iOS 11.1 Release Date Tips & Tricks

iOS 11.1 Release Date Tips & Tricks is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The iOS 11.1 update doesn’t have an official release date, but there’s a good chance it’ll touch down for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users in a few short weeks.

Apple continues to refine its iOS 11.1 update as we push through the fall.

The first iOS 11.1 beta came with some small tweaks and changes, but the second iOS 11.1 beta delivered new and redesigned emojis for the iOS keyboard. Apple employees are also testing the company’s upcoming Apple Pay Cash solution with the iOS 11.1 beta.

Apple recently released its third beta with improvements to iOS 11’s first milestone upgrade. With every beta release we get closer to the official iOS 11.1 release date.

The company hasn’t attached a specific release date to the iOS 11.1 update though we expect Apple to push it live in late October or early November. If we’re lucky, the company will release the upgrade alongside the iPhone X flagship that’s set to arrive on November 3rd.

The iOS 11.1 update is making progress which means you iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users can, and probably should, start shifting your attention from iOS 11.0.3 to the first major update to iOS 11. The emojis are exciting, sure, but iOS 11.1 should deliver a nice list of tweaks and bug fixes for lingering iOS 11 problems.

The most recent iOS 11.1 beta brought a fix for an annoying Reachability bug and the update will also patch up a nasty Wi-Fi exploit.

In this guide will provide you with some tips that should help you prepare for the iOS 11.1 update’s release later this year. The more prepared you are, the better.

Get Familiar with iOS 11.1 & Its Changes

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Get Familiar with iOS 11.1 & Its Changes

If you haven't been keeping an eye on the iOS 11.1 beta, now's a great time to dig into the changes coming with Apple's first milestone iOS 11 upgrade. 

It's important to get familiar with the changes coming with each and every iOS update Apple puts in beta. This way, you won't be caught off-guard by the changes. 

iOS 11.1 is much bigger than your standard iOS update and it will deliver new features and tweaks alongside bug fixes and security patches. 

The best way to get acquainted with the iOS 11.1 update is via the iOS 11.1 beta. The beta is free to anyone with an Apple ID. Take a look at our list of reasons to, and not to, install the iOS 11.1 beta on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

If you don't want to try the iOS 11.1 beta on your device, take a look at our iOS 11.1 walkthrough to get acquainted with some of the key features on board. 

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iOS 11.1 Release Date Tips & Tricks is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

How to Turn On Light Theme on the Xbox One

How to Turn On Light Theme on the Xbox One is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Anyone can turn on the Light Theme on the Xbox One and brighten up their Xbox One, Xbox One S and  Xbox One X experience. Here’s how to do that.

Like on your smartphone, your Xbox One’s theme color dictates how your favorite areas on the console look. With the Light Theme on Xbox One enabled, every part of the Xbox One experience switches to white or light gray instead of the dark gray and black that Microsoft turns on at the factory. This feature isn’t the Xbox One Fall Update’s best feature, but it is one of the most impactful. The Light Theme helps the Xbox One’s software feel more modern and less claustrophobic than in the past.

Before you can use the Light Theme on Xbox One you need the latest software update. If your console is already connected to the internet and Xbox Live, you already have it. This update launched in mid-October and it is required to connect to the online gaming service. If you haven’t connected your console to Xbox Live since mid-October 2017, you need do that now. This update also adds a new Home area design and makes it possible for you to transfer your game files from your old Xbox One to a new Xbox One without downloading them again.

Read: How to Update the Xbox One

Power on your Xbox One, and sign in to your Microsoft Account. Your Microsoft Account needs to have adult access to make any major changes, including turning on the Light Theme.

Once you’re signed in, press the Xbox logo on your controller to open the Guide.

Use your Xbox Controller’s left joystick to highlight the Settings window inside the Xbox Guide. It’s the option on the far right with the cog.

Select Settings. It’s the second option from the top of the menu.

Inside the Settings app is every option your Xbox One has. Use the left joystick on your controller to highlight Personalization in the menu on the left edge of your screen.

Your first instinct is to select My Color & Background. Don’t do that. Those options are for switching the highlight color of your profile and the background of your home page. Instead, select Theme and Motion.

Use the A button on your Xbox One Controller to select System Theme.

By default, your console uses the Dark Theme. Move the joystick down and select Light.

Now go back to the Home screen by pressing the Xbox button on your controller. The bottom of the home screen is white if you successfully switched to the Light Theme on your console. Remember, because themes are a system setting, everyone else will have the Light Theme when they log in to play games too.

Try the Light Theme on your Xbox One for a few days to see how you like it. During the day it, it shouldn’t change your television’s brightness that much. Expect to adjust your television’s brightness at night because of the change though. Unfortunately, there’s no way for you to switch the theme on and off depending on what time of day it is. You can return to the Settings app and switch between Light Theme and Dark Theme whenever you want though.

Read: How to Add a Custom Gamerpic to Xbox Live for Xbox One

8 Best Free Xbox Games

Warframe

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Warframe

Many free-to-play games revolve around strategy or civilization building. Warframe is one of the free Xbox games that you can download now that doesn’t. It’s a third-person shooter.

The Tenno have just awoken after centuries of sleeping in stasis. Warframe takes its name from the suits that the Tenno use to do battle with the game’s other races. There’s the Greiner, who are clones of humans. The Corpus belong to a technology company with lots of robotic innovation at their disposal. Sentients consist of an alien race that’s back to do battle.

Warframe features both player-vs-player combat and a single player experience.

Download Warframe from the Xbox Store 

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How to Turn On Light Theme on the Xbox One is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Which iPhone X Color to Buy? Silver or Space Gray

Which iPhone X Color to Buy? Silver or Space Gray is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

What’s the best iPhone X color to buy? A lot of it comes down to which color looks best, but there are a few factors that can help you make the decision on which iPhone color to buy for the new iPhone X.

Apple only offers two iPhone X colors, and while there is some chatter over a gold iPhone X listing from China, you shouldn’t plan on getting this color unless you are going to wait for a spring Apple event where the company might announce an iPhone SE 2 and new iPhone X colors.

If you plan to buy the iPhone X in October or November, you will need to decide which of the two iPhone x colors looks best to you.

iPhone X Colors

Here are your iPhone X color options.
Here are your iPhone X color options.

Unlike the iPhone 8 color options, there is one huge difference thanks to the iPhone X’s new nearly bezel-less design. The front of the iPhone X is almost all screen, and where the screen ends you see a little bit of black and the stainless steel band that runs on the edge. This is the same on the Silver and Space Gray iPhone X.

With this in mind there is no iPhone X color that is better for watching movies. Typically we tell people to buy an iPhone with a black front that looks similar to the black on the edges of your HDTV, but in this case both fronts are black and the bezels are super thin.

Most Stylish iPhone X Color

If you want the most fashionable iPhone X color option, go with Silver. This is the lightest option and it will pick up the colors in your clothing or accessories as the light reflects off the back of the phone.

There’s nothing wrong with the Space Gray color when it comes to looking good, but we think that Silver is the best bet for fashion focused buyers.

Best iPhone X Color If Scratches Worry You

The iPhone X and iPhone 8 use the same glass back. If you are worried about the iPhone X glass back scratching and showing scratches over time, you will want to go with the Silver color.

Lighter colors don’t show scratches as much as the a darker color like black. The good news is the glass back on the iPhone X and iPhone 8 resist scratches better than the back of the iPhone 7 backs.

Should I Worry About Fading iPhone X Colors?

While we haven’t had the iPhone 8 long enough to test if there will be color fading under the glass, we don’t expect either of the iPhone X color options to fade or to wear over time like aluminum can.

In the past we’ve seen users who don’t clean the iPhone often enough tarnish the aluminum finish on the iPhone back. We don’t expect that will be an issue with the glass back and with either iPhone X color option.

iPhone X Colors in Cases

Think about how the iPhone X color you pick looks in your favorite case.
Think about how the iPhone X color you pick looks in your favorite case.

If you plan to get a clear iPhone X case or you care about the color that shows through around the camera while using a case, you should consider what colors your case will be.

We’re seeing way more clear iPhone X cases this year and clear cases with text on them. If you have a specific case in mind, check out the sample photos online and see what the case looks like with the iPhone X in it.

Most iPhone X cases will cover up the color almost completely, which means the color you pick is less important than it used to be.

Which iPhone X Color Should I Buy?

With only two options to choose from, the iPhone x color you pick isn’t as important as it was in the past, but it is still something you need to think about. This is especially important if you use your iPhone X without a case. Instead of waiting for a rose gold iPhone X, you might be better off buying a silver iPhone X and a rose gold iPhone X case.

If you want an iPhone X color that will reflect the colors around it and is likely to show less scratches, go with the Silver option. If you prefer the darker look of Space Gray, and you are quick to order, go that route.

Space gray is the most popular choice among Gotta Be Mobile readers for the iPhone 6, iPhone 7 and iPhone 8. Rose Gold was slightly more popular for the iPhone 6s.

Which iPhone X Color to Buy? Silver or Space Gray is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

How to Buy the iPhone X

How to Buy the iPhone X is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The iPhone X is going to be tough to find in stock at least through Christmas. This is how to buy the iPhone X, or iPhone 10, so that you get one as fast as possible. We’ll walk through how to pre-order the iPhone X, but you should also study up on the iPhone X pre-order tips that we’ve put together from years of ordering iPhones.

Once you walk through the whole set of tips to figure out what carrier you want, storage size you need and what color to buy you’re ready to go. There are three ways to buy the iPhone X on day one.

At this point you should plan to pre-order, since there is no guarantee that you will find any stock in stores on the iPhone X release date in November unless you pre-order for in-store pickup. We have heard that some stores plan to open early, like they did for the iPhone 8 release day, so there is potential for some in store stock.

You can buy the iPhone X from Apple, from your carrier or from a retailer like Best Buy. We expect that you will have the best luck buying directly from Apple. If you go that route, you will be able to buy on most carrier payment plans. The good news is that you can go through the steps of buying the iPhone X right now from Apple.

How to buy the iPhone X.
How to buy the iPhone X.

1. Open the Apple App or go to the Apple website.

2. Click or tap on iPhone X.

3. Chose Replace this iPhone or Buy a New iPhone.

How to buy the iPhone X.

 

4. Pick the Color, Storage and how you want to pay for the iPhone X.

5. Tap on the Heart in the upper right if you are doing this before pre-orders start.

Favorite your iPhone X for easy access.
Favorite your iPhone X for easy access.

6. When sales are live tap or click on continue and then pay for your iPhone or complete the carrier payment information.

This is all you need to do to buy the iPhone X through the Apple Store. You can use your carrier app, the carrier website or Best Buy’s website to buy the iPhone X through that retailer.

If you save your iPhone X as a favorite, you can go to your account when the sales start, tap on the iPhone in your favorites and it will take you directly to that option you want, the carrier and payment method. This way, all you need to do is tap on Continue and buy your iPhone X. This will save you precious time when the app and the website are overloaded.

10 Best iPhone X Cases

x-doria Defense Lux iPhone X Case

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x-doria Defense Lux iPhone X Case

The x-doria Defense Lux iPhone X case is amazing. This case looks great, feels awesome and offers military grade drop protection without adding much bulk. 

We love the look of this case in Ballistic Nylon and Black Carbon on the iPhone X. These cases not only offer a cool look, but the back is actually textured like the material listed. The Ballistic Nylon case has a soft, but grippy feel to the back just like you'd expect from looking at it. The Black Carbon feels like textured carbon fiber and looks awesome. 

x-doria designed this case to protect your phone from drops up to 10 feet on concrete and there is . sound channel to direct the speaker towards you instead of straight out the bottom. The raised edge keeps the screen safe when setting the pone face down on a table. 

$34.99 at x-doria

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How to Buy the iPhone X is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

2017 Kia Sorento Review

2017 Kia Sorento Review is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The 2017 Kia Sorento is an excellent mid-size SUV that includes great technology features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, new safety features like adaptive headlights and a long warranty.

You can buy the Kia Sorento in a five passenger or seven passenger setup with a third row. The Sorento is available with three engine options and available in front wheel or all wheel drive. Kia gave the mid-size SUV a major redesign in 2016 and it still delivers a modern, appealing look.

The 2017 Kia Sorento received a five-star overall safety rating from NHTSA. The Autonomous Emergency Braking is rated Superior by IIHS, with great performance stopping the car at low speeds and at high speeds.

The 2017 Sorento starts at $25,600 and is available in seven trim levels up to a starting price of $44,100 for the SXL V6. We tested the 2017 Kia Sorento SXL V6 with AWD priced at $46,980 with Snow White Pearl Paint, metallic Nappa leather and destination charges.

2017 Kia Sorrento Review
The 2017 Kia Sorento is an excellent mid-size SUV that hits all the right spots. You'll find Apple CarPlay & Android Auto as well as handy safety features.
You'll Like
Modern looks and soft touch interior.
Smart tech features including CarPlay & Android Auto.
Safety teatures and Smart Cruise Control.
Quiet interior with optional third row.
Tow up to 5,000 pounds with AWD models.
You Won't Like
Limited options on base models.
Expensive to add safety and tech options to lower trim levels.

2017 Kia Sorento Driving Performance

The 2017 Kia Sorento handles very nicely. It’s something you can easily drive around the city hauling kids or cargo, or take a longer trip in. The V6 is plenty powerful for this mid-size SUV. The high-end engine option delivers enough acceleration to easily merge onto the highway and zip into an opening in traffic around town.

Even with larger wheels on the higher trim levels, the ride is smooth and pretty quiet on the EX trim and up, which include a sound reducing windshield. You can choose from three drive modes: Normal, Sport and Eco. These change the shift points and steering. We could feel the changes in shifting, but not much change in steering. The SX and SXL trim levels use a different steering system than the lower trim levels.

What it's like to drive the Kia Sorento.
What it’s like to drive the Kia Sorento.

There are three engine options, from a 2.4L four-cylinder on the L and LX to the 2.0 L turbocharged four cylinder engine on the EX 2.0T and the 3.3L V6 that is an option on the LX and EX and standard on the SX and SX Limited. We tested the SX Limited (SXL) with the V6 that delivers 19 MPG combined (17mpg city and 23mpg highway).

If you need to haul a small trailer or other gear, the front wheel drive Sorento is rated for 3,500 pounds while the all wheel drive models can haul 5,000 pounds.

2017 Kia Sorento Design

The Kia Sorento delivers a modern look with just the right amount of attitude.
The Kia Sorento delivers a modern look with just the right amount of attitude.

The 2017 Kia Sorento carries over the looks from the 2016 model. It’s a visually appealing model with a nice grille that doesn’t draw too much attention to this mid-size SUV. If you are looking for a modern mid-size SUV, with good looks and an upgraded interior, the SXL trim level is an SUV you need to test drive. When you approach the car with the key in your pocket, the mirrors fold out and exterior lighting turns on. On select models you’ll find a hands free smart powergate that can open easily when you are behind the vehicle with the key in your pocket.

We like that most of the interior is covered in soft touch materials and textured so it’s pleasing to touch. The SXL trim level comes in at $45,000 and the interior certainly feels like it’s designed for a vehicle in that price range. The dash looks modern and controls are laid out in a very nice way, so that everything you need to do is right where you expect it.

The front row is comfortable and you have easy access to controls.
The front row is comfortable and you have easy access to controls.

The front seats are quite comfortable and the second row offers good legroom for passengers. The middle row includes a fold down center console with cupholders and there are charging points available for the second row. Kia also includes built-in window shades for the second row. You can recline these seats slightly and they fold down for more cargo area. The third row provides seating for up to seven in the vehicle, but you’re limited to kids or very small adults in this section. There are vents and controls for the third row AC on the EX V6 and up. Access to the third row is good and you still have room to haul groceries with the third row in use. You can fold this down for more cargo area.

In the cargo area there are a few tie down points, clips to keep the third row seat belts from getting in the way and handy releases to lower the seats from the back of the vehicle.

2017 Kia Sorento Tech

Kia offers a range of technology and safety features across the seven trim levels. We recommend buyers at least upgrade to the LX and add the Convenience package so they have UVO services plus Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. This is an option on the LX and LX V6 and standard on the EX and EX V6. The SX and SXL come with a larger 8-inch screen and an Infinity 10 speaker system with subwoofer.

The touch screen is large, responsive and supports Apple CarPlay & Android Auto.
The touch screen is large, responsive and supports Apple CarPlay & Android Auto.

We tested the 8-inch touch screen and found it looked very nice and was very responsive to touch. The speakers sound good, with the upgraded sound system. You can connect your phone with Bluetooth or Aux on any of the trim levels. Calls sound good on this system. We like the option to use Apple CarPlay or Android Auto for calls, music, audiobooks and navigation.

2.1amp USB ports are available on all models from the LX up, which can charge your phones without the need for a car charger. There are 12V outlets on all models and there is even a 110 V power inverter as an option on the EX and EX V6 and standard on SX and SXL which allows you to charge a laptop or other standard plug device.

2017 Kia Sorento Safety

A rear view camera is standard on all trim levels LX and up. With the SLX you get a surround view monitor that gives you a bird’s-eye view of your car so you can maneuver out of spots easier. An available Blind Spot monitoring system and rear cross traffic alert make you a more confident driver. You get alerts while backing out of parking spots and changing lanes on the highway.

The Advanced Smart Cruise Control system is standard on the SXL and an option on the LX through SX V6. This lets you set your top speed and keeps you in the flow of traffic if the people in front of you are going slower. This feature is a must have for road trips. Combined with the Autonomous Emergency Braking it’s a good reason to opt for the Advanced Technologies package. Smart braking can stop the car when it senses a crash that you aren’t going to respond to. This earned high marks at low and high speeds.

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Smart Cruise Control

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Smart Cruise Control

Do you hate constantly adjusting your cruise control, or giving up on cruise control because of traffic or due to a driver in front of you who keeps changing speed? You need a smart cruise control system.

Smart cruise control goes by many different names. You may see it listed as Radar Cruise, Adaptive Cruise or Intelligent Cruise control. Whatever it is called, it will allow you to set your cruise control and then stay with the flow of slower traffic.

Here's why we love it and why you need it. You get on the highway and set the cruise at 76 miles per hour. You also set the distance you want kept between you and the car in front of you. There are typically three or four settings so you can be close or keep a lot of space. Now you simply steer and your car will go 76 mile per hour when traffic allows it or there is no one in front of you. When someone is in front of you going 73 mph, the car automatically slows down to keep you the distance you choose from that car. This is indispensable in traffic and on long road trips. 

Not all smart cruise control systems are the same. Some of work at all speeds, while others only work above a specific limit. Some systems can bring you to a complete stop in traffic and then restart without you needing to touch a pedal. 

You can find adaptive cruise control on cars as cheap as $18,500 like the Toyota Corolla, and as an option on many cars below $30,000. Even on pricier cars you may need a higher trim level or special package to get this feature. 

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2017 Kia Sorento Review is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.