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Apple reveals 2017’s most popular apps, music, movies and more

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Apple unveiled its charts ranking the most popular movies, TV shows, music, apps, books and podcasts in the U.S. for 2017 — with both new and familiar faces in the world of media and entertainment.

The No. 1 movie of the year on Apple’s iTunes was Disney’s “Moana,” followed by Disney/Lucafilm’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and Warner Bros. “Wonder Woman.”

In TV, perennial favorites HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” were the top three programs. New series charting in 2017 included HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” NBC’s “This Is Us,” PBS’s “Victoria” and FX’s “The Americans.”

On Apple Music, Drake had the No. 1 album of the year with “More Life,” while Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” scored the most-downloaded song. Taylor Swift’s “Reputation” has already rocketed to No. 3 on the 2017 top album ranking since its Nov. 10 release.

Among free iPhone apps, Snap’s Bitmoji and Snapchat were the two top downloads for 2017, followed by YouTube, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Facebook, Google Maps, Netflix, Spotify and Uber. Nintendo’s “Super Mario Run” was the No. 1 free game for iPhone, followed by “8 Ball Pool” and “Snake VS Block.”

Top paid iPhone apps were Facetune and Tabs & Chords, while most-downloaded paid iPhone games were Ellen DeGeneres’ “Heads Up!”, Microsoft’s “Minecraft” and Ninja Kiwi’s “Bloons TD 5.”

Apple also announced the App Store editors’ picks of their favorite apps of 2017. Calm, which provides guided meditations and mindfulness exercises, was named iPhone app of the year and Splitter Critters won iPhone game honors. For iPad, Affinity Photo was named app of the year and The Witness was dubbed best game.

In podcasts, NPR’s “Fresh Air” remained the No. 1 most-downloaded show of the year, while daily news has become a popular category with new podcasts this year like the New York Times’ “The Daily and NPR’s “Up First” charting. True crime continued to drive listenership with top podcasts like ABC News’ “A Murder on Orchard Street,” the L.A. Times’ “Dirty John” and Serial Productions’ “S-Town.”

The top-downloaded iBooks in fiction were John Grisham’s “Camino Island” and Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” originally published in 1985 — newly popular thanks in part to Hulu’s Emmy-winning TV series adaptation. J.D. Vance’s working-class American family memoir “Hillbilly Elegy” was No. 1 on Apple’s nonfiction books chart, followed by Mark Manson’s “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck.”

Top iTunes Movies for 2017 (U.S.)
1. “Moana”
2. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
3. “Wonder Woman”
4. “Sing”
5. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”
6. “Trolls”
7. “Doctor Strange”
8. “Beauty and the Beast” (2017)
9. “Arrival”
10. “Spider-Man: Homecoming”
11. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
12. “Logan”
13. “The Boss Baby”
14. “The Lego Batman Movie”
15. “Hacksaw Ridge”
16. “The Accountant”
17. “John Wick: Chapter 2”
18. “Hidden Figures”
19. “Baby Driver”
20. “Passengers”

Top iTunes TV Shows (U.S.)
1. “Game of Thrones”
2. “The Walking Dead”
3. “The Big Bang Theory”
4. “Rick and Morty”
5. “The Americans”
6. “Suits”
7. “PAW Patrol”
8. “This Is Us”
9. “Modern Family”
10. “Grey’s Anatomy”
11. “Better Call Saul”
12. “Sherlock”
13. “Scandal”
14. “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
15. “Big Little Lies”
16. “Doctor Who”
17. “Planet Earth II”
18. “Homeland”
19. “The Flash”
20. “The Blacklist”

Top Albums (U.S.)
1. Drake, “More Life”
2. Kendrick Lamar, “Damn”
3. Taylor Swift, “Reputation”
4. Ed Sheeran, “÷ (Divide)”
5. The Weeknd, “Starboy”
6. J. Cole, “4 Your Eyez Only”
7. Bruno Mars, “24K Magic”
8. Migos, “Culture”
9. Future, “Future”
10. Various Artists, “Moana”
11. Post Malone, “Stoney”
12. Original Broadway Cast of “Hamilton,” “Hamilton”
13. Various Artists, “Trolls”
14. Drake, “Views”
15. Big Sean, “I Decided”
16. Travis Scott, “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight”
17. Jay-Z, “4:44”
18. Future, “Hndrxx”
19. Khalid, “American Teen”
20. Chris Stapleton, “From A Room: Volume 1”

Top Songs (U.S.)
1. Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You”
2. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee, “Despacito” (feat. Justin Bieber)
3. Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”
4. Kendrick Lamar, “Humble.”
5. Sam Hunt, “Body Like a Back Road”
6. Migos, “Bad and Boujee” (feat. Lil Uzi Vert)
7. Bruno Mars, “24K Magic”
8. DJ Khaled, “I’m the One” (feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne)
9. Post Malone, “Congratulations” (feat. Quavo)
10. Rae Sremmurd, “Black Beatles” (feat. Gucci Mane)
11. Zayn & Taylor Swift, “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)”
12. The Weeknd, “Starboy” (feat. Daft Punk)
13. Drake, “Fake Love”
14. James Arthur, “Say You Won’t Let Go”
15. Imagine Dragons, “Believer”
16. Future, “Mask Off”
17. The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, “Something Just Like This”
18. Lil Uzi Vert, “XO Tour Llif3”
19. Kyle, “iSpy” (feat. Lil Yachty)
20. The Chainsmokers, “Closer” (feat. Halsey)

Source from http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/apple-2017-charts-top-movies-tv-shows-music-apps-1202632655/

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Taylor Swift album ‘reputation’ lands on Spotify and Apple Music

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Three weeks after hitting iTunes, Taylor Swift’s new album Reputation is starting to roll out on Apple Music and Spotify.

Fans first spotted the record on the sites in Australia and the Phillipines, and it is now available to stream in the UK.

Previously the pop star’s sixth album was only available as a digital download or as a physical copy. Swift announced via her Instagram that it would be available on all streaming services from midnight on 1 December.

Despite the decision to temporarily keep it off streaming services, reputation quickly became the biggest first-week sales of 2017, shifting more than 1.2 million copies in the US.

The move is a less drastic version of the one made by Adele‘s team when she released her album 25, which was not available on streaming services until seven months after its initial release.

Swift’s album was recently listed on The Independent‘s top 30 of the year. It was praised for producer Jack Antonoff’s work, along with Swift’s songwriting skills and “one of [her] greatest talents… to encapsulate those small moments, often in a new relationship, that you as a listener cannot”.

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Apple Music’s Major Lazer documentary is streaming now

A new music documentary begins streaming today on Apple Music. Give Me Future chronicles Major Lazer’s 2016 concert in Havana, Cuba — the first to be put on by major American artists since the US restored diplomatic ties to the country in 2015. The group, made up of Diplo, Walshy Fire and Jillionaire, performed for 400,000 people in the country’s capital, the planning for which and the performance were documented by director Austin Peters.

Give Me Future adds to Apple’s growing stock of exclusive music-focused documentaries, which include features on artists like Taylor Swift, Pink, Harry Styles and Niall Horan. It has also released films on producer Clive Davis, the Cash Money record label, songwriter Bert Berns and the history of the iconic 808 drum machine.

Along with the film, which made its premiere at Sundance, Apple is also releasing a companion album featuring music from Major Lazer and each of its artists, Cuban artists that appear in the documentary and others including Herizen Guardiola and Sean Paul. The album, Major Lazer Presents: Give Me Future – Music From and Inspired by the Film, is available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, iTunes, Soundcloud and Google Play. Give Me Future is available to Apple Music subscribers today — you can check out the trailer below and stream it here.

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Review of iPhone X

After months of hype, endless speculation, and a wave of last-minute rumors about production delays, the iPhone X is finally here. Apple says it’s a complete reimagining of what the iPhone should be, 10 years after the original revolutionized the world. That means some fundamental aspects of the iPhone are totally different here — most notably, the home button and fingerprint sensor are gone, replaced by a new system of navigation gestures and Apple’s new Face ID unlocking system. These are major changes.

New iPhones and major changes usually command a ton of hype, and Apple’s pushing the hype level around the iPhone X even higher than usual, especially given the new thousand-dollar starting price point. For the last few years, we’ve said some variation of “it’s a new iPhone” when we’ve reviewed these devices. But Apple wants this to be the beginning of the next 10 years. It wants the iPhone 10 to be more than just the new iPhone. It wants it to be the beginning of a new generation of iPhones. That’s a lot to live up to.

I kinda like the flicking now

The swipe up move to replace the home button is growing on me. Weird but true. I realized, it’s a bit like flicking away apps after you’re done with them. It’s oddly satisfying. It’s more like, “I’m done with that” than “get me back home.” Even the animation has changed: it feels like you’re flicking the app away to infinity.

I still don’t like using it one-handed, but I’m enjoying the flow of it.

Reachability is back but hard to pull off

Getting to the top of the screen one-handed is possible with Reachability, a feature that drops the top half of the iPhone screen down for better thumb access (it can be toggled on in Accessibility in Settings). It used work via a double-tap on the home button. Now it requires a swipe down on the bottom of the iPhone, off the edge of the screen. In practice, I find it impossible to do, even with two hands. It could help me reach the hidden-away Control Center, which now lives in the top right of the iPhone X screen… but I can’t learn its subtlety yet.

Most people like the design, are curious about the price

Day 2 was spent demoing the phone to people who hadn’t seen it before: on CBS This Morning, with Charlie Rose and Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell, and to Jeremy Piven in the green room. To Vlad Duthiers and Anne-Marie Green on CBSN. (Note that CNET is a division of CBS.) To Jon Fortt, Carl Quintanilla and Sara Eisen at CNBC.

Lots of people gave me their thoughts, and took selfie photos. It seemed like the design didn’t bother anyone, and most people liked it. The selfie camera Portrait Mode was a hit. Animoji charmed people. But the question I kept getting asked is, who’s paying $1,000 for it?

A thousand dollars is a magic number, and really, iPhones have already gotten nearly there with the iPhone 8 Plus. I think the kicker here is that this nice-looking X sits as an extra upgrade option above the 8 Plus, which is already an upgrade option to the 8. By its price alone, it’s not The Phone For Everybody.

Learning the new gestures confused others who tried it briefly. I was already used to how everything worked. Suddenly I became the expert. I realized I had the hang of it.

Great camera, when you learn the tricks

I went trick-or-treating with my kids, taking photos in the twilight with the iPhone X telephoto lens. Then I finally had a real night’s sleep.

But I enjoyed the telephoto camera’s new optical image stabilization. I still had moments of blur, but it seemed to me that, at last, 2X zoom photos looked as good as the wide-angle ones. Zoom feels more powerful as a result.

And I’ve gotten a kick out of the selfie shots. I learned that the Portrait Mode on the selfie camera tends to favor one person and keep them in focus, but if you stay close together, it’ll help keep two people in focus at once. Or, you can choose to not have Portrait Mode on at all. Also, selfie portrait mode doesn’t work with backgrounds that are too far in the distance: it needs something in middle distance, generally, in my experience. Otherwise it’ll just default to a regular selfie photo.

Yeah, I know flash is better, but I still never use flash.

OLED is so much better in the dark

I woke up to the glow of the iPhone X next to me. I picked it up in the darkness and suddenly realized, oh, yeah, OLED.

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I’ve used plenty of OLED phones before (Samsung’s lineup in particular, including the Galaxy Note 8). I first thought the iPhone 8 Plus display, casually viewed, was sometimes similarly good-looking to the iPhone X, but in dimmer conditions X definitely edges it out for a more vivid experience.

The keyboard feels like a lost opportunity

I hadn’t typed much on the iPhone X in my first hours with it. Then I started taking notes. I saw what others were commenting on: the keyboard has a lot of empty space underneath its virtual keys. What’s going on?

 The X keyboard pops up in a part of the phone similar to where it is on the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. It fits my thumbs. The keys feel narrower than the 8 Plus’, because the display isn’t as wide. It feels fine. But the large amount of display area underneath — easily enough for another set of keys or functions — seems odd. An emoji and dictation button are put down there, but why not anything else? It feels like space was left for a phantom home button that’s not there. But still, I typed quickly. It’s not bad, certainly, but it feels like the space could be used a lot more efficiently. Something for iOS 12, maybe — or could we see a change sooner?

Battery life isn’t fantastic

We’re doing full battery tests, but I found I needed recharging midday in my first few days. A morning commute on the train left me at about 70 percent by 10:30am after getting up at 7am. This is similar to what I get on the 8 and even the 8 Plus. (Yes, I’m spending a lot of time showing this phone off and running apps — but I’m also splitting time in my day between the X and an iPhone 8 Plus.) The point is, the X isn’t conquering new battery frontiers, at least in these early days.

Updated November 1, 4:29 p.m. PT. My earlier thoughts, first published Tuesday at 3 a.m. PT and updated thereafter, follow.


The iPhone X feels like a concept car, or a secret project. That’s because of the X name, probably, and the legacy of 10 years of iPhones. It’s also the fact that this is an optional step-up model — like an 8 Plus, but smaller. It’s a bold new design, different after three years of each iPhone looking very much the same.

I love new technology and the wild ideas that come with it. I love to be immersed in new concepts. But I’m also practical when it comes to tools. Will I use a fully rethought phone? Will it work for me when I need it to? My phone is my mission critical everything. It’s my Indiana Jones hat. Will Face ID work as well as the trusty Touch ID home button? Will I feel safe?

Ultimately the all important question is simple: Is this *the* must-have upgrade? Should my mom get it? Should my sister? My brother-in-law? My best friend? You?

I’ve spent a day now with the device to begin to answer this question. Consider this a living review that we’ll be updating throughout the week — and beyond — as we test, retest and experience the iPhone X.

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Face ID works pretty well…

You’ve been able to unlock an iPhone with Touch ID using your fingerprint since 2013. The original iPhone shipped with a home button a decade ago. Apple‘s making a big leap by getting rid of both in one fell swoop and replacing them with Face ID. Your face — or a passcode — is the only way to unlock the iPhone X.

Unlocking isn’t automatic. Instead, the phone “readies for unlock” when it recognizes my face. So I look at the iPhone, and then a lock icon at the top unlocks. But the iPhone still needs my finger-swipe to finish the unlock. It’s fast, but that extra step means it’s not instantaneous. Face ID did recognize me most of the time but sometimes, every once in a while, it didn’t.

I tried the phone with at least five of my coworkers. None of their faces unlocked it — although none of them look remotely like me. I also attempted to unlock it with a big color photo of my face on a 24-inch monitor, but that didn’t register as a face to the iPhone X either. The TrueDepth camera recognizes face contours to identify you.

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Face ID worked perfectly in these instances.

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Face ID worked perfectly in an almost completely dark room, too, lit only by the iPhone’s screen. (It uses infrared). We’ll still need to do a lot more testing to see what Face ID’s limits are. By default, it requires “attention” at the display, but that requirement for direct attention can be turned off for those who need it, or those who prefer to speed up the process.

…But it’s not perfect

By design, the iPhone X doesn’t unlock with just a glance. Once you’ve identified yourself with your face, you need to swipe up with your finger to get to your apps. Not only does the swipe remove the immediacy of Face ID, it means you need your hand to do anything. Quick access to the phone wasn’t quite as quick as I expected.

I pushed my face testing hard. I got a haircut, shaved my beard into several shapes, then off completely. I tried on sunglasses and other frames. I wore hats and scarves. Then I went to more absurd levels, including some that wouldn’t happen in most real-world scenarios, trying on wigs, fake mustaches and steampunk goggles.

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Face ID failed here.

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The preliminary results are in my video. This is by no means a final test, but the bottom line is that most of the “real world” tests worked and showed me that Face ID is more resilient than I expected. Face ID didn’t mind my sunglasses. Scarves presented some challenges, but that makes sense if they’re pulled up over your mouth since they’re hiding essential aspects of your face. All the tests worked far better than Samsung’s face unlock feature on the Galaxy Note 8 — though Samsung kept its fingerprint reader on, as an easy backup.

The iPhone X occasionally asked me to re-enter the passcode after a failed Face ID attempt, then locked out further Face ID efforts until I entered the passcode again. If you’ve used Touch ID, this will remind you of trying to use an iPhone with wet fingers.

The big OLED screen is a welcome addition…

The 5.8-inch screen is the biggest on an iPhone to date, and the first Apple handset to use OLED (organic light-emitting display) technology versus the LED/LCD in all previous iPhones. In addition to better energy efficiency, OLED screens offer much better contrast and true, inky blacks — not the grayish blacks of LCD screens.

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The iPhone 8 (left) has a 4.7-inch screen; the iPhone X (center) has a 5.8-inch screen; and the iPhone 8 Plus (right) is 5.5 inches.

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At first use, the bigger screen feels great. I’ve wanted more screen real estate on the iPhone, and the X comes closest to all-screen. Picture quality improvement isn’t immediately noticeable over previous iPhones, but that’s a testament to how good Apple’s previous TrueTone displays are. The larger screen gives the iPhone a more current and immersive feel.

I’ll need more time to compare the screen to other iPhones — and to other OLED phones, such as Samsung Galaxy models.

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…But the X’s screen feels different from an iPhone 8 Plus

That said, I grappled with a few X display quirks. Sure, there’s a notch cut out of the top of the screen where the front-facing camera array sits. But this isn’t just the Plus display crammed into the body of a 4.7-inch iPhone. The X’s display is taller than recent iPhones — or, when you put it in landscape mode, narrower. For some videos, that means they get letterboxed (black bars at the top and bottom) or pillarboxed (black bars on the left and right) to fit properly and the effective display area ends up a bit smaller than on the 8 Plus.

The rounded edges of the display mean that even if you expand a picture to fill the screen, parts of the image or movie end up cut off.

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The notch didn’t bother me — much…

Hear me out. The notch and the two extra bits on either side end up feeling like bonus space: most apps don’t use that area, and it ends up relegated to carrier, Wi-Fi and battery notifications, which saves that info from cluttering the display below.

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The Witness isn’t optimized for the iPhone X (yet), so it “pillarboxes” (places black bars to the left and right of the screen).

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…But your favorite apps might not make the most of that screen

Many current apps aren’t yet optimized for the iPhone X. These outdated apps end up filling the same space as on an iPhone 8, leaving a lot of unused area. That’ll certainly get fixed for some apps over time, but it’s a reminder that the extra screen room here might not end up meeting your needs, until or unless the apps are optimized.

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Living without the home button takes some adjustment

A number of new gestures take the place of the old home button. I kept reaching for the phantom button over the first few hours, feeling like I’d lost a thumb.

Unlike phones such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, which adds a virtual home button to create a “press for home” experience, the X remaps familiar gestures completely.

  • Swiping down from the corner now gives you Control Center, instead of swiping up.
  • Swiping up is the new “home button.”
  • Swiping up and holding brings up all open apps.
  •  And another new trick: swiping left or right on the opaque bar below all apps flips between apps for quick multitasking.

Meanwhile, there’s a new, large side button that brings up Siri and Apple Pay. I instinctively pressed and held it to shut down my phone, then I realized that is not what that button does. (To turn off the phone, you now hold that same side button *and* the lower volume button at the same time, which feels far from intuitive.)

Those gestures added up to some difficult maneuvers as I walked Manhattan streets in the Flatiron between my office and a local barber shop. At the end of the first day, I admit: sometimes I missed the simple home button.

 

You’ll need to adjust your Apple Pay routine

Double-clicking the side button brings up Apple Pay, but an additional face-glance is needed to authorize a payment. I tried it on our vending machine at the office and sometimes it worked great. Sometimes Face ID didn’t seem to recognize me. Maybe my timing was off.

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We tested Apple Pay on our in-house vending machine.

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I’m definitely going to need to check this out at more places in the days ahead. The bottom line: you don’t want to be the guy holding up the line at the drugstore because your double-click-to-Face-ID-to-NFC-reader flow was off.

The rear cameras are similar, not identical, to the iPhone 8 Plus

Like the iPhone 8 Plus, the iPhone X has a dual rear camera with both wide-angle and telephoto lenses. But X has two changes: A larger aperture (f/2.4 vs. f/2.8) on the telephoto lens, and optical image stabilization on both lenses (rather than just one on the 8 Plus), which should make for better-lit, less blurry zoomed-in shots at night or in lower lighting.

My colleague, CNET Senior Photographer James Martin, has done a deep dive on the new front-facing iPhone X camera, experimenting with portraits and shots around San Francisco.

The front camera is great with Portrait Mode…

In addition to handling Face ID duties, the TrueDepth front camera brings most of the magic of Apple’s rear cameras to the selfie world.

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Portrait Mode, where the subject is in the foreground in focus with a blurred background, and Portrait Lighting, which applies various lighting effects to a photo after the fact, both now work on your selfies. Vanity, thy name is Portrait Mode.

…But not great with Portrait Lighting and my face

Portrait Lighting is officially in beta on both the iPhone’s rear and front cameras, and my experiences with it confirmed Apple isn’t finished perfecting the software that makes it work. My face ended up looking oddly cut-out and poorly lit. Unlike the rear cameras, which seemed to produce hit-or-miss Portrait Lighting shots, I haven’t had luck with my own selfies.

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Portrait Lighting is still in beta, so temper your expectations.

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Get ready to be bombarded with animojis, and other TrueDepth AR and face-mapping apps

Animojis are exactly what they sound like: animated emojis. They’re cute. They’re also Apple’s showcase for the fancy TrueDepth camera, which maps your facial expressions onto monkeys, aliens, foxes and even a pile of poop. (If nothing else, the 10-second clips made my kids laugh when I sent them a few.)

Third-party apps also use the TrueDepth camera for real-time 3D effects. Snapchat created new face filters I got to play with, and some did an amazing job staying on my face. I’m curious to see how future apps use this tech for even more advanced face-aware AR.

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Snapchat face filters just got a lot more realistic.

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Apple’s Instagram-like video app Clips has an update coming that also uses the camera to green-screen my face into different scenes, like an 8-bit gaming experience or a Star Wars filter where it looks like my face is a blue-tinged hologram. Again, it’s fun. For many people, the filters Snapchat already provides are probably enough.

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Apple’s Clips app is now TrueDepth-enabled, too.

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Apple nailed the size and feel: Did it nail the entire experience?

I think the X is in the sweet spot that the older iPhone sizes could never perfectly be. It’s a good-feeling phone with a nice, large screen. The shift to Face ID and the removal of the home button feel like changes that some might be fine with, and others will find unnecessary. I’m still learning the X’s design language.

We’re just getting started!

Want to know more? So do we. This is the beginning of our iPhone X journey, not the final word. We’ve got plenty more on deck, including battery tests, benchmarks and in-depth comparisons to rival phones such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Google PIxel 2 XL.

We’ll continue to update our experiences throughout the week as we count down to the iPhone X global launch on Friday, Nov. 3.

For now, our CNET review of the iPhone X will be ongoing with a lot more tests.

Source from https://www.cnet.com/news/iphone-x-review-day-three/

 

 

 

Major Lazer documentary ‘Give Me Future’ coming exclusively to Apple Music next month

As it continues to expand original content efforts, Apple Music has secured the rights to an upcoming documentary about electronic music trio Major Lazer. The film depicts the process of organizing the first Cuban-American concert in Havana and is entitled Give Me Future.

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The film starts shortly after President Obama announced that the “United States of America is changing its relationship with the people of Cuba. And begin a new chapter among the nations of the Americas.”

After President Obama made that announcement, Major Lazer’s Diplo, Jillionaire, and Walshy Fire set out to organize the first Cuban-American concert in Havana. The the three are followed as they setup the concert, meeting with local Cuban artists and planning the intricacies.

In conjunction with the documentary, Major Lazer also announced a new album called “Major Lazer Presents: Give Me Future – Music From and Inspired by the Film.” The album features unreleased Diplo work, including songs recorded with Cuban artists during the making of this documentary.

Give Me Future debuted at the Sunset Film Festival earlier this year and will be available on Apple Music on November 17th. Will you be watching? Let us know down in the comments!

Here’s the trailer and description of the documentary:

In March 2016, following the restoration of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States, electronic dance music trio Major Lazer made history, becoming one of the first major American acts to play in the communist state. Unsure how their descent on Havana would be received and hoping to reach a few tens of thousands, the epic concert unexpectedly drew in close to half a million fans.

Much more than a garden variety music film, “Give Me Future” begins as a behind-the-scenes look at the historic concert and evolves into a masterful exploration of Cuba’s inspirational youth movement and its ingenious DIY information culture.

Capturing exhilarating performance footage and authentic stories highlighting the country’s cultural growth and desire for inclusion in the global community, director Austin Peters conjures a transcendent, rhythm-laced depiction of the powerful catalysts driving a country on the brink of change.

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iTunes Converter for Mac V2.3.2 has been released

With the new release of macOS High Sierra 10.13, to make iTunes Converter work well with the new system , Macsome Inc newly released iTunes Converter for Mac V2.3.2.

With the new version 2.3.2, macOS 10.13 users can only convert music files with 1X conversion speed, if you are other system users, there is no need to worry about the only 1X conversion speed, you can still convert Audio tracks with up to 20X conversion speed.

If you want to convert Audiobook with the iTunes Converter, you can still try the incredible speed.

With the fast conversion option, you can only convert AAX to M4A format with chapter, cover, etc kept, and convert AA to MP3 format without chapter and other info kept.

If the first time conversion is slow, don’t worry, the following conversion speed is unbelievable.

Even you are macOS users, don’t worry, the up to 20X conversion speed will be added and supported in the following version, please wait a moment.

About macOS High Sierra

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Apple introduced macOS High Sierra at its 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference in June. macOS High Sierra, as the name suggests, is a follow-up to macOS Sierra and is largely designed to improve on macOS Sierra through major under-the-hood updates and a handful of outward-facing changes.

macOS High Sierra is the newest version of macOS, introducing Metal 2, APFS, HEVC video, VR support, and Safari and Siri updates. Launched on September 25.

With macOS High Sierra, Apple says it’s focusing on the fundamentals: data, video, and graphics. High Sierra is about deep technologies that will provide a platform for future innovation while also introducing new technologies to make the Mac more reliable, capable, and responsive.

FEATURES

  • Metal 2
  • HEVC (H.265) support
  • Apple File System
  • VR and external GPU support (spring 2018)
  • Siri updates
  • Autoplay blocking in Safari
  • Anti-tracking in Safari

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iTunes Converter for Mac now supports iTunes 12.7

Apple has released iTunes 12.7 with major changes as following:

The new iTunes focuses on music, movies, TV shows, and audiobooks. It adds support for syncing iOS 11 devices and includes new features for– 

Apple Music. Now discover music with friends. Members can create profiles and follow each other to see music they are listening to and any playlists they’ve shared. 

Podcasts. iTunes U collections are now part of the Apple Podcasts family. Search and explore free educational content produced by leading schools, universities, museums, and cultural institutions all in one place. 

If you previously used iTunes to sync apps or ringtones on your iOS device, use the new App Store or Sounds Settings on iOS to redownload them without your Mac. 

Some Mac users may find that when they update their iTunes to 12.7, the iTunes Converter can’t work any more.

Now we have fixed the problem and release iTunes Converter for Mac V2.3.0.

What you need to do is to upgrade your program to the latest version and then try again.

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