How to create long-exposure effects with iPhone

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Long exposures turn moving water into creepy mist.
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One of the neatest tricks you can do with a standalone camera is the long exposure trick. You may have seen it used to turn the tail-lights of a car into long streaks of red curving through the dark behind a ghostly car, or to blur turbulent waters into a peaceful, misty-looking lake. In a regular camera, you have to finagle the shutter speed to get the level of blur just right, and there’s no second chance. On the iPhone, it’s way easier.

Automatically back up your iPhone via Wi-Fi with AnyTrans

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With AnyTrans' new Air Backup feature, you can wirelessly and automatically back up all your iOS devices.
With AnyTrans' new Air Backup feature, you can wirelessly and automatically back up all your iOS devices.
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How to switch Animoji characters after recording

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Switch Animoji characters without ditching your awesome facial performance.
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As a popular phenomenon, Animoji will probably disappear as quickly as Pokemon Go. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun, and this tip will make it even more fun. You know how when you record a little Animoji clip, and you wish you’d done it with the robot instead of the cheeky monkey? It’s easy to fix, without having to re-record your whole performances.

iPhone is one of 2017’s best inventions (but so is fidget spinner)

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What's not to love about the iPhone X.
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Anyone that says Apple can’t innovate anymore obviously hasn’t spent some quality time with the iPhone X.

According to Time annual list of the year’s best inventions, the iPhone X is the only smartphone that makes the cut, but so did the fidget spinner. The magazine calls the iPhone X the world’s most sophisticated smartphone and it’s not hard to see why.

Jony Ive refuses to mourn death of iPhone Home button

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Apple has not regrets ditching Touch ID.
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Killing the home button on the iPhone X was a no-brainer, according to Apple’s design boss Jony Ive. But figuring out the best way to replace wasn’t an easy task.

In a recent interview on iPhone X, Jony Ive revealed some of the design decisions his team had to make in order to bring huge innovations to this year’s flagship device.

iPhone X scalper gets in violent scrape

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This LetGo app ad for an iPhone X attracted a would-be thief in Georgia.
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Another new iPhone is on the streets and it’s the type of event when police brace themselves for a spike in thefts and assaults. So it was only a matter of time before the iPhone X would work its way into a crime news headline.

A man in Georgia suffered a broken collarbone after wrestling with a thief who ran off with an iPhone X he was trying to resell.

Another analyst says Apple will be a $1 trillion company in next year

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Now may be a good time to invest!
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Another analyst has thrown his name into the hat by predicting that Apple will be the world’s first $1 trillion company within the next year.

Analyst Daniel Ives of GBH Insights suggests that AAPL could trade at between $210 and $230 at some point during the next 12 months. The top end of that range would put the share price at close to 35 percent more than it is currently trading at. And push it over the fabled $1 mark in the process!

Ireland continues to drag its feet over Apple tax collecting

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The Irish debt office said it would hire managers for the job by mid-November.
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In the latest instalment of Apple’s battles with the European Union over taxes, Ireland is set to miss a deadline to hire managers to cary out the collection of its owed taxes.

The Irish debt office previously said that it would hire custodians and investment managers for the estimated $15.3 billion tax bill it was awarded by mid-November. However, Ireland — which has fought against collecting the funds from Apple — hasn’t handed out the contracts as it said it would in tender documents.