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How to See Which Apps Are Using Your MacBook Battery Life

2 hours 5 min ago

How to See Which Apps Are Using Your MacBook Battery Life is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

Last year, Apple launched refreshed MacBook Pros that boasted nine hours of battery life thanks to the inclusion of the latest Intel Haswell chips, compared to seven hours of the previous generation, making it quite a big leap in battery life. MacBook Airs get even better battery life thanks to the slight-slower internals that require less power.

However, while nine hours for the MacBook Pro is more than impressive, there are times where we need to squeeze out just a bit more juice out of the battery, especially during situations where we’re not near an outlet where we can easily charge it.

While there are a myriad of factors that go into determining how quickly your MacBook’s battery will drain, it’s important to note that certain apps hog more resources than others, thus draining your battery quicker, so here’s how to determine which apps on your MacBook use up the most battery and how you can stop these battery-hogging apps from causing any more damage.

The Simplest Way to Check

The easiest way to see which apps are using up the most battery life on your MacBook is by clicking on the battery icon up in the menu bar in the upper-right corner of the screen. Clicking on that will display a pop-up that will show you Apps Using Significant Energy. In other words, these are apps that are using up a lot of energy and your MacBook has determined them to be resource hogs and battery gobblers.

As you can see from the screenshot above, Chrome is the only app on my MacBook that is using up a significant amount of energy, which really isn’t too surprising to see since Chrome has never really played nicely with OS X, but Chrome is the only web browser I’ll ever use, so I’m keeping it around even if it does chew up battery life.

However, Chrome was recently updated with 64-bit support in OS X, suggesting that the web browser will come with better overall performance and less battery hogging.

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Of course, most newer Macs are 64-bit compatible, while older Macs are on 32-bit, and since Google is retiring the 32-bit version of Chrome for good, that means some older Macs won’t be able to update to this latest version. This includes first-generation Intel Macs.

While Chrome for Mac has bogged down OS X machines for years, OS X Yosemite seems to be the biggest offender. OS X Yosemite was released last month to much fanfare, and while many users were excited to install the new operating system and try out the new features, there were quite a few Mac users who had a less-than-steller time with OS X Yosemite, especially if Google Chrome was in the picture.

Use Activity Monitor

There will come times when an app will mysteriously consume a ton of resources, whether it’s because of a bug in the app, or if it’s just being used without the user noticing. An app like this can seriously have a huge effect on battery life, not to mention overall performance of your MacBook at that given time.

However, you can keep things under control and spot these resource-hogging apps by using Activity Monitor, which is a built-in feature of MacBooks. Simply navigate to Applications > Utilities > Activity Monitor to open it up. Once it’s open, select the CPU tab.

Sort the apps by CPU percentage with the highest percentages shown first, if it’s not already sorted that way. This will tell you which apps are being resource hogs. Usually anything in the 60-70% range and higher is pretty resource-heavy. Click on the app and hit the Quit Process button on the upper-right corner of the app (it looks like a stop sign with an X in the center) or just quite the app as normal, by right-clicking on it in the dock and selecting Quit.

If an app you heavily rely on is a big battery life offender, there’s really nothing you can do other than to try and find an alternative app that hogs less battery life. For instance, Safari is the best web browser when it comes to battery life, so if you don’t have any close ties with Chrome, switching to Safari might be the best way to go in order to save battery life on your MacBook.

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How to See Which Apps Are Using Your MacBook Battery Life is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Windows 10 9879 Update: What’s New & Different

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Windows 10 9879 Update: What’s New & Different is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Microsoft is on a quest to create a great operating system for everyone and every type of device with Windows 10. Coming next year, the final version of Windows 10 will run on tablets, notebooks, desktops and even replace Microsoft’s own Windows Phone operating system in some form. That’s next year though, and we’re a long way from that.

This year Microsoft released a very early and basic build of what will eventually become the Windows 10 operating system. Instead of making changes and revealing features that were already baked, Microsoft opted to build Windows 10 in the public eye. It’s been updating that basic build of Windows 10 with new features and changes based on user feedback for the last few months. Last week the company revealed Windows 10 9879.

Windows 10 9879 is mostly light on new features. Cortana, the voice-enabled personal assistant that we’re almost certain is coming to everyone in the final version of Windows 10 isn’t in this version. Continuum, the new user interface for 2-in-1s like Microsoft’s own Surface Pro 3 tablet, also isn’t hear yet. There are a few changes. One of them major and possibly a deal breaker for some power users.

Read: What is Windows 10?

Windows Store Apps Have A New Dialogue

Microsoft introduced Windows Store apps in Windows 8. Originally, they were full-screen bits of code that users could download for free or purchase from the Windows Store. They integrated with the new Charms area and universal search functions of Windows 8 and had Live Tiles on the Start Screen. In the first build of Windows 10 Microsoft freed them from the Start Screen so that users could run them in the Desktop on devices where that made more sense. In Windows 10 9879 Microsoft has made a ton of small tweaks.

For starters, it’s killed the three small dots for accessing Search and Settings in Windows Store apps. Instead, it’s now represented by three bars that match the menu icons from Android. I’m not sure this makes the menu any more accessible. Still, it is a change nonetheless.

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In accordance with these new Desktop abilities, Windows Store apps now open the same file browser as other Desktop apps when you’re trying to open or save a file. Again, not a big change, but it’s there and more mouse and keyboard friendly than the Start Screen version.

Finally, dialogue boxes now open in small windows instead of full-screen alerts like they did in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

Tiny Improvements

Microsoft has a lot of work to do and all of that starts with listening to customers. The company has to actually do something with the feedback it receives.

Windows 10 9879 adds a new Windows Insider Program are for users to find out the latest about new builds. It’s sort of like a club house for those testing Windows 10 before it becomes available. In that respect, it’s mostly like the Xbox One Preview Program app.

Even without that unified feedback app, this app shows some progress. Windows 10 testers said they found the closing and opening window animations to be too jarring. Microsoft has toned them down in Windows 10 9879. Users also said they wanted a way to disable the Search and Task View buttons that Microsoft added to the Desktop’s Taskbar in the last Windows 10 Update. Those options are present and accounted for here.

There are also a few visual tweaks to icons and keyboard shortcuts for snapping apps using the new Snap Assist. When users snap app to one side of the screen in Windows 10, Snap Assist automatically suggests other windows and apps to snap for easier multitasking.

Users can now pin specific folders to the Home area that shows recent documents and such too.

OneDrive

I promised one controversial feature change and here it is. In Windows 8.1 Microsoft integrated its OneDrive cloud storage service directly into Windows. This included a ton of advantages. The syncing engine made all the magic happen in the background. You could sync your files without every thinking about syncing your files and Windows blended OneDrive storage and local storage by including shortcuts of files stored on OneDrive called Smart Files. Windows 10 9879 kills Smart Files.

Understandably, power users aren’t exactly thrilled about this. Microsoft says it made the change because Smart Files confused normal users. According to the company, many people didn’t realize those files were being stored in the cloud and downloaded whenever they were opened. That seems like a pretty legitimate reason to make some changes. Whether killing the feature completely was the right change to make remains up for debate. As of now, the only way OneDrive users can see all of what’s actually on their OneDrive storage is to head to the website.

Personally, I’m with the people who are upset by this. Smart Files made using OneDrive obvious. It integrated cloud storage into Windows in a unique way and made it easier for me to manage what is on my PC and what is stored online. I love Smart Files because they blended my local storage and cloud storage into one thing. I can tell you now, I’m never going to manage what is on OneDrive or even look at my photography collection if I can’t see them locally without having them synced. That’s just the kind of user I am. I’d have thought the actual problem with Smart Files was that Microsoft failed to properly educate users on what it is and what it isn’t.

That’s just about everything that’s new in Windows 10 9879. Microsoft added other features in previous versions of Windows 10 that you might be interested in too. This will be the last version of Windows 10 that arrives this year. Microsoft says it has plans to push out more updates in 2015.

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Windows 10 9879 Update: What’s New & Different is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Moto X 2014 Android Lollipop Update Review

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 21:17

Moto X 2014 Android Lollipop Update Review is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

I’m not so much a fan of Google’s Android operating system as I am of Motorola’s Moto X 2014 flagship smartphone. I purchased the Moto X 2014 in the hopes that the Moto X 2014 Android Lollipop Update would make me an Android fan though. Having come from the cleanly designed, Windows Phone operating system, on paper the Moto X 2014 Android Lollipop Update should have made a believer out of me.

There’s a new design language that runs throughout the operating system. Google calls it Material Design. Also included are some pretty huge updates to the Moto X 2014 notification area. The lock screen also usurps the entire Android Lollipop interface after the Moto X 2014 update. Classic Moto x 2014 features are built into the software running on the update too.

Read: Moto X 2014 Android Lollipop Release Notes Arrive as Upgrade Nears

New Features

Google can talk at length about how its changed things under the hood to make Android Lollipop a better mobile operating system than what it offered previously. That’s ok, but users aren’t salivating at the idea of slightly longer battery life. They are hungry for the new features the Moto X 2014 Android Lollipop Update brings.  There’s also that redesign I talked about at length in my Moto X 2014 Android Update: First Impressions.

Lock Screen

It all starts with the lock screen. Lock screens used to be so simple and elegant. Regardless of whether you used a passcode, pattern lock or your face, the lock screen was easy to use and did exactly what you thought it would. In Android Lollipop, the lock screen isn’t just a gate keeper; it’s a gatekeeper who asks questions. Notifications are surfaced in a big way in Android Lollipop. They’re tied to the lock screen so that users can triage alerts without completely unlocking their device. The lock screen also offers access to the notifications and settings area. Buttons for quickly accessing the phone dialer and camera are preset at the bottom.

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The Android Lollipop lock screen is infinitely more useful than other lock screens because Google is hoping that by surfacing all of this information before unlocking it can save users some time. I’d say it does that pretty effectively. Once I realized that all of these options were there I stopped bothering with my pin code and just did everything quickly from the lock screen.

Notification Area

The notification area in Android Lollipop is magnificent. Notifications from apps are surfaced in little tiny and often expandable cards that can be dismissed inside or outside the operating system. Tapping on the top area with the lighter gray are open and closes the quick settings area with a snap. Tapping on the icon in the right lets you switch users. Tapping on the batter opens the battery app. Tapping on the cog gets you to settings.

My favorite feature here would have been the simplified and easily accessible settings. You’re never more than swipe and tap away from Wi-Fi and more. Unfortunately, Google didn’t go all the way. I can’t manually put a setting on this screen and don’t understand why. To get the hotspot setting to show in my Settings area I manually created a network three times. Someone thought way too hard on the issue and forget to include some pretty basic functionality.

Cards

Every time you open a game or browse to a website in Chrome, it opens a card in the multitasking menu following the Moto X 2014 Android Lollipop Update. It’s supposed to make sorting through your different tasks easier. If each web page is its own app essentially, it makes operating from two different web apps – or any apps, really, much easier.

Swiping a card to the right or left kills the app. Of all the major updates to the user interface, I’d say this is the one I truly don’t like. My mind grasps the concept of different cards from different apps – other mobile operating systems handle this in the same way. What I don’t get is why Chrome tabs needed to be a part of this. I kept looking for my Chrome tabs and having to remind myself why they weren’t on the right side of my screen.

Others

For a lot of people, this update is about getting the common sense features that they’ve seen on the Moto X and Moto X 2014 but could never experience for themselves. Depending on different hardware, there’s a new Ambient Display mode that surfaces notifications without an Android phone being turned on. Moto X and Moto X 2014 users have this already and they can swipe at their screen to activate it. For us Ambient Display isn’t a big deal. Android Lollipop also includes a new option for pairing an Android device with a Bluetooth device so that the lock screen is automatically disabled. Again, that’s something that Moto X 2014 owners have been able to do since September. I will say that Google’s built-in solution seems more reliable than Moto Assist ever did for automatic unlocking in my car.

Downtime and multiple user support are my surprise favorites. Downtime lets you kill off chimes for events and reminders, calls and messages on specific days and times. You can still let priority contacts through if there is an emergency though. It’s something I liked on Windows Phones and like here too. Multiple user support final kills off any reason to have Zoodles or the dozens of other kids apps for locking you device down. I created a guest account and let my little brother have some fun without me having to stand over his shoulder. You can create your kids their own Google Accounts and switch between them too.

Performance, Bugs & Battery Life

Two days after I installed the Moto X 2014 Android Lollipop Update I thought Google and Motorola had managed to get this upgrade out the door with no bugs. Almost a week of having Android Lollipop on the Moto X 2014 has shown me otherwise.

First, Google says that it’s done a lot of work behind the scenes for better battery life. I’m not really seeing that here, the new lock screen does keep me from unlocking my device a lot. Surely, that’ll boost some users battery life. Battery life is averaging about a day for me.

Along with that user interface change comes a ton of different visual effects and transitions. I like them but every so often one will stall on me. There are only two major bugs so far. One involves the Clock app not giving me a way to silence alarms in the morning. I’ve completely turned off my phone every day to get it to be quiet in the morning. The Moto X 2014 with Android Lollipop has broken the Bluetooth integration in my car. I’m getting a lot more lost connections than I ever did before. Audio sometimes speeds up for absolutely no reason too.

Conclusion

The Moto X 2014 Android Lollipop Update is great. Finally, the Moto X 2014’s insides are just as attractive as it is outside. Overall, like the update and anyone with the device should definitely be thinking about upgrading. Again, I’m not seeing amazing battery performance over what I had before, but Android Lollipop does actually make Android easier to use. I say download it the moment you can – if you’re not big on Bluetooth car audio. If you are, wait a bit for a fix on the Bluetooth audio issues.

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Moto X 2014 Android Lollipop Update Review is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iPhone 6 iOS 8.1.1 Review

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 18:12

iPhone 6 iOS 8.1.1 Review is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Earlier this week, Apple finally delivered its brand new iOS 8.1.1 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The company’s new iOS 8 update is a bug fixer, aimed at squashing iOS 8 problems and improving performance. Over the past week, we’ve spent some quality time with Apple’s new software and today we want to share our full iPhone 6 iOS 8.1.1 review.

Several months ago, Apple rolled out its revamped operating system for iPhone and iPad, an operating system it dubbed iOS 8.0. iOS 8 is not the overhaul that was last year’s iOS 7 update but it still brings some important new features to the table including improved notifications, Apple Pay, changes to iMessage and the Camera app, a new keyboard, and a whole lot more.

The update also delivered iOS 8 problems to iPhone and iPad users around the world and over the past few months, Apple’s slowly chipped away at the issues plaguing its new software. First, it rolled out iOS 8.0.1, an update that fixed some issues but left the company red faced after cellular data and Touch ID blunders. Next, it pushed out iOS 8.0.2, a bug fixer that fixed the problems from iOS 8.0.1.

After that, the company released the iOS 8.1 update, an update that arrived with a number of fixes and Apple Pay but one that also delivered some new problems to iPhone and iPad users. So, it was only a matter of time before the company pushed out another iOS 8.1 update and on Monday, that update arrived in the form of iOS 8.1.1.

iOS 8.1.1 is not a big update, it comes with fixes and enhancements, but as iPhone and iPad users know, small updates can have a huge impact on the overall performance of a device. That’s why we’ve been putting a tiny update through its paces over the past week and that’s why we want to offer up our thoughts on this update after extensive use.

Today, we offer up our iOS 8.1.1 review for iPhone 6, the company’s current 4.7-inch model and a device that’s currently in the hands of millions of people around the world. This review will attempt to answer the question that we’ve received many times over in the past week: Is iOS 8.1.1 worth installing? Let’s find out.

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From Monday until today, I’ve spent a ton of time with iOS 8.1.1 on iPhone 6. The iPhone 6, after all, is my daily driver. Before getting into this detailed review and my impressions, I should note that mileage is going to vary from device to device, person to person.

That is to say, I probably don’t have the same apps installed and there’s a chance that I use Google Chrome, play more games, and use my home screen more than you do. So, consider this a general guide as you try to decide whether iOS 8.1.1 is worth installing on your iPhone 6.

Apps

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, app developers deserve credit for the amount of work that they’ve put in to ensure a smooth transition from iOS 7 to iOS 8. Bug fixes and iOS 8 compatibility updates have rolled out like crazy over the past two and a half months and those updates have bestowed a solid app experience on my iPhones and iPads. I’ve had a few crashes here and there, mainly with Google Chrome, but for the most part key apps have behaved well.

iOS 8.1.1 is no different. After installing the update on Monday, I’ve yet to encounter anything but the occasional crash in Chrome. Every other application from Facebook to Twitter to Instagram works like a charm. I haven’t seen any weird crashes or lockups with any other applications either. And while I don’t have the same apps as you, I do have a pretty extensive list that includes many common applications.

As I’ve said before, it helps that the iOS 8.1.1 update spent several weeks inside the beta program. It gave Apple, and its developer partners, some time to prepare for its public release. Of course, app issues and other iOS issues have a funny habit of creeping up when you least expect it so I’m not in the clear just yet. Though, I will say, that being major issue free for a week is a pretty good sign.

If you do decide to install iOS 8.1.1 and you do encounter problems with third-party applications, you should consider installing the latest bug fix updates. They will almost certainly help deliver a better experience on your iPhone 6. I have auto update turned on so that I never have to remember to install them. You probably want to flip that on right now.

iOS 8.1.1 Battery Life

iPhone 6 battery life is excellent and has been since the device’s arrival back in September. None of the incremental iOS 8 bug fixers have had a major impact on my battery life and my hope is that this trend continues.

I’m still able to get a full day of use, or more, out of the iPhone 6 when using a combination of Wi-Fi and LTE. I am a heavy iPhone user and getting a full day is absolutely essential. iOS 8.1.1 has done nothing for me. I haven’t noticed any abnormal battery drain, I haven’t noticed any change in charging speed, and it still holds a solid standby charge. My only complaint is that it didn’t give me a battery life boost, something that I’ve seen iPhone 6 users reporting in the days after its release.

If you’re struggling with iOS battery life in any way, and there’s a chance that your experience in iOS 8.1.1 will differ from mine, I’ve cooked up some fixes that could help you overcome those struggles. If you decide to install iOS 8.1.1, it’d be wise to have those handy because there are a few things there that really will help you get the most out of your phone.

Wi-Fi, LTE & Bluetooth

For the most part, LTE, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi have been great. I did experience some Wi-Fi hiccups when I was on iOS 8.0.2 but iOS 8.1 eradicated those and I haven’t seen any issues since. iOS 8.1.1 is very solid when it comes to connectivity. I haven’t seen a Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or LTE connection drop when it wasn’t supposed to. LTE and Wi-Fi have both been fast as well.

I’ve heard from several iPhone users that are dealing with Wi-Fi problems, cellular data problems, and or Bluetooth problems. If you do encounter these, in iOS 8.1.1 or something else, be sure to check out our list of possible fixes before throwing the device against the wall. You also might want to consider upgrading your router if you’re consistently having problems with Wi-Fi. Newer devices and new iOS updates have been known to present difficulties for those with older routers.

Bugs & Issues

My issues with iOS 8 on iPhone 6 are well documented. I’ve experienced iMessage problems, landscape problems and more in the two or so months I’ve owned this phone. I expected some initial problems though. New software, larger screen, recipe for trouble. I did not expect Apple to have to roll out four updates in two and a half months though.

On iOS 8.1, I suffered from the occasional iMessage problem and those landscape issues that continued to drive me nuts. Other than that, iOS 8.1 was extremely solid. My hope was that iOS 8.1.1 would fix the landscape issues, at the very least, and thankfully someone at Apple listened.

While it’s not listed in the change log, I’ve yet to get stuck in landscape mode when shifting from portrait. This issue used to happen more than a few times a day. It hasn’t happened once since installing iOS 8.1.1. I also haven’t noticed any major issues with iMessage, at least not yet.

 

All in all, iOS 8.1.1 is a very stable update and I haven’t seen any major problems. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t bugs on board, it just means that none have jumped out at me on my device. After a week, that’s a good sign. If there are major bugs, I’m usually able to sniff them out after a few days or so.

iOS bugs do have a habit of showing up late so it’s possible that I’ll run into something a little later on this month. For the moment, iOS 8.1.1 appears to be a very stable update and that’s exactly what you want from an incremental iOS update. Again, if you’re dealing with iOS 8 problems, or if you upgrade and run into issues, have a look at our potential fixes.

Speed

I’ve never had a problem with speed. iOS 8 has always been extremely fast on the iPhone 6 and the iOS 8.1.1 update is no different. Animations and transitions are smooth and fluid and I’m able to zip around the home screens without any sluggishness or slowdown. That’s a big deal for me and speed is probably a big deal for many of you iPhone 6 users as well. iOS 8.1.1 is performing great in this regard.

Is iOS 8.1.1 for iPhone 6 Worth Installing?

If you’re dealing with iOS 8 problems, absolutely. There’s a good chance that the iOS 8.1.1 update could fix whatever issues you’re having. Apple didn’t list a fix for my landscape issues but they were fixed nonetheless. So, it’s worth a shot.

If you’re not dealing with iOS 8 problems on iOS 8.1 or below, you can take a wait and see approach if you’re nervous. iPhone and iPad users are complaining about iOS 8.1.1 issues but thus far, my experience has been very, very solid. This is the most stable iOS 8 update yet for iPhone 6.

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iPhone 6 iOS 8.1.1 Review is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to Edit Photos in iOS 8

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 16:15

How to Edit Photos in iOS 8 is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

Both the iPhone and iPad are turning into excellent point-and-shoot camera killers, and Apple has kept improving the camera modules in its iOS devices with every new model, but what do you do with all of those photos that you took on your iPhone or iPad? You’ll probably transfer them to your computer in order to edit them in your photo editor of choice, but what you may not know is that the Photos app in iOS 8 can do some basic photo editing of its own.

Unfortunately, Apple killed off its iPhoto iOS app when it released iOS 8, and while it essentially provided users with even more options for editing their photos right from their mobile device, it seems the company ultimately decided that mobile users really don’t need that much photo-editing power on a smartphone or tablet.

However, the built-in Photos app in iOS 8 does pretty much the basics that you’d need anyway, so the loss of iPhoto on iOS isn’t too terrible.

And with the ability to edit photos right on your iPhone or iPad, the path from taking the photo to sharing it with friends and family is as frictionless as possible. We’ll show you how you can edit photos directly on your iPhone or iPad using the built-in Photos app.

Editing Photos in iOS 8

If you’re not quite happy with how a photo turned out, you can either take another, or edit the one you already took right on your iOS ,device.

To make an edit on a photo, open up the Photos app and find and open the photo that you want to edit. Next, tap Edit in the upper-right corner to make changes to the photo. The Photos app can do basic edits, such as rotating a photo, enabling “auto-enhance”, adding filters, getting rid of red eye, adjusting exposure, and cropping the photo.

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If you’re curious what auto-enhance is, it simply adjusts exposure and the color of a photo to make it look better — it’s pretty simple and just requires one tap.

Once you’re done editing a photo, tap on Done in the upper-right corner to save the changes.

With iPhoto, it was basically just the built-in Photos app on steroids. It could do the basics, like cropping, adjusting exposure, and adding filters, but it took things to a whole new level.

There was a feature called Brushes that allowed you to perform edits in specific areas of photos by “brushing” your finger over a certain area of the photo. You could also add filters to photos, but the number of filters that were available in iPhoto was multiplied by 10 compared to what’s offered in the built-in Photos app. Furthermore, you were even able to adjust how much contrast that the filter applied to the photo.

Overall, you got a lot more control with iPhoto, but since it’s long gone, the built-in Photos app is the next best streamlined option.

Anyway, after you’re done editing a photo in the Photos app, you can tap on the Share button (a box with an arrow pointing up) and share it on Facebook and Twitter, or through email or iMessage, as well as through AirDrop.

Of course, importing a photo to your computer will allow you to use Photoshop or any other desktop photo editing software, which will give you a lot more options than the built-in Photos app in iOS will offer, but if you’re in a pinch and need to make a few basic edits to a photo, doing it right on your iOS device is the easiest and quickest solution.

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How to Edit Photos in iOS 8 is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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16 New iPhone 6 Plus Cases That Offer You More Choices

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 15:30

16 New iPhone 6 Plus Cases That Offer You More Choices is a post by Kevin Purcell from Gotta Be Mobile.

When the iPhone 6 Plus first launched, case makers didn’t produce as many cases for the larger iPhone. We saw more iPhone 6 cases and a few iPhone 6 Plus cases, but many of the manufacturers waited to make sure Apple in fact launched the new phablet style phone before investing in iPhone 6 Plus cases to fit the larger version of Apple’s latest phone. Now those makers are finally shipping iPhone 6 Plus cases, so we’re going to show off 16 of the best iPhone 6 Plus cases that didn’t make the first round.

5 Waterfield Designs iPhone 6 Plus Cases

Here’s the Copper Waterfield Designs Smart Case for the iPhone. The new version will look just like this one.

Waterfield Designs makes beautiful cases and, while some of these launched with the iPhone 6 Plus, the company just announced one of these and it will ship soon. Let’s start with the new case called the iPhone Smart Case ($59) for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. This pouch case comes with nylon exterior and micro suede interior with thick padding to keep the iPhone 6 Plus protected. The interior also cleans the screen when the user removes the phone while pressing slightly on that side of the case.

The Waterfield Designs iPhone Smart Case slip case comes with a mesh pocket for holding extras.

The Smart Case comes in two versions, one that fits the naked iPhone 6 Plus and one that fits the phone with the official Apple iPhone 6 Plus case attached. Each design ships in Black, Copper and Flame colors. The video below shows the older iPhone version of the case.

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The second Waterfield Designs case comes in a leather pouch with a flap cover the entire phone. The fastener also includes a round leather disc so the user can wrap their headphones around it, hence the name: the Waterfield Designs Spinn Case ($59/$69 with belt fastener) since the user can spin the cables around the holder.

The Spinn Case gets its name from the way it stores the iPhone headphone cable around a spinning leather disc that also holds the fastener for the leather flap that protects the phone.

They make them in two styles, one with the belt clip and one without. They use genuine Grizzly brown, Chocolate or Black leather. They look and feel great.

Get the case with or without a belt fastener for a $10 premium.

The Spinn case actually shipped with the iPhone 6 Plus, so it’s not really a new case. Waterfield Designs also shipped a few other cases, which round out the last 3 of our 5 cases from the company. They are as follows:

  • Finn Wallet ($39) – a zipper case holds the phone and accessories in a pouch
  • Suede Jacket ($15) – a slip case with a stretchy back pocket for headphones and such
  • Cycling Ride Pouch ($69) – a pouch that will also hold tools and accessories for bike riders

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3 Rokform iPhone 6 Plus Cases

Rokform makes a line of rugged cases that also come with mounts to make them easy to hold at eye level in the owner’s car or any place they can fasten a magnetic mount.

Rokform makes mountable iPhone 6 Plus cases that use magnets to stick to metal surfaces or to their magnetic dash or wall mounts.

The iPhone 6 Plus Mountable Clear case ($49) comes in a shock-proof design to protect the phablet. It’s made of polycarbonate and includes the magnetic Rokform mounting system. This system puts a spot on the back of the case where a magnet can grab hold of another magnet the user fastens to a surface. The phone will then snap to the mounted magnet and hold it in place.

The system works great in a car with the company’s dash mounting system. It snaps onto any metallic surface, like a large pro style toolbox or on a metal filing cabinet in an office. It works on any flat surface with the external magnet fastened to it.

Second, in addition to the clear version, Rokform also sells versions in other colors for the same price with a slightly different design.

The third design Rokform offers encased the iPhone 6 Plus in bulletproof aluminum protection with a TPU inner shell lining to keep the phone from getting scratched while in the case.

The Aluminum iPhone 6 Plus case ($109) offers extreme protection. The phone can drop on cement from 6 feet (we accidentally tested it) and so long as it doesn’t hit the screen, it will stay safe. It comes in silver, black and blue aluminum with black TPU trim. A version without the mounting system costs $89 for those who don’t need it and want the same rugged protection without the extra $20 cost that the mounting system brings with it.

Finally, Rokform also includes a nice aluminum dock that we’ve already reviewed (the Samsung Galaxy S4 version). It makes a great addition to these cases for holding and charging the iPhone on a nightstand or desk. The video above demonstrates the iPhone 5 version, but it works the same for the 6 Plus.

2 SwitchEasy iPhone 6 Plus Cases

The SwitchEasy Wrap for the iPhone 6 Plus is a folio style or wallet style case.

SwitchEasy just released a pair of iPhone 6 Plus cases. The SwitchEasy Wrap for the iPhone 6 Plus comes in three colors, Napa Brown (shown above and below), Charcoal Black and Hot Pink.

It’s made of leather and anodized aluminum trim. The phone fits in the case, which includes a flap to protect the screen. The cover also doubles as a stand to let the user hold the phone in landscape mode for watching movies or getting work done while using a Bluetooth keyboard.

Buyers will have to wait a few weeks because it’s only available for preorder for $39.99 at this point.

SwitchEasy also offers the SwitchEasy RAVE for iPhone 6 Plus ($39.99). This leather case uses a reflective fabric to give it a shimmer.

The cover folds behind the phone to hold it at a comfortable angle for viewing the screen as seen below.

4 Adidas Originals iPhone 6 Plus Cases

A third company introducing iPhone 6 Plus cases is Adidas, the brand known for athletic apparel and equipment. They bring their popular 3-stripe styling to the mobile world in the form of faux leather cases with their logo and iconic 3-stripe look.

 

There’s a molded case that snaps onto the phone. The booklet style case works like a wallet. A flip case will protect the screen with a vertical flip cover.

Each case comes with a microfiber lining to protect the body of the phone.

The molded case includes rubber side bumpers for grip. The flip case includes a pocket for credit cards or business cards. There is also a magnet to keep the cover closed.

Buyers can find them at the Apple Stores both online and in their physical stores. They’re not showing up yet, so keep looking since Adidas promises they’ll come before Christmas for $30-$60. They also work with the smaller iPhone 6 and some older iPhones.

A Power Support Air Jacket for iPhone 6 Plus

There’s a new inexpensive clear case to protect the iPhone 6 Plus now listed at the Apple Store called the Power Support Air Jacket for iPhone 6 Plus ($29.95). It’s a sleek snap on case made of clear polycarbonate material. This makes a great pairing with the beautiful gold iPhone 6 Plus.

As you can see from the above image, it covers the phone without covering the style and look of it, or the ports and speakers.

2 Michael Kors iPhone 6 Plus Cases

Apple and the Michael Kors brand have gone together for a long time, so it’s not surprising that the company finally issued iPhone 6 Plus cases. These cost more than most cases and cater to the elite iPhone user.

First, we get the Michael Kors Crossbody Case for iPhone 6 Plus ($149.95). The case holds the iPhone 6 Plus like a clutch purse with a shoulder strap. It’s made of full-grain premium saffiano leather. The shoulder detaches to turn it into a clutch purse. It includes multiple inside pockets for carrying other items. The snap button holds the flap in place to protect the contents of the case and keep them from falling out.

The other case offered at the Apple store is the Michael Kors Large Zip Wallet Case for iPhone 6 Plus ($139.95 seen below). It’s like the above case without the strap. Instead it comes with a detachable wrist strap.

 

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16 New iPhone 6 Plus Cases That Offer You More Choices is a post by Kevin Purcell from Gotta Be Mobile.

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HTC One Android 5.0 Update Pushed Back for Some

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 23:00

HTC One Android 5.0 Update Pushed Back for Some is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

The release and update to Android 5.0 Lollipop hasn’t been as smooth as many had hoped, with Google seeing delays and slowly pushing out updates to each Nexus device. To make things worse we received bad news today. Last week we confirmed the HTC One Google Play Edition devices would get Android 5.0 early this week, but it has since been delayed.

Late last month HTC confirmed many of its popular and most recent Android smartphones would receive an upgrade to the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop update, and then they specifically confirmed the original HTC One and new HTC One M8 Google Play Edition phones were up first.

Read: HTC One M8 Google Play Edition Hands-On & Impressions

Android 5.0 Lollipop for the HTC One from carriers won’t be coming until later this year, reportedly within 90 days of November 3rd, but those with the stock Google Play Edition handsets can expect it soon. However, after initial reports confirmed it should rollout today, November 21st, it has been delayed.

Aside from Nexus devices, last week Motorola pushed out Android 5.0 Lollipop to the Moto G and Pure Edition Moto X, and we’re even hearing the new DROID Turbo and regular Moto X could see Android 5.0 updates as early as sometime next week. So things are moving rather fast, even if the release has been a bit muddy and lacking in details.

A few manufacturers are working hard on the updates, and that includes HTC. The company has been rather transparent on Twitter about the guidelines and suggested release dates, and those with the HTC One and One M8 Google Play Edition devices were expecting the update today. Sadly, this morning news arrived that it won’t be coming.

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@AshDeezy @htc Sorry Ash, New SW required. Will advise once approval from Google is received. Thanks.

— Mo (@moversi) November 21, 2014

The Tweet above comes from Mo Versi, one of HTC’s head members, who’s been rather nice about keeping the public up to date regarding software upgrades and other situations.

After he announced the update was coming, then was pushed to today, last night he posted the above tweet. Confirming that there’s been yet another setback regarding the HTC One and One M8 Android 5.0 Lollipop update for Google Play Edition devices, and this time there’s no new ETA. In previous situations he usually shares a timeline, or suggested date, but here he simply states, ” will advise once approval from Google is received.”

This leads us to believe the delay is more on the Google side with Android 5.0 Lollipop, vs a delay being with the team at HTC working on the Android 5.0 Lollipop update.

Read: HTC One M8 Android 4.4.4 KitKat Update Begins

As a reminder, “Google Play Edition” smartphones are sold directly from Google through the Play Store, and run nearly pure stock Android on manufacturers flagship devices. The HTC One and One M8 had HTC Sense stripped from them, but left a few neat camera features and such, and are running stock Android 4.4.4 KitKat, and will soon be on the absolute latest Android 5.0 Lollipop. Soon being whenever Google and HTC finally get it pushed to users.

This all being said, the most important HTC One and HTC One M8 Android 5.0 updates are for carriers in the United States, and for users around the globe. While no official date has been set yet, HTC promised it will arrive within 90 days from November 3rd. Meaning that users don’t have too long to wait, 2 months at most, so stay tuned and we’ll update as more details begin to surface.

In the meantime those with the Google Play Edition HTC One’s can look forward to Android 5.0 arriving sometime soon, but from the tweet above it doesn’t look like it will be in the next week or so.

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HTC One Android 5.0 Update Pushed Back for Some is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Nexus 6 Release Hits Another Snag

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 22:15

Nexus 6 Release Hits Another Snag is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

While this morning we confirmed the good news that Google’s Nexus 6 release is picking up steam and becoming more readily available for prospective buyers, new details have emerged revealing another Nexus 6 release setback. It looks like the release and inventory could be further delayed for some due to a software bug.

The Nexus 6 is now available from T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T in the United States, as well as the Play Store and Motorola.com. However, the problem is with AT&T units, as a leak has surfaced showing that all inventory is being sent back to Motorola for a critical software bug that was discovered.

Read: 16 Nexus 6 Tips, Tricks & Hidden Features

The AT&T Nexus 6 has the AT&T logo on bottom, and AT&T’s usual software bloat that many phones come with. Nexus devices never have bloatware from carriers, but the Nexus 6 didn’t get the usual Nexus treatment. AT&T has a few apps that install out of the box, so long as an AT&T SIM is in the device during setup, and it looks like a few changes by the carrier and Motorola could be causing trouble.

The Nexus 6 release has not gone smooth. First it was delayed, carriers were silent on details, and even T-Mobile had to push the release date back a week from the 12th to November 19th. And don’t even ask about pre-orders, as those sold out within 2-3 minutes on the Google Play Store, and continue to be out of stock now nearly one month later.

Today though, the image below was found by Droid-Life confirming some bad news for potential AT&T Nexus 6 buyers. It looks like the initial batch has an issue, and early buyers may need to wait for an update or send their units back for a new model. Bad news all around for those who’ve been anxiously waiting months for this phone to arrive.

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The leak states that initial shipments arrived for AT&T users with incorrect software from Motorola, and the company has asked AT&T to send the entire “initial shipment” back. This does mean however that some of the second waves of inventory could have the problem fixed, and this should technically only effect a very small percentage of AT&T buyers that were able to find the Nexus 6 in stock.

The leakster confirmed that the bug causing all these problems is a black screen on initial boot, then once your Nexus 6 does turn on it won’t connect to the internet, AT&T services, or anything, basically making the device rather useless. We’ve yet to hear any confirmations that this is a problem for actual owners, nor does my own AT&T Nexus 6 have the problem

Most likely this is a very small bug in a few limited devices, but we’ll have to wait and see just how widespread it could potentially be.

All said and done, AT&T has confirmed that the problem has already been corrected and all phones currently shipping will not suffer from this issue. Did you get the AT&T Nexus 6? Drop a comment below if you’re experiencing any bugs, screen problems, or data drops.

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Nexus 6 Release Hits Another Snag is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iPad mini 2 iOS 8.1.1 Review

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 21:03

iPad mini 2 iOS 8.1.1 Review is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

On Monday, Apple finally delivered its brand new iOS 8.1.1 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The company’s new iOS 8 update is a bug fixer, aimed at squashing iOS 8 problems and improving performance. Over the past week, we’ve spent some quality time with Apple’s new upgrade and today we want to share our full iPad mini 2 iOS 8.1.1 review.

Months ago, Apple rolled out its revamped operating system for iPhone and iPad, an OS it dubbed iOS 8.0. iOS 8 is not the overhaul that was last year’s iOS 7 update but it still brings some important new features to the table including improved notifications, Apple Pay, changes to iMessage and the Camera app, a new keyboard, and a whole lot more.

The update also delivered iOS 8 problems to iPhone and iPad users around the world and over the past few months, Apple’s slowly chipped away at the issues plaguing its new software. First, it rolled out iOS 8.0.1, an update that fixed some issues but left the company red faced after cellular data and Touch ID blunders. Next, it pushed out iOS 8.0.2, a bug fixer that fixed the problems from iOS 8.0.1.

After that, the company released the iOS 8.1 update, an update that arrived with a number of fixes and Apple Pay but one that also delivered some new problems to iPhone and iPad users. So, it was only a matter of time before the company pushed out another iOS 8.1 update and on Monday, that update arrived in the form of iOS 8.1.1.

iOS 8.1.1 is not a big update, it comes with fixes and enhancements, but as iPhone and iPad users know, small updates can have a huge impact on the overall performance of a device. That’s why we’ve been putting a tiny update through its paces over the past week and that’s why we want to offer up our thoughts on this update after extensive use.

Today, we offer up our iOS 8.1.1 review for iPad mini 2, last year’s 7.9-inch slate that’s still in the hands of millions of people around the world. This review will attempt to answer the question that we’ve received many times over in the past week: Is iOS 8.1.1 worth installing? Let’s find out.

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From Monday up until today, I’ve spent a ton of time with iOS 8.1.1 on iPad mini 2. Before getting into this detailed review and my impressions, I should note that mileage is going to vary from device to device, person to person. That is to say, I probably don’t have the same apps installed and there’s a chance that I use Google Chrome, play more games, and use my home screen more than you do. So, consider this a general guide as you try to decide whether iOS 8.1.1 is worth installing on your iPad mini.

Apps

In the weeks after the iOS 8 update, I’ve gone out of my way to praise app developers, especially those that develop some of the more popular applications, for the treatment they’ve given their software after iOS 8. While we saw some initial hiccups, developers have been extremely good about pushing out swift iOS 8 compatibility updates and bug fixes for iOS 8 problems. This has led to a very stable app experience inside iOS 8 and now, iOS 8.1.1.

On the iPad mini 2, I’ve yet to encounter any major bugs or problems with any of the applications on board the slate. That’s a testament to Apple and it’s a testament to its developer community as well. It also probably helps that the iOS 8.1.1 update spent a ton of time inside Apple’s beta program so that developers could poke and prod it ahead of its public release.

Now, I realize that I don’t have the same apps that you do but what I’ll say is that I have over 50 applications on board including some of the most popular apps in the world. All of them, including Netflix, are working normally. I haven’t noticed any crashes or lockups, at least not yet. Problems have a funny way of creeping up on these devices.

If you install iOS 8.1.1 and you do encounter problems with third-party applications, you should consider installing the latest bug fix updates. They will almost certainly help deliver a better experience on your iPad. I have auto update turned on so that I never have to remember to install them. Something to think about going forward.

iOS 8.1.1 Battery Life

Good battery life is a must have on a portable device like the iPad mini 2. This is a device that leaves the house often and thus, it needs a good amount of juice to stay useful. Over the course of many iOS 7 and now iOS 8 updates, the iPad mini 2 has never wavered. Even now, with iOS 8.1.1 on board, it’s still getting great battery life.

Thus far, the iOS 8.1.1 has done nothing to negatively impact the battery life on the iPad mini. I’m still getting the same great all day battery life that I’ve gotten for more than a year now. Just like on the iPad Air, I’ve yet to notice any abnormal drain, the device charges as fast as it did with iOS 8.1 on board, and the slate is still holding a quality charge in standby. The only complaint I have is that it didn’t give me a significant battery boost but it’s rare when an iOS update offers that.

That said, if you do struggle with battery life, and you might, I’ve cooked up some fixes that could help you overcome those struggles. If you decide to install iOS 8.1.1, it’d be wise to have those handy.

Wi-Fi, LTE & Bluetooth

LTE, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth have been very cooperative during my trek from iOS 7 to iOS 8.1.1. I’ve had a few Wi-Fi hiccups here and there but nothing substantial. LTE and Bluetooth connectivity have also been excellent and that excellence continues with iOS 8.1.1. I haven’t noticed anything peculiar after getting the update on board.

Now, I’ve heard from several iPad users that are dealing with Wi-Fi problems, cellular problems, and or Bluetooth problems. If you do encounter these, in iOS 8.1.1 or something else, be sure to check out our list of possible fixes before throwing the device against the wall. You also might want to consider upgrading your router if you’re consistently having problems. Newer devices and new iOS updates have been known to present difficulties for those with older routers.

Bugs & Issues

The iOS experience on the iPad Air and iPad mini, for the most part, has been very stable. Over the past year, I’ve encountered a bug here or there but nothing like the problems on the iPhone. iOS 8.1.1 continues that trend and over the past five days or so, I’ve yet to encounter any debilitating issues. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t bugs on board, it just means that none have jumped out at me.

After a week, that’s a good sign. If there are major bugs, I’m usually able to sniff them out after a few days or so. iOS bugs do have a habit of showing up late so it’s possible that I’ll run into something a little later on this month. Who knows. For the moment though, iOS 8.1.1 appears to be a very stable update and that’s exactly what you want from an incremental iOS update. Again, if you’re dealing with iOS 8 problems, have a look at our potential fixes.

Speed

One word: Fast. The iPad mini 2 remains fast with iOS 8.1.1 on board. I haven’t noticed any sluggishness or slow down and transitions and animations both remain solid after the update. This, of course, is the status quo. iOS has always been fast on the iPad mini and iPad Air and my hope is that whatever is next will continue this trend.

Is iOS 8.1.1 for iPad mini 2 Worth Installing?

If you are seeing issues on iOS 8.1 or any other iOS 8 update, you probably want to make the move to this update today. It delivers fixes and it doesn’t appear to break anything big. There’s always a potential for issues but I’m not seeing any major problems yet. If you’re on iOS 8.1 or below and you’re not having major problems, there’s no rush. This update isn’t going anywhere and you can simply sit back and take a wait and see approach if you’re at all nervous.

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iPad mini 2 iOS 8.1.1 Review is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Key Windows 10 Feature Could Beat Back Apple

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 16:08

Key Windows 10 Feature Could Beat Back Apple is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Microsoft’s Windows operating system and devices running it aren’t exactly convincing users to choose them over Apple’s iPad and iOS operating system just yet. However, a newly announced feature for Windows 10 gives us our first glimpse into the changes Microsoft hopes will lure businesses away from Apple. If it can do that, regular users may follow.

Microsoft hasn’t shown off a lot of the consumer features for Windows 10 just yet. Yesterday though, the company did reveal a big change for businesses. When Windows 10 debuts, it’ll offer what Microsoft is calling “mobile application management,” according to Windows for Your Business.

Effectively, Microsoft will allow companies to buy applications in through the Windows Store, just like Apple does with the iTunes App Store. The trick is, Microsoft is also including a management layer that allows companies to assign what apps are installed thanks to a system called Active Directory. It sounds like a small thing, but for companies it could be huge. Suddenly, there’s a lot less management that has to be done on-site.

Microsoft is hoping that by making it easier for businesses to setup and maintain Windows 10 devices they’re also making it easier to attract users. The theory is that Windows became such a bit hit because it was used in so many businesses. Once users were able to get that same experience at home, they did. Mostly, because they either already knew how to use it, or thought that having a personal machine running Windows would help them pick up skills for work too. It didn’t hurt that productivity tools like Office were available at home and at work too.

Microsoft announced Windows 10 earlier this year to small gathering of tech reporters and industry insiders. Today, we have a pretty complete picture of how Windows 10 will work for businesses. Whereas Windows 8 required users to relearn things they already knew, Windows 10 on devices with a mouse and keyboard won’t. Microsoft is putting the Start Menu back where it belongs, but also adding live tiles for users to interact with.

Read: What is Windows 10

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Businesses will be able to create their own mini Windows Stores for app downloads, but that doesn’t mean they’ll need to employees how to use full-screen apps. Windows 10 will allow Windows Store apps to run in the Desktop alongside other apps like Apple’s iTunes or Microsoft’s own Windows Media Player. Again, what’s good for businesses is good for users, businesses didn’t seem interested in full-screen Windows Store apps and neither did users. By making Windows Store apps available in full-screen on touch devices and in the Desktop on devices with a mouse and keyboard, Microsoft is delivering the best experience for just about everyone.

Microsoft’s post about the changes coming in Windows 10 highlight another crucial change in their strategy. If you’re a user of Microsoft products today you are inundated with different stores. There’s one app store for Xbox One, another for Windows 8.1 and another for Windows Phone 8.1.

Read: Windows 10 9860 Update: What’s New & Different?

Microsoft says it plans to use Windows 10 to replace to replace Windows 8.1, Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8 on the Xbox One. When this happens, the Windows Store will become the single place that users can purchase apps from. Businesses will love it because that’s less infrastructure they have to manage – in theory. Users at home will love it because it’s the closest Microsoft will have ever come to offering an easy to use app store purchase model like Apple does for the iPhone and iPad.

Windows 10 isn’t expected to launch until sometime in mid to late 2015. Microsoft has confirmed that there’s a preview of Windows 10 coming with more features for users sometime in the New Year. Right now, its letting users download early versions tailored for small businesses.

 

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Key Windows 10 Feature Could Beat Back Apple is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Apple Black Friday Deals: Apple Store Hours Announced

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 16:05

Apple Black Friday Deals: Apple Store Hours Announced is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The first official Apple Black Friday 2014 details trickled out this morning as Apple prepares for Black Friday 2014 with an early opening and plans to buck the trend of starting Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving Day.

It’s still early for an Apple Black Friday 2014 ad, but if you had any doubts that Apple is doing something special you can put them to rest.

The Apple Black Friday deals will start early as Apple Store Black Friday 2014 hours start at 8 AM local time. This is two hours ahead of the typical Apple Store hours, and well after other retailers open on Black Friday. For example, Walmart Black Friday deals start in store at 6 AM on Friday, after starting at 6 PM Thursday.

While Best Buy and Walmart both offer Thanksgiving Day deals at 5 PM and 6 PM respectively, Apple confirmed that Apple Stores are closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Apple Black Friday 2014 deals will vary between the Apple Store and retailers.

We’re still waiting to hear exactly what the Apple Black Friday deals are for 2014. Last year Apple took a page from retailers like Walmart and Target, offering gift cards instead of straight up discounts on popular Apple products. Many of the best Apple Black Friday deals are from third-party retailers that offer discounts on the iPhone 6 and already offer up to $140 off the new iPad Air 2.

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Although the Apple Store Black Friday hours are just two hours earlier than normal and well after other Black Friday deals start this isn’t the whole story. You can also count on Apple Black Friday deals online at the Apple Store. These deals may start late at night like we typically see for  new Apple products, or at a more reasonable time like when Apple Stores open.

Here’s a look at the 2014 Apple Black Friday deals you can expect. This assumes Apple sticks to the same plan as last year, similar to what we see through third-party retailers.

  • iPad Air 2 – $75 gift card from Apple.
  • iPad Air & Older iPads – $50 to $100 discounts possible.
  • iPad mini 3 – $50 gift card from Apple.
  • iPad mini 2 – $50 discount or gift card possible.
  • iPad mini – Real chance for sub $200 iPad mini Black Friday deals.
  • MacBook Air – $150 off in cash or gift cards
  • MacBook Pro Retina – $150 to $200 off in cash or gift cards
  • iMac – $50 to $200 off in cash or gift cards
  • iPod touch – $50+ in savings with gift card or cash
  • iPod nano – $45 to $50 in savings with gift card or cash

You can also expect to see a lot of deals on accessories and the Apple TV. This year we may see Apple join in with a lot of Beats headphone Black Friday deals. The company purchased Beats headphones earlier this year and continues to sell them in Apple Stores and feature them prominently online.

Read: Is Black Friday the Best time to buy an iPhone?

If you want an iPhone 6 Black Friday deal you’ll need to go to Walmart or Target, or to Best Buy with a trade-in. Apple typically doesn’t feature iPhone deals on Black Friday. You can see a collection of iPhone deals below.

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

Many of the best Apple Black Friday deals for 2014 will come from retailers like Walmart who offers the iPad mini for $249 before an $80 gift card and promises it available for purchase to shoppers who are in the right line between 6-7PM on Thanksgiving Day Target chops $140 off the new iPad Air 2 and $100 off many other models with a gift card offer.

Check out the latest Black Friday 2014 ads below to see what you can expect this year from Apple and from other retailers selling Apple on Black Friday 2014.

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Walmart Black Friday 2014 deals start at 6PM on Thanksgiving and roll all the way through Cyber Monday. There are three specific events on Thanksgiving and Black Friday 2014, including nine 1 Hour Guarantee items that are in stock or you can get it by Christmas at the Black Friday price. 

This includes a 65-inch Vizio HDTV for $648, the Xbox One with Halo for $299 after gift card rebate and an iPad mini for $169 after gift card. 

You can check out more details on how the Walmart Black Friday 2014 1 Hour Guarantee will work. Duncan Mac Naughton, chief merchandising officer at Walmart states, “We’ve taken significant steps to improve the 1-Hour Guarantee process from beginning to end. It’s simple and seamless.”

Walmart beat our Xbox One and PS4 Black Friday 2014 predictions with big savings on the Xbox One and the PS4 GTA 5 and The Last of US Remastered bundle for $399. Here's a look at the nine guaranteed in stock items for 2014. 

  • 50” Class LED HDTV for $218 ($180 savings)
  • Vizio 65” Class Smart LED HDTV for $648 ($350 savings)
  • Apple iPad Mini 16GB with Wi-Fi for $199 with a $30 Walmart Gift Card ($70 value)
  • Xbox One Halo “The Master Chief Collection” Bundle for $329 with a $30 Walmart Gift Card 
  • RCA 7” Google Play Wi-Fi Tablet for $29 (special buy)
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace Style on Straight Talk Wireless for $29 ($100 savings)
  • LG Blu-ray Disc Player for $35 (special buy)
  • Beats by Dr. Dre Wireless Headphones for $149 ($130 savings)
  • HP Intel Celeron Touch Laptop for $249 (special buy)

You can see the full Walmart Black Friday 2014 ad and deals online now. Wlaamrt will post store maps on November 18th and share more detials as the event approaches. 

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Apple Black Friday Deals: Apple Store Hours Announced is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop Update: What to Expect

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 00:02

Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop Update: What to Expect is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Samsung might still be pushing out Android 4.4 KitKat updates to its Galaxy smartphones and tablets but that doesn’t mean that the company’s forgotten about the all new Android 5.0 Lollipop update from Google. With Samsung rumored to have several Android 5.0 updates in testing, we want to take a look at what we expect from the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update and its release.

In January, Samsung started rolling out its Android 4.4.2 KitKat update. The company’s first update landed for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 which, at the time, was one of its flagship smartphones. Samsung’s KitKat roll out took place a few months after Google pushed out Android 4.4 KitKat for its Nexus devices and right around the time that other Android manufacturers started making moves of their own.

It’s now the middle of November and Samsung’s Android 4.4 KitKat deployments are still going strong. In fact, we’ve see numerous Android 4.4 KitKat details emerge in recent weeks for top devices including two Android 4.4.4 KitKat updates that recently rolled out for Samsung Galaxy smartphones in the United States. In the wake of these Android 4.4 KitKat updates, we’ve seen a number of Samsung Android 5.0 Lollipop update details emerge. Android 5.0 Lollipop is the update that, at some point, will replace Android 4.4.

Samsung Galaxy Android 5.0 Lollipop details have been surfacing at a fairly steady rate despite the fact that Samsung itself remains silent about its plans for Galaxy smartphone and tablet users. With details swirling and Galaxy smartphone and tablet users looking for guidance, we want to take a stab at predicting Samsung’s Lollipop future.

Today, we take a look at our expectations for Samsung Galaxy Note 4 users and detail our Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update expectations. Our goal is to get you better prepared for the days, weeks and months ahead.

Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop Release Date Late 2014 or Early 2015

Let’s start with a big question, the Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop release date. Samsung still hasn’t confirmed anything but that really doesn’t make a difference. We’re armed with rumors, history and some good ole gut instincts.

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SamMobile, a trustworthy source when it comes to Samsung Android updates, claims that the Galaxy Note 4 might get the Android 5.0 Lollipop update in November or December alongside the Galaxy S5. The Galaxy S5’s update is heavily rumored for December but nothing is set in stone. While this isn’t confirmed, the timing makes sense.

Newer devices tend to get the latest updates first and the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 are Samsung’s latest devices. Samsung also likes to upgrade its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note around the same time. For instance, the Android 4.4 KitKat update hit the Galaxy Note 3 in January and the Galaxy S4 in February. So, the Galaxy Note 4 shouldn’t be too far off the Galaxy S5’s pace.

So, we’re expecting the Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update to land in December, January and at the latest February. December and January seem to be the most likely at this point, especially given that Samsung’s already teased a Lollipop update for the Galaxy Note 4. Expect this update to touch down in the next few weeks to help bolster Galaxy Note 4 sales.

U.S. Carriers Among First to Android 5.0 Lollipop

While they weren’t first to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date, we fully expect U.S. carriers to be among the first to offer the Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update. There’s precedent here.

U.S. carriers were among the first to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean for Galaxy smartphones and tablets. They were among the first to the Android 4.4.2 KitKat updates from Samsung. And they are among the only carriers offering Android 4.4.4 KitKat. The U.S. is a critical market and it’s been in focus for quite some time and we’d be surprised if U.S. carriers, and Samsung, made Galaxy Note 4 users wait deep into the roll out.

Look for U.S. carriers to be first, or at the very least, among the first to this very important upgrade to one of the best devices on the market.

Sprint First to Galaxy S4 Android 5.0 Lollipop

Let’s get a little more specific. We expect Sprint to be the first, or among the first, U.S. carriers to deliver the Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update in the United States. Again, this prediction is based on Sprint’s track record. Not just with Samsung devices but with Android devices in general.

The carrier, for reasons unknown, has really stepped up its software game in recent years. Sprint is extremely communicative with its customers when it comes to Android updates. Its also been one of the fastest to Android software update releases. For instance, Sprint was the first carrier in the world to release the Galaxy S4 KitKat update. We would be surprised if Sprint lagged with this update. It’s remained pretty consistent over the last year or so.

Staggered Approach in Silence (U.S.)

If the Galaxy Note 4 is your first Android smartphone, and more specifically, your first Galaxy smartphone, let us be the first to welcome you to the Android update fun. That’s sarcasm. Galaxy Note 4 users should expect U.S. carriers to take the approach that they always take when it comes to Samsung Galaxy Android updates and Android updates in general.

U.S. carriers typically remain silent up until their actual release date and they usually roll out their updates over the course of a few days or so. Sprint, for instance, likes to slow roll its updates so that it can catch potential issues. We also tend to see several release dates rather than a single release date. Everything but the silence is easy to deal with.

We always see tons of Galaxy smartphone and tablet users ask carriers tons of questions about update timing. And every year, we see U.S. carriers offer vague responses to those questions. We expect the exact same thing here. Carriers don’t want to set Android 5.0 Lollipop release date expectations which is both a gift and a curse. A gift because they don’t set expectations and a curse because they don’t say anything at all.

Early Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.0 Details for Other Carriers

Those of you on European and Australian carriers should expect them to release their usual Android update schedules and confirm Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update details early. Carriers like SFR, Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone often confirm updates weeks, sometimes months in advance. Even Canadian carrier Rogers likes to confirm updates early and keep consumers in the loop. Samsung and its U.S. carriers still don’t subscribe to this philosophy and they probably never will.

We probably won’t see a ton of Android 5.0 Lollipop details roll out early but don’t be surprised to see Android 5.0 Lollipop release information detailed well in advance. Just remember, ETA’s are often pushed back due to testing behind the scenes. We saw several Galaxy Note 3 KitKat updates pushed back due to issues in internal testing. We could see the same here.

Lengthy Roll Out

We expect the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop roll out itself to take several months, at least. Samsung has an absurd amount of Galaxy Note 4 variants in an absurd amount of territories (140+) around the world. These roll outs take time. Just look at Android 4.4 KitKat, an update that first landed in January and is still rolling out to devices in full force.

The Galaxy Note 4’s back cover and pen garage

If we had to take a stab at the overall time frame, we’d say that the Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update roll out is going to take four months or so to complete. There are always stragglers and there are always delays behind the scenes. We’re expecting a slow methodical Android 5.0 Lollipop roll out from Samsung and the Galaxy Note 4.

New Features & Bug Fixes

We still haven’t seen the Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update leak out but that doesn’t mean that we don’t have any idea about what to expect from it. We imagine that the update will mirror what we’ve seen from the Galaxy S5, minus the features that are already on board the Galaxy Note 4. We also expect the device to get the full Samsung Android 5.0 feature suite given that it’s the company’s latest flagship. New devices always get the biggest updates.

We also expect the Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop update to come with a ton of bug fixes. Samsung will load up fixes for TouchWiz issues and we expect individual carriers to put their own spin on these updates with some enhancements and fixes of their own. This always happens with major Android updates and we see no reason why it won’t with the Galaxy Note 4.

Android 5.0 Lollipop Problems

We also expect the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update to deliver some problems of its own. Major updates like Android 5.0 almost always bring bugs and hiccups. Android 4.4 KitKat was problematic for many Galaxy S and Galaxy Note users and there’s almost no chance of Android 5.0 Lollipop being free of bugs.

While we can’t predict the exact nature of these Android 5.0 problems, we can say that we expect there to be loads of smaller issues and maybe a few bigger problems that need to get worked out. You’ll need to be prepared for the release. Carriers will release bug fix updates though those typically take a few weeks, or months, to roll out.

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Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop Update: What to Expect is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to Fix Bad iOS 8.1.1 Battery Life

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 23:06

How to Fix Bad iOS 8.1.1 Battery Life is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Apple’s new iOS 8.1.1 update brings enhancements and fixes for iOS 8 problems. It also, according to iPhone and iPad users, brings battery life problems and abnormal drain. Here, we’ll show you several different ways to fix bad iOS 8.1.1 battery life and get your iPhone or iPad back to where it was before you installed iOS 8.1.1.

Earlier this week, Apple rolled out its brand new iOS 8.1.1 update for iPhone and iPad, an update that had been sitting in its beta program for several weeks, and an update that iPhone and iPad users had their eye on due to the numerous issues plaguing iOS 8 and iOS 8.1. The update, as expected, arrived with several fixes and performance enhancements for both the iPhone 4s and iPad 2.

While the iOS 8.1.1 update is aimed at fixing iOS 8 problems, it looks like the incremental update is causing some issues for owners of the iPhone and iPad. In particular, we’re seeing complaints about broken Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, bad performance and of course, the usual complaints about bad battery life. Battery life issues always seem to plague iPhone and iPad users after an update though most times, it’s not the actual update that’s causing the problems. Apps and other services are often the culprit.

iOS 8.1.1 update this morning has since been massacring my battery life! Do not upgrade.. #Apple @tim_cook $AAPL do something!

— Fahed Taji-Farouki (@ffarouki) November 19, 2014

iOS 8.1.1 battery life is terrible

— Ryan Huynh (@ryantheface24) November 19, 2014

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Upgraded my iPhone software today to iOS 8.1.1 an my battery life’s now gone to shit. Barely used it all morning an it was 5% by 12.30 ???? — vicky (@veev1989) November 20, 2014

How to Fix Bad iOS 8.1.1 Battery Life on iPhone or iPad

With that in mind, we want to try and fix bad iOS 8.1.1 battery life for you. This guide delivers help to get better battery life on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. This guide will help with iOS 8 battery life, but it assumes that you already upgraded to iOS 8.1.1 for the many fixes and features it brings to the iPhone and iPad.

Find Apps Eating Up Your Battery

The first thing you’ll want to do is start using the battery life usage tool that Apple deployed inside the iOS 8 update back in September. This is an extremely useful feature and it’s going to help you isolate the apps that are causing you the most damage. Once you find an app that uses too much battery life, you can limit your use of it when away from power, stop its background activity or remove it completely from your iPhone or iPad.

What’s nice about the battery usage tool is that you’ll also see where poor coverage is to blame for bad iOS 8 battery life. When your phone needs to search hard for a signal, it runs the battery down faster, so keep that in mind when you’re in spotty areas. You may need to turn on Airplane mode when you have no real cell signal.

To start using this tool, head to Settings -> General -> Usage -> Battery Usage to see which apps use the most battery life in the last 24 hours and for the last seven days.

Limit Background App Refresh

Your devices can refresh applications in the background so that the data is available right when you open the app. And while this is a great tool for those that live inside the iPhone and iPad, it’s also a great way to deplete the iPhone or iPad battery.

Instead of turning Background app refresh off completely, you should find apps that use it too much and turn it off for them one by one to see if that solves any iOS 8.1.1 battery life problems. That way, you can keep the apps that aren’t using way too much juice.

To do this, go to Settings -> General -> Background App Refresh -> Turn it off for each app that is using too much power.

Stop Using Auto Brightness

Apple’s iPhone and iPad include sensors that change the screen brightness based on the light in your current environment. Often times, the sensors will boost your screen brightness to unnecessary levels, killing off precious battery.

To shut this down, go to Settings -> Display & Brightness -> Auto-Brightness -> Off and that way you’ll be able to manually adjust the brightness of your screen to help keep battery drain to a minimum. Remember, you can always turn brightness up or down on your own when you need it using the Control Center.

Restart or Reset Your iPhone or iPad

If you notice that the iPhone battery life is very short or that the iPhone is warm, you need to restart it or reset it. Simply hold the power button and slide to turn off for a normal restart. Believe or not, this has fixed battery life problems in the past. It’s a simple fix but one worth trying if things start to get bad on your iPhone or iPad.

You can also reset the iPhone or iPad by holding the home button and the power button for about 10 seconds. This will not remove any of your data, but sometimes this is enough to fix whatever was draining the battery life on the device. It has worked for us in the past and it may wind up working for you should you decide to give it a go.

Reset All Settings

This is where you’ll start to see the iOS 8.1.1 battery life fixes that can handle major problems that are killing the battery life on your iPhone or iPad. If you see the usage and standby numbers listed as the same when you look at iOS 8.1.1 battery usage, this is the step you need to take.

Go to Settings -> General -> Reset -> Reset All Settings and then enter your pass code when prompted. This will take 5-10 minutes to complete and will put all settings back to defaults. This will not remove any data or photos from your iPhone and iPad. Again, this is the first step to take if you’re noticing major battery drain on your device.

Restore the iOS 8.1.1 Update

If nothing else works you should try to install the iOS 8.1.1 update again using restore. You’ll need to do this on your computer with iTunes installed. This will wipe your phone completely. You can try restoring from your backup after the update, but if the problem returns, you will want to do this again without restoring from backup. Here’s how to do this.

  1. Plug in and backup to the computer or to iCloud.
  2. Turn off Find My iPhone – Settings -> iCloud -> Find my iPhone -> Off.
  3. In iTunes Click Restore.
  4. Follow the prompts and the iPhone will reinstall iOS 8. from scratch.
  5. When it completes click Restore from Backup to put your information back on the iPhone or Choose to set up as a new iPhone.

This is not a short process. Expect to spend 20 to 45 minutes for this process, and maybe longer if you restore from backup. It’s going to vary from device to device.

Genius Bar/Replacement

If nothing here fixes your iPhone or iPad battery life on iOS 8.1.1, you should make an appointment with Apple. Back up your iPhone or iPad before you go and simply ask them if your battery life is bad. They can test this in store and if it is in warranty they will replace it. There is a one year warranty by default and two years with AppleCare+.

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How to Fix Bad iOS 8.1.1 Battery Life is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to Restore Your Apple TV After It Crashes

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 21:31

How to Restore Your Apple TV After It Crashes is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

If your Apple TV crashes after attempting to download and install an update, that means you have to restore it. Here’s how to restore your Apple TV if it ever does end up randomly crashing.

It may not have ever happened to you with your own Apple TV, but there may come a time when it finally does. An Apple TV can sometimes crash randomly, or most commonly during the installation process of a new iOS update.

If this ever happens, or if it just happened to you, there’s only one way to breathe life back into the streaming box, and that is to restore it using iTunes.

I was unfortunate enough to have my Apple TV crash on me shortly after it downloaded and installed a new update, and simply trying restart the box won’t help. You have to completely reset everything and restore it in order for it to work again.

It’s certainly something that doesn’t happen very often, but when it does, it’s important to know what to do. Here’s how to restore your Apple TV.

What Does a Crashed Apple TV Look Like?

If you’re not sure if your Apple TV crashed, there’s an easy way to find out, and it’s hard to miss.

Simply put, you’ll see the iTunes logo appear with a USB cable connected to the Apple TV graphic on the screen (see below). Furthermore, the LED light on your Apple TV will blink rapidly.

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You may try to hard restart the streaming box by holding volume down and the menu button down at the same time for six seconds to force a reboot, but the Apple TV will boot right back up to that iTunes screen. Unfortunately, you’ll be forced to restore the box.

How to Restore Your Apple TV

To restore your Apple TV, you’ll need your computer with iTunes installed, a microUSB cable, and an internet connection.

Follow the simple steps below to restore your Apple TV and get it back into full working condition.

  • Unplug the HDMI cable and power cord from your Apple TV.
  • Open iTunes on your computer and connect the microUSB cable to the back of your Apple TV and into a USB port on your computer.
  • If you have an Apple TV 3, reconnect the power cord. If you have an Apple TV 2, leave it unplugged.
  • In iTunes, you should see the Apple TV summary page. If you don’t see the page, click the Apple TV icon in the upper-left corner.

  • Click Restore Apple TV. While it’s restoring, don’t unplug anything. The time it takes to restore your Apple TV depends entirely on your internet connection.
  • When your Apple TV has finished restoring, unplug the microUSB cable and power cord. Then reconnect the HDMI cable and power cord to your Apple TV and put it back into your home entertainment setup.
  • Boot it up and you should now be greeted with a working Apple TV again.

Take note that this will reset everything, so you’ll have to go back in and log into all of the streaming services that you use, like Netflix and Hulu Plus.

It’s a little weird that you have to plug your Apple TV into your computer through a microUSB connection, and I actually never knew the Apple TV had a microUSB port on the back to begin with, so that was certainly a surprise.

Nonetheless, this is how you fix a crashed Apple TV, and your computer acts as the software downloader and installer for the box. It’s actually a neat little way to update the Apple TV, but it’s certainly not ideal most of the time, considering that your Apple TV never leaves your home entertainment setup.

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How to Restore Your Apple TV After It Crashes is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to Fix PS4 Eject Problems (No Disc Inserted)

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 21:30

How to Fix PS4 Eject Problems (No Disc Inserted) is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

Sometimes the PS4 will constantly eject the disk, even when there is no disk in the drive. If you try to insert a disc the PS4 will not accept it, and eventually spit it out and continue trying to eject a disk that isn’t there.

We’ll explain how to fix a PS4 ejecting a disk when there is no disk in, including how you can fix this PS4 problem without opening up your PS4 or sending it back to Sony.

We ran into this PS4 problem when re arranging our home theater and turning the PS4 vertical for a few minutes while attempting to clean the dust off the device without scratching the surface.

Use this trick to fix a show-stopping PS4 problem.

When plugging the PS4 back in it ejected Assassin’s Creed Unity and continued trying to eject a disk over and over. Turning the PS4 off did not fix the problem, but there is a quick fix for most users.

Fix PS4 Eject Problems No Disk In Drive

If your PS4 keeps trying to eject a disk, here is how you can try to fix the problem without sending it in to Sony for repair. This is not the same issue as unexpected disk ejects that are a problem for some users, but it is still very annoying.

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  1. Unplug all the wires from your PS4. This includes HDMI, Ethernet, audio and power.
  2. Now, count to 10 and then press the power button until the PS4 lights up for just a half a second.
  3. Yes, this works with the power cord unplugged.
  4. After this happens, count to 5 and plug the PS4 back in and get back to gaming.

It doesn’t sound like this will work, but it saved a frustrated call to Sony and got our PS4 back up and running in a few minutes. There is a chance you’ll hear a click and not see a light, but overall this should fix the PS4 constantly ejecting a disk problem.

For users who experience this problem more than once, it is a good idea to check out a full repair from Sony, so you don’t run into this PS4 problem after your warranty runs out and get stuck with a big problem you can’t fix on your own.

There does not appear to be any specific disc that causes this, but you can take steps to avoid this. Make sure you shut down the PS4 properly before unplugging it and remove all disks before you move the PS4 unit. This includes simply lifting it up to move and dust it, which is what broke our PS4 for a short period.

Read: 3 Common PS4 Problems & Fixes

The PS4 warranty lasts one year, but you can buy an extended PS4 warranty for $49.99 that adds three years of additional coverage to the PS4. The only catch is that you need to do this before the first year of coverage is up. Once that passes you will need to fix the PS4 yourself or pay Sony to fix the PS4. If your PS4 warranty just expired you can try to convince support to help you out, but that’s not a sure thing.

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How to Fix PS4 Eject Problems (No Disc Inserted) is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iOS 8.1.1 iPhone 4s Reviews: Should You Install iOS 8.1.1?

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 16:06

iOS 8.1.1 iPhone 4s Reviews: Should You Install iOS 8.1.1? is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

Apple is back with the iOS 8.1.1 update that is supposed to be the best thing to happen to the iPhone 4s since iOS 7.1 earlier this year. Apple specifically focuses on improving the performance of the iPhone 4s with the free iOS 8.1.1 update. Early reviews of iOS 8.1.1 iPhone 4s reviews are very good, highlighting better speeds and other improvements.

After several days of iOS 8.1.1 on the iPhone 4s, users report overall good results from this small but important update. Not every user is happy, but an overwhelming number of iPhone 4s users do appreciate the upgrade.

The iOS 8.1 iPhone 4s update brought a large number of fixes to the iPhone 4s and other devices, but did not dramatically change the performance for all users.

Read user iOS 8.1.1 iPhone 4s reviews to see if this is a good update.

This small iOS 8.1.1 update is the one that iPhone 4s owners have been waiting for and after reading through iOS 8.1.1 iPhone 4s reviews from users, it looks like it may be time to upgrade.

Here’s a look at the iOS 8.1.1 iPhone 4s reviews from users who upgraded from iOS 8, iOS 8.1 and even some who upgraded from iOS 7.1 right to iOS 8.1.1 and whether or not you should install iOS 8.1.1 on the iPhone 4S.

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There are not many specific reports about installing iOS 8.1.1 on the iPhone 4s. That’s a good thing, as many times users take to support forums and Twitter to complain about problems.

Users without enough space on the iPhone 4s can plug-in to iTunes and update without the need to delete photos or apps to free up space.

You can expect to spend 15 to 30 minutes downloading and installing iOS 8.1.1 on the iPhone 4s.

iOS 8.1.1 on iPhone 4s Performance

For the most part the iOS 8.1.1 performance on the iPhone 4s is solid. Many users report faster performance on the iPhone 4s, and are thanking Apple for the upgrade. This is a change from the initial iOS 8 update that caused slow downs and other problems for some users.

These iOS 8.1.1 iPhone 4s reviews come from regular users on Twitter, Reddit and Apple Support forums where we learn about how iOS 8.1.1 performs for multiple users.

iOS 8.1.1 iPhone 4s Speed

Many users report the iPhone 4s is faster on iOS 8.1.1. This includes speed improvements from iOS 7.1, which came out almost a year ago, and speed enhancements from more recent updates like iOS 8.1 to iOS 8.1.1.

@josh_smith updated my wife phone from 7.1 to 8.1.1 – she says its faster now that it was before!

— Rob_McCallum (@Rob__McCallum) November 19, 2014

On Reddit tj713 reports, “I just updated my 4s to iOS 8.1.1 from 8.1 and there is definitely a speed difference. Less lag and smoother animations!” In a separate thread s182 also notes the improvement, sharing, “Great update on my 4s. Feels like a new phone. Still gets slow every once in awhile, but massive improvement. Previously the phone was barely usable. I was going to buy a new phone, but I’ll keep my existing one for another year.”

Reports continue to roll in on Twitter as more users upgrade to iOS 8.1.1 on the iPhone 4s, including this thank you to Apple.

Dear Apple: thank you for iOS 8.1.1. If you have the iPhone 4S, I highly recommend you install it. Things are noticeably faster.

— Wade Hellyer (@wadehellyer) November 18, 2014

In the Apple Support Forums, ste6776 shares a very positive iOS 8.1.1 iPhone 4s review,

“Having installed the latest update on my 4s to 8.1.1 and all I can say is – WOW!

Lightning fast!  No lag, no crashes, and seems to be bug-free!  I’m really impressed!”

On Reddit Patronu asks, “I am the only one unable to notice any promised performance improvements on the 4S?, and he’s not alone. While many users report speed boosts Majkel.99 wishes for iOS 7.1.2 again writing in the Apple Support forums, “for me nothing change… still lagging.. when i wont to do  photo.. I`m waiting.. 1 missisipi, 2 missisipi, 3 misssisipi.. my god..”

iOS 8.1.1 Battery Life

So far there are only sporadic reports of iOS 8.1.1 iPhone 4s battery life, including one on Twitter claiming it is better when in standby and one on Reddit where a user did not see a difference in battery life, but did notice improved speed.

One thing I have noticed in the #iOS 8.1.1. update is that my battery life on stand-by is much better on my #iPhone4S. Thanks #Apple!

— David Becker ? (@iBeckTech) November 18, 2014

iOS 8.1.1 WiFi, Bluetooth and Apps

This is one area where we are short on user comments. Normally a lack of complaints is a good thing as it means there are not overwhelming iOS 8.1.1 WiFi or Bluetooth problems but with a collection of common iOS 8.1.1 problems there is a chance we are just not able to surface these parts of an iOS 8.1.1 iPhone 4s review yet.

Should You Install iOS 8.1.1 on the iPhone 4s?

Most users should install iOS 8.1.1 on the iPhone 4s.

Anyone already on iOS 8 on the iPhone 4s should upgrade to iOS 8.1.1. This free update includes fixes for problems and delivers improved performance for most iPhone 4s owners. Combine this with the lack of iPhone 4s specific problems and there is a clear reason to upgrade to iOS 8.1.1 on the iPhone 4s.

For users on iOS 7.1 or iOS 7.1.2 it is still a tougher call. With improved performance, and iOS 8 features outlined in the slides below, there are plenty of reasons to upgrade, but there is no iOS 8.1.1 jailbreak yet and there is no way to go back to iOS 7.1.2.

Most users can prepare and update to iOS 8.1.1 without waiting any longer, but if you aren’t sure you can wait to see how iOS 8.2 performs. Apple just started beta testing this update, but there is no firm release date.

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We start our iOS 8 vs iOS 7 walkthrough with the iPhone home screen, which is where you'll start your iOS 8 experience after an update this fall. 

These screens are incredibly important as you see them anytime you turn on the iPhone or need to choose an app to launch. There is no way around using them, so Apple needs to make sure they work just right. 

As you can see in the iOS 8 vs iOS 7 comparison above, there is no change between the home screen in the new iPhone software. Apple changed the status bar and some other small visual changes in iOS 7, but there are no updates for iOS 8.  

We could see Apple change the home screen slightly for iOS 8 for the iPhone 6. The new iPhone will feature a larger 4.7-inch display with a higher resolution. This is something Apple may use to add more icons to the screen. Or they could stick with the current layout, it's tough to tell.  

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iOS 8.1.1 iPhone 4s Reviews: Should You Install iOS 8.1.1? is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Is There an Apple TV 3 Jailbreak?

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 15:37

Is There an Apple TV 3 Jailbreak? is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

Apple has gone through three generations of its Apple TV set-top streaming box, with the first two iterations able to be jailbroken currently. The third-generation Apple TV was released over two years and it’s the latest Apple TV model to be released. However, is it able to be jailbroken?

Long story short, a jailbreak for the Apple TV 3 is no where to be seen, unfortunately, and it’ll likely remain that way for quite some time.

The Apple TV is rumored to be getting a huge refresh at some point in the near future, and while we’re waiting for it to arrive, we’re also waiting for a jailbreak to open up for the Apple TV 3. However, there’s a lot of consensus that we most likely will never see an Apple TV 3 jailbreak — at least not anytime soon.

Kevin Bradley, known as nitoTV on Twitter and in the jailbreak community, has said in the past that he’s “starting to doubt anyone talented enough will ever care enough to [jailbreak the Apple TV 3].”

This is certainly sad news for Apple TV 3 owners who have been looking forward to a jailbreak for the latest-generation Apple TV, but you probably no longer need to hold your breath and cross your fingers, as that day will probably never arrive.

Of course, there’s always still hope, especially once the fourth-generation Apple TV releases, jailbreak developers might work on a jailbreak for the Apple TV 3, but that’s a big maybe at this point, and even then we still wouldn’t count on it, based off of the relatively low interest from developers and hackers right now.

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Back in April, Bradley explained why the Apple TV 3 is so hard to jailbreak. It’s about a 20-minute presentation, so grab your popcorn:

In short, the bootrom exploit used in past Apple TV models made it possible for a jailbreak, but the bootrom of the third-generation Apple TV has been bolstered up against jailbreakers. However, there are several claims out there that a jailbreak for a third-generation Apple TV is in the works, but we’ll believe when we see it.

Of course, an unjailbroken Apple TV can still do a lot, especially if you’re an avid user of the iTunes ecosystem, and AirPlay capabilities is one of the biggest features of the Apple TV, allowing you to beam content from your Mac or iOS device straight to your television.

However, if you absolutely want to jailbreak your Apple TV, you’ll need to settle for a first- or second-generation model, but they’re pretty expensive on the used market, especially on eBay, and this is mostly thanks to their exclusive jailbreaking abilities.

Just doing a quick search on eBay for jailbroken Apple TVs gives us a huge list of models that have sold for around $200, with some going as high as $300 for fully-loaded XBMC-equipped Apple TVs.

Even non-jailbroken 2nd-generation Apple TVs are still selling for a lot of money. We saw a few models that sold for around $150, simply because they have the capabilities of being jailbroken, unlike a third-generation Apple TV.

Currently, you can buy a brand-new third-generation Apple TV for $99, or you can save a bit of cash and buy one refurbished for $75 from Apple’s Refurbished Store. However, eBay will even give you steeper discounts, where I ended up scoring a used third-generation Apple TV for just $50.

However, if you’re in the market for a jailbroken Apple TV, you’ll be paying a pretty penny for the privilege.

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Is There an Apple TV 3 Jailbreak? is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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HTC One Android 5.0 Update: 3 New Details Emerge

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 23:57

HTC One Android 5.0 Update: 3 New Details Emerge is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Google’s latest and greatest software update to the Android operating system, Android 5.0 Lollipop, is slowly but surely rolling out to many Nexus smartphones and tablets, and a few select Motorola and LG handsets. However, HTC is up next and today we’ll be sharing a few details regarding the HTC One and HTC One M8 Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade.

Late last month HTC confirmed many of its popular and most recent Android smartphones would receive an upgrade to the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop update, and to be more specific promised an update within 90 days for the HTC One and One M8. 90 days from the November 3rd release date where Google sent the Lollipop code to manufacturers.

Read: iPhone 6 vs HTC One M8: What Buyers Need to Know

This week we’ve learned a few new details surrounding the entire HTC One Android 5.0 update, the release date for a few specific users, as well as seen some first signs that the update is already well in the final testing phases, and could arrive sooner than many expected.

The entire update to Android 5.0 Lollipop hasn’t been as smooth as Google probably hoped for, but things are slowly on the right track. Nexus devices started seeing it last week, factory images have been posted, and even Motorola and LG have updated a few of their devices.

Things are slowly but surely rolling out, and over the next 2-3 weeks owners can expect a lot of movement from HTC, and from other manufacturers as they continue to prepare for updates. We’ve been seeing a lot of leaks from Samsung as of late, and now it’s HTC’s turn.

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Today we received both good and bad news regarding the HTC One update for some users, with HTC themselves confirming the Google Play Edition devices will see it this Friday. It was delayed a few days, but the HTC One and HTC One M8 Google Play Edition smartphones can expect Android 5.0 Lollipop updates to start rolling out on Friday.

This was originally scheduled for early in the week, but was pushed back a few days to iron out a few outstanding bugs, and most likely will start soon enough. We’ll update as more details become available.

HTC One and One M8 Android 5.0

We all know Google Play Edition smartphones will see updates first, but what about the regular HTC One (2013) and the new HTC One M8 that was released back in March? Well, we have some good news from that too. Popular HTC user LlabTooFer who first detailed some HTC Android 5.0 updates is back this week, and has revealed some exclusive screenshots of the HTC One M8 on Android 5.0 Lollipop.

The image above is our first look at not only Android 5.0 on the HTC One M8, but the newly redesigned and improved HTC Sense. One which will likely be called HTC Sense 7, even if his leaks call it Sense 6 still.

At first glance we can obviously tell this is Android 5.0, and it appears as if HTC has integrated many of the stock features of Lollipop. Things like the similar lockscreen notifications, the two-finger notification pulldown drawer with quick toggles for WiFi and such, as well as a few other noteworthy changes. Things like the new recent apps card layout and more.

Overall it doesn’t venture too far away from Android 5.0 Lollipop as Google’s designed it, which is different from HTC in the past, but it certainly still has the HTC Sense feel and style. Right down to the rather ugly icons and lots of grays for the color of choice.

HTC Sense 7

Many manufacturers cover stock Android with their own look and feel. Samsung has TouchWiz, LG has its own skin, and HTC has Sense. While initially many will think this is HTC Sense 6, or 6.5, it’s possible that Android 5.0 Lollipop will arrive with a new HTC Sense 7 on board. The leaks state this is 6, but it could be changed by the time it’s released.We see a pretty visual overhaul in the screenshots above, while still keeping that traditional HTC look.

The same leakster, LlabTooFer has also hinted at HTC Sense 7 recently. Back in October he teased a new battery status section in Android 5.0 Lollipop and “Sense 7″ but that’s about all we know thus far.

Read: HTC One Max Rumored to Take on iPhone 6 Plus

With each major update to Android HTC has released a new version of Sense with some tweaks, improvements, UI changes, and usually new features. Lately Sense has vastly improved with HTC Zoe, the camera EYE features, and much more, and we could be seeing additional features arrive with the Android 5.0 Lollipop update.

For now we don’t have any additional details to go off of, aside from all these leaks detailed above. However, one thing is clear and that is that HTC is working hard on the Android 5.0 Lollipop update and a new look to HTC Sense, and it should be here within the next 2 months. The 90 day update promise started on November 3rd for the HTC One and One M8, and HTC has come really close to hitting those 90 day windows in the past, so expect more information from HTC and other sources soon as things continue to progress.

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HTC One Android 5.0 Update: 3 New Details Emerge is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Galaxy S4 Android 5.0 Lollipop Update: What to Expect

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 23:48

Galaxy S4 Android 5.0 Lollipop Update: What to Expect is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Samsung’s still pushing out Android 4.4 KitKat updates to its Galaxy smartphones and tablets but that doesn’t mean that the company’s forgotten about Google’s new Android 5.0 Lollipop update. With Samsung rumored to have several Android 5.0 updates in its future, we want to take a look at what we expect from the Samsung Galaxy S4 Lollipop update and its release.

In January, Samsung started rolling out its Android 4.4.2 KitKat update. The first update landed for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 which, at the time, was one of the company’s flagship smartphones. Samsung’s roll out took place a few months after Google pushed out Android 4.4 KitKat for its Nexus devices and right around the time that other Android manufacturers started making moves of their own.

It’s now November and Samsung’s Android 4.4.2 KitKat and Android 4.4.4 KitKat deployments are still going strong. In fact, we’ve see numerous Android 4.4 KitKat details emerge in recent weeks for top devices like the Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and the aging former flagship, Samsung Galaxy S3. And while Samsung remains focused on Android 4.4, it’s clear that the company will be making a shift in the near future.

Android 5.0 Lollipop details have been surfacing at a fairly steady rate despite the fact that Samsung itself remains silent about its plans for Galaxy smartphone and tablet users. With details swirling and Galaxy smartphone and tablet users looking for guidance, we want to take a stab at predicting Samsung’s Lollipop future.

Here, we take a look at our expectations for Galaxy S4 users and detail our Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop update expectations. Our goal is to get you better prepared for the days, weeks and months ahead.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Lollipop Release Date in Q1 or Q2

Let’s start with the one of the burning questions that’s probably on your mind if you’re in possession of a Samsung Galaxy S4. We’re still not sure exactly when Samsung is planning to get the Galaxy S4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update out to users but we have an educated guess.

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A rumor from SamMobile points to an arrival in 2015. Early 2015. Now, as we’ve pointed out, the timing makes a ton of sense. The Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.0 updates are expected to start rolling out in November or December. We also wouldn’t be surprised if they pushed out in January. Roll outs for Samsung’s older devices typically arrive weeks after the pushes for its most current devices so an arrival in Q1 or Q2 of 2015 makes the most sense.

A roll out in 2015, with the update in the state that it’s in, is unlikely. A roll out in 2015, weeks after the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4, the two devices currently in the spotlight, makes far more sense from a timing standpoint and from a testing standpoint. We would not be surprised if the update pushed out somewhere between February and March with April being a possibility as well.

We expect the Galaxy S4 release date to be one of the very first for Samsung, flagship devices are typically a priority, but there’s definitely going to be a wait involved so temper your expectations.

U.S. Carriers Among First to Android 5.0 Lollipop

We expect U.S. carriers to be among the first to offer the Galaxy S4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update. There’s a precedent here. U.S. carriers were among the first to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean for Galaxy smartphones and tablets. They were among the first to the Android 4.4.2 KitKat updates from Samsung. And they are among the only carriers offering Android 4.4.4 KitKat. The U.S. is a critical market and it’s been in focus for quite some time and we’d be surprised if U.S. carriers, and Samsung, made Galaxy S4 users wait.

Sprint First to Galaxy S4 Android 5.0 Lollipop

Specifically, we expect Sprint to be the first, or among the first, U.S. carriers to deliver the Galaxy S4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update in the United States. Again, this prediction is based on Sprint’s track record. Not just with Samsung devices but with Android devices in general.

The carrier, for whatever reason, has really stepped up its software game in recent years. Sprint is extremely communicative with its customers when it comes to Android updates and it’s also been one of the fastest to software update releases. For instance, Sprint was the first carrier in the world to release the Galaxy S4 KitKat update. We would be surprised if Sprint lagged with this update. It’s remained pretty consistent over the last year or so.

Staggered Approach in Silence (U.S.)

Galaxy S4 users should expect U.S. carriers to take the approach that they always take when it comes to Samsung Galaxy Android updates and Android updates in general. U.S. carriers typically remain silent up until their actual release date and they usually roll out their updates over the course of a few days or so. Sprint, for instance, likes to slow roll its updates so that it can catch potential issues. We also tend to see several release dates rather than a single release date. Expect that for the Galaxy S4.

We also expect smaller region and pre-paid carriers to deliver the Galaxy S4 Android 5.0 Lollipop up date but those on carriers like C Spire and MetroPCS should expect them to be last in line to the Galaxy S4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update. Smaller carriers almost always lag behind major ones so we could see these releases taking place in Q2.

The key thing here though is the silence. We always see tons of Galaxy users ask carriers tons of questions about timing. And every year, we see U.S. carriers offer vague responses. We expect the exact same thing here. Carriers don’t want to set Android 5.0 Lollipop release date expectations which is both a gift and a curse.

Early Galaxy S4 Android 5.0 Details for Other Carriers

Galaxy S4 users on European and Australian carriers should expect them to release their usual Android update schedules and confirm Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update details early. Carriers like SFR, Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone often confirm updates weeks, sometimes months in advance. Even Canadian carrier Rogers likes to confirm updates early and keep consumers in the loop. U.S. carriers still don’t subscribe to this philosophy.

We probably won’t see a ton of Android 5.0 Lollipop details roll out early but don’t be surprised to see Android 5.0 Lollipop release information detailed well in advance. Just remember, ETA’s are often pushed back due to testing behind the scenes.

Lengthy Roll Out

We expect the Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 5.0 Lollipop roll out itself to take several months at least. Samsung has an absurd amount of Galaxy S4 variants in an absurd amount of territories around the world. These roll outs take time. Just look at Android 4.4 KitKat, an update that first landed in January and is still rolling out in full force.

If we had to take a stab at the overall time frame, we’d say that the Galaxy S4 Lollipop update roll out is going to take six months or more to complete. There are always stragglers and there are always delays behind the scenes. We’re expecting an extremely slow Android 5.0 Lollipop roll out from Samsung and the Galaxy S4.

Limited Feature Set

A leak showcased some of the features that will be coming on board the Galaxy S4’s Android 5.0 Lollipop update. It’s going to come with a number of changes to Samsung’s TouchWiz apps and it will feature some of the changes that Google delivered to Nexus smartphone and tablet users. While it will almost certainly be a big update, we expect it to be watered down compared to the Galaxy S5.

Older devices almost never get the full feature set. Samsung’s in the business of selling devices and by stripping out features, it makes devices like the Galaxy S5 more attractive. The Galaxy S4 is also running old hardware. New software often times does not agree with old hardware and companies are forced to strip out features to compensate. Look for it to be a solid update but it’s not going to be as big as the updates for Samsung’s newer devices.

Tons of Bug Fixes

We also expect the Galaxy S4 Lollipop update to come with a ton of bug fixes. Samsung will load up fixes for TouchWiz issues and we expect individual carriers to put their own spin on these updates with some enhancements and fixes of their own. This always happens with major Android updates and we see no reason why it won’t with the Galaxy S4.

Android 5.0 Lollipop Problems

We also expect the Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update to deliver some problems of its own. Major updates like Android 5.0 almost always bring bugs and hiccups. Android 4.4 KitKat was problematic for many Galaxy S4 users and Android 5.0 Lollipop won’t be bug free. Not happening, software updates are never bug free.

While we can’t predict the exact nature of these Android 5.0 problems, we can say that we expect there to be loads of smaller issues and maybe a few bigger problems that need to get worked out. You’ll need to be prepared for the release. Carriers will be prepared for with bug fix updates though those typically take a few weeks, or months, to roll out.

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Galaxy S4 Android 5.0 Lollipop Update: What to Expect is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iOS 8.1.1 on iPad 3: Impressions & Performance

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 21:45

iOS 8.1.1 on iPad 3: Impressions & Performance is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

Apple’s iOS 8.1.1 update delivers faster performance to older devices like the iPad 2, but how does it handle on the iPad 3? We’ll take a look at the overall iPad 3 iOS 8.1.1 performance in this early review of the latest software update.

Since the iOS 8 release in September Apple’s been working to quickly deliver a collection of updates to fix issues and performance. Over the last two months we’ve seen a handful of updates for the iPad 3 and other iOS 8 devices that fix many iOS 8 problems.

With the iOS 8.1 update we saw a speed boost for the iPad 3, even though Apple did not specifically mention it by name. The most recent iPad 3 iOS 8.1.1 update did not change the overall performance of this device much, but at this point that’s a good thing.

Here’s how iOS 8.1.1 performs on the iPad 3.

I use the iPad Air daily, but I borrow the iPad 3 from my wife at least once a week to see how it handles specifically so I can review new updates on this older iPad. Shortly after Apple released iOS 8.1.1 I started the 300+MB download so that I could test key areas of performance.

The iOS 8.1.1 update arrives for the iPad 3 and other devices after weeks of internal testing and a developer beta that allowed for a broader test ahead of the public release. This is a sign of added scrutiny for iOS updates after a botched iOS 8.0.1 update and annoying and frustrating bugs in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite.

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Here’s an early iOS 8.1.1 on iPad 3 review to help you decide if this is an update that is worth installing on your older iPad.

iOS 8.1.1 Installation

The iOS 8.1.1 installation on the iPad 3 was fast and painless. This was an upgrade from iOS 8.1, so there was no huge file to download and no need for tons of space. If you don’t have enough space, you can update through iTunes for a simpler upgrade process from iOS 7 to iOS 8.

iOS 8.1.1 on iPad 3 Performance

With the iOS 8.1 update the iPad 3 performance improved, even without tweaks to speed up and disable some animations. After the iOS 8.1.1 update things appear to be the same speed, which is about as good as on iOS 7. Keep reading for a closer look at how the iPad 3 performs with iOS 8.1.1 installed in several key areas including apps, battery life, connectivity, speed and problems.

Apps

After installing iOS 8.1.1 I tested Facebook, Pinterest Netflix and several others to see if they work after the update. Not surprisingly there are no problems opening these apps and using them to watch videos, check up on popular websites and information and use the iPad just like I did a week ago on iOS 8.1.

iOS 8.1.1 Battery Life

In an early iOS 8.1.1 review it’s tough to tell how this update impacts the iPad 3 battery life. The good news is that there is no major battery drain, but with great overall battery life any problems may not appear until several days later. I’ll keep an eye on this, but without any major draining I don’t expect to see any problems on my iPad 3.

Overall the iOS 8.1.1 update on the iPad 3 runs well.

WiFi & Bluetooth

There is no cellular connection on this iPad to test, but I did try Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity to see how they handle. The iPad 3 connects to WiFi on my home network and to a personal hotspot without any problems and maintains connectivity.

Bluetooth connected quickly to the iPad keyboard case that this iPad 3 lives in. Although one iPad iOS 8.1.1 problem is that the software keyboard does not disappear when a Bluetooth keyboard is connected this is not a problem I could reproduce.

Bugs & Issues

There are some iOS 8.1.1 problems and issues, but after a day of use I am not able to find any specific issues on my iPad 3. You can check out a list of common iOS 8.1.1 problems and fixes.

Speed

The iOS 8.1 update delivered speed improvements to the iPad 3 and the iOS 8.1.1 update does not change the overall speed of the device. The iPad 3 is not as snappy as the iPad Air, but it is as fast as it was on iOS 7.1.2 in August and early September.

Should You Install iOS 8.1.1 on the iPad 3?

If you are already running iOS 8.1 or iOS 8 you should definitely install iOS 8.1.1. This update does not slow down performance and it may fix some lingering iOS 8 and iOS 8.1 issues that impact

For users who are still on iOS 7, this is still a good update, but you may want to wait a week for our full iOS 8.1.1 review on the iPad.

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We start our iOS 8 vs iOS 7 walkthrough with the iPhone home screen, which is where you'll start your iOS 8 experience after an update this fall. 

These screens are incredibly important as you see them anytime you turn on the iPhone or need to choose an app to launch. There is no way around using them, so Apple needs to make sure they work just right. 

As you can see in the iOS 8 vs iOS 7 comparison above, there is no change between the home screen in the new iPhone software. Apple changed the status bar and some other small visual changes in iOS 7, but there are no updates for iOS 8.  

We could see Apple change the home screen slightly for iOS 8 for the iPhone 6. The new iPhone will feature a larger 4.7-inch display with a higher resolution. This is something Apple may use to add more icons to the screen. Or they could stick with the current layout, it's tough to tell.  

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iOS 8.1.1 on iPad 3: Impressions & Performance is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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