New group chat features arrive on WhatsApp starting today

WhatsApp took to its blog today to introduce a series of new features for group chats. One new feature allows for a description of the group to be posted. This will explain the group’s “purpose, guidelines, or topics” and will be visible at the top of the screen to new members. The “@” button now found at the bottom right of a group chat will allow users who have been away, to catch up. Tapping on the symbol will allow members to see all messages that mention them since their last visit to the group, or reply to a previous message that they sent.

Want to know who is participating in a group …


LG G6 is officially getting Android Oreo starting Monday, G5 and V20 to follow

LG just announced that its G6 smartphone – an ex-flagship launched in August 2017 – is finally getting an official Android 8 Oreo update. More exactly, the update will be rolled out starting Monday, April 30, first to G6 units in South Korea, LG’s home country. This will be the inaugural update released through LG’s new Software Upgrade Center (opened a couple of weeks back).
At this time, there is no word on exactly when LG G6 units in the US and other markets will receive Android Oreo. However, we’re fairly certain it won’t be long now, and we hope US carriers are …

Razer Phone owners can update to Android 8.1 Oreo starting today

Razer Phone, one of the not so many gaming smartphones out there, is now being updated to Android 8.1 Oreo. The device hasn’t received any major Android OS update since its release, but Razer promised the smartphone will be updated directly to Android 8.1 Oreo.

Late last month, the company promised to bring Android 8.1 Oreo to all Razer Phone units sometime in April. Today, Razer announced that Android 8.1 Oreo is now being rolled out to Razer Phones around the world.

However, that doesn’t mean that the wait is over. According to Razer, the incremental roll-out will take up to 10 …

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to receive Oreo update in Canada starting on April 5th

Those in Canada who own the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 need to circle April 5th on their calendar. That is when Android 8.0 is scheduled to start rolling out to Galaxy Note 8 owners who are subscribers to Canadian wireless operator Rogers. The latter already has posted the date on its website. As for those Canadian Galaxy Note 8 owners who are customers of other carriers in the country, it should be noted that Samsung usually releases carrier updates all at one time.

Android 8.0 includes the new Picture-in-Picture feature which allows you to watch video while still interacting with an app running …

BlackBerry World no longer supports paid apps starting today

Back in February, we told you that BlackBerry World will shut its doors for good on December 31st, 2019. We also told you that starting on April 1st, 2018, paid apps were no longer being supported by BlackBerry World. Right now it is April 1st in most areas of the U.S., which means that all payment mechanisms no longer work on the storefront. While no new paid apps are being accepted, those developers who were monetizing their apps can still do so as long as the method for accepting payments comes from within the apps themselves. The good news is that those developers who decide to go this route …

T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to get Oreo starting on Sunday

Verizon did it. AT&T did it, and Sprint did it, too. Those three carriers already started updating their versions of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to Android 8.0 Oreo. So that meant that T-Mobile subscribers with the Galaxy Note 8 have been left out. But all of that changes on Sunday night when T-Mobile starts pushing out the update OTA to its customers toting the handset.

The update will roll out in waves, so if it doesn’t hit your phone immediately, you can go to Settings and tap on updates to see if you can coax it out manually. If not, be patient and the Android build named for the delicious …

Google Pay now supports transit tickets, starting in Las Vegas

After Google folded Android Pay and Google Wallet into one app, Google Pay, the company is now looking to expand its functionality beyond being a convenient checkout method. There have been rumors for some time now, that the company intends to introduce transit ticket support in the app, and in typical Google fashion, it is now seeing a staged roll-out.

The first place to get transit ticket support in Google Pay is Las Vegas. As of March 19th, riders can board the somewhat small, but quick, Las Vegas Monorail using nothing but Google Pay on their NFC-enabled …

Google Maps will let you navigate as Mario in his kart for one week starting tomorrow, MAR10 Day

Just as May 4th has become a special day for Star Wars fans, March 10th is now considered Mario Day. Why? Because writing out the date looks like the name of the video game icon (MAR10). To celebrate, Nintendo has a number of deals lined up including one we told you about the other day. From March 10th (which is tomorrow) through March 25th, the complete Super Mario Run freemium mobile video game is 50% off at $4.99.

But suppose you want to celebrate Mario and not have to shell out any cash to do so? As it turns out, Google has pushed out an update to Google Maps that will replace your location …

Get Super Mario Run for half price starting on Mario Day (March 10th)

Did you know that Mario Day is coming? The little Italian plumber who actually debuted with the launch of the Donkey Kong arcade game in July 1981, has now become an iconic video game character. And every March 10th, we celebrate his existence. Why March 10th? Because the date can be written as MAR10 which sort of spells out his name. And starting on Mario Day, mobile game players can take 50% off the price of the Super Mario Run app.

To refresh your memory, the app is free to download on your iOS or Android handsets. But the portion of the game that comes with no cost will most likely not …

No fooling: BlackBerry World will host free apps only starting on April 1st

If you still use a BlackBerry that runs on the BlackBerry 10 operating system, you might want to circle April 1st on your calendar. Starting on that day, only free apps will be hosted on BlackBerry World. The company has sent out an email to developers explaining that BlackBerry World is making this transition and will disable all “purchasing mechanisms” starting on April Fool’s Day. In the email, BlackBerry tells developers to go to the Vendor Portal to change their paid apps to free apps. Any paid apps still on the site by March 31st will be removed.

Can you believe that the BlackBerry …