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5 New Apple Products to Expect in September

5 hours 26 min ago

5 New Apple Products to Expect in September is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

New Apple products are about to become a major part of your fall spending and it’s about more than the new iPhone 6s. Rumors, leaks and timing suggest the company is ready to unleash at least five exciting Apple products in September. Here’s a look at the Apple gadgets and software you’ll be buying and using this fall.

After a busy year that brought us the Apple Watch and the MacBook, Tim Cook, Jony Ive and the team at Apple are not limping into the Fall 2015 Apple event empty-handed.

Join us for a look at the new Apple products that we expect to see in September. At the very least we expect to see Apple announce these products on stage at the September 9th event, and many of them will likely go on sale before the end of the month.

There is a chance that Apple will simply announce a few of these items on stage, but delay the real release date for a short time to line up other important details and prepare for a larger release later in the year.

In just over a week the September 2015 Apple Event live stream will kick off at 10 AM Pacific and we’ll get our first look at these new products, but until then you’ll need to rely on renders, rumors and leaks.

If you buy everything we expect that Apple will announce, at the rumored prices you’ll spend $1,750 on Apple products in September 2015, but most users will come out a little lower with a focused purchase like a new iPhone 6s or the new iPhone 6s Plus and an Apple TV 4, instead of one of everything that Apple announces.

Here is a look at the new Apple products, gadgets and software we expect to see this month.

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The star of the show at the September 2015 Apple event is sure to be the iPhone 6s. This is the new iPhone for 2015 with a 4.7-inch display and upgraded iPhone 6s specs that should deliver more power and better battery life.

All signs point to a new 12MP camera on the back, complete with 4K recording, and improvements to a front-facing camera for better selfies.

Don't expect a major change to the iPhone 6s design this year, but we are hearing that Apple will add Force Touch to the new iPhone so that users can press with more force to use a secondary menu option.

We will likely see a stronger Series 7000 aluminum used on the new iPhone and a new iPhone 6s color option that allows users to match up with a rose gold Apple Watch. Signs indicate the iPhone 6s storage options will start at 16GB again.

While some reports suggest a slightly smaller battery, these are unconfirmed and we should see battery life gains from the new hardware and from iOS 9.

We expect an iPhone 6s release date on September 18th on the major carriers in the U.S. for $199 on contract or about $25 a month on a payment plan.

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5 New Apple Products to Expect in September is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Why You Should Buy an Apple TV Right Now

5 hours 55 min ago

Why You Should Buy an Apple TV Right Now is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Apple TV 4 is expected to be announced and unveiled next week during Apple’s iPhone 6s event, but here’s why you should buy an Apple TV right now instead of waiting.

An Apple TV 4 has been rumored for quite some time now, but it may finally get an official release date next week, which is a huge relief for those who have been waiting for a new Apple TV release for a while.

The new set-top box is said to come with a newer design that will make it thinner, but a bit wider overall and come with the same “squircle” shape as before. The box will also come with an all-new remote that will supposedly feature a touchpad, motion sensors (similar to a Nintendo Wii remote), and a built-in microphone to use for Siri, which is a feature that will be included with the Apple TV 4.

Furthermore, the device will come with its own app store, as well as gaming support where you’ll also be able to connect select Bluetooth controllers to the box to play games.

Overall, the new streaming set-top box will be a major overhaul over the Apple TV 3, but if you’re thinking about buying one anytime soon, here’s why you should buy an Apple TV right now.

Lower Price

If there’s one reason as to why you’d get the Apple TV 3 over the Apple TV 4, it’s because of the price.

The Apple TV 3 is priced at just $69, with the refurbished model costing just $59. There’s no official word on the price of the Apple TV 4, but rumors say that it could cost as much as $199 and at least $149. It seems Apple is still deciding what to price the new streaming box at.

By going with the Apple TV 3, you’ll save yourself at least $80, which is easily money that could be more-wisely spent elsewhere. Heck, you could buy another Apple TV with that money to use in another room if you have a second television.

Of course, price isn’t the only reason as to why you should buy an Apple TV 3 right now and skip the Apple TV 4.

Unneeded Features

As already mentioned, the Apple TV 4 is set to be one of the biggest upgrades that the Apple TV has ever seen, but for many casual users, the Apple TV 3 already has all the features they could possibly want.

While my own experiences may be different than other users, I mainly just my Apple TV to streaming TV shows and movies from various streaming services that are available on the Apple TV, including Netflix, Hulu, and even MLB.TV to watch live baseball games. I also use AirPlay every now and then to beam content from my iPhone or Mac to my television.

The Apple TV 4 is said to come with gaming support, which is cool and all, but if you enjoy playing video games, there’s a big chance that you already have a dedicated gaming console, and there’s even a whole demographic of users who don’t play games at all.

The new remote is perhaps the biggest feature on the Apple TV 4, and the touchpad should make it easier to navigate around menus and make it easier to type, but we’ll have to wait and see how Apple plans to implement the touchpad into the user interface.

Yes, it could make it easier to navigate around the menus, but using the D-pad on the current remote works just fine, and far as typing is concerned, you’ll probably rarely need to do so on the Apple TV, as the last time I typed anything into my Apple TV was when I first set it up and had to log into the various streaming services.

Of course, all of the new features are probably worth having, but maybe not if you’re paying $80 more to get them, which is why buying the Apple TV now isn’t really a bad idea if you’re really wanting one.

Why You Should Buy an Apple TV Right Now is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Madden 16 Update Promises Bug Fixes

6 hours 37 min ago

Madden 16 Update Promises Bug Fixes is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

EA is working on the first Madden 16 update that promises bug fixes, a roster update and tuning. While we don’t know the exact timing, EA did confirm that the first Madden 16 patch is in the works.

Overall Madden 16 is an excellent game, but like many launch titles there are a number of Madden 16 problems. One of the growing issues is Madden 16 freezes in online play and Madden 16 freezes in Madden Ultimate Team mode.

EA did not indicate a fix for freezes, but is aware of many other issues with the game, including Connected Franchise Mode problems.

Rex Dickson, Creative Director – EA Sports Madden NFL, confirmed in a series of tweets that EA is aware of problems with Madden 16 gameplay and with bugs.

Dickson shared that there is a tuning update coming to adjust some of the Madden 16 gameplay problems, but that the Madden 16 bug fixes will come in a patch later.

WHAT IS THIS EA? $60 for this @RexDEAFootball @KolbeL Lost Draft Champions because of this. pic.twitter.com/eI0t9PuRpI

— Spolitics (@HireArtBriles) August 28, 2015

Based on a response to an Xbox One Madden 16 owner and other replies it is clear that the Madden 16 update will change the power of Aggressive Catches in Madden 16. The tuning update should also fix an error where the defense going offsides stops the clock. There are also problems with untacklable players in Madden 16.

@fredthefart100 Tuning update coming shortly.

— Rex Dickson (@RexDEAFootball) August 29, 2015

The most anticipated update is the Madden 16 patch that will likely fix the Madden 16 Connected Franchise Mode bugs and hopefully Madden 16 freezes. In an update on August 31st, Dickson re-iterated that the company is working on fixes.

@BigBankhead @ShutdownSafety Yes. We have a roster update and a tuning update coming as well as bug fixes in a patch.

— Rex Dickson (@RexDEAFootball) August 31, 2015

The Madden 16 update release date should happen soon. On August 28th, Dickson stated there is a, “Tuning update coming shortly.” Just before the release he shared the most pointed Madden 16 patch release timeline writing, “Won’t be day one but as soon as possible. You won’t have to wait 6 weeks.”

Expect to see the Madden 16 update release in the near future on PS4 and Xbox One. It’s not clear if EA plans a simultaneous release, or how this will factor in to updates for the Xbox 360 and PS3.

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In Madden 15 catching the ball is a one choice option that either happens or doesn't -- and if you are lucky when you catch it you can still pick up some yards. The receiver doesn't play very differently from one situation to another. 

In Madden 16 you can choose to catch the ball with an Aggressive Catch, a Run After Catch or a Possession Catch. This allows you to pick the right catch for the situation. 

If it's a long bomb where you need to go high, you can control the receiver and go up to grab that ball for a spectacular to watch catch. Unfortunately if you are near the sideline you might end up out-of-bounds and the odds are good you won't pick up any more yards if you use this in the middle of the field. 

The RAC option positions the receiver to add to the yards by catching with a focus on picking up more yards. This is perfect when throwing to a receiver that needs to pick up three or more yards after the catch to get the first down. 

Other times you just need to make a catch so that you can get the first down or keep the clock running. The Possession catch option delivers a catch that you are more likely to hold on to, but you might not get any added yards and if there is a lot of pressure you may miss out.

You can control all of these after the throw and it actually works really well.  

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Madden 16 Update Promises Bug Fixes is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Moto 360 (2015) Release: Everything We Know So Far

6 hours 41 min ago

Moto 360 (2015) Release: Everything We Know So Far is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Moto 360 is arguably one of the best and most popular smartwatch options available today, but a new one is coming soon. Over the course of the past month we’ve seen countless leaks and heard multiple rumors about Motorola’s new Moto 360 for 2015, and now we even have a potential release date. Below is everything buyers need to know.

This week Google released Android Wear for iOS, allowing all the Android-powered smartwatches on the market to work wonderfully with iPhone devices. Just in time for that announcement is an all-new Moto 360 with two sizes, more customization, and even reportedly a “Sport” model and more coming in the next few weeks.

Read: Android Wear Update Takes Aim at Apple Watch

In fact, during this first week of September it’s reported that multiple manufacturers from LG, Motorola, ASUS, to even Fossil Watch Group, will all be announcing new Android Wear smartwatches for 2015. At the top of the list though, is the all-new 2015 Moto 360.

Back in July Motorola announced three new smartphones, and many expected a new smartwatch to be announced at the same time. Last year the Moto 360 was released alongside the Moto X, so many expected the same thing year.

However, the company has been completely silent regarding what to expect from its next smartwatch. With tons of competition, not to mention support to work with iPhone and all iOS 8.2 and above devices, now is more important than ever for smartwatch makers. Motorola has big plans for the 2015 Moto 360 (2nd Gen) and we know nearly everything already.

Last week some photos leaked of the new watch, and it was even spotted in the wild being worn throughout Chicago on multiple wrists, which is where Motorola’s headquarters are in the United States. Add in official-looking photos from the popular leakster @Evleaks, and even more photos from @Upleaks, and we know nearly all the details. Now we just need Motorola to make it official. We’re hearing an announcement will come by the end of the week. That said, the slideshow below goes over everything Moto 360 buyers should know.

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Since countless photos have leaked revealing almost everything already, most potential buyers are only interested in the release date. We have a pretty good idea of when it's coming, and in the rest of this slideshow we'll go over everything you need to know about the new Moto 360.

So when is it coming? According to a leaked photo or teaser of the announcement, Lenovo (who now owns Motorola) looks to announce and possibly release the new Moto 360 on September 8th. This could be the announcement date, but most likely will be when the new smartwatch is released.

With countless leaks over the past month, and even Lenovo saying "It's Time" and teasing the image above with a new Moto 360 in Gold coming out of water, we're assuming that is the release date. We'll know more before the end of the week.

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Moto 360 (2015) Release: Everything We Know So Far is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Fallout 4 Release: 5 New Details Confirmed

7 hours 2 min ago

Fallout 4 Release: 5 New Details Confirmed is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Several new Fallout 4 release details have been confirmed. And while they don’t include newfound Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition stock, they should still be exciting to those that are excited about Bethesda’s next installment in the popular video game series.

When Bethesda confirmed Fallout 4 at E3 2015 in June it confirmed a number of key details for Xbox One, PS4 and PC users. Included in the initial announcement were the Fallout 4 release date (November 10th), the Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition (extremely hard to find) and a slew of Fallout 4 gameplay details including information about character creation, modding and crafting.

As we’ve pushed away from the Fallout 4 launch, we’ve learned a whole lot more about Bethesda’s first Fallout game since 2010’s Fallout New Vegas.

We’ve seen new and important Fallout 4 gameplay details emerge including information about weapons, characters, perks, and more. We’ve seen the company confirm several special edition items including a Fallout 4 Pipbox Xbox One and a rare Xbox One controller. We’ve also seen a number of solid Fallout 4 details emerge.

With months to go before the Fallout 4 release date, we expect details to continue to pour out of Bethesda and its partners and today we have several more Fallout 4 release details to share with Xbox One, PC and PlayStation 4 owners.Bethesda and its partners have confirmed several new Fallout 4 release details including a brand new Fallout 4 bundle. In addition, Bethesda’s Pete Hines has also confirmed some bad news for those hoping for a new collectors edition.

Fallout 4 Steelbook Pack

UK retailer GAME has confirmed a brand new Fallout 4 bundle ahead of the game’s release on November 10th.

The Fallout 4 Steelbook Pack comes with a copy of Fallout 4 for PS4, Xbox One and PC but it also comes with some other collectors items. Included in the bundle are a steelbook case for the game and several Fallout 4 themed postcards.

It’s not as exciting as the Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition bundle but it’s still worth a look if you live in the UK and you want more than just a copy of the game.

Unfortunately, it looks like this bundle will be exclusive to GAME and so we don’t expect this exact bundle to appear at any other retailers ahead of release.

Fallout 4 Humble Bundle

Humble Bundle has started selling the PC version of Fallout 4. And while the company isn’t offering a huge deal on the $60 game, it’s important to note that Humble Bundle’s Fallout 4 offer comes with a nice perk.

If you buy a copy of PC Fallout 4 through them, you’ll be able to donate 10% of your purchase to several notable charities including American Red Cross, charity: water, Wikimedia, Child’s Play, and more. The company offers a database of more than a thousand different charities so you’ll have a ton of options at your disposal.

If you’re willing to shell out the full $60 for the regular version of the game, this is a place that’s worthy of your consideration.

No More Fallout 4 Special Editions

If you’ve been waiting for another special version of Fallout 4 to arrive, you’re going to be waiting for a long time it seems.

I been waiting to pre-order Fallout 4,incase a new special edition comes out..am I wasting my time? @DCDeacon

— brian richardson (@mosthated84) August 27, 2015

In response to a question about upcoming special edition versions of Fallout 4, Pete Hines affirmed that the company will only be releasing two official versions of Fallout 4: The standard version and the Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition.

So if you want something more than a PipBoy or the standard version of the game, you’ll have to opt for one of the Fallout 4 bundles that tack on everything from collectible statues to postcards.

You might also want to sign up for the Fallout 4 LootCrate. We haven’t seen LootCrate reveal any more official details but we’ve heard from a source that supplies are going to be extremely limited. We’re talking low thousands.

Fallout 4 Power Armor

Toy manufacturer threezero has confirmed plans to release a unique Fallout 4 power armor statue that will almost certainly be of interest to those that are huge fans of the Fallout series and its unique armor classes.

Power Armor is coming from @threezeroHK http://t.co/KCXSDTnLlg pic.twitter.com/Dx0sEFIXok — Fallout (@Fallout) August 30, 2015

We aren’t sure when the company will release the beautifully crafted statue but it’s coming and you’ll want to follow threezero and the official Fallout Twitter accounts for details.

Fallout 4 Names

And finally, a quick note about the name’s you’ll be able to choose for your Vault Dweller in Fallout 4.

Bethesda’s recorded 1,000 of the most popular names for use in-game. There are obviously more than 1,000 names in use on planet earth which means that we probably won’t see every single name included in Fallout 4. And it looks like we won’t have a list of names ahead of the Fallout 4 release.

Hines says that he hasn’t seen the list of names and that there’s a good chance the company won’t release it ahead of the game’s arrival. This won’t be a big deal for most people but it’s something to keep in mind as we push closer to the game’s release.

Bethesda has already said that it doesn’t plan to confirm any more plot elements ahead of release and this could fall under that umbrella.
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We've seen a ton of Fallout 4 accessories emerge though this one should be especially exciting for Xbox One users. 

Microsoft just announced a brand new ultra rare Fallout 4 Xbox One controller. The controller is tied into PAX Prime 2015 and the company is going to be offering a couple of different ways to win the controller ahead of the game's release in November. 

If you plan to attend PAX Prime 2015, you'll want to snap a photo. Then you'll want to share that photo on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtags #xboxsweepstakes and #xbox. 

If you can't make it to PAX, you'll need to retweet a specified tweet from Microsoft's Xbox Twitter account. One you do that, you'll enter into the contest for a chance to win the Fallout 4 controller. The contest will run from August 28th to August 31st. 

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Fallout 4 Release: 5 New Details Confirmed is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to Back Up Your iPhone with iTunes on Mac

7 hours 44 min ago

How to Back Up Your iPhone with iTunes on Mac is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

One of the most important tasks that you should do on your iPhone is back it up. Here’s how to back up your iPhone with iTunes on Mac.

Backing up your iPhone saves all of your apps, photos, settings, etc. so that if something bad were to happen to your iPhone, you could get your apps and settings back whenever you fixed it. This is important because sometimes your iPhone can just die, especially if you have an older iPhone. If you don’t have it backed up, you’ll lose all of your apps, photos, and settings.

However, not only do you need to back up your iPhone, you need to do it regularly if the contents on your iPhone change frequently. Many times, users will back up their iPhones maybe once a month or even every couple of months and call it good, but if you’re constantly downloading new apps and taking more and more photos, all of that information needs to be safely backed up on a regular schedule.

Read: 10 Things Every iPhone User Should Do

If you find yourself with an iPhone that isn’t backed up, here’s how to back up your iPhone using iTunes on your Mac.

Backing Up Your iPhone

The process for backing up your iPhone is really easy and anyone can learn how to do it. There are no prerequisite steps to take either — just plug in your iPhone, fire up iTunes, and back it up.

Backing up through iTunes will back up everything, whereas an iCloud backup will only backup a select number of things, like photos and settings.

To back up your iPhone using iTunes, follow the simple steps below.

First off, plug in your iPhone to your Mac and then open up iTunes. From the main screen in iTunes, click on the iPhone icon toward the top-left of the window.

This will take you to the device summary page in iTunes where you’ll see info about your iPhone, including your device’s serial number, as well as when the last time you backed up your iPhone was. You can also take a closer look at your storage and see what’s all taking up space.

From this page, simply click on Back Up Now to begin the backup process. If you want to encrypt the backup (that is, secure with a password) you can select that option to the left. This will also allow you to back up account passwords and health data.

From there, you might receive a pop up saying that there are apps on your iPhone that aren’t in your iTunes library, which means they aren’t backed up. You can click on Back Up Apps to back up all of the apps on your iPhone, which is recommended.

At this point, the backup process will begin, which could take a while — maybe around 20 minutes or so depending on how much stuff needs backed up. If you have only a few files that need backed up, it’ll only a minute or two, whereas if everything needs backed up, it could take a while.

After the process completes, you’ll be good to go and you can close out of iTunes and unplug your iPhone.

Again, once you back up your iPhone, you’ll want to make it a habit to frequently back up if you’re constantly downloading new apps, taking photos, and changing around settings.

However, if you’re like me and store most of your important files in the cloud, including photos, then you may only need to back up your iPhone every once in a while. I rarely download new apps and most of my settings stay the same, so I have little reason to back up my device every single week, but other users may want to.

How to Back Up Your iPhone with iTunes on Mac is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iOS 9 Release Time: 5 Things to Know Right Now

8 hours 15 min ago

iOS 9 Release Time: 5 Things to Know Right Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The iOS 9 release date is confirmed for the fall but Apple still hasn’t confirmed a specific date for iOS users. The company hasn’t confirmed an iOS 9 release time either. With that in mind, we want to take an early look at what you need to know about Apple and its release protocol ahead of launch.

In June, Apple confirmed the release of a brand new iOS update dubbed iOS 9. iOS 9 will succeed iOS 8 on Apple’s stable of iPhones and iPads (including the iPhone 4s and iPad 2) and it will also be coming to the fifth-generation iPod touch.

On stage, Apple detailed a ton of iOS 9 information including an iOS 9 beta, several key iOS 9 features, and the iOS 9 release date. The iOS 9 release date is confirmed for the fall though Apple still hasn’t confirmed any specifics. All we have is a window.Last week, Apple confirmed a media event for September 9th. There, the company is expected to announce its new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. There’s also a good chance that Apple uses the event as a launch pad for the iOS 9 update.

We’re expecting the company to go over important iOS 9 features and we’re also expecting an iOS 9 release date to get confirmed at the event.

Apple hasn’t announced anything just yet but we have a pretty good idea about what to expect from the iOS 9 release date and iOS 9 release time. Keep these in mind as we push towards the September 9th launch date and the inevitable release of iOS 9.

No Official iOS 9 Release Time Details

While we expect Apple to outline the iOS 9 update and its release date on stage during the September 9th event in San Francisco, there’s a good chance that we won’t see the company reveal a specific iOS 9 release time on stage.

Apple almost never reveals an update’s release time ahead of time. An Apple employee revealed the iOS 8.4 update’s release time for 8AM ahead of its release but the comment was immediately retracted. (The employee has also since left the company.)

We expect the iOS 9 release time to remain a mystery (sort of) in the days leading up to the iOS 9 release date for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users.

U.S. iOS 9 Release Time

Even if Apple doesn’t confirm a specific time ahead of the release date, we still know what to expect from it and iOS 9.

Over the years, Apple’s developed an iOS release pattern that’s easy to follow. If you’ve been through an iOS release before, you probably have some idea about what to expect. If you haven’t, or you just need a reminder ahead of launch day, here’s what you should expect from the iOS 9 release time if you live in the United States.

If you live on the west coast of the United States, in the PST zone, you can expect the iOS 9 release time to land sometime between 9AM PST and 10AM PST. Here’s what that looks like if you live in other parts of the United States:

  • Eastern – 1 PM
  • Central – 12 PM
  • Mountain – 11 AM

The iOS 9 update will arrive at the same time for everyone. Apple doesn’t take a staggered approach. The iPhone 6 will get it at the same time as the iPhone 4s. Only the time of day will be different.

If you live in the U.S. and  want to download and install the iOS 9 update right when it comes out, you’ll want to block off some time in the morning or early afternoon.

Global iOS 9 Release Times

Apple’s iOS releases come in the morning and early afternoon in the United States but they’ll come much later (or earlier) in other parts of the world.

If you live outside of the United States, here’s what you can expect from the iOS 9 release time. We’ve covered a few of the major countries. If you don’t see yours listed here, you’ll need to convert 9AM-10AM PST.

  • London – 6 PM
  • Moscow – 9 PM
  • New Dehli – 10:30 PM
  • Shanghai – 1 AM
  • Tokyo – 2 AM
  • Melbourne – 3 AM
  • Auckland – 5 AM

Again, there’s a good chance that Apple will forget to confirm those times on stage during the iPhone 6s launch so you’ll need to mark these times down in your calendar and hope that the company doesn’t stray from its pattern.

iOS 9 Release Date

So what about the iOS 9 release date? Apple still hasn’t confirmed a specific date for its new operating system. But thanks to a series of credible rumors, and Apple’s history, we have some solid leads on the specific date.

The iPhone 6s launch date is all but confirmed for September 9th. And it’s there that we expect Apple to outline the specific iOS 9 release date for older devices like the iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, and others.

Apple typically releases its iOS updates two days before the arrival of a new iPhone and this year, the iPhone 6s release date is rumored for September 18th. This means that September 16th is the prime candidate for the iOS 9 release date. That date isn’t confirmed but it’s likely.

With an iPhone 6s launch date all but confirmed, iPhone 6s release date rumors pointing in one direction, and the fact that we haven’t seen a new iOS 9 beta (a sign that a public release is getting closer) in weeks, we’re confident that the iOS 9 release date will take place in September.

iOS 9 Release Time Problems

When the update arrives, it will become available Over-the-Air through Settings and through iTunes. Choose whichever you feel most comfortable with and note that Apple’s slimmed down the size of the iOS 9 update to make it easier to install on 8GB and 16GB devices. That doesn’t mean that iOS 9 problems won’t emerge in and around the iOS 9 release time though.

We typically see a ton of problems emerge in and around the iOS release time. Apple’s servers get slammed with requests and iPhone and iPad users generally encounter long download and install times because of it. These problems are the worst during high profile releases. The iOS 9 release is as high profile as it gets.

Download problems are only part of the story. We almost always see bugs and other issues plague users right at launch. Apple’s put the iOS 9 update through an extensive beta process but problems will slip through the cracks. Common problems include battery drain, connectivity issues and changes to UI speed.

If you want to avoid long wait times and early iOS 9 problems, you might want to avoid downloading the iOS 9 update right at its release time. Wait for the smoke to settle. Installation issues usually clear up within a few hours and we typically get a read on other major iOS problems in the first day or two.

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The first thing you can expect from the iPhone 4s iOS 9 release is for Apple to deliver key details regarding the update on September 9th. 

Apple's confirmed a launch event for September 9th in San Francisco. It's not talking details just yet but the focus of the event will most likely be on iPhone and Apple TV. The iPhone 6s and Apple TV 4 are both rumored for launch that day though we expect iOS 9 to play a role in the show. 

Apple always talks about iOS updates on stage next to new iPhones and we don't expect anything different this year. You can expect to hear about the iOS 9 release on September 9th including details about iPhone 4s iOS 9 features and the iOS 9 release date. 

The company's live stream starts at 10AM PST sharp so if you own an iPhone 4s and you're interested in the iOS 9 update, you should tune in.

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iOS 9 Release Time: 5 Things to Know Right Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Nest 3 Release Date Arrives With Upgrades

8 hours 18 min ago

Nest 3 Release Date Arrives With Upgrades is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Nest 3 release date is here and the new 3rd generation Nest Learning Thermostat packs a bigger screen, slimmer design and new look for the software.

Google announced the new 3rd gen Nest Learning Thermostat today, with a starting price of $249.

With the new Nest 3rd generation release the older model is now $50 cheaper and still available at many retailers, but only while supplies last.

The first thing users will notice is that the new Nest 3 display is 40% larger than the Nest 2 and the display packs in more pixels for a better overall look. The new display also enables a feature that will show more useful information when you walk into a room.

With the new Farsight option on the Nest 3rd gen devices, the thermostat will turn on when it detects movement in a room and show a clock in analog or digital or the temperature. On earlier devices the Nest Learning Thermostat only turned on when a user was directly in front of it, but this will cover an entire room.

Another new Nest Learning Thermostat feature is Furnace Heads Up. No longer will the Nest simply tell you that you need to change your air filter. The thermostat will monitor for patterns with your heating and system that indicate a problem and alert you so that you can seek help before the furnace fails.

Google’s Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd generation joins the Nest Protect and the Nest Cam as part of the Google connected home offerings.

Shoppers can buy the Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd generation from Google or Amazon for $249. There are several discounts and rebates from energy providers depending on your location.

Nest 3 Release Date Arrives With Upgrades is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Nexus 5 2015 Release Rumors Swirl

9 hours 16 min ago

Nexus 5 2015 Release Rumors Swirl is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

A new Nexus 5 for 2015 has been all but confirmed over the past few months, along with another Nexus 6, but this week a brand new set of details emerged that have the rumors mills swirling. We’ve heard a lot of different reports regarding Google’s new Nexus 5, but this new leak mentions a much different device than original rumors.

For months on end we’ve been hearing small reports and rumors that Google has a Nexus phone in the works, and they’ve been back and forth regarding what to expect. The 2015 Nexus 5 will be made by LG, and a bigger 5.7-inch aluminum and “premium” Nexus 6 will be manufactured by Huawei, and may or may not come to the US.

Read: 2015 Nexus 5 Release: What We Know So Far

Earlier this month images surfaced at the Google+ Nexus community claiming to be the new Nexus 5, but no details came with it. Then last week we received word from a very reliable source about the specs, hardware, screen size and more, but today a completely different report is floating around.

Essentially what this all means is that everything is a rumor until it’s confirmed by Google or LG, or we have an actual leaked device with details clearly being revealed on the display. For now, everything is still up in the air. We have a good idea of what to expect based on the leaked photos, but the hardware is still a mystery.

Until last week all rumors suggested the 2015 Nexus 5 would have a 5.2-inch 1080p HD display and some decent specs, a better camera, and a huge battery. Then last week we heard something similar, but it would have a 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD screen and a few other differences. As of yesterday though, we’re back to square one as AndroidPolice has sources stating something different. It looks like the Nexus 5 might not have the huge 3,180 mAh battery everyone was excited about. Here’s the latest rundown.

Nexus 5 2015 Specs (Rumored)

  • 5.2-inch 1920 x 1080p Full HD Display
  • 6-core Snapdragon 808 Processor (Like the LG G4)
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 16/32GB of storage (not 32 and 64GB, which makes no sense)
  • 13 Megapixel Camera with image stabilization, laser auto-focus, and more
  • 5 megapixel front camera
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Fingerprint Scanner
  • USB Type-C Port
  • 2,700 mAh Battery
  • more

This report goes on to state this will be priced under most flagships, so hopefully under $400 like earlier rumors. It also mentions that “Nexus 5″ might not even be the name, so we’ll have to wait and see.

Earlier rumors claimed the phone would have 32 or 64GB of storage like the Nexus 6, but this has Google going backwards. The Nexus 5 from 2013 also had a small 2,300 mAh battery, so a boost to 2,700 mAh is nice, and more than the 2,550 mAh battery in the Galaxy S6, but certainly not as big as the LG G4 or the battery original rumors suggested.

What this all means is that we still don’t know what’s coming and all these leaks are just that, leaks, and details are subject to change. If Google indeed wants this to be a budget device under $400, users shouldn’t expect a 2k display, a huge battery, and tons of storage space. They have to cut-back somewhere in order to add in dual front-facing speakers and a fingerprint scanner. Then again, the OnePlus 2 packs some pretty great specs and is only $389.

Last but finally not least is the release date. Google’s new Nexus smartphone for 2015, made by LG, is reportedly going to be released around the end of September. We’ve heard September 29th, but that too has yet to be confirmed. With August coming to a close more details, leaks, invites to an event or an official announcement should be coming soon.

Nexus 5 2015 Release Rumors Swirl is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Moto X Pure Edition Release Date Confirmed

9 hours 37 min ago

Moto X Pure Edition Release Date Confirmed is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Today after a little over a month of waiting Motorola officially announced and confirmed a release date for the new 2015 Moto X Pure Edition, also known as the Moto X Style for regions outside of the United States. Here’s everything buyers need to know.

On July 28th months earlier than anyone expected Motorola announced three brand new smartphones. The Moto X Style, Moto X Play, and the impressive new Moto G for 2015 that we’ve already reviewed. The Moto X Style is replacing the 2nd Gen Moto X from 2014, and it’s being called and sold as the Moto X Pure Edition in the US starting September 2nd.

Read: Top 5 Reasons to Buy the Moto X Pure Edition (2015)

Since the July 28th announcement we’ve been waiting for an official release date here in the US, but Motorola has been silent until today. One tweet last month confirmed September 3rd would be the date, but it was quickly removed. However, they’ve now confirmed that pre-sales will begin (in the US only) on September 2nd. Read on for more details.

The 2015 Moto X or 3rd Gen Moto X will officially be available to pre-order in just a few days. Yes, this is only a pre-order date, and we’re still not 100% sure when Motorola’s impressive new 5.7-inch smartphone will actually ship to buyers. All Motorola said is this is the pre-order date, in which consumers can go on and buy its latest phone, along with a huge assortment of customization options.

Most likely the new Moto X Pure Edition will start shipping within 4-5 days of being ordered, if not sooner, but we won’t know until Motorola confirms more details. Those who do order, will likely get a shipping estimate after placing an order.

So what is the new Moto X Pure Edition (3rd Gen 2015) all about? It’s the biggest Moto X yet, coming in at 5.7-inches, and has some of the most impressive specs we’ve seen from any Motorola smartphone to date. Here’s the full details.

Moto X Pure Edition Specs

  • 5.7-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD Display
  • 6-core Snapdragon 808 processor with 3GB of RAM
  • 16/32/64 GB of Storage with a Micro-SD slot for expandable storage
  • 21 Megapixel F2.0 Rear and 5 Megapixel Front Camera (front and rear LED flash)
  • 4k Video, HDR Video, Slo-Mo Video and more
  • Pure stock Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
  • Dual Stereo Front-facing speakers
  • Aluminum Design
  • 3,000 mAh battery with the world’s fastest “TurboPower” charging
  • Unlocked with Universal 4G LTE (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, etc.)
  • Water-repellent coating
  • Customization with Rubber, Wood, Leather, Metallic Accents & more)

The new Moto X screen went from 5.2-inches to 5.7-inches, but isn’t much bigger thanks to Motorola having extremely slim bezels around the screen. It has the same impressive dual front-facing speakers, a high resolution Quad-HD (2K) resolution 2560 x 1440 HD display, and much more.

This year the phone is being powered by the same 6-core processor as the LG G4, comes with 3GB of RAM, and is being sold starting at the impressively low price of only $399 for the 16GB model. It does have a micro-SD slot for storage expansion, as well as options to buy a 32 or 64GB model as well.

All the customization Motorola fans have come to expect is still included, along with much more. The same 25+ color options, accent colors, engravings, wood or leather backs and more. Then, Motorola added a new durable rubber option in tons of bright colors, and metallic accent options as well. Basically you can choose almost any color, accent color, leather or wood finish you’d like and make the 2015 Moto X Pure Edition the most unique smartphone ever owned.

It’s also worth noting the Moto X Pure Edition will not be sold by carriers, or in carrier stores. The model on Motorola.com works with all five major US carriers, but is free from bloatware or additional apps like most phones. No carriers will offer this phone, but it works with all carriers. We’re not sure how activating on Verizon or Sprint will go, but it should work with all carriers in the United States.

For now all we know is the new Moto X Pure Edition will be $399 and available starting tomorrow, September 2nd, and additional options and units will also be for sale from Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, and possibly in Best Buy retail stores as well. Stay tuned for more details.

Moto X Pure Edition Release Date Confirmed is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to Listen to Podcasts in Windows 10

11 hours 23 min ago

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

Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system takes some huge strides towards copying the success of Apple’s iTunes and iTunes Store. Microsoft has finally mashed its different stores and media services into one app and one area for Windows 10 users. Purchasing an album, renting a movie and giving an app a try are all things you can do through the Windows Store. Strangely, Microsoft remains aloof when it comes to podcasts in Windows 10.

The company has an app that it made specifically for Windows Phones years ago. Theoretically, it only needs to update that app and list podcasts in the Windows Store. Why it hasn’t done that yet is unclear. Luckily, there are ways to get around this little issue. Web apps and downloads available in the Windows Store make listening to podcast in Windows 10 very, very easy.

Review: Windows 10 – A Love Affair

Here’s how to listen to podcasts in Windows 10, whether you have a notebook, tablet, desktop or Windows 2-in-1.

Apps

Listening to podcasts in Windows 10 starts with apps and programs. Microsoft doesn’t have any native podcast apps of its own available yet, that means you’ll have to turn to third-party alternatives available in the Windows Store and the web. When you’re looking for a podcast experience, keep an eye out for cloud syncing of your progress for shows you’ve already started and a way to listen away from your Windows 10 device.

TuneIn

TuneIn is perhaps most known for delivering the best internet radio experience available anywhere. The company has apps available on iPhones, iPads, Android and Windows. The Windows Store app hasn’t been updated specifically for the free Windows 10 upgrade yet, but it already has support for streaming podcasts.

Download the TuneIn app for free from the Windows Store. There you can listen to a collection of curated podcasts all streamed from the web. Since TuneIn has companion apps on most devices and the web, you can take your podcast selection with you effortlessly.

iHeartRadio

The new iHeartRadio app picks up podcast and podcast syncing with its official update in Windows 10. iHeartRadio made a name for itself with extensive access to traditional radio stations across the United states.

iTunes

Until Microsoft gets its act together, the best way to play podcasts in Windows 10 overall is still Apple’s iTunes and the iTunes Store. iTunes has curated lists of podcasts along with the option to download podcasts locally for when you’re no where near an internet connection. iTunes also supports both video and audio podcasts, something most other apps absolutely don’t do a good job of. You’ll need to download iTunes from Apple’s website here. If you are an iPhone or iPad user already, iTunes is the best choice for listening to podcast in Windows 10 since your selection will sync back to your device.

The Windows Store has a limited amount of others podcasting app. Podcasts! And SlapDash are among them. None of the podcast apps in the Windows Store are particularly well done. As such, I’d suggest skipping the Windows Store entirely for this if you aren’t comfortable with TuneIn.

Web Apps

iTunes isn’t perfect for every situation. Listening to podcasts in Windows 10 using iTunes can suck up precious battery life. iTunes isn’t exactly optimized for Windows 10 with touch either. If you’re always connected to the internet with your Windows 10 device, it’s a good idea to try out some web apps available through the Microsoft Edge browser on your device. You can pin web apps in Windows 10 to your Start Screen/Start Menu.

Stitcher

Stitcher is one of the premiere providers of online podcasts. Like iTunes, the company curates podcasts, giving users a better idea of which shows they’ll like. It also connects with social network Facebook to share your listening habits with other people. Users can create their own playlists filled with audio podcasts too.

The Stitcher app is available for free on the web and has companion apps on iPhone and Android.

Pocket Casts

Pocket Casts is the gold standard of podcasting apps. It’s iPhone and Android apps are featured backed and developer Shifty Jelly recently released Podcasts Casts for Windows Phone. Sadly, there’s no native app from the company that allows you to listen to podcasts in Windows 10, but there is a web app.

The web version of Pocket Casts features cloud syncing to the companies other apps and support for video, a rarity these days. Be warned, Pocket Casts for the web isn’t cheap at $9, but it is worth the price of admission. Pocket Casts is the best option for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone users since there are companion apps available on those platforms already. Keep in mind that those apps are separate purchases from the web version of Pocket Casts.

Good luck listening to podcasts in Windows 10. Hopefully, Microsoft’s new operating system upgrade and the Windows Store will have some fresh options for podcast lovers in the not too distant future. The free Windows 10 upgrade is available to anyone running Windows 7 or Windows 8.

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

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How to Set Up Android Wear for iPhone

11 hours 57 min ago

How to Set Up Android Wear for iPhone is a post by Kevin Purcell from Gotta Be Mobile.

Android Wear for iPhone came out for iOS and that makes it possible to connect an Android Wear smartwatch with an iPhone.

Here are the steps to connect your Android Wear watch with an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

Before spending money on an Android Wear Watch like the officially supported Huawei Watch, the Asus ZenWatch 2, and the LG Watch Urbane or an older unsupported watch, understand some things.

Android Wear for iPhone offers doesn’t do all that the Apple Watch can do nor can it do as much as it does with an Android phone. You’ll get notifications from iOS on the watch, Google cards, Google Fit support, watch faces, and interact with Gmail and Google Calendar. I tested it with a Samsung Gear Live but it’s not officially supported so it does even less.

Anything that shows up as a notification in the notification center on iOS 8.2 or later will show up as a notification card on the watch, even on unsupported watches like mine. Not very many apps integrate Android Wear interactivity into their iOS apps. When a user gets a call, they only see that there’s a call and caller ID info. The person can’t reject or answer it on the watch like the person can with an Android Wear watch paired with an Android Phone or an Apple Watch connected to an iPhone.

Start with a Fresh Android Wear Watch

Most people who own an Android Wear Smartwatch likely paired it with an Android smartphone. To pair with an iPhone the user needs to reset the Android Wear Smartwatch.

  • Hold down the side button on the Android Wear watch until the menu pops up.
  • Scroll down till you see Settings and tap it.
  • Scroll down again till you see Factory reset and tap it.
  • Tap the green circle with a check mark in it and wait for the watch to erase and restart.

This will restore the watch to the state it came in and ready to pair with an iPhone. It can take a few minutes to restore.

Set Up Android Wear for iPhone

Now it’s time to pair the Android Wear watch with iPhone. The watch boots up to a welcome screen after doing a factory reset.

  • Slide towards the left and select English (United States).
  • Install Android Wear on the iPhone from the App Store (Free).
  • Launch the app and tap the arrow to start.
  • Tap Accept to let Google Fit use and store sensor data or tap NO THANKS if you don’t want to let it.
  • Select the name of the Android Wear Watch. If it doesn’t show up, make sure that the iPhone’s Bluetooth is turned on.
  • Look at the watch and enter the code on the watch’s screen into the app on the iPhone (see image below) and tap on Pair.
  • Let the app update the watch which takes about a minute or more if needed.

Setting Things Up the First Time in Android Wear for iPhone

After the above steps, the watch takes the user through some tutorial steps showing how to use Android Wear. Follow the onscreen instructions to learn about swiping to use the different parts of the Android Wear watch operating system and how to dim the screen by holding a palm over the screen. The user can also skip this if she already knows how to use Android Wear.

On the Android Wear for iPhone app there’s a brief tutorial. Play it using the play button at the bottom of the screen. Or skip it using the Skip button at the top right (see above).

Choose to continue and select your Google email address. This step works best if the phone’s already configured to use Gmail.

A box pops up asking for permission to use and store location data for traffic and such. It also asks to “Use your synced calendars, Gmail, Chrome and Google data for reminders and suggestions.” Choose either NO THANKS or YES I’M IN on these screens. I recommend the latter since the Android Wear watch won’t do much without these permissions enabled.

Follow the remaining steps on the screen letting the app access the various features on the iPhone including location data, notifications, calendar, email, and more. After these steps the app ends up on the main Android Wear screen (see screenshot below).

At the bottom of the main screen in Android Wear there’s an option to turn on replying to Gmail on the watch. Choose either EMAIL CARD SETTINGS for more detailed control of this function or tap GOT IT to just use the default settings. This lets the user reply to Gmail via voice dictation on the watch. Now the Android Wear should work with the iPhone so long as it runs iOS 8.2 or later.

Key Settings to Change

Here a few Android Wear for iPhone settings most users will want to change or configure right away.

To change settings tap on the gear icon in the upper right corner of the Android Wear main screen. This shows the user’s Gmail address/account. Under it there’s a Google Now item. Tap this to change some of the Google Now settings. All of the items get set to ON by default. Turn any off if you don’t want to see notifications for these items on the Android Wear watch.

The next section changes watch settings. The Always on screen setting tells the watch to always show a watch face on the watch. It might look dim compared to the chosen watch face, but you can still see it. To save battery life, turn this off.

The Tilt to wake setting turns on the face of the watch when the person tilts their wrist. Turn this off if you prefer to tap the button on the side or on the screen to show the watch face.

Other settings include:

  • Calendar Cards – choose which app to show calendar cards between Google calendar if it’s installed or Apple calendar. Choose No calendar to turn this off.
  • Email Cards – Turn this on to use what’s called Rich Gmail cards. This adds the option to reply to cards and view email or archive a message from the watch.
  • Blocked app notifications – Some people don’t want certain app notifications to show up on their watch. Turn these blocked notifications on or off from this section. Or add apps not listed to block their notifications on the watch.
  • Voice Search – choose a voice search langauge.
  • SafeSearch – choose Smart or Strict safe searching to avoid seeing adult content in OK GOOGLE searches.
  • Feedback – give Google feedback about the app.
  • Help – learn more about the app’s functions.
  • About – show key information about the app.
First Impressions

Don’t go out and buy an Android watch if you’re already an iPhone owner. Nor should an Android Wear owner go buy an iPhone just to use it with the watch. The first iteration of Android Wear for iPhone offers little more than notifications and the most basic forms of those and few available Android Wear watches fully work with iPhone. As one might expect. Using an Android phone with an Android Wear watch or an Apple Watch with an iPhone gives the user the best smartwatch/smartphone experience.

So who should use Android Wear for iPhone?

  • An Android Wear watch owner who wants to replace their Android phone with an iPhone but doesn’t want to give up a smartwatch and can’t afford an Apple Watch.
  • An iPhone owner who can’t afford to pay $350 to $400 or doesn’t want to pay that much at least for an Apple Watch and only cares about basic notifications. Grab a cheaper Android Wear watch like the Samsung Gear Live or Moto 360 knowing they don’t include some of the advanced features like advanced watch faces or other app integrations.
  • People who like Android Wear a lot but also prefer the iPhone to an Android phone.

It’s hard to imagine many people fitting these three categories. Android Wear feels like a short-term option until a person can afford to replace their Android Wear watch with an Apple Watch or replace their iPhone with a Android phone.

How to Set Up Android Wear for iPhone is a post by Kevin Purcell from Gotta Be Mobile.

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FIFA 16 Ratings: 5 Things to Know

12 hours 5 min ago

FIFA 16 Ratings: 5 Things to Know is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

What you need to know about the FIFA 16 ratings as EA shares more information about the best players in the game, and teases more information about the FIFA 16 player ratings reveals.

There is no need to wait for the top FIFA 16 club ratings to get an idea about who the best players are in FIFA 16.

FIFA 16 player ratings are not simply numbers picked out at random. The team at EA strives to assign realistic information to each of the players as EA works to deliver an upgraded experience and realistic ratings.The new FIFA 16 features include more realistic player reactions that deliver a better midfield capable of stopping the ball on defense and opening up passing lanes on offense. We see these changes in exciting new FIFA 16 gameplay videos and it looks like EA may have cracked the code to one of our biggest frustrations with FIFA games.

With the FIFA 16 release date slated for September 22nd in the U.S. we’ll soon see more FIFA 16 ratings and we are already seeing leaks from other sources as beta testers play FIFA 16.

EA confirmed a FIFA 16 demo release date of September 8th for PS4, PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PS3. EA Access also offers an option to play the full version of FIFA 16 early on Xbox One with a $5 a month or $30 a year subscription.

FIFA 16 Ratings Release Dates

The first set of FIFA 16 ratings are available now so you can see some of the top FIFA 16 players based on ratings. EA includes the player name, club, stats, foot, skills and other details in addition to the overall player rating. Users can also see the individual skill ratings for six key areas.

As of now there are only the top 41-50 FIFA 16 player ratings but you can count on a reveal of more players each day leading up to the FIFA 16 release date.

We may also see a separate breakout for the new FIFA 16 Women’s International Team Ratings.

FIFA 16 Club Ratings

Once EA works through the top FIFA 16 players we’ll see the best FIFA 16 clubs when the company releases the FIFA 16 club ratings on EA.

EA teases, “EA SPORTS is proud to partner with some of the biggest and best clubs in the world. See the ratings of each player from these clubs in FIFA 16.”

We will not see these new FIFA 16 ratings revealed until after EA works through the individual ratings and then moves on to Leagues and eventually to clubs.

FIFA 16 Leagues Ratings

Another key area of the FIFA 16 ratings release is a look at the best players in the best leagues in FIFA 16. EA only offers a short statement saying, “Find out who are the best players from the Top Leagues available in FIFA 16.”

We don’t expect to see the FIFA 16 League ratings until around September 12th, but EA could change this up as they work towards the release.

FIFA 16 Ratings Predictions

If you don’t want to wait to see the top FIFA 16 player ratings, clubs and leagues you can go searching for FIFA 16 ratings predictions and look at leaks from the FIFA 16 beta.

FUThead shares a look at FIFA 16 ratings predictions for individual players. The team here starts farther out than EA does with an offer to see the top 100 FIFA 16 players, all the way up to the top 10 best FIFA 16 players. This is a prediction, but it is an educated one that gamers should check out.

WhatCulture also offers up FIFA 16 ratings predictions with a look at the FIFA 16 Real Madrid player ratings, Barcelona player ratings, Chelsea player ratings, Man City player ratings, Arsenal player ratings and many more.

 

While you’ll need to wait for the official word, this is a good way to get an idea of what to expect.

FIFA 16 Ratings Feedback

If you are not happy with the FIFA 16 ratings, you can provide feedback to EA and share your opinion with others using the #FIFA16Ratings hashtag on Twitter and Facebook. Gamers and fans are quick to respond.

#FIFA16Ratings ALABA – YES NALDO – YES TOURE- WHY HAS HE BEEN DOWNGRADED KOMPANY – -70 PACE :'( CAZORLA IN CAM!!!!

— Alex (@BullionsFilm) August 31, 2015

My Nan is faster than Terry #FIFA16Ratings

— Adil (@xAcceptiion) August 31, 2015

Finally The Card He Deserves #FIFA16Ratings pic.twitter.com/YNThKtBxah

— Phailthy (@Phailthy) August 31, 2015

You can tweet and share the hashtag on social media to join in the conversation.

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The FIFA 16 release date arrives September 22nd in the U.S. and a few days later on September 25th in the UK, Ireland and other countries. This short delay is common when for FIFA 16 games even though soccer commands more attention in other countries.

Once you get past these two FIFA 16 release dates there are no more coming, so the wait is minimal.

Gamers can buy FIFA 16 on disc or digital and with the digital version there will be an opportunity to download the game early to start playing as soon as 12:01 AM Eastern rolls around. In addition to PSN and Xbox Live, FIFA 16 is on sale on Origin.

We may see disc and digital sales officially start at 12:01 AM Eastern no matter the location, which could allow gamers on the west coast to start playing at 9:01PM on Monday September 21st.

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FIFA 16 Ratings: 5 Things to Know is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Apple TV 4 Rumors Point to Gaming & Controller Support

12 hours 10 min ago

Apple TV 4 Rumors Point to Gaming & Controller Support is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

We’re just a week away from Apple’s iPhone 6s event where the company is planning to unveil a few new products, including the Apple TV 4, and rumors about the new streaming box keep heating up.

The new Apple TV is expected to be an overhaul over the current Apple TV 3, coming with a new design that will be thinner, but also a bit larger as far as surface area is concerned, although it’s unknown whether or not Apple will stick with the same black color scheme as the Apple TV 3, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the company changed it up a bit with the new model.

Furthermore, it’s already rumored that a brand new remote will be included with the Apple TV 4, and it’s expected to be a bit thicker than the current remote due to the inclusion of a touchpad that users will be able to take advantage of. The touchpad will make it way easier to navigate through menus.

The remote is also rumored to come with motion sensors, a lot like the Nintendo Wii remote, that will allow users to point the remote at the screen and control a cursor. This will be perhaps way better for navigation as well, and it could open up some avenues for gaming.

Speaking of gaming, a new report suggests that the Apple TV 4 will receive gaming support. According to 9to5Mac, sources have said that the Apple TV 4 will also be a gaming console of sorts, arriving with support for Bluetooth game controllers.

The report says that the Apple TV 4 will have a built-in app store where users can download games directly to their set-top box and control them with the included remote. You’ll also be able to connect Bluetooth game controllers that were released a while ago for the iPhone and iPad, although we’d really love to see PS4 controller support, since it uses Bluetooth.

Gaming support for the Apple TV has been rumored for a long time now, so we’re certainly not surprised to hear about it again as we get closer and closer to Apple’s event next week.

As for other rumors, the Apple TV 4 is said to gain Siri support, allowing users to navigate around the Apple TV just by using Siri if they want. It’s also rumored that the remote will come with a built-in microphone, which will facilitate Siri and act as the device to transmit Siri commands.

It’ll be a lot like the Amazon Fire TV with its voice search capabilities and a button that you press on the remote to activate it, but Apple may throw in some new bells and whistles with it.

The Apple TV 4 is rumored to be priced at either $149 or $199, as Apple is said to still be finalizing the price point for the new streaming box, but the Apple TV 3 is expected to stay in the lineup at an affordable $69, as the current model received a price drop back in June from $99. Furthermore, the refurbished Apple TV 3 now only costs $59, almost putting it into instant-buy territory.

In any case, even a $149 price point for the Apple TV 4 could be a tough pill to swallow, especially since most streaming boxes are priced at $99 and under, with the Fire TV Stick costing less than $40. It’ll certainly be interesting to see what features all come with the Apple TV 4 and whether or not all of those cool new features justify the price tag of the new streaming box from Apple.

However, if the Apple TV 4 ends up being everything that people are expecting it to be, it’s easy to believe that consumers will spend over $150 for the box.

Apple TV 4 Rumors Point to Gaming & Controller Support is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Final Uncharted 4 Release Date Details Revealed

13 hours 20 min ago

Final Uncharted 4 Release Date Details Revealed is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

After long delay, we now have the final Uncharted 4 release date directly from the Sony and video game developer Naughty Dog.

Sony announced the official Uncharted 4 release date this afternoon in a post on its PlayStation Blog. The game will officially hit stores on March 18th, 2016, giving Sony a big advantage earlier in the year when game releases from third-party publishers are a bit weak already. Originally, the Uncharted 4 release date was going to be sometime this calendar year, but Naughty Dog was forced to push the release back so that it could work on completing the game and guaranteeing a great first-day experience for gamers. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is a huge title for the PS4, which has managed to beat Microsoft’s Xbox One console in sales so far. With the Uncharted 4 release date now set for March, some worry that PS4 sales could slow since Microsoft has an extensive list of exclusive games.

Read: 10 Exciting Uncharted 4 Details

Besides revealing the Uncharted 4 release date, Sony and Naughty Dog also revealed the different versions of the game players can expect. All told, the stuff included is standard fanfare for any major game release.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Special Edition will cost $79.99 and include a copy of Uncharted 4 in a SteelBook case, a 48-page art book, a sheet of pirate stickers and a in-game currency to use on purchases for the game’s multiplayer. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Special Edition will cost users $79.99 in the United States.

$119 will get users everything in the Special Edition bundle plus a 12-inch statue of Nathan Drake, three multiplayer outfits, two custom weapon skins, a Sigil baseball cap and a Madagascar sidekick outfit. Sony calls this the Uncarted 4: A Thief’s End Libertalia Collector’s Edition. Both of these Uncharted 4 release editions include a physical copy of the game, not something that players need to download from the PlayStation Store. That’s a very important distinction since there’s a digital version too.

Uncharted 4 Digital Deluxe Edition will cost PlayStation Store shoppers $79.99 and include early access to the a single player story add-on and two multiplayer add-ons for what Sony describes as “rare and legendary” multiplayer items. Buyers will also go two multiplayer customization items. Sony will sell the extras in this version of the game separate for $20 and offer a pre-order back to both digital and disc versions of Uncharted 4 that packs a Drake’s Fortune outfit for multiplayer, a golden weapon customization option, and Naughty Dog points for use in the game.

Additionally, we now know what Uncharted 4 release day buyers can expect from GameStop and Amazon when they pre-order. GameStop shoppers will get a Multiplayer Booster Pack that comes with The Purba Dagger Taunt. These boosts can only be used once. Amazon buyers will get a Snow Camo weapon customization and a Drake outfit fresh from the desert. PlayStation Store buyers get an Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Theme for use on their console and a desert weapon customization.

All of the different versions of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End are available right now at GameStop for pre-order. Sony says that the PlayStation Store’s Uncharted 4 pre-orders will go line sometime this week, allowing anyone and everyone who is comfortable with buying a digital copy of the game to do so. Only the basic copy of Uncharted 4 is available for pre-order at Amazon right now.

The Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End release date isn’t happening until next year, but that doesn’t mean that users PS4 owners can’t experience the game’s multiplayer this year. Buying a copy of Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection gets users into the Uncharted 4 multiplayer beta. It’s already available for pre-order at Amazon.

Final Uncharted 4 Release Date Details Revealed is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Disney Infinity 3.0 Deals Bring Savings for Savvy Shoppers

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Disney Infinity 3.0 Deals Bring Savings for Savvy Shoppers is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Disney Infinity 3.0 release date was just this past Sunday, but already retailers are hoping to capitalize on the latest entry in the toys-to-life category with deep discounts and savings. Great Disney Infinity 3.0 deals include free figures and more.

Electronics retailer Best Buy was among the first to unveil a Disney Infinity 3.0 deal this week. Target unveiled some savings of its own too. Disney Infinity 3.0 is a video game for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, PS3 and PS4 that lets users buy figurines that they have an impact on gameplay. For example, buying a toy inspired by Disney’s Inside Out puts that character in the game for users to play as. Disney Infinity 3.0 includes some huge improvements. Mainly, a hub world, new Star Wars focused story and upgraded items for its Toy Box creative mode.

Read: Disney Infinity 3.0 Release: 5 Things Buyers Need to Know

Best Buy’s Disney Infinity 3.0 deal includes savings on the things that matter to players most: figures and power discs. Anyone who purchases three different Disney Infinity related items gets a free Power Disc or character to add to their game at no extra cost. Best Buy says that to get the savings shoppers can purchase a Disney Infinity 3.0 starter kit, playset and a single figure, three figures, or a playset and two figures. To be clear, this Disney Infinity 3.0 deal is available on Best Buy’s website. Shoppers should be able to match it in stores too. Best Buy also has a discount program that’ll let users get another 20 percent off every Disney Infinity 3.0 item they purchase, just as it does for all games and gaming accessories. Best Buy calls this program Gamers Club Unlocked.

General retailer Target’s Disney Infinity 3.0 is a bit more straight forward, but slimmer in savings. All Disney Infinity 3.0 characters sold by Target are 2 for $10. Normally, a Disney Infinity figure costs $12.99 before taxes and surcharges. Target says that the deal will only last until September 6th. The retailer also notes that no Disney Infinity characters on clearance count towards the promotion.

GameStop, the worlds largest gaming-specific retailer doesn’t have any Disney Infinity 3.0 deals generally, but is discounting everything it sells in the toys-to-life genre of games. Pre-owned Disney Infinity bases and figures are as little as $2.99.

Toys R Us delivers some serious savings with a limited time Disney Infinity 3.0 deal of its own running this week. Anyone who purchases a Disney Infinity figure there gets another for half off its original price. To be clear, this deal only relates to the singular figures in the series. Toys R Us is also slashing the price of Disney Infinity 3.0 figures for 40% when shoppers purchase the Disney Infinity 3.0 Starter Pack. This discount applies to any 3 three figures. That’s some pretty hefty savings, provided users are willing to spend a significant amount of money for the best Disney Infinity 3.0 experience in the first place.

Disney Infinity 3.0 is the biggest update in the series to date. Whereas last year’s entry added Marvel comic book characters, this year’s game includes characters and a unique campaign taken straight from the Star Wars universe. Characters that should have a light saber do, and the game’s combat is completely upgraded so that there’s more strategy involved than just mashing buttons. Investing in the Starter Pack is the best way for newcomers to get into the series since the game requires a wireless base to communicate with video game consoles. Users who have Disney Infinity 2.0 or the original game should be able to repurpose their bases and use them with Disney Infinity 3.0 effortlessly.

The Disney Infinity 3.0 Starter Pack is $64.99 in store. Users with a base can purchase a digital copy of the game for $29.99 from the Xbox Store. The PlayStation Store has Disney Infinity 3.0 downloads available for just $19.99. In both cases, users need at least a base and a compatible figure.

Disney Infinity 3.0 Deals Bring Savings for Savvy Shoppers is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Spectacular Halo 5 Guardians Trailer Arrives

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Spectacular Halo 5 Guardians Trailer Arrives is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

With the Halo 5: Guardians release date coming next month officially, Microsoft is once again teasing the upcoming first-person shooter with all new mechanics. Forgot video documentaries and extended commentary, this time, developer 343 Industries is wetting appetites with a gorgeous looking video taken straight from the game’s story.

Microsoft spent the better part of the weekend teasing the new Halo 5: Guardians release trailer, but it wasn’t until late Monday that the trailer went up on video website YouTube. The three-minute long trailer doesn’t feature longtime series protagonist John 117. It doesn’t even mention the Halo installations. Microsoft tells readers on its Xbox Wire website that the video isn’t even a trailer at all, but the first thing they’ll see when they dive into the single player campaign on Halo 5: Guardians release day.

The video begins with a briefing on a UNSC drop ship. The leader of Fire Team Osiris, Spartan Jameson Locke appears in front of the camera with his helmet off. So is the rest of his team, which consists of Olympia Vale, Holly Tanaka and Edward Buck. Vale and Tanaka are new, but Buck was featured in a previous game, Halo 3: ODST. It appears he’s left his old team of hell jumpers behind for the mechanized armor and dangerous missions that only being a Spartan can provide.

As the ship is soaring through a planet’s atmosphere, Fire Team Osiris gets a mission briefing. They’re tasked with snatching Doctor Catherine Halsey from the Covenant enemy and bringing her back to the UNSC Infinity for debriefing. Allegedly, Halsey has information that could be very useful to the on-going war between humanity, Covenant and Prometheans.

The need to get whatever information Halsey has is made my important by the mysterious destruction of multiple human colonies. The entire team suits up, and leaps out of the drop ship, using the jets built into their Spartan suits to maneuver through the crowds and around a waiting battle force of thousands of aliens and dozens of ships floating just above the planet’s surface. The entire team lands on the planet’s surface with a smooth tuck and roll.

As they continue sliding down what appears to be a huge mountain, Fire Team Osiris begins taking out any alien thing that moves. The takes downs go a bit farther than just weapons contact, 343 Industries added a new ability in Halo 5: Guardians that lets players use their suit’s jets to hit the ground hard and knock out enemies around them. This move is called ground pound and a member of Fire Team Osiris uses it effortlessly. It’s at this point that a piece of a ship slams into the mountainside behind the entire team, creating a huge avalanche that they have to avoid at all costs.

All told, the three-minute set-up video provides what could likely be the only details we’re allowed before Halo 5: Guardians release date on October 27th. It doesn’t reveal too much about the overall game, but does set up the story nicely. It’s also a pretty good show piece for the games’ cinematics, though many would argue users shouldn’t expect the gameplay itself to look as visually stunning as what’s in the trailer.

Read: Which Halo 5 Guardians Edition Should You Buy?

He’s not shown in the opening cinematic, but John 117 will have a huge role in Halo 5: Guardians just like he has every other game in the Halo franchise. He has a team of his own: Blue Team. We already knew that the story would involve the two teams having to go head-to-head. This cinematic reveals that somehow Halsey is involved. She was the chief scientists in charge of the original Spartan program and John 117s augmentation.

Microsoft is already taking pre-orders for Halo 5: Guardians in its Xbox Store for as little as $60. Amazon has pre-orders available for physical copies of the game and the Halo 5: Guardians Limited Edition Xbox One bundle.

Spectacular Halo 5 Guardians Trailer Arrives is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iPhone 6: 5 Things to Expect in September

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 23:28

iPhone 6: 5 Things to Expect in September is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

September figures to be an extremely busy month for Apple and the iPhone. In addition to the iPhone 6s, we expect to see several new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus related details. Here, we take a look at a few things to expect from the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus next month.

Last year, in the weeks leading up to September, we heard quite a bit about Apple’s rumored iPhone. The company was rumored to have two new iPhones up its sleeve, an iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and the two devices would apparently usher in a new era for the iPhone. A big screen era.

Unsurprisingly, these iPhone 6 rumors were spot on. Apple took the stage on September 9th and announced two brand new iPhones, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. A few weeks later, the company released them in the United States and in regions around the world.

For close to a year now, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have reigned as two of the top smartphones on the market. And while nothing is confirmed, it looks like history will repeat itself in 2015.

As we push into September, we continue to hear more and more about the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, Apple’s rumored iPhone successors. Neither one is official but it looks like they’ll be the stars of Apple’s media event that’s set for September 9th in San Francisco.

The iPhone 6’s days as the company’s flagship are numbered but the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus won’t be going anywhere. They’ll remain in hands and on shelves for the foreseeable future.

With that in mind, we want to take a look at a few things iPhone 6 buyers, and users, can expect from Apple in the month of September. Keep these things in mind as we push towards the iPhone 6s launch date.

iPhone 6 iOS 9 Release

If you own an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, the first thing you can expect is an iOS 9 release.

Apple confirmed iOS 9 updates for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus back in June though at the time the company only confirmed a vague fall release window. As we’ve approached the iPhone 6s launch, we’ve started to see the iOS 9 release date firm up. It’s not confirmed but we have a pretty good idea about what to expect.

You can expect iOS 9 to arrive next month after the iPhone 6s launch but before the iPhone 6s release. The iPhone 6s launch date is set for September 9th and its release date is rumored for September 18th. Standard Apple iOS release protocol calls for an iOS 9 release on September 16th and that’s the date iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users should circle on the calendar.

If you’re already using the iOS 9 update via Apple’s beta, you can expect the company to release an iOS 9 GM sometime before the public release. The Gold Master is the final beta and it mirrors the public release.

We also expect Apple to deliver on its promises to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users and deliver a solid one hour battery life boost on top of other enhancements. Apple will almost certainly announce iOS 9 details on September 9th so if you’re interested in those features and the release date, you should tune into the show.

New iOS 9 Update

We also expect Apple to deliver a new iOS 9 update of some kind to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in September. Whether that’s an iOS 9.0.1 update that tackles some of the operating system’s initial problems or an iOS 9.1 beta 1 update, we can’t be sure. But we are confident that we’ll see something.

Apple almost always issues an immediate response to iOS bugs. Last year’s iOS 8.0.1 release arrived on September 24th. It was followed by a critical iOS 8.0.2 bug fix update on September 25th. iOS 9 has gone through a lengthy beta but we expect there to be issues. And if there are problems, we’d expect a fix sometime next month.

Maybe that’s iOS 9.0.1 or maybe it’s the release of a future update. Apple’s rumored to have an iOS 9.1 update in development. The update is rumored to be coming in October alongside new iPads. If true, it would mirror what Apple did last year with the iOS 8.1 update and the iPad Air 2/iPad mini 3 combo.

If Apple plans to release iOS 9.1 in October as rumors suggest, we’d expect the company to release the first iOS 9.1 beta in late September. iOS 8.1 beta 1 arrived on September 29th, weeks before the public release on October 20th. We’d expect a beta and we wouldn’t be surprised if it arrived in September.

The contents of iOS 9.1 are unknown but we’d expect it to bring fixes and a collection of enhancements to the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and others.

iPhone 6 Price Cut at Apple

Now that we’ve covered a few things that iPhone 6 users should expect, let’s move on to a few things iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus buyers can expect in September.

First, we’d expect Apple to cut the price of the two current flagships. Reports say that they’ll drop by $100 at Apple and we expect carriers and retailers to follow suit.

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s are expected to slot in at the current $199.99/$299.99 price points with the iPhone 5s dropping down to the iPhone 5c’s free-on-contract price point. Apple’s expected to discontinue to the plastic iPhone 5c.

We’re expecting the iPhone lineup to look like this after the iPhone 6s launch:

  • iPhone 6s – $199.99 on-contract/$650 off-contract
  • iPhone 6s Plus – $299.99 on-contract/$750 off-contract
  • iPhone 6 – $99.99 on-contract/$550 off-contract
  • iPhone 6 Plus – $199.99 on-contract/$650 off-contract
  • iPhone 5s – Free on-contract/$450 on-contract

At $99.99 and $199.99, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will remain solid choices for those not looking to pay top dollar for an excellent smartphone.

Other iPhone 6 Deals

Apple won’t be the only one dropping the price of last year’s flagships. We expect the same from carriers and retailers as they look to make their iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus stock look attractive.

If you’re looking to score the best iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus deals though, you might want to wait a few weeks. With Black Friday coming up, we expect to see some very tempting deals emerge. Note, we expect Black Friday to include iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus deals as well.

If you’re looking to trade-in your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, we expect carriers to offer trade-on deals. If you’re eligible, these trade-in offers will help offset some of the cost if you decide to shift from last year’s iPhone model to this year’s iPhone model.

iPhone 6 Trade-in Value to Drop

These trade-in deals will be important because we expect the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus trade-in value to drop next month.

If you’re looking to secure top dollar for your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, you might want to think about trading it in sooner rather than later.  That’s because the iPhone 6s will likely push the current value of your iPhone 6 down 10% and perhaps another 20-30% before the year ends.

Nothing is confirmed but if you’re looking to get the most out of your trade-in, you’ll need to keep a close eye on trade-in values because they’ll almost certainly fluctuate in September.

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The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will likely feature the same screen sizes as the current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s Plus, but this doesn't mean that the display will be exactly the same.

One major upgrade for both the iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone 6s display that rumors show is on the way is a new way to touch the screen. Force Touch allows a display to detect a harder press and know that you want to do more than a normal tap.

This could work like it does on the Apple Watch. A normal press on the iPhone 6s display could hit a specific button, but a harder press could activate secondary controls or more options. This is not a long press, just a more forceful one.  Multiple rumors suggest Force Touch is coming to the new iPhone specs list and there is even a hint in the iOS 9 code.

Other than that upgrade count on the following iPhone 6s display specs;

  • iPhone 6 – 4.7-inch –  1334 x 750 resolution, 326 ppi
  • iPhone 6 – 5.5-inch – 1920 x 1080 resolution, 401 ppi

This is the same as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. We also do not expect to see a Sapphire screen on the iPhone 6s this year.

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iPhone 6: 5 Things to Expect in September is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to Change the Galaxy Note 5 Text Message App

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 23:04

How to Change the Galaxy Note 5 Text Message App is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Now that the new Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ have been available for a few weeks in the United States, users are starting to have lots of questions about these impressive big 5.7-inch smartphones. This quick guide will explain how to change or replace the stock text message app on the Galaxy Note 5 for something better, more useful, and more customizable.

Samsung’s Note 5 has a lot to offer with a stunningly bright and colorful 5.7-inch 2k resolution AMOLED display, a powerhouse 8-core processors and 4GB of RAM. It has enough to do just about everything, including running two apps on the screen at the same time. However, today we’ll be showing users how to do something as simple as change the text “Messages” app to something different.

Read: How to Reset a Frozen Galaxy Note 5

Like most manufacturers Samsung has its own text message application specifically for the Galaxy Note 5. It’s called “Messages” and is a decent app. It even looks and operates like stock Android 5.1 Lollipop and uses Google’s material design interface. However, most stock apps aren’t very appealing, don’t have too many features, and aren’t very customizable. Instead, download one of the many 3rd party text apps we’ll detail below.

Samsung’s stock “Messages” app does have some backup options and a few quick controls to swipe and call people, but that’s about it. It is still very limited when compared to the LG G4 app, or apps on the Google Play Store. On Android, users can quickly replace key components like the text app, camera, calendar, gallery and more with alternatives, and below are a few of our favorite text applications.

Read: 5 Best Android Text App Alternatives

When you replace your stock app with something from the Play Store it will likely be customizable with themes or backgrounds, customized font, change the look of the message bubbles or colors and much more. It all depends on which app a user decides to try, and the link above details a few good options, then the guide below will help you change out the messaging app for something a bit more useful.

Instructions

There is now a dedicated option in settings that turns one text app on and the other off, so users won’t get double notifications from both the stock app, and the newly installed option. It won’t let two be set as “default” at once, like old Android smartphones from 2013. With the Note 5 you can download a new app and it will likely make the user set it to default automatically, or follow the steps below.

First things first is you’ll want to navigate to the Google Play Store and download one of the many different third party text apps. Textra is my favorite, GoSMS or Chomp are pretty fancy, and a few others made our list linked to above. Download one, and you’re set. Most change the default app settings for you. Textra will have a big “Set as Default” button on first launch near the bottom. If not, here’s how to do it yourself.

As you see above simply head into settings and under the “Device” column navigate to Applications > Default Applications > and tap “Messages” to change the default text message app. If none are installed, only Samsung’s stock option will be displayed, as well as Google Hangouts. Tap which app you’d like to use (we chose Textra) and you’re all done.

This now sets that app to be the only one that will send, receive, and notify the Galaxy Note 5 of incoming text messages. If you chose something like Textra go in and change the font, style, colors, bubble colors, and even the notification icon can vary by each contact. So owners can set certain notification icon colors to special friends, family, or significant others.

There are countless excellent text messaging applications available on the Google Play Store, and a few of our favorites were linked to above. Give them all a try and see what works best for you. In the meantime, check out the list of 10 awesome Galaxy Note 5 accessories in the slideshow below.

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As expected, the popular S-View case is also available for the Galaxy Note 5, and currently all four colors are for sale online. Black, White, Gold & Silver. The S-View has been popular for years, and protects your device while letting you interact with it without ever opening the case. Basically offering full protection even while you answer calls, take pictures and more.

When closed, the S-View cover offers instant access to critical features through a unique window interface, thanks to the Samsung ID chip. View the home screen to check the time, weather and other status items. Accept or reject incoming calls with just a swipe, or reject calls with a preset message. Control your music playback directly on the S-View screen. If you miss anything, notifications are shown in the recent activity menu of your S-View cover.

Buy it Now for $49.99

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How to Change the Galaxy Note 5 Text Message App is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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New Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.1.1 Release Info

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 22:06

New Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.1.1 Release Info is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update is finally starting to make some progress weeks after it arrive in the United States. And while the update is still limited, it looks like Samsung is finally ready to make a strong Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.1.1 release push.

In June, Samsung started rolling out its version of Google’s Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update. Android 5.1.1 was a bug fixer for Nexus devices but it’s something much bigger for Galaxy smartphones and tablets. It brings bug fixes but it also brings other enhancements as well.

Problem is, Samsung’s been slow to deliver it. While the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Android 5.1.1 updates have landed for a wide range of variants in the United States and around the world, other Galaxy Android 5.1.1 releases have been stagnant for several weeks now.

Last week the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.1.1 release showed signs of life and it’s starting to make progress as we head into September towards Google’s Android Marshmallow release.

Earlier this month, Samsung released the Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.1.1 update for one new model (SM-N910C) in Poland. Poland is typically one of Samsung’s software release guinea pigs and we told you that we expected the update to move out fairly quickly if everything went well.

Today, Samsung’s issued another Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update. This one is for the SM-N910F, a popular international Galaxy Note 4 model. The update, according to SamMobile, is now available in Austria, Italy and Sweden. It should hit more European countries in the new future if all three of those updates pan out.

The update is available to download via Samsung Kies, Samsung’s PC companion application, and it’s also available as an Over-the-Air download. Those who wait for the OTA should receive a prompt that will jumpstart the download and installation process.

According to those who’ve been able to download the update, it’s similar to the Sprint Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.1.1 update that emerged a few weeks ago. The international Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.1.1 update includes a fix for the Stagefright vulnerability, a new Smart Manager app, and performance upgrades. It’s a big update for the Galaxy Note 4 though Android Marshmallow will be much bigger.

Samsung still hasn’t come out and confirmed individual Galaxy Android Marshmallow updates but rumors suggest that company has already come up with a preliminary list that includes the Galaxy Note 4. The list also reportedly includes the Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Duos, Galaxy Note 4 Duos, Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy Tab A, and Galaxy Alpha.

While the Android Marshmallow update is expected to arrive for Nexus devices in September, it might be awhile before Samsung gets it out for its Galaxy phones and tablets.

The company has reportedly not begun work on the Android Marshmallow update behind the scenes which means that we should be months away from a release for Galaxy devices. Phones like the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 should be first in line but that remains unconfirmed.

For now, the company is concentrating on its Android 5.1.1 roll out and it looks like the Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.1.1 release will expand in the near future.

If you live in Europe or in another region that’s still waiting for Android 5.1.1 and its features, remain patient. Samsung’s Android roll outs typically take months to complete. We haven’t seen many carriers confirm Android 5.1.1 updates ahead of time so there’s a good chance that you’ll be waiting in the dark for Samsung’s latest Lollipop update to arrive.

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The first thing that we learned is that Samsung's clearly made the Galaxy S6 Android 5.1.1 update, for the regular model and the Galaxy S6 Edge, a priority. 

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update has rolled out in force throughout the month of August and it just recently landed for Verizon's versions of the two flagship smartphones.

It also recently landed for Galaxy S6 users on Vodafone Australia and a pair of other Australian carriers should get the update out soon. We expect to see progress continue as we push into September towards an Android Marshmallow update. 

If you haven't seen the update yet, stay patient. Samsung's had some problems behind the scenes though it appears that it has ironed those out. These are Samsung's healthiest Galaxy Android 5.1.1 Lollipop releases by far. 

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New Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.1.1 Release Info is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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