New lens adds Hollywood sheen to iPhone video

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Sandmarc's new anamorphic lens
Sanmarc's new cinema lens provides 2.4:1 aspect ratio coverage.
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The iPhone may be a game-changing tool in the film industry, but it still needs a supporting cast that includes software and accessories.

Sandmarc believes its new anamorphic lens can play a starring role in your next masterpiece.

Fan creates surprisingly brilliant Super Mario battle royale

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Mario-Royale
Play it while you can!
Screenshot: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac

The battle royale genre has become so insanely popular that almost every franchise has its own version at this point. That includes classic Super Mario Bros., thanks to one talented Nintendo fan.

And because this is a free game you play in your web browser, anyone can take control of the world’s favorite plumber as he battles it out against 74 lookalikes.

Learn to make your own way (and money) as an entrepreneur [Deals]

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The Entrepreneur Startup Master Class Bundle
This bundle includes 8 courses that will teach you how to become your own boss.
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The treadmill, the hamster wheel, the rat race, the daily grind. None of us like the idea of working on other people’s terms and for other people’s goals, so no wonder there’s so much appeal to becoming a self-sufficient entrepreneur. It’s easy to dream about, but to actually do it takes guidance.

iPhone users hold onto aging handsets for longer than ever

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iPhone XR screen bezels
People are holding onto iPhones for an average of three years.
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The global smartphone market is slowing down, but nowhere are things declining faster than the premium end of the market. According to new figures from Counterpoint Research, that end of the market fell 8% in the first quarter of 2019.

Apple suffered particularly badly, with shipments of the iPhone declining 20%. Counterpoint blames it on users holding onto their handsets for longer.

Today in Apple history: New Power Mac is faster and more expandable

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Power Macintosh 9500
This was the iMac Pro of its day.
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June 19: Today in Apple history: Apple launches Power Macintosh 9500, which is faster and more expandable than previous models June 19, 1995: Apple releases the Power Macintosh 9500, a high-end Mac that boasts a second-generation PowerPC chip that’s much faster than its predecessor.

The Power Mac 9500 is also significant for coming with six Peripheral Component Interconnect, or PCI, slots. They allow owners to attach hardware using the Intel-developed industry standard connection. Along with seven bays for internal drives and a swappable daughterboard, this makes the 9500 the most expandable Power Mac ever produced.

Apple wants to cut down on manufacturing in China

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Larry Kudlow
Tim Cook meets one of the people working on the iPhone factory line.
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Apple has reportedly asked its main suppliers to evaluate the cost of shifting 15% to 30% of their production from China to Southeast Asia.

This is a response to the burgeoning China and U.S. trade war, which has already impacted Apple’s share price. If new tariffs go into effect, it could drive up the cost of Apple devices considerably.

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Unbroken Soul1
Coming to iOS at the end of June. By way of 1991.
Photo: Chorrus Games