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The PS4 vs Xbox One – What Matters Now

GottaBeMobile - 11 hours 25 min ago

The PS4 vs Xbox One – What Matters Now is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

It’s 2014 and we’ve finally made it through the launch period of the first new generation of gaming and entertainment systems in almost a decade.

We’re only eight months into this console generation. You’d think that in the short time that has passed since launch there wouldn’t be a ton of difference in how the PS4 compares against the Xbox One. But there is, and users thinking about purchasing either console have slightly different things they should be taking into account.

Should you buy an Xbox One or a PS4? The answer is complex, but price shouldn’t be the only factor.

Here’s a complete breakdown of what you need to know before choosing between the Xbox One or PS4 now, roughly eight months after launch and two months before the holiday buying season kicks off.


With the Xbox One and PS4 being less than a year old, you’d think that nothing about the hardware – that is, the device you plug into your television set and insert game discs into – has changed.

For the most part, it hasn’t. The PS4 is still the more powerful console as far as internals are concerned.

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The final version of Destiny will look just as good on the Xbox One as it does on the PS4 thanks to recent changes.

That being said, you shouldn’t base your buying decision off this alone, I suspect that in many cross-platform games it’s hard to tell the difference between games running on both. Microsoft has also changed its software so that video game developers can boost performance of games that don’t use the Kinect 2 sensor. That software change is how Destiny developer Bungie plans to release an Xbox One version of the game that has full 1080p resolution.

Looks are always going to be important to some people and the PS4 still wins out in that category.

The Xbox One is every bit the VCR-like black box with vents that users got last fall while the PS4 has a more angular body. Both consoles have new white variants coming that could make this a bit more interesting. There’s a special Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Xbox One coming later this year that gives the Xbox One its first real themed paint job.

Everyone who purchases an Xbox One still gets a chat headset, power cable HDMI cable and a single wireless controller. Users who opt for the $499 version get a Kinect 2 sensor as well. PS4 buyers get a wireless controller, headset, USB cable, HDMI cable, power cable and the console itself.


The Xbox One’s controller remains a huge liability. It’s comfortable to hold and feels great in the hand, but it misses the innovation mark on a couple of different levels. First, there’s no built-in headset jack like there is with the PS4. Second, there’s no rechargeable battery in the Xbox One controller, either. One of these alone would be enough for a raised eye, but that someone at Microsoft thought not including both these things in order to save on costs was a good idea is a bit troubling.

PS4 controller and the Xbox One controller.

The Xbox One’s Play and Charge Kit costs $25. The Xbox One’s Stereo Headset Adapter costs an Additional $25. There’s no getting around it – today the PS4’s DualShock 4 controller still puts the Xbox One controller to shame.

Price & Bundles

The Xbox One loses when it comes to the controller flat out, but lately Microsoft has improved on other core experiences in huge ways.

You finally get to choose whether you get the Xbox One’s Kinect 2 sensor or not. In early June the company released an Xbox One console that doesn’t include the Kinect 2 sensor and has a price tag of just $399. The $499 Xbox One with Kinect 2 sensor is still available, though. New Xbox One bundles that include games at no additional charge are also popping up everywhere. Today there’s the Madden 15 Xbox One bundle for just $399. Forza 5 and Titanfall have their own bundles, too.

Read: Xbox One Bundles – Which to Buy 

By comparison Sony isn’t giving users free bundled games inside the box. Instead, it’s counting on them to set up an account and join PlayStation Plus, which isn’t a bad strategy. It’s just not as straight forward. Microsoft gives Xbox One users with an Xbox Live Gold account two free games a month too, but it’s changed its program to match the PS4. When your subscription stops on either console, your free games stop working. The PS4 still costs $399 and has only a single hardware configuration.


No matter what you might hear, these consoles are still very focused on providing users with a decent gaming experience. A lot has changed about gaming, but one thing that has remained constant is why users purchase a specific console: exclusive games are still the keys to success, that one thing that can overcome sluggish sales and botched initial launches.

There are many games available on both the PS4 and Xbox One.


With its E3 2014 Media Briefing Microsoft focused heavily on games. The company spent two hours hauling out game developer after game developer. Here’s how the company’s exclusives shake out so far. If you’re a fan of first-person shooters the Xbox One will be the only console you can play Halo 5: The Guardians on next year. Xbox One owners can also expect a new edition of Crackdown, and the next Tomb Raider game to be available on the platform before it goes anywhere else. This year there’s Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Sunset Overdrive.

Read: The 10 Best Xbox One, PS4 & Wii U games from E3 2014

PS4 users do get a bunch of special games of their own. Uncharted 4 is coming at some point. DriveClub is coming later this year too. It’s also definitely worth noting that the PS4 has the only real next-generation baseball game in town with MLB 14: The Show. To baseball fans, that has to be worth three exclusives alone.

The PS4 and Xbox One each come with exclusive titles.

Both consoles are heavily courting and promoting titles by independent developers too. Today the PS4 boasts dozens of decent indie games to buy on the cheap. It also has an impressive array of free-to-play games available, like DC Universe Online. Microsoft isn’t doing nearly as well in the free-to-play games space. That being said, it is getting Dungeons and Dragons, in the form of Neverwinter, sometime next year. Free-to-play games don’t have a cover charge but do include extras that users have to pay for.

Today, that’s the gaming ball-game for the Xbox One and PS4. More nuanced buyers will also want to explore specific topics, like how many entertainment apps each has or whether one console’s online multiplayer network is markedly better than the other. I file those as personal indicators, things that you’ll want to examine based on your own outlook. Mostly, that’s because they’re really debatable.

For example, Microsoft was the first to introduce an online gaming service, but hasn’t really introduced anything as innovative as the PlayStation Now video game streaming service that Sony revealed earlier this year. On the other hand, the PlayStation Network has had a few serious outages, and is routinely taken down for upgrades for hours.

It is worth noting that Microsoft has been super aggressive in updating the Xbox One with new features. Just this week a massive update containing external storage support for media and games began rolling out. Sony has done alright by PS4 buyers, adding coveted features every so often, but that’s nothing compared to what Microsoft has done.

The PS4 is on paper the most powerful console, but games on the Xbox One look just as good to the average gamer.

Choose what’s right for you.

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The PS4 vs Xbox One – What Matters Now is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.


5 Windows 8 Tablets That Beat the iPad Air

GottaBeMobile - 11 hours 25 min ago

5 Windows 8 Tablets That Beat the iPad Air is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Apple’s iPad Air tablet is the gold standard to which all other tablets are compared. It used to be that nothing else could come close to offering the wealth of features and lightweight design that are the iPad’s trademarks. Then, Microsoft launched Windows 8 and by taking some pretty drastic steps here and there, Microsoft has enabled its partners to build tablets that are just as unique and robust as the iPad.

Microsoft has been able to shore up its own iPad rival and convince its own partners to make their own by building on top of the solid foundation that was Windows 8, its latest and operating system for tablets, desktops and portables. In recent months the company has made Windows 8 more compact, so that it can be installed on tablets that don’t have a low amount of storage and still leave room for users to save their photos, videos and pictures. The company has also added toggles that allow users to hide the Start Screen if they choose and started giving away subscriptions to its Office 365 productivity suite.

Read: Windows 8.1 Review

The biggest change of all didn’t even come from Microsoft itself. Many device makers have decided to use Intel processors in their Windows 8 tablets, giving owners the ability to install apps from the Windows Store or on to the Desktop. That means users get to hang on to their essential apps like iTunes.

Here are 5 Windows tablets that are perfect alternatives to the iPad Air.

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You’d think Microsoft’s own Surface 2 tablet would be easy to forget about. The 10-inch tablet is a looker. Premium materials, sharp lines, rear and front-facing cameras and gorgeous display are all present here. So is a full-size USB port for connecting to printers and just about any other accessory one can think of.

The Surface 2 doesn’t just rival the iPad Air in terms of hardware, it’s the cost savings that users will appreciate. As of yesterday, anyone in the United States can pick up a Surface 2 with 32GB of built-in storage for $349.99. That’s $100 less than the tablet’s original price and $150 less than what Apple sells the iPad Air for. Included in that base price is a copy of Microsoft Office.

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Read: Surface 2 Review

There are some drawbacks: it’s one of the few Windows 8 tablets still being sold that doesn’t allow users to install apps to the Desktop. Windows Store apps are available to replace classic Windows apps like iTunes, though, so it’s not too big of a problem.

[ Buy the Surface 2 from the Microsoft Store for $349.99 ]

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5 Windows 8 Tablets That Beat the iPad Air is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.


iPhone 6 Rumors Spin Out of Control

GottaBeMobile - 15 hours 25 min ago

iPhone 6 Rumors Spin Out of Control is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

In one week Apple’s iPhone 6 launch event that is so big Apple needs to build a new structure to handle everything that they may announce on September 9th.

iPhone 6 rumors and leaks date back to 2012 with talk of an iPhone 6 prototype and reports that Apple will finally move to a higher resolution screen.

Over the past two years, iPhone 6 rumors slowly came together to show us what the new iPhone 6 will look like and what it will offer consumers. Although we still don’t know everything there is a very complete picture of the iPhone 6.

Now that Apple officially confirmed an event on September 9th, next Tuesday, we’ll likely see more information leak out in the home stretch to the official iPhone 6 unveiling that will lead to one of Apple’s traditionally quick iPhone 6 releases.

The latest iPhone 6 rumors swirl ahead of the Apple event next week.

For the last two weeks iPhone 6 rumors swirled online pointing to an iWatch companion making an appearance at the iPhone 6 event and more support for an iPhone 6 that you’ll be able to use as a credit card this fall.

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Along with the iPhone 6 we will see the public iOS 8 release date arrive in the coming weeks to bring new features to old iPhones, offering a free upgrade to users that don’t plan to buy a new iPhone in the coming weeks.

iPhone 6 Launch Event

We shared Apple’s plans to hold an iPhone 6 event on September 9th, and a day later the company sent out invites teasing the iPhone 6 launch. The invitations show an Apple logo and say, “Wish we could say more.” leaving the small clues about what Apple might announce off the invitation.

The iPhone 6 event is official, but now news yet on a live stream.

The iPhone 6 launch takes place at 10 AM Eastern on September 9th at Apple’s Flint Center for the Performing Arts. Apple is in the middle of adding a new structure or renovating part of this building for the launch. MacRumors shares photos of a three-story structure surrounded by security guards that will likely be part of a major launch.

Apple is construction a building for the iPhone 6 special event.

After teasing amazing products for the last year and Apple VP Eddy Cue boasting, “Later this year, we’ve got the best product pipeline that I’ve seen at Apple in my 25 years at Apple.”, it’s clear Apple is planning a big event. 

Just ahead of Apple sending out invitations Re/Code reported the iPhone 6 event is also where Apple will announce a wearable that is rumored as the iWatch. Soon after Bloomberg backed this up with a separate report that the iPhone 6 is not alone at the September 9th Apple event.

We’ve reached out to Apple to see if there is an iPhone 6 event live stream planned, but

iPhone 6 Release Date

The one thing you can count on about an iPhone 6 release date is that Apple will not let the special Apple Event in September end without announcing when you can buy the new iPhone. We may not know the exact date for a second larger iPhone 6 release date, but if that is the case you can count on some type of estimate from Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Another thing you can count on is a fast U.S. iPhone 6 release date. Even though China is a bigger part of Apple’s plans this year, U.S. customers will be among the first to buy an iPhone 6. You can expect to see the UK, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Australia, Hong Kong and others on the first slot as well.

When do you need to schedule your vacation day to take off for the iPhone 6 release? Even though Apple did not include that date on the special event invite, it is very likely that the U.S. iPhone 6 release date is set for September 19th. Apple normally releases a new iPhone the second Friday after an announcement.

The iPhone 6 release date is September 19th according to the data.

We expect a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 and reports suggest the larger model may arrive later. If that is that case we could see it arrive the following week or in October. If Apple indeed shows it off on stage we expect a ballpark release date and for it to arrive this year.

We don’t know if the new iPhone release date will include iPhone 6 pre-orders. Apple normally offers pre-orders, but in 2013 they did not offer any for the iPhone 5s. Apple wants to sell more iPhones in Apple Stores and they know the value of long lines in drumming up additional press coverage so we may see Apple keep iPhone 6 pre-orders off the table to drive more users to the store on the iPhone 6 release date.

You can count on Apple Stores and carriers like T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T, US Cellular and Sprint to open early for the iPhone 6 release date and for there to be limits to what you can buy and how you can buy them.

Smaller carriers like Cricket, C-Spire and Straight Talk will likely be on track for a later iPhone 6 release date.

iPhone 6 with NFC

Each new iPhone in the last few years included rumors of NFC support, which is a common feature on Android phones that allows users to share files and more importantly to make mobile payments.

With NFC, you can tap your phone on the credit card reader at stores where you see a small pad above the credit card slot and use any card you have electronically stored on your phone. It makes using multiple cards easier, but readers are not common enough that you’ll be able to leave your wallet at home just yet.

The iPhone 6 may include mobile payments with NFC.

An iPhone 6 with NFC and support for mobile payments could push more retailers to upgrade systems to accept mobile payments by tapping your phone.

iPhone 6 rumors long pointed to NFC in the new iPhone, but last week the details exploded with a report from Wired that the iPhone 6 will use NFC for mobile payments. John Gruber, an Apple insider, shared that NFC is also likely a feature for the iPhone 6, and that if you want to use mobile payments you will need to upgrade to the new iPhone. Re/Code, the initial source of many important iPhone 6 rumors this year, also backs up an iPhone 6 with NFC.

We don’t know what Apple will call the service or if there will be any restrictions, but if it is like current options you will be able to add any credit or debit card to the system, with checks in place to prevent fraud, and then choose the card you want to pay with at the time of purchase and tap the iPhone to the terminal to complete the sale.

iPhone 6 Parts

During the last week multiple iPhone 6 parts leaks show off new SIM card trays, home buttons and other items that match up to the iPhone 6 leaks.

This iPhone 6 part (bottom) matches the iPhone 6 design.

The most important detail from these iPhone 6 parts leaks is the SIM card tray is not straight, but curved to match the curved iPhone 6 design. Leaked Apple logos, speakers and other parts also appear as we near the iPhone 6 event next week.

We could see more iPhone 6 parts and details leak this week in the run up to the iPhone 6 event on September 9th.

This week Motorola announces the Moto X+1 and the Moto 360, their beautiful new smartwatch that will go head to head with the iWatch. It would not be a shock to see a planned leak from Apple arrive right as Motorola shares the official details.

Samsung also announces the Galaxy Note 4 this week which is a prime competitor for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6, so we could hear more about Apple’s biggest iPhone ever soon after Samsung’s event.

For the latest iPhone 6 rumors and details you can check out our current iPhone 6 coverage above, and the iPhone 6 slide show below will catch you up on the most likely iPhone 6 rumors including screen size, details, features and iOS 8.

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The iPhone 6 release date is September 19th according to Apple's traditional timeline and our best prediction based on current rumors and plans. This may change and there is a chance that we will see two iPhone 6 release dates thanks to a slower start for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6. 

Here's how we get to an iPhone 6 release date on Friday September 19th. 

Re/Code and The Wall Street Journal report Apple's plans to hold an iPhone 6 event on September 9th. 

From this date we can work out that the iPhone 6 release date is roughly a week and a half later, on September 19th. This is the timing Apple used for the last several iPhone releases. 

If Apple decides to offer iPhone 6 pre-orders expect them to go live at midnight Pacific on September 12th, but this is not a given.

The larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 release date may arrive later on the last Friday in September or even in October.

Expect to see Apple Stores and carriers open early on the iPhone 6 release date with lines around the store to get an iPhone 6 right away, even in small towns.  

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iPhone 6 Rumors Spin Out of Control is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.


iWatch Release May See a $400 High-End Model

GottaBeMobile - 17 hours 15 min ago

iWatch Release May See a $400 High-End Model is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

The iWatch is expected to be announced next week on September 9 during Apple’s late-summer event where the company will most likely also announce the iPhone 6. While the wearable device is said to not be released until next year, many are wondering about the price point, and a new report says that you can expect to pay around $400 for the high-end model of the iWatch.

According to Re/Code, if you want the best iWatch model money can buy, expect to pay as much cash as an iPad mini with Retina display, since it’s said that $400 could be the price tag of the priciest iWatch model. However, there will obviously be lower-cost models for the more frugal consumers in the market.

Many of the smartwatches today are priced in the $200-$300 price range, including the Pebble Steel and Moto 360, so it would make sense if Apple offered an iWatch model around this price point as well.

Of course, this is all just rumor for now, and we’re taking it with a grain of salt, but Re/Code has been a reliable source for Apple rumors, so we wouldn’t be surprised if these rumors turned out to be true.

The big question is, will Apple provide a price for the iWatch if they announce the device on September 9. Maybe, maybe not. If recent rumors are correct, we won’t actually see the iWatch launch until early 2015 at some point, and Apple might not even have a price point written in stone by the time September 9 rolls around.

In any case, this type of release timeline will be similar to a couple of past products from Apple. It will be an approach similar to that of the release of the Mac Pro, which didn’t launch to the public until over six months from its announcement date. We wouldn’t be surprised if the Cupertino-based company was take a similar approach with the iWatch, announcing it next month and not releasing it until next year at some point when it’s ready.

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The iWatch will most likely contain a lot of new technology and parts that have barely been out on the market, including flexible OLED displays, sapphire glass, and a myriad of sensors. Plus, redesigning iOS for the iWatch may prove to be a difficult task for Apple.

The iWatch has been one of the most-rumored Apple devices of this year, right alongside the iPhone 6 and new iPads that we will also most likely see pop up in the fall. Apple has been very quiet about its upcoming product line, but we’ve already heard a few hints about the iWatch from Apple employees.

You might remember when some “lower-level employees” from Apple anonymously mentioned the development of the Apple smartwatch and described CEO Tim Cook’s level of involvement, saying that the company’s CEO isn’t all too involved with the iWatch in the first place, leaving that kind of responsibility to other executives.

Having Apple employees themselves talk about upcoming projects is a huge leak, and while they could be subtly poking fun at the media circus surrounding the latest Apple rumors by mentioning a “smartwatch,” (similar to how Tim Cook jokingly said the company was working on an iRing), it wouldn’t be surprising if they were actually telling the truth.

As for other rumors about the iWatch that have been reported in the recent past, there are claims that it will sport a curved OLED display and run a modified version of iOS 8. A display like this wouldn’t be far-fetched, but an earlier rumor suggests that the iWatch will have a circular display. We highly doubt that the iWatch will sport both a circular and curved display, so we’re taking both reports with a grain of salt, but either one sounds rather logical at this point, although a 2.5-inch (the rumored size) rounded display would be a bit large, so we’ll really just have to wait and see.

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iWatch Release May See a $400 High-End Model is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.


Moto 360 vs iWatch: What Buyers Can Expect

GottaBeMobile - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 16:17

Moto 360 vs iWatch: What Buyers Can Expect is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Moto 360 and the iWatch are not the first smartwatch options to arrive, but with a round face and deep iPhone connectivity they offer something new that consumers are clearly excited about.

Apple and Motorola are poised to join Android Wear and the Pebble smart watch along with a variety of fitness trackers that also act as a smart watch to some extent.

Eyes are on Motorola and Apple as we wait to see how much consumers want a smartwatch and what will convince them to buy a Moto 360 or an iWatch.

The Moto 360 is official, but we still don’t know the exact Moto 360 release while the iWatch is completely off the books from Apple, but reports show the company plans to announce the iWatch at a special iPhone 6 launch on September 9th.

Here’s a look at how the iWatch vs Moto 360 comparison stacks up. Concept by Martin Hajek.

Here’s a look at important details about these two devices, that may even influence which smartphone you buy this fall. If you can live with an iPhone or Android, but like one of these smartwatches better you’ll need to pick your phone after you pick your watch.

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The Moto 360 release date is not known, but Motorola is hosting a special event on September 4th where the company will likely announce the Moto X+1 and the Moto 360. At this event we expect to learn the specific Moto 360 release date that could come as soon as the following week.

Despite listing a full-page of Moto 360 details, Motorola is quiet on the price. A recent leak on Best Buy showed the Moto 360 price as $250. This is more expensive than the other Android Wear devices by $20 to $50. This is the same price as the Pebble Steel and $100 more than the basic pebble.

The Moto 360 release date should beat the iPhone 6 release date easily.

The iWatch release date rumors are all across the board with holiday season to 2015 as possible options, but a new report suggests Apple plans to announce the iWatch on September 9th at a special event for the iPhone 6. Apple sent out invites confirming the iPhone 6 event on Thursday of last week.

If Apple does announce the iWatch on September 9th it is possible that the actual iWatch release may not arrive until October or November. When Apple announces a brand new product we often see a longer gap between an event and a release. The latest report suggests the iWatch release may come as late as 2015.

Although there are no firm details on the iWatch price, it makes sense to plan on paying over $200. Some analysts predict a normal and a premium model, but all of that remains unclear until Apple announces the iWatch.

Design Differences

We already know what the Moto 360 looks like, but we still don’t know exactly what materials Motorola plans to use. The Moto 360 features a round display and the circular part around it is made of metal. In the promo video below we see customization options that include new leather bands to change the look of the overall watch by swapping out bands and picking a black or aluminum face.

The round face is one thing that helps the Moto 360 stand out among early smartwatch options and it could help compete with the iWatch.

Apple is keeping the iWatch design a tightly held secret so far, which plays into the possibility of a large gap between the announcement and the iWatch release date.

We simply don’t know if the iWatch design will offer a square watch face or if Apple can deliver a stunning circle display like the Moto 360. Other options include a band that looks more like a traditional fitness band.

The video above shows one iWatch concept, but there are many other potential iWatch designs Apple could use, including something that more closely matches the iPhone 6 design.

Moto 360 vs iWatch Features

These new smartwatch options can do much more than tell you the time. When comparing the iWatch and the Moto 360 it is clear that Motorola positions this device as a watch not a fitness band. We don’t know how the iWatch features will place it in the marketplace, but with a new health app in iOS 8 it is very possible that the iWatch will include more health tracking sensors.

The video below offers a good look at the Moto 360 features. from the customizable watch faces to the card notifications that look a lot like Google Now and the ability to show the info on your phone. You can also use your voice to start a command or conversation. There is an ambient light sensor and a sensor to allow users to turn the display on with a gesture.

Once again we are short on details about the iWatch, until Apple makes an announcement next week. That is assuming rumors are true and Apple is ready to share the iWatch features with us. Reports do indicate that it will be able to show notifications, pair to your iPhone and handle health tracking like a pedometer and other items.

Display Details

The Moto 360 display is the reason for much of its attention. The curved display is not a complete circle thanks to sensors and the display driver, but the watchface is a circle like a classic watch. According to the Best Buy Moto 3670 leak the display measures 1.5-inch in diameter with a 320 x 290 resolution.

The Moto 360 display is an attention grabber.

Rumors suggest Apple plans an iWatch with multiple display sizes to fit large and small wrists, but like the design, iWatch display details are certainly lacking at this point.

Software & Compatibility

There is no chance that Apple will announce an iWatch that connects to Android smartphones and we already know that Android Wear only works with new Android phones.

With that in mind you will need to make sure you buy the watch that works with your phone, or be prepared to switch to a new iPhone or Android phone this fall.

Android Wear devices can run Android Wear Apps, specially designed versions for the smaller screen and limited power of a smart watch.

Although it is not clear what Apple plans to do early reports suggested the iWatch runs full iOS, which gives hope for iWatch apps. It would be a surprise to see Apple announce an iWatch without any third-party app support.

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Moto 360 vs iWatch: What Buyers Can Expect is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.


4 iOS 7 Cydia Tweaks That Block Ads

GottaBeMobile - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 15:15

4 iOS 7 Cydia Tweaks That Block Ads is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

Ads are annoying and they take up space on your screen. Plus, since mobile devices have smaller screens, users need all the screen space they can get, and if most of it is taken up by ads, it can be a real bummer. Here are a few iOS 7 Cydia tweaks that block ads on your jailbroken iPhone or iPad.

We’ve already discussed a ton of iOS 7 Cydia tweaks that dramatically improve the iOS 7 experience, but advertisements on iOS can get a bit out of control, whether it’s in games or browsing the web in Safari. Since ads are something that everyone can get annoyed with, we figured that listing some jailbreak tweaks that block ads could be a good topic to talk about.

We all hate it when we accidentally tap on ads in games that we’re playing, especially when they’re placed strategically so that it’s almost impossible not to tap on them. Even if that isn’t the case, flashy ads can take away your focus in a heated game, and that’s the last you probably want.

So here are four iOS 7 Cydia tweaks that you can download from Cydia that will remove ads in various apps across iOS.


Video streaming apps usually come with all sorts of restrictions, from ads playing to age restrictions to no HD availability without paying for it. However, a tweak called StreamEnhancer aims to fix this.

StreamEnhancer works with a wide variety of video streaming apps, including YouTube, Twitch, Hulu Plus, as well as a couple of television network streaming apps like NBC and Comedy Central.

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The tweak can remove ads and get rid of age restrictions depending on the app. You can even use this tweak to get by cable provider requirements in order watch video content. There’s arguably a lot you can do with the YouTube app with the tweak installed, blocks ads, remove age restrictions, and stream HD without having WiFi.


Ad blockers aren’t a new jailbreak tweak by any means, but one of the more popular options, called AdBlocker, has been updated with iOS 7 support. The tweak blocks any and all ads in mobile web browsers like Safari and Chrome, as well as apps that have ads in them (such as the free version of paid apps, etc.).

AdBlocker by itself doesn’t block iAds or AdMob, unfortunately, so you’ll need an extension for the tweak that will block these. Luckily, AdBlockerNetwork is the one you’ll need and it’s free. You’ll have to add a new repo to Cydia in order to get the tweak (, so to do that, open up Cydia and tap on theManage tab. Then navigate to Sources > Edit > Add and type in the repo web address.

After you add the repo address, return to Cydia and search for the AdBlockerNetwork tweak to download and install it.


This one isn’t necessarily strictly about advertisements, but NoRedirect2AppStore does get rid of a redirect annoyance for a lot of users.

Once installed, whenever you click on a link in Safari or other mobile web browser that would normally take you the App Store without warning, you now get a pop-up that asks you whether or not you want to be redirected to the App Store.

You can also choose to copy the App Store URL to that app in case you want to share it with a friend.


If you’re sick of seeing promoted tweets in Twitter or other sponsored posts in social networking apps, NoSocialAds is a tweak that gets rid of these annoying posts.

It’s still a tweak that’s a work in progress, since Facebook isn’t yet supported, and Zuckerberg’s social network is perhaps the worst offender when it comes to advertisements.

However, the developer of the app does a good job of constantly updating his tweaks, and he’s even said himself that he’s working on an update that will include blocking various Facebook sponsored posts.

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4 iOS 7 Cydia Tweaks That Block Ads is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.


3 Reasons We’ll See An iPod Touch 6th-Gen with the iPhone 6

GottaBeMobile - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 18:15

3 Reasons We’ll See An iPod Touch 6th-Gen with the iPhone 6 is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

We’re just days away from the unveiling of the iPhone 6, which Apple has penciled in for September 9, but could it also be the day when we finally see the new iPod Touch 6th-generation?

It’s certainly a long shot, especially during every quarter when Apple announces its sales numbers for its iOS devices, the iPod lineup sees increasingly lower sales every quarter. That’s not a bad thing, per se, as it means buyers are purchasing more iPhones instead, but it gives Apple less reason to release a new iPod Touch, and with a lot of consumers still wanting an iPhone experience without the hefty monthly charges that come it, the iPod Touch is still a wanted item.

It’s possible that we could see a new iPod Touch announced at the iPhone 6 event on September 9, and here three reasons why it’s completely possible.

New iPhone Design Means New iPod Touch Design

The last time a new iPod Touch was announced was during the iPhone 5 event two years ago. Since the iPhone 5 received a complete makeover over the iPhone 4s and iPhone 4, Apple most likely thought that the iPod Touch deserved the same treatment, giving the portable media player a new look and the same larger 4-inch screen.

So with the iPhone 6 sporting a larger screen and an all-new design, it’s very likely that Apple will go ahead and do the same for the iPod Touch, possibly giving it a 4.7-inch screen as well, along with a new design the refresh the iPhone-without-the-phone device.

Of course, the 5th-generation iPod Touch still has a relatively modern design that isn’t really outdated, but the same can be said for the iPhone 5′s design, which was duplicated for the iPhone 5s. However, Apple is redesigning the iPhone anyway, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see the same with the iPod Touch come next month.

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You’ve probably heard the phrase before: “iPods are dead!” To some people, that very well may be true, but there are billions of people on the Earth who would probably prefer to have an iPod Touch over an iPhone.

For starters, iPod Touches provide you with the iOS experience without the hefty monthly service charges that come with an iPhone. This is perfect for kids and even adults who don’t want to pay the premium carrier fees that come with owning a smartphone, Buying an iPod Touch allows you to have an iPhone of sorts, but without paying $70 per month for the privilege. So there are definitely still people out there who buy iPods.

Of course, the dipping quarterly sales of the iPod lineup don’t make much of a case for Apple to want to continue making iPods, but we certainly don’t think the company would ever get rid of all of its iPods completely.

It’s Simply Just Time

It’s been two years since the iPod Touch has seen a major redesign. In between that time we’ve seen a few updates, like a new Space Gray color added to the iPod Touch line, as well as the 16GB iPod Touch model updated with an added camera, lower price, and more color options.

However, it’s simply just time for an all-new iPod Touch. You can’t have the iPhone 6 with its new design and the larger 4.7-inch screen without a redesigned iPod Touch to stand alongside to.

Of course, numerous rumors have pointed to the possibility that Apple will most likely skip the iPod Touch in 2014, but we strangely have faith that Apple will indeed announce an all-new iPod Touch come September 9. Are we 100% positive that the Cupertino-based company will announce a new iPod Touch next month? Of course not, but it just makes sense for Apple to do so, and we certainly wouldn’t be surprised to see it happen.

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3 Reasons We’ll See An iPod Touch 6th-Gen with the iPhone 6 is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.


iPhone 6 Video You Have to See This Weekend

GottaBeMobile - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 17:49

iPhone 6 Video You Have to See This Weekend is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

A new iPhone 6 video has emerged ahead of the iPhone 6 launch date on September 9th.

For weeks, iPhone 6 rumors have been swirling around, teasing details about the iPhone 6 specs, iPhone 6 release date, and more. With an iPhone 6 launch date now set for September 9th in Cupertino, iPhone 6 leaks have picked up speed and thanks to a new video, we now have a look at what the iPhone 6 could look like when it arrives later on this year.

Feld & Volk, a luxury vendor that modifies iPhones for resale, has posted a new video that appears to show an iPhone 6 that’s cobbled together using various components including rear shell, display, and internals. In fact, this iPhone 6 model is so sophisticated that it’s able to boot to the ‘Connect to iTunes’ screen, giving us a glimpse at what a working iPhone 6 could look like.

The vendor put the iPhone 6 together using various pieces that it has acquired over the last few months. And while it can’t get to a home screen running iOS 8, this is still one of the most complete versions of a pre-release iPhone 6 that we’ve seen. Most iPhone 6 videos have shown off alleged iPhone 6 models or iPhone 6 clones from China.

It’s important to note that the iPhone 6 in this video uses the design that we’ve seen leak out over and over again ahead of the iPhone 6 release date. The iPhone 6′s design is rumored to be thin, perhaps as thin as 7mm, and feature all of the usual bells and whistles including metal, a Lightning port, a SIM card tray, a headphone jack, volume rocker, and a power button.

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The iPhone 6 design is also expected to include Touch ID embedded inside of the home button and two larger display sizes that measure 4.7-inches and 5.5-inches. iPhone 6 rumors have focused on these two sizes, both of which would be a big step up from the 4-inch Retina Display that’s found on the current iPhone, the iPhone 5s.

It’s not clear what pieces this iPhone 6 uses but iPhone 6 rumors continue to point to upgraded internals including a 16MP camera that takes advantage of image stabilization technology and an A8 processor that will be a step up from last year’s 64-bit A7 chip. Apple’s new A8 processor is expected to focus on performance with battery life as a focus. It’s also rumored to be attached to a new M8 co-processor that could offer several new sensors.

The iPhone 6 specs might also include Near-Field Communication, a chip that would allow users to pay for goods and services at brick and mortar stores, tons of internal storage including a 128GB model, and iOS 8, the software that Apple’s expected to detail alongside the new iPhone 6 at its September 9th launch event at DeAnza College in Cupertino.

The iPhone 6 release date should arrive on September 19th, near the Moto X+1 release.

Apple’s new iPhone 6 might be leaking out like crazy but consumers are likely going to have to wait at least a few weeks for the iPhone 6 release date to arrive. iPhone 6 release date rumors put the device’s release inside September with the week of September 15th being the focal point ahead of Apple’s big announcement.

The company’s iPhone 6 launch will come just a few short days after Samsung takes the stage on September 3rd to announce the new Galaxy Note 4, an iPhone 6 competitor that’s expected to come with a handful of upgrades including a 5.7-inch Quad HD display. Motorola is also set to take the stage on September 4th to announce two brand new flagship smartphones including the Moto X+1 and the all new Moto G2.

All three of these new smartphones are expected to arrive in the month of September, putting added pressure on Apple to deliver a high-end iPhone 6 to consumers around the world. From the look of things, the company is on track to do just that.

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iPhone 6 Video You Have to See This Weekend is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.


How To Share Xbox One Games with Friends

GottaBeMobile - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 14:41

How To Share Xbox One Games with Friends is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Originally, Microsoft’s Xbox One console would have allowed users to loan out parts of their library to friends and family. That original plan didn’t pan out, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a way for you to still share your Xbox One games with your friends and family.

Sharing games with friends is a time-honored ritual. In an age where you want to be able to talk to your friends and family about a hot new release, simply loaning them your copy has turned into an easy way for the family to experience a new game on the cheap.

Microsoft hasn’t yet announced a new specific feature that allows users to share their games. That being said, last year it did reveal a little talked about feature called Xbox Live Home Gold.

Read: Xbox One Review: My Experience Six Months Later

Xbox Live Home Gold is all about enabling you to take your games with you anywhere. With Home Gold, users are able to assign a specific Xbox One console as their “Home console.” Even when users log out of their home console others are able to access Xbox Live and play their titles with no problem. Additionally, they can take advantage of their Xbox Live subscription too. There’s a tiny little detail in Microsoft’s explanation of Xbox Live Home Gold that pretty great. Even when someone is logged into the home console and playing a user’s games, that user can still go to another Xbox One, login and enjoy their titles and online multiplayer.

Before we show you how to assign a specific Xbox Live console, it is absolutely important that you understand the risks involved in sharing Xbox One games with friends using this method.

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Unless you’re sitting in front of their console, you’ll need to supply them with the username and password for your Microsoft Account. That’s the same username and password that’s attached to your credit card information if you’ve added it to any Microsoft service. Additionally, it’s used on Microsoft’s email service. If you’re not inclined to trust your friend with this information, it’s a good idea to enter the information into their Xbox One yourself. Even giving your passwords to someone you think you can trust is a bad idea. You will be able to lock down your account so that they don’t have access to your sensitive information.

Second, you can only assign a single Xbox One as your Home Console. Because of this, setting the Xbox One at your friend’s house as your home console means any other Xbox Live accounts on your console will instantly lose Xbox Live Home Gold benefits. If your kids or significant other uses your Xbox One and a separate Microsoft Account to access Xbox Live and your games, setting someone else’s Xbox One as your home console will take away their privileges. Thankfully, you can change your home console back to your own at any time and reclaim those game sharing privileges for your own household.

Pick up your controller and turn on your Xbox One by pressing the white Xbox logo at the top. If you have a Kinect 2 sensor and have configured your Xbox One properly you can also say “Xbox, On.”

Now, you’ll need to sign in with the Microsoft Account username and password attached to Xbox Live. Pick up the controller and use the left joystick to highlight the green icon with a small white person in it on the top-left corner of your screen. Press the A button to open the Who are you? Area.

Use the left joystick on your controller to browse down to the bottom of your screen and select Add New.

Use the joystick, the A button and the on-screen keyboard to enter your Microsoft Account email address.

Now enter your password.

Everyone who has an Xbox One should have already agreed to the new Terms of Use for Xbox Live. If you haven’t you’ll now be prompted to do so now just in case. Select I Accept and press the A button.

Select Next to get past the Privacy Statement for Xbox Live.

Now the next step is very, very important. You want to give your friends access to your games, but you don’t want them to be able to purchase more games on your account or change your settings. Instead of selecting the Make it fast, Make it Magic option, choose Lock it Down.

That’s it, the console should now drop you back to the Home Screen.

Use the Xbox One controller’s joystick and A button to go into My games & apps or simply say My Games & Apps if the Xbox One you’re using has a Kinect 2 sensor.

Users the controller to select Apps from the menu on the left side of your screen. Then scroll over to the right with the joystick and select Settings from the list of apps installed on your console.

Welcome to the Settings app. Use the joystick and controller to select My Home Xbox. It’s the option in the bottom left corner of your screen. You may be required to re-enter your password.

Select the Make this my home Xbox button on the right of your screen.

Select Make this my home Xbox again from the pop-up menu.

Now they’re all set, anyone logged in on that console will be able to play your games anytime they want. They’ll also be able to do so while not having access to any of your settings or files. At worse, they’ll be able to see your email address.

When you go home, you’ll still be able to sign in with Xbox Live account and do all the same things you could before.

To be clear, this Xbox Live Home Gold requires that users purchase digital versions of games if they want to share them in this manner. You’ll still have to pass around the disc for any game you purchased from GameStop or other retail outlets.

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How To Share Xbox One Games with Friends is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.


What This First iPhone Owner Wants in the iPhone 6

GottaBeMobile - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 14:15

What This First iPhone Owner Wants in the iPhone 6 is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Indicators both official and off the record are saying that Apple will hold a reveal event on September 9th. As the story goes, it’s at this event that the company will launch the iPhone 6 – or maybe even two new iPhone 6 devices that run its iOS 8 operating system. Understandably, iPhone 5s owners are excited. Except, me I suppose.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m a guy who likes new smartphones. I like the rush that I get when a store clerk first puts that slightly heavy bag in my hand and takes the last four numbers of my credit card. I like unwrapping them and learning where all the buttons are. Downloading my favorite applications and rearranging my shortcuts so that they are in the same order as other smartphones I own.

The time I last got to experience this ritual was with the iPhone 5s, Apple’s current generation flagship smartphone. I was one of the guys standing in line, waiting for my local T-Mobile store to open. When it turned out they didn’t have a single iPhone I went to two other stores – one of them an Apple Store – and hunted the thing down. In the end, I found myself ordering a 64GB model from T-Mobile’s website and getting it a few days later.

I loved – and continue to love – mostly everything about the iPhone 5s. The camera software is easy to use. The apps that are available on it are so feature rich and plentiful that I find myself easily disappointed by their Windows Phone counterparts (before anything else, I’m a lover of Windows Phone.) The machined edges and glass rear have held up pretty well to everything that I’ve thrown at them – even if they don’t necessarily look as smooth and unblemished as they once did. I find myself easily wondering why more companies haven’t created reliable ways of logging into their phones like the Touch ID sensor that Apple includes on the iPhone 5s.

I’m not excited about hardly anything I’m seeing about the iPhone 6.

Reportedly, the iPhone 6 will have a larger screen. Ok, that’s great, but there are phones with larger screens and Apple has shown unwillingness to adapt its iOS software for larger displays. So, while a bigger display might sound great – and would probably make typing on the iPhone less of a nightmare – it’s unlikely that Apple will do anything with the larger display outside of adding a few extra rows for shortcuts on the Home Screen. I’m not letting go of my iPhone 5s, and how easy I find it to operate with just one hand, for that.

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Upgraded processors being included in the iPhone 6 is also something that’s been thrown around a lot lately. As the story goes, either of the two iPhone 6 devices Apple launches at this September 9th event will include an Apple A7 processor that boosts the device’s performance. Better, faster processors are great, but as an iPhone 5s owner I’m still struggling to understand how that actually makes the user experience better in the short-term.

The iPhones 5s is my first iPhone. It is not my first smartphone. I say this because I want you to understand that I’ve been around the block a few times. I know that beefier processors will allow Apple to release features that demand more processing power in future iPhone 6 updates. That aside, in the near term what extra features does this upgraded processor reward me with? What new things will I be able to do with Siri and my iPhone 6 that showcase this more powerful processor? Worse yet, with a larger screen and more powerful processor, am I looking at getting less talk time and video watching because of a hit in battery life?

Internals aren’t the only thing that have me scratching my head over a potential iPhone 6 upgrade. Even the most ambitious mockups of the device don’t include a big change in design. That means I’m still looking at the same volume buttons, power button and physical switch for silencing the ringer. As one of the world’s most popular cameras, we are still waiting on Apple to include a physical camera button that allows me to bypass the lockscreen and quickly capture a moment. That’s something that Windows Phone caught onto early on.

About the only thing that seems to be exciting here is the new sapphire edges: that’ll at least make having to put the iPhone 6 in a case slightly less of a necessity. Look, I’m not saying that no one should be interested in the iPhone 6 when it makes its debut, but let’s get real here.

In a world where my iPhone 5s can be updated to the latest operating system free of charge and there aren’t many new hardware flourishes to speak of, why should I, or anyone, with an iPhone 5s upgrade? If I’m thinking that way even with my technology addiction, then you know we’re heading into some interesting and rather boring territory come September 9th.

Just in case I’m wrong though, I’ve got the last four digits of my credit card at the ready.

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The iPhone 6 release date is September 19th according to Apple's traditional timeline and our best prediction based on current rumors and plans. This may change and there is a chance that we will see two iPhone 6 release dates thanks to a slower start for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6. 

Here's how we get to an iPhone 6 release date on Friday September 19th. 

Re/Code and The Wall Street Journal report Apple's plans to hold an iPhone 6 event on September 9th. 

From this date we can work out that the iPhone 6 release date is roughly a week and a half later, on September 19th. This is the timing Apple used for the last several iPhone releases. 

If Apple decides to offer iPhone 6 pre-orders expect them to go live at midnight Pacific on September 12th, but this is not a given.

The larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 release date may arrive later on the last Friday in September or even in October.

Expect to see Apple Stores and carriers open early on the iPhone 6 release date with lines around the store to get an iPhone 6 right away, even in small towns.  

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What This First iPhone Owner Wants in the iPhone 6 is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.


iPhone 6 Reversible USB Lightning Cable Video Demo

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 21:50

iPhone 6 Reversible USB Lightning Cable Video Demo is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

iPhone 6 rumors have been buzzing lately about a new development that could see Apple introduce a reversible USB Lightning cable with the iPhone 6 when it’s expected to be launched next month. If you’re curious to see a connector like this in action, we actually got a hold of a reversible USB Lightning cable that could be very similar to the one that might come with the iPhone 6.

Recently we saw photos of what appeared to be a new reversible USB connector that could be coming with the new iPhone 6, showing a new design that allows this new connector to be used with the current USB standard, meaning that the design of USB ports themselves don’t need to change in order for this new reversible connector work.

Plus, we even saw a rather sketchy video that allegedly demoed the new Lightning cable on camera. However, whether you believe that Apple will introduce a reversible Lightning cable with the iPhone 6 or not, the reversible USB connector actually already exists and we got to play with one recently, but we now got our hands on an actual iPhone reversible USB Lightning cable.

A company called Truffol makes reversible USB Lightning cables and while they’re not certified for Apple’s MFi program, they’re as about as close as you can get. It uses the same Lightning connector as an official cable, meaning that it uses the same high-quality metal and gold connectors for the plug. If it were a cheap knock-off cable, it would have a much cheaper connector with plastic parts and cheaper metal. The Truffol cable is far from that.

You can read more about cheap knock-off Lightning cables in our fake-vs-genuine Lightning cable guide.

Essentially, this reversible USB Lightning cable from Truffol is about as close as you can get to a certified MFi cable without it actually being certified.

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The new reversible connector keeps the familiar “duck bill” shape so that it can still work with current USB ports, but the contacts and the PCB circuit board on the inside of the connector are now centered in the middle instead of taking up one half of the connector. This allows the reversible connector to be used with current USB ports without a problem.

However, we are curious as to how the swapping of the pins work when you flip the connector over, seeing as how we would think the ground and positive pins on the female port would need to swap places as well. Although, it’s clear that the pins on the male connector are wired in such a way that the top and bottom of the pins are opposite, or it could be a new chip inside of the connector that tells the plug which pins need to be ground and positive. Either way, it works.

We’re also curious if this new design will affect the robustness of the connector in any way in the long term. iPhone users are no doubt familiar with worn out Lightning cables, so if Apple actually makes this new reversible USB cable any tougher, we’re sure users will be grateful.

While this development has recently gained popularity over the last couple of weeks, discussions of a reversible USB connector go as far back as last year when it was revealed that the USB 3.0 Promoter Group detailed a new “Type-C” USB connection that would be reversible, although the design would call for a smaller connector overall and would oust the familiar “duck bill” design that USB is known for, meaning that USB ports on computers would have to change entirely.

While  the USB Group might still have plans for such a design, Apple may be getting a head start with this new USB design and make it mainstream before the Type-C connector even has a chance to get off the ground. However, whether or not we’ll see a new reversible connector introduced with the iPhone 6 is up in the air. We certainly wouldn’t be surprised, but it’s also possible that Apple could still be working on the design and might be waiting to release it until the iPhone 6s (or iPhone 7 perhaps) in 2015.

Either way, it’s good to know that the current USB ports can support reversible connections with just a bit of a design change in the connector, and we look forward to the day when we no longer have a 50/50 chance of plugging it in wrong.

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iPhone 6 Reversible USB Lightning Cable Video Demo is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.


Moto X+1 Release Date in the US: What to Expect

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 21:31

Moto X+1 Release Date in the US: What to Expect is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Moto X+1 launch date is confirmed for September 4th. And with just a few days left before the new smartphone is officially announced, we want to make a few predictions and share multiple reports and rumors surrounding the Moto X+1 release date. To be more precise, the Moto X+1 release in the United States.

Way back in February all the rumors started when Motorola tweeted that a new Moto X successor would arrive later this summer, and since then buyers and fans have been waiting patiently to see what they have in store. While the phone didn’t leak nearly as much as the original Moto X in 2013, we’ve received enough details to have a good idea of what to expect regarding the release date, and the device in general.

Read: Moto X+1 Release Date & Rumor Breakdown

The past two weeks have been very telling for the manufacturer, as they’ve confirmed the September 4th launch date, and multiple rumors have shed light on specs, features, and potentially when the device will launch for the United States. Prospective buyers and Motorola fans will want to know all the details, and below we’ll rundown everything we know so far.

Earlier this month Motorola sent out a rather telling invite for a September 4th event in Chicago. The teaser image showed a new Moto X, a Moto G successor (rumored as the Moto G2) the Moto 360 smartwatch, and an accessory of some type. Basically confirming two new smartphones and some accessories will all be revealed.

At that point we knew a few new devices were coming soon, but only a few light rumors suggested a Moto G2 was coming as well. We now know they’ll have a few devices on display, and it’s only a matter of a few days before we know all the details.

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Moto X+1 Launch Date

The image above is the teaser sent over by Motorola, confirming four devices will be announced on September 4th. We’re not sure what the earpiece will be, but it may offer some automatic location-aware pairing to unlock the new Moto X+1, or even add to the hands-free voice controls that made the original Moto X so popular last year.

You can clearly see the other three devices in which we outlined above in the teaser. All but confirming they’ll be announcing all three come early next month. With the launch date set, now all we need is the final details, and the official release date.

That aside, below is everything we think we now regarding the Moto X+1 (or Moto X2) release date in the United States.

Moto X+1 Release Date in the U.S.

All the rumors we’ve heard thus far are pointing to a rather fast release for the new Moto X+1. In fact, last year it was announced in August and released the same month just a few weeks later, and we’re hearing the same strategy will hold true in 2014.

Reports earlier this month “confirmed from Motorola sources” a global rollout for the new Moto X+1 and Moto G2 will begin on September 10th. That would be much faster than years prior, but we’ve seen similar launch times from HTC and Apple. AT&T had a short exclusive last year, before it arrived on the rest, and the same could hold true again this year. Another report suggest the Verizon Moto X+1 won’t arrive until September 25th. This could mean AT&T will be up first again, followed by the rest, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Note the September 17th date in the leaked image

The image above is our first actual press photo of the new Moto X+1, thanks to @evleaks. It confirms the designs we’ve seen from other leaks, as well as at least one carrier for the US. Note that while the rumor above said September 25th for Verizon, this press image shows September 17th. One week later than the 10th date floating around.

Last year the Moto X launched in the US first, and eventually other regions around the globe, but many are expecting a global launch of the new Moto X+1 in the US, UK, and more all inside of September.

U.S. Carriers

The original Moto X is still available today from an array of carriers in the United States, and that includes small regional operators as well. At this point we’ve yet to hear from any carriers, as the device isn’t official. That being said, the image above clearly confirms Verizon, and earlier today the Moto X+1 cleared the FCC for AT&T.

Buyers can expect the new Moto X+1 to launch on AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, US Cellular, and most likely many other small region carriers. MetroPCS, Cricket, and others all eventually offered the phone. However, only the main carriers will get the customization features from


So what will make the Moto X+1 impressive and worth buying over the Galaxy S5, LG G3, or any other smartphones available in 2014? For one, customization. And for two, it has some pretty good specs too. At least if all the leaks we’ve seen are accurate.

Along with custom colors, engravings, accent colors, wood backs, and even leather in 2014, the phone will have pretty impressive specs to make it a quality device that should last for years to come. Here’s what we’ve heard thus far.

Moto X+1 Specs

  • 5.2-inch 1920 x 1080p Full HD Display
  • 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core with 2GB of RAM
  • 16/32GB storage with micro-SD expansion included
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat
  • 12 Megapixel rear and 2.1 front cameras
  • Dual front-facing speakers (aimed at the HTC One M8)
  • 2,900 mAh battery
  • Tons of customization options

Note the processor isn’t the latest 801 or rumored 805 like the Galaxy Note 4 will employ, but the Moto X+1 should still house a powerful quad-core processor, nearly stock Android, 2GB of RAM, and have an improved camera. The other major problem last year was battery life. In 2014 the Moto X+1 will have a 2,900 mAh battery (rumored) which is bigger than both the Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 offerings, respectively.

Last but not least (pictured above) the Motorola logo on back will be a button. We’re not sure what it’s for yet, but we could see additional functions, shortcuts to launch the camera, or even a camera shutter button for selfies. The possibilities are endless.


Another major factor when it comes to buying a smartphone is the price. The Moto X was priced nearly as high as the competition, yet wasn’t as powerful of a smartphone. Motorola eventually realized this after poor sales and lowered it to $399, which made it a pretty great price/performance purchase, especially considering all the free customization.

Currently the Moto X is $399 off-contract, and less if you sign a 2-year agreement with carriers. There has been no solid leaks revealing a price point for the Moto X+1, but a few small reports suggest it may replace the current X at the same $399 price point. If Motorola can do that while delivering a bigger, better, faster device with front facing speakers and all the options mentioned above, it should sell quite well.

Most likely it will start out around the $499 price, still undercutting most of the competition, but it’s too early to tell. We don’t expect pricing to be revealed on the 4th, but if the 10th is actually the release date, we’ll know everything at once. This means potential buyers will want to keep their ears open and stay tuned, as we’ll be live from Chicago with all the details.

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Moto X+1 Release Date in the US: What to Expect is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.


Madden 15 Problems Persist

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 21:01

Madden 15 Problems Persist is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

Following a major Madden 15 release earlier this week EA is working to fix a number of Madden 15 problems that prevent gamers from playing online, from counting wins and in some cases getting what they paid for when they bought Madden 15 Ultimate Team.

EA is aware of four Madden 15 problems that prevent gamers from completely enjoying the Madden 15 release, but as we head into a long weekend when many players will finally have time to dive into the new Madden there are no estimated fixes.

If you plan to play Madden 15 on Labor Day weekend we suggest you check out these potential Madden 15 issues that you may run into, so you know what you can and can’t do to fix the issues. There are some Madden 15 problems you’ll just need to live with until EA is able to fix the problems.

Watch out for these Madden 15 problems that linger into the Labor Day weekend.

For gamers that want to blame losing on Madden 15 glitches and problems, you’ll need to find another excuse as these won’t cost you the game, except in the record books when someone unplugs their network connection to avoid a loss. Instead of looking for excuses, check out 21 Madden 15 tips and tricks to get better at offense and defense.

Madden 15 – Missing Ultimate Team Content & Points

If you were able to enter your Madden 15 Ultimate Team codes, but you did not get the packs and points promised with a pre-order EA is aware of the problem. EA assures gamers,

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“We’ve investigated player reports of some users not receiving purchased Madden Ultimate Team Points and pre-order content and are currently in the process of granting affected players their missing items.”

There is no timeline, but hopefully you’ll see those Madden 15 MUT Pro Packs appear in your unopened packs area very soon.

There are more than enough Madden 15 problems about Pro Packs and the Ultimate Edition.

Xbox Madden 15 Ultimate Edition Problems

Some Xbox players are not able to redeem their Madden 15 Ultimate Edition codes. This is separate from the missing packs. In that case the code applied, but not all the packs are delivered. Unfortunately EA is still trying to figure out this Madden 15 problem and the right fix. The status is currently,

“We’re aware of an issue some Xbox players are experiencing when redeeming their Madden NFL 15 Ultimate Edition code. Our team is investigating this issue and working on a resolution as soon as possible”

Madden 15 Can’t Connect to EA Servers

The biggest potential Madden 15 problem is when you cannot connect to the EA servers. This will prevent you from downloading new rosters and other updates and may limit your ability to play Madden 15 online or use Madden Ultimate Team. There is no ETA on a fix for this problem that includes the error,

“The EA servers are not available at this time. Please try again later.”

The only solution is to try again and to check EA’s twitter feed for updates.

One major Madden 15 problem is when you can’t connect to the EA servers.

Madden 15 Connected Franchise Desync Problems

When you start up Madden 15 you may see a warning about Desync issues, which impact Connected Franchise Mode. This problem will record losses and wins wrong and can screw up your records. It is clearly one of the most frustrating Madden 15 problems.

According to EA, this problem is fixed, but there are still complaints about career wins and losses not being saved correctly. Hopefully these are just lingering complaints and the problem is really fixed.

The Madden 15 release arrived on Tuesday August 26th amidst connectivity issues on PSN and Xbox Live, but in the time since, gamers are finding it easier to play and to connect with friends in Madden 15.

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Madden 15 Problems Persist is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.


Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare 5 Supply Drop Details

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 20:06

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare 5 Supply Drop Details is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare release adds a new type of rewards and upgrades that will change the way you play multiplayer with special gear, weapons and one-time use upgrades.

XP is still a major part of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, but this year gamers can also unlock Supply Drops that deliver Loot. When you get a Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare supply drop you’ll gain access to better weapons, cool gear that makes you a better player or enhances the look of your character and everyone will also enjoy special upgrades that can help even casual players go on a kill streak.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Supply Drops, which are a part of the new multiplayer upgrades that you can unlock, but a new Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare video shows us the Supply Drops in more detail.

In this new video Michael Condrey, co-founder of Sledgehammer Games, walks through what you can get in the Supply Drops and why they are good news for veterans and new players who will both benefit from the unlockable supplies.

Here are some key details that answer the main questions we’ve heard about the new Call of Duty Supply Drops, that will appear in Advanced Warfare later this year.

The Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare release date is November 11th and it arrives on PS4, PS3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One as well as on PC.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare rank progression still uses the XP system that allows players to upgrade. Michael Condrey tells gamers that XP is, “still is the backbone of our rank progression system.”

Supply Drops join XP in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

You earn XP by playing the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer mode and hitting in game goals as well as coming out on top of the competition. You can also level up faster on Double XP weekends and with other XP enhancements.

Supply Drops are part of a new Loot system that delivers more rewards to players.

What is in a Supply Drop?

Supply Drops deliver more than 1,000 items that include weapons loot, character gear and reinforcements. On top of the three types, you’ll also see a variety of rarities including enlisted, professional and elite.

Weapons are one part of the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Supply Drop rewards.

With Weapons Loot you’ll be able to earn custom weapons that look different and include modified stats, allowing you to pick the weapons the support the way you play. You’ll get nearly 350 custom weapons out of the box on release day and you can customize these with your weapon attachments. Be on the lookout for fast fire SMGs or long-range sniper rifles and even heavy weapons like directed energy weapons.

Character gear delivers customization of your multiplayer character. This includes helmets, exoskeletons, load-outs, pants gloves etc., to let you customize the look of your Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare player.

You’ll also earn gear to upgrade the looks of your Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare character.

The Reinforcements are one time use items that you can use during pre-determined times during a match for perks and more.

How do I Earn a Supply Drop?

Condrey explains how you’ll unlock Supply Drops saying, “In addition to ranking through XP, Supply Drops will be rewarded for time played and in-game challenges.”

Although there are no more details this means you’ll work towards new Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Supply Drops every time you play multiplayer and you’ll be able to unlock them faster if you take on certain tasks in the multiplayer mode. Expect more details about those as the release approaches.

What are One Time Supply Drop Items?

You can use a one-time use item to instantly become a better player, but only for a limited time.

You won’t be able to call in all your reinforcements at once, based on this video, but you’ll unlock powerful upgrades that Condrey says, “These one time use reinforcements can bring some real excitement to a match. Whether it’s additional perks or score streaks for those who don’t often earn them.”

This is part of the Supply Drop that is great for new and old Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players, and one we can’t wait to try.

Where Else Can I Get Supply Drops?

You can buy Mt. Dew and Doritos to unlock Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Supply Drops.

If you need more Supply Drops you can earn them by drinking Mt. Dew and eating Doritos. There are special Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare packages of Doritos and Gamer Fuel from Mt. Dew. You’ll earn codes towards Supply Drops and double XP with these packages.

The special gear includes, an exoskeleton, heavy vest kit, helmets, goggles, boots and more. You can see a sample of the items in the promo material above.

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PS4 Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Details:

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare is one of the top PS4 games to buy in 2014 not only becuase it is a new Call of Duty game, but because it is ready for a PS4 lacking fun shooters. 

Yest it arrives into a fall filled with Destiny, but Killzone didn't live up to the excitement and there is no Titanfall for PS4. 

Instead gamers get this Kevin Spacey filled Call of Duty Advanced Warfare release that delivers a super soldier with smart weapons and access to technology like never before including drones and hoverbikes. 

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Gameplay Video


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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare 5 Supply Drop Details is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.


Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Design: Watch Out for Bad News

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:50

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Design: Watch Out for Bad News is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 design is a point of curiosity for many potential buyers, and recent leaks share what the Galaxy Note 4 may look like when Samsung announces it next Wednesday. Today a new leak shows multiple Galaxy Note 4 cases for sale from China that don’t match the new design at all, showing something that looks more like it is made for a super-sized Galaxy S5.

Sometimes case leaks are a great way to learn how big a new phone will be and what the basics of the design look like. For instance iPhone 6 cases from a reliable source match the rumors and fit mock-ups so good that it’s clear the company knows what it is doing. This company also delivered Nexus 5 cases before the announcement that fit like a glove on the device.

These Samsung Galaxy Note 4 cases are for sale, but don’t buy into everything they are selling.

Cases are a valuable way of learning what the Galaxy Note 4 design looks like, but not this latest batch of leaks from a Chinese manufacturer selling mainly silicon cases. Several sellers on Alibaba, an online marketplace to buy items in bulk from China, advertise Galaxy Note 4 cases that don’t match the leaked design.

If you believe these cases are legit, Samsung is only making the Galaxy S5 bigger and adding an S Pen, which is not what the leaks suggest is happening. You can see some of these alleged Galaxy Note 4 cases in the gallery below and in the photo above. One red flag is that they use the Galaxy Note 3 press image inside the case.

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From Silicon to leather, there are many companies willing to sell bulk Galaxy Note 4 cases to users right now with this same design. The quantity of Note 4 cases that share the same design could lead some to assume this is the new Galaxy Note 4 design. It is possible that Samsung plans something similar, but cases on Alibaba aren’t where you should look for confirmation.

There is an opening for the S Pen and the the traditional back facing speaker on Samsung devices, but the camera opening and sensor opening in the top middle doesn’t line up with the leaked Galaxy Note 4 photos.

Watch the video below to learn why we are wary of reading into the Galaxy Note 4 design based on cheap cases from China. Before the Galaxy S4 release in 2013 we ordered several silicon and other cases that ended up being obscenely big and completely wrong. One was even big enough to fit the Galaxy Note 2.

Now compare the Galaxy Note 4 case photos to the photos below showing the potential Galaxy Note 4 design. The three photos arrived from GSM Arena showing a new design complete with a textured back. We could also see a metal frame along the edges marking the first time Samsung uses a metal design in the Galaxy Note 4.

The key difference you’ll notice is that the flash and the hear rate sensor are to the side of the camera, which are covered by the Galaxy Note 4 case designs.

Although there is not enough evidence to completely back the Galaxy Note 4 photos showing the true Note 4 design, it is possible that Samsung plans to move the camera flash and sensors. The Galaxy Note 2 to Galaxy Note 3 design changes included relocating the flash, so it is something Samsung is not afraid of doing.

We’ll find out exactly what the Galaxy Note 4 design looks like on September 3rd when Samsung announces the new Galaxy Note. We could then see a very fast Galaxy Note 4 release date that arrives in late September. You can checkout the latest Galaxy Note 4 rumors in the video above and in the slides below.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 event is on September 3rd at IFA 2014, with a satellite event in NYC. Expect to be able to watch the Galaxy Note 4 event live on YouTube as Samsung traditionally streams their announcements online.

We expect a very fast Galaxy Note 4 release date following the announcement. Although there are no specific dates available yet, one leak points to a Galaxy Note 4 release during the week of September 15th. At the very least we anticipate a U.S. Galaxy Note 4 in September or the very early part of October at the latest.

Samsung goes up against a larger screen iPhone 6 this year and it looks like the company plans to take the iPhone 6 head on. We could see an iPhone 6 release date on September 19th, later in the same week as a possible Galaxy Note 4 release.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Design: Watch Out for Bad News is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.


How to Watch College Football Live on iPhone

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:10

How to Watch College Football Live on iPhone is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

As the college football season is now starting back up, here’s how to watch all of the games live on your iPhone while on the go.

Whether you’re a fan of your alma mater or are just a fan of the team that’s closest to you, you can watch college football games right on your iPhone or iPad by streaming them to these devices, either on a home WiFi connection or on the go using LTE.

Sports are becoming more and more popular to watch on mobile devices, especially football, which only comes on during the weekends. While most people would be home during the weekends, there are still a lot of people who spend their days off away from home, either on a short vacation away from home life or if it’s a family gathering at a relatives house. If you’d rather be watching college football in these instances, there are several apps you can use to watch games on your iPhone or iPad.

Of course, as with sports streaming options, the selection is rather limited and there a ton of things you have to be aware of in order to actually watch games on your iPhone or iPad, including all of the fine print that you’ll want to read. Thankfully, it’s getting better and better every year, but it’s still not where consumers probably want it. Either way,


This is an obvious first choice because it’s a fairly popular amongst sports fans. WatchESPN lets you view all sorts of sports content from ESPN’s various channels, including ESPN 2, ESPN 3, ESPNU and ESPN Classic. Of course live college football games can be had as well.

The big caveat here is that you’ll need to be a cable subscriber for a provider that WatchESPN supports, so if you’re looking into getting WatchESPN as an effort to quit cable, you might be sorely disappointed.

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However, if you have an Apple TV, you can use AirPlay to beam WatchESPN content to your living room television, allowing you to watch college football games on the big screen.

CBS Sports

While the CBS Sports app for iPhone and iPad offers scores, standings, stats, news, etc., it also offers a plethora of live sports, including college football games.

However, the downside with the app is that it only streams SEC college football games, which can be a huge bummer for those who are fans of other conferences, like the Big 10, ACC, or Big 12.

Another downside to the CBS Sports app is that it doesn’t come with support for AirPlay, but we wouldn’t be surprised if CBS added this feature to the iOS app soon, since it’s still a rather new app, especially on the iPad.

NBC Sports Live Extra

NBC Sports Live Extra streams thousands of live sporting events that air on NBC and NBCSN, including college football games, although the app usually favors Notre Dame and other teams that you’ll see often on ABC.

However, the app features video clips, previews of upcoming events, and highlights from past events. Plus, you can even browse the schedule for when the app will stream its live content.

As with WatchESPN, NBC Sports Live Extra is better when the user has a cable subscription, which will allow you to watch all of the live sporting events, but it can still be a handy app otherwise.

FOX Sports Go

Fox Sports Go is another app that lets you watch college football games on your mobile iOS device, as well as other sports except NFL games, which FOX says are unavailable for streaming on smartphones.

However, yet again you’ll need to have a cable subscription in order to take advantage of the live streaming of games, but the app supports a handful of popular cable providers, including Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, Cox, and Time Warner Cable.

Plus, depending on your cable provider, you can get access to many of Fox Sports’ channels, including FOX Sports, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, your regional FOX Sports Network, FOX College Sports and even FOX Deportes.

There are a lot of ways you can watch live college football games right on your iPhone or iPad, and we suggest picking the one that seems the best for your needs (for instance, Notre Dame fans should probably use the NBC app). Plus, we wouldn’t be surprised to see even more ways to watch college football games appear over the next couple of years.

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How to Watch College Football Live on iPhone is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.


iPhone 6 Release Date (U.S.): What to Expect

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 23:26

iPhone 6 Release Date (U.S.): What to Expect is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Today, Apple confirmed that it will be hosting an event on September 9th, the same date that’s rumored to be the iPhone 6 launch date. With a launch date now in sight, we want to make some more predictions about the upcoming iPhone 6 release date, this time with a focus on the release date inside the United States.

For more than eight months, we’ve heard iPhone 6 rumors point to the iPhone 6 specs, iPhone 6 launch date and the all important iPhone 6 release date. Rumors that were once vague and mere blips on the radar have been firming up ahead and are now fresh on the minds of smartphone owners inside the United States. This past week has helped.

In the past week, we’ve seen iPhone 6 rumors fly around detailing everything from prospective features to its probable launch date. And while we’re going to have to wait to find out all of the key iPhone 6 details, we’re not going to have to wait long.

Today, Apple confirmed a press event for September 9th at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts at De Anza College in Cupertino, the city that serves as Apple’s home base. The company did not say what it will be announcing at the event but iPhone 6 launch date rumors pegged September 9th as its arrival date. Rumors also point to the arrival of a new wearable, perhaps the iWatch that we’ve heard about for quite awhile.

What this means is that on September 9th, we expect to hear all about the iPhone 6. Tim Cook and company will likely take the stage and run down all of the key components including the larger displays, the new A8 processor, the new camera with image stabilization technology, and the redesign that’s been leaked many times over.

We also expect to hear about the iPhone 6 release date, or, the date on which antsy smartphone shoppers can pick up the iPhone 6 for the first time. We’ve heard quite about about the iPhone 6 release and today, we want to offer up some expectations in an effort to help guide consumers in the United State thinking about buying the new iPhone.

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These expectations are based on iPhone 6 release date rumors, Apple’s history, gut feelings, and years of covering Apple products. Here’s what we expect from the iPhone 6 U.S. release date.

iPhone 6 U.S. Release Date Confirmed Sept. 9th

When Apple takes the stage at these launch events, it typically doesn’t hold back. And why should it? These events are geared towards generating press and sales. By announcing all of the pertinent details on stage, Apple ensures that gets good press and potentially, great sales. It’s a formula that the company has stuck with for years.

Apple is well known for announcing specific iPhone release dates on stage during press events and that’s exactly what we expect it to do on September 9th. Expect Tim Cook and company to announce the specific iPhone 6 U.S. release date on September 9th. This is an American company and the United States is a key battleground for the iPhone and Apple’s various other products. No way it leaves the U.S. out.

All the more reason to tune into a live stream if the company does, in fact, host one on event day. It hasn’t confirmed a live stream but there’s a chance that we’ll heard about one ahead of time.

U.S. Release Among the First

We mentioned that the the United States is a key battleground for Apple and the iPhone. So are places like China, the United Kingdom, and Japan. And that’s at least partially why we saw Apple push the iPhone 5s live for those countries, and others, before any others. Last year, Apple released the iPhone 5s on September 20th for the following countries:

  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada
  • China
  • France
  • Germany
  • Australia
  • Japan
  • Hong Kong
  • Singapore

Here’s how the iPhone 5 release played out on September 21st, 2012:

  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • Australia
  • Japan
  • Hong Kong
  • Singapore

The point is this. The United States is always at the tip of the spear in terms of the iPhone release date. And we expect nothing less from the U.S. iPhone 6 release date in 2014. Bank on it being among the first.

iPhone 6 U.S. Release Date Around September 19th

Apple’s history and iPhone 6 release date rumors point to an arrival inside of the usual iPhone release window. Historically, the company has released its iPhone about two weeks after the announcement date. The company has also favored the third Friday in September the last two years. That doesn’t confirm September 19th as the iPhone 6 release date in the U.S. but it does make it extremely likely.

Rumors right now, put the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 release date in September with the 5.5-inch model rumored to have a release date in October ahead of the holidays. We’re still not sold on the staggered release date for the U.S. but we’re confident that we’ll see at least one iPhone 6 release date emerge in September ahead of the end of Apple’s fiscal year on September 27th.

iPhone 6 Pre-Orders

We still haven’t heard anything about iPhone 6 pre-orders for the U.S. market and we probably won’t know anything until Apple announces the phone, or phones, on September 9th. That said, we do expect there to be some kind of iPhone 6 pre-sale available to prospective buyers, even if Apple itself doesn’t take early orders.

If Apple doesn’t offer an official iPhone 6 pre-order, we expect at least some U.S. retailers to start taking reservations ahead of the iPhone 6 release date. In the past, we’ve seen retailers like Best Buy, RadioShack and Target offer reservations. For instance last year, Target retail stores allowed consumers to reserve an iPhone 5s with a $25 Target gift card purchase. This got your name in for an iPhone 5s model of your choosing, but it did not guarantee an iPhone 5s.

The iPhone 6 is facing stiff opposition this year from devices like the LG G3, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and others and we would not be surprised if Apple offered consumers a way to buy early. If not, expect select retailers to offer a less reliable way to get an iPhone 6.

iPhone 5s Deals & More

If the iPhone 5s stays on board at Apple, expect it to drop down to at least $99. We also expect the iPhone 6′s arrival to be the catalyst for other iPhone 5s deals in the United States. Walmart is already offering nice deals on the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c though we expect other retailers and perhaps carriers to follow suit after the arrival of the new iPhone.

We also expect U.S. retailers to offer deals on top of the line Android smartphones. Devices like the HTC One M8 and Galaxy S5 have been out for several months now and retailers will likely offer some incentives to those that pick up the aging flagships. If the iPhone 6 is the monster that it’s expected to be, they’re going to need all of the help they can get.

This of course is why we recommend holding out for the iPhone 6 release date if you live in the U.S. or anywhere really. New iPhones typically dictate the market and we should see current flagships drop to stay competitive.

iPhone 6 Carrier Breakdown

We expect the iPhone 6 to come to all five major U.S. carriers. That includes AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon. Here is how we expect those releases to turn out.

AT&T iPhone 6

We expect AT&T to be among the first U.S. carriers to get the iPhone 6. Expect AT&T to feature some type of iPhone 6 sign up page after the initial announcement.

Consumers in the United States should also expect AT&T stores to open early to accommodate the crowds that form outside every single year during the iPhone craze. Finally, look for the AT&T iPhone 5s to be sold through Apple, AT&T stores and through tons of different retailers including Best Buy and RadioShack.

AT&T’s iPhones are typically among the first to sell out so those thinking about buying will want to be prepared.


We expect similar from Sprint. It should get it on day one, it should feature some sort of splash page that allows prospective customers to input their information to stay up to date on pre-orders and the release date, we should see its retail stores open early, and we expect the Sprint model to see the same type of availability as the AT&T iPhone 6.

Look for Sprint to push its new unlimited data plans. The carrier recently killed off its “Framily” program but it added more data in an attempt to compete with the likes of T-Mobile. Sprint is still the only major carrier that offers true, pure unlimited data and we expect it to be aggressive as the company tries to gain ground on the competition.


The T-Mobile iPhone 6 will almost certainly arrive on the first day of availability. T-Mobile has been extremely aggressive throughout 2014 so there’s no reason to think that it will be slowing down. T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere recently said that the company has a huge opportunity to attract new customers with the new iPhone 6 and we expect that it will go all out during Apple’s release.

We should see the carrier offer a sign up page, it always does, and we would not be surprised if the carrier offered some kind of incentive. Be it a price cut for those that order early or something else. We also expect it to open its doors early to help with the iPhone rush.

We’re expecting the T-Mobile iPhone 6 to be a little harder to find. Retailers like RadioShack and Best Buy probably won’t stock the T-Mobile iPhone 6 which, won’t be a big deal to some, but will be a big deal to those that may not have an Apple or T-Mobile store nearby. That’s not set in stone but it’s something that we think will probably end up happening so come prepared.

U.S. Cellular

U.S. Cellular, the nation’s fifth largest carrier, just started carrying the iPhone last year. Unlike the other carriers, it was weeks behind and it did not get the iPhone 5s out until November.

With a year under its belt, we expect much better timing this time around. In fact, we expect a U.S. Cellular iPhone 6 release in and around the initial release date. It’s not as big as AT&T or Verizon but it’s certainly a key player.

If U.S. Cellular does stock the iPhone 6 on release day, look for it to open its doors early as well. That will be important because U.S. Cellular devices are only found in select stores in select regions around the United States. They’re harder to find than T-Mobile smartphones.

Verizon iPhone 6

The Verizon iPhone 6 figures to be one of the more popular models. Thus, we expect its release date to land on the initial release date per usual. We should see the Verizon iPhone 6 release mirror AT&T’s. Sign up page, stores open early, and availability at a number of retailers. And like the AT&T model, we expect the Verizon iPhone 6 to sell out quickly. Quicker than most.

Other Carriers

We’re expecting an iPhone 6 release date on a number of other U.S. carriers as well, Cricket, C Spire, Bluegrass Wireless to name a few, but we expect those carriers to remain mum when the iPhone 6 release date rolls around.

Big carriers typically take the first iPhone 6 release date with other carriers releasing in the days and weeks after the initial release date. Details typically come shortly before the release and thus, we probably won’t see the same type of craziness from these smaller U.S. carriers.

We wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a few release in September and a few others release in October and November closer to the holidays and after Apple’s managed to gets its supply under control.

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iPhone 6 Release Date (U.S.): What to Expect is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.


5 Hilarious Madden 15 Glitches

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 23:11

5 Hilarious Madden 15 Glitches is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Now that the Madden 15 release is finally here, Madden season has officially started and gamers all around the globe are enjoying the latest release. Madden 15 has received tons of high praises and reviews, but we’ve managed to find five hilarious issues or glitches you’ll want to see.

Before you start playing and challenging your friends you may want to play a little single-player first, to hone those skills, and be sure to check out our 7 Tips post linked to below.

Read: Madden 15: 7 Things You Need to Try Right Now

If you’re a die-hard football or Madden fan you’ve probably been spending all your time playing this awesome new game, just like we have, but you probably haven’t had some issues that are being reported. Overall the release went quite smooth and the game is excellent, but below are five funny glitches worth watching.

Every game has an issue or two, and EA Sports is no different. Making a game as impressive and detailed as Madden has certain challenges, especially in the way the AI moves around on the field. Players bounce along the ground, often times dive and nothing, or do other silly things. However, the five videos below really take the cake.

So far we’ve heard players call these NFL field mines, or invisible mines, as players randomly will be running and get blown into the air. There’s also a new viral Vine video below of a player launching so far he nearly goes out of frame, and drops 15 yards down field. This is some pretty crazy stuff going on.

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Most of these “Madden 15 Glitches” are players just floating around or acting up after the artificial intelligence software senses some contact, making them go flying. Clearly a few small problems need to be addressed in a future update, but it’s fun to watch nonetheless.

Some Madden 15 players actually flop so far and hard they end up doing front flips.

And last but not least, my favorite one, the invisible mine glitch. Here you see a fumble take place in Madden 15 and while the defense hustle to recover the ball one manages to barely grab it before landing on an invisible landmine. Instantly launching him through the air. Awesome, right?

These videos continue to appear all over the internet and on YouTube since the launch earlier this week, and the game has only been available for a few days. As more and more gamers pick up the latest EA Sports Madden release we can expect this to start happening more frequently, and more reports surface.

It’s likely we will see an update or patch in the near future to fix a few of these problems, but at this point it’s hard to say what gamers can expect.

Read: Madden 15 Review: Is it Worth It?

We’ve been extremely impressed with Madden 15 so far, and can see it taking up hours upon hour of our time. The game may have a problem or two, but the graphics and gameplay more than make up for these few small issues. These players need to be careful, or Goodell may issue more fines for silly things like dunking over the goal posts, or doing flips down the field.

In closing, while Madden 15 may have a glitch or two going on, there is no denying how wonderful and realistic the graphics are. So realistic in fact, that there’s actually something called the “Manning Face” as EA Sports went into such detail that we have the Eli Manning struggle face.

Shown above is one Twitter user who caught a pretty realistic and impressive shot of Eli Manning during in-game footage from Madden 15. That’s some serious detail right there. Well done EA Sports.

Did you pick up Madden 15 yet? If so are you experiencing any of these glitches?

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5 Hilarious Madden 15 Glitches is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.


How to Get the iPhone 6 Event Wallpaper on Your iPhone

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 20:22

How to Get the iPhone 6 Event Wallpaper on Your iPhone is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

Apple has announced an event for September 9, where the company will most likely unveil the iPhone 6, along with the iWatch. Apple sent out fairly vague invites as it always does, with the date and a brief clever note to keep things interesting.

The invitations come with the tagline, “Wish we could say more”, raising speculation of what this could possibly mean. Perhaps it has something to do with a focus on Siri, but Apple is never one to shy away from simply being coy in their invitation taglines.

It’s expected that Apple will announce two iPhone 6 models, one of which will be a 4.7-inch model, while the other will be a larger 5.5-inch variant. The new device is also expected to receive a new design that will forego the squared off edges that we’ve seen since the iPhone 4 in favor of rounded edges similar to the design of the iPad Air and the iPad mini.

Other than that, we’re not sure what to expect from the new device. Of course, it will most likely come with a faster processor and better graphics, but details on this are extremely scarce. It’s mostly the design of the iPhone 6 that has been leaked countless times.

In any case, the invitations are out, and it includes a simple Apple logo in the background that’s rather tasteful, and it turns out that one designer liked it so much that he made wallpapers out of the design from the iPhone 6 event invitations.

You can download the wallpapers from DeviantART, and the bundle includes wallpapers for Mac computers, iPad, and iPhone. The iPhone wallpaper appears to made with the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5 in mind, but it can easily be cropped if you want to use it on an iPhone 4s or iPhone 4.

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Frankly, the wallpaper looks great, and it takes the simple and elegant design from the iPhone 6 event invitations and turns them into something you can display on your iOS device or Mac.

Furthermore, you can grab the wallpaper for OS X 10.10 Yosemite right now, even though the OS still isn’t available publicly. The wallpaper is available for download and looks great on the MacBook Pro’s Retina display, if we do say so ourselves.

This new version of OS X comes with some pretty sweet features, including an all-new look and feel that finally puts OS X on par with iOS 7, thanks to the translucent windows and menus, as well as a flatter design overall, with redesigned icons that mimic iOS 7 icons, but still include some depth so that there’s still a bit of that classic OS X feel.

OS X Yosemite will launch sometime in the fall, but we’re guessing at some point in October based on past release timelines from Apple.

As for iOS 8, you can get the official wallpaper for the new mobile OS right now as well.

iOS 8 keeps the same overall look and feel of iOS 7, but adds a ton of new features. Most notably, iOS 8 now comes with interactive notifications, which allow users to manage notifications and respond to them right from the Notification Center. So if you get a text message you can tap on it to reply to it right there without having to open up the Messages app. These work a lot like Android’s notifications, and that’s certainly not a bad thing. These interactive notifications also work on the lock screen, and the Facebook integration even allows you to “Like” or comment on a Facebook post directed at you.

iOS 8 will most likely launch just a few days before the iPhone 6 releases, which will probably sometime in mid-September, with the iPhone 6 most likely releasing on September 19.

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How to Get the iPhone 6 Event Wallpaper on Your iPhone is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.


LG G Watch R Release Date and Price Rumored

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 20:11

LG G Watch R Release Date and Price Rumored is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

When Google first announced Android Wear earlier this year buyers were instantly excited about the Moto 360. Come release date in June though, only the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live arrived. Motorola delayed their launch to September. However, a new device is here to take on the round design, and now we have leaked details regarding the price and release date.

Late last night LG announced a brand new smartwatch running Google’s Android Wear operating system aimed at buyers waiting for the Moto 360. It’s called the LG G Watch R (for Round) and it’s already gaining popularity for being a simple watch design first, a piece of jewelry, and smartwatch second.

Read: Moto 360 Release Reportedly Pressures Competition

The LG G Watch R release date and price weren’t mentioned in the press release by LG, aside from saying buyers can expect it to arrive in Q4 of 2014. That could be from October to December, leaving consumers in a tough spot regarding buying the Moto 360, or waiting for the LG G Watch R. However, we now have more details thanks to a slip in the official LG German Press Release.

According to LG the new G Watch R will be available sometime in Q4, but that’s all the information they’re willing to share at this point. Earlier this week they began sending out teaser videos to press and on YouTube, giving consumers a quick glance at what was coming.

Most likely the teasers and well-timed announcement is to disrupt the launch of the Moto 360, which is set to be announced on September 4th. Followed by a rumored September 10th release date around the globe. Most buyers have been waiting for the Moto 360, but now some may want to wait for the LG G Watch R instead.

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Thanks to the official press release in Germany, we now have a somewhat “official” price tag, as well as the potential global release date. The LG G Watch R is said to retail for €299, which is 100 more than the original G Watch. That puts the price right around $400 USD, which is highly unlikely.

Read: Moto 360 Release Date and Rumor Breakdown

Rumor has it the new Moto 360 will be $249, making it the most expensive Android Wear smartwatch currently available. That said, the G Watch would be much more expensive if this leak is accurate. Most likely this is just an early estimate from the German release, as we seriously doubt LG will be asking that much for its new smartwatch. That would be a premium price way higher than any of their competition. That isn’t all they revealed either. Here’s a quote from the release.

The LG G Watch R will be available in Germany from October at a recommended retail price of 299 euros. At IFA in Berlin Until September 10 at the LG booth in Hall 11.2 already admire the G Watch R on 5.

The LG G Watch R will be shown off for the first time in early September at the annual IFA tradeshow taking place in Berlin, Germany from September 5-10th. The information above suggests the device will be on display for press to check out, which we’ll surely have plenty of pictures and video, as well as a suggested release date.

If this accidental leak is accurate the new LG G Watch R will be available (at least in Germany) in October and will retail for over 100 Euros more than the original. We’re expecting a much more reasonable price tag come release date, but will have to wait and see.

Given this information are you going to pass on the G Watch R and go with the impressive Moto 360, or wait for more details before making your decision? Let us know.

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LG G Watch R Release Date and Price Rumored is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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