These Apple Watch bands fuse tech and style brilliantly [Watch Store]

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Choose the correct size and this Rilee & Lo's stainless-steel band slips on and off your wrist seamlessly and fits like a proverbial glove.
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Fusing tech and fashion is the cornerstone of Rilee & Lo — makers of highly stylish stainless steel bands for Apple Watch. Patent-pending for a reason, these bands fit perfectly and come in a range of beautiful finishes.

Johanna Ferguson founded Rilee & Lo to fill the style deficit she encountered with the strap accompanying her first Apple Watch in 2015. Armed with 14 years at Google and a decade of jewelry-making experience, Ferguson moved to design a band that could go seamlessly from day to night in high style.

She’s succeeded, and we’re excited to feature Rilee & Lo’s stunning bands in our Watch Store.

The new HomeKit abilities you need to know about, this week on The CultCast

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The Home app and HomeKit just got turbocharged.
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This week on The CultCast: Live in the home of the future, today! We’ll tell you how with iOS 11’s huge improvements in the Home app and HomeKit. Plus: There’s a new Apple ID phishing scam you need to know about; there’s been a disappointing development with Apple’s AR glasses; we have to talk about the hundreds of new emoji coming at you in iOS 11.1; and we’ve got a svelte iPhone 8 case, a MacBook Pro sleeve made from real sheep, and a new power brick that’ll charge your MacBook, iPhone, Nintendo Switch — everything!— in an all-new Under Review.

Why you shouldn’t trust Apple ID prompts in third-party apps

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How does Apple Watch’s innovative eSIM work?

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The Apple Watch's cellular connectivity is the big new feature. But how does it work?
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Apple Watch Series 3 is Apple’s best smartwatch yet. It’s faster, packed full of new features in watchOS 4, and it boasts amazing new cellular connectivity (if you pay more for the LTE model). This is all made possible with a built-in antenna, a UMTS radio, and an eSIM. But how does it work?

Check out the video below to find out.

5 ways to quickly switch apps on iPad with iOS 11

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The iPad is insanely flexible in iOS 11.
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In iOS 11, there are four ways to switch apps on the iPad. Five, if you count the old-school way: hitting the home button to return to the home screen, and tapping an icon to launch a different app. Some of these methods have been around a while, and have changed drastically in iOS 11. Others are brand new, and exclusive to the iPad. Today, we’re going to look at them all.

Wrap your Series 3 in Italian leather with Meridio’s Apple Watch bands [Watch Store]

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Bands in Meridio's Vintage Collection are made from supple and elastic Nappa calf's leather that is meticulously tanned and cut. Shown here in Arctic Night.
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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 Meridio’s Vintage Collection bands for Apple Watch.

These are beautifully made bands. And, we have the entire Vintage Collection on view in Watch Store.

No, Apple is not slowing down your iPhone to force upgrades

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Is your iPhone slower with iOS 11? It's all in your head.
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Every major iOS update slows down older devices to force users to upgrade. At least that’s what recent reports have suggested.

The truth is, Apple is doing no such thing. Benchmark data proves that iPhone performance drops over time are just a myth. The 4-year-old iPhone 5s is about as fast with iOS 11 today as it was with iOS 7 when it made its debut in 2013.

This Pad & Quill leather MacBook bag will outlast anything you put in it

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You don't need a big beard to be a hipster.
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If you want to crush your shoulder, and at the same time have all your gear and gadgets within easy reach, then a messenger bag is the way to go. Less formal than a briefcase, and less sporty than a backpack, a messenger bag is stylish and practical. And Pad & Quill’s Attache messenger bag is more stylish and practical than most. It’s a hand-stitched leather beauty which can swallow most of your Mac and iOS devices and accessories.

How to share your home Wi-Fi without a password in iOS 11

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you no longer need a password to share your Wi-Fi in iOS 11
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iOS 11 brings yet another convenient feature — password-free Wi-Fi sharing. It works like this: If a friend or other visitor needs to use your Wi-Fi, then instead of digging in the dust and yanking on the already-taut cables of your router to read the password label on the back, you can just hold your iPhones close to each other, and grant the guest access to your network. It’s super easy, and requires nothing more than that you both be running iOS 11, and have Bluetooth switched on.