LG Q8 gets its second unveiling, this time out of Asia

Monday morning in Seoul (thanks to the time difference, it is still the weekend in the U.S.), LG introduced for the second time the latest handset belonging to its new mid-range Q-series. The LG Q8 was announced last Thursday in Italy. This is the second phone from the series to be announced by LG. You might recall that nearly two weeks ago, the manufacturer introduced the three variants that make up the LG Q6. While the LG Q6 is a smaller, mid-range version of the LG G6 flagship, the LG Q8 is a mid-range version of the LG V20, right down to the secondary display on top of the phone.

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These paid Android games are free for a limited time, grab them while you can!

Looking for some nice new games to play on your Android smartphone? If that’s the case, you might be pleased to hear that several games that are usually paid are now available for free on Google Play.

This collection features several different genres, so we’ve made sure to include an image and video plus a short description below each title in order to aid you in the selection process.

Also, make sure to check out the end of sale times for each game below the respective download link. At the time of writing (July 19th), some of these titles only have about …

Check out these premium Android icon packs, now free for a limited time on Google Play!

If you’ve been following our various columns on Android customization, then you should know by now that we have a soft sport for custom icon packs around here. And how couldn’t we? Applying a custom icon set is like giving your home screen a fresh coat of paint and is among the basic rights of every Android user out there!

There’s no such thing as having too many icon packs and don’t you believe anyone who tells you the opposite! Okay, okay, we kid, but we do like custom icon packs and we also like sharing our favorites with you, the readers!

And this …

Sudden traffic jam? Google Maps will now tell you when is the best time to leave

Google Maps has been displaying color-coded traffic info for a while now, painting the most congested areas in your city in red during rush hour, for instance, but it has just now become so confident in its traffic jam telling abilities, that the app is going into the prediction business.

When you tap “Directions” to go to a place in Google Maps now, and choose the car driving option, the “Route info” tab at the bottom left corner of the display will pull up not only the turn-by-turn recap of the trip, complete with Street View snapshots of each junction, but will …

Consumer advocacy groups ask Attorney General Sessions to block AT&T's purchase of Time Warner

Several consumer advocacy groups have written U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking him to block AT&T’s purchase of Time Warner. The groups worry that AT&T would lose the incentive to widely distribute Time Warner programming after closing on the $85.4 billion transaction. The seven groups asking Sessions to block the deal include Common Cause, Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union, Public Knowledge and other groups.

In a letter written to the Attorney General, executives of the seven firms said that approving the deal could lead to a stifling of innovation in the …

Time running out for Apple to embed Touch ID on iPhone 8; premium model could cost $1,200 or more

According to a trio of analysts from KeyBanc Capital Markets named Andy Hargreaves, John Vinh and Josh Beck, time is running out on Apple if the company plans on embedding Touch ID under the screen of the Apple iPhone 8. A note issued by the three to KeyBanc clients indicates that Apple has until next month to get Touch ID to work under the screen with the same speed and accuracy that iPhone users expect from the feature.

The note was acquired by financial publication Barron’s and says that Apple continues to struggle producing a fingerprint sensor that works under the display. The company …

Samsung may have passed Apple's profits for the first time, buoyed by Q2 chip sales

According to Cheong Chang-won from Nomura Securities: “A super cycle was expected for Samsung’s semiconductor and display businesses, but it has turned out to be an ultra-super cycle for the memory chip business.” A hint of how would that ultra cycle translate to Samsung’s earnings was given on Friday, when the company issued its mandated profit forecast for Q2, saying that it has likely made $12.1 billion in operating profit.
Since Samsung usually reports the final audited numbers a few weeks after its forecast with a very small margin of surprise, …

These premium Android icon packs are free for a limited time, grab them while you can!

If you love to customize your Android phone, you might be pleased to hear that several icon packs that are usually paid are now available for free on Google Play. Typically, the price of these icon packs is $1 or more, but now it’s possible to download them free of charge.

This assortment should give you some ideas for your next custom home screen masterpiece, just make sure you pick a nice wallpaper to match. Keep in mind that the freebie period on most of those ends in a few hours, so act swiftly!

You can get a preview of each icon pack in the gallery above. …

It's Adventure Time for Minecraft Pocket Edition players!

Minecraft players rejoice! Mojang has just announced that the highly-anticipated Adventure Time mash-up pack for Minecraft Pocket Edition is available for download earlier than expected.

Although it was initially meant to make its debut on PC and consoles first, and then to mobile devices at a later date, the developers were able to release Adventure Time at the same time on all compatible platforms.

Adventure Time is more than just a skin pack though, as players will notice that the entire land of Ooo will be taking over their Minecraft world. Lots of iconic …

Pokemon GO celebrates one year anniversary with special Pikachu, limited time items

Developer Niantic kicked off celebrations of Pokemon GO’s one year anniversary a few weeks ago with a series of in-game events that will give players the chance to win limited time items and hunt for special Pokemon.

As some of you might be aware of, Pokemon GO was launched last year in July, and since then, players have caught more than 125 billion Pokemon. Today, the developers announced a special event that will run from July 6 at 1:00 PM PDT to July 24 at 1:00 PM PDT.

During the event, players will be able to catch a special Pikachu wearing Ash’s famous …