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iOS 8.4.1 on iPhone 5: 5 Things We Learned in Two Weeks

GottaBeMobile - 6 hours 26 min ago

iOS 8.4.1 on iPhone 5: 5 Things We Learned in Two Weeks is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

While the spotlight is starting to shift from Apple’s current iOS 8.4.1 update to its upcoming iOS 9 update, Apple’s last iOS 8 update is still worth talking about. We’ve been using the iPhone 5 iOS 8.4.1 update for two weeks and today we want to take a look at a few things we’ve learned during our time with the software.

Two weeks ago, Apple finally pulled the iOS 8.4.1 update from beta and delivered it to iOS 8 users in the United States and around the world. Just as we suspected, the iOS 8.4.1 update arrived with barely anything on board. It also wiped out the iOS 8.4 jailbreak that arrived shortly after the iOS 8.4 update on June 30th.

Apple’s latest iOS 8 update is small and two weeks old but it’s still very important. And that’s precisely why we’ve been taking a deep dive into its performance on several different devices including the aging iPhone 5.

 

We’ve been using the iOS 8.4.1 update on several iterations of the iPhone and iPad in an effort to provide clarity to users ahead of the iOS 9 release. While small iOS updates like iOS 8.4.1 seem harmless, they have the potential to wreck havoc on the performance of your device. Older devices like the iPhone 5 are especially vulnerable to problems.

The iPhone 5 iOS 8.4.1 update is important in some ways but it might not be worth it to some of you. Especially now that we have concrete iOS 9 release details in place.

With that in mind, we want to revisit the iPhone 5 iOS 8.4.1 update and tell you about a few things we’ve learned in the past two weeks. Keep these in mind as August comes to a close and as we get closer to Apple’s next big iOS system upgrade, iOS 9.

iPhone 5 iOS 8.4.1 Battery Life, Wi-Fi & More

I’ve been an iPhone 5 owner since day one. I’ve used the phone almost every day since release day in 2012 and I’ve installed every single iOS update. My iPhone 5 has been through a ton but it’s still holding up quite nicely as it closes in on its third birthday in September.

I’ve been testing the iOS 8.4.1 update on the iPhone 5 for two weeks and I haven’t noticed any problems with battery life, connectivity (LTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi), or my various applications. It’s holding up quite well in those areas and I expect them to hold until Apple releases the iPhone 5’s iOS 9 update.

It’s pretty impressive given the update’s age and my hope is that the performance in these areas holds once I get the iOS 9 update on board. I’m always leery of major updates but iOS 9 and its focus on performance has me excited about the future. It might also compel me to hold onto the iPhone 5 for a little while longer.

If you are already on iOS 8.4.1 and you’re dealing with problems in these areas, you should take a look at our list of fixes for common iOS 8.4.1 problems. I’ve outlined a number of potential remedies for battery life, Wi-Fi and more. If I run into issues with iOS 8.4.1 on my iPhone, these are the fixes I’ll try first.

iPhone 5 iOS 8.4.1 Speed

I’ve learned that the iOS 8.4.1 iPhone 5 update isn’t perfect. Not that I expected it to be but the speed issues I’m running into are still frustrating nonetheless.

My iPhone 5 is pretty sluggish with iOS 8.4.1 on board. It’s not a whole lot different than iOS 8.4 or the updates that came before it. I’m still running into frequent lag and slowdown when doing things as simple as opening up a folder. It’s clunky and jagged and slow.

I’ve been thinking about shutting off animations completely and I might wind up doing that if the problems persist for a few more days.

My hope is that iOS 9 injects new life into the iPhone 5. And it might. But if this keeps up, there’s a very good chance that I am going to factory reset the phone to see if that has a positive impact. And it might.

Other iPhone 5 iOS 8.4.1 Problems

I’m not the only one running into iOS 8.4.1 problems on the iPhone 5. I’ve heard from several other iPhone 5 users and I’ve seen complaints from iPhone 5 users on social media and on Apple’s discussion forums.

These problems range from abnormal battery life drain to problems with Wi-Fi to issues with sound to problems with specific applications. Two observations about these complaints.

One, they’re very typical. Battery drain and connectivity issues are among the most common iOS problems and it hasn’t been surprising to see iPhone 5 users run into them after iOS 8.4.1. The other observation is that they appear to be isolated iOS 8.4.1 problems.

I haven’t run into any major bugs in my two weeks and I haven’t heard about any widespread issues plaguing the iPhone 5 on iOS 8.4.1. There are problems, yes, but they’re impacting a fraction of iPhone 5 users around the world.

Don’t expect an iOS 8.4.2 update from Apple before iOS 9.

Apple Music Still a Work In Progress

I’ve also learned that Apple Music is still causing problems for many iPhone 5 users.

The sole purpose of iOS 8.4.1 is to fix Apple Music problems. Here is the iOS 8.4.1 change log:

  • Resolves issues that could prevent turning on iCloud Music Library
  • Resolves an issue that hides added music because Apple Music was set to show offline music only
  • Provides a way to add songs to a new playlist if there aren’t any playlists to choose from
  • Resolves an issue that may show different artwork for an album on other devices
  • Resolves several issues for artists while posting to Connect
  • Fixes an issue where tapping Love doesn’t work as expected while listening to Beats 1

These fixes have stuck but there are still plenty of issues impacting Apple’s new platform. Apple’s Music discussion forums are full of complaints from iPhone 5 users. Of course, iPhone 5 users aren’t alone. iPhone owners of all shapes and sizes are experiencing problems with Apple Music. Issues range from sync issues to problems with playlists.

Of course, you should know that this is a marathon and not a race. Apple’s going to continue to refine Music in future updates and we expect the iPhone 5 iOS 9 update to come with Music enhancements as Apple attempts to keep people around longer than the free three month trial.

iPhone 5 iOS 9 Release

And finally, we’ve learned that the iPhone 5 iOS 9 update should come soon.

With an iPhone 6s event confirmed for September 9th and a release date heavily rumored for September 18th, the iOS 9 release date should land on September 16th. This is important to note for several reasons.

One, this is when you can expect the next batch of fixes from Apple. iOS 9 should bring fixes with it and it could solve the current batch of iPhone 5 iOS 8.4.1 problems. It will also come with enhancements that should improve performance and iPhone 5 battery life.

Two, it gives you some wiggle room. iOS 8.4.1 comes with security updates and fixes but it might not be worth the download if you’re having a great experience on iOS 8.4 or below. You might want to wait for iOS 9 to arrive instead. Something to think about before you make the jump to iOS 8.4.1.

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We expect the iPhone 5 iOS 9 update to be revealed, in full, on September 9th. 

That date comes from a BuzzFeed report that suggests that Apple will use the date to announce its brand new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. All signs are pointing to an arrival in September and there's no reason to believe that Apple won't host an event next month. 

We expect the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to share the spotlight with several other products including iOS 9. Apple always details iOS updates on stage during iPhone launch events and we expect the company to follow standard protocol. 

It's here that we'll probably hear about which features the iPhone 5 will get (it probably won't get the full set) and when the iPhone 5 iOS 9 release date will be. 

We expect to host a live stream of the event so if you're at all interested in this system upgrade, you should tune in and follow the events as they unfold. As for the iOS 9 release date itself... 

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iOS 8.4.1 on iPhone 5: 5 Things We Learned in Two Weeks is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iOS 9 Release: 5 Things We Learned in August

GottaBeMobile - 7 hours 28 min ago

iOS 9 Release: 5 Things We Learned in August is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The iOS 9 release date is confirmed for the fall but Apple has yet to outline a specific date for its arrival. August was a busy month for the rumored iPhone 6s and Apple’s next iOS update and today we want to take a look at what we’ve learned about the iOS 9 release for iPhone 6s and more.

In June, Apple took the stage at WWDC 2015 to announce several brand new products including OS X El Capitan for Mac and iOS 9 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. iOS 9 is iOS 8’s successor and it will be coming to the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad mini, iPad 4, iPad 3, and iPad 2 this fall.

On stage, Apple confirmed a slew of iOS 9 details including the iOS 9 beta, several iOS 9 features, and the iOS 9 release date. The release date will land this fall though we still don’t have any official date from Apple. And we might not for at least a few more days.

As we inch closer to September, iPhone and iPad users are starting to get antsy. iOS 9 is bringing several new and important features. Among them, a hour long battery life boost for the iPhone and performance improvements for older devices like the iPhone 5.

Apple isn’t talking about the iOS 9 release just yet but we learned quite a bit about it in the month of August. Thanks to a series of credible reports and leaks, we have a pretty good read on the iOS 9 release date. And thanks to the iOS 9 beta, we have a pretty good idea about what to expect from its features.

With August coming to an end, we take a look at the most important things we learned about the iOS 9 release this month. Keep these in mind as we push into September.

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One of the most important things we learned about the iOS 9 release is the date on which we can expect Apple to show off its features and announce its release date for the iPhone 6, iPhone 5, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPod touch, and others.

Earlier today, Apple confirmed a media event for September 9th. This is the same day that Apple used to launch the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus last year and it's expected to be the launch date for the rumored iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and Apple TV 4.

While the iOS 9 update might not be the star of the show, there's a good chance that Apple will show it off on stage and confirm its public release date. iOS updates always join new iPhone hardware on stage and there's no reason to expect anything different this year. 

Apple will be live streaming the event which means if you're at all interested in iOS 9, you'll want to tune in at 10AM PST on September 9th. 

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iOS 9 Release: 5 Things We Learned in August is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Moto G 2015 Review: The Best Budget Phone

GottaBeMobile - 9 hours 26 min ago

Moto G 2015 Review: The Best Budget Phone is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

The new Moto G for 2015 is on a platform all by itself. Costing just $179 many will assume this is a cheap phone, but it’s far from it. In fact, the Moto G delivers an excellent Android smartphone experience that covers all the essentials, has a big 5-inch HD display, and most importantly it doesn’t feel like a cheap device, but like a premium smartphone. This is our Moto G 2015 review.

For the past two years Motorola has been on a mission to deliver the best phone possible for under $200. The result of that effort is the Moto G. A phone that is the best-selling smartphone in Motorola history. That says a lot, but guess what, the new 2015 Moto G is even better for the same low price. Due to the cost and great build quality, customization, excellent 5-inch 720p HD display, overall experience, and adding in 4G LTE and a micro-SD slot earned this phone a Gotta Be Mobile Editors’ Choice Award.

Read: Moto G Hands-on Video

This phone retails for $179 or $229 depending on the model, and gives buyers everything they’ll need from a smartphone. While users won’t get the latest 8-core processor or Quad-HD display, the Moto G still brings more than enough to the table. Buyers get a 5-inch 720p HD display, a quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM, a decent 13 megapixel camera, 4G LTE, customization options, and a micro-SD slot to expand storage. This phone truly is one-of-a-kind, and below we’ll explain why we’d highly recommend the Moto G to anyone.

What We Like:
  • Great Build Quality (Water Resistant too)
  • Nearly Stock Android 5.1.1 Lollipop software with no bloatware
  • Excellent Performance
  • 10 Custom Colors, Accent Colors & Customization
  • Battery Life
  • The Price
What We Don’t Like:
  • Still not a 1080p HD Display
  • Reverted back to a single front-facing speaker
  • No NFC or Quick Charging

Bottom Line:

In case no one didn’t noticed, there was a lot we liked, and very few things we didn’t. This is a great phone. When it comes to an Android smartphone the Moto G (2015) is the best bang for your buck. It’s as well-rounded as it gets in this price range. This year Motorola improved every aspect of the Moto G compared to the prior model, made it customizable on MotoMaker.com, added 4G LTE, a micro-SD slot, IPx7 water-resistance, tossed in a better 13 megapixel camera, and did all of this without increasing the price. The weakest link is the 720p HD display, but it’s still pretty great considering the price. This is a phone anyone on a budget should seriously consider, or even someone that’s just sick of spending $500+ or signing 2-year contracts.

Moto G Design

The Moto G is designed very similar to the original Moto G or even the Moto X. If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. Owners will appreciate the perfect 5-inch screen that isn’t too big, but not too small. The comfortable curved back is removable so owners can add a micro-SD card to expand storage, and they’ve finally added customization options. Buyers can go to Motorola.com and choose from two colors (White or Black) for the front fascia and 10 colors for the back, then customize the accents and faux-aluminum strip down the back with 10 more metallic colors. Owners can then buy any of the 10 different colored “Moto G Shells” or back covers for only $14.99 to match any occasion or outfit.

The 2015 Moto G is water-resistant

It still has that familiar Motorola style, but it’s been refined. We’ll say it one more time, this doesn’t feel like a cheap smartphone. It might cost $179, but no one would guess that by holding or using it. We still have the same plastic on the front and back, but like the Moto X last year there’s what looks like an aluminum ring around the frame. Yes this adds to the durability and may look like metal, but it’s plastic on the G. Remember, this phone is only $179.

Motorola added some software features like Moto Display, so users get quick notifications that pulse on the display in a low-power black and white mode. As a result, there’s no LED notification light on the device. Not even while recharging. This isn’t a big deal, but worth mentioning. One of the best aspects of this device is the design.

Moto G Display

We can’t really call it a con, but the weakest link of this phone is the 5-inch 1280 x 720p HD display. It’s still HD, but in a market full of 1080p and now 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD (2k) screens, we were hoping for a 1080p display.

The new 2015 Moto G has the same 5-inch 720p screen as last years model, but it does seem to be better. It’s a little brighter, viewing angles are improved, and colors have more vibrancy and accuracy. That said, for $179 they had to cut back in some areas, and the screen is one of them. It’s hard to knock Motorola at all given the price, but the screen is one area we wish was slightly better.

Read: Moto G 2015 vs Moto G 2014: What’s New

Browsing the web, reading emails, and even playing games all look pretty good on the Moto G. Yes the lower resolution may be noticeable in some instances, especially if you’ve been using something like the Galaxy S6, but it’s still pretty darn good. If this is someones first smartphone, or an upgrade over a free or cheap on-contract phone, it will make almost everyone happy.

Moto G Specs (Two Versions)

Before we continue, it’s worth noting that there are two versions of the Moto G. We have the $220 model with 2GB of RAM, which we’d highly suggest buyers choose simply to future-proof their purchase.

  • 5-inch 720p HD Display
  • Quad-core Snapdragon 410 (64-bit) Processor
  • 8GB of Storage and 1GB of RAM ($179)
  • 16GB of Storage and 2GB of RAM ($219)
  • 4G LTE and Micro-SD support for storage expansion
  • 13 Megapixel camera (LED flash), 5 megapixel front selfie camera
  • Moto Maker customization
  • Front Facing Speaker
  • IPX7 Water-resistance
  • 2,470 mAh Battery

One huge aspect of the new Moto G for 2015 is the micro-SD slot. This means that 16GB of storage (or even 8GB) isn’t an issue. Buy a 64GB micro-SD card and you’re all set. Motorola lists it as only capable of using 32GB micro-SD cards, but I have the fastest 64GB micro-SD card available in mine, with all 64GB readily available for apps, games, photos, movies, music and more.

Moto G Software & Performance

The Moto G runs what many would still call stock Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. It’s the same operating system Google uses for Nexus devices, and it isn’t covered in a custom skin like Samsung, HTC, or LG. Instead, it looks like pure vanilla Android, only Motorola has added a few additional features to improve the experience. The “Moto” app on the device lets you set up Moto Assist, Moto Actions for hands-free gestures and controls, as well as Moto Display, which is the neat low-power on-screen notifications we mentioned above.

A double-twist of the wrist instantly launches the camera app for quick and instant photos, and other small improvements to the software make for a smarter device. Moto Assist will learn users habits and go into silent mode when you go to sleep, turn on notifications during the day, and keep things silent or on vibrate while at work. It’s all about keeping things smooth, fast, stable and simple, without making drastic changes to stock Android. Moto Display is neat too. This works very similar to Moto Display on the Moto X, and more details can be found here.

Just like all Moto phones released over the last few years, it works, and works really well. The Moto G is nearly just as fast as any other flagship smartphone around. Even sitting next to the 8-core Galaxy Note 5 it’s smooth and runs great. What we’re trying to say here is buyers get an excellent pure Android experience with a few additions and improvements, fast performance like high-end phones, yet spend 1/4th the money. It’s a win-win.

Moto G Camera

These last two categories are two major areas that have been improved. Those being the camera and battery life. This year Motorola tossed the same 13 megapixel camera from last years flagship Moto X and Nexus 6 into the budget Moto G. This means that while it may not take photos like an iPhone 6, it still puts out excellent results.

Low light photos may struggle a little bit, and the focus isn’t as fast as we’d like, but it’s more than capable. Especially if you’ll only be taking photos for social networks. Motorola also improved the front camera to 5 megapixels, so selfies will look good too. Here’s a small gallery of samples:

Colors are bright and accurate, images are crisp, but without enough natural light or taking photos indoors the quality will start to drop off. This happens with all smartphones, it’s just more noticeable on the Moto G. The 1080p video or front facing photos are average at best, but forgivable at $179. It’s still good enough for most users.

Moto G Battery Life

The Moto G uses an efficient and low-power quad-core processor, so battery life has never been a huge concern while we’ve been testing it. However, it can always be improved. The new Moto G received a huge jump here and where the 2014 Moto G had a small 2,000 mAh battery, this year we received a bigger 2,470 mAh battery that will last more than a full day, or more with light usage.

Considering that’s nearly the same size battery as the bigger, powerful, flagship Galaxy S6 from Samsung, all users really need to know is the Moto G will handle almost everything they do, and still have battery at the end of the day. Unless of course, you’re streaming YouTube for 5 hours straight, then you’ll need a recharge.

Our only complaint here is regarding charging. Quick Charge is a new technology that lets devices go from 0-50% in less than 30 minutes. That isn’t present here, and a feature reserved for high-end devices. That said, it still recharges fast enough, and the bigger battery means owners won’t be reaching for a charger very often. I was able to make it through an entire average day of calls, texts, emails, social media, some photos, and light gaming, and still have enough battery for the rest of the night and recharge in the morning. Stand-by battery is great too. If it doesn’t get used much, it will last for over two days.

Final Thoughts (Is the Moto G Worth It?)

In short, YES! The Moto G is absolutely one of the best smartphones I’ve ever used that costs under $400. See what we did there? The Moto G is a excellent all-around smartphone that has enough to compete with higher cost devices. It’s only $179, but we’d gladly compare it to or recommend it over some more expensive devices.

Many manufacturers are trying to do what Motorola has done with the Moto G, and there are a lot of great cheap Android smartphones. At the end of the day though, the Moto G still takes the crown as the best budget smartphone.

It might not deliver everything the Galaxy Note 5 has to offer, feature leather backs like the LG G4 or Moto X, or take great photos like the Galaxy S6, but for $179 it absolutely delivers everything one would need in a smartphone. The Moto G is still the best budget Android smartphone on the market, one I’d recommend without hesitation. 

Moto G 2015 Review: The Best Budget Phone is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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25 Madden 16 Tips and Tricks

GottaBeMobile - 9 hours 44 min ago

25 Madden 16 Tips and Tricks is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

Use these Madden 16 tips and tricks to become a better player and win more often in Madden 16. We’ll show you the keys to wining at offense, defense and special teams including how to run back a kickoff for a touchdown.

Forget reading the limited Madden 16 manual to learn how to play, you can study these Madden 16 tips and tricks from the best players in the game to figure out how to be a better player. The individuals who teach us these Madden 16 tips and tricks put more time into this game than most people put into work, which leads to tasks that you can replicate to become better with a little practice and a lot of new information.

You don’t need to look for Madden 16 cheats and hacks to become a better player, you just need to learn how to exploit weaknesses, use the new Madden 16 features and even more important what not to do. Many of the actions players routinely use to try to get more yards or to stop the run aren’t the best way to go about it.

Use these Madden 16 tips and tricks to become a better player without the need for Madden 16 cheats.

While there are hardcore Madden 16 tips that require multiple pre-snap adjustments and changes, the bulk of our Madden 16 tricks will allow you to make small and important changes to how you play overall, so you don’t need to master moving 5 different players before every snap. Jump right to;

As part of our Madden 16 tips and tricks you’ll also learn more about how to play football, as this factors into how well you do in Madden. We hope to teach you the secrets to being a better Madden 16 player so you can beat your friends, online opponents and Madden Ultimate Team challenges.

Our go to source for Madden 16 tips and tricks are two sources who know all about how to win in Madden 16. Zfarls is the author of the Madden 16 Guide and an excellent resource for becoming a better Madden player. Madden School is another amazing resource to find the best Madden 16 plays, Madden 16 money plays, playbooks and tips. You can buy the official Madden 16 guide from PrimaGames or check out the Madden School eBooks and videos for additional tips and tricks.

Use these Madden 16 tricks, tips and playmaking advice to combine tough defense with an offense who can march up the field and let your special teams be the icing on the cake.

Madden 16 Tips for Better Defense

Use these eight Madden 16 tips to become a better defensive player in Madden 16. There are enough changes to the game that you will need to adjust your style of play if you want to beat your opponents in Madden this year and new features that help you advance.

Stop The Run in Madden 16

You need a good run defense to shutdown your opponent in key situations. The video above includes Madden 16 tips to stop the run. You’ll need to start with putting more players int he box to take on the run and get a tackle in the back. If you go with a Cover 2 Invert you can get the run stop that you need without leaving an opening to get burned on the play action.

Defensive Quick Adjustments

In Madden 16 you can now quickly change the assignments of a player before the snap without manually switching to them.

  • Press Y Y or Triangle Triangle to highlight receivers, and then the corresponding button to select that player and choose a specific type of coverage.
  • RB RB or R1 R1 will select your Linebackers
  • LB LB or L1 L1 will select the Defensive Line

While the rest of our Madden 16 tips avoid changes before the snap, this is one that is worth learning so you can put key players where you need them before a fast snap.

Shut Down Mobile Quarterbacks

When you play an opponent with a fast and mobile quarterback in Madden 16 you need a strategy to shut him down. ZFarls shares three tips to stop a mobile quarterback.

  1. Contain Assignments – Before the snap hold Left Trigger and press RB or hold L2 and Press R1 on PS4.
  2. Watch Out for Double Teams – When you are in contain, there is a chance that you’ll go up against a double team, which leaves room for the quarterback to run for a big gain.
  3. Use the QB Spy – When you have a QB Spy you can choose to send him after the mobile QB even if you aren’t playing as that player by pushing in on the right stick.

Combine these three Madden 16 tips to become a defense known for shutting down the run.

Play the Ball for Picks and Swats

When you need to prevent your opponent from getting any yards, playing the ball is what you need to do. You can use this option to disregard the receiver and focus on knocking down the ball or getting an interception. After the QB throws the ball press B on Xbox One or Circle on PS4 to switch to the defender and then press Y or Triangle to focus on and play the ball instead of the receiver.

Play the Receiver for Stops and Drops

On defense another important option is to play the receiver. After the throw, switch to your defender and then press A on Xbox One or X on PS4. This will focus your attention on hitting the receiver as soon as he touches the ball. You’ll stop the player faster and cause more dropped passes.

Great Madden 16 Blitzes

In most playbooks you can find the Quarter Normal DB Strike 1 and set your linebackers to Pass Rush. Then you set the play up by pinching your defensive line together and moving a blitzer into position before you switch to safety to cover any pass that gets through. This is another one that is a little more involved, but it is worth it once you get it mastered. More on this at Madden School.

Jump the Snap

If you are going to play as the blitzer or on the line you can press Right Trigger on Xbox One or R2 on PS4 to jump the snap. This sounds like a bad thing, but as long as you can time it right you will get a head start on defenders and can get through to the QB or RB for more stops in the backfield.

Penetrate the Offensive Line

In addition to jumping the snap, if you are going to go after the quarterback o your own you will need to master the use of X and A on Xbox One and Square and X on PS4. When a defender has you blocked, press the button that flashes on-screen to swim, spin and get away from the defender to get a sack or hit the running back.

Strafe to Stay On Target

Use LT or L2 to strafe and keep your defenders hips in line with the line of scrimmage while you move across the field. This allows you to stay oriented to make a play, but remain mobile.

Defensive Assist Mode

When you need to stop a powerful wide receiver you may need to call in support. TO do this call a defensive play with Man Coverage. Before the snap switch to the cornerback and then hold LB or L1 after the snap. This will keep you mirrored to the route so you can make a major play. When in doubt LB or L1 will move your defender where he should be.

How to Stop The Aggressive Catch in Madden 16

We already covered playing the ball or the receiver, but you can use the tips in this video to make sure you string together the fundamentals to stop the aggressive catch in Madden 16. It will not work every time, but with these options you’ll learn when to swat, go for an interception, get into position or when you need to just settle for a tackle. Practice getting your player into position to make the stop.

25 Madden 16 Tips and Tricks is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to Backup Files in Windows 10

GottaBeMobile - 15 hours 13 min ago

How to Backup Files in Windows 10 is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

About the craziest thing you can do with any device is decide to not back it up. Windows 10 is Microsoft’s latest operating system. It comes with the Start Menu and all sorts of under-the-hood changes designed to make life easier. Microsoft’s hope is that the Keep My Files setting in the Recovery menu and integrated support for OneDrive will mean you’ll never have to waste time manually connecting your hard drive and backing up every single file on your device. That depends on how comfortable you are with cloud storage services in general.

Windows 10 has options for those who want to backup locally or those who just want to store files on someone else’s servers and get access to them when and if they ever need it again.

Here’s how to back up the files on your notebook, tablet or desktop running Windows 10 to a hard drive, flash drive.

How to Backup Files in Windows 10 – Before We Begin

Before we begin, you’re going to need the proper materials. It’s better to gather these things now than to wait until you begin the set-up process.

If you’re planning to backup your files to external hard drives, your journey starts with finding a suitable hard drive that fits your needs. Don’t go out and blindly purchase the cheapest hard drive you can find. Start by looking into the This PC area on your device and determining how much storage you have available on your machine. In an ideal situation, you want just as much in your external hard drive as you have on your device. In fact, it’s a better idea to get a bit more storage than what your PC has since you’re going to continue adding files over time. You want a USB 3.0 hard drive for faster transfers, but a USB 2.0 hard drive is acceptable to if you don’t mind back ups taking more time. Amazon has a great line-up of portal hard drives by Western Digital.

Those planning to use Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage service to store their files have some prep-work to do as well. OneDrive is free for the first 15GB of storage. After that, you need to purchase more storage to bolt onto your account. Head to Microsoft’s OneDrive site to get a breakdown of how much storage you have available and to purchase more. Theoretically, the same logic applies for OneDrive as it does for hard drive storage. You want enough storage to cover the files you have now, plus more files down the road.

How to Back Up Files in Windows 10 – File Backups

On your Windows 10 PC, head to the Settings app. Touch users should swipe left from the right side of their device to open the Action Center and select Settings from there.

Mouse and keyboard users should open the Start Menu by clicking on the Windows button in the Taskbar and selecting Settings from the bottom left corner.

With the Settings app now opened, tap or click on Update & Recovery.

Select Backup from the list of options in the menu on the left of your screen. It’s the third-option from the top.

Welcome to the Backup area. Windows 10 uses a feature called File History to save multiple versions of your files. One version lives on your device. The other stays on your external hard drive, waiting for you to restore it if you ever need to. Think of it as an insurance plan for your files.

Plug in the external drive you purchased to back up your files to. Don’t worry about installing any extra software since Windows 10 already knows how to communicate with external hard drives without any additional software.

Tap or click the + beside Add a drive to get started backing up your files. Select the external drive you’ve just connected and decide which files you’d like to back up. File History can store photos, videos, contacts, documents. Really, it’ll back up anything that’s important to you. Remember, for File History to keep working that hard drive needs to be connected.

How to Back Up Files in Windows 10 – OneDrive

Backing up to OneDrive isn’t as effortless as creating copies of your files with File History. Parts of it is, for example, there’s no extra software to install and Windows 10 takes care of the uploading for you. The problems is that in Windows 10, OneDrive takes some huge steps back.

Read: What is OneDrive?

You have to drop everything you want to back up into your OneDrive folder. What’s more, OneDrive folders can no longer be stored on an SD card or drive before being backed up to the web. Finally, Microsoft took out the tiny place holder files that let users see what they had stored in OneDrive from Windows 8.1.

Click or tap on the Windows button in your Taskbar.

Tap or click on the All Apps button.

Select OneDrive from the menu.

Select which folders you’d like to sync to your OneDrive. Tap or click on Ok and you’re ready to go. Any thing synced to the OneDrive folder stored on your PC is automatically synced and available at OneDrive.com. Drag files there when you want to back them up or set your default save location for your programs for all sorts of files there to get some automatic back up going. Note that if you delete a file from your OneDrive folder it’ll end up in the Recycle Bin online in OneDrive. OneDrive has companion apps for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone too.

Good luck with Windows 10 and your backups. Remember, Backups creating using these methods doesn’t mean that you’re fully protected. For example, Windows itself and your programs aren’t apart of these backups.

How to Backup Files in Windows 10 is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Look of Lumia 950 & Lumia 50 XL iPhone 6 Rivals Leaked

GottaBeMobile - 16 hours 55 min ago

Look of Lumia 950 & Lumia 50 XL iPhone 6 Rivals Leaked is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Thanks to a new leak, we’re finally getting to see Microsoft’s Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL iPhone 6 rivals with our own eyes. All told, the verdict on the design of Microsoft’s two new smartphones seems up for debate.

Long time smartphone leaker Evleaks revealed pictures of the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL on social network Twitter yesterday. A social media account for the real Evan Blass, the handle has provided accurate information about Microsoft’s smartphone plans in the past.

Of the two, the Lumia 950 XL is easily the most attractive. In the leaked images it’s cyan a color Microsoft Mobile used frequently to make its devices stand out back when it was known as Nokia Devices and Services. The front of the Lumia 950 XL has an earpiece and the Microsoft logo above a rather spacious display. There aren’t any physical navigation buttons on the Lumia 950 XL because Microsoft has switched completely to on-screen buttons.

The back of the Lumia 950 XL is a sea of cyan-colored polycarbonate. In the center of the device is the Microsoft logo in silver. Just above that logo is a rounded, protruding camera lens since with what appears to be xenon flash. To the right of the camera module is a rear-facing speaker. There are tiny, holes on the top and the bottom of the Lumia 950 XL’s casing. It’s possible that these are contacts for a wireless charging like the ones we’ve seen from Nokia before. It’s also possible that these holes are for capturing stereo sound with the rear-facing camera.

Specification leaks earlier this month indicate that the Lumia 950 XL everything it needs to take on the iPhone 6 Plus. Allegedly, it has a 5.6-inch OLED display, 8 core Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage with a MicroSD card slot for more, 20 megapixel rear-facing camera, 5-megapixel front-facing camera, QI wireless charging and USB Type-C. For unlocking devices, Microsoft has allegedly, added an Iris scanner to its devices. That’s another feature that points to the Lumia 950 XL being the perfect iPhone 6 Plus rival. Allegedly, this device will also include support for Microsoft’s Surface Pen, making it a great Galaxy Note 5 rival too.

Read: Leaks Reveal Microsoft’s Lumia 950 XL iPhone 6 Plus Rival

The Lumia 950 is the smaller of Microsoft’s iPhone 6 alternative. In the leaked photos it is pictured in black. The design seems to be the same for the most part. Its shell is still made of polycarbonate. The front of the Lumia 950 XL has the same earpiece and on-screen navigation buttons. Joining the triple flash on the rear-face of the Lumia 950 is a camera sensor lined with a metal ring for added flare.

Allegedly, the Lumia 950 has a 5.2-inch OLED display, six-core Snapdragon 808 processor, iris scanner, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a MicroSD card slot, 20 megapixel rear-facing camera, 5 megapixel front-facing camera with a wide angle lens, QI wireless charging with an add-on cover and a USB Type C port. Because of its relatively small size, it’s the Lumia 950 that’ll act as chief iPhone 6 rival in Microsoft’s line-up

Read: iPhone 6 vs Microsoft Lumia 950: What We Know So Far

A leak in the Onecast podcast early yesterday also gives us a look at the tiny connector that’ll let both Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL act as PC substitutes complete with fullscreen versions of their phone apps. This feature is why that USB Type C port is so important and one of the only features leaked so far that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have no counterpart for.

Microsoft is scheduled to show off something at this year’s IFA 2015 trade-show in early September, but that could be the company revealing more about its Windows 10 Mobile software strategy.

Read: Surface Pro 4 Release & More Rumored for October

Allegedly, Microsoft has a huge device announcement scheduled too. At that hardware event it is said that we’ll see the Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL, Microsoft Band 2 and Surface Pro 4 all revealed.

Look of Lumia 950 & Lumia 50 XL iPhone 6 Rivals Leaked is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iPhone 6s Release: 10 Things We Learned in August

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 22:59

iPhone 6s Release: 10 Things We Learned in August is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Every year (since 2007) Apple releases a new iPhone. And every year, we see tons of rumors try to predict its features and release date ahead of the company’s big show. 2015 is no different. iPhone 6s rumors have been rampant and August was an extremely busy month as it revealed key details about the iPhone 6s specs and iPhone 6s release date.

As we’ve pushed further away from Apple’s big WWDC announcements, we’ve begun to hear more about what it has planned for the fall. So far, Apple’s only confirmed a pair of software updates (iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan) though we suspect that it will introduce some new hardware to go along with the new software.

The company hasn’t confirmed anything but thanks to a number of credible and detailed leaks, it looks like the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will play a big part in Apple’s plans. Both devices have leaked out at a breakneck pace and we’ve started to see several details firm up.

August was a very important month for the rumored iPhones (and its prospective buyers) and we now have solid leads on the iPhone 6s launch date, iPhone 6s release date and key iPhone 6s specs. Its been a lot to take in and today we want to fill you in on the most important things we learned in the past four weeks.

Keep these things in mind as we push into September and as you decide whether you want to wait for the iPhone 6s to arrive. Things are about to heat up to a boil and you’re going to have to make some big decisions in the near future.

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Thanks a report in early August, we're confident that we have the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus launch date in hand. 

Apple hasn't sent out any invites for an event (those could come soon) but it looks like the company will announce the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s on September 9th. It's not clear where the event will take place but you can expect it to kick off around 10AM somewhere in California.

You can also expect Apple to deliver a live stream on its website so that prospective iPhone buyers can follow along at home. It probably won't be alone though...

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iPhone 6s Release: 10 Things We Learned in August is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iOS 8.4.1 on iPhone 6: 5 Things We Learned in Two Weeks

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 21:20

iOS 8.4.1 on iPhone 6: 5 Things We Learned in Two Weeks is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Its been just about two weeks since Apple released its iPhone 6 iOS 8.4.1 update. In those two weeks, we’ve learned some important things about the update and the future of iOS for Apple’s current flagship. Today, we want to take a look at a few things that’ve stuck with us after two weeks with the iPhone 6 iOS 8.4.1 update.

Earlier this month, Apple finally pulled its iOS 8.4.1 update out of beta and released it to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users around the world. As expected, the company’s follow-up to June’s iOS 8.4 release didn’t come with a ton of new features on board.

That said, Apple’s latest iOS 8 release is an extremely important update and that’s why we’ve been taking a deep dive into its performance since its release date.

We’ve been using the iOS 8.4.1 update on several devices including Apple’s 4.7-inch iPhone 6, its current flagship and a device that’s seen its fair share of troubles since launch back in September. iOS updates, even small ones like iOS 8.4.1, have the potential to destroy performance.

That, and the fact that we have another iOS update on the horizon, are why we’ve been taking such an extensive look at this 50MB update.

iOS 8.4.1 is an important update for the iPhone 6 but it might not be worth it for some of you. Today we want to revisit the iPhone 6 iOS 8.4.1 update and tell you about a few things we’ve learned in the past two weeks. Keep these in mind as August comes to a close.

iOS 8.4.1 Performance

We’ve been using the iPhone 6 iOS 8.4.1 update for two weeks now and the software continues to hold up. At this point, we don’t expect that to change in the days leading up to the iPhone 6 iOS 9 release date.

For two weeks, we’ve been poking and prodding the iPhone 6 iOS 8.4.1 update on several variants of Apple’s flagship model. We’ve also been using it on the iPhone 6 Plus.

We haven’t run into any issues with battery drain, connectivity, apps, or speed. All of these areas are holding up quite nicely and that’s exactly what you want from an incremental bug fixer like iOS 8.4.1.

It’s also important to note that we’re seeing this across several versions of the iPhone 6 and it’s nice to see that kind of consistency after an upgrade. Mileage varies when it comes to iOS updates so it’s good that it’s holding up on several variants, each with a different owner and set of applications.

iOS 8.4.1 is the same as iOS 8.4. It’s solid and it’s worth a look if you’re dealing with issues on iOS 8.4 or below. There’s a chance it might stabilize things for you.

There Are iPhone 6 iOS 8.4.1 Problems

While we’re having an excellent experience with iOS 8.4.1, we’ve learned that there are iPhone 6 iOS 8.4.1 problems plaguing users.

We continue to see iPhone 6 users complain about the iOS 8.4.1 update on social media and Apple’s discussion forums and problems range from issues with Wi-Fi to abnormal battery drain. And while we do continue to see complaints about iOS 8.4.1, these issues appear to be isolated.

We haven’t seen any widespread iPhone 6 iOS 8.4.1 problems emerge in the two weeks since release. Instead, they appear to be affecting a small fraction of the iPhone 6 population in the United States and abroad.

What this means is that we probably won’t see an iOS 8.4.2 update roll out between now and the iOS 9 release. We’d be shocked if Apple made this move. It also means that you’ll want to be extremely careful if you decide to install the iOS 8.4.1 on your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.

You can’t predict how a piece of iOS software will run on your device so you’ll want to be absolutely sure you need iOS 8.4.1 before you download it. Remember, you can no longer downgrade to iOS 8.4 as Apple’s stopped signing off on the older update.

Our iOS 8.4.1 review is a great place to start your research. You’ll also want to keep our list of fixes in mind if you do decide to make the move to iOS 8.4.1.

Important Patch for Enterprise Users

The iPhone 6 iOS 8.4.1 comes with a number of security patches including fixes for the exploits used by the iOS 8.4 jailbreak. There is one fix in particular that we learned about a few days ago that you should be aware of if you use your iPhone 6 for work or if you’re concerned about data theft.

Security firm Appthority says that it worked with Apple to plug up a potential vulnerability (dubbed Quicksand) with the iOS 8.4.1 release. Quicksand was discovered earlier this year and it has the potential to leak sensitive data to third-party applications.

An attacker could target as many enterprises it can get into (using the iTunes store to spread an app designed to read and share the configuration files), or a specific target (traditional spear-phishing attack, through targeted e-mail, etc). In either case, they would develop an app that has a high chance of being installed in the enterprise, such as a productivity app.

The security firm recommends updating to the iOS 8.4.1 update as the patch only protects devices running Apple’s latest software upgrade. The firm also notes that 70% of iOS devices remain on iOS 8.4 and below. For more information on Quicksand, take a look at the company’s full run down.

Apple Music Is Still A Work In Progress

The iOS 8.4.1 update’s sole purpose is to fix problems within Apple’s new Music application. In case you missed it, here’s the full change log:

  • Resolves issues that could prevent turning on iCloud Music Library
  • Resolves an issue that hides added music because Apple Music was set to show offline music only
  • Provides a way to add songs to a new playlist if there aren’t any playlists to choose from
  • Resolves an issue that may show different artwork for an album on other devices
  • Resolves several issues for artists while posting to Connect
  • Fixes an issue where tapping Love doesn’t work as expected while listening to Beats 1

After two weeks we can say, with confidence, that these fixed what they were supposed to fix. We haven’t run into any of these issues post-iOS 8.4.1 release. That said, Apple Music is still a work in progress.

Apple’s Music discussion forums are full of complaints from iPhone 6 users who are having issues with the platform two weeks after installing the update. One iPhone 6 user describes issues with syncing music while another complaints about problems with playlists.

This is not a platform that Apple will abandon and we expect to see numerous fixes emerge with the iPhone 6’s upcoming iOS 9 updates.

iOS 9 Release Date

We’ve learned that the iPhone 6 iOS 8.4.1 update’s successor is probably just a few short weeks away.

The iOS 9 release date is expected to land on September 16th, two days before the rumored iPhone 6s release date. This should be music to the ears of those of you dealing with iOS 8.4.1 problems and those of you who still aren’t sold on the iOS 8.4.1 upgrade and what it has to offer.

iOS 9 should come with fixes for lingering iOS 8.4.1 and Apple Music problems. It’s also going to be a much larger update than iOS 8.4.1 so if you’re not interested in iOS 8.4.1’s fixes and security enhancements, you have the option of holding out for a few more weeks.

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The first thing to expect is an iPhone 6 iOS 9 announcement in September. And more specifically, on September 9th. 

Apple hasn't sent out media invites yet but the company's iPhone event is all but confirmed for September 9th. The date comes from a trusted source. So unless Apple decides to make some huge change behind the scenes, this is the day that you should expect many of Apple's big fall announcements. 

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be the stars of the show though we also expect the company to talk about the iOS 9 update. We expect it to run down key features for devices like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and we expect it to confirm an iPhone 6 iOS 9 release date. 

We expect Apple to host a live stream of the event and so if you're at all curious about the iPhone 6 iOS 9 release, you should tune into the show. We'll probably get most of the key details on stage during the lengthy event. 

We'd expect invites to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus launch event to go out soon so keep an eye out this week and next. 

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iOS 8.4.1 on iPhone 6: 5 Things We Learned in Two Weeks is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iPhone 5 iOS 9 Release: 9 Things to Expect

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 18:34

iPhone 5 iOS 9 Release: 9 Things to Expect is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The iPhone 5 is closing in on its third major iOS update in iOS 9. The iPhone 5 iOS 9 release is confirmed for the fall though Apple hasn’t provided any specific details in the run up to September. Thanks to a mountain of evidence, we know that the iOS 9 release date is getting closer and today we want to help prepare iPhone 5 users for its arrival.

In June, Apple hosted its annual WWDC developer conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. There, Tim Cook and company took the curtain down and introduced several new products including a brand new iOS 9 operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

On stage, the company detailed key iOS 9 features, the arrival of an iOS 9 beta, and the iOS 9 release date. Apple’s iOS 9 release date is confirmed for the fall though the company has failed to elaborate on a specific date leaving iOS users in the dark as we push through summer.

The iOS 9 release is confirmed for all iOS 8 powered devices, a list that includes the aging iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 iOS 9 update is shaping up to be a key release for the former flagship and many iPhone 5 users have their eyes on Apple’s incoming system upgrade.

While nothing is confirmed, rumors suggest that these features will be coming soon. The iOS 9 release date hasn’t been outed but we have a pretty good idea about what to expect from Apple.

With that and iPhone 5 users in mind, we want to take an early look at a few things we expect from the iPhone 5 iOS 9 release and release date. Keep these in mind as we push into September.

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We expect the iPhone 5 iOS 9 update to be revealed, in full, on September 9th. 

That date comes from a BuzzFeed report that suggests that Apple will use the date to announce its brand new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. All signs are pointing to an arrival in September and there's no reason to believe that Apple won't host an event next month. 

We expect the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to share the spotlight with several other products including iOS 9. Apple always details iOS updates on stage during iPhone launch events and we expect the company to follow standard protocol. 

It's here that we'll probably hear about which features the iPhone 5 will get (it probably won't get the full set) and when the iPhone 5 iOS 9 release date will be. 

We expect to host a live stream of the event so if you're at all interested in this system upgrade, you should tune in and follow the events as they unfold. As for the iOS 9 release date itself... 

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iPhone 5 iOS 9 Release: 9 Things to Expect is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Microsoft Makes Xbox One Preview Program More Exclusive

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 18:28

Microsoft Makes Xbox One Preview Program More Exclusive is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Since just after the console’s release, owners of Microsoft’s Xbox One entertainment console have used the Xbox One Preview Program to get new features first. New comments by Microsoft indicate that won’t be the possible for much longer. Microsoft says that it’s tightening access to the Xbox One Preview Program effective immediately.

In statement to the Xbox One Preview Program forums, the Program Manager in charge of the Xbox One Preview Program acknowledges that changes are coming to the program. Microsoft launched the Xbox One Preview Program as a way for users at home to test updates before they arrive for everyone else. For Microsoft, the Xbox One Preview Program was a good deal. The company used data and feedback gathered from consoles in the program to enhance features and make changes.

A Microsoft Program Manager for the Xbox One Preview Program notes the changes are specifically related to how new users get accepted into the program. “The Xbox Preview Program has reached a near capacity level,” the representative says. As a result of the program reaching capacity, Microsoft plans on “slowing the number of new people” that it allows into the program. The company says that it needs to do this to “optimize for testing.” The post also hints at new features coming soon, saying “more details on preview opportunities soon,” but doesn’t elaborate any further than that.

Before today, getting into the Xbox One Preview Program was pretty easy. Microsoft sent invitations out to a select group of Xbox One owners who’d reliably tested and provided feedback for updates the company did for the Xbox 360. Those users were then given invitation power, letting their friends into the program as it ramped up. Since participating in the Xbox One Preview Program can break features, Microsoft constantly reminded users that they could leave the program and return back to the Xbox One software that the general public is using.

It’s unclear whether Microsoft was counting on the Xbox One Preview Program community to police itself when it comes to invitations, but requests for invites to the exclusive club have exploded in recent months. Only participants in the Xbox One Preview Program have access to the Xbox 360 Backwards Compatibility that Microsoft announced at E3 2015. It seemed like thousands flooded any online forum they could find, all requesting access to the Xbox One Preview Program.

Microsoft closed comments to its post on the forums, but debate on the issue is surfacing in other places. Online forum r/XboxOne seems to applaud the move. “People Mistake the Preview Program as just a way to get features early. They don’t take into consideration that you will encounter bugs & glitches,” PRboi writes in a post there. Some on the forum would like Microsoft to go even further. “Anyone who’s not partaking in the preview program surveys and feedback should also be kicked,” Infamousj85 exclaims.

Anyone who hasn’t managed to make it into the Xbox One Preview Program already probably stands a slim chance of getting in now that Microsoft has changed the rules. Presumably, Microsoft has announced these changes now because the “opportunity” mentioned in the statement is Microsoft’s biggest software change to date, the New Xbox One Experience. Company representatives have already confirmed that this update is coming to everyone in November. Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra told users on social networking site Twitter that he’d like to see the New Xbox One Experience go out to users Preview Program members for testing sometime in September. He said this back on August 4th.

Read: Stunning New Xbox One Experience Revealed

Microsoft doesn’t compensate users for participation in the Xbox One Preview Program outside of providing features before they arrive for everyone else.

Microsoft Makes Xbox One Preview Program More Exclusive is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Xbox One Black Ops 3 Beta Problems Frustrate Users

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 01:03

Xbox One Black Ops 3 Beta Problems Frustrate Users is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Xbox One Black Ops 3 beta has begun only users have been unable to redeem their beta tokens. These initial Black Ops 3 Beta problems are frustrating those who have been waiting for weeks to play the game.

A short time ago, Treyarch released the Xbox One Black Ops 3 beta tokens to those who pre-ordered the game and entered their promo code on the Call of Duty website. These tokens are supposed to allow Xbox One users access to the highly anticipated Xbox One Black Ops 3 beta. Problem is, the beta tokens aren’t working.

Two hours ago, Treyarch announced the start of the Xbox One and PC Black Ops 3 beta. The announcement coincided with the release of the beta tokens necessary to download the Xbox One Black Ops 3 beta. A short time later, after a barrage of messages, Treyarch confirmed that its dealing with issues with beta codes.

We’re tracking an issue regarding #BO3Beta codes. We are currently investigating and will let you know more when we can…stand by.

— Treyarch Studios (@Treyarch) August 25, 2015

While the company has acknowledged that there is a problem with the Xbox One Black Ops beta codes, it hasn’t detailed when Xbox One users can expect a fix. We’ve been trying to input our Beta Token and our Friends Beta Tokens for the past hour and none of them are working. The Xbox One Black Ops 3 error code looks just like the one below.

@Treyarch I got this error with all three codes. pic.twitter.com/8QFQGmY3ze

— Little B books (@Mutinybooks) August 26, 2015

It appears that others are in the same boat and Xbox One Black Ops 3 beta users have taken to social media to blast Treyarch for these initial Black Ops 3 beta problems.

@Treyarch Yes please, I keep getting an error from microsoft saying the code can’t be found :/ — OverAbsorb™ Designs (@OverAbsorb) August 26, 2015

@Treyarch i just want to play this aint cool — cody nance (@wildcoot) August 26, 2015

@Treyarch weres my code ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh — Eklipse Troony (@TroonyEG) August 26, 2015

@Treyarch good job guys way to drop the ball, I cancelled my order. Get your junk together not like this is the first COD game to come out. — IAmASigEpMan (@HazedRagedSigEp) August 26, 2015

While some Xbox One users are unable to access the beta, it appears that some have had limited success with one user claiming that his download is going to take approximately two hours to complete.

@Treyarch it took my codes and now I can’t find them again — Børíçüå #YPN (@Astral_Boricua) August 26, 2015

@Treyarch ITS TAKING 2HOURS TO DOWNLOAD — Shav (@notShav) August 26, 2015

At this point, there doesn’t appear to be a workaround for these frustrating Black Ops 3 problems. In other words, it looks like Xbox One users who took off work to play are going to have to remain patient at Treyarch works through these initial problems with the beta. Hopefully, they take this guy’s advice and extend the Black Ops 3 beta like they did with the PS4 beta.

@Treyarch make the Beta Longer for this

— ?ALBY (@AlbyPlays) August 25, 2015

Others are running into issues finding their Black Ops 3 beta tokens. If you are unable to find your token, check your spam folder in mail. If you’re still unable to find your token, take a look at our guide that will run you through the steps to take to download the Xbox One Black Ops 3 beta. If none of that helps, contact the retailer that sold you the game.

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Black Ops 3 is going to be introducing several new elements to the Call of Duty franchise. One of the biggest is the addition of Specialists. Specialists come with their own look but more importantly, they come with unique weapons and abilities. 

Here's the breakdown of the Specialist classes that you'll most likely encounter during the Xbox One Black Ops 3 beta:

Battery: Battery operates ahead of the front lines. Her War Machine fires salvos of bouncing grenades, while her Kinetic Armor can deflect enemy bullets when active… though she remains vulnerable to headshots and non-bullet damage.

Ruin: A reckless infantry soldier who prefers to surprise his enemies. He rushes into battle with his Overdrive ability, and can deliver a devastating shockwave with his Gravity Spikes.

Outrider: A hunter-tracker who stalks her prey from afar before moving in for the kill. Use her Vision Pulse ability to reveal the location of nearby enemies or her Sparrow compound bow with its deadly explosive bolts.

Prophet: Prefers to disrupt opponents’ tactics before moving in for the kill. His Tempest is a charge-shot weapon that delivers chain electricity to all nearby enemies. He can confuse enemies with his Glitch ability, which flashes him back to a previous position.

Seraph: Known for extreme focus and discipline in combat. Her high-caliber Annihilator revolver fires powerful rounds with increased bullet penetration taking out enemies with one shot. She’s also able to earn Scorestreaks more quickly using her Combat Focus ability, which triggers a brief bonus multiplier.

Nomad: Prefers to turn the environment against his enemies. Case in point: His H.I.V.E. weapon, which deploys trap pods filled with deadly nano-drones. When near death, Nomad can recover using his Rejack ability.

You'll want to try out each Specialist so that you develop a comfort level with one or more of them. There's a good chance that one will fit your style better than the other so you'll want to use the beta to do a bit of experimentation.

In order to really dig in though you'll need to play as each one. As you level up, you'll gain unlock tokens that allow you to access new weapons and abilities. So, give each a shot and that way, you'll be better prepared for the public release in November. 

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Xbox One Black Ops 3 Beta Problems Frustrate Users is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iPhone 6s vs. iPhone 5s: 10 Things to Expect

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 23:47

iPhone 6s vs. iPhone 5s: 10 Things to Expect is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Thanks to a budget price tag, solid hardware and quality software, the iPhone 5s is still a very solid smartphone nearly two years after its release. But how will it stack up with the rumored iPhone 6s? Here we take a look at what we expect from the iPhone 6s vs. iPhone 5s matchup.

Its been nearly two years since Apple announced the iPhone 5s and the iOS 7 update. And while the iPhone 5s has gotten older, it remains a budget option for those looking to score a high quality smartphone without a wallet-busting price tag. Apple sells it for $99 and $149 on-contract but you can find it for much less through third-party avenues.

The iPhone 5s’ hardware isn’t top of the line but it’s going to be good enough for a lot of people. The phone also stands to improve from Apple’s upcoming iOS 9 release. The iOS 9 release date is unknown but what we do know is that the software will bring tangible performance improvements to older devices. If you currently own an iPhone 5s, there’s reason to be excited.

Still, there are certainly going to be some iPhone 5s users who will be looking to upgrade later this year. Those who signed two year contracts in the fall of 2013 will be eligible for upgrades soon. There are a ton of options on the table right now and there will be more options coming in the future.

The iPhone 6s will likely be one of those options. Apple hasn’t confirmed anything yet but it’s clear that it has at least two new iPhone models on the way. Rumors also point to the arrival of an iPhone 6c though those rumors are far more flimsy than the iPhone 6s rumors that’ve seeped to the surface this year.

With current and prospective iPhone 5s users in mind, we want to take a look at a few things we think you can expect from the iPhone 6s vs. iPhone 5s matchup. Our goal here is to help put set your expectations as we push deeper into the summer towards the inevitable iPhone 6s launch date.

iPhone 6s Launch Date

“How long do I have to wait for the iPhone 6s?” That’s a common question we’ve been getting from iPhone 5s users as iPhone 6s rumors have started to build. And while we don’t have an official iPhone 6s launch date just yet, it appears that we are closing in on one.

According to BuzzFeed’s John Paczkowski, a reliable source, Apple will host an iPhone launch date on September 9th. This is the same day that it used to launch the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus last year and it fits in with everything we’ve heard about iPhone 6s production and the device’s release date.

If this date holds, and it should, we could see Apple send out media invites as soon as this week. Last year, the company shipped out media invites on August 28th. Perhaps we’ll see the same this year.

We would expect Apple to host a live stream of the event on its website giving those not in attendance a chance to follow along. And if you’re interested in buying, or replacing the iPhone 5s, you’d be wise to tune in if given the opportunity.

iPhone 6s Pre-Orders

The iPhone 5s didn’t go up for pre-order ahead of its release date though that was an anomaly. Apple almost always takes pre-orders for its iPhone and it hasn’t been surprising to see rumors point to an iPhone 6s pre-order date that falls shortly after the launch event on September 9th.

The iPhone 6s pre-order date is rumored to be September 11th, or, the Friday after the launch event. This date is rumored for France.

France is typically among the first to get the iPhone. The United States, Australia, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, UK, and China are the others. So, there’s a good chance that iPhone 6s pre-orders will start on September 11th in the U.S. as well.

If Apple takes iPhone 6s pre-orders, expect them to start on September 11th. This is standard Apple protocol and it lines up perfectly with the iPhone 6s launch date.

You should also expect to have to act quickly. Apple typically starts pre-orders at midnight PST and the device usually sells out within hours. So, if you decide to buy it in favor of the iPhone 5s, you’ll probably need to act fast if you want the device on release day.

If you decide to buy the iPhone 5s instead of the iPhone 6s, you shouldn’t have any problems. Even if Apple decides to stop selling it, many retailers and carriers will still have it in stock.

iPhone 6s Release Date

“When is the iPhone 6s release date?” This is another question we’ve been getting from iPhone 5s owners and smartphone shoppers.

The iPhone 6s release date isn’t confirmed but it’s rumored for September 18th or September 25th with September 18th emerging as the most likely candidate for the first iPhone 6s release date.

Apple likes to release its iPhone the week after launch. It also likes to release the iPhone on Friday. September 18th fits the profile and that’s precisely when to expect the iPhone 6s release date if you live in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, and the UK.

We’d expect Apple to use a series of release dates with some countries getting the iPhone 6s (and iPhone 6s Plus) a few days or weeks after the initial run.

Cheaper iPhone 5s

We’re still not sure how Apple’s iPhone lineup will change once the iPhone 6s is released though you can expect one thing for sure. The iPhone 5s will be cheaper than the iPhone 6s, probably by a long shot.

Apple’s done pretty well for itself at the $199.99 on-contract/$650 off-contract starting price point and we wouldn’t expect anything to change this year. Apple seems comfortable with the iPhone’s price point and customers seem comfortable with it as well.

Exactly how the iPhone 5s will fit in is a mystery though we wouldn’t expect its $99/$149 price points to hold, at least not at Apple.

We’d expect to see a number of iPhone 5s price cuts emerge in and around the iPhone 6s release date. We wouldn’t be surprised if a number of places started selling it for free on-contract. Free on-contract or not, expect the iPhone 6s to command a much higher price point.

Cameras

The iPhone 5s’ rear camera is still able to shoot solid photos and video though you shouldn’t expect it to be able to match the iPhone 6s’.

Every year, Apple improves the iPhone camera. Both the hardware and the software. Last year, Apple made some tweaks to the iPhone 6 camera that put it a step above the iPhone 5s’. While they both come with 8MP sensors, the iPhone 6 is able to shoot better photos in low-light. It’s also able to focus faster and it can shoot footage at a higher frame rate per second.

Analysts believe that the iPhone 6s’ two cameras will be two of its biggest selling points. iPhone 6s camera rumors have focused on a 12MP rear camera. If this is true, you can expect the iPhone 6s to shoot photos in higher resolution. There’s also talk of 4K video and that could be another advantage it holds over the iPhone 5s and its camera.

We’ve also heard that the iPhone 6s will sport a 5MP front-facing camera. If that’s true, and we’ve seen tons of rumors hint at a change to the FaceTime camera, the iPhone 6s could provide better looking video chat and selfies.

Performance

The iPhone 6s is rumored to have a new A9 processor with a new Qualcomm chip on board. These upgrades should help the phone deliver faster LTE data speeds and improved battery battery life when using LTE. LTE can drain battery pretty fast and it looks this new processor/MDM9635M chip combo will help to mitigate that.

The iPhone 6s is also expected to feature 2GB of RAM, the first iPhone to do so. That, combined with the other upgrades, should ensure that the iPhone 6s delivers top notch performance.

We expect the iPhone 6s to be the most powerful iPhone it has ever created. So if it’s horsepower you’re looking for, the iPhone 6s might be your pick.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus also come with an NFC, a feature that allows users to use Apple Pay without an Apple Watch. The iPhone 6s is rumored to have NFC and there’s no reason to believe that that won’t happen. Apple Pay is only getting bigger.

Bigger Screen & Force Touch

The iPhone 5s comes with a small 4-inch Retina Display. Some people love still love the size (this could be why the company is reportedly planning a 4-inch iPhone 6c). If you fall into that group, you might not like what you see from the new iPhone.

iPhone 6s rumors and leaks point to the same 4.7-inch screen size that Apple debuted on last year’s iPhone 6. We haven’t seen any rumors point to radical changes so this is what we’d expect. We’d also expect it to come with solid resolution though don’t go expecting it to come with Quad HD like the Galaxy Note 5.

A new iPhone 6s display with Force Touch could add input options.

You should expect the iPhone 6s to come with another powerful display upgrade that’s not found on the iPhone 5s. That upgrade? Force Touch.

Force Touch made its debut on the Apple Watch and new MacBook but rumors suggest that Apple will bring it to the iPhone this year. If true, and we expect that it is, it would allow users to use pressure-sensitive gestures to easily clear notifications or use shortcuts within certain applications.

This is a feature that the iPhone 5s will never get so you’ll really want to pay attention to the feature if and when Apple announces it on stage.

Designs & Storage

If you’re hoping for a redesigned iPhone 7 next month, you’re probably going to be disappointed. Instead, you can expect the iPhone 6s design to look at whole lot like the iPhone 6 design. If you’ve ever seen an iPhone 6, you have some idea about how it will compare to the iPhone 5s.

The iPhone 6s design is, however, expected to come with at least one major change. Apple’s current iPhones feature Series 6000 aluminum. This is an extremely common material though as last year’s Bendgate debacle showed, it comes with a weak point. A weak point that Apple apparently fixed.

Analysis of an alleged iPhone 6s back plate points to the use of a new Series 7000 Aluminum. As we’ve noted, this is most commonly used in aerospace.

Due to the change, the iPhone 6s might be wider and thicker than the iPhone 6 though we’re talking about a difference in millimeters. It’s still going to be thin and easy for most people to hold in one hand. Just like the iPhone 5s.

Familiar Carriers

The iPhone 5s is available on a ton of carriers. Expect the iPhone 6s to be available on a ton of carriers as well.

T-Mobile’s already confirmed plans to stock the next iPhone and we expect other major carriers like AT&T and Verizon to follow suit.

We’d also expect smaller regional and pre-paid carriers to stock the iPhone 6s giving you a wide range of data plans and network sizes to choose from.

iOS 9 & Beyond

As for software, expect the iPhone 6s to run iOS 9 out of the box, though, you shouldn’t expect it to run the same iOS 9 that comes to the iPhone 5s.

Apple always tacks on some exclusive software features to its iPhone “S” models. And while we don’t know what it has up its sleeve for the iPhone 6s, you should expect there to be some differences between the two operating systems. Maybe it’s a feature that relies on hardware that the iPhone 5s doesn’t have.

The iPhone 5s will improve thanks to the iOS 9 update so if you already own the iPhone 5s, you might want to wait to see how it performs before making your move.

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The first thing you need to know about the iPhone 6s release date is that the announcement should come on September 9th. 

Apple will reportedly host an iPhone launch event on September 9th. Invites haven't gone out yet but if the company follows protocol, we could see the company issue them sometime this week. Apple sent out invites for last year's September 9th iPhone 6 event on August 28th. 

Apple always confirms specific release date details at its iPhone events and it's there that you should plan on hearing about the official iPhone 6s release date for the first time. 

If you're at all interested in the iPhone 6s and its release, this is the date to circle on the calendar. And given the source, it's probably alright to circle it in pen. 

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iPhone 6s vs. iPhone 5s: 10 Things to Expect is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Free Xbox One Games in September Tease Rise of the Tomb Raider

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 19:10

Free Xbox One Games in September Tease Rise of the Tomb Raider is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Microsoft, maker of the Xbox One entertainment console, is using free Xbox One games to set itself up for a stellar fall and holiday gaming season. This morning the company announced its Xbox One Games with Gold line up for September and one free Xbox One game is attracting a lot of raised eyebrows: Tomb Raider Definitive Edition.

The Xbox Live Games with Gold line-up from Microsoft that is coming next month is extensive, according to Xbox Wire. Games With Gold rewards users who stay subscribed to Xbox Live with free digital games that they can download. On the Xbox One these games are theirs to keep for as long as they have an Xbox Live Gold subscription. On the Xbox 360 they’re for users to keep permanently, whether they still have their Xbox Live Gold subscription or not.

On September 1st Microsoft will give out digital copies of The Deer God to users at absolutely no extra charge. The Deer God is an independently developed platformer with pretty amazing graphics. It began life as a Kickstarter Project.

Tomb Raider Definitive Edition, September’s main attraction won’t become free until September 15th. It’ll stay free until October 15th overlapping with whatever free games Microsoft decides to give to users as part of Xbox Live Games with Gold next. Tomb Raider Definitive Edition is a remastered version of the Xbox 360 game that completely rebooted the Lara Croft franchise. In the game, Lara is stranded on an island along with other shipmates. Besides surviving, Lara has to come to terms with what she’s meant to do in life and how brutal though she has to be to do it. Really, it’s a retelling of the Lara Croft creation myth for a new generation of games.

Read: Rise of the Tomb Raider Release: 5 Things to Know

It’s very nature makes it the perfect setup for boosting Xbox One holiday sales. Microsoft locked down the sequel to Tomb Raider being made by video game developer Crystal Dynamics. Rise of the Tomb Raider is exclusively available on Microsoft’s platforms. Microsoft is effectively, giving everyone a taste of Tomb Raider, hoping to funnel as many gamers as it possible can into checking out Rise of the Tomb Raider. Last week Microsoft revealed that anyone with an Xbox Live Gold account can redeem Xbox Live Games with Gold titles on its website in preparation of their Xbox One upgrade.

Microsoft’s September Xbox Live Games with Gold promotion includes Crysis 3 and Battlestations Pacific too. Again, Xbox 360 users get to hang on to their games even when they no longer have Xbox Live Gold.

Smart Xbox 360 owners will head to Microsoft’s website and take advantage of the free Xbox One games. Users can establish an Xbox One games collection even before they actually upgrade their console. It doesn’t hurt that Xbox Live Gold users who already own an Xbox One will download the game and play it, giving it a significantly boosted profile before the fall gaming season. Including a free copy of Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition with its selection of free Xbox One games is a smart move, but it’s too early to tell if betting on Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is a smart move for Microsoft or not. Critics loved Tomb Raider, but sales weren’t very high, some have said.

Xbox Live Gold has slowly turned into Microsoft’s dedicated subscription gaming service. Besides free games each month, Microsoft also throws in deep discounts on titles sold directly through the Xbox Store. For example, this week’s deals include discounted copies of Rory McILroy PGA Tour for $40.19. PGA Tour isn’t that old at all. The game launched this past June.

A subscription to Xbox Live Gold costs $9.99 a month or $60 a year.

Free Xbox One Games in September Tease Rise of the Tomb Raider is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iPhone 6 iOS 9 Release: 7 Things to Expect

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 18:55

iPhone 6 iOS 9 Release: 7 Things to Expect is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus iOS 9 update is confirmed for the fall though Apple still hasn’t confirmed a precise date. Thanks to rumors, we know the iOS 9 release date is getting closer and today we want to set some initial expectations for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users.

In June, Apple took the stage at its annual WWDC developers conference and announced several new products including OS X El Capitan for Mac, its new Apple Music platform and iOS 8.4.1, and the iOS 9 operating system that will be coming to replace the iOS 8 update later this year.

On stage, Apple detailed many of the key iOS 9 features. It also confirmed an iOS 9 beta and revealed plans to release the iOS 9 update in the fall for all devices capable of running the iOS 8 update. The list includes devices like the iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, and of course, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

The iPhone 6 iOS 9 update represents the first major iOS release for Apple’s current flagship iPhone models. Both arrived with iOS 8 stock and iOS 9 should be the first of what should be many upgrades to their software. Apple typically keeps iPhones updated for three years though Apple has extended a fourth iOS system update to the iPhone 4s.

The iPhone 6 iOS 9 update is a big one. It’s coming with new features but it’s also coming with some tangible performance upgrades including an hour long boost to battery life.

Rumor has it, these features and more will be coming soon. We still don’t have a concrete date from Apple but thanks to a mountain of credible evidence, we have a pretty good idea about what to expect from the iOS 9 release date.

With that and iPhone 6 users in mind, we want to take an early look at a few things we expect from the iPhone 6 iOS 9 release and release date. Keep these in mind as we push towards September.

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The first thing to expect is an iPhone 6 iOS 9 announcement in September. And more specifically, on September 9th. 

Apple hasn't sent out media invites yet but the company's iPhone event is all but confirmed for September 9th. The date comes from a trusted source. So unless Apple decides to make some huge change behind the scenes, this is the day that you should expect many of Apple's big fall announcements. 

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be the stars of the show though we also expect the company to talk about the iOS 9 update. We expect it to run down key features for devices like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and we expect it to confirm an iPhone 6 iOS 9 release date. 

We expect Apple to host a live stream of the event and so if you're at all curious about the iPhone 6 iOS 9 release, you should tune into the show. We'll probably get most of the key details on stage during the lengthy event. 

We'd expect invites to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus launch event to go out soon so keep an eye out this week and next. 

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iPhone 6 iOS 9 Release: 7 Things to Expect is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Galaxy Note 5 vs. Galaxy Note 4: 10 Key Differences

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 22:29

Galaxy Note 5 vs. Galaxy Note 4: 10 Key Differences is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Earlier this month, Samsung announced brand new flagship devices including a Galaxy Note 4 successor dubbed Galaxy Note 5. The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is now the flagship but there’s still a lot to like about last year’s model. Here, we take a look at the notable differences between this year’s model and last year’s.

For a year, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 ruled as the company’s flagship Galaxy Note option. Samsung also offered a more expensive curved Galaxy Note Edge but the Galaxy Note 4 was (and still is) the 2014 Galaxy Note model for most smartphone users.

Rumors leading up to Samsung’s Unpacked 2015 event earlier this month hinted at a successor for the Galaxy Note 4 and a new larger version of the Galaxy S6 Edge, the device that Samsung released alongside the Galaxy S6 in April. Those rumors were spot on.

 

On August 13th, Samsung unveiled two brand new devices including the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Both devices went on sale last week and the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has quickly become one of the top options for those looking to buy a high-end, big screen smartphone.

The Galaxy Note 5 looks a lot different than the Galaxy Note 4 and it comes with a number of new features that should help buyers distinguish it from previous versions of the phone. Today we want to outline the key differences between these two devices.

These will help you if you’re trying to decide between the two or if you’re looking to replace the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 with a new device. Say, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5.

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Picking the right storage option is extremely important. Fortunately, both devices come with enough storage for most people.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 only comes in 32GB form but it comes with a microSD card slot that allows you to expand its memory by well over 100GB. The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 doesn't come with a microSD card for expandable storage.

Instead, the Galaxy Note 5 features 32GB and 64GB storage options. Oddly enough, there is no 128GB Galaxy Note 5 model for power users. What this means is that Galaxy Note 5 users are stuck with the internal storage and the cloud. For most people this won't be a problem.

Still, you'll want to evaluate your storage needs. Look at your current device and think about how you might use your phone in the future. 

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Galaxy Note 5 vs. Galaxy Note 4: 10 Key Differences is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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What to Do If Your iPhone Won’t Turn On

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 20:37

What to Do If Your iPhone Won’t Turn On is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

It happens more often than you think, but if you ever come across an unresponsive iPhone, here’s what to do if your iPhone won’t turn on.

It can happen at any time. You’ll be sitting there minding your own business and then you decide to check your iPhone, only to discover that it doesn’t respond to anything you do. Pressing the home button doesn’t do anything and pressing the power button gives you negative results.

At this point you’re probably wondering what the heck do you do, and that’s a very valid question to ask yourself. Luckily, there are a few things you can try in order to get your iPhone to turn on and respond to your actions.

The good news is that your iPhone is unlikely to be completely dead, as in it turned into a paperweight, so there’s nothing to worry about if this ever happens to you. And even if it did, hopefully you took advantage of AppleCare+ and bought it for your iPhone.

In any case, here are a few things you can try out if your iPhone won’t turn on.

Charge It Up

This can happen in the mornings when you first wake up. You’ll go to check your iPhone and notice that it won’t respond because it’s very possible that the battery died at some point during the night.

Of course, if your iPhone has a little bit of juice left, the device will boot up partially and show you a low battery icon, but sometimes it can go completely dead and all you’ll get is a black screen.

If this happens, it’s a good idea to plug in your iPhone to charge for 10 or 15 minutes. This will give it enough juice to power up completely.

However, don’t plug it in and try to power it up right away. Nothing will happen, as the battery needs a bit of time to get recharged.

If this doesn’t work, then move onto more drastic measures.

Hard Reset

It’s possible that your iPhone could have plenty of battery life left and the device still doesn’t turn on and respond to anything that you do, which is why a hard reset is the next solution that you should try out.

To hard reset your iPhone, simply hold down the home button and the power button at the same time and wait for an Apple logo to appear in 10-20 seconds before releasing both buttons.

From there, wait a little bit for your iPhone to reboot and you should be greeted with the lock screen. Hard resetting your iPhone is the equivalent of cutting all power to a device, like removing the battery or unplugging the cable if it doesn’t have a battery. However, since the iPhone doesn’t have a removable battery, this is the alternative.

It’s also known as “power cycling,” which you’ve probably done many times with your router. Hard resetting your iPhone is the same idea.

If your iPhone eventually turns on and gives you an error or tells you to plug your device into iTunes, you’ll want to restore your iPhone in iTunes in order to get everything back to normal.

Restore Your iPhone

When you go plug your iPhone in and open up iTunes, you’ll get a pop-up message that tells you there’s a problem and that you’re required to restore or update your iPhone. Restoring will completely wipe your iPhone, but hopefully you’ve been proactive enough to back up your iPhone every now and then.

Click Restore and iTunes will begin to restore your iPhone and get it working again. The process could take a good 20 minutes or so, especially since it has to download the latest iOS version, which can be a couple of gigabytes in size.

After the process, your iPhone should be working again, and you can now restore a backup to get all of your apps and settings back.

What to Do If Your iPhone Won’t Turn On is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Gears of War Ultimate Edition Reviews Arrive

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 18:12

Gears of War Ultimate Edition Reviews Arrive is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Ahead release day tomorrow, Gears of War Ultimate Edition reviews are finally starting to trickle in. Surprisingly, many of these reviews aren’t overwhelming favorable thanks to Microsoft not providing real-world multiplayer access.

Video game websites across the globe began posting their Gears of War Ultimate Edition reviews and impressions late last night in time for readers to catch up on them this morning ahead of the game’s release tomorrow, August 25th. Gears of War Ultimate Edition started out as a top-to-bottom remake of the first Gears of War for the Xbox 360. Microsoft later revealed that Gears of War Ultimate Edition buyers get the refreshed game and digital copies of the other games in the series using the Xbox One’s backwards compatibility technology.

Video game website Polygon was among the first websites to post their Gears of War Ultimate Edition review. The outlet describes the game as “surprisingly relevant,” which is a good thing to hear considering it originally launched a decade ago. Gears of War Ultimate Edition being a remake, the outlet judged the game based on the improvements The Coalition, Microsoft’s internal development studio for Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, made specifically for this release. In particular, the outlet notes that the game’s story, “benefits from a subtle but significant improvement in controls.” Everything supposedly feels cleaner and easier to follow thanks to new cutscenes. The Gears of War Ultimate Edition multiplayer can run up to 60 frames per second for an incredibly smooth mechanic. Allegedly, it’s one of the “smoothest-controlling shooters” Arthur Gies has made, which again says a lot.

Matt Miller of Game Informer reveals that a Gears of War Ultimate Edition review from his outlet is just in the works. Miller cites, not having hands-on time with skill-based multiplayer and dedicated servers as the reason the outlet is holding off on posting its review and impressions. That makes sense, in recent years a number of games have gotten good review scores from media outlets before launching with complete broken single player and multiplayer experiences. Gears of War Ultimate Edition has two new modes that weren’t in its original release: King of the Hill and Team DeathMatch. The outlet plans to post their review later in the week.

IGN is holding off on providing a final score, but did publish their Gears of War Ultimate Edition review. The outlet found that the tone of Gears of War isn’t disturbed by the upgrades made to the campaign from the original game and the multiplayer experience. “Its 20 maps keep the game from feeling stagnant, and offer a variety of paths to outsmart enemies,” the review says. Reviewer, Brian Albert loves the remastered, bloody war between the Locust and the game’s protagonists.

In Gears of War, Earth is on the brink of destruction. Surprisingly, this foe isn’t from a different area of the galaxy. Instead, the Locust have risen from the Earth itself, ready to destroy any human who stands in their way. Xbox One owners play as Marcus Fenix, a criminal who has no problem killing anything and everything in sight if he needs too. He and his squad or an unstoppable force of violence, killing any alien they can find with the game’s brutal weapons. Gears of War is a third-person shooter, letting players see themselves within the levels they are playing.

Gears of War Ultimate Edition reviews are very important to the future of the Xbox One. First, Gears of War defined the Xbox 360 at release. Somehow ruining the game would tarnish the good will Microsoft has earned with the series thus far. Gears of War Ultimate Edition is also acting as a lure for Gears of War 4. Besides digital copies of the Xbox 360 versions of the game, Xbox One owners also get exclusive access to the Gears of War 4 multiplayer beta happening in 2016.

Read: All the Last Minute Gears of War Ultimate Edition Release Details

Xbox One owners can pre-order Gears of War Ultimate Edition from the Xbox Store for $39.99. Microsoft also has a Gears of War Ultimate Edition Xbox One bundle available for $399.99.

Gears of War Ultimate Edition Reviews Arrive is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Huge Fallout 4 Deal Arrives Before Release

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 18:07

Huge Fallout 4 Deal Arrives Before Release is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

An exciting Fallout 4 deal has emerged ahead of the game’s release date and it takes 25% off the game’s price tag. This is one of the best pre-release Fallout 4 deals that buyers will see and it’s a deal worth looking at as we make push out way toward November 10th.

In June, Bethesda unveiled its brand new Fallout game dubbed Fallout 4. Fallout 4 is a successor to the company’s critically acclaimed Fallout 3 and it will be heading to Xbox One, PS4, and Windows PC in November.

In the weeks since the company’s unveiling, we’ve seen Fallout 4 details surface at a breakneck pace. Those details have included Fallout 4 release date info, new Fallout 4 bundles and several Fallout 4 deals. Today, we’ve spotted another Fallout 4 deal that PC owners will want to key in on ahead of the game’s release.

GreenmanGaming has offered several timed PC Fallout 4 deals ahead of the release and it’s back with another deal that shaves $15 off the game’s price tag. The deal drops the game’s price from the usual $60 to a mere $45 ahead of release. This is a fantastic pre-release date deal and one that PC owners might want to jump on.

 

To access the deal, you’ll need to input a voucher code during your purchase. COMING-SOON25-AUGGMG is the voucher code for this Fallout 4 deal and it should drop the price by 25%. At least one site claims that the deal will end at Midnight August 28th so if you’re interested, you’ll need to act relatively quickly.

Of course, for some of you, it might not be easy. Bethesda has confirmed that it plans to release the minimum and recommended system requirements about a month out from the game’s release date. And with a release set for November 10th, this could mean that we’ll be waiting until October for the company to confirm the necessary specs. This is typical for Bethesda.

 

As we push onward, we’re likely going to see new and important Fallout 4 release details for PC and console emerge. In addition to this deal, Bethesda has confirmed plans to release The Art of Fallout 4 coffee table book in December, weeks after the arrival of the game.

The regular version of the book will cost $40 through Bethesda’s store though you can get it for much cheaper through the likes of Amazon. Amazon is offering a 30% discount on the book which drops its price down to $28.06.

Bethesda says that it will also be releasing a limited edition version of the book on its store so those looking for Fallout 4 collectors items will want to be on the look out for its arrival in the days ahead.

These deals aren’t the only Fallout 4 deals floating around. Best Buy is also offering static Fallout 4 deals to those in its Gamers Club Unlocked and My Best Buy programs and Amazon has also offering a $7 discount to Amazon Prime members. Amazon has also shaved some off the price of the official Fallout 4 strategy guides.

Those looking to score deals on free Fallout 4 gear including the Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition will want to keep an eye on Bethesda’s ongoing Fallout 4 contest. The contest, which will stretch into the game’s release date, offers a number of different prizes to those who input their email address into Bethesda’s system.

Among the prizes is the Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition, a collectors edition of the game that’s been sold out for several weeks and one that won’t be coming back to shelves. Bethesda has confirmed that it will not be making any more Pip Boy Editions which means that buyers will need to work hard to acquire one ahead of November.

Those interested in another limited edition Fallout 4 bundle will want to keep an eye on LootCrate’s Fallout 4 offer. We’ve heard that the company might only be making around 1,000 or so crates for Bethesda which means that it could be even harder to find than Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition.

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Let's start off with some fairly new and very important details regarding the PC Fallout 4 release. 

First, those of you who have already bought the physical version of Fallout 4 for PC will want to know that you'll be able to activate the game through Steam. This probably doesn't come as much of a surprise given that Skyrim worked the same way. 

And second, know that Bethesda probably won't release the PC requirements for Fallout 4 until much later in the year.

Bethesda's Pete Hines says that it probably won't make them public until we're about a month out from the game's November 10th release date. In other words, you should be on the look out in early October. 

Fallout 4 is a massive game and there's a good chance that it will require an impressive set of specifications to run at the highest levels. Unfortunately, we may not know the specific details for a few more weeks. 

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Best iOS 8 Cydia Tweaks for Better Privacy

GottaBeMobile - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 17:27

Best iOS 8 Cydia Tweaks for Better Privacy is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

If you want the ultimate privacy on your iPhone, a jailbroken device is actually a great way to accomplish that. Here are the best iOS 8 Cydia tweaks for better privacy.

An iOS 8.4 jailbreak was released back in late June, allowing iPhone and iPad users to jailbreak their devices on the latest version of iOS at the time. It was a really busy time for jailbreakers, as an iOS 8.3 jailbreak released just a few weeks before that, and TaiG updated its jailbreak tool quite often over a couple of weeks following the iOS 8.4 jailbreak release.

While iOS 8.4.1 is now out and unjailbreakable, those who haven’t updated yet can still jailbreak on iOS 8.4, which is certainly good news.

In any case, there are a ton of iOS 8 Cydia tweaks to choose from, but we’ve decided to focus on a small handful of tweaks that focus on privacy. Privacy is a big deal for a lot of iPhone users, and the ways that different apps can track you is pretty crazy. However, with these iOS 8 Cydia tweaks installed, you can get back the privacy you deserve.

Some of these tweaks are aimed at keeping apps from tracking you in a way, while other tweaks are meant for keeping others’ eyes from seeing your personal information.

Protect My Privacy

Perhaps the best privacy-focused iOS 8 Cydia tweak is Protect My Privacy. It essentially protects your personal information on your iPhone.

When an iPhone app attempts to get access to certain information, like your location, contacts, etc. Protect My Privacy will block it at first and then give you the option to Protect or Allow. Here’s where it becomes a bit different than the default way iOS asks you for permission.

Some apps don’t let you use all the features without allowing it access to certain information on your iPhone, so instead of blocking permissions entirely, Protect My Privacy will provide said app with fake information like fake contact names or a location that you can select yourself. The tweak even provides a fake identifier to the app.

Locus

Many iOS apps allow you to adjust location access so that the app can only use your location when you’re actively using the app, but some apps don’t give you that option. With Locus, you can change that.

Locus allows you to specify certain apps that you want to give your location to. Otherwise, all of your other apps will not be allowed to access your location. Even if you do give permission for certain apps, Locus will only allow those apps to use GPS when you’re either actively using the app or have it running in the background. Otherwise, Locus will turn GPS off and turn it back on only when it’s needed.

Locus also only allows GPS when you bring up the Notification Center and when your iPhone is locked. If not, it will automatically turn GPS off.

SafeTexting

iMessage allows you to send read receipts when you’ve read someone’s text message. This can be great for them, as they can see that you read their text message, but it can sometimes get annoying, especially if you don’t really want to respond but have already dug a hole, since you read the message.

Furthermore, if you turn read receipts off suddenly, your friends might get a little suspicious, which is why there’s an iOS 8 Cydia tweak to save the day.

It’s called SafeTexting and it only sends read receipts once you reply to their text message, giving them the illusion that you are replying as soon as you read their text message. You can also set it so that it will send a read receipt as soon as you start typing your reply.

BioLockdown

If someone gets a hold of your iPhone, whether it’s a thief or just one of your friends playing around, BioLockdown is a tweak that prevents others from accessing certain parts of your iPhone.

Granted, you should have a passcode lock enabled, but if you happened to leave your iPhone open and someone snatches it, they can have access to everything. With BioLockdown, however, you can prevent certain apps from opening by requiring a fingerprint scan using the Touch ID home button.

You can also set up BioLockdown to prevent certain settings from being accessed or enabled, and you can even prevent others from shutting down your iPhone by requiring a Touch ID scan.

 

Best iOS 8 Cydia Tweaks for Better Privacy is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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10 Gears of War Ultimate Edition Release Date Tips

GottaBeMobile - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 16:51

10 Gears of War Ultimate Edition Release Date Tips is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Gears of War Ultimate Edition release date is Tuesday for Xbox One which means that fans of the series will soon be able to relive one of the Xbox’s greatest games in high-definition. With an Xbox One Gears of War Ultimate Edition release date just a few days away, we want to offer a few release date tips to those who are thinking about buying and those who have already committed to it.

Rumors leading up to E3 had Microsoft and The Coalition announcing at least one new Gears of War game for Xbox One. On stage, the companies detailed not one, but two new upcoming Gears of War titles including Gears of War Ultimate Edition and Gears of War 4.

The Gears of War 4 release date is set for 2016 though the company has yet to outline a specific date. The Gears of War Ultimate Edition release date will come much sooner as Microsoft and its partners look to hold gamers over until the release of the next big installment in the long-running series.

In June, Microsoft confirmed a Gears of War Ultimate Edition Beta and a Gears of War Ultimate Edition release date for the month of August. The game arrive on Xbox One on August 25th and it will feature a 1080p remastering of the original Gears of War for Xbox. It includes both the single player campaign and the multiplayer mode that Microsoft and The Coalition put to the test during the beta.

With a release now less than 48 hours away, we want to arm you with some release date tips that will help those that have pre-ordered the game and those of you who are still on the fence about buying it. Here are our Gears of War Ultimate Edition release date tips.

Note, many of these will also apply to the PC Gears of War Ultimate Edition release which will arrive sometime after the Xbox One version.

Pre-Orders & Bundles

As a reminder, there are a few reasons why it might be smart to pre-order Gears of War Ultimate Edition right now. And if you decide not to pre-order, know that there is a very good reason to buy and play the game before the end of the year.

A Standard Edition pre-order will net you several character skins and an Animated Imulsion Weapon Skin. If you pre-order from Amazon, you’ll gain access to the Savage Theron Guard Multiplayer Skin. If you order from GameStop, you’ll get an exclusive Savage Grenadier Elite skin.

These aren’t necessary to play the game’s multiplayer mode but they’re nice bonuses for those invested in the Gears series. If you want more, you might want to opt for the $60 Deluxe Edition pre-order.

This version of the game gets you a ton of skins including a BW weapon skin pack, Anya multiplayer skin, Classic Weapons Skin Pack, Animal Skin Weapon Pack, and more.

So you’ll have to decide if the extra $20 will worth it to you. The Deluxe Edition doesn’t come with anything but the game and skins so if you’re fine with the standard weapons and characters, you’ll want to stick to the standard version of the game. The standard version costs $40.

If you decide that you don’t want to pre-order, you might want to think about buying either version of the game before the end of the year.

If you play the game before December 31st, 2015, you’ll gain access to the Xbox 360 versions of Gears of War, Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3, and Gears of War Judgement. These will become available through Microsoft’s Backwards compatibility platform for Xbox One.

If you don’t buy the game, you’ll probably have to shell out some hard-earned cash for these titles ahead of the Gears of War 4 release date.

Pre-Load & Midnight Release

If you order the game digitally, you can pre-load the game onto your Xbox One so that you can play once the clock strikes midnight on August 25th.

Microsoft and Amazon are both offering a pre-load to digital customers so if you’ve already bought the game or you want to play it the second it comes out, this is one way to do that.

If you don’t want to buy the game digitally and you want a copy as soon as humanly possible, Best Buy is hosting a midnight release. What this means is that you’ll be able to walk in and buy a copy of the game starting at midnight, August 25th. You’ll need to make sure that your store is hosting a midnight launch though. To do that, head here.

Free Up Space

Set aside some time to install this game. You shouldn’t run into any download issues but you’ll still want to keep an eye on the download just in case.

Gears of War Ultimate Edition is over 40GB in size which means that it should take a bit of time to download and install. So if you buy digitally, you’ll want to install it over a fast connection. If you’re planning to use a physical copy, it’ll still take some time to install so pick a good time so that you can monitor its progress.

You’ll also want to start figuring out your storage situation right now. If you’re tight on space, you’ll want to start looking into ways to free it up for the Gears of War Ultimate Edition download. For some of you, this might be a little tricky.

We highly recommend buying an external hard drive, especially if you plan to buy a ton of games later on this year. Games like Fallout 4 will be pretty big as well.

Prepare for Gears of War Ultimate Edition Problems

If you’re looking to play right at midnight on release day or at any time during the first few days, expect to encounter some problems with game, particularly in matchmaking and online.

While Microsoft and The Coalition were able to wipe out problems thanks to the beta, we’ll almost certainly see some initial hiccups emerge shortly after the game’s release. Lag, dropped matches, and issues finding games will likely plague those who play the game right when it comes out.

Know that the companies involved will be working hard to iron out these issues, should they arise. This probably won’t resemble the Halo Master Chief Collection debacle.

You’ll also want to keep this in mind if you’re the type of person that hates dealing with growing pains. If you are, you might be better off waiting a few weeks to buy the game. We should see patches roll out in the weeks after its release, patches that help to stabilize single player and multiplayer.

Keep an Eye on the Forums

If you’ve already bought Gears of War Ultimate Edition, you’ll want to keep an eye on the official Gears of War Ultimate Edition forums. You might also want to get familiar with the Xbox One and Gears of War Reddits. These forums will be a great source for problems, fixes, patches, feedback, and more.

We’ve already seen tons of threads pop up on all of these forums and these will be the places you’ll want to look if you experience issues with the game.

You’re very much encouraged to report bugs and issues so that the developer can squash the problems in future patches for the game. This is a marathon, not a sprint, and Microsoft should support this game for the foreseeable future. So if you see something, report it.

Buying Physical vs. Digital is Important

Remember, there are some key differences between buying physical and digital that go beyond pre-loading.

If you buy the game in digital form, you’ll be able to download and install it right now. However,  you’ll also cut down on clutter and you’ll also gain easy access to the game on your Xbox One’s dashboard.

If you buy the game in physical form, you’ll be able to lend the game out to your friends with an Xbox One or sell the game if you decide that you want to get rid of it down the road. If you’re the type of person that eventually loses interest in a game, you might want to go the physical route.

Look for Gears of War Ultimate Edition Deals

If you’re looking to buy the game in the near future, keep an eye out for deals that extend beyond the pre-order bonuses that Microsoft and its retail partners are offering.

You’ll want to investigate Best Buy’s Gamers Club Unlocked program. If you get a membership, you’ll knock the price of the game down 20%.

We should see some smaller Gears of War Ultimate Edition deals emerge in the near future and aggregators like SlickDeals are a great place to start looking in and around the game’s release date.

If You Want the Best Deals, Wait

We don’t expect to see huge price cuts around the Gears of War Ultimate Edition release date though. There will likely be some smaller deals but don’t expect anything big until we push away from the release date.

If you’re looking to score a major Gears of War Ultimate Edition deal, you’ll want to hold out for a few weeks as the smoke around the release settles. We typically start to see deals emerge four to six weeks after a game’s debut. And with the holidays and Black Friday coming up, November could be good to this game.

It’s hard to predict when we’ll see a decline but if you want to save a few bucks on the standard version or the deluxe version, you might want to think about waiting.

Look for Gears of War Ultimate Edition Reviews

We haven’t seen critics release their full Gears of War Ultimate Edition reviews just yet. So, if you’re on the fence about this game, you should wait a few more days for them to provide feedback about the remaster.

Reviews usually come out in and around the release date so we could see some appear today or tomorrow. Gears of War Ultimate Edition reviews will continue to emerge in the weeks after the game’s release so you might want to wait for a wide range of feedback from critics to see what the consensus is. To do that, keep an eye on sites like Metacritic.

Gather User Feedback

You’ll also want to gather feedback from Gears of War Ultimate Edition players before you come to a decision. Metacritic, Microsoft’s forums and places like Reddit are great resources for that and you’ll want to keep an eye on them as we push away from the game’s release date.

We’ll likely see a number of gamers post their thoughts on the final version of the game in the hours, days and weeks ahead. And their feedback will be invaluable to those of you who are on the fence about buying.

It’s important to take in a diverse set of opinions. Don’t just focus on the feedback of Gears of War fans and critics. Dig into the feedback of newcomers and people who have a limited time to play as well.

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The first thing that you need to know about the Gears of War 4 beta release for Xbox One is that it's not going to be coming out anytime soon. Well, that is, unless you consider the first part of 2016 "soon."

According to Microsoft and The Coalition, the Gears of War 4 beta will not arrive until next year. While a specific date hasn't been nailed down, the companies are saying that they expect to release it sometime during the spring of 2016. 

Spring 2016 starts on March 20th which means that we probably won't see the Gears of War 4 beta come before that date. Spring ends after June 19th which means that we'll see the release come sometime during March, April, May, or June. 

So, we'd circle those months in pen on the calendar if you're at all interested in taking part in the beta ahead of the game's release in late 2016.

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10 Gears of War Ultimate Edition Release Date Tips is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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