Flashtool Updated To Support Xperia Xz2 And Xa2 Devices (0.9.25.0)

Flashtool updated to support Xperia XZ2 and XA2 devices (0.9.25.0)

Flashtool is one of the most useful pieces of third-party software to help upgrade/downgrade or change regional firmware for Sony Xperia devices. Developer Androxyde has updated the utility to version 0.9.25.0 which adds support for 2018 Sony Xperia handsets, including the Xperia XZ2 and XA2 range.

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Nintendo Switch Vertical Grip Accessory Launched On Kickstarter

Nintendo Switch Vertical Grip Accessory Launched On Kickstarter

The Nintendo Switch for the most part has been designed to be played horizontally. However there are some games, such as classic arcade titles, that will be played vertically, but that also means that the current way the Joy-Cons are held will no longer be possible. However the Flip Grip is an accessory that will change that.

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Google Revamps Account Safety On Android

Google Revamps Account Safety On Android


Google today announced that it’s introducing an improved Google Account experience for Android devices. The new experience brings features that will enable users to more easily navigate their account and configure the more prominent security and privacy options. They will find detailed summaries of relevant information associated with their account.

The relevant information includes personal information, devices, payment methods, purchases, subscriptions, contacts, and reservations.

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Google Chrome On Android Can Now Download Articles For Offline Viewing

Google Chrome On Android Can Now Download Articles For Offline Viewing

One of the perks of living in a developed country is that when it comes to the internet infrastructure, it is widely available, fast, and for the most part reliable. However there are some countries in the world where fast and stable internet is something of a luxury, but the good news is that Google is here to help.

In the latest update to its Chrome browser for Android, Google has introduced a new feature that will automatically download articles for offline viewing. Now Google has in the past introduced offline features for Chrome, but this takes it to the next level with automated downloads.

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Latest Microsoft Edge Beta For Android Features Adblock Plus Integration

Latest Microsoft Edge Beta For Android Features AdBlock Plus Integration

While Microsoft Edge is a huge improvement over Internet Explorer in terms of speed and features, unfortunately it still has yet to fully catch on. However Microsoft might be giving users a good reason to make the switch, at least as far as mobile is concerned thanks to an update to the Android beta.

In the latest beta of Microsoft Edge on Android, it seems that Microsoft has included Adblock Plus integration into the browser. What does this mean? As the name already implies, integrating Adblock Plus means that users can expect that ads they come across while browsing the web will be blocked, at least those that haven't been whitelisted.

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Brand New 'microsoft News' App Now Available On Ios & Android

Brand New 'Microsoft News' App Now Available On iOS & Android

These days we're starting to see more companies launch news platforms of their own. For example Google launched a revamped version recently, and with macOS Mojave, Apple has also extended its Apple News feature to the desktop. However it looks like Microsoft wants in on the news action as well.

Microsoft has recently announced the launch of a new app called Microsoft News. This is an app that will be available on both iOS and Android, and as the name suggests, this is an app that will deliver news to users. However as Microsoft points out, this isn't a brand new endeavor, but rather they are taking their experience and engine that powers MSN.com and putting it into an app.

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Nintendo Cracks Down On Switch Game Card Piracy

Nintendo Cracks Down On Switch Game Card Piracy

Piracy is generally frowned upon, even if some developers aren't so strict about it, but in the case of Nintendo it seems that the company is taking piracy very seriously. According to reports, it seems that Nintendo is now starting to ban certain certificates issued to game cards by checking to see if they might have been illegally obtained.

While it is Nintendo's right to fight back against piracy, there are many gamers out there who are questioning what will become to the used game market as a result of this. Right now gamers are reporting that only the gamecart's certificates are banned, not the Switch itself. As you might have heard, a report from last month revealed that Nintendo had gone after modders/hackers by banning their Switches from online play.

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Xperia Xz2 Goes Up Against Other Flagships In Water Resistance Test

Xperia XZ2 goes up against other flagships in water resistance test

The Xperia XZ2 is IP65 and IP68 dust and water resistant, as many flagships from Sony have been in the past. Sony has some pedigree in this area, being one of the first manufacturers to launch water resistant smartphones in the past. Youtuber Matthew Moniz put a number of current flagships to test to see how well they fared being dunked in water.

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Sony Brushes Off Display Issues On Xperia Xz1 And Xz2 Range

Sony brushes off display issues on Xperia XZ1 and XZ2 range

Since the Xperia XZ1 was released in September 2017 we have seen a number of reports from people suffering with strange display-related issues, where lines and dots may emerge if the screen is touched/rubbed frequently. The lines do disappear after a while, but it can be distracting nonetheless to anything you are viewing on your display.

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Sony Mobile Is The Fastest Oem To Provide Firmware Updates

Sony Mobile is the fastest OEM to provide firmware updates

Okay this might not be the official definitive source, but Android Authority recently published a report on which Android manufacturer updates their phones the fastest. They have looked at which Android OEMs updated to Android Oreo the fastest (outside of Google's Pixel devices).

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Sony Playstation Hits Offer Discounts On Great Games

Sony PlayStation Hits Offer Discounts On Great Games


Many great titles have been released for the PlayStation 4 over the past couple of years and if you missed out on any of them, Sony is now providing you with an incentive to pick one up. The company today announced the launch of its PlayStation Hits offer through which it’s offering these titles at discounted rates.

PlayStation Hits is a selection of “incredible” PlayStation 4 games that have been discounted. Prices for these titles start at $19.99 and they range from epics to family-friendly titles so there’s bound to be something for everyone.

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Dedicated Google Podcasts App Launched For Android

Dedicated Google Podcasts App Launched For Android


Google has never offered a dedicated podcasts app for Android before but it’s finally making amends. Its rival Apple already has a separate Podcasts app for its mobile devices and Google is now following suit with a dedicated Podcasts app for Android. Prior to this app, users could either listen to podcasts in Google Play Music or use an obscure player integrated into Android’s search feature.

Google is now making it much easier to listen to Podcasts on Android devices with a dedicated Google Podcasts app that’s available for download starting today for free. The app offers users access to a wide variety of podcasts that will automatically be synced with other Google services that the user relies upon, such as Google Assistant.

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Former Sony Head Claims Fortnite Cross - Play Blocked Due To ‘money'

Former Sony Head Claims Fortnite Cross-Play Blocked Due To ‘Money'


Fornite was launched on the Nintendo Switch recently and PlayStation 4 owners don’t get progression sync or cross-play with the console, much like how it is with the Xbox One. The block prevents the player from carrying over their progress, purchases, and skins from Fortnite on PlayStation 4 to either console. Joe Smedley, the former boss of Sony Online Entertainment, claims that the block is due to “money.”

Fortnite players on PlayStation 4 can’t use their account when they play the game on any other console. Which means they need to make another account with separate purchases, progress, and skins for Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, both of which place no such bar on their players.

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Android Messages For The Web Is Now Live

Android Messages For The Web Is Now Live

In a way it is a little ironic when you think about how when smartphones were on the rise, developers were rushing to bring desktop apps onto mobile. For example services that were typically accessed via the desktop, such as Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Skype, and so on were quickly given mobile apps.

However fast forward to today, a lot of those mobile apps now have desktop counterparts, such as WhatsApp, LINE, KakaoTalk, and more. In fact it looks like Google is joining the crowd with the launch of Android Messages for the web. "Today and over the next week, we'll begin rolling out Messages for web, one of our top-requested features that lets you send and receive texts from your computer."

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