WhatsApp finally scores adaptive icons in compatible launchers

It seems that the most recent beta version of WhatsApp has finally introduced a feature that the Android crowd has been requesting for a long time – adaptive icons. Version 2.18.74 beta of WhatsApp will apply a circle, squircle, square, teardrop, or oval mask in accordance to the rest of the icons on your device, ensuring for a coherent and seamless look.
In case you’re already a WhatsApp beta user, you should have the latest version of the app already, but in case you haven’t enrolled your phone into the beta, you will probably …

Deal: Save $100 on the Motorola Moto X4 (unlocked, compatible with most US carriers)

If you’re in need of a water-resistant smartphone that offers nice features while not being too expensive, you may want to consider buying the Motorola Moto X4. Right now, the Moto X4 is sold in the US for just $299.99 – that’s $100 off its original price. According to Motorola, this is a President’s Day deal, but it won’t expire too soon, being valid from today (February 18) through March 3, 11:59 p.m. CT. 
To get the Moto X4 at $299.99, you don’t need to use Project Fi, and neither to be an Amazon Prime member. This is the fully unlocked version of the handset …

Project Fi now works in 37 more countries; buy a compatible phone and get a free month of service

Google’s hybrid MVNO Project Fi has added 37 new countries to its international coverage list. With the new additions, Project Fi now supplies talk, text and data to 170 countries around the world. Pricing remains the same for text and data. Unlimited texting is offered in all countries on the list and data remains priced at $10/GB until Bill Protection kicks in, limiting your monthly payment at $80 ($60 for data + $20 for talk/text). Phone calls outside of the U.S. are billed at 20 cents per minute and are not included in Bill Protection.

Project Fi will even send out a notification to …

Motorola launches Moto Folio, the cheapest Moto Mod to date (compatible with all Moto Z phones)

Motorola this week started selling a brand new Moto Mod for
its Moto Z series of smartphones. Called Moto Folio, the new accessory is currently
priced at just $11.24, thus being the cheapest Moto Mod to date.  


Basically, the Moto Folio is nothing more than a protective
case with an inner pocket for a card (or your ID). However, this is part of the
Moto Mod family because it attaches to your Moto Z via the phone’s rear magnetic
connectors – just like any other Moto Mod.


When the Moto Folio is on, your Moto Z will gain 55 grams in
weight and 3.5 mm in thickness. The case …

Unlocked BlackBerry Motion is now available in the US (compatible with T-Mobile and AT&T)

BlackBerry Mobile today
released the BlackBerry Motion in the US, allowing customers to get the
phone either from Best Buy, or Amazon. As previously announced, the BlackBerry
Motion is sold unlocked (at least for now), being priced at $449.99. The
smartphone comes with 1-year US
warranty, and is compatible only with GSM/LTE carriers like AT&T, T-Mobile,
Cricket Wireless, and Tracfone.


The Motion is the very first BlackBerry smartphone to feature
dust- and water-resistance, thanks to its IP67 certification. Unlike the
BlackBerry KeyOne (available in the US since last year), the Motion …

Nokia's Steel HR hybrid watch (compatible with Android and iOS) is now available in the US

Nokia today started selling the Steel HR, a hybrid wearable device
that combines the elegance of an analog watch with (some of) the features of a
smartwatch. Available to pre-order since November, the Nokia Steel HR isn’t
exactly a new product, being a rebranded Withings Steel HR – a watch that was
first announced last year, shortly after Nokia acquired Withings.  


Unlike regular smartwatches, which usually have full digital
displays, the Steel HR only has a small digital screen, the rest of its front
being analog. The watch comes with a heart rate sensor and activity tracking
features, …

Pokemon GO now fully compatible with iPhone X, but drops support for iOS 8 devices

Many developers must update their apps and games to support Apple’s new iPhone X due to the unusual display of the smartphone. Niantic announced recently it has issued such an update for the ever popular Pokemon GO game.

In fact, Niantic released two updates for each of the game’s platform version: Android and iOS. The iOS update brings support for the iPhone X screen resolution and some optimizations for this specific device. However, along with the addition of iPhone X compatibility, the developers removed support for devices running iOS 8.

Other changes …

Want to fast-charge your iPhone 8 on the cheap? Here are 5 compatible USB-PD adapters

While Apple’s new iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X have fast charging circuitry built in, they ship with regular chargers that take more than two hours to top up an iPhone 8, for example. Apple does offer a fast 29W USB-C Power Adapter that will load your iPhone 50% in 30 minutes flat, but that one will cost you $49 extra.

Still, Apple does give you other options, as it lists on its official support pages that the fast-charging functionality of the new iPhones is certainly accessible by plugging in certain third-party USB Power Delivery (USB-PD) adapters, …

Here's what iPhones and iPads are compatible with Apple's augmented reality ARKit framework

iOS 11-bundled ARKit is out and neat augmented reality apps are already available for users to download and freely use on their iOS 11-powered devices.

A virtual ruler? Check! An interactive furniture designer? Sure thing! An augmented car showroom? You bet!

An AR-powered human atlas that allows you to explore livers, digestive organs, and lungs from the inside? Ugh… yeah, sure….
The potential benefits and uses of AR are huge and quite possibly the next big mobile software trend that’s …

Reckless arcade classic 'Crazy Taxi' goes free & 64-bit compatible on Apple devices

Crazy Taxy is a classic arcade driving game originating from the Sega Dreamcast console. It’s revered for its fast, reckless driving and cult punk rock soundtrack. A feel good game Crazy Taxi was, and it still is, surviving in remastered form on Apple and Android devices.

Sega has made some changes to the game now. With the latest update, Crazy Taxy is now free and 64-bit compatible. So it’s ready to delight another generation of gamers for some time to come. Alas, the game becomes ad-supported now, which might drive those who already paid for it literally crazy. Then again, the advertisements …