Make your Apple Watch do a leather loop de loop [Watch Store]

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Customize your Double Tour with over 10 different thread-color choices for one-of-a-kind style.
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A wristwatch is so much more than a means to tell time these days. That prime real estate on your arm is an opportunity to bump up your style game in spades.

Heeding the call is the customizable and ultra-stylish Double Tour Apple Watch Band by OleksyPrannyk — the reasonably priced alternative to the Hermès band for Apple Watch. Best yet, the Double Tour Band in rich, deep chestnut in currently on sale for $89 at the Watch Store.

Sony’s new sensor could bring super slo-mo video to iPhone

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The iPhone 7 Plus will completely change your photos.
The iPhone 7 Plus will completely change your photos.
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Future iPhones may be set to get a huge video upgrade, thanks to a new smartphone camera sensor created by Apple’s longtime supplier.

Sony has reportedly developed a new image sensor that is capable of shooting video at 960fps. That’s 720 frames more than the iPhone’s current slo-mo feature.

The Mac App Store is rubbish! Rent apps instead with Setapp [Reviews]

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The Setapp folder full of applications
The Setapp folder full of applications

Apple’s Mac App Store is broken. For developers and Mac users alike, the online store just isn’t working.

It’s too hard for buyers to find good software. And, thanks to Apple’s picky restrictions, the Mac App Store can make life difficult for developers.

Setapp, a Netflix-style subscription service for Mac apps, offers an innovative alternative. Instead of buying apps individually, you rent a bunch of them for $9.99 a month.

While it might sound unnerving to anyone accustomed to the idea of buying Mac apps outright, after using the service for two months, I found it liberating. Setup is dead-easy. And the selection is fantastic. Setapp serves up more than 60 Mac apps, all handpicked by MacPaw, the Mac development company that dreamed up the service.

Apple has five different teams working on wireless charging

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iPhone wireless charging is likely to arrive this year.
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Apple may be likely to adopt the popular Qi standard when it brings wireless charging to this year’s iPhone, but it seems that Apple isn’t abandoning reports that it could use a proprietary alternative solution.

According to a new report, the company currently has not one or two, but five different groups inside Apple currently working to develop wireless charging technology for future iPhones.

Liberate your iOS data with this dual-use thumb drive [Deals]

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Add 64GB of storage to your iOS device with this thumb drive that doubles as an MFi-certified Lightning cable.
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No matter how much storage your iPhone has, you’ll find a way to run out of it. iTunes doesn’t make managing that data very easy, either. That’s what makes iMemStick so useful. Part thumb drive, part dual-sided USB and Lightning cable, it offers a fast and easy way to store files — documents, videos, photos, etc. — from your iOS devices. It also provides a simple way to move those files to and from other devices.

Think of it as a 64GB lifeboat for your iOS data. And right now you can get an iMemStick 3.0 for just $74.99 at Cult of Mac Deals.

Create the next big app with this 82-hour iOS training bundle [Deals]

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Over 82 hours of instruction will get you caught up to coding for Apple's mobile devices.
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One of the most marketable skills you can have these days is the ability to code and develop for mobile. If you’re interested in learning the ins and outs of coding for iOS, we’ve got a deal for you.

This bundle of lessons covering iOS 10 and Swift 3 clocks in at more than 80 hours of instruction and usually costs hundreds of dollars. But right now, you can get the iOS 10 and Swift 3 Starter Bundle for just $22.50 at Cult of Mac Deals. Better still, if you enter the code “LEARN50” at checkout, you’ll save an additional 50 percent.

Google’s iPhone keyboard gets voice dictation, more languages

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Gboard just got even better.
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Google’s awesome Gboard keyboard for iPhone finally supports voice dictation. The feature is powered by Google’s own voice recognition technology, and you can access it quickly by holding down the space bar.

This update also brings new emoji, Google Doodles, and support for 15 additional languages.

Pokémon GO players can hunt ‘festive hat’ Pikachu this month

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Pokémon turns the legal drinking age this month.
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In news that makes us feel pretty darn ancient, this month marks 21 years since the first Pokémon game launched in Japan — and Pokémon GO is getting in on the action!

As part of the #PokemonDay celebrations, starting February 26 at 1PM PST and running through the next day, Pokémon GO players will be able to hunt and capture a wild Pikachu adored with “festive party hat.”

In other words, you’d better carve out some free time if you really want to catch ’em all!

Apple slams Trump’s reversal of transgender bathroom ruling

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Apple is clashing with President Trump again.
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Apple has criticized President Donald Trump’s decision to reverse a policy that allowed transgender students to use bathrooms according to the gender they identify as.

The controversial stance on bathroom usage was put in place by former President Barack Obama’s administration last May. At the time, it was hailed as a significant victory for transgender rights.

Today in Apple history: iTunes hits 10 billion downloads milestone

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Announcement made Apple the world's biggest music vendor.
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Feb23February 23, 2010: The iTunes Store officially passes the 10 billion music downloads mark, with the 10 billionth purchase being “Guess Things Happen That Way” by Johnny Cash.

The buyer of the song in question is Louie Sulcer of Woodstock, Georgia. As part of a “Countdown to 10 Billion Songs” promotion by Apple, Sulcer wins a massive $10,000 iTunes Store gift card — and receives a personal phone call from Steve Jobs for good measure!