The official Carnival Theme for Sony Xperia smartphones now up for download

If you’re an Xperia smartphone (or tablet) user, Sony Mobile has another surprise for you. In celebration of the Rio Janeiro Carnival happening in Brazil as we speak, the Japanese handset maker released a new Xperia Theme for the event.

Dubbed Xperia Carnival Theme, the asset is now available for download from Google Play Store. It requires Android 5.0 and above, as well as an Xperia device as well (obviously). You’ll notice that many of the visual aspects of your Xperia handset will change once you install the theme, including the lockscreen, status bar, folder icon, action bar and wallpaper.

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Latest version of YouTube for Android app features code for a dark theme and more

A report published this weekend discusses a teardown of the latest version of the YouTube for Android app (v. 13). Code found inside this new version of the app indicates that the next update could give Android users the choice to activate a dark theme for YouTube. This really wouldn’t be shocking considering that on the web, the streaming video site already offers this capability.

Also discovered in the teardown was code related to an incognito mode. Currently, Android users of the YouTube app can go into the History & privacy menu of YouTube and toggle to pause watch history and search …

Trump's NYE bash has a 'modern fantasy garden' theme. We have some better suggestions.


President Donald Trump is often accused of living in his own personal fantasy world where white supremacists are “very fine people” and New Jersey muslims celebrated the 9/11 attack. So it is perhaps fitting that his New Year’s Eve celebration at Mar-a-Largo has, according to The Washington Post, a “modern fantasy garden” theme.

And while we’re excited to see what mythical bullshit takes root in such a gathering of sycophants and enablers, we also can’t help but note that Team Trump passed up a wonderful opportunity to explore other themes perhaps more germane to the 45th presidency of these great United States.  Read more…

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Cyborg strums 'Star Wars' theme song with bionic hand


Jason Barnes has used robotic prosthetics before, but this is the first time he has been able to move each finger independently and even play the piano again. 

Researchers at Georgia Tech’s Center for Music Technology developed the unique robotic arm using ultrasound sensors that allow amputees to control each prosthetic finger using muscles in their residual limbs. Read more…

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Sony launches Star Wars Battlefront II Xperia Theme in the Google Play Store

Sony is well-known for keeping close to its Xperia customers by delivering lots of extra content for many of its products. If you’ve been running an Xperia smartphone as your daily driver, then you already know that you have lots of Xperia Themes at your disposal, which can be downloaded via Google Play Store.

In celebration of the recent release of the Star Wars Battlefront II video game, Sony has decided to allow Xperia users to customize their smartphones with a Star Wars theme.

The new Star Wars Battlefront II Xperia Theme includes a couple of nice icons, …

Microsoft Edge Preview is getting a dark theme and password syncing

Microsoft continues to update its rather new Edge browser with new features and improvements that will bring it up to par with more popular mobile browsers. The latest update is only available for the preview version of Microsoft Edge since a final version hasn’t been released on Android yet.

The changes Microsoft included in the latest version of Edge Preview are more related to the cosmetic side, but there’s also something that will please those looking for more usability.

So, Microsoft Edge will eventually include a Dark Theme. According to Microsoft, …

Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have a secret built-in dark theme, enabling it is easy

A dark interface theme and theme support in general have been among the top-requested features for any major iteration of Android for more than half a decade now, yet Google still refuses to bake in this already widespread functionality of third-party Android distributions.
Yet the wall is beginning to crack a little, as the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL launcher is, you see, boasting an automatic dark theme that kicks in when you apply a darker wallpaper as a background. So far, it seems to be working with the built-in Pixel launcher only, but we are certain a workaround …

NBA 2K18 companion app and theme card game is now up on App Store and Google Play

2K’s MyNBA2K18 has just been released in the App Store and Google Play, but the companion app will be at its full potential on September 19 when NBA 2K18 will be launched on PC and consoles. 

However, those who pre-order the video game on either platform will receive it on September 15, four days ahead of its official release. Anyway, the good news is MyNBA2K18 is not just a companion app for the NBA 2K18, it’s also a full fledged theme card game.

So, aside from the fact that it fully integrates with NBA 2K18, the app includes the collectible …

Xiaomi Mi 6's official theme song can easily win the Eurovision contest

Although Xiaomi Mi 6 might be a China-exclusive affair, there will be plenty of Chinese retailers that will ship the flagship internationally. To highlight the fact that the Mi 6 is an international product, Xiaomi released the official English theme song of the flagship.

The song is called “Only One,” and it’s been composed and sung by Chinese artist Jiang Han. However, you won’t notice that while you’re listening to the song (it’s that good).

The lyrics of the song have been specially written to match the description of the new Xiaomi Mi 6, which looks …

Sony Mobile celebrates picture taking feature with Xperia Theme release

Japanese handset maker Sony Mobile has just released yet another theme for its Xperia devices, which is now available for free via Google Play Store. It’s not unusual for Sony Mobile to provide Xperia fans with new themes for their phones from time to time.

However, the new one is quite unique since it’s meant to celebrate the picture taking feature of the Xperia phones. The theme launched recently is called “Taken with Xperia” and allows Xperia users to customize graphical assets of their phones/tablets.

According to Sony, the theme was tested on several …