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.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

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!

Catch our WWDC hardware expectations, this week on The CultCast

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The WWDC keynote is right around the corner!
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This week on The CultCast: It’s official — the Worldwide Developers Conference keynote takes place June 5. Don’t miss our WWDC 2017 hardware expectations! Plus: Apple quietly acquires one of the world’s best sleep-tracking technologies; why Amazon’s Prime Video app may finally be coming to your Apple TV; our first impressions of the Amazon Echo Show, and the features we hope Apple steals from it; and stick around for a very weird, very tribal “What We’re Into,” the segment where we reveal all the non-tech stuff we’re currently digging.

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Juuk’s aircraft-grade aluminum Apple Watch band is ready for takeoff [Watch Store]

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Juuk Ligero aluminum Apple Watch band
The Ligero is built from robust 6061 series aluminum — the same aluminum used in the aircraft, automotive, boating and diving industries.
Photo courtesy Juuk Design

When Eugene Ho first saw the Apple Watch, it made him think of a jukebox. If the watch piece is the player then the wristband is like a song that can be changed according to taste and mood.

Ho is building a band brand, Juuk Design, that acknowledges the watch wearer who likes to change bands on a whim. The latest Apple Watch band from Juuk is the Ligero — an aircraft-grade aluminum link band designed in eight vibrant finishes that will complement the aluminum Apple Watch model in both Series 1 and 2.

The entire colorful Ligero collection is now available in our Watch Store. Enter the code Juuk2017! at checkout for a 10 percent discount.

Strapple’s mock-croc Apple Watch band gives you a taste of the exotic [Review]

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Lust List: Crocodilus Apple Watch band by Strapple

This crocodile Apple Watch strap is a total crock. But in a good way! Made of Italian calfskin leather but stamped to look like crocodile skin, this beefy Apple Watch band looks exotic but costs a fraction of what a real reptile hide would set you back.

Burkley’s leather Apple Watch bands give more bang for your buck [Watch Store]

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Originally designed as a replacement strap for Apple Watch, Burkley's padded bands come in Antique Coffee, Antique Camel, Burnished Tan and Rolex Black.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

The Genuine Padded Leather Band by Burkley ticks all the right boxes as a standalone leather strap for Apple Watch at a price tag often far lower than its competitors in the leather manufacturing sphere.

Originally designed as a replacement for Apple’s classic buckle strap, the Burkley band is one of Cult of Mac Watch Store’s best-selling Apple Watch accessories for both quality and value. Here’s why:

Wrap your wrist in Italian leather with Meridio for Apple Watch [Watch Store]

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The Old Brown Leather Watch Band by Meridio is very modern and refined, and suede-like to the touch.
Photo: Courtesy of Meridio

For the ultimate in refined, high-quality leather accessories, look to Italy’s centuries-old leather-making tradition. Now Apple Watch lovers can wear a little bit of this fine leather on their wrists in the form of Italian company Meridio’s Old Brown Leather Band for Apple Watch.

Hackers turn our gadgets against us, plus our favorite supercharged routers on The CultCast

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The CIA just made it easier to hack your Camera Roll nudies.
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This week on The CultCast: The CIA loses control of its iPhone-hacking arsenal, and computer crooks turn your gadgets against you. Plus: Why iPhone 8 may arrive later than you hoped; our favorite Apple AirPort replacement routers; and we discuss the non-Apple gear we’re currently obsessing over in an all-new and aptly named “What We’re Into.”

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Our hardware predictions for Apple’s rumored March event, this week on The CultCast

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New Apple hardware in March? Reports say yes, indeed.
Image: Erfon Elijah/Cult of Mac

This week on The CultCast: It’s been five years of CultCasts! We’ll regale you with some of our favorite stories from past shows. Plus: Our hardware expectations from Apple’s rumored March event; why iPhone 8’s wireless charging will probably be lame; Apple has five teams working on next-generation charging tech; why iPhone 8’s camera could pump out industrial-grade slow motion; and Steve Jobs gets a beautiful new home on Apple’s new spaceship campus.

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Lust List: Zens Power Bank is a great little Apple Watch battery [Review]

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The Apple Watch Power Bank by Zens is a handy little battery pack for your timepiece.
Photo: Lyle Kahney/Cult of Mac

Update: The Apple Watch Powerbank by Zens is now available at the Watch Store with free shipping!

Lust List: Apple Watch Powerbank by Zens

Most external batteries for the Apple Watch are BYOC — Bring Your Own Cable — and have bulky winding systems for tucking the cable away.

Not the compact Apple Watch Powerbank from Zens, perhaps the most portable external battery pack on the market.

Stagehand flips the platform game formula on its head

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This ingenious "reverse platformer" is one heck of a game.
Photo: Stagehand

To achieve maximum success, iOS game developers need an idea that’s both reassuringly familiar and strikingly new. That’s exactly what Stagehand delivers: The new platform game employs a clever twist on the popular endless-runner genre, with a sprinkle of ’90s classic Lemmings thrown in for good measure.

Stagehand is a game that looks like a side-scrolling platformer, but instead of controlling the character, you move the stage,” developer Matt Comi told Cult of Mac. “We call it a ‘reverse platformer.’ The protagonist, Frank, runs and jumps all by himself. It’s the player’s job to make sure he doesn’t run into walls.”