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Best iPod Black Friday Deals

GottaBeMobile - 3 hours 1 min ago

Best iPod Black Friday Deals is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

If you’re in the market for a new iPod, look no further, as these are the best iPod Black Friday deals you’ll find.

While Apple will have its own discounts on iPods come Black Friday at Apple Stores, you don’t actually need to shop there in order to take advantage of discounted iPods, and Apple doesn’t really offer the best discounts to begin with, compared to third-party retail stores.

Furthermore, while most of the bigger sales require you to wait in line out in the freezing cold and fight the crowds, pretty much all of the iPod deals this year can be found online as well, allowing you to stay home in your warm pajamas and drink a cup of hot coffee while you save money.

While the iPod has lost a lot of its popularity over the last few years, it’s undoubtedly still a useful product that many teenagers enjoy using, mostly thanks to the ability to offer an iPhone experience without the phone and without the hefty monthly service fees.

If you’re looking to get an iPod for a gift for that special someone on Christmas, Black Friday will be the best time to buy without a doubt, but you also might have some luck further into December with scattered deals, but Black Friday guarantees to have some great iPod deals for shoppers.

Best iPod Black Friday Deals for 2014

The helpful table below lists off all of the iPod Black Friday deals that we could find. Unsurprisingly, there aren’t a lot (certainly not as many as the iPad), but nonetheless, you’ll see some sweet discounts on Apple’s media player on Black Friday.

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Most of these iPod deals, if not all of them, are for the latest 5th-generation iPod Touch, which comes with a 4-inch Retina display, an impressive camera, and an aluminum shell that comes in multiple colors, including blue, red, green, space gray and silver.

It’s also important to note that some of these iPod Black Friday deals don’t come with a straight-up discount, but instead include free store gift cards that you can use on other stuff in the store.

iPod ModelDealSavingsStore 32GB iPod Touch 5$249 w/ $50 Gift Card$50Target 16GB iPod Touch 5$195 w/ $30 Gift Card$30Walmart 16GB iPod Touch 5$149$50Best Buy 8GB iPod Touch 4$79$50GameStop Any iPod Touch$199+ w/ $25 Gift Card$25Apple Any iPod Nano$149+ w/ $25 Gift Card$25Apple 16GB iPod Touch 5$149 after MIR$50RadioShack

The best savings you’ll find for an iPod this Black Friday is $50, which can be had at Target, Best Buy, GameStop and RadioShack, but the best deal overall would have to be at Best Buy where you can get a 16GB 5th-generation iPod Touch for just $149 after an instant discount.

The worst deal is at the Apple Store itself, where shoppers will only receive a $25 store gift card after they purchase an iPod Touch or iPod Nano at full price.

However, while many other stores only offer certain iPod models, the Apple Store deal may be good for those who are looking for a different model that isn’t on sale at other retail locations, in which case it could be a good deal for some Black Friday shoppers.

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Best iPod Black Friday Deals is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Best Nintendo 3DS Black Friday 2014 Deals

GottaBeMobile - 3 hours 30 min ago

Best Nintendo 3DS Black Friday 2014 Deals is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Nintendo’s video game consoles have been a sort of enigma this last decade or so. Whenever you hear someone discussing gaming in the living room, it’s always Sony and Microsoft that get mentioned the most, despite Nintendo’s Wii U gaming console launching a year ahead of everyone else. The Wii U’s final chapter hasn’t been written, it’s getting more popular these days. The Nintendo 3DS has mostly always been popular. It’s the only platform in mobile gaming besides smartphones.

With relatively slow Wii U sales and pretty high Nintendo 3DS sales, you might think that now would be a great time to be buying either console. After all, Microsoft started slashing the price on the Xbox One to boost purchases and included some free games too. Nintendo isn’t doing that. Instead, it and most retailers are sticking to the formula they already have and just offering a few perks.

There aren’t a lot of Nintendo Wii U or Nintendo 3DS Black Friday 2014 Deals to be had.

Nintendo 3DS XL Mario Party Island Tour Bundle – Best Buy

One of the rare Nintendo 3DS deals doesn’t come from a traditional game retailer like GameStop or even Nintendo directly. Instead, it’s from Best Buy.

Launched in late 2012 the Nintendo 3DS XL wasn’t a completely new mobile gaming system. It didn’t add a lot in terms of features and didn’t break backwards compatibility. Instead, the Nintendo 3DS XL was a regular Nintendo 3DS with more screen release restate. Ever since then Nintendo has offered the Nintendo 3DS XL as an alternative to its regular-sized handheld console.

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Best Buy is selling this Nintendo 3DS XL for $174.99. That’s $25 less if they’d been purchased separately. For that price Black Friday 2014 deal shoppers are getting a Blue and Black Nintendo 3DS XL plus a free copy of Mario Party World Tour. Normally, the game and the console together would cost $174.99.

Since introducing the Nintendo 3DS XL Nintendo has upgrade the model it sells to users abroad. That version is called the New Nintendo 3DS XL. A faster processor, new shoulder buttons, support for Amiibo figurines and an upgraded joystick are included in this version. Unfortunately, it’s not yet sold in the United States.

[ Best Buy Black Friday 2014 Ad ]

Nintendo 2DS Yoshi Island – Target

With Nintendo 3DS sales reasonably high, most thought that the next major upgrade to Nintendo’s handheld line would be a completely revolutionized handheld gaming console. Nintendo shocked everyone when it introduced the Nintendo 2DS, another unique handheld console that Target is offering this Black Friday for $99.

The Nintendo 2DS has all of the same features as its more expensive brother. That is except two key things. First it doesn’t fold in half for easy portability. Second, it doesn’t include the 3D technology that the 3DS does. It also offers less battery life.

What Nintendo 2DS buyers are getting at Target is a decent gaming machine that has a free copy of Yoshi Island included. Normally, a copy of Yoshi Island and an Nintendo 2DS would cost $129.99 separately. Black Friday 2014 deal hunters trying to get their hands on the Nintendo 2DS might want to show up to Target early. The company says that it only has limited quantities and it isn’t handing out rain checks like it normally does.

[ Target Black Friday 2014 Ad ]

Nintendo 3DS XL – Toys R Us

Finally, there’s Toys R Us’ Nintendo 3DS sale. For $179.99 users get the Nintendo in blue and black plus a copy of Mario Party Island Tour. Normally that’d cost $199. Toys R Us says only those who visit its retail stores will be able to pick up the bundle. As such, again you’ll want to show up early if you absolutely have to have the Nintendo 3DS XL on Black Friday.

[ Toys R Us Black Friday 2014 Ad ]

All told, Nintendo 2DS and Nintendo 3DS Black Friday 2014 deal hunters aren’t getting anything close to the discounts that Xbox One and PS4 shoppers are getting this holiday season. No, these deals don’t suddenly make Nintendo’s mobile consoles more affordable than they were before. That being said, they do offer some slight savings for users looking to spend more money on different games than the ones included with the bundle or maybe an accessory or two.

Good luck with your Black Friday 2014 Deals hunting. Remember to show up early to track down any deals that you have your eye on. Most retailers are kicking off their Black Friday 2014 deals at midnight or even on Thanksgiving Day. That doesn’t give you a lot of time to play around with if Nintendo handhelds are a must have on your holiday shopping list.

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Best Nintendo 3DS Black Friday 2014 Deals is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Best Xbox One Black Friday 2014 Deals

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 23:36

Best Xbox One Black Friday 2014 Deals is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

When you’re talking Xbox One Black Friday 2014 deals, it’s easy to wade into the obvious question. What are the Best Xbox One Black Friday 2014 deals available. Everyone wants as much as their money can afford. Everyone wants enough games and the best accessories to complete their gaming and entertainment experience.

Launched last year, things have rapidly changed for the Xbox One. It wasn’t so long ago that gaming industry insiders were writing off the Xbox One as a lost cause, a perfect example of what happens when a technology company betrays its audience. What those insiders weren’t counting on was Microsoft moving so quickly to improve its position. In quick order it’s refreshed its Xbox One console lineup, slashed prices and introduced bundles with free games and made Xbox Live a gaming service first. That’s all important because it all factors into how you whittle down to the best Xbox One Black Friday 2014 deals.

Read: Xbox One Review – Six Months Later

Here are the best Xbox One Black Friday 2014 deals we’ve seen so far and why they’re good enough for you and your family.

Xbox One with Kinect Assassin’s Creed Unity Bundle for $429 – Best Buy

Last year, there was only one version of the Xbox One console. Inside the $499 original bundle was the console itself, all the cables users needed, a single controller and an Xbox One Kinect 2 sensor that allows the Xbox One to control audio, equipment, television sets and cable boxes. The Kinect 2 sensor also lets users control the console with gestures and their voice. There’s some motion gaming thrown in their too. This is the Xbox One experience that Microsoft originally intended for everyone to have. Earlier this year Microsoft released a cheaper $399 Xbox One that didn’t include a Kinect 2 sensor to boost sales.

Best Buy is giving shoppers everything in that original bundle and more and that’s why its making the cut for Best Xbox One Black Friday 2014 deals. For $429, Best Buy shoppers get an Xbox One with Kinect 2 sensor as Microsoft originally intended. Also included are some serious savings. Assassin’s Creed Unity and Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag comes as digital downloads in the bundle. Unity alone would regularly cost an extra $60. In addition to that, the retailer is throwing in a free Xbox One controller. For families, that extra controller is key if you want to be able to play most games with others. Regularly, an Xbox One Wireless Controller cost another $69.99.

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Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unit Bundle for $329 – GameStop

I mentioned earlier that Microsoft introduced a bundle that severely undercut the price of the Xbox One that debuted last year at the cost of dropping the Kinect 2 sensor. Earlier this fall, Microsoft went a step further and cut the price even further. That $399 Xbox One bundle now costs just $349. At least, that’s what it cost before GameStop added another price cut on top of that. It’s Best Xbox One Black Friday 2014 deal is on that $399 Xbox One console. It’s selling it for $329 and including Assassin’s Creed Unity & Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag too.

[ Look at GameStop’s Black Friday 2014 Ad ]

Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unity Bundle for $329 – Target

Target is matching the features and price of GameStops’s $329 Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unity Bundle. The retailer will sell the Xbox One with the two Assassin’s Creed Unity games at the same $329. What makes it one of the best Xbox One Black Friday deals is the $50 Gift Card it’s giving out with the purchase. To be clear, buyers can’t use that Gift Card to knock anything further off on the console itself, but that gift card can be used for games or other accessories that you’ll need.

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Those are the best Xbox One Black Friday deals we could find, but the savings doesn’t stop there. Some retailers still haven’t released any information about the deals they’re offering. Naturally, you’ll also want to look into deals on other things besides the console itself. Look out for cheap games, cheap gaming headphones and cheap controllers. Also, keep a look out for cheap subscriptions to Microsoft’s Xbox Live gaming service. Now, that Microsoft doesn’t require users to have it to power entertainment apps, most think it’s not necessary. It really is though, Xbox Live Gold members get free games, free movie rentals and access to online multiplayer. To be clear, you can’t play games against other Xbox One owners if you don’t have an Xbox Live subscription. Microsoft plans to offer year-long subscriptions to Xbox Live Gold for $49.99 on November 27th.

Read: Xbox One Buying Guide – The Accessories You Need

Every Xbox One comes with 500GB of on-board storage, a wireless Xbox One controller, a single HDMI cable and an Xbox One power adapter. There’s also a wired chat headset for those who need that. Go

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Best Xbox One Black Friday 2014 Deals is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Best Walmart Black Friday Deals

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 23:05

Best Walmart Black Friday Deals is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

If you’re looking for some good deals on Black Friday, Walmart has you covered. Here are the best Walmart Black Friday deals that you’ll find.

Walmart’s Black Friday deals officially start at 6pm tomorrow, where you’ll be able to take advantage of some very good deal on HDTVs, tablets, smartphones, games, and a whole bunch of other stuff that you probably don’t need, but hey, the price is right.

Whatever your opinions are about Walmart, it’s tough not to admit that Wally World is usually one of the best stores to offer a handful of amazing Black Friday deals over Thanksgiving weekend. The deals are so good, in fact, that we thought it might be a good idea to contain them and pick out the best deals that you’ll find at Walmart this weekend.

Walmart’s Black Friday ad circular is nearly 40 pages long and is crammed full of all sorts of deals, which can make it extremely difficult to pick out the good deals and which deals are the best, but we’ve done all of the hard work for you, and below you can skim through the best Black Friday deals at Walmart, hand-selected by yours truly.

Read: Walmart Black Friday: Are 1 Hour Guarantee Items Worth Buying?

In these best deals, you’ll find a gigantic HDTV for less than $700, as well as game console bundles for newer-generation systems that will keep money in your pocket. And you can’t forget about the iPad deals, where you can get $100 off of an Apple tablet just like that.

To see all the best deals that Walmart will offer on Black Friday, check out the slideshow below, and happy shopping!

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HDTVs are one of the biggest products (figuratively and literally) that are always on sale during every Black Friday, and you can usually find a ton of them on the front pages of almost every ad circular. While many of the televisions on sale aren’t top-of-the-line models, you can usually find them discounted to ridiculously-low prices, like a 65-inch Vizio HDTV for $648.

The 65-inch Vizio HDTV is one of Walmart's biggest deals, and the store says you’ll save $350 off of the normal price. However, even though it’s a Vizio, every name-brand company has different model lineups, some of which are lower quality. With Vizio, the D series of televisions are on the low end, and this one discounted at Walmart is a D-series TV.

Still, that shouldn't stop you from taking advantage of such a deal, especially if you've been looking for a larger television for the living room.

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Best Walmart Black Friday Deals is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Black Friday Deals on Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360 and PS3 Games

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 22:36

Black Friday Deals on Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360 and PS3 Games is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Sure, Black Friday deals have made shopping for Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PS4 consoles almost irresistible this year, but what if you already have one of those consoles? What if you’re not planning to upgrade to an Xbox One or PS4 in the near future. What if you’re perfectly fine gaming on your Xbox 360 and PS3?

Luckily, lots of retailers are offering some pretty robust Black Friday deals on games for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4 and PS3. Here’s where to look if you’re hoping to save on console games this Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Amazon

Even before Black Friday starts, Amazon is already offering big discounts on console games. Today, last year’s Fighter Within is just $13.39. Amazon shoppers stand to save $10 on the Madden NFL 15 Ultimate Edition. The Skylanders Trap Team Starter Pack is just $49.99. For PS4 users there are Transformers Rise of the Dark Spark, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Duck Dynasty for $24.99. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 for the Xbox 360 is just $19.99 and Destiny for Xbox 360 is $49.99.

Last year Amazon ran a rolling series of Black Friday 2014 deals over Thanksgiving Day. There’s no indication that the company has plans to do that in a big way with a huge selection again this year, at least none that have surfaced yet. Its Black Friday Deals Week Video Game page does include timed discounts for Need for Speed Rivals, Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale and Kinect Sports: Rivals. Those deals start at 8:10 AM tomorrow. At 3AM tonight Amazon will begin offering Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, Lego Marvel Videogame and Injustice: Gods Among us. Unfortunately, pricing on those hasn’t been revealed yet.

It’s a good idea to check Amazon on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday to make sure you aren’t missing out on any crucial Black Friday 2014 deals for console games.

[ Amazon Black Friday Deals Week ]

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Digital games have slowly but steadily started encroaching on physical game sales. Never has that been more clear that this week. Both Microsoft and Sony are offering their own unique deals for those who’d like to save on games, but not leave the comfort of their own home.

Sony is discounting PS4 and PS3 games, plus giving an extra $15 in store credit when users spend more than $100. Discounted titles during the PlayStation Co-Op sale include Angry Birds: Star Wars for $24.99, Border Lands 2 for $6.49, Dark Souls 2 for $27.99, Resogun for $7.49 and TowerFall Ascension for $10.49. Users who have a PlayStation Plus subscription will see even more savings than this.

[ PlayStation Co-Op Sale ]

Microsoft is offering a slate of Xbox One & Xbox 360 game deals already. Among the games include in the Xbox Black Friday Games Sale are The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for $24.99, Diablo 3: Unlimited Edition for $34.99, Rayman Legends for $19.99 and Forza 5 for $29.99. All of these are for the Xbox One. For the Xbox 360 Red Dead Redemption is $7.49, L.A. Noire is just $7.49 and all three of the main games in the Gears of War series are priced at $4.99. Batman: Arkham City is just $4.99. All of these deals will stick around until December 1st. Microsoft says it’ll roll out even more deals on Black Friday.

[ Xbox Black Friday Sale ]

Retail Stores Wal-Mart

Finally, there are the traditional retail stores themselves. Wal-Mart’s Black Friday 2014 ads include over 30 console titles marked down to just $20, 40 titles marked down to $25 titles and 20 titles marked down to just $35. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be just $49.99 for those with an Xbox One and PS4 and $39.96 for those with an Xbox 360 and PS3. Wal-Mart’s game sale kicks off on November 27th – the day of Thanksgiving at 6pm.

[ Wal-Mart Black Friday Sale ]

Target

Target says it’s offering half off on hundreds of games during its Black Friday 2014 sale. Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, The Evil Within and Assassin’s Creed Rogue are included in that Black Friday Deal. Additionally, Target says that buyers can expect a free $ 15 gift card when they purchase either Halo: The Master Chief Collection, WWE 2K15, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros Wii U, Far Cary 5 and Destiny. Target opens on Thanksgiving Day at 6pm.

[ Target Black Friday Sale ]

Remember to stay on the lookout for more console gaming deals as sales kick off later tonight and into the weekend. Again, Microsoft is already promising more deals during the weekend.

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Black Friday Deals on Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360 and PS3 Games is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop Release: 10 Things You Need to Know

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 22:35

Android 5.0 Lollipop Release: 10 Things You Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The month of November has provided a rush of new Android 5.0 Lollipop release details for owners of Google’s Nexus devices, HTC smartphones, LG smartphones, Motorola smartphones, Samsung smartphones, and Sony devices. With details swirling, we want to take a look at the current climate and examine the 10 most important things to know, right now, about the Android 5.0 Lollipop release.

Earlier this year, Google took the stage at Google I/O and announced an Android L update. In October, Google finally confirmed the name and release of that update, now known as Android 5.0 Lollipop. Android 5.0 Lollipop, as expected, is a major update to the Android operating system, arguably the biggest change to the Android OS since its release.

Its brought massive change to Google’s stable of Nexus smartphones and tablets, Motorola’s Moto X and Moto G, and it’s set to bring massive changes to devices on a collection of other Android manufacturers including Sony, Samsung, and more.

This month, we’ve seen the Android 5.0 Lollipop update make substantial progress as companies, including Google, have pushed out Android 5.0 Lollipop updates to key devices. Of course, the enormity of the update’s release can be a lot to handle, especially for those that aren’t in tune with the smartphone world and only check in sparingly. That’s where we come in.

In an effort to inform as many Android users as we possibly can, we want to take a look at the most important things to know, right now, about the ongoing Android 5.0 Lollipop release for top companies. This roundup will cover key details for Nexus devices, Google Play Edition devices, HTC devices, LG devices, Motorola devices, Samsung devices, and Sony devices. Those of you touting other smartphones or tablets will need to investigate further.

That said, here are the details we consider the most important as we head toward the end of November and the end of the year.

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The first thing you need to know about the Android 5.0 Lollipop release is that Google’s initial Android 5.0 Lollipop roll outs seem to be finishing up. The company first started rolling out the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 Wi-Fi and Nexus 10 Android 5.0 Lollipop updates in mid-November and from what we’ve seen, those roll outs have slowed considerably. Not because of issues but because most people have received their OTA upgrade. The Nexus 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update rolled out days after these initial releases and it’s a little further behind.

We’ve outlined some tips for those still waiting on the Nexus Android 5.0 Lollipop OTA and those who still haven’t received their upgrade should have a look at those before throwing the device against a wall. Look for the four of these Nexus Android 5.0 Lollipop roll outs to be finished by the time the month of November ends.

Two Key Nexus Lollipop Releases Missing

There are, however, still two Nexus Android 5.0 Lollipop updates missing in action. Google still hasn’t released the update for the cellular versions of the Nexus 7 2012 or Nexus 7 2013 and it’s not clear when the company plans to push those updates out. An early rumor suggested that we would see all Nexus software updates roll out in November but that information did not come from Google’s mouth.

Nexus 7 users need to remember that release dates are heavily dependent on the testing process behind the scenes and testing can be extremely unpredictable. Remember, Google was extremely late to the Nexus 7 LTE Android 4.4.3 and Android 4.4.4 KitKat updates so this delay in action doesn’t come as much of a surprise.

Look for these updates to roll out before the end of the year without an announcement.

Android 5.0 Lollipop Problems

We’ve gone into detail about Android 5.0 problems afflicting Nexus users and it’s worth noting that a majority of complaints about Android 5.0 come from owners of these devices. Nexus users typically get the short end of the stick when it comes to the stability of major software releases and Android 5.0 appears to be no different.

It’s worth noting that many Nexus users are reporting good things about Android 5.0 Lollipop as well. Our Nexus 5, for instance, is running beautifully after the Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade. For many Nexus users, the update is going to be worth installing, even if there still are some bugs that need to be worked out. Google typically pushes out Android bug fix updates weeks after release so we could see a bug fixer arrive before the end of the year.

Google Play Edition Android 5.0 Updates on Tap

Google’s promised Android 5.0 Lollipop updates for its stable of Google Play Edition devices and despite delays, it still looks like the first Android 5.0 updates will land for HTC’s GPe smartphones.

We’re still not sure when it’s going to land for owners of the HTC One M7 and HTC One M8 Google Play Edition. The company was targeting a release earlier this month but with no movement today, it looks like owners of the HTC One M7 and HTC One M8 GPe are going to be made to wait a little longer for their upgrade to Android 5.0.

Those who own either device will want to keep an eye on the Twitter account of Mo Versi, a product manager who is very forthcoming with information related to Android updates. When the updates get approval, Versi will likely be the one to pass on the good news. Until then, users just need to assume that the updates are still in testing behind the scenes.

So far, these are the only Google Play Edition updates that we’ve seen. There’s a good chance that some of the other devices get the upgrade from KitKat to Lollipop but right now, those details remain in the shadows.

HTC One Lollipop Updates Moving Along

As for the carrier versions of the HTC One M7 and HTC One M8, we’re still looking at a release within 90 days from Google’s initial Lollipop release which means that we’ll most likely see the two updates roll out in 2015. That said, we have seen some progress made.

Earlier this month, developer LlabTooFer revealed some exclusive screenshots of the HTC One M8 on Android 5.0 Lollipop. The leak offers a glimpse at what the software will look like when HTC decides to roll it out. There are some massive changes that will be coming for HTC users including the new layout for cards that arrived with Google’s own Android 5.0 updates.

LG G3 Lollipop Update MIA but Imminent

The LG G3 Lollipop release is still missing despite promises to release it this week in South Korea. Even if it doesn’t roll out this week, we know that a release is imminent. First off, LG is talking like this update is done. Second, French carrier SFR has confirmed the update and says that it should be rolling out within the next week or so.

It’s only Wednesday so there’s a good chance we’ll see the update hit all three major South Korean carriers in the days ahead. And if we’re lucky, we’ll see at least one European carrier push out the update in the next week or so. Look for other carriers to follow suit as LG upgrades one of the best Android smartphones of 2014.

Still no word on the LG G2 Android 5.0 Lollipop update.

Moto X Android 5.0 Lollipop Update Makes Huge Progress

Motorola continues to push forward with its own Android 5.0 Lollipop release and the latest Moto X Android 5.0 Lollipop update is now available for users on Verizon Wireless in the United States. Keep in mind, this roll out is for the second-generation model and it’s only limited to one carrier in the U.S. We should see other carriers follow closely behind.

We still don’t know when Motorola plans to roll out its other updates, including the Moto X Android 5.0 update for the first-gen model, but Motorola users would be wise to keep an eye on the company’s plans via its Android software update page. There, the company will inform various users about these key updates though we suspect that we’ll hear about their roll outs well before Motorola announces them.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Leaks Continue

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop update already leaked out three times before today’s Sprint Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop update leak. Sprint’s update, which is confirmed to be in testing, is the first Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop update to be made available to the public. The software, which is a test version, is not meant for novice users and veteran Galaxy S5 users are advised to proceed with caution.

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is widely believed to be the first update that Samsung has up its sleeve though the company, unlike its competitors, continues to remain silent about its plans for Galaxy smartphones and tablets. The Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop release date is currently rumored for December though that window remains unconfirmed.

Samsung Galaxy Lollipop Release Dates Rumored

We’ve seen a number of other Galaxy Android 5.0 Lollipop updates rumored. The Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update is rumored for December alongside the Galaxy S5 while the Galaxy S4 Lollipop update is rumored for early 2015. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Android 5.0 update is also all but confirmed though a release date still hasn’t emerged. We expect it to arrive in and around the Galaxy S4 Lollipop release. This is all we know, thus far, about Samsung’s plans.

Sony Xperia Android 5.0 Lollipop Update Update

Sony still hasn’t released an Android 5.0 Lollipop update and we simply haven’t seen much information flow in the past few weeks. The Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1S, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3v, Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact will all be getting Android 5.0.

Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition devices will all be getting the Android 5.0 Lollipop update at some point down the road. The Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z2 series will get the update starting in 2015 with other devices following suit. Look for details to emerge in December and perhaps, in January as well.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop Release: 10 Things You Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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PS4 & iPad Air 2 Among eBay Black Friday 2014 Deals

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 16:32

PS4 & iPad Air 2 Among eBay Black Friday 2014 Deals is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

eBay isn’t exactly one of the retailers that immediately come to mind when hunting for Black Friday 2014 deals. Traditionally, users around the world take to eBay to let others bid on items they no longer want or require. Today, eBay revealed a ton of Black Friday 2014 deals designed to get users shopping online ahead of the Cyber Monday 2014 and the holiday shopping season.

eBay revealed sets of Black Friday 2014 deals just recently and there’s a fair amount of savings to be had across the board. eBay is rolling out these deals in specific phases. The retailer is adamant that each sale will only run while supplies last too.

The Thanksgiving Frenzy set of deals kick off tonight, November 26th at 9PM Pacific Time. Included in that set will be Sony’s PS4 for $329.99, Beats By Dre’ headphones for as much as 50% off and 20% off the iPad Air 2. Normally, Sony’s PS4 console costs $399.

The Black Friday Frenzy deals kick off on tomorrow, November 27th at 9PM Pacific Time. It’s these deals that get a bit interesting. Shoppers who are comfortable with purchasing Apple’s iPhone 6 without a two-year contract can do so for $10 off and get free shipping. That’ll bring the iPhone 6 16GB down to $639.99. Apple’s MacBook Pro will cost just $849 and Asus 13.3-inch HD Chromebook with 16GB of storage will cost just $149.99. eBay will also offer a 40-inch Changhong television for $199.99.

The holiday is a perfect time to purchase televisions and toys. It’s also a great time to purchase a smartphone. The LG Google Nexus 5 is being marked down to $319 in eBay’s Black Friday 2014 deals. Gaming consoles beyond the PS4 are getting seem price cuts too. The Xbox 360 is Microsoft’s last-generation gaming console. It’s being marked down by eBay to $99.99. Buyers of this bundle get the Xbox 360 with 4GB of storage and Peggle. Additionally, there’s Nintendo’s Wii U Deluxe gaming console. For $259 eBay Black Friday 2014 shoppers get Super Mario 3D World. The Xbox One Assassin’s Creed bundle will be just $329. That’s not a lot of savings on the Xbox One’s regular $349 price tag for the holiday season. That being said, eBay is also throwing in a year of Microsoft’s Xbox Live gaming service at no additional charge. Separately, Xbox Live Gold is selling for $35.99. Regularly, it costs $59.99

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For Cyber Monday, the deals get even more interesting. Potential buyers have long complained that Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 costs way too much for normal users. That hasn’t put a damper on sales, but it has made the buying public hungry for big Surface Pro 3 discounts. eBay is giving shoppers exactly with they’ve been craving with its Cyber Monday Frenzy sales. Starting on November 11th at 9PM users will be able to purchase the Surface Pro 3 64GB with Intel Core i3 Processor for $699.99. Normally, that same Surface Pro 3 would cost $799.

Potential buyers should note that they’ll still need to purchase the Surface Pro 3’s Type Cover separately for $129. iTunes Gift Cards are getting 25% price cuts during the Cyber Monday Frenzy sale too. Apple’s Apple TV accessory is $84.99 instead of the $99 it normally costs.

All told, eBay’s Black Friday 2014 and Cyber Monday 2014 deals are pretty robust. More specifically, some of these gaming deals, like the cheaper Surface Pro 3, are worth staying up late to shop online for. The best part, eBay Black Friday 2014 shoppers won’t need to wait in line hours before discounts start or sit outside in the cold waiting for retail employees to distribute coupons and tickets for the best Black Friday 2014 Deals.

 

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PS4 & iPad Air 2 Among eBay Black Friday 2014 Deals is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Best Apple Black Friday Deals 2014

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 15:37

Best Apple Black Friday Deals 2014 is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

You won’t find the best Apple Black Friday deals in your local Apple Store for most of the gadgets bearing an Apple logo. Instead you’ll need to look at Best Buy, Walmart, Target and even eBay to find a big Apple Black Friday 2014 deal.

We finally know what the Apple Black Friday 2014 ad looks like, and there are some deals you cannot find anywhere else like iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus deals on higher storage models and discounts on the customizable MacBook Pro and MacBook Air notebooks and even the new iMac Retina with a 5K display.

For some shoppers the ease of shopping online from Apple outweighs the need to stand in line or get online at the right time to get one of the absolute best Apple Black Friday deals for 2014. In most cases, you’re looking at long lines and there is only one deal that guarantees the iPad mini for one hour on Thanksgiving Day.

In some cases, the best Apple Black Friday deals are in the form of refurbished notebooks and tablets that Apple discounts below Black Friday pricing any day of the week. These include the latest models and often the same one year warranty as a new Apple gadget.

Here are the best Apple Black Friday deals you’ll find in 2014.

Apple Stores are closed Thanksgiving, but many of the best Apple Black Friday deals are on Thanksgiving Day at 5 PM and 6 PM depending on the store. Best Buy opens at 5PM with some deals online, while Target and Walmart start Black Friday deals at 6PM and offer some online. We may see some surprise deals on Amazon, but overall Best Buy offers the widest range of Apple Black Friday deals and beats most of the deals we’ll see in the Apple Black Friday 2014 ad.

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Below you’ll find the best Apple Black Friday deals for Black Friday 2014. We’ll outline the biggest deal you can find, and show you where to see the rest of the deals. The biggest discount isn’t always the best deal for every shopper, because it means lines and possibly a trip to a store that is out-of-the-way.

The biggest Apple Black Friday deals are also often on the low-end models, so some users may find a smaller discount on a product with more storage and other options an overall better deal.

Many of the best Apple Black Friday deals will sell out quick, so plan ahead and know where you need to line up or where you plan to shop online before Black Friday 2014 arrives and you are left looking for the best deal at the last-minute.

Many of the Apple Store Black Friday deals are not the cheapest, but it is unlikely that they will sell out as fast as the other deals. We typically don’t see sales at Apple Stores and some of these Black Friday 2014 deals will not see a repeat before Christmas, so plan for the shopping event.

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There are many iPhone Black Friday deals for 2014, and you'll need to know which iPhone you want and how much storage you need to find the best iPhone deal for Black Friday 2014. Unless otherwise noted you need to be eligible for an upgrade and sign a two-year contract for these deals. You'll find deals for AT&T, Sprint or Verizon, but normally not any T-Mobile options.

If you want a 16GB iPhone 6 you should go to Walmart. You can buy this iPhone 6 deal now on the 16GB iPhone 6 in space gray, gold or silver. The iPhone 6 is $179 and includes a $75 gift card to use on a future shopping trip. 

The best iPhone 5s deal for a 16GB model is also at Walmart and available now. The iPhone 5s is $79 and includes a $75 gift card for a future shopping trip. 

The best iPhone 6 Plus deal is at Apple where you pay full price, but get a $50 iTunes gift card with the purchase. 

Apple also offers the best deal for the iPhone 6 64GB or higher, iPhone 6 Plus in any size and the iPhone 5c -- all of which include a $50 gift card. 

Check out the best iPhone Black Friday 2014 deals for a sortable list of all iPhone deals you'll find on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. 

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Best Apple Black Friday Deals 2014 is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Nexus 9 Keyboard Case Hits Google Play

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 23:42

Nexus 9 Keyboard Case Hits Google Play is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Nearly a month after Google released the impressive new Nexus 9 tablet, we’re finally starting to see some accessories become available. Announced back in October and released on November 3rd, the Nexus 9 is Google’s latest tablet and runs the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop update.

When announced, Google’s Play Store added two accessories for the new tablet. Those being an origami kickstand cover case, and a keyboard folio case with a built-in kickstand, all day battery life, and more. Today, one of those is finally available for those interested.

Read: Nexus 9 Setup Guide: 5 Steps to Get Started

Google’s track record with releasing accessories for Nexus smartphones and tablets isn’t very good, and they’re off to a rough start with the new Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 too. Both have been available for some time from the Play Store, while the accessories weren’t. One Nexus 6 case went up for sale last week, and now the keyboard case is available for Nexus 9 owners.

The Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio case is a durable case, kickstand, keyboard, and device with a multipurpose design. It attaches magnetically to the Nexus 9 for a smooth and worry-free typing experience, and should be great for business users.

However, the biggest concern, is the price. Google is asking $129 for the Nexus 9 keyboard case, which is a lot, but it’s the only official accessory currently available. The impressive kickstand cases are still unavailable, despite four color options being shown on Google Play. They’ll be $39 once released, whenever that actually happens.

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That said, there is one option available today as shown above. The Keyboard folio case promises to attach magnetically for a secure connection, it uses Bluetooth for the keyboard aspect, and has two angles for the perfect position while typing, viewing movies, or watching YouTube.

Closed up this is a quality Nexus 9 case, and opened it becomes a multi-tasking business tool. Google also promise that the Keyboard Folio case for the Nexus 9 will last up to 5 months on a single charge. That’s extremely impressive. 5 months on a single charge is with two hours of usage each day, according to Google, and a quick plug-in with a micro-USB cord will have it full power in no time.

Read: Nexus 9 Deal Delivers $100 in Savings

Again, this is the only accessory that’s officially available from Google for the Nexus 9, but there are a few viable alternatives and keyboard options from places like Amazon. It comes in extremely expensive, costing users $129, but may be worth it for some. The Google Play Store states the Nexus 9 keyboard cover and case will ship in 1-2 business days, and don’t forget about the holidays, so most users can expect it Friday, or sometime early next week.

We’ll keep an eye out for more details regarding the other official accessory and cases from Google Play, and stay tuned for a full roundup of the best Nexus 9 cases, covers, accessories and options in the near future. Is $129 too much for a keyboard case? Let us know in the comments below.

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Nexus 9 Keyboard Case Hits Google Play is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iOS 8.1.1: 5 Things iPad Air Users Need to Know

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 23:29

iOS 8.1.1: 5 Things iPad Air Users Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Earlier this month, Apple pushed out a new iOS 8 update for the iPad Air dubbed iOS 8.1.1. With iOS 8.1.1 problems swirling and iPad Air users looking for feedback, we want to take a look at the five most important things owners of Apple’s first-generation iPad Air need to know, right now, about their new iOS 8 update.

Way back in June, Apple announced its replacement for last year’s iOS 7 update. Two months ago, Apple rolled out that brand new update for iPhone and iPad, an operating system that it dubbed iOS 8.0. iOS 8 doesn’t deliver the massive overhaul that arrived with last year’s iOS 7 update but it still brings some important new features to the table including improved notifications, Apple Pay, changes to iMessage and the Camera app, and a new keyboard.

Like any software update, the iOS 8 update delivered bugs and problems to owners of the iPhone and iPad. Over the past two months, Apple’s worked to iron out those kinks with a series of incremental upgrades. First, the company pushed out iOS 8.0.1. Next, it was iOS 8.0.2, an update that delivered fixes for iOS 8.0.1 bugs. After that, Apple rolled out iOS 8.1, a much larger update that spent time in its beta program. Last week, after another beta period, Apple pushed out iOS 8.1.1.

Apple’s latest iOS 8 update, like the iOS 8 updates before it, delivers bug fixes for iOS 8 problems. It also comes with self-proclaimed performance enhancements for the iPhone 4s and the iPad 2. While there are benefits, the iOS 8.1.1 update also delivered a number of problems for iPad users, problems that have many users on edge with some looking to go back down to iOS 8.1.

iPad users continue to bombard us with questions about the iOS 8.1.1 update and today, with those users in mind, we want to take a look at the most important things that iPad users need to know about their iOS 8.1.1 update, an update that is small in size but could have a big impact on one of Apple’s most popular slates.

Excellent Performance

The first thing you need to know is that we recently reviewed the iPad Air iOS 8.1.1 update. In the review, we take a look at how the update is performing in several key areas including battery life, Wi-Fi, speed, and more. It’s a great starting point for those of you that are still on iOS 7 or another version of iOS 8, say iOS 8.1. It will give you a ton of feedback so it’s worth checking out before you decide one way or the other.

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While we encourage you to read the full review, we should note that the iOS 8.1.1 update’s performance, thus far, has been excellent. This comes as no surprise given that iOS 7 and all of Apple’s previous iOS 8 updates have performed well on last year’s iPad Air. Of course, mileage is going to vary so we highly suggest poking around for more feedback before installing the update on your device, especially if you’re having a great experience on iOS 8.1 or below.

There Are iOS 8.1.1 Problems

You should know that iPad Air users are encountering issues after the iOS 8.1.1 update. We haven’t seen the same outpouring that we’ve seen for iPhone problems but iPad Air users are certainly dealing with an assortment of problems. Users are complaining about low memory crashes, performance issues with animations, no sound coming from the tablet, broken FaceTime, mail problems, Wi-Fi problems, issues with mirroring, and more.

We bring these iOS 8.1.1 problems up because we think that it’s essential that you know there is some risk involved in making this upgrade. iOS 8.1.1 does fix some problems but it also has the chance to deliver some new ones to your iPad. Before upgrading, make sure you take a look at user feedback and potential fixes so that you are better prepared in case you do run into issues with iOS 8.1.1 in the near future or further down the road.

iOS 8.1.1 Stable for Many

That said, it’s also important to note that these problems appear to be very isolated. Apple’s Discussion Forums typically flood with complaints after iOS updates but we simply aren’t seeing the same volume after the iOS 8.1.1 update. This doesn’t come as too much of a surprise given that we haven’t discovered any nagging issues on our version of the iPad Air.

We’ve also spoken to several other owners of the iPad Air who claim that the iOS 8.1.1 update actually improved performance on their variant. That’s not going to be typical but the point is that not everyone is having issues with iOS 8.1.1. That’s going to make it a little harder for those of you on the fence to decide but keep that in mind before you start believing stories about an iOS 8.1.1 “crisis“. There are bugs but many iPad Air users seem to have come out of the iOS 8.1.1 update unscathed.

Fixes for iPad Air iOS 8.1.1 Problems

We’ve put together a big list of the most common iOS 8.1.1 problems affecting iPad users. Many of these problems have plagued iPad users for years and that’s why were confident about the fixes. Fixes are often passed down from iOS update to iOS update and many of them work for users on iOS 8. We know because they’ve worked for us.

If you’re experiencing issues with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, battery life, or even the iOS 8.1.1 installation process, head on over to our list of fixes and see if you can’t get yourself sorted. These fixes aren’t going to work for everyone but there’s a good chance that at least some of you will find the remedy you’ve been looking for. This is important because we still don’t know when Apple’s going to roll out its next iOS update. iOS 8.2 is in the beta process but it could be weeks away.

You Can Go Back to iOS 8.1 Right Now

Finally, you iPad Air users need to know that you can go back to iOS 8.1 right now if you really need to get off of iOS 8.1.1. The option probably won’t be available forever but if you act fast and follow our guide, you’ll be able to move back to Apple’s aging iOS 8.1 update. There’s a few reasons to consider moving down.

One, you were having a good experience with iOS 8.1 and things have fallen apart after installing iOS 8.1.1. And two, you want to jailbreak your iPad Air. The Pangu Jailbreak does not work with iOS 8.1.1, at least not yet, which means that the only way you’re going to be able to take full advantage of the tweaks and features afforded to jailbreak users is if you move back to iOS 8.1.

If you don’t want to go back and you’re experiencing issues, again, you’re going to have to rely on temporary fixes for the moment because it’s not clear when the next iOS 8 update is going to roll out.

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iOS 8.1.1: 5 Things iPad Air Users Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iOS 8.1.1: 5 Things iPhone 5 Users Need to Know

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 22:22

iOS 8.1.1: 5 Things iPhone 5 Users Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Last week, Apple released the iOS 8.1.1 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. With iOS 8.1.1 problems swirling and iPhone users looking for feedback, we want to take a look at the five most important things owners of Apple’s aging iPhone 5 need to know, right now, about their latest iOS 8 update.

Way back in June, Apple announced its replacement for last year’s iOS 7 update. Two months ago, Apple rolled out that brand new update for iPhone and iPad, an operating system that it dubbed iOS 8.0. iOS 8 doesn’t deliver the massive overhaul that arrived with last year’s iOS 7 update but it still brings some important new features to the table including improved notifications, Apple Pay, changes to iMessage and the Camera app, and a new keyboard.

Like any software update, the iOS 8 update delivered bugs and problems to owners of the iPhone and iPad. Over the past two months, Apple’s worked to iron out those kinks with a series of incremental upgrades. First, the company pushed out iOS 8.0.1. Next, it was iOS 8.0.2, an update that delivered fixes for iOS 8.0.1 bugs. After that, Apple rolled out iOS 8.1, a much larger update that spent time in its beta program. Last week, after another beta period, Apple pushed out iOS 8.1.1.

Apple’s latest iOS 8 update, like the iOS 8 updates before it, delivers bug fixes for iOS 8 problems. It also comes with self-proclaimed performance enhancements for the iPhone 4s and the iPad 2. While there are benefits, the iOS 8.1.1 update also delivered a number of problems for iPhone users, problems that have many users on edge with some looking to go back down to iOS 8.1.

iPhone 5 users continue to bombard us with questions about the iOS 8.1.1 update and today, with those users in mind, we want to take a look at the most important things that iPhone 5 users need to know about their iOS 8.1.1 update, an update that is small in size but could have a big impact on one of Apple’s most popular iPhones.

iOS 8.1.1 Review

First, you should know that we recently posted our full iPhone 5 iOS 8.1.1 review. This review outlines all of the key components of the update including battery life, connectivity and apps. It’s a great starting point for those of you that are still on iOS 7 or are on another version of iOS 8 looking to make a move. It will give you a ton of feedback so it’s worth checking out before you decide one way or the other.

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Our goal is obviously to ensure that you’re as educated as possible before you make a decision about making the move up to iOS 8.1.1 from whatever it is that you’re currently on. We highly recommend doing a ton of research, that means reading several reviews (if you can find them), before coming to your decision. Remember, you don’t need to install iOS 8.1.1 if you don’t want to. There’s no rush.

Why You May Not Want to Install the iPhone 5 iOS 8.1 Update

You should know that there is reason to pause if you own an iPhone 5 and you’re running iOS 8.0.2 or lower. As we noted in our iOS 8.1 and iOS 8.1.1 reviews for the iPhone 5, we’ve seen a significant drop in speed with these updates on board. Animations and transitions that used to be silky smooth and fluid are now clunky and slow.

The iPhone 5 doesn’t crawl but it’s a sluggishness that we didn’t see when we had iOS 8.0.2, iOS 8.0.1, iOS 8.0, or iOS 7.1.2 on board. We’re still not sure what’s causing the problem but it’s clear that we’re not the only ones noticing a drop in overall speed after the iOS 8.1 upgrades. Speed is essential on the iPhone and given that you can’t move back to anything beyond iOS 8.1 after making the move makes the iOS 8.1.1 upgrade a tough decision.

At this point, we recommend waiting it out. While there is no guarantee that Apple will fix the speed issues with an upcoming update, the door is still open. iOS updates can have a profound effect on speed, for better or worse, something that was showcased with last year’s iOS 7.1 update for iPhone 5 (better) and this year’s iOS 8.1 update (worse).

With an iOS 8.2 update on the way, those of you hanging around on iOS 8.0.2 and below might be better off staying put. We obviously can’t make that call for you but the speed issues in iOS 8.1.1 are enough to make us want to retire the phone for good.

Yes, There Are iOS 8.1.1 Problems

You need to know, absolutely, that there are iOS 8.1.1 problems. iPhone 5 users have told us that they’ve seen their battery life negatively impacted after installing the iOS 8.1.1 update and that’s what prompted us to detail potential fixes for the issues in the days after the release. iPhone 5 users are also complaining about Wi-Fi issues, various problems with stability, battery drain, random crashes, Bluetooth errors, and more.

We bring these up because we think that it’s essential that you know there is some risk involved in making this upgrade. iOS 8.1.1 does fix some problems but it also has the chance to deliver some new ones to your iPhone 5. Speed issues included. Before upgrading, make sure you take a look at user feedback and potential fixes so that you are better prepared in case you do run into issues with iOS 8.1.1 in the near future or further down the road.

That said, we don’t want to scare you. Our experience on the iPhone 5, for the most part, has been flawless. And many of these issues seem to be very isolated. Do your homework and you’re going to be much better off.

Fixes for iPhone 5 iOS 8.1.1 Problems

We’ve put together a big list of the most common iOS 8.1.1 problems affecting iPhone users. These problems have plagued iPhone users for years and that means that we have a pretty good read on some possible fixes. Fixes are often passed down from iOS update to iOS update and many of them work for users utilizing iOS 8.

If you’re experiencing issues with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, battery life, or even the installation process, head on over to our list of fixes and see if you can’t get yourself sorted. These fixes aren’t going to work for everyone but there’s a good chance that at least some of you will find the remedy you’ve been looking for. This is important because we still don’t know when Apple’s going to roll out its next iOS update. iOS 8.2 is in the beta process but it could be weeks away.

You Can Go Back to iOS 8.1 Right Now

Finally, you iPhone 5 users need to know that you can go back to iOS 8.1 right now if you really need to get off of iOS 8.1.1. The option probably won’t be available forever but if you act fast and follow our guide, you’ll be able to move back to Apple’s aging iOS 8.1 update. There’s a few reasons to consider moving down.

One, you were having a good experience with iOS 8.1 and things fell apart after installing iOS 8.1.1. And two, you want to jailbreak your iPhone 5. The Pangu Jailbreak does not work with iOS 8.1.1, at least not yet, which means that the only way you’re going to be able to take full advantage of the tweaks and features afforded to jailbreak users is if you move back to iOS 8.1.

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iOS 8.1.1: 5 Things iPhone 5 Users Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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5 Best Black Friday TV Deals

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 22:06

5 Best Black Friday TV Deals is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

When it comes to Black Friday shopping one item that is usually on every shoppers list is a brand new TV. Over the years TV deals have become extremely popular, and this year we’re seeing some of the best Black Friday TV deals ever.

Instead of digging through tons of ads, we’ve rounded up five of the best Black Friday TV deals you’ll probably find this year, and will update if more surface. We’ve already covered plenty about Best Buy, Walmart, Samsung Black Friday ads and more, so this is all about HDTV options.

Read: Best Android Black Friday Deals

Last year Walmart had a huge 70-inch HDTV for only $998 which was extremely popular, but that’s not a size everyone wants, nor can fit in most buyers cars. And while everyone is different and has different needs, below are five great choices this year that have surprised many due to the low prices, and should be on Black Friday shoppers radar.

If you’re in the market for a giant HDTV there are plenty of choices, but we’ve yet to see anything with a near $700 discount like last year. That being said, many of the TV deals this year are much lower than many experts expected. Meaning Black Friday 2014 could be one of the best years to get a TV in recent history.

You may be looking for a huge TV, smart TV or something with a 4k resolution, and if so you’ll want to check out this full roundup of deals and expectations. That all said, here’s our five (or so) best Black Friday TV deals of 2014.

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Hands down the best deal is the Panasonic 50-inch TV from the Best Buy doorbuster, where they’ll begin giving out vouchers for this deal two hours before the doors open at 5PM on Thanksgiving Day. Meaning you’ll want to be there at least two hours early to get a voucher, and possibly even sooner to get in line and hopefully snag this awesome deal.

It isn’t a 120Hz TV and it doesn’t have smart functions, but with the Amazon Fire Stick, Roku, or even a Google Chromecast, you don’t need a smart TV. This is one of the best deals around, and it’s a 2014 model TV. This beats the Toshiba 50-inch for $199 from Amazon, as we don’t know too many details on that model yet.

Oh, there’s also an Element 48-inch TV that will be $179, if you can’t get the Panasonic or Toshiba mentioned above. More details on that can be found here.

Vizio 65-inch 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV – $648

The second best deal has to be the Vizio 65-inch TV from Walmart and its doorbuster. Again, this will be a hard one to snag as inventory is limited and surely there are a few people camping out in tents as we speak. This is as close as we’ve seen yet to the 70-inch TV last year. It’s a tiny bit smaller, and over $300 cheaper. Making it one of the best Black Friday TV deals hands down.

Make sure you bring a truck that can fit a TV of this size, and enjoy every bit of that 65-inch TV. Especially considering it usually retails for around $1000. You can eat some Turkey later, right?

32-inch LED HDTV from Amazon – $79

This had to make the list simply because it’s the best budget TV deal we’ve seen yet in 2014. Amazon hasn’t shared details regarding this deal yet, like the resolution or who makes the TV, but they’ll have a 32-incher for only $79.

Your next bet in this price range is the Element 29-inch 1080p TV from Target for $79 as well. This will be another doorbuster you’ll need to wait in line for, but for obvious reasons, it’ll be worth it. Good luck fighting over the crowds for this one. More details about Target deals can be found here.

LG 60-inch 1080p HDTV – $488

If you don’t want something too small or big, and can’t afford some of the fancy TV options over $500 you may want to consider the LG 60-inch deal from hhgregg.

They’ll have an LG 60-inch HDTV with 1080p resolution for $488, but we don’t have too many other details on this TV yet. Most likely this will only be 60Hz, but it’s still a solid price on a huge TV.

Vizio 55-inch Smart LED TV from Amazon – $478

Last but certainly not least is the Vizio 55-inch Smart LED TV from Amazon. It’s usually $648 and will be much cheaper between now and November 28th. Amazon has the deals going on now in lightning rounds, so once this appears you’ll need to hurry and get it before it’s gone.

This may have already ended, but could popup again during the lightning rounds, so keep an eye out. It’s also worth mentioning there’s a 65-inch Sharp for $688, and if you want something right in the middle of all these deals Walmart has a Samsung 40-inch 1080p HDTV for $279 if you can’t find some of the deals mentioned above.

And while we said five, how about a 4k TV. The best deal we’ve seen is the Best Buy doorbuster Samsung 55-inch UHD 4K TV for only $900. This TV is usually $1,399 so you’ll want to wait in line for this too.

Good luck!

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5 Best Black Friday TV Deals is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Happy ThanksGIFing

The Tech Savvy Educator - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 12:14

I’ve been known to GIF my day on special occasions. Alan Levine even created an honorary #ds106 assignment in my name for the practice. And in honor of the the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday here in the United States, I thought I’d take a day to share what I’m grateful for using the one of the media formats I’m most thankful for; the animated GIF! I’ll be revisiting this post through the day with updates, so stay tuned

I’m thankful for my son, his unending appetite for curiosity, LEGOs, and breakfast cereal.

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Nexus 9 Deal Delivers $100 Savings

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 00:04

Nexus 9 Deal Delivers $100 Savings is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

While many shoppers are currently scouting out hot Black Friday deals this holiday season, today a rather enticing Nexus 9 deal has surfaced that many will be interested in. A deal offering at least $100 off the new Android 5.0 tablet from Google.

Google’s Nexus 9 was released on November 3rd, so not even a month ago, yet deals have already started to surface offering the impressive 8.9-inch tablet for a lower price. The first deal arrived the day after its release, but a new discount from Best Buy is worth checking out for those who aren’t finding any good Black Friday deals.

Read: Nexus 9 Setup Guide: Steps to Get Started

Starting today and ending on November 29th, Best Buy is offering a rather impressive deal for those looking to snag the Nexus 9. You’ll be able to get at least $100 back after trading in an eligible tablet, and we have all the details below.

Starting today Best Buy is offering a brand new trade in promotion that is offering up Google’s latest Nexus 9 tablet for essentially $100 off. Simply head to a nearby store with any (keyword any) working tablet, and you’ll be able to trade it in and get $100 off the Nexus 9.

This is in the form of $50 off, and a $50 Best Buy gift card, so it isn’t a complete cash discount, but still an excellent deal and price just days before the Black Friday storm kicks off. While most stores have discounts on Samsung Android tablets, this is a pre Black Friday deal many will want to consider.

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As you can see from the image above, Best Buy is promising “a minimum” of $100 off the Nexus 9, and possibly more depending on the device you’re trading in. The way it reads, any working tablet that isn’t a Nook or eReader, and doesn’t have a broken display or water damage, is eligible for the trade-in deal. Meaning if you have an old Galaxy Tab 2 7-inch laying around that isn’t worth much, you’ll still be able to snag $100 off the latest and greatest impressive Nexus 9.

Read: Nexus 9 Hands-on & First Impressions

Google’s Nexus 9 tablet is the first device to run the completely overhauled and redesigned Android 5.0 Lollipop update. It offers a large 8.9-inch 2048 x 1538 HD display, a powerful NVIDIA Tegra K1 (64-bit) processor with 2GB of RAM, and stunning dual front facing speakers. Made by HTC you can expect the same impressive front facing boomsound speakers, aluminum bezel around the edges, and a quality 8 megapixel camera on the rear with optical image stabilization.

While many reviews suggested it isn’t quite the premium $399 tablet many were expecting, the Nexus 9 is still arguably one of the best Android tablets available today, and now can be had for $100 less thanks to this new Best Buy trade in deal.

Again, it’s worth noting that Best Buy is promising a “minimum” of $100 off the Nexus 9 with an eligible trade in. Meaning that a Nexus 7 (2013) or old iPad Mini may get you more than $100 off Google’s newest Android tablet. Now is a good time to snag the Nexus 9 and skip the Black Friday rush, so click here for more details regarding Best Buys new Nexus 9 deal.

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Nexus 9 Deal Delivers $100 Savings is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Nexus 4 Deals Arrive Ahead of Black Friday

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 23:54

Nexus 4 Deals Arrive Ahead of Black Friday is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

On the heels of the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 Android 5.0 Lollipop updates comes two new Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 deals that offer a steep discount ahead of Black Friday.

In 2012, Google released a Nexus tablet and a Nexus smartphone. The tablet, the Nexus 7, a device that it released to compete against the likes of the iPad mini, Kindle Fire, and more. The smartphone, the Nexus 4, arrived at the end of the year to replace the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. After getting off to an extremely rough start, the Nexus 4 settled in as one of the best smartphones money can buy.

The two devices aren’t getting any younger but that doesn’t mean that they should be ignored. Especially when you consider the fact that Google recently updated both the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 7 with Android 5.0 Lollipop. Android 5.0 Lollipop might be their last major Android update but the update helps to breathe new life into these two former flagships. And that’s what should make these new Nexus 7 and Nexus 4 deals tempting to some buyers.

Expansys USA is offering two different bundles that combine refurbished versions of the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 2012. They also include a bumper case for the Nexus 4, a necessity given that the glass back of the Nexus 4 is susceptible to cracks and damage. The prices for these bundles should be attractive to those looking to buy ahead of Black Friday and ahead of the holidays.

The retailer is offering the 8GB Nexus 4 and 16GB Nexus 7 2012 bundle for a mere $159.99. Those that need a little more storage can opt for the 16GB Nexus 4 with the 16GB Nexus 7 2012. That bundle is going for a mere $179.99 for all three products. That’s a nice little discount over the retailers usual offer and it’s a deal that buyers probably won’t find anywhere else. Google no longer sells either device and is instead focused on its new Nexus products, the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9.

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While these two Nexus devices no longer offer the best specs money can buy, they’ll be good enough for average users with basic needs. Despite not having LTE data on board, the Nexus 4 was one of the best smartphones of 2012 and 2013 thanks to its collection of specifications which include a speedy processor, gorgeous display, and solid design.

Google’s Nexus 7 also comes with some aging but decent specs including a 7-inch display, black matte design, and a fast processor. Both devices now come with Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google’s new operating system that delivers a number of brand new features including the all new Material Design that changes the way Android looks and feels.

Android 5.0 is also rolling out to several other Nexus devices including the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 2013, and Nexus 10. The Nexus 5 was the successor to the Nexus 4 while the Nexus 7 2013 is the newer version of the Nexus 7. Google still sells the Nexus 5 but it’s discontinued the Nexus 7 in favor of the all new Nexus 9 tablet by HTC.

We still haven’t seen many Google Nexus Black Friday deals emerge making these two deals attractive to those that want vanilla Android software and the full Google experience. These deals though will have to compete against a number of non-Nexus Android update deals including a huge Galaxy S5 price cut at Amazon that drops the prices all the way down to $1.

It’s not clear where either device goes from here. Google typically keeps devices updated for two years before kicking them to the curb so Android 5.0 Lollipop could represent the final updates for these two devices. Consumers will want to keep that in mind before taking advantage of these bundles either for themselves or for loved ones during the upcoming holiday season.

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Nexus 4 Deals Arrive Ahead of Black Friday is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iOS 8.1.1 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 22:38

iOS 8.1.1 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Apple’s iOS 8.1.1 update delivers bug fixes and performance enhancements to iPhone and iPad users. According to iPhone and iPad users, it also delivers iOS 8 problems. With iOS 8.1.1 problems a topic of discussion amongst iOS 8 users, we want to take a look at what you need to know about the issues plaguing Apple’s latest iOS update.

Two months ago, Apple rolled out its brand new update for iPhone and iPad, an operating system that it dubbed iOS 8.0. iOS 8 doesn’t deliver the massive overhaul that arrived with last year’s iOS 7 update but it still brings some important new features to the table including improved notifications, Apple Pay, changes to iMessage and the Camera app, and a new keyboard.

Like any software update, the iOS 8.1.1 update delivered bugs and problems to owners of the iPhone and iPad. Over the past two months, Apple’s worked to iron out those kinks with a series of incremental upgrades. First, the company pushed out iOS 8.0.1 but it caused more harm than good. Next, it was iOS 8.0.2, an update that delivered fixes for iOS 8.0.1 bugs. After that, Apple rolled out iOS 8.1, a much larger update that spent time in its beta program. And then, last week, Apple pushed out iOS 8.1.1.

iOS 8.1.1 is Apple’s latest iOS update and like the updates before it, it delivers bug fixes for iOS 8 problems. It also comes with self-proclaimed performance enhancements for the iPhone 4s and the iPad 2. Over the past week, we’ve seen numerous iOS 8.1.1 problems emerge for iPhone and iPad users. And these problems have many users, particularly those thinking about making the move from iOS 7 to iOS 8, on edge.

With iOS 8.1.1 issues swirling, we want to take a look at everything you need to know about these issues. This roundup offers a look at the issues themselves, potential fixes, and a look at what the future of iOS 8 for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch looks like at the moment.

iOS 8.1.1 Problems Continue

iOS 8.1.1 problems continue to plague iPhone and iPad users in the days after the iOS 8.1.1 release. While we’ve pointed out a number of those issues already, we’re starting to see a growing number of problems emerge on Apple’s Discussion Forum. iPhone users are complaining about gesture problems, home button issues, abnormal lag, problems with email, the usual complaints about battery life and battery drain, lag in Notification Center, and more. These just scratch the surface as the forum is littered with complaints about iPhone and iPad iOS 8.1.1 problems.

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We ourselves are also experiencing some problems on the iPhone 5. The speed of the aging former flagship has taken a hit after Apple’s iOS 8.1 upgrades and at the moment, there doesn’t appear to be a permanent fix for the issues. The software is choppy and far less fluid than the iOS 7.1.2 update that pushed out earlier this year. This is the one iOS 8.1.1 update that we don’t recommend.

We point these out for a reason. iPhone and iPad users, even those of you that have owned a device for a long time, need to be cautious when it comes to iOS updates, even small ones like iOS 8.1.1. That’s why we always recommend preparing for these iOS releases. You may not be able to completely stop all of the bugs from surfacing but you can least try.

Not Everyone is Having iOS 8.1.1 Issues

There are reports out there that suggest that the iOS 8.1.1 update continues the “crisis” that is the iOS 8 update. Rubbish. iOS 8.1.1 is certainly causing problems for some iPhone and iPad users but iOS 8.1.1 is, in our estimation, the most stable version of iOS 8 yet.

We’ve spent some quality time with the iOS 8.1.1 update on an array of devices and for most part, the update is solid. It fixes some of the more annoying issues on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6, it’s very stable on our iPhone 5s, and the iOS 8.1.1 updates for iPad 3, iPad Air and iPad mini 2 are all working out nicely post-iOS 8.1.1 release.

Every single iOS update, every single software update for that matter, comes with its own set of problems. And from what we can tell, iOS 8.1.1 does present a number of different problems for iOS 8 users though most of them appear to be isolated rather than widespread. Our iOS 8.1.1 reviews will help you get started but we suggest diving into other materials before making the upgrade.

Yes, there are problems but there is no reason to panic, especially when you consider the fact that there are potential fixes for many of the iOS 8.1.1 problems you might encounter if you do decide to install the update.

Fixes for iOS 8.1.1 Problems

If you are dealing with iOS 8.1.1 problems, we’ve put together a list of fixes for the most common bugs. These fixes, which range from solutions for battery life problems to fixes for installation problems, aren’t going to work for everyone but they’re worth a look if you’ve jumped up to iOS 8.1.1 and you’re having issues on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.

We also suggest taking a look around. Apple’s Discussion Forums typically provide a number of potential fixes for serious issues and the MacRumors community is solid as well. Note these so that if you do run into issues with iOS 8.1.1, and you may, that you’re ready to fix whatever is plaguing your device. Usually, there’s a solution out there.

You Can Go Back to iOS 8.1

It’s worth noting that there is still a way to go back to iOS 8.1 if you aren’t satisfied with iOS 8.1.1 or if you want to jailbreak your phone or tablet. iOS 8.1.1 is not currently compatible with the Pangu iOS 8 jailbreak. It’s not clear how long this opportunity will last, Apple will likely close it up at some point, but if you do want to move back to iOS 8.1, we’ve got you covered with a detailed guide.

iOS 8.2

Finally, you should know that if you’re dealing with iOS 8.1.1 problems, you’re on your own for the foreseeable future. Apple’s released an iOS 8.2 update into its beta program though the company has yet to attach a specific release date to the software. Our guess, at the moment, is that it will roll out in and around the Apple Watch launch this spring. Even then, it’s not guaranteed to be the savior iOS 8.1.1 users are looking for.

Apple could roll out an iOS 8.1.2 update down the road but that’s not guaranteed to happen either. iOS 8.1.1 is very stable on several devices and despite the assorted issues, there’s no real incentive to release another big update. Many of these problems can be solved using various fixes and don’t require Apple’s attention.

So, instead of sitting around moping, you should be proactive if you discover iOS 8.1.1 issues on board your device. Apple will likely roll out more bug fixes in the future but for the moment, it’s not clear when that might happen.

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iOS 8.1.1 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Best Best Buy Black Friday 2014 Deals

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 22:20

Best Best Buy Black Friday 2014 Deals is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Best Buy Black Friday 2014 ad includes many great deals that will help you dave big this season. Here is a look at the best Best Buy Black Friday 2014 deals we found in the 40+ page Black Friday ad.

It’s easy to find an average Black Friday 2014 deal, but if you want to justify standing in line or waiting up for online orders to start you’ll want to go for the big savings and look for items that rarely go on sale and big discounts that will save you at least $50 or upwards of $200-$200.

The Best Buy Black Friday 2014 store hours start at 5PM on Thanksgiving day, so you’ll need to line up much earlier than that if you plan to buy any of these deals in store. Some Best Buy locations are already seeing shoppers line up days in advance. Even though you don’t likely need to do that you’ll probably miss out on Thanksgiving lunch and dinner if you plan to line up.

Here are the best Best Buy Black Friday 2014 deals.

Best Buy Black Friday 2014 deals will start at 5PM, but the retailer will hand out tickets up to two hours earlier at 3PM local time and shoppers may start lining up en mass the day before Thanksgiving.

If you are a Best Buy Elite or Elite Plus member you can already shop many of the Best Buy Black Friday deals online without dealing with any lines. Not every item is on sale, but some of the best Best Buy Black Friday 2014 deals are already live for shoppers who spend at least $1,500 a year at Best Buy.

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Here is a closer look at the best Best Buy Black Friday 2014 deals we found on Apple, Samsung, Beats, Xbox One, PS4, connected home and smartphones like the LG G3 and iPhone 6.

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At the top of the best Best Buy Black Friday deals are the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. If you compare the best iPad Black Friday deals, you'll find there are deeper discounts but they include gift cards. 

The Best Buy Black Friday 2014 deals chop $75 and $100 off the up front price of the iPad mini 3 and iPad Air 2. These are the new iPads that Apple announced in October, so it is surprising to see this much of a sale on the new devices, with a straight up discount. 

The iPad Air 2 is $399 for 16GB, $499 for 64GB and $599 for $128GB -- $100 in savings across the board. The iPad mini 3 is $324.99 for the 16GB model, $424.99 for the 64GB and $524.99 for the 128GB model -- $75 in savings at each storage level.

You'll find these on sale on Thanksgiving Day at 5PM at Best Buy and the ad does make it sound like you can find these deals online all day Thursday and Friday, while stock lasts of course. 

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Best Best Buy Black Friday 2014 Deals is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Tech Director Chat #011 – Ben’s Turn on the Hot Seat

The Tech Savvy Educator - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 20:11

I didn’t really appreciate the anxiety-filled position I was putting my Tech Director in each week in front of the microphone for this podcast. I don’t let him preview the questions; no prep, no word-smithing the perfect answer to a question, just a “think on your feet” response to questions. I didn’t appreciate that situation until he turned a question on me in this episode. It was a question that I’ve been thinking about a lot, but wasn’t quite ready to articulate. I think I took a good swing at it, but whiffed on his question about whether the majority of teachers will ever get passed the basic level of technology substituting other instructional methods using paper and pencil.

My short answer….no. My longer answer….maybe. Once most schools have technology readily available, many practices that we’re currently pioneering will become commonplace. it will become status quo for students to word process every thought rather than writing. Which means digital writing, collaborating, and sharing will eventually be the new normal and thus will be ripe for substitution with future technologies and/or pedagogical practices (video, augmented reality, etc.). Like I said, it’s a complicated thought that I think I flubbed. Oh well, there’s always room to improve!

As always, you can listen to, download, or subscribe to the podcast using this link. Or listen below!

Timestamps for this week’s questions:

0:56 What has Pete been up to?

2:21 What does an exploding projector bulb sounds like?

3:00 Ben has opened the flood gate of questions by sending the podcast to all district employees.

4:16 JW asks, what is the big picture goal for teacher technology use in the classroom?

7:32 Pete asks Ben, how long do you think it will take until a majority of people are using technology for more than simple substitution?

11:20 John asks, why do some wifi routers behave differently for filtering?

14:50 John wants to know, can he have an Apple TV?

16:40 Kathleen asks, what would your ideal new elementary building look like?

20:45 Paul from Twitter asks, why are URL shorteners blocked by filters?

22:18 Stump Pete!

24:11 Kathleen asks, who was more influential to early Rock and Roll?

Tech Director Chat – Ben’s Turn in the Hot Seat

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Best iPhone 6 Black Friday Deals

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 16:38

Best iPhone 6 Black Friday Deals is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

Here is a look at the best iPhone 6 Black Friday deals for 2014. You can save almost $100 on the iPhone 6 when you sign a new two year contract and you’ll need to stay aware of $0 down iPhone 6 Black Friday deals that aren’t actually deals.

Even though the iPhone 6 is only two months old there are plenty of deals out there and there is enough stock that you can actually find an iPhone 6 in stock on Black Friday. There are many iPhone 6 Black Friday deals, but some of them are better than others.

The overall value of these iPhone 6 deals includes gift cards and other savings, and will vary based on what type of phone you are upgrading from, your carrier and it all assumes you are eligible for an upgrade. If you do not have a line that you can use for an upgrade you cannot use these iPhone 6 Black Friday deals.

Check out the best iPhone 6 Black Friday deals for 2014.

Here’s a look at all of the Black Friday iPhone deals we’ve found and the details you need to know about the best iPhone 6 Black Friday Deals.

Best iPhone 6 Black Friday Deals for 2014

The best iPhone 6 Black Friday deals knock almost $100 off the price of the iPhone 6 on contract. You still need to pay tax on the full price and on most carriers you’ll need to pay an activation fee, so factor that in. The biggest savings come in the form of a gift card that you need to use on another purchase or with a trade in, that bring other gotchas.

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Read: iPhone 6 Review

Here’s a look at the best iPhone Black Friday deals, including the iPhone 5s and iPhone 6. There are no iPhone 6 Plus Black Friday deals yet.

iPhone ModelPriceStoreCatchesTrade In Bonus iPhone 6$179 + $75 Gift CardWalmart16GB OnlyUp to $200 for old Smartphones iPhone 5s$79 + $75 Gift CardWalmart16GB OnlyUp to $200 for old Smartphones iPhone 6$179 + $30 Gift CardTarget16GB Only iPhone 5s$79 + $30 Gift CardTarget16GB Only iPhone 6$99.99 with TradeTarget16GB Only$100 Minimum Trade for iPhone iPhone 5s$1 with TradeTarget16GB Only$100 Minimum Trade for iPhone iPhone 6$99Sam's Club$99 for 16GB, $199 for 64Gb, $299 for 128GB iPhone 4$99 off contractGameStopUsed iPhone 6$99.99 with TradeBest BuyDeal only with trade.$100 minimum trade value for old iPhone iPhone 5s$1 with TradeBest BuyDeal only with trade.$100 minimum trade value for old iPhone

When there is a gift card as part of the deal you’ll need to use this on a future purchase. At most stores this is not a problem since you can buy groceries or some other item you would normally buy to maximize the savings, but you need to keep it in mind as you compare the best iPhone 6 Black Friday deals.

These deals are only on Verizon, Sprint and AT&T. Retailers like this do not offer T-Mobile iPhones due to the way T-Mobile does financing and no longer offers contracts.

Some retailers will advertise iPhone 6 Black Friday deals with $0 down for an iPhone 6, but this is not the same as a free iPhone 6. You’ll pay for this iPhone over the course of about 20 months. In most cases this means you pay a smaller fee for cellular service, but your bill remains about the same because of the device fee. Check out our Verizon iPhone 6 Edge vs two year contract comparison to see which is best for you.

Here’s where you can find the best iPhone 6 Black Friday deals for 2014

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 The Walmart Black Friday 2014 ad includes an iPhone 6 deal that is the best option for buyers without an old iPhone to trade in. 

You can buy the iPhone 6 for $179, a savings of $20 and then stack on a $75 Walmart gift card to use on a future order. You can use this on gadgets or groceries, just not on this iPhone purchase. 

In total you'll save $96 from buying the iPhone 6 at regular carrier pricing. You still need to pay tax and activation, but you'd pay that anywhere you go. 

You can buy the iPhone 6 at this price in all color options, but you can only get it in 16GB of storage, which may not be enough for many users. There is also an iPhone 5s for $79 with a $75 gift card. 

You can go to Walmart now, well ahead of Black Friday to get this deal. That means no standing in a huge line and dealing with crowds and the chance of a sell out. 

Walmart also offers up to $200 for your old smartphone. If you trade in, you can use this to pay for the iPhone 6 and still get the Walmart gift card.  

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Best iPhone 6 Black Friday Deals is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Apple Pay Support Could Expand to Small Businesses

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 16:21

Apple Pay Support Could Expand to Small Businesses is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

Apple Pay has been rather popular since it launched last month, and payment processing service Square will be able to bring Apple’s new digital payment platform to smaller businesses.

While Apple Pay is becoming the most popular digital payment service, it’s only accepted at larger retail locations and a handful of restaurant chains, but Square is looking to change that.

If you’re not familiar with Square, it’s a payment processing service that allows small businesses to easily accept credit or debits cards as a payment method, but in the near future, it will allow small businesses to begin accepting Apple Pay.

According to CNN, Square founder Jack Dorsey says that the service will soon support Apple Pay at some point next year. It’s not exactly clear how Square will implement Apple Pay technology, but most likely the Square card reader itself will undergo some hardware changes to include an NFC reader that will be able to accept Apple Pay payments, as well as other forms of digital payments through NFC.

The current Square card reader can swipe credit or debit cards, but isn’t able to accept any form of wireless payment yet, which is why Apple Pay support has yet to arrive.

This is certainly good news for consumers and small businesses alike, as it will allow small businesses to accept more payment methods, and consumers will be able to use the new digital payment service from Apple at more than just larger retail chains, further expanding the support for Apple Pay.

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The addition of more and more stores supporting Apple Pay is a big deal, but there are still some stores who aren’t getting on board with Apple’s new payment platform, including one of the biggest stores in the world: Walmart. High credit card transaction fees is the main reason why Walmart isn’t supporting Apple Pay.

Credit card transaction fees are fees that stores are required to pay to banks when a credit card is used to buy goods at the cash register. Walmart believes these fees are too high, which is a big reason why the national retail chain is opting for CurrentC, which has payment options that have lower fees than credit card transactions.

CurrentC is a new digital payment method that will launch early next year, and it’s from a group called Merchant Customer Exchange, which consists of a handful of big retail chains, including CVS, Rite Aid, Best Buy, Lowe’s, Sears, and Target.

MCX praises its upcoming payment platform, as it links directly to users’ debit accounts, which bypasses card companies and their transaction fees. However, it’s been stated that it’s not the best solution for the consumer. The system uses QR codes that requires the user to unlock their phone, open up an app, and display a QR code that gets scanned by the pay terminal reader, whereas Apple Pay simply requires users to take out their iPhones and point it close to the NFC terminal with their finger on the Touch ID sensor.

Apple Pay was launched last month and has become the fastest-growing digital payment platform on the market so far.

Apple Pay allows you to store your credit card information on your iPhone and use it to buy stuff at any store that supports Apple Pay. The iPhone 6 has an NFC chip that allows you to tap the pay terminal at a store to instantly buy goods without swiping your credit card. Furthermore, doing this doesn’t give the store your credit card information, so you’re less susceptible to store hacks that steal credit card information, similar to the recent Home Depot and Target hacks.

Apple Pay also works with mobile shopping apps, allowing you to pay with a single touch of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor in shopping apps that support the feature.

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Apple Pay Support Could Expand to Small Businesses is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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