Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend with huge Watch Store sale!

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We've selected many of our best brands for this sale including Nomad, Twelve South, Noreve, Strapa, Just Mobile. Trilotac and many more!
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Memorial Day weekend is no exception to the epic sales typically found on holiday weekends. In addition to a little R&R, why not spend a minute treating yourself to some great scores for Apple Watch?

Cult of Mac Watch Store’s Memorial Day Weekend Sale will offer 20 percent off the majority of our vendors. You’ll find great discounts on some of our most popular brands for Apple Watch straps, chargers and stands.

Sale ends Monday, so check out these stellar discounts while they last, and see some of our featured brands below. Use code MemorialDay2018 at checkout!

Apple frequently forced to give customer iCloud data to police

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Apple strives to protect the privacy of its customers, but it's also required to comply with legal requests for information from law enforcement.
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A locked iPhone can’t be accessed without the passcode, and even Apple can’t unlock it. But Apple has to comply with government requests for iCloud information.

And there are a lot of them. The company received 3,358 requests to access personal data in the second-half of 2017, with about half of these coming from the United States.

Save 15 percent on a refurbished Apple Watch LTE

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Refurbished Apple Watch LTE units are available.
A limited supply of refurbished Apple Watch LTE units are available.
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Apple began offering 4G-enabled smartwatches last fall, but it seems people don’t return them very often. It’s taken this long to build up a large enough supply of refurbished Apple Watch LTE units that they can finally be offered to the public.

Those who don’t mind a refurb can get this wearable at 15 percent off the regular price.

How to replace Instapaper with Pinboard

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Instapaper punishes its European users use
Instapaper punishes its European users.
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Instapaper has shut down in Europe. Instead of complying with the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, which forces internet companies to stop hoarding your data, the read-later service has closed access for anyone trying to access their account from Europe. Clearly the two-years since the GDPR was announced wasn’t enough time to get ready.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that you can still download all your saved articles from Instapaper, and you can import them into am alternative. One option is Pocket, another read-later service, but that might leave you in a similar situation sometime in the future. Better to take care of business now, and move everything to Pinboard.

It’s time to pull the trigger on a HomePod [Deals & Steals]

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Save on the biggest speaker of the decade!
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In today’s edition of Deals & Steals, we’ll show you a couple places to get your hands on a HomePod for a neat discount. Or, you can get an outright bonkers deal on a world-class outdoor Sonos speaker system.

Also, get a giant discount on a mini portable speaker from Ultimate Ears. Finally, get your hands on an Anker car charger and a Samsung tablet — both for sizable discounts!

iPod shuffle and Spotify merge in this portable player [Deals]

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This little music player combines a classic form factor with modern music streaming.
This little music player combines a classic form factor with modern music streaming.
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Media formats and devices have a way of circling back into relevance. Vinyl, cassette tapes, heck, even VHS are making comebacks. So it should be no surprise to see the handy iPod shuffle style of music player back on the scene. This time, it’s with an eye to streaming music, courtesy of Spotify.

iOS 12 wish list: All the features we absolutely need

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Here's everything we want from Apple's next major update.
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WWDC is right around the corner, which means we’re about to get our very first look at Apple’s next major update to iOS.

We’re expecting big things from iOS 12, including a whole host of improvements that will make our devices more stable, and plenty of welcome bug fixes. Apple will surely surprise us with some nice new features, too.

Here’s our lengthy wish list for this update, which includes a Home screen overhaul, a more powerful FaceTime, better multitasking, and more!

Obscura 2 is a manual camera app you can actually understand [Essential iOS Apps #18]

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Obscura 2 gives you powerful camera controls in an easy-to-use package.
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50 Essential iOS Apps: Obscura Camera For several years in a row, the iPhone has been one of the most popular cameras in the world. Apple’s image sensors, paired with top-notch image processing, results in exceptional photos time and time again.

One thing absent from the default camera app, though, are manual settings. With Obscura 2, you get all the manual controls you want, plus a wide range of image-processing features, perfectly implemented haptics, and a slew of vintage filters to make your photos pop.

Services could push Apple past $1 trillion valuation in next year

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Apple could be about to make history!
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The giants of the financial world are firmly in Apple’s corner. First, mega investor Warren Buffett‘s company became Apple’s third-biggest public shareholder. Now investment titan Morgan Stanley has issued a note to clients, outlining why Apple is likely to pass a major financial milestone in the next year.

At time of writing, Apple is trading at $188.51. However, according to Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty the stock has the potential to hit a price target of $214. Should it manage this feat, Apple will become the first company in history to surpass $1 trillion in market cap.

Conquer your unruly inbox with a simple browser extension [Deals]

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This browser extension prevents your email address from getting onto the lists of mass advertisers.
This browser extension prevents your email address from getting onto the lists of mass advertisers.
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Email inboxes can be wild, unruly places. Spam filters can help cut down on noise to an extent, but inevitably we all end up sorting through countless messages from people we’ve never heard of, for things we have no interest in.

Mechanical keyboard gives your iPad a Mad Men makeover

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Typing on your iPad is about to get a whole lot louder.
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Not garnering enough attention tapping away at your unfinished novel on your iPad in your local Starbucks? That will certainly change if you invest in Rymek’s latest keyboard accessory.

Designed to replicate the look and feel of a vintage typewriter, Rymek’s iPad-compatible mechanical keyboard will let you bash out the words between sips of whisky, while pretending you’re Mad Men‘s Don Draper.