 has already been officially unveiled, eager phone buyers have been waiting to hear exactly when they can throw down their hard earned cash to purchase the third phone in the series. At least as far as Verizon subscribers are concerned, your waiting days are over. Big Red dropped us a note this afternoon to tell us that the LG V30 will be released by the nation’s largest carrier on October 5th. Pricing has not yet been announced.

The LG V30 is perfect for those who love using their smartphone to capture video and audio. The dual camera setup in back uses a glass lens which …

September 29th update coming to Super Mario Run brings new new character, new world and 50% off deal

Remember last December when Nintendo released the Super Mario Run game for iOS? On March 22nd of this year, the game was made available for Android users. For a period of time following the launch of the game on each platform, there was a flurry of activity as fans of Nintendo in general, and Mario is particular, installed the app. The game is free, by the way, but that gives you only limited game play. It costs $9.99 if you want to unlock the entire game.

While the excitement of Super Mario Run has died down, Nintendo is hoping to raise the “thrill” level with an update to both the iOS …

Middle-earth: Shadow of War coming to Android and iOS devices on September 28

Middle-earth: Shadow of War, the sequel to Monolith’s highly-acclaimed Shadow of Mordor, is expected to make its debut on PC and consoles on October 10. Ahead of the official launch of the game, Warner Bros. has decided to release the mobile version of Shadow of War.

The publisher recently confirmed Middle-earth: Shadow of War will arrive on Android and iOS device on September 28, which will allow fans of the franchise to get a taste of what the PC and console game will offer.

Along with the confirmation of the release, the publisher released a trailer that …

Rumor: HTC U11 Plus coming soon, near-bezel-less screen included

While announcing its $1.1 billion deal with Google today (under which certain HTC employees are joining the Mountain View giant), HTC also confirmed that it’s working on its “next flagship phone.” The company didn’t provide any details on this handset, but we may have some information on it anyway.

According to French website Frandroid (usually a reliable source), HTC plans to announce a high-end smartphone in November. Reportedly, the device is called U11 Plus, and will become HTC’s first handset to sport a near-bezel-less screen – a 5.99-inch display with 1440 …

This coming week's T-Mobile Tuesday is all about FOX's MasterChef

If you like to cook and watch the MasterChef cooking competition hosted by Chef Gordon Ramsay on FOX, you are going to love this coming week’s T-Mobile Tuesday. It starts with a free movie or television show rental or purchase (up to $5.50) from Vudu. Another freebie gives T-Mobile customers $25 to use toward any Restaurant.com deal. The site has more than 500,000 deals to choose from daily. And T-Mobile subscribers can learn the nuances of cooking by taking an online cooking class taught by past winners of the MasterChef television show. You’ll learn how to cook up some tasty home made meals.

Those …