How to rip and save audio from YouTube videos with your iPhone

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YouTube isn’t just for video. Lots of folks use it to post audio files, only they gum up the songs with slideshows so they can upload them to the video-publishing service. There are all kinds of apps that let you convert a YouTube video back into an MP3, but today we’re going to see how to convert a video to an MP3 right in Safari, using Apple’a own Workflow/Shortcuts app.

Alex Jones ‘patriots’ rush to App Store to download Infowars app

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Alex Jones' media empire is falling, but his followers can still get their fix from iOS and Android apps.
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Fans of Infowars radio host Alex Jones have flocked to the Apple App Store to grab what’s left of his voice on social media.

The iOS app Infowars Official was ranked the fourth most popular news app earlier today, less than 48 hours after Apple and other tech companies booted Jones off its social media platforms.

Google’s new Pixel 3 will fight iPhone from October

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Prepare for new Pixels right after iPhone X Plus.
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Google is gearing up to deliver its next-generation Pixel 3 smartphones in October, a leaked marketing ad confirms.

The devices are expected to fight the iPhone with even larger edge-to-edge displays and new features. And just like the iPhone X, the Pixel 3 could make its way into the hands of YouTube content creators before it reaches other reviewers.

How to get YouTube’s incognito mode on iOS right now

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YouTube’s incognito mode is already built into Safari.
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Android has, or is soon to get, an incognito mode for the YouTube app, which will stop watched videos from showing up in your YouTube history. Google will still know exactly what you watch, of course. It’s just a way of keeping embarrassing movies out of your watched videos list.

iOS may or may not be getting the same feature, but that doesn’t matter. By using iOS’ (and the Mac’s) built-in tools, you can already watch YouTube videos without them showing up in your YouTube history. It even stops YouTube from tracking your history via cookies.

How to make YouTube load up to 5x faster in Safari

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It’s easy to give YouTube a kick up the backside.
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Have you ever wondered why YouTube is so much slower than all the other websites you visit in Safari? Did you know that you could make it up to five times faster with very little effort?

YouTube’s new design doesn’t play nicely with browsers that aren’t Google Chrome, but with some simple tweaks, you can switch back to its previous design and enjoy much faster speeds.

Here’s how.

Ed Sheeran’s creative process is on full display in new Apple documentary

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Ed Sheeran shows viewers how to write a song in his new movie.
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Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran and his creative process will be on full display in Apple’s newest documentary movie, Songwriter.

Filming on the documentary began in 2008, giving fans an unprecedented look at how Sheeran’s songs are created. From the spark of an idea for a song to seeing it sung by thousands of fans at concerts, Songwriter paints an intimate portrait of one of the most popular artists of the last decade. The movie was filmed by Ed’s cousin Murray Cummings and focuses on the making of his third album “÷” that came out last year.

Take a look at the teaser:

Cheap-ass case helps iPhone X survive deathly drop

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The iPhone X is more useable than what it was encased in.
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The patent for a case that can protect an iPhone X from a 100-foot drop was filed in 1883 – toilet paper on a roll.

Admittedly, the history isn’t quite right, but the hosts of the YouTube channel GizmoSlip did discover that an iPhone X nestled in two rolls of toilet paper can fall form a drone high in the sky and look and work like new.

How to use Adobe Premiere Pro to make awesome IGTV videos

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IGTV offers higher quality compared to clips on the regular Instagram platform.
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You see yourself as a budding star of the vertical screen but so far you’re spending more time off-camera in post-production editing and formatting your IGTV videos.

Wedding filmmaker and YouTuber Matt Johnson has wasted no time figuring out how to get your vertical videos – and if you’re stubborn, the horizontal ones – ready for posting to Instagram’s new IGTV video platform.

Popular YouTuber helps Apple develop in-car VR entertainment

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Apple has some fascinating (if dangerous) research projects underway.
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Apple has recruited popular science YouTuber Mark Rober to work as part of its top secret special projects group, developing a VR on-board entertainment system for self-driving cars.

Rober has been working with Apple for the past several years, although he has kept news of Apple’s identity secret. In a Reddit AmA, he described it as a “large tech company in the Bay Area.” His name was revealed as part of several patent applications Apple has recently filed.