Best wireless charging pads for iPhone X and iPhone 8


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Ikea is even building chargers into the furniture.
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Apple’s new iPhone lineup finally supports wireless charging. It uses the Qi standard that’s been popular for years, which means there’s already an endless list of compatible charging pads, mats, and stands available.

So, which one should you buy? We’ve rounded up some of the best to make your buying decision that little bit easier.

Best iPhone 8 battery cases and backup batteries


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Mophie's base case is an amazing modular wireless backup battery case.
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Even the giant plus-sized iPhones run out of juice eventually, and that goes for the new iPhone 8 as much as any iPhone before it. You could carry a charger with you and spend the day hunting for available wall-sockets, but these days that’s as lame as using dodgy free Wi-Fi instead of reliable and fast LTE. Instead, you should take some backup power with you. There are two options: battery cases, great for really heavy phone users who always run out of power before lunch, and a spare battery with a USB cable that can charge your iPhone, or any device, but stays in the bottom of your bag until it’s needed.

Let’s take a look at the options. There’s also one very cool surprise feature in one of our picks that “wireless” charging fans are going to love.

Set up your new iPhone 8 the right way


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Get your new iPhone set up the right way.
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Whether you’ve gotten yourself a new iPhone 8 there are some essential things you’ll want to do to set it up right away. Granted, we’re biased toward our own process, but after so many years setting up iPhones, we’ve learned a thing or two about doing it right.

After you’ve gone through the basic guided setup that Apple walks you through, these additional tips and tweaks will get you to a better iPhone experience faster, no matter which model you have.


Best iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus cases so far


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Most iPhones end up inside a case. It should probably be one of these.
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The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus may cost as much as the top-end iPhone X, but that certainly doesn’t mean you don’t want to protect your new iPhone.

You’ll find a range of cases on the market. Ultra-thin “skins” will to protect your iPhone 8 from scratches without changing its appearance much. Heavy-duty armor will save it from concrete smashes. And wallet-style cases let get organized. Here are our top picks for the iPhone 8/8 Plus cases you need to know about.

Safari 11 privacy feature gets advertisers fuming


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Enable settings on a per-site basis.
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Apple is out to “sabotage the economic model of the internet” as it protects users from shady tracking while browsing the internet, according to several organizations representing digital advertisers.

Six different digital ad and marketing trade associations recently signed and sent an open letter to Apple opposing a pending Safari update aimed at protecting how your browsing data is used.

Speck rolls out ‘toughest ever’ cases for new iPhones


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Speck offers a range of colors, textures and patterns on its cases for iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X.
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Pricey iPhones need good protective cases and Speck has introduced a line of cases for the newest iPhones the company says is its toughest ever.

The Presidio ULTRA cases for iPhone 8, 8 Plus and the thousand dollar iPhone X, features four layers of protection Speck says passed a drop test from a height of 15 feet.

This ‘revolutionary’ iPhone case only costs a buck


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Moment founder Marc Barros at the big reveal.
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Apple rolled out three new iPhones Tuesday that will excite mobile photographers. One day later, smartphone lens maker Moment debuted three new products that “take everything amazing about your new camera phone and make it worse.”

Poking fun at iPhone prices and the hyped spectacle of Apple product launches, Moment released a “live event” to introduce the “world’s first” $1 case, $2 waterproof case and $3 wireless charging case. Moment kept its price point in single digits because of a ground-breaking material used to create the cases – cheap cardboard that comes in one color, dirt brown.

iPhone X gets rave reviews in first hands-on look


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Out with the old, in with the new?
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The tech journalists lucky enough to get invited to Apple’s iPhone event Tuesday seemed to purr when given the chance to put the iPhone X in their hands.

Some quibbled over the $999 price tag, but most came away impressed with their first hands-on experience with Apple’s new flagship device.

iPhone cameras just got a whole lot smarter


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The iPhone X camera system may make the $999 price worth it.
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Hard to believe that a smartphone camera born from two tiny megapixels and a fixed-focus lens10 years ago now includes 3D facial recognition, augmented reality and a studio lighting emulator.

The camera system on the 2017 iPhones features more than incremental improvements for making pictures and recording video. In fact, the new camera hardware transcends photography and plays a deeper role in personal communication, entertainment, and data security.