Accessorize your iPhone with 4 great Labor Day deals

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Get more from your iPhone with Labor Day deals on four awesome accessories.
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Unlock your iPhone’s awesome potential with one or more of the fantastic accessories in our Labor Day sale.

We’ve got fantastic noise-canceling headphones that cost a fraction of what you’d pay for AirPods Pro. A solar charger that lets you stay powered up when you go off the grid. And a handful of tools that will make your FaceTime calls or YouTube videos look their best.

No matter what you use your iPhone for, we’ve got something for you — and all of these accessories are heavily discounted for your Labor Day shopping pleasure.

Enhance your video calls with special lenses, lighting and more

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Make your videos look better with a bundle of 18mm wide angle lens, 3-in-1 tripod, LED light, and more.
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Nowadays much of our human contact happens through a screen. From Zoom meetings to vlogs, podcasts and livestreams, the cameras on our phones and computers are the world’s window into our lives. The lenses, lighting and other gear in this kit can help improve the view.

Get the perfect lighting and angles for your quarantine streams [Deals]

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Boost your streaming video game with these discounted gear bundles.
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Being unexpectedly stuck at home can mean you’ve suddenly got time to start streaming your thoughts and creative endeavors. But if you want people to watch your videos, you’ve got to cover the basics — good camera angles and quality lighting.

These two DIY bundles include studio lights, camera grips and more so you can stream video like a pro.

Live-stream on Instagram and Twitch with this professional video gear [Deals]

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Livestream like a pro with a mounting clip, mic, remote shutter and all the tools you need to record great-looking video on your smartphone.
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There’s never been a better time to start producing video content. However, even for YouTubers and other DIY types, the standards of quality are high. Getting the right video gear can make the difference between gaining an audience or just streaming into the void.

These discounted high-end hardware bundles offer all the tools you need for creating professional-grade video content straight from your smartphone.

iOS 11 beta 3 hints at possible live broadcasting feature

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Apple made big changes to Control Center in iOS 11 beta 3.
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Live broadcasting your home screen to other iPhone owners may soon become possible, thanks to a new addition spotted in iOS 11 beta 3.

Apple added a new button to Control Center that hints at the upcoming functionality. The button doesn’t do anything right now, but it shows Apple could add live broadcasting in one of its next beta builds.

China wants to tighten screws on livestreaming apps

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Tim Cook meeting with China's vice premier on a previous visit.
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Apple has run into another hurdle in China, with internet regulators in the country reportedly calling on Apple to “tighten its checks” on live streaming apps which appear in the App Store.

While no specific live streaming apps are mentioned, popular apps include Periscope, Facebook Live, and others. Apparently the concern on this occasion concerns possible “management loopholes” with the apps in question. However, this is far from the first time the Chinese government has kicked up a fuss about Apple.

YouTube Gaming makes a run on Twitch tomorrow

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It's like YouTube, but with way less cat videos.
It's like YouTube, but with way less cat videos.
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It’s a bit late in the game, but YouTube has the resources and brand-name cache to take on video game streaming juggernaut, Twitch, as it turns on the lights of its much anticipated game streaming service Wednesday.

YouTube Gaming is the new portal, separate from the Google-owned video giant’s regular video website, that will aim to capture the flags, hearts and minds of gaming’s streaming technorati, some of whom can make upwards of $8,000 per month just letting people watch them play video games.

Twitch is the 800-pound gorilla of the video game streaming world; in fact, YouTube tried to buy the service sometime before Amazon snapped it up. Will YouTube bring in both current customers as well as crushing Twitch in the process?

Panic button app could save your life — or go terribly wrong

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WItness gets you help from your own emergency contacts when you need it most.
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If you’re afraid of ever being in a dangerous situation without any witnesses or good samaritans nearby, you might want to consider downloading this new app appropriately named Witness. Calling itself the ‘panic button for the smartphone age,’ one tap broadcasts live video and your current location to a list of preset emergency contacts, who can then decide if it’s appropriate to take action.

Of course, if they do nothing, they could potentially have front-row seats to a very morbid and disturbing show.

Asphalt 8 For iOS Gets Twitch In-Game Streaming

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Asphalt 8: Airborne for iOS has become the first mobile title to adopt Twitch in-game streaming. The feature allows players to beam their gameplay to Twitch viewers all over the world, and all that’s required is an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.

To celebrate the update, developer Gameloft is live-streaming the game for 24 hours.

Looxcie’s New Live-Streaming Video Cam Possibly Their Most Attractive Yet

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The big idea behind Looxcie’s video cameras is that they can live-stream video to a variety of audiences (including Facebook) by linking, via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, to an iPhone or Android phone running Looxcie’s free companion app.

But unlike the action-oriented $200, 1080p Looxcie HD, which is pretty expensive, or the lightweight Looxcie 2, which is only capable of 480p, the more social Looxcie 3 seems to have found a $100, 720p sweet spot. Plus it looks far less dorky when worn.