Use Notes app to plan your vacation

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The notes app is a great way to share the planning of your next vacation.
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Here’s the worst way to organize any task: email. You can’t put everything in one place, and even if you could, you could never find it. Apple’s built-in Notes app, on the other hand, is the perfect place to store all those snippets of info you accumulate when planning something like a vacation. You can collect web pages, add checklists and photos, and even sketch maps, or add other media like PDFs or apps. And then you can share that note with any number of people and all read and update it.

Let’s see how it all works.

iOS 11 wish list: Features we’d love to see

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Here's what to expect from the next version of iOS
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With WWDC 2017 right around the corner, it’s that time of the year when Apple can fix all the annoyances of iOS 10 and unveil something truly revolutionary for the next generation of iPhones and iPads.

Apple is expected to show off all the major features of iOS 11 at the WWDC in a couple of weeks. Surprisingly, the rumor mill has been quiet on what to expect, but that hasn’t stopped a flurry of speculation. We’ve got some ideas of our own too that we really want to see come to iOS 11.

This is what we want in Apple’s next big update:

Mac setups featuring a 3D printed Mac Pro, portable screens and more in this week’s iSetups

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Want to see a super cool custom, 3D printed HDD case? Of course you do.
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The great thing about Mac setups is that they can all be completely different. While one person may dream of a super minimalist science lab-type room, another may want an inspiring, comfortable haven. That’s what makes this week’s iSetups submissions so great.

iSetups is our new show that highlights the best Apple-centric setups submitted by our viewers. (You’ll also get plenty of tips and tricks for how you can improve your own setup.) Check them out for yourself in the video below, as well as full breakdowns and links to featured products.

Drive Genius 5 unclogs and revives your Mac’s drive [Deals]

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Drive Genius offers a toolbox for keeping your Mac drive clean and running at top speeds.
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Your Mac is meant to work like magic. But we all know that beneath the sleek silver there’s a complicated machine, one that needs to be taken care of if it’s going to last. Drive Genius is a popular app designed to keep hard drives hygienic, and recover ones that have already gone kaput. Used by no less than the Apple Genius Bar itself, they offer a suite of tools that can help to speed up, clean up, protect, and even revive your Mac. It’s well worth looking into for any Mac owner, but right now you can get a standard license for Drive Genius 5 for just $39 at Cult of Mac Deals.

Today in Apple history: Newton spins off as its own company

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Things were looking up for the Newton MessagePad. Until they weren't.
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May22May 22, 1997: Apple spins off its Newton division as its own company, to be led by former vice president of the Newton Systems Group Sandy Benett as Chief Operating Officer.

The new company’s goal is to market and sell the new MessagePad 2000 PDA, as well as develop new technologies and market existing ones. “We have a solid business plan and a strong management team in place to optimize the value of Newton technology for corporate users and take Newton technology into a new era,” Bennett says.

Instead, it turns out to be the beginning of the end …

Old Man’s Journey, Google Assistant, and other awesome apps of the week

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'Appy weekend!
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Cult of Mac Watch Store’s 20 percent off sale ends Sunday! [Watch Store]

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Peruse our stunning collection of Apple Watch bands from some of your favorite vendors.
Peruse our stunning collection of Apple Watch bands from some of your favorite vendors.
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Welcome to Cult of Mac Watch Store’s first big sale! We’ve selected some of your favorite brands — Clessant, Strapple, Bucardo and Form Function Form — and are offering a 20 percent discount on all straps.

You’ll find a huge variety of bands for your Apple Watch in both 38mm and 42mm sizes from Italian calf’s leather to chainlink to the more exotic including stingray, ostrich and cavallino leather in nearly every color of the rainbow.

Sale ends this Sunday, so check out these deep discounts while they last!