The best smartphones

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Smartphones are perhaps the most important and personal piece of tech on the planet. That’s why it’s important to pick the best phone for your individual needs. Here are the best smartphones you can buy.

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How to Check Data Usage on Android

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How to Check Data Usage on Android is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

In this guide we’ll show you how to check or monitor data usage on Android. Even if you have an unlimited data plan you can still easily burn through all your high-speed data watching HD videos, YouTube, or Netflix. We’ll also explain how to set reminders and limits to keep things on track.

No one wants to go over their monthly data plan. Carriers will charge you expensive overage fees, or slow down your internet, even on an unlimited data plan. Luckily, Google built controls right into Android so you can manage everything.

Read: How to Stop Facebook Auto Play Videos on Android

Android’s data monitoring tools are all typically in the same spot. Whether you have the latest Samsung Galaxy, a Google Pixel 2, or something else. We’ll start with a how-to video on the Galaxy S8, then share step-by-step instructions from a Google Pixel below.

While carriers claim the data usage meter on Android devices aren’t completely accurate, the numbers are usually close enough to make sure you don’t go over your limit.

Instructions

There are a few different ways to track data usage on Android, and some carriers like Verizon have dedicated apps for it. However, using the tools built-in on each phone is the easiest method.

Open the Android Settings menu Select Network & Internet (or Connections on Samsung devices) Then tap on Data Usage

In here you’ll see all types of important information. Your overall data usage is right at the top for convenience. Below that is a data saver mode, then extra mobile controls. Select App Data Usage to see a breakdown of each app and how much data it’s using. This is a good way to catch any problems, or a misbehaving app. Or, you’ll see you watch too much YouTube and need to slow it down.

It’s worth noting that your monthly billing cycle might not start on the 1st day of the month. If not, tap on data warning & limit and set your “app data usage cycle”. This lets you change the start and end dates to match your cell phone plan.

How to Set Data Warning & Limits on Android

Next, we’ll show you how to set warnings and limits to prevent overage charges and fees. If you or a family member keeps going over the data plan limit, set a warning or even a data usage limit. In the same Settings > Network & Internet > Data Usage menu mentioned earlier, follow the steps and images below.

In the Data Usage menu tap on Data warning & limit Choose the correct app data usage cycle start/end day of the month Flip the Set Data Warning toggle ON Then, tap on Data warning and choose your warning level (we chose 2.15GB)

Adding a data usage warning is a good way to prevent overage charges. If you have a 5GB monthly data plan, set it for something like 2-3GB. That way you know when you’ve used about half of your plan in any particular month, and when to cut back. Or, tap on “Set data limit” and choose something like 4.5GB. This way the phone will automatically turn off data access to keep you from using too much.

On older versions of Android (like Android 5.0 Lollipop), you can pull down the notification bar and tap and hold on the AT&T or 4G LTE logo. This instantly takes you to the data screen for a quick-view of your data usage.

Now you know how to quickly check your overall data usage on Android. Or, set things like reminders, warnings, or limits to prevent accidental overage charges. Drop a comment below with any questions or concerns.

How to Check Data Usage on Android is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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My Perfect iPhone 7 Plus Setup!

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Ring in Memorial Day with massively discounted gear and gadgets [Deals]

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Memorial day weekend is upon us, so there’s plenty of time to peruse this massive roundup of deals we’ve pulled together. Below you’ll find massive discounts on a top shelf-VPN, a solar powered lamp, Raspberry Pi lessons and lots more. These are already discounted deals, but you can save even more by using the coupon […]

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The best HTC U12 Plus cases to keep your phone safe and beautiful

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The HTC U12 Plus is a big, beautiful slab of a phone. But we don't rate its chances of surviving until your next upgrade unscathed. Don't take your chances, check out the best HTC U12 Plus cases.

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Apple could be secretly working on an ARM-based, touchscreen computer

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A recent report indicates that Apple may be working on an entirely new computer under the codename Project Star. The supposed device is said to be some kind of a hybrid touchscreen computer that "runs a derivative of iOS," but creates an entirely new family of products.

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How to create location-based reminders on iPhone

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Apple’s iPhones can make sure you’ll remember to get things done when you are in the right place at the right time.

Why would you use location-based alerts?

With a little preparatory work, you can use this feature to help you get lots of different things done. Some examples:

Remind me to pick up milk when I leave the office. Remind me to drop into the doctor’s to pick up my prescription. Remind me to call Mum when I leave the gym.

If you use the Find My Friend app, you can even set a reminder that tells you to call your chum once they return to their home.

Setting up your iPhone for location-based alerts

To make location-based reminders more effective, you should open your Contacts app and create new contacts (or edit existing ones) with additional information. By this I mean you may want to create and name address items such as Office, Gym, Doctor. Here’s how to do this:

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Apple is set to unlock new NFC features in iOS 12

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Apple is said to be “making a significant change” to NFC, or near-field communication in iOS 12. In doing so, the wireless protocol, first introduced with the iPhone 6, could move beyond Apple Pay payments, according to The Information.... Read the rest of this post here

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4 Reasons to Pre-Order Battlefield 5 & 3 Reasons to Wait

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4 Reasons to Pre-Order Battlefield 5 & 3 Reasons to Wait is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Battlefield 5 pre-orders are live ahead of the game’s release date in October. While some of you might want to pre-order the game today, others are better off waiting a few weeks or, in some cases, skipping a pre-order.

With Battlefield 1 development slowing down, EA DICE’s turned its attention to the next installment in the long-running series. As expected, the next Battlefield game is called Battlefield 5 (stylized as Battlefield V) and it takes Xbox One, PS4, and Windows PC owners to the battlefields of World War 2.

DICE hasn’t confirmed a release for the Nintendo Switch so there’s a good chance the game will be skipping the portable console in 2018.

The Battlefield 5 trailer is live giving gamers their first look at the next Battlefield game. The teaser is light on gameplay and EA says it’ll show off the game’s multiplayer mode in detail at EA Play 2018 in early June. Those in attendance at EA Play will also be able to play a portion of the game well ahead of its release date.

The trailer and the return to the battlefields of World War 2 might’ve already sold some of you on a Battlefield 5 pre-order. There are also some other perks to putting in an early order including early access to the beta and the final version of the game when it arrives in October.

Putting in a pre-order is certainly tempting, but there are also some reasons why you might want to hang back and wait for more information to emerge.

In this guide we’ll take you through the best reasons to, and not to, pre-order Battlefield 5 for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or Windows PC right now.

Pre-Order If You Want These Items Right Away>1 / 7Pre-Order If You Want These Items Right Away

If you want instant access to an assortment of items, you'll want to pre-order Battlefield 5 ahead of its release date. 

If you pre-order a copy of Battlefield 5 you'll get EA's Enlister Offer which grants you instant access to in-game benefits like soldier customization options. It also gives you access to Special Assignments starting at launch week in October.

If You Pre-Order the Standard Edition You Get:
Paratrooper Outfit - At launch, choose one of eight Special Soldier Sets available in Battlefield V and customize your troops. Special Assignments - Starting on launch week, earn rewards and get an edge over the competition by completing Special Assignments. Immediate Access to Five Battlefield 1 Weapons - Ready for use in Battlefield 1, unlock five of the Great War's most modern weapons and bridge the technological gap between the two world wars. These include the Fedorov-Degtyarev, the M1911A1, BAR M1918A2, Mosin-Nagant M38 Carbine, and M1919 SMG.

If You Pre-Order the Deluxe Edition You Get:
Five Sets of Paratrooper Outfits: Choose five Special Soldier Sets from the eight available when deploying as the British Special Air Service or German Airborne troops. Special Assignments: Get rolling with Assignments inspired by the British Special Air Service’s true-to-life raids on German air bases, and ones based on the defense of airfields on the North African coastline by the German Fallschirmjäger troops, as well as Starter Assignments providing more ways to test your skills on the battlefield and earn rewards. 20 Weekly Items with Airlift: Receive vital supplies with 20 weekly Airlifts, each containing one customization item.

If you want to take advantage of these special assignments and/or want immediate access to equipment, you'll want to order the correct edition of the game ahead of time. 

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4 Reasons to Pre-Order Battlefield 5 & 3 Reasons to Wait is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Madden 19: Which Edition to Buy

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Madden 19: Which Edition to Buy is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

There are two different Madden 19 editions that you can buy this year. You definitely need to spend time figuring out which Madden 19 to buy since there is a $20 price difference between the two games.

With the more expensive version of Madden 19 you get to play early, unlock bonus items and other epic Madden Ultimate Team bonus items that give you a head start on the competition. Thankfully you can find Madden 19 deals on all version of the game so you can save 10% to 20% on Madden 19 or Madden 19 Hall of Fame Edition.

Here’s how the two editions compare and what you need to know to decide which one you will buy.

We help you decide which Madden 19 edition to buy.We help you decide which Madden 19 edition to buy.

The Madden 19 release date is August 7th for the Hall of Fame Edition and August 10th for the standard edition. This alone may sway some buyers, but there is more than just early access. If you are on Xbox One, you can play as early as August 2nd, with EA Access. Madden 19 is available for the PS4 and the Xbox One, it also works on the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, but not on older consoles or the Nintendo Switch.

Madden 19 is available at Best Buy, GameStop and digitally on the Xbox Store and PlayStation Store. It should be available on Amazon soon.

Madden 19 Standard Edition

The Madden 19 standard edition is $59.99. This is the base version of the game that arrives on the 10th, and only includes a small number of Ultimate Team bonus items.

You can get this edition for $48 with Amazon Prime and you can get a $10 bonus if you pre-order at Best Buy. With EA Access you can also save 10% on the game digitally on Xbox One.

The Madden 19 standard edition release date is on a Friday, instead of mid-week. You get the base game, 1 elite player from your favorite team and 5 Gold Fantasy Packs.

If you are a casual Madden player who doesn’t go big in Ultimate Team, this is the edition for you. If you are an EA Access player you will get to play on August 2nd anyway, so you won’t have to buy the Hall of Fame Edition to play early. It’s not worth $20 to play early if you won’t use the Ultimate Team items.

Madden 19 Hall of Fame Edition What the difference between Madden 19 editions.What the difference between Madden 19 editions.

The Madden 19 Hall of Fame Edition is $79.99 on disk or digital. You can up to $16 with various deals and we could see a bigger deal in the fall with a Madden 18 trade in, but expect to pay around $15 more than the standard edition even with deals.

You get the full Madden 19 game, an elite player from your favorite team, an Elite Legends Player, and a lot of other bonus items. You also get to play Madden 19 three days early. Here’s a full look at the bonus items;

Early Access Elite Legends Players 12 Gold Team Fantasy Packs 1 Madden 19 Base Elite Cover Athlete (TBA) 1 Elite Player from your favorite team 1 Training Pack 2 Custom Uniforms

That’s a lot of value for a $20 upgrade. If you play Madden Ultimate Team, or you want to play Madden 19 early for Connected Franchise Mode, this is the edition you should plan on buying.

Pick one of the Elite Legends if you get the Hall of Fame Edition.Pick one of the Elite Legends if you get the Hall of Fame Edition.

You can pick from five Elite Legends with this edition. The legends are;

Dan Marino Brian Urlacher Terrell Owens Rod Woodson Terrell Davis

You only get to pick one of these players. There may be a way to buy another Elite Legend in game or through retailers closer to launch, but it will likely cost at least $20.

Madden 19 Disk or Digital

You can buy Madden 19 on disk or digitally. There are advantages and disadvantages to buying Madden 19 on disk and to buying it digitally.

The price is the same, but you will find more deals on the physical version of the game since retailers want you to come into the store and buy from them. If you buy digitally from a retailer instead of direct from Microsoft or Sony you may not be able to pre-load the game. Ultimately if you want the biggest deals, you will need to buy Madden 19 on disk.

The two main advantages to buying digitally are being able to pre-load the game and not needing to switch disks anytime you want to play Madden 19. I typically buy Madden and FIFA on disk, because there are normally good trade in deals at Best Buy. With the cancellation of Best Buy Gamers Club Unlocked, I may switch to digital this year.

Madden 19 Features Wishlist: 9 Changes We WantMadden 19 Ultimate Team Grind Mode>1 / 9Madden 19 Ultimate Team Grind Mode

With Madden 18 Ultimate Team mode quickly became a grind fest to unlock all of the weekly challenges, which wouldn't be as bad if there was a quick way to play through a series of challenges and games. 

In Madden 18 you had to finish a challenge, go back out tap through a few reward screens at the end of the game. Once that was done you'd need to pick the next challenge and tap through a few screens and listen to one of the few introduction options before you could start playing. If you wanted to get through a few challenges fast, this slowed you down. 

I want to see EA add in a Grind mode that embraces the game they are delivering. Allow me to choose next challenge at the end of a game and go straight into it. This would be even better if they pre-load the game so you can jump straight into the play selection instead of dealing with announcers pretending it is the start of the game when you are playing a 2 minute drill in the fourth. 

This would allow me to play more Madden 19 Ultimate Team Challenges and for users who want to complete sets and unlock better players it would be an epic upgrade. 

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Madden 19: Which Edition to Buy is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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