Apple’s 3D sensing tech is two years ahead of the competition

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Android manufacturers aren't in a rush to copy all of the iPhone 8's features.
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Don’t expect Android phones to be able to match the upcoming iPhone’s 3D sensing technology any year soon.

According to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple competitor Qualcomm is working on its own 3D sensing tech, but it’s at least two years behind. And handset-makers aren’t in a rush to embrace it quite yet.

Roland’s pocket-sized GO MIXER adds great audio to iPhone movies

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The GO MIXER adds good-quality sound to your iPhone videos.
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The Roland GO MIXER is a little box that improves the audio on your movies. Aimed mostly at musicians, but usable by anyone with a microphone and the need to shoot a video, the little Lightning-powered box hooks together all your musical instruments and mixes them, live, before sending the audio to your iPhone (or Android device).

tvOS 11 beta includes references to unannounced 4K Apple TV

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A new Apple TV is on the horizon.
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References to a new Apple TV device have been discovered in the latest beta for tvOS 11, which could indicate that the new set top box is close to a possible launch.

Developers have been combing through the files in tvOS 11 beta 7 after Apple released it this morning it alongside new iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra betas. While the beta doesn’t come with any major new features, one developer discovered it contains some hints about the long-rumored 4K Apple TV.

This free iOS 11 stuck recovery app can save you a trip to the Genius Bar

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If your iPhone is stuck, iOS recovery app ReiBoot can get it unstuck.
If your iPhone gets stuck, ReiBoot can get it unstuck.
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New iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra betas bring minor tweaks

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Grab iOS 11 beta 7 while it's fresh!
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Development of iOS 11 appears to be nearing the finish line, as Apple seeded a fresh new beta for its big update of the software that powers iPhones and iPads.

iOS 11 beta 7, along with new betas for macOS High Sierra and tvOS 11, are now available to registered developers. They bring a bunch of new bug fixes and performance improvements to the operating systems, which are expected to be released to the public later this fall.

These headphones offer immersive audio on the go [Deals]

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These over-ear Bluetooth headphones last up to 5 hours on a single charge, and are compact enough to go anywhere.
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When we’re traveling, our mobile devices help keep us entertained. But when traveling, taking a proper set of headphones can be a real inconvenience. That’s why so many of us use the tiny, sonically inferior earbuds — it’s just easier.

Windows Store proves Apple’s strict guidelines are a necessity

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Windows Store has an illegal movies problem.
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iPhone 8’s amazing facial recognition is super quick, works in the dark

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Apple's new face recognition will be a game changer.
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The iPhone 8’s facial recognition feature will work “within a few hundred milliseconds,” be more secure than the existing Touch ID sensor, and even work in the dark, a pair of new reports claim.

In addition to the regular iPhone sensors you’d expect to find, the upcoming handset will reportedly boast a new “structured light” sensor, which uses bounced infrared light to work out the depth of different points on the face.

ZCast update makes iPhone’s best podcasting platform better

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ZCast now supports high-definition audio recording.
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How to view the solar eclipse on your iPhone

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With a little preparation, there's no reason you can't take a an eclipse photo like this on your iPhone.
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In photography terms, snapping a photo of the moment the moon drifts in front of the sun is as easy as snapping any other fleeting event. In future-blindness terms, though, it is quite different.

Staring into the nuclear furnace that is our nearest star won’t only fry your own eyes, it could also finish off your camera’s sensor. With a few simple precautions, though, you can not only view the eclipse safely through your iPhone’s lens, but take some great photos.