Your iPhone X is still worth almost as much as you paid for it

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Your used iPhone value might surprise you. You could resell your iPhone X and recoup most of the cost of a new 2018 model.
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You may have gulped a bit when you put down $999 for your iPhone X. But turns out it was a good investment. Half a year later, your device has depreciated surprisingly little.

B-Stock, a B2B company selling used computers, says that the iPhone X has held its value better than any Apple phone in its experience. And iPhones do better than their rivals.

Your iPhone is your time card with Hours [50 Essential iOS Apps #41]

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Time tracking is as easy as hitting "start" with the Hours app
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50 Essential iOS Apps: HoursIf you’ve ever done a freelance project, worked as a consultant, or spent any time being self employed, you know how important keeping track of time spent working can be. Some people prefer to log their time on a sheet of paper, while others have little routines to mark the start and stop of work. Hours for iPhone is a time tracking app designed to make logging your time easy.

Gorgeous concept shows off Apple Watch Series 4’s big display

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Apple Watch Series 4’s display will be bigger.
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The grand unveiling of the Apple Watch Series 4 could be just a couple weeks away and based on a new mock-up, you’re going to love the way it looks.

Based on leaked info of Apple’s upcoming wearable, the gorgeous concept shows what the device will look like with its bigger, bezel-free display and rounded corners.

Take a look:

Planet of the Apps star trashes Apple’s marketing of show

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Gary Vaynerchuk was one of the judges on the Apple reality show.
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Apple’s reality TV show Planet of the Apps was disappointing, but one of its stars, Gary Vaynerchuk, blames the show’s failure on something other than its misjudged content.

In a new episode of his podcast, entrepreneur and internet personality Vaynerchuk says that Apple failed to properly market the show.

Apple lags behind its biggest rivals in mobile download speeds

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The iPhone has a disadvantage compared to its rivals.
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When you take into account the build quality, design, hardware features and, of course, mobile operating system, the iPhone is our pick for the world’s greatest smartphone product line. But it’s not no. 1 in everything — as speed tests make clear.

In download speed tests carried out by Ookla LLC, the company behind the Speedtest app and website, the current-generation iPhones lag behind the top smartphones made by both Samsung and Google. This means slower website loading, movies starting more quickly, and higher quality video calls.

Start designing whether you know how or not [Deals]

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No graphic design skills? No problem. This web based app makes graphic design accessible to anyone.
No graphic design skills? No problem. This web based app makes graphic design accessible to anyone.
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Graphic design is one skill with a million uses. Whether you’re building your brand, designing a website, tightening up a resume, or anything else that involves images, knowing how to make a great looking image goes a long way. With the right software, you don’t really need to know what you’re doing anyway.

Apple could ruin iPhone’s fast charging feature this year

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Choose your iPhone fast charger carefully.
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Apple finally brought fast charging to the iPhone last fall, but with this year’s refresh, one big change could ruin it.

Recent reports have claimed Apple will ship 18W fast charging adapters with all 2018 devices, which would be terrific — but if yours breaks or disappears, don’t think about replacing it with a cheaper model from another manufacturer.

Fortnite is getting another new SMG, big Slurp Juice improvements

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Slurp Juice will become even more useful in the next Fortnite patch.
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Epic Games is introducing another new submachine gun to Fortnite this week as it continues its mission to change close-quarters combat.

One developer has also confirmed that Slurp Juice will see big improvements in the game’s next content update. Here’s what you have to look forward to.

Today in Apple history: Martin Scorsese helps Apple promote Siri

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"Hey Siri, am I here to f***ing amuse you?"
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July 23: Today in Apple history: Martin Scorsese helps Apple promote Siri July 23, 2012: Looking for the perfect spokesman for its new Siri virtual assistant, Apple turns to the filmmaker behind some of Hollywood’s most violent gangster movies.

That’s what happens when a new television ad debuts showing legendary film director Martin Scorsese using Siri. The latest of Apple’s celebrity-studded Siri ads, this turns out to be among the best.

Snapchat is abandoning its payments service

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You'll have to find some other way to pay for your nudie pics.
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Snapchat is shutting down its Snapcash peer-to-peer payment service, which allowed users to send money to one another.

With other services like Venmo, PayPal, Zelle, and Apple Pay Cash offering the same functionality, there was no room for another service on the market.