Moto Z2 Force & Moto 360 Camera: Unboxing Motorola's latest modular gear


For mobile-gadget fans who love checking out lots of new smartphone hardware, Motorola’s Z-series and its support for Moto Mods has been a dream come true. Not only do we get to see a bunch of new handsets, ranging from top-shelf flagships to power-conserving mid-rangers, but there’s also a steady stream of new modular accessories just waiting to be used with these devices.

Earlier this summer, we shared with you a new batch of Moto hardware that was landing, including the Moto Z2 Play and Moto Mods that gave the phone support for wireless charging, an extended-life battery, and an extra-loud …


Nova Launcher getting Sesame Shortcuts integration in latest update

Nova Launcher is a one-man business app that gathered a lot of followers since its release in the Google Play Store. The Android launcher has a strong core of beta testers that get access to new features and improvements before they’re pushed to the general public.

That gives us the chance to talk about the next Nova Launcher update, which has just been released in the beta channel. These changes aren’t yet available to everyone, but if you’re a faithful Nova Launcher user, here is what’s you’ll get very soon.

Developer Kevin Barry recently published Nova …

It's Verizon's turn to brag about the latest RootMetrics report

Early this morning, Sprint sent us some information about how the carrier fared in the latest RootMetrics report. Now, Verizon has reached out to us to let us know how well it did in the same report. First, in response to Sprint’s improving numbers, Verizon pointed out that looking at the overall results, Sprint failed to win or even tie in a single state. Meanwhile, Big Red took home first place in 47 our of 50 states. Verizon also scored the highest for overall performance, reliability, data, calls. That makes it eight years in a row that Big Red finished on top for these categories, and the …

Xiaomi previews MIUI 9: split-screen mode, new lock screen, see all the latest features here

A couple of new Xiaomi products are set to break cover on July 26th. Apart from launching the Mi 5X, a handset in the upper mid-range category, the Chinese phone maker will also introduce the 9th iteration of its MIUI interface. 
Today, an official preview of the custom Android skin appeared on the MIUI forums, so let’s quickly review all the new stuff coming with the software update. 

Split-screen multitasking

Split-screen multitasking is finally coming to MIUI. The feature initially …

Report: All four major U.S. carriers will offer the Moto Z2 Force; check out the latest images

Unlike the original Moto Z Force, which was a Verizon exclusive in the states and given the name Moto Z Force DROID Edition, the sequel will be available from all four major U.S. carriers. That is the word from tipster extraordinaire Evan Blass, who posted the leak on his Twitter page. We’ve already seen an image that is supposedly that of the handset wearing the AT&T logo on the back. The Moto Z2 Force (it’s unknown whether Verizon’s version of the phone will use the DROID name again) is believed to be one of several phones to be unveiled this coming Tuesday, July 25th.

According to …

The Rock just revealed his latest action movie, co-starring Siri

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson says a lot of things on social media, including the occasional dad joke, but unless he’s pranking us this time, we’re about to see him star in a film with none other than Apple’s digital assistant, Siri. 

“I partnered with #Apple to make the biggest, coolest, craziest, dopest, most over the top, funnest (is that even a word?) movie ever,” wrote Johnson on his official Facebook page. “And I have the greatest co-star of all time – #SIRI.” 

It’s unclear what the nature of the film is, but since it’s unlikely that a full-length feature from one of Hollywood’s biggest stars would just get dropped on us with one day’s notice, it’s more likely a promotion of some sort to show off some of Siri’s features. And since Apple has also been touting the iPhone as a filmmaking tool, it’s likely the “film” will be shot on an iPhone.  Read more…

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Galaxy Note 8's latest render reveals a terrible fingerprint scanner position

You may have seen it already – the latest Samsung Galaxy Note 8 render that surfaced yesterday, courtesy of the fine gentlemen over at BGR and case-maker Ghostek. The render is based on the latest rumors and expectations related to the Note 8. In case you haven’t seen it, here it is again:
Looking pretty dope, huh? Sure it does, but beyond the edge-to-edge “Infinity Display” that’s obviously going to grace the Note 8, there’s a detail that’s kind of pissing us off right now.
While the Galaxy S8 and S8+ …

Hangouts Meet finally gains in-call messaging ability in latest update

Hangouts Meet is the enterprise part replacing the now defunct Gchat service. Google announced back in March that it will discontinue Gchat and provide consumers with two new services instead: Hangouts Chat and Meet, as well as Allo and Duo.

The former is aimed at enterprise users, while the latter targets consumers. Hangouts Meet is supposed to offer a video calls service, and it’s just been upgraded to provide in-chat messaging capabilities.

According to Google, the chat functionality was the most requested feature in Meet since the service was launched …

911 dialing issue fixed in latest OnePlus 5 update

OnePlus has just released an update that fixes the 911 dialing bug experienced by some OnePlus 5 owners. As you may know, the issue became viral on Reddit over the past couple of days, after a user reported, and subsequently uploaded a video of his OnePlus 5 unit rebooting whenever he tried to call the emergency number. 
Although it was later found out that other Android phones also experienced the same problem, the Chinese manufacturer was certainly quick to react. The company’s tech support team contacted the user and now an OTA …

End of an era: Snapchat removes 10-second limit in latest update

Social media company Snap Inc. is going through some hard times. Snapchat, its main source of income, started out as an interesting app that appealed to millennials thanks to some unique features, but a lot of these functionalities have been emulated by competing services. This has, in turn, led to a loss of confidence from investors and a crash in the company’s stock value. 
In a bid to reverse this trend, Snapchat has seen some big changes recently. After voice filters, custom geo filters, and Backdrops, the latest update to hit …