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Samsung Gear VR: What I Learned the 1st Day

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Many of the mobile carriers offered a free Samsung Gear VR deal for people who pre-ordered the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge bringing virtual reality to a lot of Galaxy S7 owners. Samsung started delivering the Gear VR already and we got one. Here are 10 things we learned about using the Samsung Gear VR during the first day of use.

The technology behind virtual reality goggles is still in its infancy, but the Gear VR shows great promise. When the VR industry finds ways to fix the problems below, it will take off and bring users one step closer to the Star Trek holodeck future most of us want.

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Video Resolution on Gear VR Disappoints

You’d think that gazing at a beautiful Samsung Galaxy phone display would result in incredibly crisp and beautiful images and video, but that’s not how it works with the Gear VR. The Galaxy S7 Edge sports a great 1440 x 2560 res display. That’s a 534 ppi pixel density. However, the lenses on the Gear VR result in a noticeably pixellated look. It’s grainy and looks pretty bad after the initial wow factor wears off.

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Users hoping to watch movies or look at high res photos in crystal clarity will find the Gear VR disappointing.

Accurate Focus Clarity is Nearly Impossible

In addition to the poor picture and video quality, the focus on the lenses doesn’t work as hoped. The images mostly look clear, but it’s slightly off. No amount of fine tuning brings the entire screen into focus. Things on the edge look softer than those in the center of the person’s view.

Use the focus dial to get a clearer picture. It's always a little fuzzy no matter how much you focus.

The focus dial is used to get a clearer picture. However, it’s always a little fuzzy no matter how much you focus.

The Galaxy VR focuses using a dial on top of the goggles. I turned it a few times before it came into focus and then went past the clearest focus moving back into the blurry range trying to find a clearer image. It’s usable, but needs improvement.

The Galaxy S7 Edge Runs Really Hot Inside

After about 20 minutes of use the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge felt the hottest I’ve seen it. That’s due to the amount of image processing power the Gear VR requires. We’ll see whether using it for long periods of time will hurt the phone’s hardware. I don’t think it’s that bad, but time will tell.

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The Gear VR Drains the Phone’s Battery Quickly

Related to the heat generated by using the Gear VR, the usually great battery on the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge drained fast. After the 30 minutes it took to set it up and then play around watching some videos, looking at some photos and downloading the 6 free games that come with the Gear VR, the battery dropped from about 70% to less than 40%. My son’s Galaxy S7 drained about 25% in around fifty minutes of use. Plan to keep a fast charger close by while playing.

I Got a Little Headache and Slightly Dizzy

Using the Gear VR for about 10 minutes gave me a slight headache. I decided to push through and it went away after another five minutes. People highly sensitive to things like watching a 3D movie might not enjoy the Gear VR at all. My wife can’t go to 3D movies for this reason and she pulled it off after a minute because it bothered her almost instantly.

Some people report getting a little nauseous after using virtual reality. Only one thing made me feel slightly dizzy. There’s a sample 360-degree video of a helicopter tour of the Las Vegas Strip. I started to feel a little light-headed and dizzy while watching it moving around to see all the angles.

Most people should feel fine if they get the focus clarity adjusted as well as possible and don’t make sudden head movements while wearing the Gear VR.

Big Heads Mean Tight Straps

The Gear VR straps are too close to the ears.

The Gear VR straps are too close to the ears.

The straps on the Gear VR connect to the two sides and the center top edge. They’re easy to install and most people won’t mind the tightness. My 18-year-old son thought the straps fit comfortably with one exception. I’ve got a larger than normal head and it felt very tight after using it for about ten minutes.

The Gear VR fits great on normal heads, but not people will big heads.

The Gear VR fits great on normal heads, but not on bigger heads.

The straps run just behind my ears on the side of my head and that got annoying for both of us. He didn’t think it was too tight, but did find the strap’s placement around his ears bothersome.

Games Require a Game Pad

A few web sites say that the Amazon Fire TV Gaming Controller works with Gear VR games and the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, but we couldn’t make it work. We tried the SteelSeries Nimbus that works with Apple TV. The controller most people recommend for use with the Gear VR comes from the same company, but it didn’t work either.

The SteelSeries Free Mobile Wireless Gaming Controller ($26.50 at the time this post) promises to work with it. I ordered it from Amazon and will test it out. People who want to play games will need a controller like it to play them.

Gear VR Feels Isolating

If you like to watch movies all by yourself, you won’t mind feeling isolated. I’d rather watch with family or friends, so it does bother me.

Wearing the Gear VR also means staying put. I can’t get up and move around safely without turning on the pass through camera, which is hard to get used to. Seeing the environment from a camera instead of with the naked eye feels like looking through a hole.

The Gear VR lets users plug in headphones into the phone so sound won't annoy others.

The Gear VR lets users plug headphones into the phone so sound won’t annoy others.

The sound of videos and games annoyed the people around me. They designed the Gear VR so the user can plug in headphones, but now you’re really isolated. If you’re just wearing headphones, someone can get your attention by waving at you. With the goggles on, the person will  have to touch the user which can startle you.

Short Videos Work Great

The short videos available on Facebook, Hulu and the other video collections available for the Gear VR come with a cool wow factor. There’s a lot of educational content and some that’s just entertaining or interesting. You can sit on stage and enjoy U2 with the band sitting around you or watch Cirque du Soleil perform with members of the cast sitting next to you.

Some videos play on a virtual movie screen and it looks like you’re sitting in a theater or a video room. Others offer 360-degree immersive experiences. Some offer 3D video.

The Samsung Gear VR works great for short form videos.

Long Movies Aren’t That Enjoyable

I haven’t watched a full-length movie yet and I don’t want to. First, the headset is uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time. Second, I prefer watching movies with family or friends. Third, my 4K TV looks better than the video quality of the Gear VR.

29 Comments

29 Comments

  1. jack

    04/02/2016 at 4:57 pm

    You do not deserve to have a VR headset.
    Much less the internet.
    You whiny little bitch.

    • James Williams

      04/03/2016 at 9:45 am

      Lol awesome

    • JLin

      04/04/2016 at 11:01 am

      lol I thought the same

    • kent

      04/07/2016 at 10:04 pm

      big head thing is real. and why do people like you read these reviews if all you do is complain about them? its ironic that you are whining about someone who you think is whinning. you understand how dumb that sounds right?

      • jack

        04/09/2016 at 4:01 pm

        You just did what you said sounds dumb..
        Congrats?

      • kent

        12/07/2016 at 6:34 pm

        lol, grow up

  2. Zypex

    04/02/2016 at 8:23 pm

    Yeah I totally agree with you on the first point. At my local electronics store they had a samsung gear on display, and being a vr huge enthusiast myself I got myself hyped. But after wearing it, I was quite disappointed with big as and blurry screen.

  3. Tyco

    04/02/2016 at 9:47 pm

    This thing is sick. Gaming is where it’s at, Herobound and Dark net are awesome, I’ve started playing and the next thing I know it’s 3 hours later. 3D movies are also amazing on this platform, since each eye had a completely different image the 3D effect is great. Your brain will work out the “screen door” (noticeable pixels) and you won’t notice the focus issue either. Just gotta give it some time and you’ll get used to it, and it’s well worth it.

  4. James Williams

    04/03/2016 at 9:47 am

    I love my gear VR the only thing that gets me is that the damn thing fogs up all the time! Extremely annoying

  5. dominic dymond

    04/03/2016 at 10:15 pm

    There is an anti fogg spray that is super cheap. Look it up and when you get it just spray it on the lenses. Win.

  6. dominic dymond

    04/03/2016 at 10:22 pm

    Pert shampoo or shaving cream, apply a drop, message into lenses, then use a cloth to buff away residue you will be fogg free for like a month or more.

  7. dominic dymond

    04/03/2016 at 10:31 pm

    As far as the resolution… it sucks but you get over it.especially with gaming it is easily forgotten.

    I’m working on getting the Playstation move controllers to work with the headset.

    I wish samsung would put out headphones similar to shure where it passes environmental sounds through to the listener so you can hear you’re vr but also whatever is around you, And sure makes it switchable so you can eliminate outside noise or allow it.

    Streaming your screen to a chromecast also helps to include friends. Chromecast should have a de-warp app that allows people to see a full screen unwarped image of the vr. Just a suggestion to the chromecast development team out there.

    • Alex

      04/06/2016 at 11:06 am

      I have my GearVR and I use my Moga Pro controller and my Samsung Level-on Headphones. they have Pass through audio, and you can turn it on or off, you can also turn on noise cancelling.

  8. Jim Jones

    04/04/2016 at 12:24 am

    Some valid points but unnecessary as the road to VR has just begun… Comments like Gear VR feels isolating??? What do you expect? It is what it is.. Comparing your 4k TV to cheap VR tech??

  9. Kevin Bissinger

    04/04/2016 at 6:07 pm

    Did you ever find a controller that works?

  10. kent

    04/07/2016 at 10:01 pm

    https://steelseries.com/gaming-controllers/stratus-xl-for-windows-and-android, you probably got the wrong controller. there is a version for ios and one for android. so if it works with apple, which you said yours does, then it wont work with gear vr. the one they recommend works.

    • Steevey

      05/14/2016 at 8:17 pm

      Yes, yet anther item showing he’s an idiot..

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  12. jumbojock

    04/24/2016 at 1:22 am

    Comments noted. It is what it is. I also have a larger crown but strapping is ok.

    The main downer from me is that the eyepieces are a fixed width apart. Whilst the focus ring adjusts the to/from distance of the eyepieces, there is no way to increase the distance between the lenses meaning that I can only ever have one eye focused at once. It’s only about 3 to 4 mm but significant.

    I think that’s where some people’s focus issues might arise.

  13. Dave

    05/03/2016 at 4:35 am

    I just got my Gear VR yesterday – he’s right about everything. I was immediately deflated by the “screen door effect” of the images, all I’d seen were YT videos of gameplay that looked perfect but that’s not the view you get on the screen. It looks like you’re looking at everything through a screen door.

    That’s not to say there isn’t anything good about gear VR – it is really amazing to look around and be “in” the world, and some of experiences work VERY well even with the grainy image (Ocean Rift – very cool!)

    It’s worth $100 but if I had paid more I don’t think I’d be very satisfied. Oh – and get a real gamepad, I spent $50 on a dual shock 3 only to figure out that you have to root your device to use DS3. Dual Shock 4 did connect right up in the bluetooth for the phone but it DID NOT WORK FOR CRAP. Had to buy another gamepad that would work with the Gear VR.

  14. Joey JoJo

    05/14/2016 at 8:16 pm

    At first sounded reasonable, then the things you complain about made it clear that you are in fact an idiot… Youcompain ablut a device designed for 1 person because you like to watch movies with other people..? You complain that others cannot get your atte tion because the device designed to give you immersion has you too immersed..? Are you retarded..?

  15. Donna

    07/04/2016 at 6:33 pm

    I got the VR yesterday. Played with it today. My S7 got very hot. I haven’t used the phone for a couple of hours and now it isn’t working. Plugged it in, in case the battery was just dead. Nothing is happening. Anyone know if this is a VR problem?

  16. VR sux

    07/16/2016 at 9:47 pm

    VR is so bad. i have the same sentiments with everything youve said in this review.
    im gonna sell my gear vr and not touch VR for another 10 years. hopefully then they’ll have improved things drastically. its just too awful right now

  17. Rahul

    08/07/2016 at 7:07 am

    Plz don’t purchase ths product it is wastage of money.u won’t feel enjoyable while watching video n all.clarity inside vr is not good.

  18. Rob

    09/24/2016 at 4:08 am

    Moan moan moan. It’s the first VR headset and it’s a cheap mobile one. You can’t expect The Matrix!

  19. g tripp

    12/26/2016 at 6:37 pm

    Sending mine back this week. Yes, I’m a whiney little bitch – who doesn’t appreciate 1999 quality graphics and primitive 2- or 3-layer 3D, along with the constant screen-door effect. S7.

  20. g tripp

    12/26/2016 at 6:39 pm

    Forgot to mention- I woke up with a frozen phone after trying it last night again one LAST time, it got so hot the display drivers quit and I had to force reboot. Nope.

  21. Paul Anderegg

    01/11/2017 at 6:19 pm

    I just got the newer black version for my S7.

    Fist thought…the best focus is not really in focus, ever, and everything off center is more blurred and has chromatic abberations, red blue colored edges.

    Secondly, OMFG, this looks exactly the same as when I put a magnifying glass in front of my family’s 19″ CRT TV set back in the 80’s…seriously, it looks horrible.

    Third, I can see the reflection of light from behind me because the goggles are too wide, and the lenses reflect all sorts of times back and forth against the phone screen, producing lots of ghost images.

    Fourth..yeah, only the right lens fogs up, I feel like I have cataracts.

    I also don’t like that I have to hold me chin up for center, when the weight of the goggles and my natural sightline tends to not have me looking down my nose at objects. For $50 used it’s a curious toy, but no more than a first gen technology “demonstrator IMHO.

  22. Scott

    02/16/2017 at 4:26 pm

    Anyone used playstation vr on here and does it look as bad as the gear vr. If its anything like the gear vr im not going to waste my money.

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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.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 14 & 11 Reasons You Should

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.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 14 & 11 Reasons You Should

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.

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