How-To Geek: How to Film With Your Own Green Screen Using Your iPhone. “Blue and green screens are used by TV and movie studios to blend two videos by replacing the background with something different. You have that power on your iPhone and iPad and we’re going to show you how to use it.” It’s not perfect, but for a quick hack it’s not bad at all.
Washington Post: It’s the middle of the night. Do you know who your iPhone is talking to?. “On a recent Monday night, a dozen marketing companies, research firms and other personal data guzzlers got reports from my iPhone. At 11:43 p.m., a company called Amplitude learned my phone number, email and exact location. At 3:58 a.m., another called Appboy got a digital fingerprint of my phone. At 6:25 a.m., a tracker called Demdex received a way to identify my phone and sent back a list of other trackers to pair up with. And all night long, there was some startling behavior by a household name: Yelp. It was receiving a message that included my IP address -— once every five minutes.”
MakeUseOf: 8 Nifty Apps to Identify Anything Using Your Phone’s Camera. “For many people, your phone’s camera is one of its most important aspects. It has a ton of uses, from superimposing wild creatures into reality with AR apps to taking sharp pictures even at night. But you might be missing out on another major ability your phone’s camera has: it can work as a visual search engine and identify just about anything you see in the world. Here are the best identification apps for Android and iPhone.”
MakeUseOf: How to Use Your iPhone as a Webcam: 5 Methods That Work. “Did you know it’s possible to use your iPhone as a webcam? It’s never going to quite mimic a webcam in the traditional sense, but there are a few apps that’ll record the phone’s camera and send it to a Mac, a Windows PC, another mobile device, or even to the web.”
MakeUseOf: How to Download Any Social Media Video on Your iPhone for Free . “You thus might want to download your favorite videos from Instagram or Twitter. But not many iPhone apps let you do that. And the few available options are riddled with ads and popups. Fortunately, there’s a better way. Using Apple’s own automation app Shortcuts, you can download videos from Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, as well as automate everyday tasks. It’s quite simple. Let me walk you through it.” It looks like this requires iOS 12.
Lifehacker: Try Out iPhone Automation with This List of 150+ iOS Shortcuts . “I confess, I haven’t really touched iOS shortcuts much since the feature’s big debut last September, but don’t let my laziness dissuade you from fiddling around with them. If you’re just getting started, you should find some awesome premade shortcuts to integrate into your device instead of spending way too much time figuring out how to build your own. That’s fun too, but there’s no need to jump in the deep end just yet.”
MakeUseOf: The 5 Best RSS Reader Apps for iPhone. “Once you choose to go back to RSS (or get started with an account), you’ll need a news reader to go with it. Thankfully, there are some amazing RSS readers on the iPhone. But how do you find the right one for you? We’ve narrowed down to the top five choices below.”