How to record video while playing music on your iPhone

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Record video while playing music on iPhone
No third-party apps required.
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You’ve probably noticed that your iPhone stops playing music as soon as you switch to Video mode inside its Camera app, which prevents you from easily adding a soundtrack to your recordings. But there is a simple trick that lets you shoot video while your music continues to play.

The trick works in all versions of iOS 14 (including the latest iOS 14.5 betas) and requires no third-party apps. We’ll show you how to use it.

Tensions run hot between Soviets and US in For All Mankind [Apple TV+ review]

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For All Mankind review: Ellen Wilson (played by Jodi Balfour) makes an unbelievable move this week.
Ellen Wilson (played by Jodi Balfour) makes an unbelievable move this week.
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Space-race soap opera For All Mankind drops a bomb this week that could ruin the chances of everybody here getting what they want — and definitely destroys whatever character work the writers and actors have done up until now.

The writers realized nothing exciting had happened all season and so just dropped a bunch of character arcs in favor of what’s convenient. I wish I was surprised.

Apple leaker Jon Prosser shaves eyebrows after missing key prediction

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Apple leaker Jon Prosser shaves his eyebrows.
Jon Prosser makes good on his promise to totally destroy his eyebrows.
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Jon Prosser’s eyebrows are officially toast.

Prosser, the serial Apple leaker with a big personality and a seemingly deep field of sources inside Cupertino, pledged to shave his eyebrows if we didn’t get an Apple event on March 23.

Well that day has come. And the Apple event didn’t. So he took a trimmer to his precious eyebrows in the most Prosser way possible — on YouTube, with a solid sense of humor (and a charity to boot).

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This app can’t be a scam. Look at all those positive reviews!
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Billie Eilish doc attracts coveted young viewers to Apple TV+

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Sounds like the Billie Eilish doc brought a coveted crowd to Cupertino's streaming service.
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How do you get the kids to tune into your underachieving streaming service? Buy a documentary about one of the hottest young singer/songwriters in the world.

That’s what Apple TV+ did when it snapped up the rights to new doc Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry — and the strategy apparently worked. As per usual, Cupertino won’t reveal the actual number of people who watched the film since its premiere last week. However, an insider report says the music doc brought a ton of new, young viewers to Apple TV+.

CoverBuddy protects iPad Pro, plays nice with Magic Keyboard [Review]

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SwitchEasy CoverBuddy adds extra protection for iPads that are used with Apple’s clip-on keyboards.
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The Apple Magic Keyboard and Smart Keyboard for iPad are amazing but they prevent putting the tablet into most cases, so it has to be “naked” when not clipped to the keyboard. That’s no problem for the SwitchEasy CoverBuddy, a protective case that Apple’s clip-on keyboards can work right through.

Sound designer’s setup powers a home office and AV wonderland [Setups]

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When you have more gear than you use, it's time to break it down to basic needs.
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Gareth Owen is a London-based professional sound designer whose job involves extensive CAD and acoustic modeling, but he also does sound effects work and multitrack mixing.

So he built a setup that functions as both his home office and a basic home studio.