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Galaxy S5 vs. Galaxy Note 4 Rumor Breakdown

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 23:23

Galaxy S5 vs. Galaxy Note 4 Rumor Breakdown is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Samsung still hasn’t confirmed anything but it’s clear that a new Galaxy Note will join the Galaxy S5 later this year. As Samsung Galaxy Note 4 rumors continue to swirl and firm up, we want to take an updated look at how the Galaxy S4 could compare to the Samsung Galaxy S5 when it arrives on shelves sometime this fall.

Back in February, Samsung took the stage at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain and introduced the Galaxy S5, a successor to the Galaxy S4 and a device that delivered a number of big time features including a new design, one of the best displays in smartphone history, updated software, a powerful camera, and more. Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is considered one of the top smartphones on the market and a solid iPhone 5s rival.

It’s not Samsung’s only flagship though. No, the company also offers a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, a larger device that takes advantage of a bundled S Pen stylus. The S Pen is no ordinary stylus as it takes advantage of a number of unique apps that are only found on the Galaxy Note series. Like the Galaxy S5, the Galaxy Note 3 is is a top notch smartphone option.

And while the Galaxy Note 3 is holding its own, it appears that the device will be replaced later on this year by a brand new version of the Galaxy Note. Rumor has it, a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is on the way and will join the Galaxy S5 in Samsung’s fight against the iPhone 5s and the upcoming iPhone 6.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 rumors have been rampant in recent months and thanks to a series of leaks, we now have a pretty good idea about what to expect from the company’s brand new flagship. While we still don’t have every piece to the puzzle, we think we know where many of them fit ahead of Samsung’s official announcement.

These potential changes have tons of people intrigued and rightfully so. Samsung has a solid track record with the Galaxy Note series. While it’s still not confirmed, there are enough credible rumors out to make an early comparison and breakdown the latest regarding these two flagship devices.

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Here, in an effort to help prepare potential buyers, we take a look at the Galaxy Note 4 vs Galaxy S5.

Design

Every year, Samsung improves its Galaxy S design. Samsung’s Galaxy S5 comes with a vastly different design than the Galaxy S4.

For those that haven’t been hands-on with the Galaxy S5 or simply need a refresher course, here is what we found after going hands on with the device for several months:

A removable dimpled back cover made of soft touch material seals the internals of the phone so that it can survive for up to 30 minutes in three feet of water. This doesn’t sound like much, but it means the sink, a toilet or a puddle will not break the Galaxy S5 like other smartphones.

Silver trim on the edge of the Galaxy S5 looks like metal, but it is actually plastic that can scratch and scuff. The Galaxy Note 3 features the same style silver band and after 9 months there is a chip out of it from a bump against keys or a rough surface.

The front of the Galaxy S5 looks beautiful with a slight etched design hidden behind a large span of strengthened glass. Thin bezels flank the sides and there are an array of sensors at the top of the device near a Samsung logo. There is a physical home button and two capacitive touch buttons on the bottom edge. The home button includes a fingerprint scanner that can unlock the phone, but it is not as reliable as the iPhone 5s’ Touch ID feature…

The device looks and feels a whole lot different than the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 which does not have dust or water resistant technology, does not have a fingerprint sensor and features a faux leather plastic back that we did not fall in love with. Fortunately, it looks like the Galaxy Note 4 will feature something different and perhaps, come with some of the same design characteristics found on the Galaxy S5.

Galaxy Note 4 design rumors suggest that we’ll see a fingerprint sensor, an IP67 certification (dust and water resistance) and the same four colors that debuted on the Galaxy S5 (blue, white, black and gold). The Galaxy Note 4′s overall design, however, remains out of reach.

We don’t need more fake leather on the Galaxy Note 4.

The device’s build material remains a mystery at this point though rumors out of Korea continue to point to a metal design. There’s no proof and we don’t have any leaked images or schematics to draw from so we’re skeptical. Samsung is well know for using plastic designs.

Unfortunately, we may not see the Galaxy Note 4 design emerge until the fall. Samsung almost always clamps down on its designs and very rarely do we see them emerge ahead of launch.

Here are the key takeaways for those interested in both devices:

  • Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 design may not leak out, as a whole, until just before its launch date. That means dimensions and build materials might be out of reach up until the announcement.
  • The Galaxy Note 4 will likely come with some of the Galaxy S5 design’s core elements. A fingerprint reader seems all but confirmed and we would not be surprised if it came with some sort of protection against dust and water.
Display

Without question, the Samsung Galaxy S5′s 5.1-inch display is one of the best that we’ve ever used. Its size, 5.1-inches, is perfect for gaming, browsing the web, reading, and taking calls and its 1920 x 1080 resolution makes sure that all of that looks and feels outstanding. Its better looking than the Galaxy Note 3′s display but it’s smaller.

Galaxy Note 4 rumors suggest that we’ll see the same size difference between the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S but that the Galaxy Note will take a leap when it comes to resolution.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is rumored to be coming with a large QHD (Quad HD) display. As we’ve pointed out, QHD resolution will offer higher resolution gaming, something that’s key on a device of this size, and it will also sharpen the look of movies, television shows and other content. As we noted in our review of the LG G3, QHD is more than just a marketing gimmick.

Here’s what to make of all of this:

  • Given the mountain of evidence, it’s pretty clear that the Galaxy Note 4 will have a better screen resolution than the Galaxy S5. This will help it keep pace with the LG G3 and perhaps, the iPhone 6.
  • It’s hard to see a shift in screen size at this point. Everything we’ve seen points to 5.7-inches and with a 5.9-inch device on the way, there isn’t much room for movement.
  • Yes, the Galaxy Note 4 will be a large phone, larger than the Galaxy S5. This is both a gift and a curse. Gift because it’s great for movies, games and the S Pen, curse because the phone will likely be very large.
Specs

While the display and design will likely be in focus on the Galaxy Note 4, Samsung’s new Galaxy Note release will come equipped with a number of other specifications to help bolster its spec sheet. Here, we put the latest rumors together. Keep in mind, this is a partial spec sheet but it should give you an idea about what to expect from the device when it arrives.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Samsung Galaxy S5
  • Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor (U.S.)
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • 5.1-inch FHD display
  • 16GB storage option
  • 2.1MP front-facing camera
  • 16MP rear-facing camera
  • 2,800 mAh battery
  • 802.11ac WiFi
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • NFC
  • Heart rate sensor

Key things to take away from this:

  • It’s clear, from where we’re standing, that the Galaxy Note 4 is going to come with the usual spec upgrades fitting of a device from 2014. Rumors have continually pointed to new processors and it looks like Samsung could split it into Snapdragon and Exynos chips once again. Look for it to outperform the Galaxy S5 in benchmarks.
  • Camera rumors continue to hint at the inclusion of OIS, Optical Image Stabilization, so it’s possible that this will be a key feature on the Galaxy Note 4. The Galaxy S5 was also rumored to have OIS though those rumors did not pan out.

Users can remove the back for access to a battery and Micro SD card slot.

  • The Galaxy Note 4 is thought to have 32GB of storage though a microSD card slot has not been rumored. The Galaxy Note 3 comes in 32GB variants in the United States.
  • The Galaxy Note typically has a larger battery than the Galaxy S. The Galaxy Note 3 has some of the best battery life in the business. Given the likelihood of the QHD display, we’re expecting a massive battery for the Galaxy Note 4. We would not be surprised if this was a focal point.
  • The UV sensor on the Galaxy Note 4 could be a nice addition. The Galaxy S5 does not have one.
Software

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 won’t have the same software feature-set as the Galaxy S5. Samsung always outfits its new devices with new TouchWiz software features and in the case of the Galaxy Note 4, we could also see it make some additions for its S Pen. The Galaxy S5 is not compatible with the S Pen.

Here are a few of the rumored changes though these are old. We haven’t seen any recent Galaxy Note 4 software leaks though we imagine a few will leak out as we get closer to its launch event.

  • Smart Fingerprint -  It wasn’t fully detailed but it’s assumed that it has something to do with being able to customize a fingerprint reader for certain actions.
  • Multi Network for Booster -  Could be similar to the Download Booster feature on the Galaxy S5 that combines Wi-Fi and cellular data for faster download speeds.
  • Swipe to Launch Motion Launcher -  Could be similar to Motion Launch on the HTC One M8.
  • Aqua Capture – Possibly similar to the Aqua Mode found on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active. Aqua Mode allowed Galaxy S4 Active users to take photos underwater.

If Galaxy Note 4 does come with new software, it’s possible that the Galaxy S5 will get some of the features in a later Android update. Older devices tend to get new software features. Just don’t expect S Pen software features to magically appear.

It’s still not clear if the Galaxy Note 4 will run Android 4.4 KitKat or Android L though given the Android L release rumors, consumers should expect it to run Android 4.4 KitKat and perhaps, Android 4.4.3 KitKat or Android 4.4.4. The Galaxy S5 is currently on Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

Carriers

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is rumored for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon. Same as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The Galaxy Note series is typically more limited than the Galaxy S which means that the Galaxy S5 could hold a little bit of an advantage here.

It’s available on all five of those networks in addition to several other pre-paid and regional carriers including Virgin Mobile, Boost Mobile, Cricket and C Spire Wireless.

Release Date

Over the last few weeks it has become clear that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will launch in September. Every single Galaxy Note 4 launch rumor puts the announcement inside of September and more specifically, near IFA 2014 in Berlin, Germany. September 3rd has been rumored as a possibility though the specific date of Samsung’s presumed Unpacked event isn’t yet known.

As for the Galaxy Note 4 release date, the Galaxy S5 could be joined in just a few short weeks. A recent report suggests that we could see a quick turnaround from announcement date to release date. Production will reportedly start soon and the device is thought to be coming out much sooner than the Galaxy Note 3 did last year.

Samsung’s turnaround with the Galaxy Note 3 was about three weeks so it could be that Samsung gets the Galaxy Note 4 out within two weeks or less if the rumors are true. Given that the device is likely going to be up against the iPhone 6 in September, it’s possible that Samsung will hustle to get the Galaxy Note 4 out on shelves.

Quick Advice

At this point, we’re advising that you wait for the Galaxy Note 4 to arrive before buying either device. Both come with some charming characteristics and the Galaxy Note 4, in particular, could be the massive overhaul that many consumers have been waiting for.

Should the Galaxy Note 4 not live up to your standards, the Galaxy S5 won’t be too hard to find. In fact, it’s almost certainly going to be cheaper once the new Galaxy Note touches down. Right now it can be found for cheap but we wouldn’t be surprised if the arrival of the iPhone 6 and Galaxy Note 4 knock it down even further.

So if you can, hold off. The Galaxy Note 4 looks like a solid Galaxy S5 rival.

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Galaxy S5 vs. Galaxy Note 4 Rumor Breakdown is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to Change the LG G3 On-screen Buttons

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 22:25

How to Change the LG G3 On-screen Buttons is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Just like the LG G2 last year and a few other phones from LG, the all new LG G3 is extremely customizable out of the box. Users have an array of options they can select to change the overall look and feel of the device. A prime example is being able to completely change the on-screen buttons as you see fit.

The new LG G3 has tons of extremely impressive specs and features, like the 13 megapixel laser auto-focus camera, but if you’ve recently picked up the new phone and would like to change the on-screen button layout to match a previous device, or just to add a bit of customization, we’ll explain exactly how to do so below.

Read: How to Take a Screenshot on the LG G3

Most smartphones have either dedicated capacitive touch buttons, like the Galaxy S5, or on-screen keys that can’t be changed like the Nexus 5 or Moto X. However, LG wants to let users change things as they see fit, and thankfully the on-screen keys are fully customizable. Head on past the break for more details and a quick how to video.

Out of the box the LG G3 comes with three standard buttons on the bottom of the display. These are back, home, and the multi-tasking menu button, from left to right. However, if you’re coming from a Samsung device many of theirs have the back button on the right side instead, requiring users to change where they tap, which often causes problems for the first few weeks of owning a device.

Sadly there’s no standard for the buttons on Android, as Google allows manufacturers to change it as they’d like, which is one of the strengths of Android. That being said, this often causes users to get confused, or frustrated when they pick up a new device. Thankfully LG has solved this problem by letting you rearrange the buttons however you’d like. Below is how to do it.

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Instead of hacking and installing 3rd party software to customize your device, LG has all these options and advanced customization controls right in the settings menu.

Simply head to settings by tapping the gear-shaped menu button at the top of the notification bar, or in the app tray. From here you’ll navigate to the third column titled “Display” and the third option down is “Home touch buttons”.

Tap here and you’ll quickly be able to change the button combination, layout, and add up to five buttons. You can then select white or black background options, and even add gradation.

Check out our quick how to video below for more details on this simple mod.

While there isn’t as many options as some third party ROM’s in the Android hacking community, LG has a decent offering. Users can rearrange all the icons, change the color, or add a button to pull the notification bar down (convenient so you’re not stretching to the top of that 5.5-inch screen) as well as an instant screenshot function with QuickMemo+, QSlide for multitasking, and even dual window mode if you’d like to multitask and have two apps on the screen at the same time.

Lastly there’s an option to actually hide the home buttons completely while using certain apps. Android does this in some instances by default, but LG gives the user complete control. This means you can make certain apps go full-screen, if you’d like, which is a nice touch.

Read: 10 Best LG G3 Cases

Simply rearrange the buttons or color as you see fit and you’ll instantly see the changes. From here just hit home and you’re all done. You’ve now successfully changed the look, feel, and operation of the LG G3 in a matter of seconds. Enjoy!

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How to Change the LG G3 On-screen Buttons is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iPhone 6 Release Date: 15 Things to Expect

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 21:36

iPhone 6 Release Date: 15 Things to Expect is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

With Apple’s iPhone 6 release now on the horizon, we want to take a look at what we expect from Apple’s rumored, but inevitable, iPhone 6 release date.

Apple’s iPhone 6 is thought to be part of a massive product pipeline, a pipeline that Apple veteran Eddy Cue says is the most impressive in his 25 years at the company. Apple’s iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite updates are a part of that pipeline and according to rumors, we could see two new iPads in the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, an iWatch, and a brand new iPhone 6.

iPhone 6 rumors have been rampant in recent months with leaks alluding to iPhone 6 specs, iPhone 6 software and the all-important, iPhone 6 release date. Over time, the rumors that were once mere whispers have gotten louder. In the past few weeks alone we’ve seen several iPhone 6 rumors start to firm up including details about its design, its display, camera, battery, and more. We’ve also heard quite a bit about the iPhone 6 release date.

All along, iPhone 6 release rumors have pointed to an arrival in Apple’s fall launch window. Its a window that the company has used for several years now after moving away from WWDC and the summer. Vague release rumors have, in the past few weeks, become more specific perhaps because Apple’s internal timeline is starting to shape up.

iPhone 6 release date rumors tell us that we could be just weeks away from an announcement and more importantly, a release onto shelves. These details haven’t been confirmed by Apple but they do come from credible sources with proven track records, something that helps to solidify them in the build up to the announcement.

Sources haven’t settled on specific dates though dates in September are certainly looking good. And while the smoke has yet to settle around the iPhone 6 and its release date, there are some things that consumers can expect based on rumors, based on history and based on logic.

Here is what we expect from Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 release date.

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The first thing anxious consumers can expect from the iPhone 6 release date is for it to be confirmed on stage during Apple’s iPhone event. Apple always offers a concrete release date at the end of the show and it’s hard to expect anything less from Apple this time around.

Right now, rumors indicate that Apple is looking to host an iPhone event in the middle of September. A specific date hasn’t been nailed just yet so it’s possible that things could shift. However, with iPhone 6 release date rumors almost universally pointing to September, it’s looking like it’ll only be a few weeks before Apple arms consumers around the world with a release date.

iOS 8 Release Date First

Apple will almost certainly detail another important release date on stage. iOS 8, the update that the company introduced back at WWDC 2014, is scheduled to be released to the public this fall. Rumors indicate that the company could be just one beta update away from the iOS 8 GM, the update that Apple will release to the public.

The company will almost certainly unveil iOS 8′s release date on stage with the iPhone 6 and based on Apple’s history, we fully expect the iOS 8 update to emerge a few days before Apple releases the iPhone 6. At this point, a release in mid-to-late September after carrier testing is looking like the most plausible outcome.

One iPhone 6 Release Date in September

As we pointed out in our recent iPhone 6 release date rumor breakdown, the iPhone 6 is heavily rumored for an arrival during the month of September with September 19th rumored as a possible date. The company’s 4.7-inch iPhone 6, the model that’s been rumored ad nauseum in the past few months, seems like the safest bet for a September arrival with 5.5-inch iPhone 6 release rumors unable to firm up.

Sources continue to disagree about the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 release. While some believe that Apple will push the two out at the same time, recent reports indicate that we could see a delay. Respected KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, a man known for his ability to accurately predict Apple launches based on information from Asian supply chain sources, is still not sure when the device will arrive.

While he initially said that he expected it before the end of 2015, he and others believe that there’s a chance that it could miss this year and be pushed into next year.

Despite the discrepancies, it’s clear that at least one iPhone 6 variant will arrive within the next few weeks as Apple sets itself up for a massive holiday shopping season. A release in September allows it to work out the supply kinks ahead of Black Friday, one of the biggest shipping says of the year.

Staggered Dates Based on Region

On September 20th, the iPhone 5s was released in the following countries:

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

About a month later, after Apple worked through its supply issues, the device debuted in a number of other countries. Months after that, we finally saw the iPhone 5s arrive in Indonesia. It landed there on January 26th, 2014. The point is this.

Apple typically uses a staggered iPhone release date. The first batch of countries are usually the key battlegrounds, places like China and the United States, huge countries with lots of users. Smaller regions tend to see the iPhone launch in the days and weeks after the initial release as Apple’s supply settles down.

iPhone 6 rumors suggest that Apple has placed a massive order for the iPhone 6, around 70 million units or so, but we still expect Apple to break the iPhone 6 release date up and avoid releasing the device all at once.

Staggered Release Dates in U.S.

We also expect it to break it up in the United States. While major U.S. carriers like AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon will likely get the device on the first day of availability, smaller regional and pre-paid carriers like C Spire Wireless and Bluegrass Wireless probably won’t get it until a little bit after the initial release day.

Historically, smaller and pre-paid carriers in the U.S. have offered the iPhone just a few weeks after the initial release though there is no telling how long the iPhone 6 release might take. We would just expect there to be some kind of wait beyond the initial release.

Release During Working Week

Apple never releases its iPhone during the weekend. It always releases it during the working week. That means Monday through Friday in the United States. The company loves the attention particularly the attention that the media gives to its Apple Store retail locations. Don’t be surprised if Tim Cook and Co. walk around shaking peoples hands during the iPhone 6 release day.

This is a new, friendlier version of Apple and Cook and his colleagues are going to want to foster that image at a time when people are on a computer or watching television. That’s less likely to happen on the weekend.

Friday Likely

Apple loves to release its iPhone on Friday. The past two iPhones, the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5, both arrived on a Friday in late September. Again, Friday provides for maximum exposure. It’s also the day that many people can take off in order to line up for a chance to buy the iPhone. Friday makes the most sense for an iPhone 6 release though it’s far from guaranteed.

Midnight Orders

Apple likes to put the iPhone on sale at midnight. Doesn’t matter if it’s preorders or the official release date, Apple tends to put the device on sale, online, at the stroke of midnight. Last year’s iPhone 5s went on sale at midnight on its release day. The company failed to produce a preorder, likely in an attempt to drive sales to Apple Stores.

We expect something similar from the iPhone 6 given that midnight orders are essentially a tradition at this point. Plan to be up late if you want first dibs on Apple’s brand new iPhone release.

Stores To Open Early

This isn’t an Android smartphone release. Stores are going to be opening up early on release day to accommodate the hordes of Apple fans and average consumers that want to get their hands on the iPhone 6 on day one.

Apple Stores will almost certainly open up at 8AM or so to appease the masses while carrier stores and retailers should open their doors around the same time local time. Those that miss out on the initial online orders are going to have to brave the crowds and head on down to a store in order to secure the device on its first day.

Loads of Retailers

We mentioned retailers. There is a very good chance that retailers like Best Buy and RadioShack will offer the iPhone 6. While these retailers won’t offer the same kind of seamless experience found at Apple’s Stores, they’re going to be a solid alternative to carrier stores and to those that simply don’t want to order their device through Apple online.

The Need to Line Up Early

While we didn’t see insane lines for the iPhone 5s, we certainly did see some queues. And with the iPhone 5 users coming off contract and the iPhone 6 coming with a redesign and a larger display, there is going to be a ton of demand for this device. We expect there to be lines for the iPhone 6 and if consumers that want the pick of the litter are going to expect the need to arrive early.

Generally, carrier stores and retail stores aren’t as stocked as Apple Stores. In other words, their inventory is often extremely uneven. The fastest to go is typically the 16GB model. The gold color flew off the shelves last year and there’s a chance that it will this year.

So, those that have a specific iPhone 6 in mind are going to want to think about ordering as soon as it goes on sale or perhaps lining up early in front of a store in order to secure the proper color and storage.

Headaches

Those planning to get the iPhone 6 on its release date should expect to encounter a few headaches. Whether that’s websites crashing or moving slow, order receipts that spew out confusing details, shipping times that skyrocket in the minutes after the release, customer service agents that confuse rather than help, or something else, we expect to hear and see some horror stories.

Last year’s iPhone 5s release was much smoother than the iPhone 5 release but we still saw some of the same complaints emerge in and around the iPhone 5s release date. Consumers that plan ahead are the people that will endure the least amount of problems.

Few iPhone 6 Deals

One of the top Android smartphones, the LG G3, saw its price dip to $99 almost immediately after its release. Don’t expect to see such a drop with the iPhone 6. While top of the line Android smartphones usually hit the bargain bin just a few days after release, the iPhone generally holds steady.

Sure, we might see Walmart undercut its fellow retailers with a cheaper price tag, but don’t expect the price cut to be $100. If consumers are lucky, we’ll see a retailer knock $10 to $20 off the iPhone 6 price.

As we get closer to Black Friday, we might see some iPhone 6 deals emerge but again, the smart ones won’t count on iPhone 6 deals. Expect the need to pay full price.

Cheaper iPhone 5s

Expect the iPhone 5s price to dip. When an iPhone gets replaced, its price gets cut. If the iPhone 5s sticks around at the Apple Store, there’s no way Apple will charge $199.99 on-contract. We could see it push the device down to its $99 slot though that remains unconfirmed.

Even if Apple kills off the iPhone 5s like it did to the iPhone 5, retailers will chop the price of the iPhone 5s down to make it more attractive next to the iPhone 6 and the various Android devices on the market.

Trade-in Prices to Decline As We Get Closer

Finally, expect iPhone trade-in prices to dip as we get closer to the iPhone 6 release date. Right now, resellers like Gazelle and NextWorth are offering quite a bit of cash for iPhones of all shapes and sizes. However, as we push towards the iPhone 6 release date, expect those deals to shrink. We saw something similar happen last year as we approached the iPhone 5s release.

What this means is that those looking to get rid of their current iPhone will want to keep an eye on trade-in prices as the days and weeks go on.

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iPhone 6 Release Date: 15 Things to Expect is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Facebook Messenger Forced Update: What to Know

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 15:20

Facebook Messenger Forced Update: What to Know is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

Learn about the new Facebook Messenger forced update that requires Facebook users download a new Facebook Messenger app to see and send messages on iPhone or Android and why some users are upset.

The Facebook app on iPhone and Android no longer supports sending Facebook messages to other users. Instead Facebook is pushing users to install the separate Facebook Messenger app to send messages and make free voice calls.

Opening the Facebook app on iPhone or Android currently warns users that they need to download the Facebook Messenger app with multiple warnings.

Here’s why you need to install the Facebook Messenger according to Facebook, and why people are mad.

Most users will see, “Update about your messages” and “Update about messages.” These updates tell users that the reason for the move is that Facebook Messenger is more reliable and faster than using the standard Facebook app. this update also tells users how many of their friends are using the Facebook Messenger app, a number that will grow a lot this week. Facebook also provides more details in a help guide.

Read: 3 Reasons to Use Facebook Messenger

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If you leave the app and come back in you may be able to continue sending Facebook messages inside the regular Facebook app for the short-term, but you will eventually need to download and install the Facebook Messenger app for iPhone or Android.

Simply put, if you want to use Facebook messages on your iPhone or Android you need to download the Facebook Messenger app from Google Play or from iTunes. This is not a large file, and it will sign in using your Facebook app so setup is a breeze.

With the Facebook Messenger app users can make free phone calls to other Facebook users. When you connect to WiFi you can make a free call, just like you would through the regular phone app on your device, but now it is over the Internet so calling someone in another country is free, and you can make calls when you have no cell service.

You can also use the Facebook Messenger app to make voice calls over your data connection, but if you use too much data it could end up costing you.

If you want to send Facebook messages you’ll need the Facebook Messenger app.

With the Facebook Messenger app on iPhone and Android it is also easier to send photos and videos to friends and manage group chats. Chat heads also keep the people you are talking to in easy view on some devices.

Not everyone is happy about the forced Facebook Messenger switch. A number of users do not like the forced update to Facebook Messenger because the app requires more permission to view your information on your phone. The Facebook Messenger app asks for access to more of your text messages and phone calls. On Android the app requires the following permissions for phone and text;

  • edit your text messages (SMS or MMS)
  • receive text messages (SMS)
  • read your text messages (SMS or MMS)
  • send SMS messages
  • receive text messages (MMS)
  • directly call phone numbers
  • read call log

The standard Facebook app already includes some of these including the ability to read your text messages and the ability to read and write to the call log and directly call phone numbers, but some users are simply ready to draw the line in handing over more permission to Facebook.

Facebook is moving everyone over to the Facebook Messenger app starting today.

Ultimately it is your choice to install the Facebook Messenger app or even the standard Facebook app, depending how much information you want to give to Facebook. You can compare the permissions from the Facebook Messenger and Facebook apps on Google Play.

Another reason some users don’t want to use the standalone Facebook Messenger app is simply due to the number of other messaging apps they already have installed on iPhone or Android.

Facebook Messenger app reviews took a beating from angry users over the last several days. Here’s a selection of complaints.

“Why do we have to move to this stupid app” – errinnirre

“Not happy. I had this then deleted it because it was a memory burden not worth the trouble.” – Kathy Mccarthy

“Why do we need a separate app to chat? I prefer the regular Facebook app, this just takes up space and is very confusing.” – Cade Byers

“I am not going be pushed into using anything I don’t want to use. Uninstalling and using a thing we call email or texting. Facebook doesn’t rule the universe yet. It doesn’t dictate what it’s customers do.” – Alyssa Phillips

For all the complaining, this action spiked Facebook Messenger to the #1 position in the iPhone app store and the Google Play Store on July 29, 2014. Some of the negative reviews complain, but don’t go as far as actually quitting the app.

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iPhones Will Soon Replace Door Keys at Hilton Hotels

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 15:09

iPhones Will Soon Replace Door Keys at Hilton Hotels is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

Hilton Hotels is taking a revolutionary leap into the future by turning your iPhone into a front desk replacement, allowing guests to check in, check out and even unlock their room door with their iPhones.

The company says that through its Hilton HHonors mobile app, guests will be able to do things like select their room, look at floor plans, check into their room, and check out by the end of this year.

Furthermore, Hilton hopes to allow guests to unlock their room door with their iPhone at over 4,000 Hilton hotels around the world by 2016. The digital check-in service and room selection will also be available at those 4,000 locations as well.

Guests will also be able use their iPhone or iPad to purchase upgrades or make special requests before arriving. The ability to actually select your room is a feature that any hotel guest would love to have. Of course, most of the time you can ask for a specific area in the hotel, but the Hilton mobile app will allow guests to select the exact room that they want, provided that the specific room is available on the dates needed.

The first stage of the new features will include digital check-in and room selection. This is scheduled to begin rolling out in the US by the end of the summer at a handful of Hilton-owned hotels, including Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites, with DoubleTree and Embassy Suites getting the features later in the fall. A worldwide rollout is planned to be completed by the end of the year.

The digital room key feature for iPhones and other smartphones will be rolling out to a handful of US Hilton hotels starting next year, with a majority of hotels gaining the feature by the end of 2016. This is mostly due to the fact that Hilton will have to physically swap out door locks for each and every door in each and every hotel it operates. While it might be a rather easy feat to simply swap out door locks, the shear number of them means that fully replacing them will take a while.

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This initiative by Hilton marks the first time that a hotel will be taking advantage of the growing number of smartphones in the world and allowing guests to use them as digital door keys and a front desk replacement, essentially.

Of course, door locks can still be opened with a key card and guests will still be able to check in the old fashioned way, but for those who have an iPhone, there’s no reason not to download the Hilton HHonors app and take a step into the future.

One thing we are wondering, though, is how your smartphone will communicate with your door lock. Hilton didn’t detail this, but we’re guessing it could be through Bluetooth and you’ll have to enter in a quick passcode to unlock your room door, similar to how you enter in a four-digit passcode to unlock your iPhone. We’re not sure exactly how the company plans to implement the technology, but nonetheless, it should be a great feature to have, and we hope that more hotel companies take notice and follow suit.

Of course, there’s the obvious concern about security and how hackable a system like this will be. Anything is hackable, obviously, but we’re curious if Hilton will come across any sticky situations down the line once the system has been fully rolled out. We wouldn’t be surprised to hear a few stories about hackers trying to get through the digital door lock system.

 

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iPhones Will Soon Replace Door Keys at Hilton Hotels is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Love Child: HBO Documentary Explores Deadly Video Game Addiction

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 01:53

Love Child: HBO Documentary Explores Deadly Video Game Addiction is a post by Xavier Lanier from Gotta Be Mobile.

A new HBO documentary premieres tonight on HBO and HBO GO that examines video game and Internet addiction and their consequences. Love Child focuses on a South Korean couple that let their infant daughter starve to death while they played a video game for up to 12 hours per day. The pair managed to nurture an animated character in the game while letting their child die.

Video game addiction is a very serious matter that affects people in a variety of ways. The film discusses video game addiction from the worst possible vantage point. Obviously the death is an outlier case, but as you can see in the trailer below, the film does delve into video game addiction as a serious psychiatric issue.

In the trailer, a voiceover mentions emotional shutdown and withdrawal as two symptoms.  There’s also a flurry of gaming devices displayed, including an iOS device.

Above is an NPR interview of Valerie Veatch, the producer and director of Love Child.As she explains in the interview, the husband only spent a year in jail and the mother didn’t spend any time in jail. Why? They used an unprecedented defense, claiming that they couldn’t tell the difference between the online world and the real world. The producer says that there was a similar case in the United States in 2013. A couple let their three-year-old die of starvation as they spent their days performing as DJ’s in Second Life, another virtual world.

Love Child is available on the HBO Go app now for those with active HBO cable and satellite subscriptions.

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Love Child: HBO Documentary Explores Deadly Video Game Addiction is a post by Xavier Lanier from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iPhone 6 Available for Pre-Order Now…for $4,495

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 01:09

iPhone 6 Available for Pre-Order Now…for $4,495 is a post by Xavier Lanier from Gotta Be Mobile.

The iPhone 6 is available for pre-order right now, but you’ll have to fork over $4,495 to reserve one from a reseller that will finish it in 24k gold or platinum. If that’s not enough bling for you, the company will encrust the Apple logo with diamonds and charge you $8,395. The official iPhone 6 announcement isn’t expected until September and those who order this super expensive version will have to wait three to four weeks after the iPhone 6 is released to the masses to receive their ‘Lux iPhone 6′ models.

Apple is expected to ship two versions of the iPhone 6 this fall, with both boasting larger displays. The Lux iPhone 6 will be based off of the rumored 4.7″ iPhone6. According to Brikk, the luxury goods company behind the product, each iPhone 6 will be disassembled in its lab in Los Angeles (because where else could a gadget like this be made?). The iPhone 6 units will be hand polished, preped and plated with five layers of metal before they’re plated with two layers of gold or platinum. Some of the units will have high-grade diamonds placed in a custom bezel around the logo. After that’s all done, they’ll be reassembled and placed into a custom metal box before being shipped out to customers.

Read: iPhone 6: 10 Ways Apple Could Make the Perfect iPhone

Besides the precious metal and diamonds, the Brikk’s iPhone 6 will be identical to the versions sold directly by Apple and its partners. Of course, we don’t know exactly what the iPhone 6 will look like since Apple has been quiet on the issue, but there have been a ton of leaked photos, parts and rumors that give us a very good idea of what it will look like. Sample mock ups, such as the one in the above video are being used by companies to build cases and other accessories ahead of the official launch.

Besides making the assumption that the iPhone 6 will have a 4.7″ display, Brikk is also guessing that the iPhone 6 will come with a 128GB storage capacity. That’s a much needed enhancement that most people will benefit from a lot more than a couple of grams of gold or platinum lathered onto their iPhones.

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If you’re taken in by the idea of spending thousands of dollars on the iPhone 6, head over to Brikk’s website and place your pre-oder with a $500 deposit. If you can’t afford the $4,495 for the upcoming iPhone 6, they’re having a 40% off sale on gold-plated iPhone 5s units that start at only $2,397.

Before you laugh off the idea of a gold or platinum iPhone 6, remember that there are indeed people willing to spend thousands on phones. Luxury phone maker Vertu has sold phones that cost $10,000 for years. We don’t recommend buying luxury phones, but like it or not there’s a market for devices like the Lux iPhone 6.

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iPhone 6 Available for Pre-Order Now…for $4,495 is a post by Xavier Lanier from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat Update Pushed Way Back

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 21:55

Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat Update Pushed Way Back is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

One of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat updates has been pushed back close to the fall.

Since January, Samsung has been pushing out Android 4.4 KitKat updates to many of its top devices including the Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 3, and Galaxy Note 2. The company has made steady progress pushing out Android 4.4.2 KitKat to a number of variants in a number of regions around the world including the United States where the update is available for all four of these mainstream devices.

However, there is still work to be done. Samsung still owes Android 4.4 KitKat updates to a number of big name devices including variants of the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2. And while some of those updates appear to be on the horizon, we’re starting to see some unreleased updates pushed back close to the fall.

Australian carrier Telstra today released an updated Android update schedule, a schedule that details a number of its missing Android updates including the Android 4.4 KitKat update for its Galaxy Note 2 4G. According to Telstra, “Samsung have further delayed test submission to 15 August” which in turn has pushed back the update’s ETA to September and more specifically, September 15th.

September 15th is an extremely generic ETA and it could be that the update rolls out before or after that date. Everything depends on Samsung’s testing and the testing that Telstra will ultimately have to perform to ensure the update is ready for public consumption. Testing is extremely unpredictable and updates often encounter delays. A delay of nearly two months though is pretty rough, even by Android standards.

It’s not clear how this delay will affect other carriers that are in the same boat. Optus and Vodafone have yet to push out their Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat updates and neither has provided concrete details about its release. French carrier SFR, which says that it plans to push out the update in early August, has not relayed any news about a delay.

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T-Mobile is the only carrier in the United States that’s yet to roll out a Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade and it’s still not clear when the carrier plans to make the upgrade available. T-Mobile typically does not confirm updates ahead of time and instead confirms them on the day of their release. In other words, T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 owners may not get a heads up before the Android 4.4 KitKat update touches down.

At this point, we assume that these carriers are working on Android 4.4.2 KitKat for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Samsung has yet to confirm Android 4.4.3 KitKat or Android 4.4.4 KitKat updates for its Galaxy devices and it seems content to roll out Android 4.4.2 KitKat despite the presence of the new versions.

Android 4.4.3 KitKat and Android 4.4.4 KitKat represent crucial bug fixes for Google’s Android software. And with Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, and Galaxy Note 2 users complaining about a number of Android 4.4.2 KitKat problems, users are starting to wonder if they’ll get Android 4.4.3 KitKat or Android 4.4.4 KitKat like other top Android smartphones.

With Android L looming in the distance, it’s possible that Samsung will shift its attention to Google’s upcoming update, expected to arrive sometime later this year alongside new Nexus devices. Android L, unlike Android 4.4 KitKat, is a major Android update that features changes to the UI in addition to brand new features.

While Samsung’s rivals have confirmed Android L updates, Samsung remains silent about upcoming Android L updates. Newer devices like the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 3 should get the update down the road though that remains unconfirmed. We should see details start to trickle out as we move closer to the fall and the Android L release date.

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Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat Update Pushed Way Back is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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LG G3 Deal Delivers $100 Best Buy Gift Card

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 21:07

LG G3 Deal Delivers $100 Best Buy Gift Card is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

If you’re in the market for a new smartphone, Best Buy has one of the best deals we’ve seen yet for the all-new LG G3 released earlier this month in the United States. While we’ve seen various deals arrive since launch, this will get buyers a $100 gift card absolutely free.

The new flagship LG G3 was announced back in May and eventually launched around the globe before the end of June, but sadly buyers in the United States had to wait an additional 2-3 weeks before Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint started offering the new handset.

Read: 10 Best LG G3 Cases

Now that the LG G3 is readily available for those interested, more and more deals offering huge savings have appeared. We’ve seen Verizon lower the 2-year contract price to just $99, and that’s being matched by Best Buy and Amazon. However, if you’d like to upgrade early using Sprint Easy Pay, Verizon Edge, or AT&T Next and get a free $100 gift card, read on for more details.

Last week Best Buy launched a big promotion for the new LG G3 offering a pretty good incentive for buyers to head into their retail stores, rather than going to a carrier store instead. Best Buy Mobile offers smartphones from all carriers, of all shapes and sizes, and the LG G3 now comes with a good deal attached to it.

Prospective LG G3 buyers will want to check out Best Buy before heading into their carriers store and buying the new LG G3 with a 2-year contract, as Best Buy has a great deal that gets you the phone for $0 down, and comes with a bonus $100 gift card.

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The new thing in smartphone sales here in the United States isn’t to lock buyers into a 2-year contract with the carrier, and instead offer smartphones for $0 and have the customer sign up for a payment plan. Allowing users to spend no money up front, but make $25-29 monthly payments for 2-years until the smartphone is paid off in full. This is still a contract, but only for the phone instead of a contract with your carrier. Essentially like a car payment plan, but for your smartphone.

Read: How to Take a Screenshot on the LG G3

T-Mobile was first to offer these type of payment plans, but since they’ve been followed by awesome options from Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon. The deal today excludes T-Mobile, for whatever reason, but if you’re using any of the other three major carriers you’ll want to take notice.

Those signing up for service with Sprint Easy Pay, AT&T Next, or the Verizon Edge payment plan offerings can do so at Best Buy and get a $100 gift card. This can be used for anything from cases, screen protectors, to even a new Xbox game and more. Perfect for back to school shopping or some new headphones to go with that shiny new LG G3 smartphone.

As you can see from the screengrab above, this deal is only available in-store, as well as for “well-qualified buyers” only. The $0 down option is usually pretty easy to get from all carriers, but Best Buy may require users with slightly higher credit before handing out a $100 gift card.

So what does this deal get you? You’ll walk into a Best Buy store and walk out with a brand new impressive LG G3 smartphone while spending $0 dollars (unless you buy other things) and to put a cherry on top customers will get a $100 gift card. This essentially makes the LG G3 $100 less, and gives you a little spending cash.

The LG G3 is the most impressive smartphone thus far in 2014, and has tons of top-tier features that sets it apart from the competition. If you’re considering making the plunge this deal may help push you over the fence, otherwise check out our full LG G3 Review for more details.

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LG G3 Deal Delivers $100 Best Buy Gift Card is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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5 New Nexus 6 Rumors Emerge

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 16:32

5 New Nexus 6 Rumors Emerge is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

A new Nexus 8 (also known as the Nexus 9) tablet is rumored for arrival alongside Google’s new Android L release. And while the Nexus 8 could still arrive alone, new Nexus 6 rumors suggest that we could see Motorola release a brand new Nexus smartphone this year to compete with the iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and others.

For months we’ve heard rumors about a Nexus 8 tablet, a device that’s supposedly being made by HTC, the manufacturer behind the original Nexus smartphone, the Nexus One. Nexus 8 rumors suggest that the company will be pushing the device live later on this year alongside a brand new Android L release from Google.

Earlier this the year, we saw Nexus 6 rumors point to a release from LG. However, in the build up to Google I/O, it appeared that Google’s rumored Nexus 6 was dead in the water thanks to the company’s Android Silver program, a high-end program that’s said to be coming in early 2015. While it was initially thought to be replacing the Nexus program, Google itself denied that that would be the case opening the doors for more Nexus-branded devices.

While the Nexus 8 is thought to be one of those Nexus devices, rumors suggest that we could potentially see Motorola release a brand new Nexus smartphone with a massive display. Thanks to a new report from Android Police, Nexus 6 rumors have flared back up and it looks like the Nexus 8 tablet and Android L update could be joined by a new Nexus smartphone later this year.

Many of the details remain unclear though the report details five new Nexus 6 rumors. First, and maybe most important, the device is said to be from Motorola, maker of the Moto X and Moto G. Motorola is expected to release a follow up to its Moto X, dubbed Moto X+1, but it appears that we could see Motorola push out a brand new Nexus smartphone in the future.

Motorola Nexus smartphone rumors have popped up before, most recently at the tail end of last year ahead of the holidays and the Moto G launch, so while this information appears to be solid, it’s possible that plans could change in the weeks ahead. LG’s Nexus 6 looked like a solid bet until the rug was abruptly pulled out from underneath it.

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Motorola Nexus 6 rumors point to a massive 5.9-inch display with an unknown resolution. This would put the display on par with the 5.7-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and could position the phone against the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6, both of which are rumored for 2014. If true, the Nexus 6 would be the first “phablet” class Nexus smartphone. Last year’s Nexus 5 sports a 5-inch display.

The device is rumored to have a fingerprint sensor, something that was also rumored to be on board LG’s cancelled Nexus 6. This makes sense given that most mainstream phones, including the Samsung Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5s, feature fingerprint sensors for added convenience and security. Motorola’s Atrix 4G also possesses a fingerprint scanner but it was extremely early for its time and never caught on.

It appears that the company is targeting a November release for this new smartphone but it doesn’t look like that is firm. November fits in well with Google’s usual Nexus release window and it fits right in with Nexus 8 release rumors that point to the fourth quarter. In 2012, Google released the Nexus 10 alongside the Nexus 4 so a simultaneous Nexus smartphone and tablet release isn’t out of the question.

Finally, the last of these Nexus 6 rumors suggests that this device has a codename “shamu,” a name that is backed up by a listing inside of Google’s bug tracker. Google tends to use aquatic names for its Nexus devices, the Nexus 5 is called Hammerhead, so the name “shamu” certainly hints at this being a Nexus smartphone and quite possibly, a Nexus 6.

Of course, this all seems tentative at this point. While the source is credible, there is always a chance that Google scraps the device or changes it before its launch. With November and the fall fast approaching, we should hear more about the company’s plans for the fall and the holidays which at the moment, look like they could feature a Nexus 8, Nexus 6 and Android L.

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5 New Nexus 6 Rumors Emerge is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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New Purchase Could Add Ad-Supported Talk Shows To iTunes Radio

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 16:00

New Purchase Could Add Ad-Supported Talk Shows To iTunes Radio is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Apple’s iPod and iPhone lines aren’t just responsible for revolutionizing the way users listen to music and watch videos. Apple was also an early pioneer of podcasts, digital downloads of talk radio shows that users can store on their phones and listen to whenever they like. Now, the company seems poised to revolutionize the world of talk radio again, this time by possibly integrating Swell into the iTunes Radio app that debuted with iOS 7.

Apple has yet to announce anything yet, but sources who spoke with Re/code indicate that the company will announce that it’s purchased Swell sometime this week. Like the podcasting app and iTunes Radio, Swell is all about taking traditional forms of media and making them available on-demand. Swell, which has been available on the iPhone for some time, lets users stream programs like NPR’s On The Media or audio broadcasts of shows made by independent producers.

The iPhone & iPad’s Podcast app does this too, but Swell takes most of the decision-making out of the equation. Once a show is done it simply moves on to another that the listener mike light. In that way it’s a lot like Pandora or the Radio feature that Microsoft’s Xbox Music service uses to find new tracks.

Users can still search for their favorite programs too. There are also other advanced features like the ability to speed up playback or set a timer to stop the program you’re listening to after you’ve fallen asleep.

Today, Swell is available for free in the iTunes App Store, but if the $30 million purchase goes through, it’ll disappear later this week. As part of the purchase agreement, Swell will shut down and most of its team will go to work for Apple, allegedly. Some are speculating that we could see a refreshed Podcasts app for the iPhone and iPad because of this deal, however it’s make more sense for Apple to put the team to work on iTunes Radio.

iTunes Radio was one of the most exciting features to come with iOS 7. Until its debut, Apple hadn’t revamped its approach to music and audio entertainment in a very long time. iTunes Radio users can listen to as much as music as they want absolutely free – provided that they don’t find ads particularly annoying. Stations are curated by teams at Apple based on genres and didn’t topics. In those ways Swell’s functionality sounds like a perfect fit for iTunes Radio.

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That Apple would be able to monetize podcasts for the first time certainly wouldn’t hurt either. Today, the separate Podcasts app remains free on the iPhone, iPad and in iTunes. Unfortunately, the Podcast app has seen better days.  iPhone and iPad owners who don’t enjoy listening to advertisements can subscribe to iTunes Match and have them removed from iTunes Radio. iTunes Match costs $24.99 a year. Integrating podcasts and talk radio into this system could seriously boost iTunes Radio’s profile, leading to more subscribers and making it less likely that users will switch to other smartphones and tablets.

That iTunes Radio is successful is key to the long-term viability of the iPhone, iPad and even the iTunes Store. When Apple originally launched the iTunes Store and the music apps on each of those devices, music was something users purchased on a disc. Apple quickly made buying individual songs popular, but for the most part it’s failed to see past its own success in getting users to purchase music. Today, streaming services are the norm. Spotify allows users to stream entire playlists for free with ads or sign up for a subscription that gives them unlimited downloads for just $9.99 a month.

Read: iTunes Radio – Hands ON with Apple’s Pandora Killer

Apple relies a lot on lock-in to keep users purchasing new iPhones. Services like Spotify are available on devices other than the few that Apple makes. If too many users rely on subscription services for more and more of their iPhone experience it could leave the iPhone and iPad vulnerable to cheaper alternatives from Microsoft, Samsung and other device makers.

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New Purchase Could Add Ad-Supported Talk Shows To iTunes Radio is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to Add a Screen Saver to Windows 8.1

GottaBeMobile - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 20:36

How to Add a Screen Saver to Windows 8.1 is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

In the not so distant past, Windows users had all sorts of customization options. Users who weren’t on a corporate network could add their own background to the Desktop and change the sound that their device makes when it first starts up. Adding a screen saver was one of the biggest ways users customized their device too. Here’s how to add a screen saver to Windows 8.1 and make your Windows 8.1 device that much more unique.

Why It’s Gone

Before you go adding a screen saver to your Windows 8.1  device it’s important to understand why it’s somewhat hidden. Screen savers were a popular customization option when most devices weren’t portable. That is to say, everyone used screen savers when most Windows PCs were desktops that always had a power connection.

They had a dual purpose. They were something that you could use to show off a message or pictures of the entire family on, while keeping their device at the ready without a restart. The idea was that by keeping a device with a screen saver on you’re able to conserve some power, not burn out your display and still have everything ready to go the moment you needed it.

Since the heyday of the screen saver, a lot has changed about PCs. The overwhelming majority of Windows 8 PCs are portable. There are laptops with touchscreens or laptops without touchscreens. There tablets with no keyboards or tablets with attachable keyboards. As some point they’re all expected to run off of a battery.

Turning on a screen saver could accidentally drain power when you need it the most. So before you turn it on, always remember to hit the power button on your device if you have a Windows 8 tablet or laptop that isn’t current plugged into a power source. Users of Windows 8.1 on a desktop or all-in-one PC have nothing to worry about beyond more power usage.

How to Get It Back

Go to the Start Screen by pressing the Windows Key on your keyboard or the Windows button on your tablet or Windows 8.1 2-in-1.

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Now look for the Desktop tile. In our example you’ll find that the Desktop is represented by the rectangular tile on the left side of our screen. You may not see the Desktop tile on your device. If you don’t click on the arrow in the bottom-left corner of your screen to reveal a list of installed apps. Touch users should place their finger anywhere on the start screen and slide upward to reveal the same list of pre-installed apps.

Tap or click on Desktop from the list of installed apps.

Now inside the Desktop, mouse and keyboard users should right-click anywhere on their screen to bring up a settings menu. Touch users, place your finger anywhere on the Desktop background and hold it there until you see a rectangle.

Tap or click on Personalize.

Tap or click on Screen Saver. It’s in the bottom-right corner of the Personalization window.

Welcome to the Screen Saver Settings window. From here you’ll be able to choose the right screen saver for you and more. Start by clicking or tapping on the drop down menu and selecting one of the pre-installed screen savers.

There are just six to choose from by default. 3D Text will allow you to enter a custom message that floats around a black background. Blank is just a blank screen with nothing on it. Bubbles puts 3D soap bubbles floating around your screen. Mystify sort of looks like an aurora. Ribbons puts colored lines all over your display.

Finally, Photos will automatically showcase any pictures you’ve loaded into the Pictures folder on your PC.

Select any of these and click on Settings to see more options. For example, only in the settings can you change the folder that the Photos screen saver looks for pictures to display. Use the Preview button to get a taste of what the screen saver will look like.

If you’re a security conscious user – and really everyone should be – than you’ll want to check the box next to On Resume display logon screen. This option will force your Window s8 device to ask for a password before it lets anyone past the screen saver. If you’re going to share the device with the entire family enabling this might not be a big deal. If you’re the only user and you’re going to be carrying it around in public than you need to enable this. Keep your movies, pictures and documents safe.

Now click or tap on the arrows to change how long it takes your device to display the screen saver. By default it’s set to just a minute, but you can change this to whatever is more comfortable for you. The higher this number is the longer until your device shows a screen saver and locks.

Click or tap Ok.

You’ve successfully added a screen saver to your Windows 8.1 PC. Remember to keep a close eye on those settings so they don’t affect your device’s battery life. Have fun customizing.

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How to Add a Screen Saver to Windows 8.1 is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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15 Tips for Using an iPhone 5s Camera for More than Taking Pictures

GottaBeMobile - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 19:40

15 Tips for Using an iPhone 5s Camera for More than Taking Pictures is a post by Kevin Purcell from Gotta Be Mobile.

Since iPhone 5s owners carry their camera with them everywhere, they can always take nice pictures or shoot video to record memories. However, here’s 15 great ways to use the iPhone 5s camera for more than taking snapshots or family movies. Use these tips to remember who borrowed something, where you parked the car or to keep things readily available for future use. A couple of these tips will help you recover loss, keep people from cheating you, or even help keep you healthy. No one will or should post these to Facebook or Flickr, but use them with services like Dropbox or Evernote to keep the pictures handy.

Scan Pictures and Documents

While sitting in a meeting, the facilitator hands out a couple of documents that everyone needs to keep and refer to at a later meeting. Paper haters can use the iPhone 5s camera as a scanner. Evernote includes optical character recognition, so snap the pictures using the app’s scanning feature as follows:

  1. Open up the app
  2. Choose Camera from the Create New section of the app’s menu. Three options will show up at the bottom of the screen as seen below.

  • Post-it Note – use Evernote branded Post-it notes to scan into previously assigned documents
  • Photo – takes a picture for saving an image
  • Document – used to scan documents
  • Business Cards – sends the image of the card to a predefined contacts notebook

For documents, use the third option. The camera puts an overlay on the screen. Make the paper fit into the rectangle and shoot the image by tapping the camera button. It saves it to the Camera roll and the user can either tap the check mark in the lower right or take a photo of a second document. Take pictures of all the pages in the document before tapping the check mark. When finished the document shows up on top of the recent notes list. Tap it to annotate it, save it to a new notebook and add tags. Users can also scan Photos this way or take pictures of objects, useful for the tips below.

There’s a tool called StandScan that helps the user scan a lot of documents or photos. It’s a small document sized white box with LED lights and a hole on top for the iPhone 5s camera.

Remember Where You Parked the Car

Have you ever gone to a shopping mall downtown or an office building with a large parking garage? For people with a terrible memory, the iPhone 5s camera can help remember where you parked the car.

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Take a picture of the markers on the walls or concrete columns. For example, a nearby hospital I often visit to see my church members marks the garage section using colors and letters, like green floor and section D. If that’s not enough, take a picture of the elevator buttons lit up to remember which button to hit to find the floor of the garage.

Remember Who Borrowed a Book or DVD

Over the years I’ve lost plenty of books, movies or CDs in the old days, because I forgot who borrowed them and they forgot to return them.

Set up an Evernote notebook and take a photo of the person holding the item. If that feels weird, take a photo of the loaned item and label it with the name of the item and person who borrowed it. Put the person’s phone number or email address for easily asking for it back.

Document Personal Belongings for Insurance

Recently a friend lost almost everything when her house burned to the ground. Fortunately, they found a family scrapbook with photos taken of the living room and other rooms. The insurance adjuster used the photos to document items hanging on the walls and sitting on shelves. This helped them recoup some of their losses.

Use a digital scrapbook to do the same thing. Take photos of valuables with serial numbers for electronic items. Store them in a folder in DropBox or an Evernote notebook and share that with the insurance adjuster.

Remember People’s Names

A great way to remember someone’s name is to snap a photo and put that with their contact information in the phone’s address book. In situations where people are wearing name tags, make sure the photo includes the name tag so you can take the picture quickly and add the name later.

Record Eating Habits for a Diet

Lots of people post images of their meals on Instagram and Twitter. Why not do the same? Not to brag about eating lobster, but to keep a record your diet. It’s quicker than entering text into a weight loss or fitness app. At the end of the day or after a few days, record the meals based on the photos.

Record Mileage for Work

People who drive for work usually turn in a mileage report each month or keep record for tax purposes at the end of the year. Don’t write down the starting and stopping mileage. Instead, press the trip meter reset button on most cars today and at the end of the tip take a photo of the trip and car mileage numbers.Use Dropbox’s automatic upload feature, which stores all pictures taken in the Camera Uploads folder and saves them with the date and time on the photo name. At the end of the month, record the date/time and the ending mileage. Subtract the miles driven to get the beginning mileage. It’s the easiest way to record trip miles for work.

Teachers Can Keep a Record of Assignments

My wife teaches elementary school and keeps parents apprised of assignments by tweeting the assignment list on her smartboard so parents can know what their child’s homework is. She plans to post to a Facebook page this fall, since more parents use Facebook than Twitter. She can post pictures of …

  • The year’s supply list so they can buy the right things
  • Books she’s reading to the class so they can read at home
  • Craft ideas and needed supplies so they can donate them
Remember Where Things Belong

When people use the church sanctuary at my church, they often move the furniture. For those who don’t regularly attend our Sunday service, remembering where things belong gets easier if they snap a photo first. The crew of a high school play, people who borrow a classroom at their local school or someone who rents a beach house or mountain cabin from a private party can use this tip to leave things the way they’re supposed to be left as well. Take pictures upon arrival and look them over to make sure everything’s back in place before leaving. This way the owner won’t mind loaning out the room or cabin again.

Scavenger Hunt

Church youth groups or scouting troops love scavenger hunts, but they don’t like the trouble kids can get into for stealing items to bring back at the end of the night. Instead take group photos at fun places like the big clock in the heart of our town. Then, when they all get back, enjoy the slideshow by hooking the phone up to an Apple TV and projector.

Keep Cheaters at Bay in Game of Risk or Monopoly

Ever play a long board game and have to leave it to go to class, work or to finish it the next day? Take a picture and give it to all the players so no one cheats.

Remember Medications

A new doctor always asks what medications a person takes. Snap a photo of the bottles and save the picture on DropBox or Evernote for quick access. This records the name of the medication, the doctor’s name, the pharmacy RX number and usually the pharmacy’s phone number and/or address, all in one picture. If the meds change, delete them and take new ones.

Record a Child’s Belongings for Overnight Trips

People sending their kids on an overnight trip can take photos of the child’s belongings and keep the pictures in the suitcase or email them to the chaperon. This helps the child and the chaperon get all of that child’s belongings back home.

Remember Settings on Electrical Equipment

The soundboard in the auditorium of my church isn’t under lock and key. Sometimes people play with it. A photo helps our multimedia team quickly return the settings to their default position.  This also works with apps on a phone with complicated settings. Take a screenshot by holding down the power and home button simultaneously. Use this tip for anything that has physical or digital settings that you need to remember.

Keep a Shopping List of Things that Run Out

When the milk runs out, snap a picture of the carton and save it to a shopping list on Dropbox or Evernote.

 

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Galaxy Note 3 vs. Galaxy Note 4 Rumor Breakdown

GottaBeMobile - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 16:35

Galaxy Note 3 vs. Galaxy Note 4 Rumor Breakdown is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Over the past few months, it has become clear that Samsung is planning to replace the Galaxy Note 3 with a brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 4, a high-powered successor. As we’ve gotten closer to the fall, Galaxy Note 4 rumors have begun to firm up and here, we take an updated look at how those rumors are stacking up with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

It has been almost a year since Samsung took the stage at its Unpacked event to announce the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. And given the company’s yearly cycle, it hasn’t been surprising to see Samsung Galaxy Note 4 rumors creep out of the shadows in the weeks ahead of the fall.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 rumors have been rampant in recent months and thanks to a series of leaks, we now have a pretty good idea about what to expect from the company’s brand new flagship. While we still don’t have every piece to the puzzle, we think we know where many of them fit ahead of Samsung’s official announcement.

These potential changes have tons of people intrigued and rightfully so. Samsung has a solid track record with the Galaxy Note series.  And while it’s still not confirmed, there are enough credible rumors out to make an early comparison and breakdown the latest regarding these two flagship devices. Here, in an effort to help prepare potential buyers, we take a look at the Galaxy Note 4 vs Galaxy Note 3.

Design

From the sound of things, and we mean sound not look, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 design is going to feature some significant changes from the faux leather Galaxy Note 3 form factor that made its debut last year. As we’ve noted many times over, while the Galaxy Note 3 design is an improvement over the Galaxy Note 2′s polycarbonate plastic, it still has nothing on high-end devices like the HTC One M8 and iPhone 5s.

So let’s get back to the whole sound thing. We deliberately said sound because we still haven’t seen what the full blown Galaxy Note 4 might look like. Its build material is a mystery at this point even if rumors out of Korea continue to point to a metal design. There’s no proof and we don’t have any leaked images or schematics to draw from.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 concept with three-sided display.

This is not surprising given that Samsung almost always keeps its designs a secret until just before the announcement. Or, in the case of the Galaxy Note 3 design, until the launch date itself.

We’ve heard little bits and pieces including rumors about an IP67 dust and water resistant certification and four colors (blue, gold, black, white). We’ve also heard that it will have a fingerprint sensor or a Retina scanner for added security. but the overall design remains in the shadows as we push closer to the Galaxy Note 4 launch.

Here are the key takeaways from the rumors right now:

  • Expect some changes from the Galaxy Note 3 design. Metal and a flexible display could perhaps play a key role here but neither is guaranteed at this point so don’t put too much stock in them.
  • Added security is a given, either through fingerprint or Retina scanning.
  • Don’t expect the real Galaxy Note 4 design to leak until August or September. Samsung does a good job at keeping its designs cloaked. This is important because it means you probably won’t be able to compare the two designs well ahead of launch.
Display

All along, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has been rumored to be coming with a large QHD (Quad HD) display. As we’ve pointed out, QHD resolution will offer higher resolution gaming, something that’s key on a device of this size, and it will also sharpen the look of movies, television shows and other content. As we noted in our review of the LG G3, QHD is more than just a marketing gimmick. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 sports a solid display but it’s full HD and not Quad HD.

The 5.7-inch display is still a great size for the Galaxy Note 4.

Rumors suggest that the Galaxy Note 4 will retain the same 5.7-inch display as the Galaxy Note 3 which makes sense given that it would slot in perfectly amongst Samsung’s other smartphones including the 5.1-inch Samsung Galaxy S5 and the rumored Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 which is expected to feature a 5.9-inch display.

Here’s what to make of this:

  • Given the mountain of evidence, it’s pretty clear that the Galaxy Note 4 will have a better screen resolution than the Galaxy Note 3. This will help it keep pace with the LG G3.
  • It’s hard to see a shift in screen size at this point. Everything we’ve seen points to 5.7-inches and with a 5.9-inch device on the way, there isn’t much room for movement.
  • Yes, the Galaxy Note 4 will be a large phone.
Specs

While the display and design will likely be in focus on the Galaxy Note 4, Samsung’s new Galaxy Note release will come equipped with a number of other specifications to help bolster its spec sheet. Here, we put the latest rumors together. Keep in mind, this is a partial spec sheet but it should give you an idea about what to expect from the device when it arrives.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  • Snapdragon 800/Exynos 5420 octa-core processor
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • 5.7-inch FHD display
  • 32GB of storage + microSD card slot for up to 128GB
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • 13MP rear-facing camera
  • 3,200 mAh battery

Here’s the breakdown:

  • It’s clear, from where we’re standing, that the Galaxy Note 4 is going to come with the usual spec upgrades fitting of a device from 2014. Rumors have continually pointed to new processors and it looks like Samsung could split it into Snapdragon and Exynos once again.
  • Camera rumors continue to hint at the inclusion of OIS, Optical Image Stabilization, so it’s possible that this will be a key feature on the Galaxy Note 4. The Galaxy Note 3 was also rumored to have OIS though those rumors did not pan out.

The Galaxy Note 4 S Health app will measure UV radiation and offer education according to rumors.

  • The Galaxy Note 4 is thought to have 32GB of storage though a microSD card slot has not been rumored. The Galaxy Note 3 comes in 32GB variants in the United States.
  • No Galaxy Note 4 battery life rumors yet but Samsung made battery life a focus on the Galaxy S5 so we would be shocked if it was lacking in this department.
Software

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 won’t have the same software feature-set as the Galaxy Note 3, at least at the beginning. Samsung always outfits its new devices with new TouchWiz software features and in the case of the Galaxy Note 4, we could also see it make some additions to its S Pen. Here are a few of the rumored changes though these are old. We haven’t seen any recent Galaxy Note 4 software leaks.

  • Smart Fingerprint -  It wasn’t fully detailed but it’s assumed that it has something to do with being able to customize a fingerprint reader for certain actions.
  • Multi Network for Booster -  Could be similar to the Download Booster feature on the Galaxy S5 that combines Wi-Fi and cellular data for faster download speeds.
  • Swipe to Launch Motion Launcher -  Could be similar to Motion Launch on the HTC One M8.
  • Aqua Capture – Possibly similar to the Aqua Mode found on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active. Aqua Mode allowed Galaxy S4 Active users to take photos underwater.

If these do come on board the Galaxy Note 4, it’s possible that the Galaxy Note 3 will get them down the road. Older devices tend to get new software features with Android updates so the Galaxy Note 3 is in line to get at least some of what the Galaxy Note 4 brings to the table.

It’s still not clear if the device will run Android 4.4 KitKat or Android L though given the Android L release rumors, consumers should expect it to run Android 4.4 KitKat and perhaps, one of the latest versions of it.

Carriers

Nothing to see here, really. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is rumored for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon. Same as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. At this point, consumers need to assume that it’s not going to come to smaller carriers, at least not in the United States.

Release Date

It’s clear that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is going to launch in September. Every single Galaxy Note 4 launch rumor puts the announcement inside of September and more specifically, near IFA 2014 in Berlin, Germany. September 3rd has been rumored as a possibility though the specific date for an Unpacked event isn’t known.

As for the Galaxy Note 4 release date, the Galaxy Note 3′s days are numbered. A recent report suggests that we could see a quick turnaround from announcement date to release date. Production will reportedly start soon and the device is thought to be coming out much sooner than the Galaxy Note 3 did last year.

Samsung’s turnaround with the Galaxy Note 3 was about three weeks so it could be that Samsung gets the Galaxy Note 4 out within two weeks or less if the rumors are true. Given that the device is likely going to be up against the iPhone 6 in September, it’s possible that Samsung will hustle to get the Galaxy Note 4 out on shelves in an effort to better compete.

That’s how things are looking at this point though we expect to hear more about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 as we push deeper into the summer and closer to the fall.

Key takeaways:

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Galaxy Note 3 vs. Galaxy Note 4 Rumor Breakdown is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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5 iOS 7 Cydia Tweaks for a Faster iPhone 4

GottaBeMobile - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 15:15

5 iOS 7 Cydia Tweaks for a Faster iPhone 4 is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

It’s not surprising that there are still plenty of users out there who are using an iPhone 4, whether they’ve stuck with it this whole time or bought it for cheap when it was replaced by the iPhone 4s and iPhone 5. However, the latest version of iOS is a mixed bag as far as performance is concerned.

Many users reported that iOS 7 on the iPhone 4 was a dismal performance drain, with apps taking forever to load and animations lagging behind. While the iOS 7.1 update did improve the overall experience for iPhone 4 owners slightly, the mobile OS is still rather sluggish on the older device.

However, if your iPhone 4 is jailbroken, there are several iOS 7 Cydia tweaks that you can install that can help with the performance of your device and make it feel like new again.

We’ve already discussed a ton of iOS 7 Cydia tweaks that dramatically improve the iOS 7 experience, but iOS 7 performance on the iPhone 4 is something that needs a slight improvement, and jailbreaking can give users that ability.

As with our previous lists of essential jailbreak tweaks, we want to point out that there are a ton of great Cydia apps and tweaks out there, but a lot of them are fixes for problems that don’t even exist (like a tweak that hides the app name under the icon, or hides the carrier name at the top — unnecessary, but to each his/her own).

The tweaks that we mention, however, are ones that can be huge boons to your iOS 7 experience, and they fix real issues that have annoyed iOS 7 users since day one. So here are five iOS 7 Cydia tweaks that can breathe new life into your iPhone 4.

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Many of the user interface elements in iOS 7 are said to be the cause of slowdown on the iPhone 4, and HideMe7 can help with that.

This tweak allows users to hide certain UI elements in iOS 7, without the need to have a ton of different tweaks installed — it’s very much a one-stop shop Cydia tweak.

HideMe7 allows you disable and enable things like the camera grabber, control center grabber, icon labels, Newsstand, icon jitter, page dots, and a lot more. One iPhone 4 user said that simply disabling icon labels fixed a lot of lag issues that he was experiencing when swiping between pages on the home screen.

NoSlowAnimations

While this tweak doesn’t actually speed up the performance of your iPhone 4, it provides that illusion by speeding up the animations. NoSlowAnimations allows you to adjust the speed of all the iOS 7 animations to your liking.

For a lot of users, the animations in iOS 7 are slow just for design’s sake, but this tweak will speed them up so that you can work as quickly as you need to without the slow animations bogging you down.

Essentially, NoSlowAnimations is a tweak that every iPhone users should have, not just iPhone 4 users.

Nitrous

Web browsing in Safari on an iOS device is really fast compared to using a third-party option because Apple blocks third-party apps from using its Nitro Javascript Engine. However, it doesn’t have to be like that.

Nitrous is a really nice jailbreak tweak that gives third-party apps access to the Nitro Javascript Engine. Any app that accesses the internet and uses a webkit browser (Chrome, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) can take advantage of Nitrous, and in some cases, this can result in over three-times the performance boost than without Nitrous.

NoBlur

iOS 7 includes a lot of blur effects, such as when opening up the Notification Center, on the lock screen, and swiping up Control Center. It might look pretty, but it can bog down your iPhone 4.

NoBlur is a tweak that disables some of the blur elements in iOS 7. It allows you to turn down the blur in iOS 7 or disable it completely. iPhone 4 users say that simply disabling the blur for the lock screen can make a huge difference on the older device.

SmartClose

To save iPhone 4 resources and prevent your device from getting bogged down, SmartClose can put apps into a deep sleep using an Activator command, as well as keeping certain apps turned on that need location, such as Google Maps.

There are numerous apps in Cydia that are similar to SmartClose, but SmartClose does it differently. The tweak takes all apps that are running in the background and puts them immediately into a deep sleep state, rather than keep them running in the background for a certain amount of time before finally putting them to sleep.

This kind of sleep state is when the app is unable perform any network or location updates, but still has the memory and cache loaded so that relaunching the app is quick. This can significantly save battery life, as well as open up more room for the processor to work.

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5 iOS 7 Cydia Tweaks for a Faster iPhone 4 is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How To Buy Xbox One Games on Your PC or Mac

GottaBeMobile - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 20:33

How To Buy Xbox One Games on Your PC or Mac is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

With this month’s Xbox One update Microsoft finally started catching up with Sony’s PS4. To be clear, the Xbox One update didn’t introduce any features we’d never seen from a game console before. Instead, it finally added the ability for Xbox One owners to purchase games away from their console and we’re going to show you how.

Being able to purchase apps and games from places other than right in front of the Xbox One itself doesn’t blow us away because it’s already been done before. Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console allowed users to purchase games online. The catch was that it didn’t automatically download that content for you. Sony’s PS4 console does, and in most cases it does so without users actually having to go to their console and turn it on. Luckily, Microsoft  recreated that entire process.

Before we begin. You’re going to need an Xbox Live account. Furthermore, that Xbox Live Account is going to need to have an Xbox One console assigned to it as the home console. If you haven’t set an Xbox One console as your Xbox Live Account’s home console open the Settings app, then go to Account and do it from there. There’s also another key requirement. Your Xbox One will need to have the low-power setting on. Don’t worry, by default it is. Unfortunately, if you’ve turned it off you’ll need to turn it back on before you’re able to buy Xbox One games on your PC or Mac.

Open the web browser on your Mac or PC. For this example we’re on a PC using Internet Explorer. Don’t worry though, it’ll work the same in Firefox and Chrome. The process is the same in Safari too.

Navigate to Xbox.com

Now, look for the dark green rectangle on the right side of the Xbox website. If you’ve already signed into another Microsoft product like Outlook.com than it’ll already have all of your information on it. If you haven’t you’ll see a Sign In button.

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Users who aren’t signed in, login with the Microsoft Account you use on your Xbox One. To be absolutely clear, it is essential that these are the same account. If you don’t use the same account you could get home to find that the game you purchased hasn’t downloaded to your Xbox One automatically as it should have. Even worse, you could end up splitting your game purchases and Gamerscore between two separate Xbox Live Accounts.

Now that you’re logged in, move your mouse cursor over Games in the top navigation. Don’t click it.

Click on Xbox One.

Now scroll down until you see a green square with a shopping bag and Xbox logo. It’s on the right of your screen. The caption for it should say, Browse the Xbox One games store. Click on it.

Here is a list of all the games that are either coming to the Xbox One at some point in the future or that have already launched. Look for the game you’re trying to purchase. If you find it click on it.

If you can’t find the game you’re looking for here, that’s ok. You can search the Xbox website by clicking on the magnifying glass in the top-right corner of your screen. Then input the name of the game you’re searching for. For the purposes of this tutorial we’re purchasing The Amazing Spider Man.

Click on the Buy Now for Xbox One button.

After a few moments you should see a giant white pop-up box with the final cost of the game. If you have credit on your Microsoft Account you can just hit Confirm to make the purchase and Xbox Live will take care of the rest. Xbox One owners who have assigned a payment option will also find that their payment method is now visible. Click Confirm to purchase the game.

If you don’t have any credit available and haven’t added a payment option to your Xbox One than you’ll be forced to add it now.

That’s it. When you get home you’ll find that your Xbox One is already downloading the game you’ve purchased. This is great for really large games. You can always check the progress of a download on the Xbox One by opening the My Games and Apps area and looking in the queue. In most situations, Xbox One games can be played even before they finish downloading.

Users with more than one Xbox One are still in for a download. Unfortunately, you’re only allowed to set a single Xbox One as your home console. That means you’ll still have to head to the Xbox One that isn’t set as your home console and manually trigger a game download from the My Games and Apps area. Microsoft hasn’t said what happens if your Xbox One’s hard drive is already full. Earlier this year the company said that the Xbox One managed game downloads for users, whether that meant the Xbox One would automatically delete games you haven’t played recently to make room for new games purchased this way is unclear.

Happy downloading.

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How To Buy Xbox One Games on Your PC or Mac is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Is it Possible to Upgrade a MacBook Pro?

GottaBeMobile - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 19:15

Is it Possible to Upgrade a MacBook Pro? is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

If you’re in the market for a new MacBook Pro, or if you’ve decided to buy your first-ever MacBook, upgradeability might be an important factor to you, so it’s vital that you know whether or not a MacBook you’re thinking about buying can be upgraded in the future.

Over the years, Apple has constantly changed what exactly can be replaced and upgraded in the MacBook and what cannot be replaced and upgraded. Many of the older MacBooks made before 2012 come with the ability to easily upgrade the RAM/memory and the storage drive. However, once Apple introduced the new Retina MacBook Pros in 2012, upgradeability became a thing of the past.

These new MacBooks are thinner and lighter than ever before, and that’s mostly thanks to several design changes that occurred on the inside. Apple transitioned over to using flash storage in the MacBook Pro, just like with the MacBook Air. This allowed for a much lighter machine by far.

The company also decided to solder RAM/memory directly onto the logic board, meaning that it was permanent and could not be replaced or upgraded. This allowed Apple to create a much thinner case for the MacBook Pro at the expense of upgradeability.

So if you’re thinking about getting a MacBook Pro, either used or new, you may want to be aware of what model you’re getting, that way if you ever want to make upgrades, you know if you’ll be able to or not. Here are the MacBooks that are upgradeable and the MacBooks that are not.

Will It Upgrade?

If you’re wanting to know whether or not a MacBook Pro you’re about to buy is upgradeable, there’s a really good way to tell just by looking at it, and you’ll know within a couple of seconds whether or not you can easily upgrade the memory or the storage drive.

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Simply look on the front edge of the MacBook Pro on the right side. If you see a thin black slit, then it’s upgradeable. This slit has nothing to do with its upgradeability. It’s actually an IR receiver, but Apple removed it on newer MacBooks that aren’t upgradeable, so this is the easiest way to tell if a MacBook Pro you’re about to buy is upgradeable or not.

The MacBook on the bottom is upgradeable, while the one on the top is not.

These MacBook Pros that have the IR receiver were made between late-2008 and mid-2012 and sport a heavier and thicker design than the newer Retina models. These are extremely easy to upgrade, and all you need to do is remove a handful of screws from the bottom plate and you’ll have easy access to the storage drive and the memory.

As for the newer Retina MacBook Pros, the thinner and lighter design was first introduced in mid-2012, and this was when Apple started to solder the memory to the logic board and begin using solid-state storage (as opposed to a traditional hard drive).

Can You Still Upgrade Newer MacBook Pros?

While the newer Retina MacBook Pros are technically not able to be upgradeable, the solid-state storage modules are removable, so with the right know-how and the right parts, you could upgrade the storage of a Retina MacBook Pro without having to take it to Apple. However, the process is far more difficult than replacing a traditional hard drive and it isn’t for the faint of heart.

Furthermore, different assembly lines use different proprietary solid-state storage modules, so you’d have to figure out the specific model that your MacBook Pro is using, and might even be hard-pressed to find one online in the first place, although a website like Other World Computing might have them for sale.

As for the memory of the newer Retina MacBook Pros, it’s soldered onto the logic board, meaning that it’s a permanently fixed to the MacBook itself and is impossible to upgrade. This means that if you’re thinking about getting a Retina MacBook Pro, be absolutely sure that you get the amount of memory that will be enough. You might think 4GB will be enough at first, but you may run into applications that eat up more than that in the future.

What’s Important to You?

If you’re looking to buy a new MacBook Pro, you have to decide what is more important to you: The latest and greatest processor and graphics, or the ability to upgrade your storage drive and memory whenever you see fit.

If upgradeability is more important, then you want to make sure you get an older MacBook Pro that you can tear open and upgrade at will. It won’t have the best processor on the market, but you could get it for a good deal if you look hard enough and negotiate well.

We actually have a handy guide on how to buy a cheap MacBook Pro, full of tips on where to look and what to look for in a MacBook Pro.

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Is it Possible to Upgrade a MacBook Pro? is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iPhone 6 Rumors Become Reality in New Video

GottaBeMobile - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 15:14

iPhone 6 Rumors Become Reality in New Video is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

We’ve seen mockups and iPhone 6 concepts bring iPhone 6 rumors to life. However, a brand new video which shows a clone running a skinned version of Android designed like iOS 8 might give consumers the best look yet at the latest iPhone rumors.

For months, we’ve heard about Apple’s supposed plans for the iPhone, plans that are said to include some major changes to the display, design, processor, camera, and more. And while the new iPhone release remains unofficial, we’re starting to see iPhone 6 rumors firm up ahead of the device’s anticipated fall release date.

iPhone 6 rumors continue to point to an extremely thin design and one that incorporates larger screen sizes that are said to be 4.7-inches and 5.5-inches. It’s also said to include the same Touch ID fingerprint technology that Apple baked into home button on the iPhone 5s. In the past few weeks, we’ve seen iPhone 6 models and concepts showcase these rumors though none of them offer as detailed of a look as the iPhone 6 clone seen in the video below.

A new video from Danny Winget shows what appears to be an iPhone 6 in the flesh. However, Winget did not find this device in a bar. Instead, this is a fully functional iPhone 6 clone that is designed to look and feel like the rumored iPhone 6. The device is called Wico6 and it offers consumers a glimpse at what the real iPhone 6 could look like when it arrives this fall.

While the Wico6 looks like the iPhone 6, Touch ID home button included, it comes with a feature set that’s not expected to arrive on the real iPhone 6 from Apple. The device looks like it’s running iOS 8 but it’s not iOS 8. Instead, it’s a skinned version of Android that’s designed look and feel like Apple’s brand new operating system. And then there is the hardware.

This clone features a 4.7-inch display, same size as the rumored iPhone 6, but with a resolution of 960 x 540 (234 ppi). The actual iPhone 6 is rumored to have 1704 x 960 resolution with a ppi account that’s above 400. In other words, the screen seen on the device in the video is probably not going to be as sharp or detailed as the real iPhone 6 display.

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It’s powered by a 2.4GHz quad-core MediaTek processor. The iPhone 6 is rumored to have a 64-bit A8 chip on board with an M8 co-processor. Apple’s new chip is said to be focused on overall performance with an emphasis on battery life. Benchmarks are still in the shadows and likely will be up until Apple introduces the iPhone 6 on stage later this year.

The real iPhone 6 is heavily rumored for the fall and iPhone 6 release date rumors are currently centered on an announcement, and quite possibly, a release inside the month of September. Recent rumors put the device’s launch date in the middle of September with a release date in and around September 19th, a Friday. The iPhone 5s was released on a Friday in late September as well.

It’s still not clear if Apple plans to use one iPhone launch or if it will announce the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 at a later date. Rumors have not firmed up around its launch date and continue to offer conflicting information.

A new iPhone 6 release date rumor suggests a chance Apple will miss September 19th.

While the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 release date appears set for September, the 5.5-inch model is rumored for both September and later in the year ahead of the holidays. Well respected KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the man who accurately predicted many of the iPhone 5s’ features ahead of time, claims that the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 could potentially arrive in 2015.

iPhone 6 rumors will continue to flow up until the announcement date and for now, this iPhone 6 clone is the closest consumers will get to Apple’s brand new device.

The device is expected to arrive alongside the iOS 8 update, an update that is currently in beta form. iOS 8 release date rumors put its release in and around mid-September with September 17th a distinct possibility at this point.

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iPhone 6 Rumors Become Reality in New Video is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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3 Reasons You Need to Play the Destiny Beta Today

GottaBeMobile - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 14:15

3 Reasons You Need to Play the Destiny Beta Today is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

If you are excited about the Destiny beta and the Destiny release, you need to find time to play the Destiny beta today, even for a little while.

Starting later today there are special Destiny beta rewards that will carry over to the Destiny release this fall. If you want to start playing Destiny with something special, this is your chance to do so.

We already know there is a special beta emblem available, but there are teasers of something more to come. Destiny scheduled Iron Banner matches for the weekend, where players can earn gear, but said that these are not permanent rewards and are not the special gear teased earlier this week.

The Destiny release is in September and you can pre-order from Amazon and other locations.

Here are three reasons you need to stop and play the Destiny beta today, and when you should make sure you play if you want the special Destiny rewards.

Destiny Beta Rewards

There is a special Destiny beta event at 2PM Pacific, 5 PM Eastern, today. This is when Bungie wants as many people playing the beta as possible.

Earn Destiny beta upgrades that carry over to the final release.

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By cramming in anyone who wants to play the Destiny beta into a small window they can test the load that the game might see at the Destiny release date this fall.

For now, all Bungie will say is that there are, “Special rewards and surprises at 2PM.”

If you want a chance to earn some Destiny gear to create better characters this fall, you should dive in and start playing so you have a level 5 character by 2PM Pacific.

Your character and gear will not carry over to the Destiny release, except the special rewards Bungie is offering today.

Destiny Beta is Free for All

The Destiny beta is now available to anyone that wants to play. There is no reason to look for a Destiny beta code or way to download the game through a trick.

Turn on your Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3 or PS4 and look for the Destiny beta in the store. You can download the game to your console and start playing.

The beta download can take a few hours, so get started on that now if you haven’t already. You can get your friends online so all of you can play before the Destiny beta ends.

Destiny Beta End Time

Like all good things there is a Destiny beta end time.

The Destiny beta end time is set for late today. This is a limited time beta and although the original Destiny beta schedule left the time open it is clear that when July 26th comes to a close on the West coast the Destiny beta is over.

After the Destiny beta ends you won’t be able to play this game until the Destiny release on September 9th, which is a very popular time for new games.

Don’t expect a Destiny demo later this year, so if you are on the fence about buying Destiny this is a risk free way to do that, just remember networking issues or other glitches are part of trying a beta. The Xbox One graphics are also due for an upgrade to 1080P by the Destiny release.

What to Do in the Destiny Beta

Here’s a list of things you need to do in the Destiny beta.

With less than 24 hours before the Destiny beta ends here are a list of things we suggest you try out. Now that anyone can play it’s easier to find friends to join your fire team.

  1. Explore Secret Caves and Bosses
  2. Create a New Character Type
  3. Play With Friends
  4. Master Sparrow Tricks
  5. Explore All Your Upgrades

For more, check out our Destiny Beta tips and tricks to have more fun while you can.

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3 Reasons You Need to Play the Destiny Beta Today is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Moto X+1 Images Emerge in New Leak

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 22:58

Moto X+1 Images Emerge in New Leak is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

The original Moto X was released in August of 2013, and if previous launches and recent rumors are accurate an all-new Moto X+1 is coming sometime next month. Over the course of the past few months we’ve been hearing small details and seeing leaks suggesting the device is coming, and now our first live images have reportedly leaked.

This isn’t the first Moto X+1 rumor or sighting as of late, but the images below are giving us our first solid and best look yet at the upcoming flagship smartphone from Motorola.

Read: Huge Moto X Deal Arrives as Moto X+1 Release Nears

While most of the reports haven’t been extremely detailed thus far, a new leak has just revealed some compelling information about this Galaxy S5 and LG G3 competitor. The Moto X+1 will reportedly replace the original and popular Moto X, and could be coming sooner rather than later. Read on for all the details we know so far.

Last year the Moto X offered a brand new level of customization unlike any smartphone before it. With over 18 custom color options, accents, engravings, and eventually wood backs like Walnut for a truly custom and personal device. The company is aiming to do something similar this year, and all rumors aim towards the Moto X+1 being the next device.

Earlier this year evleaks claimed multiple new wood options, and even some leather backs were coming to the next Motorola smartphone, and that information has been confirmed again by this new leak that surfaced today. What you see above is reportedly the brand new, bigger, better Moto X+1 smartphone.

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Read: Moto X with Walnut Wood: Hands-on Video

According to a report by Android Police, who received the images of the device in question, Motorola is aiming to offer an overall better and more durable smartphone. The Moto X+1 has the familiar wood back we saw eventually last year, although things are a bit different. You’ll obviously notice the gap in the wood where a plastic or aluminum Motorola logo is present, which could be an actionable button. This was rumored for the original Moto X, but that ended up getting canceled on the final device.

According to this leakster the Moto X+1 will be 5.1-inches and sport a full 1080p HD display, but that’s all they were able to gather. Previous rumors suggested a 5.2-inch screen, and some decent specs. So far this is what we’re hearing will be the Moto X+1.

Moto X+1 Specs

  • 5.2-inch 1920 x 1080p HD display
  • 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM
  • 16/32GB of storage (may have a micro-SD slot) this rumor says no SD card
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat
  • 12 megapixel rear camera, 5 MP front shooter
  • Dual front-facing speakers
  • 2,900 mAh battery
  • Tons of customization options with MotoMaker

Again none of these specs have been confirmed, but based on the images we’re seeing above that could end up being the final stat sheet for the new smartphone. One important aspect of the device is the new dual front-facing speakers, which we saw earlier this year from the budget Moto E, which is a surprising new addition.

The Moto X last year was mainly built of a cheap and lightweight plastic, which wasn’t extremely durable. Add that to wood backs and the device got rather damaged from the occasional drop. From what we’re seeing here Motorola has adopted an aluminum or metal design, not unlike the HTC One M8, but this is just on the sides for protection from drops. The front will be the regular white or black plastic, and that will also be the base colors available from all US carriers.

The images show this Moto X+1 has one of the customizable wood back options, and clearly you’ll notice the dual-flash inside of the camera ring. We’re not sure if these custom backplates will be user replaceable, but the odd plastic-looking Motorola logo under the camera is quite unique and the leakster didn’t have any additional details regarding that.

For now there’s no new details regarding what exactly we can expect, or when, but we’ve already received countless leaks on that front too. So far rumor has it the Moto X+1 will be revealed and released inside of August, potentially alongside the hotly anticipated new Moto 360 Android Wear smartwatch.

It’s too early to tell what exactly is going on, or what Motorola has planned, but we’ll keep an eye out for more details and update the moment we learn more.

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Moto X+1 Images Emerge in New Leak is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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