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Apple homepage gets iPhone X makeover ahead of Friday preorders — Apple has updated its homepage [pictured above] with dynamic graphics and links touting various iPhone X features like the TrueDepth camera and Face ID to advertise the handset ahead of a start to preorders this week.

Apple iPhone X app switching mechanics shown off in short video — As the launch of iPhone X approaches, videos showing off Apple’s new flagship smartphone are making their way to social networking sites. The latest offers a brief look at the revamped app switcher, a multitasking UI element that lets users cycle through full-screen apps.

Apple denies the rumor that it’s easing Face ID accuracy to improve iPhone X production — Apple is allowing suppliers to reduce the accuracy – “if only a little” – of Face ID to speed up production of the iPhone X, according to Bloomberg, quoting unnamed sources. But Apple denies this.

Apple acquires wireless charging specialist PowerbyProxi — Apple on Wednesday local time announced the purchase of PowerbyProxi, a small New Zealand-based firm specialising in wireless charging technologies based on the Qi wireless standard. In a rare comment confirming the acquisition, Apple SVP of Hardware Engineering Dan Riccio said the “team will be a great addition as Apple works to create a wireless future,” according to Stuff.

Microsoft kills Kinect just as Apple dives into facial recognition with iPhone X Face ID — With days until the launch of the iPhone X and its Face ID camera array, Microsoft’s own motion sensing and facial recognition system for Xbox, dubbed Kinect, has been officially discontinued after a long period of languish. AppleInsider explains how Apple and Microsoft’s separate facial recognition technologies – one failed, one upcoming – both share common roots.

How to turn on the long exposure Live Photo effect — A cool new feature that Apple introduced in iOS 11 is different Live Photo effects. Live Photos were introduced in iOS 9 with the iPhone 6s/6s Plus. When you take a Live Photo, the iPhone’s camera records data before and after the shot. Then, when you 3D Touch the photo, you see some brief animation. Here’s how to turn on the long exposure Live Photo effect on iOS. You can also edit Live Photos on macOS High Sierra.

Honda’s 2018 Gold Wing is first CarPlay-compatible motorcycle — Honda’s Gold Wing has a reputation among motorcycle enthusiasts as a gadget-laden – read bloated – trailer on two wheels. For 2018, the company is looking to sharpen the edges while retaining many of the comfort-forward features for which the platform is known, which for 2018 includes Apple CarPlay compatibility.

Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp for iOS in November — Japanese gaming giant Nintendo on Tuesday announced that an all-new Animal Crossing game is slated for release on iOS and Android in late November, bringing with it a condensed version of the franchise’s popular elements.

Comparing HEVC versus H.264 video file sizes — It’s time now to run a comparison of HEVC versus H.264 file sizes. Chances are, you’ve heard about the H.265 video codec, otherwise known as High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC). You’ve likely heard that it is, in many ways, superior to H.264, its predecessor. If you hadn’t heard about those factoids before, you have now, but they were first talked about in reference to the Mac during the macOS High Sierra announcement at WWDC 2017. HEVC is also the default recording mode for iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra. Any videos you record with your iPhone running iOS 11 will use the new H.265 codec. One of the goals of this new format is to create smaller files, but does HEVC live up to that claim?

Messages now has all sorts of added features — MacObserver has a rundown.