Cuff strap for Apple Watch puts the heat on Hermès [Reviews]

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Jack Foster sources materials close to home. The leather for this strap comes from the Horween Leather Company in Chicago.
Jack Foster sources materials close to home. The leather for this strap comes from the Horween Leather Company in Chicago.
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Lust List: Apple Watch Cuff Strap in Horween Black Chromexcel Leather by Jack Foster

Feeling rugged and maybe a little bit Roman? Go ahead and swap out the standard strap that comes with your new Apple Watch for something a little more, er, Ben Hur-ish.

The Cuff Strap by Jack Foster fits the bill, and the juxtaposition with the sleek Apple Watch somehow quite high-style. Better yet, it costs just a fraction of what you’ll spend for Hermès’ similar leather strap.

Lust List: Luxury charging stand for Apple Watch throws a curve [Review]

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The CalypsoTimeless Charging Stand consists of a simple arch form swathed in soft, European leather and held together by meticulous stitching.
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Lust List: CalypsoTimeless Cuvette Charging Stand for Apple Watch

When a high-tech accessory doubles as something else I’m always intrigued. In this instance, I’m looking at a charging stand that not only powers up my Apple Watch, but is a great art piece independent of its charging capabilities.

Lust List: Apple Watch band rivals Hermès’ Double Tour at a fraction of the cost [Reviews]

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Customize your OleksyPrannyk Apple Watch Band with over 10 colors of thread for a one-of-a-kind look.
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Hermès makes a sublime product, and its Apple Watch bands are no exception. I’d love one, but dropping $500-plus for a single wrist accessory isn’t happening in my lifetime.

Thankfully, the competition to wrap my wrist in premium leather is thriving with the recent launch of Apple Watch Series 2. Let’s take a look at a current favorite.

Lust List: Apple Watch goes old school with Bucardo pocket watch [Review]

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Bucardo’s Pendulum Collection aims to resurrect vintage classics like pocket watches and pendulums, and transform them into wearable tech.
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Lust List: Silver Pinstripe Pocket Watch for Apple Watch by Bucardo

The Apple Watch doesn’t necessarily need to live on your wrist alone. Be inspired to buck current trends and wear it a new way by taking a step back in time.

I’ve always been drawn to vintage objects and the fusion of old and new, all of which feature in this beautifully-designed pocket watch by Bucardo. It’s strikingly different.

Best wireless Bluetooth headphones for iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus

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AirPods may miss Christmas while Apple works out audio problems.
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iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus owners must now look to wireless headphones with the elimination of the headphone jack. Never fear, we’ve got you (and your ears!) covered.

We’ve taken a look at a variety of headphones with wireless Bluetooth technology including earbuds, over-ear and on-ear in a range of prices. Check back often for more updates.

How to use macOS Sierra: Tips and tricks

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macOS Sierra is here!
macOS Sierra is here!
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Today marks the release of Apple’s big software update, macOS Sierra. This huge update comes on the heels of the recent launch of iOS 10, watchOS 3 and tvOS 10.

macOS Sierra hosts some great new features including Siri support, a universal clipboard, auto unlock via Apple Watch, better file synching with iCloud and tons more. Fittingly, Cult of Mac has all the tricks and tips you need to get the most out of Apple’s new operating system including a few video tutorials for good measure. Mac owners can download the free update today!

What’s your favorite macOS Sierra feature?

How to use watchOS 3: Tips, tricks and hidden tweaks

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The new Breathe app in watchOS 3 turns Apple Watch into a meditation machine.
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Your Apple Watch Series 1 or Series 2 has arrived! Introduced at Apple’s keynote last week, the third version of the Apple Watch does a heck of a lot more than tell time and Cult of Mac has some tips to help you make the most of its myriad new features.

Mastering the various features is a bit of a learning curve on this highly advanced wearable operating system, but we’ve rounded up a cheat-sheet of tips and tricks to try out with the fitness, graphics, games and media features.

What’s your favorite new watchOS 3 feature?

How to use iOS 10: Tips and tricks for iPhone 7

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Unlock all the hidden features and tips in Apple's new iOS 10.
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Welcome to Apple’s latest operating system: iOS 10! With this latest upgrade comes an improved mobile platform packed with tons of new features, improvements and functionality.

It’ll take a bit of getting used to all the new improvements and discover all the hidden gems that await in iOS 10. Once you’ve installed it, take a look below to see Cult of Mac’s roundup of some of the best tips and tweaks to help you get the most out the new features in iOS 10.

Here’s how to watch Apple’s iPhone 7 keynote tomorrow

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Tune in live Wednesday, September 7 for Apple's iPhone 7 keynote.
Tune in live Wednesday, September 7 for Apple's iPhone 7 keynote.
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It’s that time again! Apple has scheduled its iPhone 7 keynote event for Wednesday, September 7, at 10 a.m. Pacific. The call, which will be broadcast live from Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, will see Tim Cook and friends reveal the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, as well as possibly discuss several other products.

Epson XP-430 packs a multifunction printer into a small package [Review]

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This little Epson multifunction printer can handle big jobs.
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Epson calls its new Expression Home XP-430 printer a “Small-in-One” for good reason: It packs a lot of functions into a compact size.

The sub-$100 unit scans and makes copies in addition to printing wirelessly via Apple AirPrint or Google Cloud Print. It’s not a productivity monster that would be suited for a really busy home office, but for a light-duty personal printer, it’s worth serious consideration.