How to speed up Face ID by switching off attention awareness

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Face ID is the future.
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Face ID is, by most accounts, an amazing technology. You pretty much set it and forget it, and the iPhone X just unlocks itself whenever you look at it.

But what if you’re too lazy to point your eyes and your face at your iPhone whenever you want to look at it? What if you prefer to give it a sidelong glance, to show it who’s boss? Then you can disable attention awareness, which speeds up the Face ID process and unlocks your iPhone X faster.

Scoop up 2 terabytes of cloud storage for life [Deals]

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Save massively on two terabytes of secure cloud storage, for long and short-term needs.
Save massively on two terabytes of secure cloud storage, for long and short-term needs.
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Everybody knows that a key part of any proper data backup plan includes cloud storage. When a hard drive goes kaput, it’s reassuring to know that your most important files are just a WiFi signal away. Of course, it can also be pretty pricey as the capacity goes up.

Animoji may not require iPhone X’s TrueDepth sensor

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Animoji would work on other iPhones.
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You can’t enjoy Animoji unless you buy an iPhone X, but it’s apparently not because you need the device’s fancy hardware. It looks like Apple’s latest gimmick is powered at least partly by the handset’s front-facing camera rather than relying entirely on its advanced TrueDepth sensor.

Got an iPhone X? Sell your old phone for cash

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The quickest and easiest way to get paid for your old devices.
The quickest and easiest way to get paid for your old devices.
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With the iPhone X finally released, now is the best time to lock-in a price to sell your old phone before it begins to depreciate. And you should use Cult of Mac’s gadget buyback program, because we pay the highest cash prices with the easiest service.

Our popular gadget buyback program pays more for used and broken Apple devices in most cases than rivals like Gazelle and BuyBackWorld.

And we can prove it…

Today in Apple history: Apple’s last (and greatest) mechanical keyboard

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The Apple Extended Keyboard II might be Cupertino's finest keyboard of all time.
Remember the Apple Extended Keyboard II?
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November 15: Today in Apple history: Apple Extended Keyboard II November 15, 1990: Cupertino wins a design patent for its Apple Extended Keyboard II, arguably the greatest computer keyboard of all time.

Delivering the perfect combination of durability, feel and a pleasing click-clock sound, the Extended Keyboard II will become a mainstay of pro-grade Apple setups during the early 1990s — and perhaps the best-loved keyboard in Apple history. Courtesy of an ADB-to-USB adapter, some people continue to use them today.

Shooting From the Hip showcases beautiful iPhone photos [Book review]

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Shooting From the Hip, the iPhone street photography of San Francisco's Scott Strazzante, is now for sale.
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You may be tempted to marvel at Scott Strazzante’s new book, Shooting From the Hip, simply because he made all those gritty street photographs with an iPhone.

We can’t seem to get over the fact that the little wonder device in our pockets can be used to create great work. Apple touts stunning photos on big billboards, luring us with the promise that good pictures will come pouring out if we upgrade to the latest iPhone.

But photography — good photography, anyway — isn’t that simple. And to fixate on the tool Strazzante uses would be a disservice to him, and to the collection of 150 pictures inside this hardcover coffee table book.

How to turn any song into a ringtone with GarageBand for iOS

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This is a screenshot of the original iTunes, on an iPad.
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There are very few iOS tasks that still require a Mac. One of those is getting your own ringtones onto your iPhone. You can buy them, but you can’t add a downloaded ringtone onto your iPhone without hooking up to iTunes. Or can you? GarageBand on iOS lets you save your own creations as ringtones, to be used immediately. Here’s how.

Jump on this Black Friday deal for a massive bundle of Mac apps feat. PDF Expert [Deals]

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Don't miss on this eight Mac app bundle, featuring PDF Expert and Roxio Toast.
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That’s right, it’s almost time for Black Friday to roll around again. This year, forget facing the long, bleak lines at department stores. Instead, you can bring a truckload of new apps to your Mac with the click of a button, including award-winning Mac app–PDF Expert 2.2.

Best wireless charging pads for iPhone X and iPhone 8

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Best wireless charging pads for iPhone X and iPhone 8
You've got a new iPhone. Now it's time to get ready for wireless charging.
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Update: Apple added faster 7.5-watt wireless charging in iOS 11.2, which is currently in beta. We’ve updated this guide and placed compatible fast-charging pads at the top of the list.

Apple’s new iPhone lineup finally supports wireless charging. Both the iPhone X and the iPhone 8/8 Plus use the Qi standard that’s been popular for years. That means you can choose from an endless list of compatible charging pads, mats and stands already on the market.

So, which one(s) should you buy? We’ve rounded up some of the best iPhone wireless chargers to make your buying decision a little bit easier.