Week’s best Apple deals: Designer Cases From $3, Refurb Apple Watch 38mm, and more

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Debuting barely two months ago, the new iPad is already seeing noteworthy discounts, which is extremely rare for a new Apple device.
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We’ve got everything from accessories to hardware – read on to see the cheapest refurbished Apple Watch we’ve ever seen, high-end leather iPhone cases for just $3, and more, all in this week’s best Apple deals.

Lust List: These ‘social’ headphones let you share your music [Review]

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Wearhaus Arc Headphones
The Wearhaus Arc headphones are the first 'social' headphones that allow music sharing between headsets.
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Lust List: Wearhaus’ Arc ‘social’ headphones

Wearing headphones tends to cut you off from the world, but Wearhaus’ Arc headphones are more sociable.

The wireless Arc headphones allow multiple headsets to stream audio from the same source. Think silent disco, watching a movie together, or sharing tunes with your BFF.

Sonos Playbase home theater speaker is skinny but can make a noise [Review]

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Sonos Playbase home theater speaker
The new Playbase home theater speaker from Sonos is slim but packs a punch.
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Lust List: Playbase home theater speaker by Sonos

As TVs get flatter, their sound gets worse. Enter Sonos’ latest home theater speaker, the $699 Playbase, a thin and flat home theater/streaming music system designed to sit underneath your TV.

Like the TV above it, the Playbase is thin, but it packs a significant punch. Resembling a pizza box with rounded corners, it features 10 speakers, including a muscular built-in subwoofer, and it can make quite a noise. In fact, it sounds fantastic.

The Playbase is louder and punchier than Sonos’ current home-theater speaker, the Playbar, and a lot more unobtrusive. You don’t really notice it’s there, until it starts shaking the room.

Weird and wacky Apple gadgets that time forgot, on The CultCast

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Apple TimeBand: great-great-grandfather of the Apple Watch.
Apple TimeBand: great-great-grandfather of the Apple Watch.
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This week on The CultCast: The weird and wacky Apple products Cupertino hopes you’ve forgotten! Well, we haven’t, Tim. Plus: The best new features in iOS 10.3 and macOS 10.12.4; rumor mills say Apple might resurrect the PowerBook; iPhone 8 rumors point to a backside Touch ID sensor; and the inspirations for Steve Jobs’ best one-liners.

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Pay what you want for a dozen premium Mac apps [Deals]

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Name your price for this bundle of twelve productivity-boosting apps.
Name your price for this bundle of twelve productivity-boosting apps.
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Our Macs come out of the box full of capabilities, but there’s a lot more they can do. That means having the right apps. The 2017 Superstar Mac Bundle, containing a dozen apps, will add a wide variety of super useful features to your Mac. It includes apps for visual editing and blogging, trading stocks and taking more effective notes, to name just a few. The best part? Right now you can get the 2017 Superstar Mac Bundle for whatever you’re willing to pay.

Affordable first drones and the perfect minimalist camera strap, this week on The CultCast

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Affordable first drones and our favorite gadgets on The CultCast!
Affordable first drones and our favorite gadgets on The CultCast!
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This week on The CultCast: Astounding facts and figures from Apple’s newest earnings report; Nintendo promises a bunch of new iOS games; how to get the best deal in cloud storage; affordable options for your first drone; the perfect minimalist strap for your mirrorless camera; and we pitch you our favorite gadgets in an all-new Fave N Raves!

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Stylish headphone stand kills clutter dead [Reviews]

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Just Mobile Headset Stand
A clean and elegant addition to your desk, Just Mobile's HeadStand Avant is a must-have.
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Lust List: Just Mobile HeadStand Avant

If you’re one of those folks who wants a designated spot to store a favorite pair of headphones, you are (oddly enough) not alone.

For about $40, Just Mobile makes a beautiful and functional space-saving stand to hang those cans, avoiding additional clutter to one’s workspace, studio or nightstand. The stand itself is sleek and minimal adding a stylish solution to storing and displaying headphones.

This smartphone tripod folds down to credit card size [Deals]

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This tripod is solid, versatile, and folds up to the size of a credit card.
This tripod is solid, versatile, and folds up to the size of a credit card.
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To take great pictures, even with your smartphone, you need a tripod. Here’s a tripod for your smartphone fits in your wallet. Pocket Tripod PRO is a cleverly engineered, versatile platform for your mobile that folds into the size of a credit card. It’ll make for a huge leap in your phonetography that won’t put a dent in your pocketbook. Right now you can pre-order a Pocket Tripod PRO for just $19.99 at Cult of Mac Deals.

These earbuds look cooler and cost less than AirPods [Deals]

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These earbuds are more affordable and frankly just cooler looking than a set of Apple AirPods.
These earbuds are more affordable and frankly just cooler looking than a set of Apple AirPods.
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As wireless Bluetooth earbuds become the norm, Apple’s expensive, stormtrooper earing-looking buds look less appealing. Instead of AirPods, consider AirBeans — they’re a high quality, noise-canceling, more affordable, and honestly just cooler looking set of buds. Right now you can get a set of AirBeans for $69.99 at Cult of Mac Deals.