Unlocked Motorola Moto Z receives update to Android Oreo in the U.S.

Those in the U.S. sporting the unlocked Motorola Moto Z (XT1650-03) are beginning to receive Android 8.0 at long last. The phone received the update in Brazil back in March, and earlier this month a small number of stateside Moto Z owners had their unit updated. Others used a workaround to manually update their Moto Z, but this required the bootloader to be unlocked.
The 1.4GB update is now rolling out OTA to those unlocked Moto Z units in the U.S. that did not receive it earlier in May. That would mean that a huge percentage of those toting this model are anxiously …


Tim Cook receives letter from 76-year old man whose life was saved by the Apple Watch

Based on several incidents that we have told you about, it would seem that there is a valid reason to call the Apple Watch a life saver. The latest story comes out of Hong Kong where 76 year old Gaston D’Aquino was sitting in church, feeling fine. It was April 1st, and D’Aquino spotted an alarm on his timepiece telling him that his heart rate was too high. Familiar with previous situations where the Apple Watch provided a prescient warning to others, D’Aquino skipped Easter lunch with his family to go to the hospital.

At the hospital, D’Aquino told the doctor that his Apple Watch sent him, …

Samsung receives patents for a folding phone and a transparent smartphone display

With the foldable Samsung Galaxy X expected to be unveiled next year, the manufacturer has received a couple of patents, one of which could give us a look at what the Galaxy X might look like. The images show a phone that folds horizontally, unlike a previous patent that showed a phone folding in a couple of different ways. Users would be holding the handset in landscape orientation. Thanks to an additional hinge, the device can be propped up vertically in portrait mode. Shutting the device by folding the two sides together will automatically turn off the phone while opening up the two sides will …

BlackBerry Keyboard app receives an update

BlackBerry user? If so, you might want to know about the latest update to the BlackBerry Keyboard app. While the company is known for the physical QWERTY keyboard found on some of its models, more recently the BlackBerry KEYone, the BlackBerry virtual keyboard also has some great attributes including flick typing. Remember, this app is found in the Google Play Store which should tell you that those toting a BB10 powered ‘Berry can’t use it. Only Android powered BlackBerry handsets are compatible with this Keyboard app.

So what changes are included with the update? Glad you asked. You can …

Apple receives patent to protect iPhone users' eyes from bright screens in dark rooms

Apple has received a patent that could help prevent iPhone users from suffering “luminescence shock.” This can happen when a handset is turned on in the dark and the display immediately is too bright for the surroundings. After a few seconds, the screen finds a more appropriate setting and tones down the brightness. But the user’s eyes have already been “shocked” by the bright display. Apple’s new patent, called “Luminescence Shock Avoidance in Display Devices,” would have an iPhone limit the brightness level of its screen when the device is activated in a dark environment.

How is this done? …

BlackBerry Priv receives unexpected update

The first Android driven BlackBerry, the Priv, launched on November 6th, 2015. Last December, BlackBerry announced that the phone with the vertical QWERTY slider would no longer receive Android security patches. But that isn’t preventing the company from pushing out an update to the Priv that includes a new firmware version (AAW068). The changelist is unknown, and after the update the security patch level remains the same.

It should be pointed out that even though there are no more monthly security updates coming to the Priv, BlackBerry did say that “should a critical vulnerability be exposed, …

BlackBerry CEO John Chen receives a contract extension to 2023

Has 1,592 days really gone by since John Chen took over as CEO of BlackBerry from Thorsten Heins? Chen, as he promised, continued to push out new handsets until it was obvious that this was not a financially viable survival plan. So the executive made a brilliant move and licensed the BlackBerry name and its version of Android to other companies including TCL. This allowed the company to eliminate its hardware manufacturing business in order to focus on “cybersecurity and embedded software.”

To reward Chen’s turnaround of the company, BlackBerry today extended Chen’s contract by another …

Android version of the SwiftKey app receives an update; new toolbar quickly finds GIFs and stickers

One of the most popular apps of all time is SwiftKey, which offers third-party QWERTY keyboards to iOS and Android users. The company was purchased by Microsoft for $250 million back in 2016, and the app allows users to replace the stock QWERTY on their handset with SwiftKey’s customizable keyboard. Yes, this is a free app that according to the company, is employed by more than 250 million people worldwide.

SwiftKey for Android has just received an update to version 7.0. One of the new features is a toolbar that allows users to quickly call up stickers and GIFs. It even allows subscribers …

BlackBerry Keyboard app on the Google Play Store receives update

The BlackBerry Keyboard app, found in the Google Play Store, is available to users of BlackBerry branded handsets that run on Google’s open source Android operating system. The virtual QWERTY keyboard features BlackBerry’s flick typing that allows users to see different possible choices for the next word in their sentence, and flick it with their finger into the email or text being written. The video at the top of this story details some of the things that the BlackBerry Keyboard can do.

The app has just received an update that among other things, automatically capitalizes the first …

OnePlus 5 receives Android 8.1 Oreo via OxygenOS Open Beta 6 update

Great news for OnePlus 5 owners, especially those who have enrolled in the beta program. It appears the latest open beta update released by OnePlus brings Android 8.1 Oreo, along with some additional new features and improvements.

For example, there’s a new auto pick up gesture available to OnePlus 5 users, as well as a new option that allows them to answer an incoming call by raising the phone.

Furthermore, the update adds more clock styles for ambient display and new optimizations in gaming mode for immersive gaming experiences including power saving and pausing adaptive brightness. …