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Two of the biggest Android launches left in 2012 include the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 U.S. launch and the launch and eventual release of the new Nexus phone, thought to be called the LG Nexus 4. Both will be competing against each other for sales this holiday season and here, we take a look at how this year’s likely Nexus smartphone matches up against the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 phablet.

In August, Samsung announced the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, the follow-up to the widely successful Samsung Galaxy Note which took the smartphone world by storm over the past year going on to sell more than 10 million units worldwide. Samsung has made some major upgrades to the device which should make the massive phablet an attractive option for owners this year.

Read: 8 Ways the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Beats the iPhone 5.

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Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 2.

The Galaxy Note 2’s competition this year will be fierce and one of the combatants will be Google’s yearly Nexus smartphone which all indications say will be a smartphone made by LG, dubbed, the Nexus 4.

The LG Nexus 4 is rumored to be replacing last year’s Nexus smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and it will mark the first time a company not called HTC or Samsung will have made a Nexus.

Read: 8 Ways the iPhone 5 Beats the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

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LG’s new Nexus 4.

Like the Galaxy Note 2, the LG Nexus 4 brings some extremely attractive features to the table, features that Google and LG are hoping will make it a hit with customers this holiday season.

So, in an effort to paint a clear picture for those that are considering both as their next smartphone, we want to take a look at how the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 stacks up against the LG Nexus 4.

Release Date

The LG Nexus 4 release date remains a mystery, and likely will be until Google makes Android announcements at an event scheduled for October 29th in New York City. There, Google will likely unveil the Nexus 4, and most likely other hardware and new software as well, and we should find out about the LG Nexus 4 release date then.

We have heard that Google might be looking at a same day release, same way it launched the Nexus One, which means it could appear on the Google Play Store on October 29th. We’ve also heard that the device might be coming to carriers, specifically, French-carrier SFR but carrier launches generally take place long after Android announcements.

Read: 5 Thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 U.S. Release Date.

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In SFR’s case, it’s not expected to see the device launch until December. So, that could mean that if Sprint or Verizon carriers this device, it may be a month or more before the variants arrive.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2, while official, is still a bit of a tricky situation. The Galaxy Note 2 U.S. release date remains a mystery for for of the carriers that will be getting the Galaxy Note 2. While the Galaxy Note 2 release date on AT&T, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon remains unknown, we do know that Sprint will be getting the device on October 25th.

We fully expect other carriers to launch soon after the October 24th launch date as well, but thus far, no rumored release dates have leaked.

Display

One of the unique qualities of the Samsung Galaxy Note has always been its massive display that is larger than the typical smartphone and but only slightly smaller than some of the tablets on the market. Thus, why it is dubbed a “phablet.” With the Galaxy Note 2, Samsung has increased the size of the screen from 5.3-inches to a massive 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD display.

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The LG Nexus 4 and its display.

The resolution of the Galaxy Note 2 display will stand at 1280 x 720, which makes it HD. It will also feature 265 pixels-per-inch which is down from the original. Given the size of the display though, text should still be clear. The aspect ratio of the Galaxy Note 2′s display is 16:9 which means that users can watch true widescreen content.

Read: New Nexus Phone: Everything We Think We Know.

The LG Nexus 4 display will be no slouch either. In fact, it too will be one of the allures of the device. It’s said to feature a 4.7-inch True IPS display that comes with 1280×768 resolution which means that it will be full on HD.

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The display on the Galaxy Note 2.

It’s also said to have 320 pixels-per-inch which could mean that the display is on par with the iPhone 5’s Retina display in terms of clarity of text and images.

Design

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2, with its massive display, will come with an equally massive footprint. The Galaxy Note 2, while slimmer than the original also weighs around the same. Specifically, the measurements are 151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4mm with a weight of 6.35 oz which is equal to 180 grams, very heavy for a smartphone.

Again, Samsung has graced the Galaxy Note with a plastic design though this time around, the device resembles a massive Galaxy S III with its rounded corners. That fortunately is a good thing and an upgrade over the previous model.

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The Galaxy Nexus next to the LG Nexus 4.

It also has a single elevated home button situated in the middle-bottom of the device.

The LG Nexus 4 also appears to be constructed from plastic and features a design that is very similar to the one found on the original Galaxy Nexus. However, instead of the hump, the LG Nexus 4 has a flush back that might be made of scratch-resistant material.

It features a 9.1mm design, which is slightly thicker than the Galaxy Nexus and it weighs 139 grams which is slightly heavier than the previous Nexus. It is though, much lighter than the Galaxy Note 2’s design.

Specs

As for the rest of the specifications, the two devices do have some things in common and feature improvements over the previous incarnations of the devices. Here is a run down of the specifications expected to arrive with the LG Nexus 4.

  • 4.7-inch display with 1280×768 resolution
  • 1.5GHz Quad-core APQ8064 Processor (Translation: Snapdragon S4 Pro)
  • 16GB/8GB Storage
  • 8MP camera/1.3MP front-facing
  • 2100mAh battery
  • 2GB of RAM

And here are the key Galaxy Note 2 specifications:

  • 5.5-inch display with 1280×720 resolution
  • 1.6GHz Quad-core Exynos Processor
  • 16GB/32GB/64GB Storage
  • 8MP Camera/1.9MP front-facing
  • 3100mAh battery
  • 2GB of RAM
  • S-Pen
  • NFC

Comparing the two, here are the main differences. First, the Galaxy Note 2 will likely feature more storage options that the Nexus 4. Something else that could be a problem with the Nexus 4 is the lack of a microSD card slot, common on Nexus devices, which would mean that users would be stuck with 8GB or 16GB.

Also of note, the battery sizes. While the Galaxy Note 2 employs a massive battery which should be able to handle 4G LTE and its large display with ease, the Nexus 4’s battery is much smaller. The Nexus 4’s inspiration, the LG Optimus G, has great battery life so it could be that it won’t matter.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 also comes standard with an S-Pen stylus that allows users to write and draw directly on the screen. It’s also equipped with unique software like S-Note, which is a simple note taking app designed for the S-Pen in particular. The Galaxy Note 2’s upgraded S-Pen features an ergonomic design as well to help keep users comfortable.

Camera

Both the Galaxy Note 2 and LG Nexus 4 will feature a rear camera and a front-facing camera. Both will offer up 8MP rear cameras that appear to be good but not great while the Nexus 4 will have a 1.3MP front-facing camera for video chat as opposed to the Galaxy Note 2’s 1.9MP camera in the front.

Those expecting mind-blowing cameras on these sequels are going to be disappointed as it looks like both Samsung and LG have equipped them with similar cameras to their predecessors in terms of quality.

Below, is a shot taken with the LG Nexus 4.

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Sample shot taken with the Nexus 4 camera.

And here, is a shot taken with the Galaxy Note 2 camera.

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Sample shot taken with the Galaxy Note 2 camera.

Software

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will be arriving with the current version of Android, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is far and away Google’s best version of Android yet and it features an extremely fast UI, better notifications, more Face Unlock options, an improved browser and more. You can check out some of the best features of Jelly Bean in the video below.

The fact that it will be arriving with Jelly Bean also means that the Galaxy Note 2 is future proof. What we mean is that it will be, at the very least, getting the next major Android update and knowing Samsung, it will get another after that.

Additionally, the Galaxy Note 2 will come with not only Samsung’s TouchWiz UI over the top of Android, but also some unique qualities as well.

For example, the Galaxy Note 2 features an app called AirView which will show users a preview of emails, and calendar entries by hovering the S-Pen over the display. It’ll also offer something called Quick Commands which lets owners write out phone commands for calling people or writing emails. The Galaxy Note 2 will also come with another feature called split screen multitasking which will allow users to split the large display up to use two apps at once.

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Google’s LG Nexus 4 will also have some unique software. Firstly, it might arrive with Android 4.2, which would be a new version of Android. It’ll feature some new features, one that might be on display in the video below, but thus far, it’s a relative mystery.

However, it will definitely be coming with a vanilla version of Android, no matter what the version is. The Nexus device always come with a user interface of any kind which makes for a much cleaner, smoother Android experience.

Carriers

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will be heading to the five largest carriers in the United States. That list includes AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon. This is a huge step up from the original Galaxy Note which only became available on AT&T and for a short time, on T-Mobile as well. It’s presumed that all five will be offering the device on their 4G LTE networks though T-Mobile, which doesn’t yet have an LTE network in place, remains a bit of a mystery.

We expect, based on an FCC filing, that T-Mobile will future proof its device for next year’s LTE launch, but the carrier hasn’t made that info known. Until then, the device will likely have to rely on HSPA+.

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Might the Nexus 4 hit a 4G LTE network?

In any event, all five carriers have different sized networks. While T-Mobile has no 4G LTE in place, Verizon’s 4G LTE network is currently in over 400 markets across the United States, trumping the networks of AT&T and Sprint, both of which feature under 100, and U.S. Cellular which is only available in a few regions.

The Nexus 4 carrier situation is tricky at the moment. We expect Google to, at the very least, release a GSM unlocked model which will work with the HSPA+ networks of AT&T and T-Mobile.

However, we don’t know if there will be a 4G LTE model released further down the road. We expect there to be, but at this point, there is very little evidence.

Price

Only two carriers have confirmed the price of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, though we expect that the other carriers will fall in line with the pricing. Both U.S. Cellular and Sprint have confirmed the Galaxy Note 2 price, saying that they will be charging $299.99 for the device on-contract. While U.S. Cellular specifies that it will be charging that for the 16GB model, Sprint doesn’t say whether it’s for the 16GB or something else.

At this point, we expect that to be the entry level pricing for Sprint, which means the 16GB version. We also expect that AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon will follow suit and charge exactly the same for the Galaxy Note 2 when it arrives.

Off-contract pricing remains a mystery thus far.

The LG Nexus 4 price remains shrouded in mystery as well though we expect it, based on the plastic design and storage options, to be extremely competitive. Google sells the Galaxy Nexus for $349 off-contract and we expect that price for the LG Nexus 4, or perhaps, something a lot lower given the storage space.

We still don’t know pricing on a 4G LTE version because it’s unclear if there is a 4G LTE version but again, we expect that it will be fairly low if and when it launches.

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3 Comments

  1. Anthony Evans Jr

    10/19/2012 at 2:04 pm

    note 2 FTW

  2. Isaac Dedini

    10/19/2012 at 3:55 pm

    Just a heads up, I think you have the images showing the screens the wrong way around.

  3. Best iphone5 Case

    10/20/2012 at 12:37 am

    It seems Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Is clear Winner the only competition is iphone5

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How to Fix Bad iOS 14 Performance

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As we push away from the iOS 14 release date we’re hearing about a number of issues including a variety of performance problems impacting iPhone models.

While a lot of the feedback about iOS 14 has been great, we’ve been having a good experience across most of our devices, we’ve also been hearing about bugs and performance issues.

The current list includes UI lag, freezes, lock ups, and random reboots. These are extremely common, particularly on older iPhone models. Newer iPhones aren’t immune to them though.

Unfortunately, performance issues such as these can be tricky to fix. While you might be able to fix them on your own, some might require a fix from Apple in a new software update.

If you can’t wait and/or you don’t have time to get in touch with Apple support, we have some fixes that could help alleviate the performance issue(s) you’re seeing on your device.

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Restart Your iPhone

If you start noticing UI lag or another performance issue on your iPhone, try restarting it. Power it down, leave it off for a minute, and the turn it back on.

Update Your iPhone

Apple will periodically release new iOS 14 software. Point updates (x.x.x) are usually focused on fixing bugs while milestone upgrades (x.x) usually deliver a mix of features and fixes. And while Apple might not call out performance fixes in an update’s change log, new software always has the potential to help (or hurt) your iPhone’s overall performance.

For more on the latest version of iOS 14, take a look at our guide.

Update Your Apps

If you haven’t done so already, try updating your applications to the latest version.

App developers are currently rolling out iOS 14 support updates and they could help stabilize iOS 14’s performance on your device.

Before you install the latest version be sure to go into the App Store and read reviews from other iOS 14 users. If the reviews are mostly good, you’ll want to download the latest version.

Reset Your Settings

If you’re still not getting the kind of performance you would like, try resetting your iPhone’s settings. Here’s how to do that on iOS 14:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap General.
  • Tap Reset.
  • Tap Reset All Settings.
  • Enter your passcode if you have one enabled.

This will restore your iPhone’s settings to their factory defaults so be sure you have your Wi-Fi passwords handy. You’ll need to re-enter them.

Cleanup Your Storage

If you’ve had your iPhone for several years there’s a very chance you’ve got a lot of clutter taking up space on its internal storage. Deleting this clutter could help speed up your iPhone.

To start, you’ll want to check and see how much space is free on your device. Here’s how to do that:

  • Head into Settings.
  • Tap General.
  • Tap Storage & iCloud Usage.
  • Select Manage Storage.

If you’re getting close to the threshold you’ll want to head back into General and scroll to where it says iPhone Storage. Here you’ll get a detailed rundown of your data.

Apple will make some recommendations based on your utilization of your storage, but you can also just go through each section manually and delete files you don’t need.

Stop Automatic Downloads

iOS’ automatic update feature can be useful, but a constant stream of updates will make your iPhone work in the background.

If you’re alright with manually updating your applications on the App Store, try disabling Automatic Downloads on your iPhone and see if performance improves a bit.

To do this you’ll head into Settings. From there, Tap iTunes & App Store. From there you’ll want to toggle Updates, located in the Automatic Downloads section, off. You might want to toggle the other options off as well.

Disable Widgets

iOS 14 brought some big time upgrades to iOS’ Widgets. That being said, if you don’t use Widgets on your iPhone, try disabling some or all of them to see if that helps.

To do that you’ll want to swipe to the right while you’re on your iPhone’s home screen. After that, you have two options. You can:

  1. Hard press on an individual Widget
  2. Scroll all the way to bottom of the screen and select Edit. This will cause them to start wiggling.

If you hard press on a Widget, a small menu will popup. To remove a widget you’ll want to tap on Remove Widget at the top.

If you selected Edit at the bottom, you can tap the minus sign on a wiggling Widget to remove it. You can also scroll down to the bottom and select Customize. This will allow you to quickly add or subtract Widgets.

We recommend disabling Widgets you don’t use. Remember, you can always turn them back on if you don’t notice a bump in performance.

Clear Browser Cookies & Data

Clearing your browser’s cookies and data will free up memory which could have a positive impact on your phone’s performance.

If you use Apple’s Safari browser go into the Settings app, tap Safari, and scroll down to where it says Clear History and Website Data. Tap on it.

Tapping this will remove your browsing history, cookies, and other data from Safari. History will also be cleared from any devices signed into your iCloud account. If you’re fine with that, tap Clear History and Data again.

If you use Google Chrome, you’ll want to head into the app and tap the three horizontal circles in the bottom right corner. They’re in the top right corner if you haven’t updated to Chrome’s new design.

Once there, tap Settings, tap Privacy, and now tap Clear Browsing Data. You can now select what you wish to delete. If you’re noticing heavy lag, you might want to clear everything.

Stop Using Background Refresh

iOS 14’s Background App Refresh refreshes apps in the background to show you the latest data when you open them up. It also makes your phone work in the background so if you don’t need this, you might want to shut it off.

Here’s how you disable it:

  • Go into the Settings app.
  • Tap General.
  • Tap Background App Refresh.
  • At the top tap Background App Refresh and toggle it off.

If you want to keep it on for some apps, leave it on and then go down your list of apps and manually turn it off for apps you don’t use.

Downgrade

If you were having a good experience on the previous version of iOS, you could try downgrading your iPhone’s software. If you don’t know how to downgrade, have a look at our walkthrough. It’ll guide you through the steps you need to take.

Restore

If you can’t find a fix for your issue, and you want to avoid taking your phone into a store, you might want to restore your device. This should only be used as a last resort.

You can do this via Finder, iTunes, or iCloud.

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Install iOS 14 for Better Security

Install iOS 14 for Better Security

If security is important to you, think about installing the iOS 14 update right away.

iOS 14 brings 11 new security patches to your iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website.

If you skipped iOS 13.7 or any older versions of iOS 13, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 14 update. 

In addition to those patches, iOS 14 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Home/HomeKit and Safari. 

For instance in Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.

With iOS 14 on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them. 

There is also a new recording indicator that will appear at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. You can see if an app has used them recently in Control Center.

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8 Things to Know About the iPhone 6s iOS 14 Update

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The iOS 14 update is out of beta testing which means iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users around the world can now download Apple’s new operating system.

Apple’s decision to push iOS 14 to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus came as a bit of a surprise given their age. They were released all the way back in 2015.

The company’s decision means iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users now have another full year of software support to look forward to. That might convince some people to skip the iPhone 12 and hold onto their aging phone for another year or more.

The iPhone 6s’ iOS 14 update is a big one. The new operating system comes with a long list of changes including new features, under-the-hood improvements, and security patches.

Many users have already made the jump to iOS 14 which means we’re starting to get feedback about the software’s performance. So far, a lot of it is good, but we’ve also heard about various bugs and performance issues.

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If you decide to install iOS 14 on your iPhone, note that it requires a ton of free space on your internal storage. It’s a 2GB+ download.

If you’re running an older version of iOS on your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, your iOS 14 upgrade could be larger because the features and fixes from iOS updates you skipped are baked in.

With that in mind, we want to take you through the most important things to know, right now, about the iPhone 6s’ iOS 14 update.

Our walkthrough will take you through the software’s initial problems, the downgrade status, the iOS 14 jailbreak, and the iPhone 6 iOS 14 update’s performance.

We’ll start with the software’s performance. We’ve been testing iOS 14 on the iPhone 6s update for a short time and here’s what we’ve learned.

iPhone 6s iOS 14 Impressions & Performance

We recently installed the iOS 14 update on an iPhone 6s that was previous running iOS 13.7. The download and installation took quite awhile, more than 20 minutes, so that’s what you should expect if you decide to install it this week.

So far, the software’s performance has been excellent. iOS 14 feels faster than iOS 13. Animations and transitions are snappy and apps open up quickly.

While the user interface would sometimes lag on iOS 13, that hasn’t been the case on iOS 14. We haven’t noticed any lag in problem areas like Control Center, Notification Center, or the keyboard.

We’ve only been using the software for a short time, but battery life is stable. We haven’t seen any abnormal battery drain and that’s a good sign right out of the gates.

Our core applications, which include Slack, Asana, Spotify, Chrome, and Gmail, are all stable. The Netflix crashed once while trying to watch a show, but we’re not going to pin it on iOS 14 just yet.

Developers are rolling out iOS 14 support updates so if you’re having issues with one of your apps, make sure you’re running the latest version.

As of right now, iOS 14 is running smoothly on our phone. We haven’t run into any game-changing performance issues and we’ll let you know if that changes in the days ahead.

Right now we’re recommending iOS 14 to most iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users. If you’re feeling leery, have a look at our reasons to, and not to, install iOS 14 right now.

You Should Prepare for iOS 14

If you plan to install iOS 14 in the near future, make sure you prepare yourself, and the device, for the move.

While some of you might see a performance boost after moving up from iOS 13, others will run into trouble. This is why it’s important to prepare.

If you don’t know where to start, we’ve released a pre-installation guide that will take you step-by-step through the process we typically use before we install new iOS software on our iPhones. If you’re new to the iPhone and iOS, or you just want to play it safe, it could help.

At the very least you’ll want to make sure all of your data is backed up before you move your phone to the new operating system.

iPhone 6s iOS 14 Problems

We haven’t run into any major issues during our time on iOS 14, but many users have.

The current list of iOS 14 problems includes abnormal battery drain, UI lag, issues with first and third-party apps, Touch ID issues, touchscreen problems, Exchange issues, Wi-Fi issues, Bluetooth problems, and more.

This is only the beginning. You can expect the list to grow as more iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users upgrade to the new firmware.

If you’re nervous about the current state of iOS 14 problems, you might want to hang back and wait for Apple’s next batch of bug fixes. They should arrive soon.

How to Fix iPhone 6s iOS 14 Problems

If you run into an issue on iOS 14 you might be able to fix the problem(s) on your own.

If you don’t know where to start, our list of fixes for the most common iOS 14 problems is a great place to start.

If you’re noticing horrendous battery life after the move to iOS 14, our tips should help you improve battery life going forward. And if you’re experiencing bad performance (lag, slow download speeds, etc), take a look at our guide to fixing bad iOS performance.

iOS 13 Downgrade Open

If you move your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus to iOS 14, and you run into bugs or performance issues, you could try moving back to iOS 13.

Apple is currently signing on iOS 13.7 which means you can drop your iPhone’s software back in an attempt to improve its performance.

The company won’t sign on iOS 13 forever so if you really want to get your phone off of iOS 14, you’ll need to drop back soon. Once Apple stops signing on iOS 13.7, there won’t be a way back to the previous operating system.

If you’re unfamiliar with the downgrade process, take a look at our guide.

iPhone 6s iOS 14 Update: What’s New

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus get a pretty stacked version of iOS 14. While the devices do miss out on a few features, the key features are all there.

Some of the highlights include Widgets on the home screen, improvements to Messages and Maps, the new Translate app, and a laundry list of changes to Siri.

We’ve put together a guide that will take you through some of iOS 14’s best features and it’s worth a look if you haven’t dug into the new operating system yet.

If you’re moving up from an older version of iOS 13 you’ll, again, get the features and fixes from the updates you skipped. We also have a guide that goes over the latest iOS 13 features and you should check it out if you’re running old software.

What’s Next for the iPhone 6s & iPhone 6s Plus

If your device is struggling on iOS 14, or you’re leery about upgrading, you won’t have to wait long for Apple’s first batch of bug fixes.

Apple recently told CNET that it is “aware of an issue that can impact default email and browser settings in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 and that a “fix will be available to users in a software update.” It didn’t call a version out by name.

The company recently confirmed an iOS 14.2 update and there’s also been chatter about an iOS 14.1 release alongside the iPhone 12 series in October. We could also see a fast iOS 14.0.1 release.

One way or another, we should see a new version of iOS 14 roll out soon and that’s great news for those of you looking to squash bugs or performance issues.

iPhone 6s iOS 14 Jailbreak

Developers have released an iOS 13 jailbreak tool that’s compatible with iOS 13.5 and older versions of iOS 13. However, we haven’t seen anything for iOS 14.

Earlier this year the developers behind the “unc0ver” jailbreaking tool released version 5.0.0. It’s compatible with iOS 13.5 and most versions of iOS that fall between iOS 13.5 and iOS 11.0.

It doesn’t work with iOS 12.3-12.3.2, iOS 12.4.2-12.4.5, or iOS 13.7-iOS 13.5.1. It doesn’t work with the current version of iOS 14 either.

We don’t know when or even if we’ll see a public iOS 14 jailbreak tool so keep your eyes peeled for new information as we push deeper into the month.

For more on the iOS 13 jailbreak, head here.

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Install iOS 14 for Better Security

Install iOS 14 for Better Security

If security is important to you, think about installing the iOS 14 update right away.

iOS 14 brings 11 new security patches to your iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website.

If you skipped iOS 13.7 or any older versions of iOS 13, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 14 update. 

In addition to those patches, iOS 14 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Home/HomeKit and Safari. 

For instance in Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.

With iOS 14 on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them. 

There is also a new recording indicator that will appear at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. You can see if an app has used them recently in Control Center.

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5 Xbox Series X Pre-Order Tips & Tricks

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Do you want to make sure that you get an Xbox Series X pre-order? Or the Xbox Series S? We have a collection of tips that will help you avoid pre-order problems and increase the chances that you get a new console on release day.

The Xbox Series S is $299 and the Xbox Series X is $499. Pre-orders start at 11 AM Eastern, 8 AM Pacific on September 22nd.

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Check Account Passwords Now

When the Xbox Series X pre-orders start you need to be ready to go. This is not the time to be resetting a Best Buy or Walmart password or creating an account.

Spend 10 minutes this weekend making sure that you can log in to Microsoft, GameStop, Best Buy, Amazon, Target, and Walmart.

This can mean the difference between getting a new Xbox on day one and waiting months.

Update Payment Information

While you are logged in make sure that your credit card is up to date and that shipping and billing information is updated.

The time that you spend updating any of this, could be long enough to miss out on getting the Xbox Series X or Series S in November.

Be Ready to Checkout

Now that you can log in and your credit card is up to date, you need to be prepared to checkout as soon as the console is in your cart.

Some links to Amazon may even put the Xbox Series X directly into your cart.

Don’t wonder about tax, warranties, or look for coupon codes. Check out and get a confirmation. The console can disappear from your cart. This is not like a ticket checkout process where you are holding an item for a few minutes.

Use Websites Not Apps

Websites tend to offer a better chance to get a console this year. The PS5 pre-orders worked best on websites, with some apps just showing the landing pages while other people were ordering.

It’s a good idea to have apps available as a backup, but start on the website and be on the lookout for links directly to the products on social media.

You Can Always Cancel Later

If you really want the Xbox Series S, but it is out of stock, you may want to lock in the Xbox Series X pre-order and then decide later.

You can cancel your pre-order pretty easily at most retailers if you find the version that you really want somewhere else.

It is best to lock in pre-order and fine-tune it later.

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Cyberpunk 2077 PC Requirements: 3 Things to Know

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While it would be great if Cyberpunk 2077 ran beautifully on every single PC, that obviously won’t be the case. CD Projekt Red has finally shared the game’s PC requirements and we want to go over the most important details and show you how to check if your computer meets the threshold.

A lot of companies wait until just before a game’s released to unveil the PC requirements. CD Projekt Red isn’t your typical company though.

The Cyberpunk 2077 release date doesn’t land until November, but the company has already released the game’s minimum and recommended PC requirements. This is great news if you’ve been thinking about putting in a pre-order.

If you plan to buy the game for a console, you have nothing to worry about. Open up the game, install it and you’re good to go. Cyberpunk 2077 for PC is a different beast because your PC needs to meet certain hardware specifications.

Today we want to share three important details regarding the Cyberpunk 2077 PC requirements. If you’ve been thinking about buying the game for PC, here’s what you need to know before you pick up the game for yourself or someone else.

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Cyberpunk 2077 PC Requirements

First, we’ll start with the requirements themselves. If you’re familiar with your PC’s internals, you can simply check out this list and compare them to your specs.

Cyberpunk 2077 Minimum Requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7 or 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K or AMD FX-8310
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 or AMD Radeon RX 470
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: 70 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: SSD recommended

Cyberpunk 2077 Recommended Specs:

  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4790 or AMD Ryzen 3 3200G
  • Memory: 12 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon R9 Fury
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: 70 GB available space
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Will Cyberpunk 2077 Run On My PC?

You can use a simple tool to quickly find out if your computer is capable of running Cyberpunk 2077.

Sites like Can You Run It and PCGameBenchmark provide a quick and easy way to determine if your PC meets the minimum and/or recommended specs.

Some of you might need to upgrade your video card. Many others will meet the thresholds with ease. If you’re unfamiliar with your CPUs internal specifications, or you don’t consider yourself an expert, these tools will save you sometime.

What If My PC Doesn’t Meet Cyberpunk 2077 Specs?

We can’t tell you exactly will happen if your PC fails to meet the minimum requirements, but you can count on horrible performance that will, in a lot of cases, make the game unplayable.

If you want to have the best possible experience on PC, you’ll want to make sure your computer meets the recommended specifications.

While Cyberpunk 2077 will work on PC’s that barely meet the minimum requirements, you probably won’t be able to run the game on the highest settings.

If you barely meet the threshold, be on the look out for deals on PC equipment as we approach the game’s release date.

6 Reasons to Pre-Order Cyberpunk 2077 & 4 Reasons to Wait

Pre-Order for These Bonuses

Pre-Order for These Bonuses

If you pre-order a copy of Cyberpunk 2077, you'll get some nice bonuses. 

Everyone who pre-orders a copy of the game will get a collection of physical and digital items. Here's what you can expect if you buy a copy before the release date:

Physical Items

  • Case with game discs
  • World Compendium detailing the game's setting and lore
  • Postcards from Night City
  • Map of Night City
  • Stickers

Digital Items

  • Game soundtrack
  • Art booklet featuring a selection of art from the game
  • Cyberpunk 2020 sourcebook
  • Wallpapers for desktop and mobile

There are also some unique pre-order bonuses through retailers like GameStop and GOG. 

If you pre-order through GameStop you get a Samurai Medallion. The retailer says this offer is only available to PowerUp Rewards Members.

If you pre-order through GOG you get an exclusive digital game booklet, additional wallpapers and avatars, print quality posters, and 30% off official Cyberpunk 2077 merch store.

If any of these sound interesting to you, think about pre-ordering.

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6 Reasons to Pre-Order Cyberpunk 2077 & 4 Reasons to Wait

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Cyberpunk 2077 is almost here. We have an official release date and retailers are taking pre-orders. While some of you might want to buy a copy right now, many others are better off waiting.

It took awhile, Cyberpunk 2077 was originally confirmed all the way back in 2012, but we’re finally inching closer to the game’s release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Google Stadia, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S.

If you’re just catching wind of it, the game is a sequel to Mike Pondsmith’s pen and paper RPG Cyberpunk 2020. Cyberpunk 2020 was released all the way back in 1988.

CD Projekt Red’s taking its time, but fans of Cyberpunk and The Witcher series are hoping the developer can recreate the magic it delivered back in 2015 with The Witcher 3.

The developer initially confirmed the release date for April 16th, but decided to push it to September 17th to add some additional polish.

Unfortunately, the game got delayed again and the new Cyberpunk 2077 release date is now set for November 19th. Fortunately, it sounds like this is the final delay. CD Projekt Red says it doesn’t expect to push the game’s release date any further than November.

If you’re looking to buy Cyberpunk 2077 for Google Stadia, it looks like the release date might come a little later. CD Projekt Red says the game will debut on Google’s platform “by the end of the year.”

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Retailers like Amazon and Best Buy, and GameStop are taking pre-orders for two versions of the game. There is the standard $60 version and there’s also an expensive Collector’s Edition that comes with a bunch of extras.

Now that we know more about the direction the game is taking, some of you, particularly those of you who are fond of CD Projekt Red’s games, might be thinking about pre-ordering a copy.

In this guide we’re going to take you through the best reasons to pre-order Cyberpunk 2077 right now. We’ll also take you through some reasons to think about holding off for a few more weeks or longer.

Pre-Order for These Bonuses

Pre-Order for These Bonuses

If you pre-order a copy of Cyberpunk 2077, you'll get some nice bonuses. 

Everyone who pre-orders a copy of the game will get a collection of physical and digital items. Here's what you can expect if you buy a copy before the release date:

Physical Items

  • Case with game discs
  • World Compendium detailing the game's setting and lore
  • Postcards from Night City
  • Map of Night City
  • Stickers

Digital Items

  • Game soundtrack
  • Art booklet featuring a selection of art from the game
  • Cyberpunk 2020 sourcebook
  • Wallpapers for desktop and mobile

There are also some unique pre-order bonuses through retailers like GameStop and GOG. 

If you pre-order through GameStop you get a Samurai Medallion. The retailer says this offer is only available to PowerUp Rewards Members.

If you pre-order through GOG you get an exclusive digital game booklet, additional wallpapers and avatars, print quality posters, and 30% off official Cyberpunk 2077 merch store.

If any of these sound interesting to you, think about pre-ordering.

Last update on 2020-09-21. This post may contain affiliate links. Click here to read our disclosure policy for more details. Images via Amazon API

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