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7 Exciting iPhone 6s Specs

Here are the iPhone 6s specs that matter to users that plan to buy the new iPhone this year. Apple announced a fall 2015 Apple Event for September 9th, where all signs point to the company announcing the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s.

After reading through hundreds of rumors over the last several months, we’ve boiled down the iPhone 6s specs to the most exciting information that you need to know about. This is handy if you are looking to upgrade, or if you just want to know if there are enough changes to justify spending $100 more than the iPhone 6.

There are a number of important iPhone 6s specs to consider, even if you aren’t going to geek out over small changes. These are all still rumors, so Apple might still surprise us at the event, but these represent the most likely changes to the iPhone 6s specs.

What you need to know about the iPhone 6s specs.
What you need to know about the iPhone 6s specs.

The iPhone 6s event is at 10 AM Pacific on September 9th, where we will learn about the full iPhone 6s specs list. Within a week and a half we expect the iPhone 6s release date to deliver the new iPhones to stores across the U.S.

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will ship with iOS 9 on board. iOS 9 is Apple’s new software, announced at WWDC 2015 in June and coming to older iPhones and iPads this fall.

iPhone 6s Display Specs

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iPhone 6s Display Specs

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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Don’t Buy a Surface Pro 3 Right Now

The world had already moved on by the time Microsoft was ready to show off the Surface Pro 3. The first Surface Pro was chunky and had a problem with battery life. An expensive price tag and lackluster options for using it as a tablet doomed it to being a hobbyist’s dream. The Surface Pro 2 took some steps in the right direction, but also suffered from some of the same issues. It could easily fall out of the lap and Microsoft’s 10.6-inch display made it feel too cramped to be a notebook replacement. The Surface Pro 3 changed everything for Microsoft. The company finally got it right; it finally managed to make a device that was both attractive and had something to offer a broad set of users. Suddenly, Microsoft has everyone’s attention again.

The Surface Pro 3
The Surface Pro 3

The Surface Pro 3 is a terrific device, you just shouldn’t buy one over the next few months unless you are very, very sure you like the features the device has today.

Surface Pro 3 & Windows 10

In Microsoft’s new world, software and hardware finally work together. They blend, complimenting each other’s strong points. The free Windows 10 upgrade that Microsoft released last month accentuates the pros of having a Surface Pro 3 in a lot of ways.

Windows 10 has a feature called Continuum. Continuum isn’t something that you’ll find in Windows 10’s settings, Continuum is the part of the operating system that lets users switch in and out of the new Tablet Mode. Attach a keyboard to the Surface Pro 3 and Continuum asks you if you’d like to turn off Tablet Mode. In Tablet Mode every app and program is full screen and so is the Start Screen. Microsoft added some behind-the-scenes software changes so that users can set this transition to automatically happen.

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There are Windows 10 features available that Microsoft has no easy software fixes for. Announced this past summer and built into Windows 10, Windows Hello is the software that makes it possible for Microsoft and its partners to replicate the ease of Apple’s TouchID fingerprint reader on the iPhone. Windows Hello connects to fingerprint readers or Intel RealSense camera. Step in front of a computer with Intel RealSense built-in and it automatically unlocks, no button press required. The fingerprint reader system is just as simple on notebooks equipped with it. The Surface Pro 3 doesn’t have a Intel RealSense Camera or a fingerprint reader.

This means that it can’t use Windows Hello. If you like easily unlocking your device, the Surface Pro 3 can’t do much for you today beyond picture passwords and PIN codes. The future of security is at hand and the Surface Pro 3 is going to be left behind. If you already have one, it’s not a big deal. If you’re looking for some hardware that’ll best take advantage of everything Windows 10 has to offer, hold off for now.

Surface Pro 3 & Surface Pro 4

Microsoft launched the Surface Pro 3 more than a year ago. In the electronics industry, that means the company is likely close to releasing a successor. Rumors are that this successor will be called the Surface Pro 4 and that an announcements it almost at hand.

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Read: Surface Pro 4 Release & More Rumored for October

WPDang, which has a decent track record, believes that Microsoft is planning a huge hardware event for September. Besides new Lumia smartphones and an updated Microsoft Band, word is that a Surface Pro 4 will be revealed at the event.

If you like the basic features of the Surface Pro 3, there’s good news. Microsoft has already said that it’s committed to that design. Last year the firm revealed that docks and chargers that companies have already invested in would work with later versions of the Surface Pro. That practically locks in screen size and form factor.

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Intel RealSense being demoed at CES 2014.

Read: Skylake is Why Buying a Windows 10 PC is Smart

There’s still plenty of stuff Microsoft can add. Intel has new Skylake processors that allow Windows 10’s Cortana personal assistant to wake itself without a button press. Certainly, Microsoft will want some kind of sensor in the Surface Pro 4 that takes advantage of Windows Hello. The promise of these new technologies, plus Microsoft’s commitment to the Surface Pro 3 form factor puts users in a great situation. The risk that Microsoft ditches a highly coveted feature is minuscule and the possibility that Microsoft will add a new hardware feature that makes the Surface Pro an even better Windows 10 show case is high.

Users are better off waiting until September to see what Microsoft has in store.

In no way am I tearing down the empire that Microsoft has built with the Surface Pro 3. It’s a terrific machine, one that continues to serve me well every day. For new users though, I’d say it’s been time to take a “Wait & See” approach since late July. There’s no need to invest in hardware that’s a year old if waiting just a bit longer gets you more options.

2015 MTV VMA Live Stream: How to Watch

The MTV VMA live stream begins later today at 3pm ET. Here’s how to watch all of the action on your computer or mobile device.

Once a year, MTV hosts one of the biggest nights for the music industry, not only celebrating music in general, but also celebrating the accompanying music videos that MTV has been so well known for.

Miley Cyrus will be hosting the 2015 MTV VMAs, but unlike last year, the young singer doesn’t have any music video nominations this time around. However, Miley is still going strong after winning last year’s Video of the Year award for her hit single “Wrecking Ball,” so she should feel right at home hosting the VMAs this year.

This year’s nominees include some of the biggest artists on the planet, with a five-way battle for the Video of the Year, consisting of Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Mark Ronson, and Kendrick Lamar.

Taylor Swift should have a great night, as she’s nominated for eight different categories, including Video of the Year, Best Female Video, and Best Collaboration with Kendrick Lamar for her song “Bad Blood.” Ed Sheeran is also nominated for quite a few categories, including Video if the Year and Best Male Video. Both him and Taylor Swift have been dominating the music landscape over the past year.

In any case, if you’re interested in watching the VMAs and catching all of the action, but won’t be able to get near a television tonight, here’s how to watch the 2015 MTV VMA live stream.

2015 MTV VMA Live Stream

The VMAs officially begin at 9pm ET on MTV, but if you don’t have cable or won’t be able to watch it on a television, there are luckily other options, which are perhaps even better than watching it on the tube.

You can catch the live stream on your computer right here, and it starts at 3pm ET, so it’s likely you’ll be able to catch some behind the scenes footage, as well as red carpet entrances and interviews with various artists before the awards show actually starts.

If you won’t be near a computer to watch the live stream in the web browser, the MTV app for iOS and Android will have the live stream up and running as well.

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Aside from watching the VMAs live on your mobile device, you’ll be able to choose from multiple camera angles throughout the show, providing you with an interesting look that traditional TV viewers won’t be able to see.

Mobile viewers will also be able to catch hours of behind the scenes footage and red carpet entrances. You can even beam the live stream from your iPhone to your Apple TV over AirPlay to your television, or use Chromecast if you’re on Android or iOS. This is a great option if you don’t have cable, but want to watch the awards show on the big screen.

You’ll be able to catch a ton of live performances, including a couple of pre-show performances from Nick Jonas and Walk the Moon. Main show performances will include Nicki Minaj, The Weeknd, Pharrell Williams, Tori Kelly, Ed Sheeran, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Demi Lovato, Justin Bieber, Twenty One Pilot, ASAP Rocky, and Kanye West.

Below you can check out the some of the best music videos that are nominated for this year’s MTV VMAs, and be sure to check out last year’s best music videos if you want a blast from the past. Otherwise, tune in starting at 3pm ET later today in order to catch all of the action leading up to the awards show that starts at 9pm ET.

 

Fallout 4 Pipbox: 5 Things You Need to Know

Bethesda won’t be making any more Fallout 4 Pip Boy Editions but it will be giving away an extremely unique version of the Xbox One that fans of the series will love. Here, we take a look at the most important things you need to know about the special edition Fallout 4 Pipbox Xbox One.

Since June, we’ve seen a number of new and exciting Fallout 4 release details emerge. We’ve seen numerous Fallout 4 deals arrive ahead of the game’s November 10th release date. We’ve seen new Fallout 4 bundles and accessories emerge. And we’ve seen Bethesda fire up a contest giving Fallout enthusiasts a chance to win a number of free prizes, including the elusive Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition.

The company won’t be releasing any more Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition stock but it has a few more limited edition Fallout 4 items up its sleeve.

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One of those items is a brand new ultra rare Fallout 4 Xbox One controller. The unique controller is tied into PAX Prime 2015 and Bethesda and Microsoft are going to be offering a couple of different ways to win the controller ahead of the game’s release in November. The contest for the controller lasts until August 31st.

Bethesda is also going to be giving away a rare version of the Xbox One. The company recently announced a special edition Xbox One called Fallout 4 Pipbox and it’s a must-have for fans of the Fallout saga. With a contest underway, we want to take a look at the five most important things buyers need to know about the Fallout 4 Pipbox.

Fallout 4 Pipbox

So what is the Fallout 4 Pipbox? The Fallout 4 Pipbox is a special edition Xbox One bundle that comes with a unique version of the console and a unique version of the Xbox One controller.

And while it’s going to appeal to Fallout 4 fans all over the world, Bethesda says that it will only be shipping its custom Xbox One to U.S. addresses. That probably won’t change and it’s not clear if the company will offer another contest to those that live outside of the United States.

It’s Super Rare

Bethesda will be giving away five Fallout 4 Pipbox Xbox Ones. It’s not clear if the company will release any more stock in the future though the contest rules note that while the approximate retail value of the console is $600, retailers can sell it for less. That doesn’t confirm future stock but it does leave the door open.

How to Win the Fallout 4 Pipbox

There are two ways to win a Fallout 4 Pipbox and neither of them require you to buy Fallout 4 or buy anything else from Bethesda. Entry is free.

If you are going to be attending PAX Prime, you’ll want to locate the Bethesda booth and pick up a card that features shows off three game logos for Fallout 4, DOOM and Dishonored 2. These are the three games Bethesda showed off at E3 2015 in Los Angeles.

Fill out the card and then pose for a picture at the Bethesda booth. Then, you’ll want to submit your card for entry into the contest.

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If you aren’t attending PAX Prime, you’ll need to log in to your Twitter Account and follow the @Fallout and @Xbox Twitter accounts. Next, retweet the official Fallout tweet using the #VaultOneEleven hashtag to enter into the contest. That’s it.

Bethesda says that the the drawings for the five Fallout 4 Pipbox editions will be conducted shortly after the conclusion of the contest.

Contest Ends Soon

You only have a limited time to enter the contest. The contest started yesterday and it will end on August 31st at 6PM PST. This is when Bethesda’s booth at PAX Prime closes.

The contest for the rare Fallout 4 Xbox One controller also ends on August 31st so you’ll want to get your entries in for both before the end of the workday on Monday.

Things Not to Do

And finally, it’s worth noting that there some things not to do if you’re looking to win a Fallout 4 Pipbox. First, you can only enter once at PAX Prime. If you try to enter again at the show, you could be disqualified from the running.

If you’re looking to enter via Twitter, you can only enter using one Twitter account. If Bethesda discovers that you’re entering the contest through dummy accounts, you will be disqualified from the contest. The company also says that entries “submitted using any robot, script, macro or other automated service” will be disqualified as well.

Fallout 4 Release: 10 Things We Learned in August

Fallout 4 Xbox One Controller

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Fallout 4 Xbox One Controller

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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How to View Recently Closed Tabs in Safari on iPhone

Safari on your iPhone allows you open up web pages in different tabs, but if you accidentally close a tab, here’s how to view recently closed tabs in Safari in order to get it back.

Safari is one of the best mobile web browsers on the iPhone. It’s simple, but it comes with all of the features that most users would want in a mobile browser, including bookmarks, favorites, private browsing, and the use of tabs.

Tabs allow you to have multiple web pages open at once and you can go back and forth between them quickly and easily. However, if you accidentally close out of a tab, there’s really no easy to get it back. On the desktop, you can simply just hit Cmd+Shift+T (or on Windows it’s Ctrl+Shift+T) and get the tab back that you just closed.

However, there’s actually a really easy way to get back a tab that you accidentally closed in Safari on your iPhone, so never fear if you accidentally hit the Close button on a tab when you’re browsing through them on your device.

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Here’s how to recover lost tabs in Safari when you accidentally close one of them out.

Recovering Closed Tabs in Safari

If you accidentally closed out of a tab while you were browsing in Safari on your iPhone, there’s an easy to way to get that tab back that a lot of users don’t know about.

Simply put, when you tap on the Tab button in the bottom-right corner of Safari and then hold down on the Plus icon at the bottom, this will bring up a list of recently closed tabs. Tapping on one will bring back that web page in a new tab.

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Many users don’t know that you can hold down on the Plus icon, thinking that it’s only there to open a new tab, when actually you can use it to access recently closed tabs as well.

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Unfortunately, this doesn’t work in Private Browsing Mode in Safari, but that’s not too surprising, as other browsers don’t allow you to do this as well, even on the desktop.

Of course, this isn’t the only tip that’s worth knowing about in Safari. There’s also a Reader Mode that can turn a web article into a page with just the text to make it easier to read. You can enable it by visiting any article on a news website and then a small button made up of multiple parallel lines should appear on the left side of the address bar. Tapping on that will enable Reader Mode.

You can also save a website’s home page as a shortcut on your iPhone’s home screen. All you do is open up Safari and navigate to the website that you want to save as a home screen shortcut. Tap the Share button on the menu bar and then tap on Add to Home Screen. On the next page you’ll give the shortcut a name, and then tap on Add in the upper-right corner to add the shortcut to your home screen.

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You should also know how to delete your iPhone’s browsing history in Safari, should a time ever come where you might need to do that. Unless you’re in Private Browsing Mode, Safari saves all of the web pages that you visit, and you may want to eventually wipe all of this at some point.

All you have to do is open up Safari and then tap on the Bookmarks icon down at the bottom. From there, tap on the same icon toward the top if it isn’t already selected. This will show you your browser history and all of the websites that you’ve visited on your iPhone in Safari. The next step is to tap Clear at the bottom. This will bring up several options: Clear the Last Hour, Clear Today, Clear Today & Yesterday, and Clear All History.

Samsung Level U Wireless Headphones Review

The Samsung Level U Wireless Bluetooth headphones are some of the most lightweight, comfortable and best sounding wireless headphones I’ve used to date. Delivering a simple design, great battery life, dual-mic noise reduction and more all for under $70. This is our Samsung Level U Headphones review.

One of the many new official accessories for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge+ is a set of Level U Wireless Bluetooth headphones. This pair of headphones works with most devices, not just Samsung, and were released a few months back. Wireless headphones are a dime a dozen, and I’m usually never a fan, not to mention battery life is typically terrible. Samsung’s Level U headphones though, have changed my mind.

Read: 10 Exciting Galaxy Note 5 Accessories

Samsung Level Audio products are the company’s premium line of audio equipment, and I’ve had the pleasure of testing out the Level U around-the-neck wireless headphones for the past month. Finding something that’s comfortable and won’t get in the way, sound great, and has good battery life is hard to come by, but these exceeded my expectations.

Wireless Bluetooth headphones and even around-the-neck headphones are nothing new, but Samsung’s combined these with a great design and a few unique features to make them actually worth considering. I was on the fence until I got a pair during the Note 5 launch event, and have been using them 4-5 days a week ever since. I’ve used the LG Tone+ as well, which are heavier, more bulky, and don’t sound nearly as good.

The Level U headphones come in Sapphire Black (blueish color) or White to match the Galaxy lineup, and are made of a durable yet lightweight plastic with polyurethane frames that wrap around the users neck for comfort, ease of use, and most importantly, adjustments. The flexible design allows for a tight or lose fit while in use without worrying about breaking the frames, and there’s a little rubber band or O-ring that can twist up or down the frame to get the perfect length from the cords. Meaning they aren’t too long, aren’t too short, and won’t be hitting your neck when you turn your head.

What I’m saying here is these are actually comfortable. I’ve used a few “around-the-neck” headphones in the past and was never all that comfortable, the cords always were too short or rubbing against my neck or cheek, and battery life was always an issue. Not to mention trying to control volume, pause/play songs, and sync over Bluetooth. The Level U doesn’t have any of those problems. At least not for me. These “horse-collar” headphones are worth trying, trust me on that one.

Quite possibly my favorite aspect is the earbuds are both magnetic. This means while they aren’t in use they won’t get tangled, be in the way, or get caught on anything. Simply touch them together and they rest neatly on the users chest, as shown in the image above. There is also a vibration motor inside that lets you know when pairing mode starts, completes, or for incoming messages. It’s light, and not too intrusive.

The overall design is nothing fancy, but that’s the point. They’re simple, easy to use, straightforward, and lightweight. The plastic glossy finish doesn’t have any cushion or rubber on the inside for comfort, but these are so lightweight after a few minutes I completely forgot I was wearing them. I actually forgot at the airport and tried to walk into the scanner with them around my neck.

Samsung’s Level U design is very simple, but I do have one complaint, and that’s the power button. It’s on bottom while being worn, and hard to toggle on and off. Meaning I have to reach around back and under the frame, and use my fingernail to switch them on. That said, standby battery life was so incredible I just didn’t bother turning them off, even through a 10 hour day at the airport.

The Micro-USB charging port can be sealed to protect the internals from sweat
The Micro-USB charging port can be sealed to protect the internals from sweat

While being worn the power button is on the bottom middle left, as stated above, and on the top middle left side is the micro-USB charging port. This is the same cord we charge Android devices with, so any charger will do. Samsung thankfully put a nice flap to seal the charging port, so sweat and hair won’t fall inside while working out or riding a bike.

Then the only other thing buyers need to know is about the three buttons on the right side. There is a big pause/play/sync button, then a volume up and a volume down button. That’s it. Long-press to enable sync or pairing mode, find it with an Android device like the Galaxy Note 5, and start playing tunes. Tapping the sync button will pause or play, long-press volume up goes to the previous song, and long-pressing the volume down button goes to the next track. It’s simple.

Here’s a quick picture right from Samsung that better explains what each button does. It says rewind 1 second, but it actually goes back and forward a track, which is what I’d prefer. They’re matte black, soft rubber, and hard to see, but once you know where these buttons are it’s dead simple to operate.

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The Samsung Level U headphones come with three different headphone tips to cover the 12mm dynamic drivers that deliver pretty excellent sound, and more bass than I was ever expecting. The large size comes installed out of the box. Then there is a smaller set I put on, and a set meant for hiking, working out, biking, or other strenuous activities where regular buds might fall out of an ear. Samsung calls these stabilizing tips, or gels. These fit snugly in the ear but aren’t as comfortable in my opinion.

So how do they sound? Pretty great actually. Any audiophile will knock the idea of streaming music over Bluetooth, but I found them to be pretty impressive. I have some Audio Technica AD900 headphones, Yuin PK2’s, and some in-ear monitors. While they each serve a different purpose, I have room for the Level U headphones. They sound excellent, highs are crisp while lows were surprisingly more present than expected, and they’re great for travel.

To make things even better owners can download the Samsung Level App to customize sound profiles for the best experience possible, and tweak the sound to fit their needs.

Samsung promises around 10 hours of music playback, 11 hours of talk-time (with support for S-Voice) and 500 hours of standby. I left mine on all day, was at the airport for nearly 13 hours, and streamed NFL pre-season games the entire day and had battery leftover. I don’t think I was listening to music for 11 hours straight, but that was way more than I expected, and will suffice, to say the least. This is much better than the typical 4-5 hours on some smaller (and bigger) headphones.

The fact that these have noise reduction and echo cancellation, amazing battery life, are so lightweight you’ll forget they’re being worn, and sound great, is more than enough for me to recommend them. Yes, they’re a bit expensive at $69.99 from Samsung, but considering the convenience and sound quality that price is more than worth it.

Disney Infinity 3.0 Release: 5 Things Buyers Need to Know

When Disney Infinity 3.0 release day arrives this year, it’ll test a lot of what we think we know about the Toys-to-Life category. As its name suggests Disney Infinity 3.0 is the third game in a series of titles created by Avalanche that have a primary focus on physical add-ons that players drop into the game. It’s an area of gaming also dominated by Activision’s Skylanders series.

Some think that the Disney Infinity 3.0 release date will mark the beginning of the end for the toys-to-life category. It’s so product driven and such a cash hog that they think gamers will revolt and have little interest in yet another game that forces them to purchase tiny toys equipped with the same NFC wireless communication technology that the iPhone uses for its Apple Pay apps and services. Others speculate that Disney Infinity 3.0 will prove that the with a little innovation and change in gameplay the toys-to-life category can stay fresh and interesting.

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Read: Disney Infinity 3.0 Impressions Ahead of Release

Here’s what you need to know if you’re planning on making a move when Disney Infinity 3.0 release day arrives.

Disney Infinity 3.0 Release Date & Pricing

Let’s start with the Disney Infinity 3.0 release date and pricing, because they can be confusing for new comers. Disney Infinity is unlike any video game series that you likely have more experience with. It’s not enough to buy a single disc based copy of Disney Infinity 3.0 In fact, you can’t. Instead, when Disney Infinity 3.0 release date arrives you need to pick up a Starter Pack. Switching characters out in the game requires you to purchase new figures that aren’t included in the Disney Infinity 3.0 Starter Pack. Power Disc Packs add more stuff to the experience too.

Disney Infinity 3.0 figures cost $14.99 each. Picking up new Power Disc Packs that add interesting stuff to the experience costs an additional $9.99. All of this, plus the aforementioned Starter Pack goes on sale August 30th in the United States and August 28th in Europe. Themed play sets with new bits of story start at $39.99

Disney Infinity 3.0 Starter Pack & Pre-Order Extras

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$64.99 gets users the Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Starter Pack on the PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3 and Nintendo’s Wii U. The Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Starter Pack doubles as a story in its own right, called Twilight of the Republic. Twilight of the Republic features Anakin Skywalker and Ahoska Tano heavily in its story set on the planet of Geonosis. That’s why the two figures come in the Starter Pack.

The Disney Infinity 3.0 Starter Pack comes with a disc-based copy of the game, a base for getting figures into the game, a set piece and a web code card for use at Disney Infinity’s website. Anyone who pre-orders the Disney Infinity 3.0 Starter Pack gets Disney access to Toy Box take over, a Disney Infinity 3.0 story add-on involving Syndrome from The Incredibles.

There aren’t any digital pre-orders for Disney Infinity 3.0 available now, but they are on the way, according to Forbes. They’ll be for people who don’t already have a base.

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Disney Infinity 3.0 Is & Isn’t All About Star Wars Characters

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One of the ways Disney Infinity 3.0 has been so successful is by prioritizing some parts of its universe for each new edition. The first, covered a broad range of characters. Disney Infinity 2.0 added Marvel super-heroes to the mix. Disney Infinity 3.0 packs Star Wars figures and themes.

Rise Against the Empire and The Force Awakens are two other packs coming for Disney Infinity 3.0 players. Rise Against the Empire has Luke and Leia Skywalker. Finn and Rey are included in The Force Awakens play set

Sony’s PS4 & PS3 will get a bundle of their own, called the Star Wars Saga Bundle. That $119 package has 3 web codes, the Rise Against the Empire set piece, Twilight of the Republic set Piece, a base, the game itself plus Ahsoka, Anakin, Luke, Princess Leia and Boba Fett.

Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Darh Vader, Darth Maul, Ezra Bridger, Kanan Jarrus, Sabine Wren and Zeb Orrelios are available as separate purchases.

The Disney Infinity 3.0 release isn’t only about Stars Wars though. A Inside Out themed play set packing Joy and Anger is coming too. Sadness, Disgust, Feature, Hulbuster Iron Man, Ultron, Peter Pan, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Sam Flynn, Quorra, Mulan, Olaf, Spot, Judy Opps and Nick Wilde are all coming as individual figures that Disney Infinity 3.0 buyers can purchase separately. Some of these will be available on release day. Others will make their way to store shelves during the winter months

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Anyone who purchases all the characters will unlock the Keyblade, a weapon from another Disney property, Kingdom Hearts.

Disney Infinity 3.0 Power Disc Pack Changes

Disney Infinity Power Packs were sort of like gambling in years past. Purchasing one was like taking a leap of faith. Disney Infinity 3.0 Power Packs are different in that users see what their theme is before they commit to purchasing it.

Disney Infinity 3.0 has five confirmed sets of Power Disc Packs coming over the life of Disney Infinity 3.0. One is based on Tomorrowland, the movie and themed area in Disney World. Rise Against the Empire and Twilight of the Republic have their own Power Disc Packs coming too. The Good Dinosaur and Zootopia finish out that list.

Disney Infinity 3.0 Combat & Toy Box Changes

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Combat upgrades had to be a focus for Disney Infinity 3.0. Simply put, no one is willing to do the same thing three times in a row in the same exact manner that they did them.

Every Star Wars character has a lightsaber and those are in the game. The combat system is reworked and more interesting. It combines combos with weapon use for easy advantages. Special attacks are back too. The Force can be used to propel enemies across levels.

Navigating the Toy Box requires a trip to the Toy Box Hub, which has gotten a themed-visual upgrade. Different areas have different architecture. Users can create their own music or loop in livestreams from radio Disney. Worlds can be changed depending on time of day or season. There’s a Theme Transformer for cool alterations on toys and extras too. Farming can earn you extras and a Disney sidekick too.

Read: Forbidden Disney Infinity 3.0 Details Arrive

Good luck with your Disney Infinity 3.0 release day purchase. Again, Disney Infinity 3.0 launches on August 30th in the united states and August 28th in Europe.

iPhone 5s iOS 9 Release: 10 Things to Expect

The iPhone 5s iOS 9 update is confirmed for the fall and thanks to a growing amount of evidence, it looks like we might only be a few weeks away from its release date. Today, we want to take a look at a few things you can expect from the iPhone 5s iOS 9 release and release date.

In June, Apple took the stage and announced a brand new mobile operating system dubbed iOS 9. iOS 9 is iOS 8’s successor and it will be bringing a number of new and exciting features to Apple’s stable of iPhones and iPads including the iPad 2 and iPhone 4s.

On stage, Apple confirmed a number of key iOS 9 release details including a beta and an iOS 9 release window. The iOS 9 release date will land sometime this fall though the company hasn’t outlined a specific date for the update’s arrival. That should change soon though.

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The iPhone 5s iOS 9 update was confirmed on stage at WWDC 2015 in June and it represents the former flagship’s second major iOS system update. Its first was the iOS 8 update that landed back in September.

As we’ve noted the iPhone 5 iOS 9 update is an extremely exciting piece of software as it brings new features and several key enhancements to Apple’s flagship from 2013. And while we still don’t have an official date to look forward to, we do have some clues.

With those clues and iPhone 5s users in mind, we want to take a quick look at a few things we expect from the iPhone 5s iOS 9 release and release date.

One More iPhone 5s iOS 9 Beta

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One More iPhone 5s iOS 9 Beta

With the iOS 9 beta, Apple's stuck to a pretty precise pattern with a new release coming every two weeks. That is, until this month.

Apple's last iOS 9 beta release, iOS 9 beta 5, arrived on August 6th. We're almost in September and nothing has emerged for the iPhone 5s or any other devices. And with an iOS 9 release said to be close, our guess is that we may not see another developer/public iOS 9 beta that's not the GM.

Apple will almost certainly release an iOS 9 Gold Master ahead of the public iOS 9 release date. If it does, it will serve as the final beta and it will mirror the final version of the iOS 9 update. 

GM release dates typically come about a week ahead of the iOS release date so we should see it sometime next month.

So, don't expect Apple to drop any big iOS 9 feature bombshells with a new iOS 9 beta before the software's launch date. Speaking of the launch date...

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iPhone 6s Launch Date: What to Expect

Apple’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus aren’t official just yet but that should change in the near future. With an iPhone 6s launch date all but confirmed, we want to take a look at what you should expect from Apple’s first big launch event since WWDC 2015 in June.

For months, we’ve seen reports and leaks link an iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to Apple’s fall pipeline. The two devices are expected to take over for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and they’re expected to feature a number of upgrades that should be tempting to those in the hunt for a new device.

iPhone 6s specs are rumored to include 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch display sizes, a stronger design, a new 12MP rear camera, an improved front-facing camera, a more efficient A9 processor, a new Qualcomm chip for faster LTE data speeds, enhanced battery life, and more.

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As we’ve pushed deeper into the year, iPhone 6s rumors have firmed up to the point that we now have a solid read on its specs, its release date, and its announcement date. The iPhone 6s launch date is expected to take place next month and it’s also expected to feature more than just the iPhone 6s.

With an Apple media event set for September 9th, we want to take a look at a few things to expect from Apple and the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus launch date.

Two iPhones

Apple’s scheduled a media event for September 9th. The event kicks off at 10AM PST at the Bill Graham Auditorium in San Francisco’s Civic Center. Apple will be hosting a live stream which will allow those not in attendance to watch the events from work or at home. And if you’re interested in buying a new iPhone, we recommend tuning in.

On stage, you can expect Apple to detail two iPhones. A 4.7-inch iPhone 6s and a 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus. The company is not expected to announce a 4-inch iPhone 6c. The device is rumored to be in development but it’s not clear when, or even if, Apple will release it.

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We’d expect the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s to be the stars of the show and we’d expect the event to last for at least an hour and a half. Probably two. So if you have meetings scheduled for September 9th, you might want to think about rescheduling them for another time.

iPhone 6s Release Date

You can expect Apple to outline all of the important iPhone 6s details on stage. That includes features like storage and price and that means the iPhone 6s release date.

We expect Apple to outline an iPhone 6s pre-order date and an iPhone 6s release date on stage during the event. The iPhone 6s pre-order date should be September 11th and the iPhone 6s release date should be September 18th. There could be some additional wrinkles but we expect those dates to hold up.

We’d expect the U.S. iPhone 6s release date to be among the release dates confirmed on stage but we wouldn’t expect the U.S. to be the only one. Apple’s got several other key markets to take care of (China, Europe, Korea, Japan) so we’d expect more than a few release dates confirmed on September 9th.

New iPhone Lineup

We’d expect Apple to confirm changes to the iPhone lineup.

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be the catalyst for change as Apple revamps its iPhone lineup ahead of the holidays. The two flagships are expected to take over for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at their starting price points with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus dropping in price to accommodate. Apple’s current flagships will reportedly drop by $100 on-contract.

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Apple’s also expected to slot the iPhone 5s into the free-on-contract price point and discontinue the plastic iPhone 5c. So if you’ve been looking to buy the iPhone 5c, now might be a good time to take the plunge. It probably won’t be around for much longer.

Look for these details to emerge when Apple discusses the iPhone 6s’ storage and pricing options. Don’t expect it to comment on its iPhone 5c sales.

New iOS 9 Features

We expect Apple to detail the iOS 9 update on stage. The announcement will refresh the memories of those that haven’t been paying attention since WWDC. It should also reveal some new details about the iOS 9 update and its features. We fully expect the iPhone 6s to come with some unique iOS 9 features.

iOS developer Hamza Sood recently discovered a reference to Force Touch for the iPhone 6s. Force Touch display technology is expected to be one of the new features included on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus and it will allow users to active new features with pressure-sensitive on-screen gestures.

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The code suggests that Apple is testing Force Touch on the iOS 9 keyboard. Sood believes that this likely references keyboard trackpad gestures that activate with Force Touch enabled gestures.

This is just one feature, there may be more.

iOS 9 Release Date

We also expect Apple to confirm an iOS 9 release date on stage.

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The iOS 9 update is confirmed for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad mini, iPad 4, iPad 3, and iPad 2. It’s still not clear when Apple will release the iOS 9 update though we have our suspicions.

Apple tends to release iOS updates two days before the iPhone release date. We’re expecting the iOS 9 release date to land on September 16th. September 16th or not, expect Apple to confirm a date on stage.

Apple TV 4

We’re also expecting the Apple TV 4 to play a big role during the iPhone 6s launch event. For many, the company’s refreshed Apple TV is as exciting as the new iPhones.

The Apple TV 4 is heavily rumored for a September 9th launch and the new set top box is expected to feature a new design that’s thinner with a similar rounded square look. It’s also expected to feature a brand new App Store that will allow users to download and install third-party apps.

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The new Apple TV is also rumored to have a new remote control that comes with a bulkier design and a touchpad. A new report from TechCrunch indicates that the Apple TV 4 remote will come with sensors that make it motion sensitive, perhaps, similar to the Nintendo Wii remote.

It’s also expected to have a built-in microphone.

iPhone 6s Release: 10 Things We Learned in August

We Think We Know the iPhone 6s Launch Date

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We Think We Know the iPhone 6s Launch Date

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

Update: September 9th launch date confirmed.

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

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

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13 Windows 10 Essential Apps & Games

Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system is supposed to be the most forward-thinking, fulfilling operating system that users can get on their PCs today. Microsoft hopes that users will take time to get to know Windows 10, and that they’ll love it. The more mouse friendly Start Menu is back for this reason. The Windows Store is a fundamental part of this strategy too.

Introduced in Windows 8.1, the Windows Store was a disaster. Search was terrible, and the apps you could find weren’t very useful. What’s more, Microsoft seems to have done very little to boost the profile of the Windows Store. Users at home didn’t bother with the Windows Store for apps because there was hardly anything there they could appreciate. In turn, developers ignored it too, preferring to concentrate on apps that users could download freely from the web or skipping Windows entirely.

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Windows 10 refreshes the store. Microsoft has moved its movies, television and music stores to the Windows Store, making it more likely that users will visit. It retooled the Windows Store’s design, making it mouse and touch-friendly while still providing users with the information they need about their apps. Microsoft is making it easier for iPhone and Android developers to bring their apps to Windows too. Apps sold in the Windows Store work on notebooks, tablets desktops Windows 2-in-1s and smartphones.

Read: Windows 10 Review – A Love Affair

It’s too early to say whether all of these changes will result in a bustling Windows Store filled with apps and games that are on the same level as the iPhone and Android. It is clear that the Windows Store has some essential apps users need now. Here are 13 essential Windows 10 apps available for desktops, notebooks and tablets running Microsoft’s latest operating system.

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Office Mobile

 Microsoft’s Office apps are the stuff of productivity legend. Chances are that if you need to get anything done, you’re doing it in Microsoft Office. That’s just the why it is. Microsoft wants to keep that streak going and that’s why the Office Mobile apps for Windows exist. They embrace a future where Office is something you can download through the Windows Store and use with a notebook, desktop or tablet. They have a monthly or yearly subscription built in, not a high, one-time fee.

Word Mobile, Excel Mobile, PowerPoint Mobile, OneNote Mobile are all available for anyone to download free of charge in the Windows Store. Each of them can be used to read documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Creating anything in them from the ground up requires an Office 365 Account.

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Xbox One Black Ops 3 Beta Open to All Players

After a rocky start the Xbox One Black Ops 3 beta is now open to all Xbox One owners, even those who did not pre-order Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and get a beta token.

Call of Duty, Treyarch and Activision confirmed that the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta is open to all Xbox One owners now, for the rest of the beta period.

The official end to the Xbox One Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta is August 30th, but with the issues that stopped many players from downloading the Black Ops 3 beta for a day and the precedent from the PS4 beta, we expect an extra day of play.

Here’s what you need to know about the public Xbox One Black Ops 3 beta that is now available for everyone to play.

Download the Xbox One Black Ops 3 Beta

You don’t need a Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta token to download the game to your Xbox One anymore. For the first several days users needed a code to install the game, but as of today it is open for all players with an Xbox One to download.

Everyone with a Xbox One can download the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta.
Everyone with a Xbox One can download the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta.

The first thing to do is turn on your Xbox One and sign in to your account. If you are not at home you can search in the Xbox One app for you iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone or the web and you should be able to start the beta download.

  • On the Xbox go to the right to the Xbox Store.
  • Search for the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta.
  • Select the option to download the Xbox One Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta.
  • Confirm the option to download the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta to your Xbox One.

The Black Ops 3 beta download size is 13.87GB, which is a large file to download, so you should plan on a decent wait for the file to download and install.

Expect Some Xbox One Black Ops 3 Beta Problems

If you are just joining the Xbox One Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta, you should expect to see some problems with the game. Treyarch issued an update that changes the power of the Rejack Specialist power. There are no other patch notes available yet, but users can expect that some other features changed.

There are some Xbox One Black Ops 3 beta problems that you should know about. Games may freeze at times and there are other potential issues. This is a beta, and you should remember that there will be some issues.

Keep in mind that the influx of new players may stress servers for a short time while a large number of users download the update and start to play.

Things to Try in the Black Ops 3 Beta

You only have a short time with the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta on Xbox One, so you should make the most of your time with the game. The slides below walk through 10 things you need to try in the Xbox One Black Ops 3 beta.

Xbox One Black Ops 3 Beta: 10 Things to Try

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Try Out Each Specialist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How to Delete Your Galaxy Note 5 Browser History

As we continue to use our smartphones more and more for anything and everything during daily life, privacy is becoming more important than ever. Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 5 is the latest device to hit shelves, and many users will need to know how to do certain things. This quick guide will explain how to clear or delete your Galaxy Note 5 browser history from prying eyes.

The new Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ are very secure smartphones with lots of features, including a fingerprint scanner built into the home button for improved security. That may not be enough though. Browser history or form data is something many users will want to clear and erase. There are many different reasons a user may want to delete their internet browser or search history on a smartphone, and we’re sure you have your reasons, so here we’ll explain how to do so on the new Note 5.

Read: How to Reset a Frozen Galaxy Note 5

Most Android smartphones have more than one browser, which means users will need to clear or delete the history for the browser they use most often. Samsung’s Note 5 has its own browser called “Internet” but by default most users will simply stick to using Google Chrome. As a result, we’ll focus on Chrome in this how to, even though clearing Samsung’s Internet browser history is almost exactly the same. Read on to learn how.

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Users that are logged into a Google account, which we’re assuming all are when you use Android, every website viewed or searched for will be saved and remembered. That is unless you have history turned off completely or are using an incognito tab or an incognito browser, which we’ll mention again below.

Below we’ll explain how to clear the browser history on the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. It’s worth noting this doesn’t clear the Google Search history, as that’s something completely different. Clearing the history may be needed for an array of reasons.This could be regarding typical privacy concerns, so children or significant others can’t see what was bought for a birthday on Amazon, or for other reasons we won’t get into. Read on for the quick instructions.

Instructions

As we mentioned above the Note 5 has two browser out of the box, but here we’ll be focusing on Google Chrome, as that’s what everyone uses or should be using. The same steps essentially apply for the “Internet App” but are labeled slightly different but located in the same spot.

Open Google Chrome and in the navigation bar at the top users will see three dots, tap this, as this is the settings button. Tap the three dots, then select History.

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Shown above are the steps a user will need to take to get to the browser history on the Galaxy Note 5. From here we have two choices. One thing I like about Google Chrome is users can hit the X on each viewing session one at a time. This means you can clear a specific search or website visit, rather than everything at once. This makes it so it doesn’t look like a user is trying to hide their tracks.

Simply tap the X on each one and they’ll disappear, and be completely deleted from the browser history forever. However, there is a much better method that clears everything at once. At the bottom tap “Clear Browsing Data” which will bring up a pop-up window with a few options.

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Don’t clear everything here, as this can cause issues and more trouble than good. Most Note 5 owners will want to leave the three boxes checked, and that’s all. Those being Browsing history, Cache, and Cookies. If you check Saved Passwords and AutoFill data than website login information and other things you’ve set to be remembered, will be deleted. Being able to go to Amazon.com and have the Note 5 remember my login info is nice, but if you select the last two boxes those will all be erased as well.

Choose what works best for you by checking each box, then simply hit “Clear” and it will erase everything. Depending on how often you do this it will take a few seconds, or up to a few minutes before completion.

Samsung’s “Internet” browser is a bit more difficult. Hit More > Settings > Privacy > Delete Personal Data > and select the same boxes as Chrome.

Incognito Mode

Something called Incognito mode will prevent any of this from being a problem to begin with, as this mode simply doesn’t save anything at all while users browse the web. On either browser hit the “More” or 3 dots button at the top and open an Incognito Browser Tab. During that session the browser won’t remember or save any history, passwords, login, or track what you do. This is the safest route, and something many users should consider.

There are a few browsers on the Google Play Store that do this by default and will never remember any user data. Dolphin Zero is a good one, and the Opera Browser has a browser-wide privacy mode that can also be easily enabled in settings. I’d stick to the stock browser or Chrome, but everyone likes something different, and there’s plenty to choose from on Android.

Keep what you do and view on your smartphone private by following the steps above. Incognito mode is a nice way to go, or just delete things as needed or necessary if the situation presents itself. Anyone with questions can leave a comment below.

Galaxy Android 5.1.1 Release: 7 Things We Learned in August

The Samsung Galaxy Android 5.1.1 release continues to make progress as we push towards September and the Android Marshmallow release from Google. With that in mind, we take a look at a few important things we learned this month about the Samsung Galaxy Android 5.1.1 release and what’s coming next.

In June, Samsung started rolling out the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update to the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. The update’s arrived a few weeks after Google’s initial roll out and they have since spread to a number of different devices in Samsung’s lineup including top names like the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge.

As is the case with all Samsung Android releases, the Galaxy Android 5.1.1 release has been a long drawn out process that’s included several delays.

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August was a busy month for Samsung and its Android 5.1.1 release for Galaxy smartphones and tablets. The update landed for a number of new models and it also delivered a key fix for the Stagefright vulnerability that emerged at the end of July. Stagefright was the catalyst for Samsung’s promise to push out for timely security updates to Galaxy devices.

We’ve heard a lot about the Galaxy Android 5.1.1 release and we’ve also started to hear a lot about what’s coming up after Android 5.1.1. Samsung’s got an Android Marshmallow release on the way and it looks like it will be coming to Galaxy devices in the near future. If the information is spot on, it appears that some devices might jump from Android 5.0.2 or below to Android 6.0.

With August coming to a close, we want to take a look at the most important things to know about the Samsung Galaxy Android 5.1.1 release as we make our way towards September and the arrival of Google’s brand new Android Marshmallow operating system.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Android 5.1.1 Release Progress

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Android 5.1.1 Release Progress

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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Apple TV 4 Rumors Heat Up Ahead of iPhone 6s Event

Apple’s iPhone 6s event is official for September 9 where we’ll see the unveiling of the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and possibly the Apple TV 4, but rumors about the new set-top box aren’t stopping anytime soon.

The Apple TV 4 is said to receive a major overhaul over the current model, which hasn’t received a single refresh since 2012. According to rumors that have been floating around for a while, the new Apple TV 4 box will sport a thinner, but wider design overall and keep the same rounded-square look as before.

Furthermore, it’s said that the Apple TV will also get its own app store of sorts, that will allow users to download and install Apple TV apps. Currently, the Apple TV only has a select number of “channels” that are available by default, and Apple only allows broadcast and streaming services to have channels on the Apple TV, but that could soon change. It’s possible that third-party developers will be able to create Apple TV apps, further widening the scope of what the Apple TV could do.

On top of that, the Apple TV 4 is said to receive a remote control overhaul, doing away with the classic thin design of the current aluminum remote and bulking it up a bit by adding a touchpad. This would make it way easier to navigate through menus and even typing out stuff when you’re searching for a specific movie or TV show.

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The remote is also said to come with a built-in microphone that would allow you to speak to your Apple TV and perform voice searches, similar to Amazon’s Fire TV.

However, that’s not the only improvement that the new Apple TV 4 remote could come with. According to a new report from TechCrunch, the Apple TV 4 remote will also include a bevy of sensors to make it motion sensitive, similar to the Nintendo Wii remote.

The remote will include “several axis’ worth of sensors” allowing you to point it at the screen and use it to easily select an item just like you would with a Nintendo Wii remote. It would certainly make navigation a lot easier on the Apple TV. However, it’s also something that could be implemented into games if Apple decided to go that route with the Apple TV 4, which has been rumored in the past.

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While it has certainly been awhile since we’ve heard rumors of the Apple TV getting gaming support, it seems that a feature like that could still be on the table, although we’ll have to wait and see how Apple would implement gaming into the set-top box exactly. It’s possible that the included remote control could be doubled as a game controller when users want to play games on the device, but it’s also possible that the Apple TV 4 could come with Bluetooth controller support for a small number of approved third-party gamepads.

In any case, so far it appears that the remote for the Apple TV 4 could be the biggest new thing on the list of features for the rumored set-top box. It’ll be interesting to see the re-design of the user interface, of course, but the biggest change could be the remote itself. The current Apple TV remote has remained unchanged since 2007, and while its design is quite timeless, it’s about ready for an update.

One thing is for sure, though. Hopefully Apple will make it easier to find a lost Apple TV remote, as those little things get stuck between the couch cushions all too often. Luckily, the new Apple TV remote will be a bit chunkier than before, making it more difficult to get lost.

Bungie Spills Crucial Destiny The Taken King Release Details

With less than a month left until it arrives on store shelves, video game developer Bungie has more Destiny The Taken King release details ready for those who plan on picking up the expansion. This information includes a warning about the most precious commodity there is on modern day video game console: storage. Also, there’s tons of information about how the end-game experience will change for longtime players.

Bungie reveals end-game content and missions for Destiny The Taken King this week in a piece for Edge Magazine. The covers are exclusive to the magazine, but Bungie also posted what users can expect from The Taken King & the Destiny 2.0 update after they’ve finished the story on their blog. To be clear, all the changes the developer describes in its post are related to Destiny 2.0, what Bungie is calling the huge update its applying to Destiny before The Taken King arrives whether users purchase the new expansion or not.

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Read: Destiny The Taken King Release Date Revealed

Strikes are getting changeable variables along with rewards that are specific to each of their missions. In addition, bosses for each strike are getting what Bungie is describing as “interested combat phases.” Destiny The Taken King players will notice differences in Strike playlists too. Nightfall now requires players to be at level 40 or above and dying doesn’t send users back into orbit and waiting. When killed, players now sit out for 30 seconds of action.

A new Vanguard Heroic Playlist gives entire accounts rewards. This makes rewards available for every character. Legendary Marks will drop only when a character has competed the first three strikes. Destiny players will be required to have a character at level 40 before participating here too. Legendary Marks won’t be capped and Bungie is giving all players a Legendary Engram the first time they finish a Weekly Heroic Strike.

Daily Heroic and Daily PVP activities are getting more rewards and now apply across an entire account instead of just a single character. Going forward, weekly bounties from Lord Shaxx, a character in the game, will give users who completed weekly PVP contest Nightfall rewards.

To make sure that all Destiny players are ready for the biggest update in the game’s history Bungie also included some tips for upgraders along with its detailed breakdown of end-game changes. No version of Destiny will be spared from the Destiny 2.0 update. “All Destiny players will be required to download and apply the update to continue playing even if they do not purchase Destiny: The Taken King,” the tips begin.

Owners of Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PS4 video game consoles will need to have a whopping 18GB of free space available on their console to install the Destiny 2.0 update. These users are also encouraged to turn on automatic updates for their console so that they can be ready to jump into the game without being interrupted during their session to upgrade. The PS4 lets users add bigger hard drives to their console and the Xbox One supports external hard drives. As such, these requirements shouldn’t be a big problem.

Xbox 360 players can expect the update to take up 10GB on that console. PS3 owners can expect a 10GB update, but they’ll need to have 20GB total since the PS4 needs free space perform the upgrade. Bungie says that anyone still using a 20GB Xbox 360 or PS3 to play Destiny can expect installation problems if they don’t get more storage ahead of time. It’s even going as far as encouraging these users to purchase a new console in the same family as the one they have now.

Read: Destiny The Taken King – 5 Things Buyers Need to Know

Video game retailer GameStop has physical copies of Destiny The Taken King available for pre-order now for $59.99. Anyone who already plays Destiny is better off downloading the Destiny 2.0 update on September 8th and purchasing the expansion from either the Xbox Store or PlayStation Store. Digital versions of the expansion are just $39.99 and don’t include the two expansions already available.

iPhone 6s Release Date: What Not to Expect

The iPhone 6s launch date is all but confirmed which means that we’re getting close to the phone’s highly anticipated release date. With that in mind, we want to take a look at 10 things that you shouldn’t expect from Apple and the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus release date.

For months, iPhone 6s rumors have hinted at everything from the iPhone 6s specs to the iPhone 6s launch date. And as we’ve approached the month of September, many of those iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus release rumors have started to firm up ahead of time.

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The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are both expected to feature several notable upgrades including Force Touch displays, stronger designs, an A9 processor, new Qualcomm chip for faster LTE speeds, and two brand new cameras including a 12MP camera in the rear.

The devices are expected to take over at the current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus price points with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus prices dropping $100. Apple’s also rumored to be dropping the price of the iPhone 5s and discontinuing the plastic and colorful iPhone 5c.

Earlier this week, Apple confirmed a media event for September 9th. The company hasn’t confirmed what it will be announcing but there’s a good chance the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be among the products shown off on stage at the Bill Graham in San Francisco.

With the iPhone 6s launch date set, we now have a solid read on the iPhone 6s release date and today we want to take a look at a few things buyers shouldn’t expect from Apple’s new iPhone release.

No iPhone 6s Release Date in September

Don’t expect the iPhone 6s release date to land outside of the month of September. If you’re familiar with Apple protocol, this should be readily apparent. If you’re not, Apple always releases its new iPhones about a week and a half after launch and that’s precisely what rumors are suggesting right now.

The iPhone 6s release date is rumored for Friday, September 18th. We wouldn’t expect anything other than September 18th at this point. We’ve seen a number of credible rumors and it fits Apple’s pattern. If you’re looking to buy the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s, you’ll be able to in September.

Separate iPhone 6s Release Dates

Don’t expect to see Apple release one iPhone 6s model on one day and the other on another. If Apple announces two iPhone 6s models, and it almost certainly will, it will release the two phones at the same time. This goes for the United States and this goes for other regions around the world. Don’t expect any kind of a split.

Every Country on Day One

While you expect the iPhone 6s release date to land on September 18th, you shouldn’t expect it to land that day for every single country.

Apple typically uses a staggered iPhone release date where it releases to some countries on day one with a list of others to follow. Here is a list of the countries that typically get the phone on day one. We don’t expect any major changes this year with the iPhone 6s:

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

We wouldn’t expect Apple to wait long to get the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus out to other regions though. Last year, we saw the company start pushing the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to more countries in early October and we wouldn’t be surprised if this launch followed the same trajectory.

Every U.S. iPhone 6s Carrier on Day One

We also wouldn’t expect every single iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus carrier to release the two devices on the first day of availability.

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The major players will be involved. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon are in the business of getting the iPhone out on day one but smaller pre-paid and regional carriers don’t always follow.

Last year, smaller carriers had to wait until September 26th to sell the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and we wouldn’t be surprised if we saw the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus release come in late September for some of the United States’ less prominent service providers.

No iPhone 6s Pre-Orders

The iPhone 5s release didn’t feature any pre-orders. We wouldn’t expect the same from the iPhone 6s release.

We’ve already seen several rumors point to iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus pre-sales starting on September 11th, or, the Friday after the September 9th launch. The date makes sense and fits Apple’s iPhone release protocol. Apple’s used pre-orders a lot this year under retail chief Angela Ahrendts and we expect it to continue the practice in the fall.

We’d expect iPhone 6s pre-orders to start at midnight on Friday at Apple and its carrier partners. So, if you want an iPhone 6s on release day, plan to stay up late.

Zero Shipping Delays

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus might not be the iPhone 7 but they’re still iPhones and they will be hot commodities. We expect them to start flying off shelves the second they go on sale. Don’t expect shipping times to hold once the ordering process begins. We’ll almost certainly see some models go out of stock immediately.

The cheapest iPhone models typically go first. In the iPhone 6s’ case, that could mean the 16GB, 64GB. We also tend to see certain colors disappear faster than others. Last year, the gray iPhone 6 was hard to find. We aren’t expecting anything different from this iPhone launch.

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Some models will probably sell out faster than others so you’ll need to decide on a few top choices ahead of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus ordering process to ensure that you get what you want.

If you don’t pre-order, you might be able to find what you’re looking for on release day but the odds won’t be in your favor. Release day stock is typically very uneven and it’s prone to selling out.

No Lines

Don’t expect the wait on release day to be easy. If you go to an Apple Store, a carrier store or a popular retailer, you’ll likely encounter lines on Apple’s iPhone 6s release date. Not all retail locations will have lines though.

Expect iPhone 6s pre-orders a week before the release date hits stores.
Expect iPhone 6s pre-orders a week before the release date hits stores.

We’ve had success finding release date stock off the beaten path. Mall kiosks and other smaller locations probably won’t have big lines and they might actually have the exact storage and color that you’re looking for. If you want to avoid lines, you’ll need to pre-order or wait for the hype to die down.

In-Store Pickup

If you want to fully experience the iPhone 6s release date and don’t feel like waiting in line, you should be able to pre-order and pick the device up in-store on the iPhone 6s release date.

Last year, Apple let iPhone 6 buyers choose to pick up their new iPhone in the store on the iPhone 6 release date. You shouldn’t expect anything different this year.

Delayed Color Options

Apple’s iPhone 6s is rumored to be coming in gray, silver, white, and rose gold. Don’t expect Apple to hold back any colors. If Apple offers four iPhone 6s colors, expect all four of them to go on sale the second sales start.

This new rose gold color will reportedly resemble the Apple’s Watch’s rose gold color though it will be made out of aluminum rather than 18-karat gold. It’s also expected to feature a white front rather than a black one.

iPhone 6s Release: 10 Things We Learned in August

We Think We Know the iPhone 6s Launch Date

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We Think We Know the iPhone 6s Launch Date

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

Update: September 9th launch date confirmed.

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

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

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2015 Nexus 5 Release: What We Know Right Now

For months on end multiple reports and rumors have emerged about new Nexus smartphones for 2015, especially now that Android 6.0 Marshmallow is set to replace Android 5.1 Lollipop next month. Over the past three weeks we’ve learned a lot about both of Google’s new Nexus phones for 2015, and now we have a potential release date.

In October of last year Google announced and then released three Nexus devices. The Nexus 6 smartphone, a brand new bigger Nexus 9 tablet, and the Nexus Player. Both mobile devices ran the latest version of Android, which was Android 5.0 Lollipop. In 2015 we’re hearing Google will do the same, and release its next major update to Android on some new hardware. That though, will be a new 2015 Nexus 5 and Nexus 6. One by LG, and the bigger Nexus 6 made by Huawei.

Read: Nexus 5 2015 Concept Video & Rumors Emerge

Various reports are suggesting that two Nexus phones are coming in 2015, and recently we’ve seen everything from leaked schematics, renders of the phones, and even actual images of both the LG Nexus 5, and the Huawei Nexus 6. One question that remains though, is the release date. Read on for all the details, and everything we know so far based on rumors and leaked information.

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Last year it was said that Google planned to abandon the entire Nexus lineup completely, but instead they gave it a boost by releasing the flagship Nexus 6 and made it available on all major carriers in the United States, a first for any Nexus smartphone. This led many to believe the Nexus program was alive and well, not going anywhere, and Google is putting more effort into it than ever to create excellent smartphones to take on Apple, Samsung, HTC, LG and everyone else.

Originally rumors were all over the place about the new Nexus for 2015, with some claiming it would be LG, and others saying Huawei. Then we learned both were true, and Google was aiming to offer the same two-device approach as Samsung, Apple, and others. One being a bigger phone for those who like a large screen, and another smaller variant for regular users.

The 2015 Nexus 5 will reportedly be made by LG, which is a popular Korean manufacturer. Today, news from what we’re hearing are reliable sources inside of Korea have confirmed the Nexus 5 release date. Below is a slideshow revealing the potential release date for the 2015 Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and everything buyers need to know about the Nexus 5. As a reminder, these details all come from leaks and rumors, and may not be accurate. We’ll have to wait and see.

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2015 Nexus 5 Release Date

September 29th!

For months we've been hearing different details regarding a potential release date for Google's Nexus smartphones in 2015, but none of them were concrete or had any evidence to back them up. However, today we finally received our first solid report. 

According to sources inside of Korea, where the rumored LG Nexus 5 (2015) is being manufactured, the phone will be released on September 29th. Sources state the Nexus 5 running Android 6.0 Marshmallow will hit Google's virtual shelves via the Google Store on the 29th, but we've yet to hear if any US carriers will be on board again this year.

It's worth noting that this is the same source that accurately revealed the exact release date of the original Nexus 5 nearly two years ago. So while it could be wrong, this source has been accurate in the past, and it also aligns with earlier reports.

Google themselves have confirmed Android 6.0 Marshmallow will be released before the end of September, which is earlier than the October and November release for prior versions of the Android OS. This year Google didn't change too much to Android 5.1 Lollipop, and instead refined the entire experience and added tons of new features.

If everything works out as intended, Android 6.0 Marshmallow and at least one new Nexus smartphone will be available (or at least up for pre-order) starting on September 29th. Just in the to take on the iPhone 6s, which will be announced on September 9th.

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Best iOS 8 Cydia Tweaks for Safari

While the latest iOS 8.4.1 update broke the TaiG jailbreak, those still on iOS 8.4.0 can enjoy some jailbreaking fun. Here are the best iOS 8 Cydia tweaks for Safari.

The first iOS 8 jailbreak was released last year in December and was updated with an iOS 8.3 jailbreak in early June. Shortly following that, an iOS 8.4 jailbreak was released just hours after the iOS 8.4 update itself was released in late June. Since then, the jailbreak hasn’t been updated, even with iOS 8.4.1 out, and it’s likely the iOS 8.4 jailbreak won’t be updated at all for now on.

We’ve covered a lot of iOS 8 Cydia tweaks over the last year or so, but that’s really just the tip of the iceberg, as there are a ton of cool jailbreak tweaks that users can download and use. One category we didn’t cover yet is Safari. There are a handful of great Cydia tweaks that focus on making the Safari mobile web browser even better.

Safari is perhaps one of the best mobile web browsers available, and while there are some great third-party options that iOS users can take advantage of, nothing quiet beats Safari due to its simplicity and ease of use, as well as the fact that it’s built into iOS and works seamlessly with other iOS features.

In any case, here are some of the best iOS 8 Cydia tweaks for Safari on your iPhone or iPad.

QuickSwipe

If you want an easier way to dismiss vides and close out of them when you view them in Safari, QuickSwipe is a tweak that can make that happen.

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When you visit a website that has an embedded video, it’ll pop up a separate window of sorts and play the video in full screen. Then once you’re done watching it, you can tap on the Done button in the upper-left corner.

However, a better way to do that is just by swiping down on the video to instantly close out of it and go back to the web page that you were on. It’s a feature that should be there by default, but sadly it isn’t. For the time being, QuickSwipe is the tweak to get.

LinkCollector

If there are a handful of links that you want to open in different tabs, a tweak called LinkCollector makes it easier and quicker to do this.

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Normally, when you want to open several links, you have to open a link in a new tab, then go back and open up another link, and then rinse and repeat. It’s pretty annoying, but LinkCollector aims to make that a bit easier.

Instead of having to open up links one by one, you can click on a link to add it to a collector and once you have all the links that you want to open, you can tap one button, which will open up all of the links at once. It’s perhaps the most convenient Cydia tweak for those that do this often in Safari.

SafariSearchHider

A brand new tweak that users can take advantage of, SafariSearchHider allows users to automatically omit certain websites from the history, so instead of having to go into Private Browsing Mode or making sure you delete your entire history, this tweak does the dirty work for you.

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It’s not as user friendly as it could be, as you have to enter in some specific queries. For example, you can use a wildcard string like https://*.gov would automatically omit any HTTPS government website from appearing in your browser history.

SafariAlwaysPrivate8

If the above tweak isn’t quite what you’re looking for and are fine with using Private Browsing Mode in Safari, then there’s a tweak you can get that automatically stays in Private Browsing Mode all the time.

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SafariAlwaysPrivate8 does exactly what you’d think it does based on the name. The tweak makes your iPhone stay in Private Browsing Mode whenever you open up Safari.

Of course, there are many different uses for this, but it’s win-win situation since it won’t take up any extra space by storing all of those website files on your iPhone, giving you more room to store music and other stuff.

Disable Frequently Visited Sites

In Safari, opening a new blank tab will list your Favorite websites, as well as your Recently Visited websites. However, if you’re like me, you really don’t need to be reminded about which websites you recently visited.

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A Cydia tweak, which is aptly called “Disable Frequently Visited Site” gets rid of that small section. While some users find it to be useful at times, some users simply don’t use the Recently Visited section, so getting rid of it is something that you may want to consider.

Furthermore, there are no settings or options to configure, so it’s a tweak that doesn’t get in the way. Simply just download and install it, and the Recently Visited section will no longer visible in Safari.

6 Everyday Windows 10 Problems & How to Fix Them

First there were the Windows 10 upgrade problems. Since the operating system launched on July 29th, it seems like those have died down. Calls for fixes and reports of impossible upgrades are growing fewer by the day. It least, we’re running into less problems.

What’s replaced those Windows 10 upgrade problems now are everyday problems. Unlike with upgrading issues, the things that users are complaining about now aren’t directly related to getting the operating system running initially. These problems involve features in the operating system, niggles that Microsoft has yet to clean up or introduced intentionally for a more streamlined experience.

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Read: 6 Windows 10 Upgrade Problems & How to Fix Them

Everyday Windows 10 Problems: Get Fullscreen Apps Back & Turn Tablet Mode On

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Windows 10 is similar to Windows 8 in that it’s made for multiple form factors. For all the compromises it’s made to its vision for Windows 8, Microsoft remains committed to creating one operating system that runs on notebooks, desktops tablets and smartphones.

Windows 10 takes fullscreen apps and the Start Screen away from users who have a notebook or desktop that isn’t equipped with touchscreen technology. Some aren’t applauding that though. Many who’d grown accustomed to Windows 8.1’s full screen apps and manner of doing things now say that they want them and the Start Screen back to use with their mouse and keyboard

To get an experience similar to Windows 8.1 in Windows 10 you should activate Tablet Mode. It’s accessible from the Action Center area. Look for the message bubble icon on the right of your Taskbar in the bottom right just before the date and time. Now click on the Tablet Mode button in the bottom of the Action Center to turn on Tablet Mode.

Everyday Windows 10 Problems: Hide the Taskbar in Tablet Mode

One huge change from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 involves the Taskbar. Windows 10 uses the Taskbar to hold the entire operating system together. It’s the primary way for users to interactive with Windows whether they have Tablet Mode on or not. Like with fullscreen apps, some users aren’t happy about this change either.

Nibbler Apps has a program that allows users to automatically hide the Taskbar when they’re in Tablet Mode, solving this problem entire. It’s usually a better idea to get used to a change instead of forcing things back to the way they used to be in previous versions of Windows, if you’re sure you don’t want the Taskbar in the Start Screen install the app here for $1.49.

Everyday Windows 10 Problems: Cortana Can’t Hear You

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To interact with Cortana users can type commands and searches or perform them with their voice. The option to type is great, but it’s more convenient to just speak a command or search and have her carry it out. That is, until Cortana has issues hearing you. To fix this problem, you should go into Cortana’s notebook and add your speech patterns for better recognition.

Read: How to Use Hey Cortana in Windows 10

Tap or click on the Cortana icon in the Taskbar on the left. Tap or click on Notebook in the navigation on the left side of her window. And go to Settings. From here Cortana can learn your voice and you can turn on her always listening feature.

Everyday Windows 10 Problems: Fix Account Messages in Mail & Calendar

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Microsoft’s integrated Mail and Calendar apps are miles better in Windows 10 than they were Windows 8.1. That being said, both of them have an account syncing issue in Windows 10 that can be frustrating. Wake your notebook, desktop, tablet or 2-in-1 from sleep and chances are that each of them will inform you that you need to fix your account, even though your user name and password hasn’t changed.

For now, the only thing you can do is click or tap on the Settings cog in the bottom left of the app and click or tap on Save for all of your accounts that are showing the error. Don’t bother changing any settings if they aren’t wrong.

Everyday Windows 10 Problems: Turn Off Automatic App Updates

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Microsoft has killed the option for users to pick and choose which updates they’d like to install. Having granular control was great, but some simply turned off all updates. This left their PCs insecure and dangerous. Microsoft isn’t budging on scheduling and installing updates for Windows 10, but it users can now turn off automatic app updates from the Windows Store.

Go to Settings then tap on Update & Recovery to make sure you have the latest Windows updates installed. Now go to the Windows Store and tap or click on the picture of you to the left of the search bar on the right. Select Settings from the menu and flip the update switch to off.

Everyday Windows 10 Problems: Go Back to Windows 8

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Eventually, Microsoft hopes that anyone that is eligible for the free Windows 10 upgrade will at least give it a try. The company is also being realistic about its chances of convincing everyone to upgrade. With that in mind, there’s a toggle to let Windows 7 and Windows 8 users go back to their old operating system whenever they are ready.

Read: How to Go Back to Windows 7 and Windows 8 from Windows 10

Go to the Settings app. Then System, then Update and Recovery. Finally, click on Recovery and look for a button that allows you to restore to Windows 8.1 or Windows 7.

Good luck with your free Windows 10 upgrade. GottaBeMobile will continue to add new problems and fixes to this last as the appear. If you have a problem or fix to share, drop into the comments.

iOS 9 Release: 5 Things You Should Do Right Now

The exact iOS 9 release date still isn’t confirmed but it’s getting closer. With a release on the horizon, we take a look at five things you should do right now to prepare for the iOS 9 release for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

In June, Apple announced its brand new iOS 9 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. On stage, the company outlined many of the key iOS 9 details including a few of its biggest features, an iOS 9 beta, and an iOS 9 release date. The iOS 9 release date is confirmed for the fall and we’re finally starting to get a read on the exact day that it will arrive.

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The iOS 9 update is set to bring a collection of features and enhancements to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models capable of running iOS 8. Included in the change log will be a tangible hour long boost to battery life for iPhone. That, and the update’s other features, are driving excitement amongst iOS 8 users.

Problem is, we still don’t know when the iOS 9 release date will land exactly. However, thanks to a series of iPhone 6s rumors and some official details from Apple, we’ve been able to narrow it down.

With an iOS 9 release date getting closer, we want to outline some early tips for those of you eligible to receive the iOS 9 update from Apple. These are the things that we’ll be doing ahead of the iOS 9 release date and they’ll help you prepare you, and your device, for the big day.

Get Familiar with iOS 9 Right Now

iOS 9 won’t look a whole lot different from iOS 8 but it’s still going to have a massive change log that’s filled with noticeable changes. There’s a good chance that some of these changes will impact features or apps that you use the most.

Now is a great time to start getting familiar with the iOS 9 update if you haven’t already done so. We never recommend going into a major iOS release blind and we always recommend digging into an update and its performance ahead of its public release. There are a few ways to do this.

First, take a look at our iOS 9 vs. iOS 8 walkthrough. It will take you through some of the biggest differences between the two pieces of software.

iOS 9 vs iOS 8 Walkthrough: What’s New in iOS 9

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iOS 9 vs iOS 8 Walkthrough - Home Screen

The image above shows that the iOS 9 home screen looks very much like the one on iOS 8. This is not surprising, but you will notice one major change to this screen.

The new iOS 9 font on the home page carries over through settings and apps. It's surprising how much the look of the system can change with a small tweak to a new font.

From the home screen you can now swipe left to a new search screen, and you can still swipe down to Spotlight from any of the home screen pages.

Apple adds two new default iOS 9 apps that you cannot delete. Find iPhone and Find Friends apps now come with the iPhone by default. You can hide them in a folder, but you cannot delete the apps.

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We also recommend getting familiar with the update via Apple’s iOS 9 website and via the iOS 9 beta. iOS 9 beta 5 delivered some brand new features that you should be aware of including the brand new iOS 9 backgrounds that you can actually download on your device right now.

You should also dig into feedback from iOS 9 beta users. The iOS 9 beta isn’t the final version but their feedback could alert to you potential bugs and problems with specific updates.

You also have another option at your disposal. You can try out the iOS 9 beta and get familiar with the changes first-hand. Apple’s opened up the iOS 9 beta to the public and you can try it for free as long as you have a working Apple ID. If you decide that it’s too unstable for your liking, you can always downgrade back to iOS 8.4.1.

Don’t sit on your hands. Try the update or, at the very least, start reading about the changes it’s going to be bringing to your device. The more familiar you are ahead of the iOS 9 release date, the better.

Learn About Downgrading

We highly recommend researching the iOS downgrade process right now.

When Apple releases the iOS 9 update, it should continue signing off on the iOS 8.4.1 update. In turn, this should leave a downgrade loophole open.

What this means is that you should be able to install iOS 9 and drop back down to iOS 8.4.1 (nothing older) if you decide that you liked iOS 8 better.

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If this happens, you’ll probably have a one to two week window to get a downgrade done. Apple typically stops signing one to two weeks after release. You’ll want to be familiar with the downgrade process ahead of time so that you’re now scrambling after the iOS 9 release.

Our guide will help you get started. Take a look and absorb the information. Who knows, maybe you’ll decide to drop back down a few hours after using Apple’s new update.

Get Familiar with the Backup Process

Now is a great time to get well acquainted with the backup process.

You’ll want to make a backup of your device before you install the iOS 9. This way, if something goes wrong, you won’t lose all of your precious data. If you’re rocking an older iPhone or iPad with old photos or files, making a backup is going to be extremely important.

We’ve put together a couple of guides that will help. The first will show you how to backup your device through iCloud. The second will take you through the iTunes backup process.

We highly recommend getting familiar with these processes right now so that you’re prepared for Apple’s upcoming iOS 9 release date.

Do Some Cleanup

You won’t need 4GB of free space to install the iOS 9 update Over-the-Air but we still recommend using this time to do some cleanup on your iPhone, iPad or iPad touch. Now would also be a good time to start preparing your apps for the iOS 9 update’s arrival.

The iOS 9 update will require 1.8GB of free space to install through Settings. That’s not going to be a problem for a lot of you but for those that are short on space, now would be a great time to figure out what to get rid of.

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Maybe you have some old photos or videos that you don’t need any more. Maybe you can trim down your list of apps. Or better yet, update them with the latest bug fixes.

Even if you’re good on storage, you should still consider cleaning up your device. iOS 9 could change how you use your iPhone or iPad so you’ll want to make sure you have some free space just in case. It’s also nice to have a clutter-free device.

Prepare for September 16th

And finally, you’ll want to make a mental note of the probable iOS 9 release date. Nothing is confirmed but with an iPhone 6s launch date confirmed for September 9th and an iPhone 6s release date likely for September 18th, there’s a good chance September 16th will serve as the iOS 9 release date.

You’ll want to make sure that you’ve prepared yourself and your device by 9AM PST on September 16th. That means researching the things we told you about, that means having the proper info handy (passcode, Apple ID), and that means setting aside some time to upgrade and install.

Block an hour or so out in your day (if you can) for the iOS 9 upgrade. This way, you’ll ensure a smooth transition to iOS 9 from whatever you’re on.

If can’t do that on September 16th or you find yourself unprepared, take your time. iOS 9 won’t be going anywhere and some of you might actually be better off skipping the iOS 9 release date.

iOS 9 Release: 5 Things We Learned in August

iOS 9 Launch Date

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iOS 9 Launch Date

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

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

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

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

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