This handmade Apple Watch band is a true triple threat [Watch Store]

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The Triple Tour is handmade from a solid piece of vegetable-tanned leather, and can be worn three ways.
Photo: Traci Dauphin/Cult of Mac

In a tiny workshop in Austin, Texas, one of my all-time-favorite leather straps for Apple Watch is made carefully by hand. The Triple Tour Band by Arrow & Board is a “split” version of the ubiquitous Double Tour strap — popularized by the beautiful albeit monstrously-priced Hermès version.

Best yet, Cult of Mac Watch Store is giving you 10 percent off any Triple Tour or Arrow & Board strap with this code at checkout: Arrow&Board2017

Finnish company gives iPhone the Midas touch

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Think your iPhone 7 looks like all the others? These gilded 7s, which includes one to mark the Year of the Rooster, were designed to appeal to the Chinese market.
Think your iPhone 7 looks like all the others? These gilded 7s, which includes one to mark the Year of the Rooster, were designed to appeal to the Chinese market.
Photo: Legend

Martti Virta knew he wanted to create a luxury brand. He just needed an everyday object he could reimagine with opulence.

The Helsinki entrepreneur knew little about the artisanal processes to make gold and jewels adhere to a surface but admired how the famed S.T. Dupont of Paris did so with fountain pens and lighters in pioneering the “Art of Living Well.”

Virta settled on the iPhone as his popular status symbol, but it proved a difficult surface to coat with gold.

4 biggest surprises from Apple’s totally unsurprising update

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Will we get more than the iPhone 7 next week?
None of today's announcements were keynote-worthy.
Photo: Apple

Apple’s “surprise” announcement of new products and software wasn’t all that surprising if you’ve been keeping up with the latest rumors.

Today’s updates were practically announced yesterday when the company said its store would be down in the morning for “maintenance.” Despite all the rumors of new iPads and RED iPhones that have been out for weeks, Apple still managed to sneak in a few surprises that were both good and bad.

We’re eagerly awaiting Apple’s rumored April keynote, but here’s the biggest, most surprising news from today’s teaser.

U.S. bans laptops and tablets on flights from 10 airports

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Emirates is one of the airlines affected by the ban.
Emirates is one of the airlines affected by the ban.
Photo: Emirates

The U.S. has confirmed a ban on laptops, tablets and other large electronics on flights from 10 international airports throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

These devices can be carried in checked baggage, but they’re no longer allowed in the passenger cabin. The U.K. is set to announce a similar ban shortly.

Fix all your devices with this loaded DIY toolkit [Deals]

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CoM - iFixit Essential Electronics Toolkit
Don't let anyone tell you what you can and can't fix. This toolkit gives you everything you'll need to start repairing your own electronics.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

Most of your devices weren’t designed to be fixed. In fact, manufacturers would much prefer that you pay to have all your gadgets repaired or — even better — replaced. That’s why you’ll never find an Apple-produced repair guide for your iPhone.

But you have a right to fix anything you own, no matter how many specialized screws a company decides to use. iFixit’s mission is to empower you to fix your own gadgets, and with the company’s Essential Electronics Toolkit, you can save time and money by keeping your devices running. And right now you can get the iFixit Essential Electronics Toolkit for just $19.95 at Cult of Mac Deals.