Mophie charging pad easily powers all your mobile gear at once [Review]

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Mophie 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Pad for iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods
Mophie 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Pad can handle iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods at once.
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Anyone who’s all-in on Apple has an iPhone, AirPods and Apple Watch. Recharging that combination every night can be a hassle, but the Mophie 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Pad can handle them all at the same time.

Apple likes it enough to put it on the Apple Store, so take a look to see if you need one on your nightstand.

Colorful canvas brings fresh new look to Apple Watch [Review]

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Canvas doesn't have to be dull.
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I recently started using Monowear’s gorgeous Urban Canvas bands for Apple Watch. They’re a steal at just $38, and they come in three wonderful color options that go well with almost anything.

Here’s why they’re some of the toughest and most surprising Watch bands I’ve worn to date.

This $10 dongle changed how I use my iPad

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Anker’s little dongle is super handy.
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The latest iPad Pro comes with a proper USB port, in the shape of USB-C. Now, as long as you can find the right cable or adapter, you can plug in pretty much anything short of a printer, and it will work as expected.

But you still need to find the right cable, or resort to a USB hub (none of which are really designed to work well with a tablet). In the past, that meant buying lots of USB-C to microUSB, USB-C to miniUSB, USB-C to USB-B cables, and so on.

If only I’d discovered this USB-C adapter first.

Pebbled leather makes Courant Carry a luxury wireless powerbank [Review]

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The Courant Carry is both gorgeous and highly functional.
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The Courant Carry is a lightweight and sleek phone powerbank that holds 8,000mAh. Even better, it’s wrapped in pebble-grain Italian leather so it looks outstanding, which is very important for an accessory intended to be carried everywhere.

It can wirelessly charge every iPhone released since 2017. And the Carry itself can be charged without cables.

Does the functionality of this external battery live up the the appearance? Read on to find out.

Pebbled leather iPhone case offers stylish protection with a vintage vibe [Review]

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Woolnut leather iPhone Pro case: Style and substance.
Woolnut's sleek leather iPhone Pro case adds a touch of old-school class.
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Sorry, cows: I love leather iPhone cases. They add a layer of warmth on top of the iPhone’s cold metal-and-glass construction that can’t be beat. And, unlike most thermoplastic polyurethane cases, a good leather case looks sophisticated and, dare I say it, grownup.

Woolnut’s leather iPhone 11 Pro case takes things a step further, adding a pebbled look that reminds me of vintage gear from the ’60s. It’s so freaking manly I can almost smell the English Leather and Old Spice.

See is not quite the goofy fun I expected [Review]

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See is not quite the goofy fun I expected [Review]
Jason Momoa stars in Apple TV+'s fantasy show.
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A futuristic post-apocalyptic world in which a virus has robbed humanity of its eyesight and reduced the human race to a few million people. Even speaking of sight in this world is heresy. Add in muscular man mountain Jason Momoa and a Game of Thrones budget and you’ve got See.

What did I make of the first episode of Apple TV+’s fantasy series? Read on to find out….

For All Mankind’s twisted space race asks the big questions

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Apple starts shooting second season of For All Mankind next month
This is the best series on Apple TV+ right now.
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Timely space-race drama For All Mankind just might propel Apple TV+ into becoming must-see TV. The show kicks off in the late 1960s, a couple of weeks before Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin strap themselves into a giant metal tube full of fuel that’s aimed at the moon.

From there, the story takes a sharp turn away from history and examines what the world would look like if the USSR planted its flag on the moon first. Space is obviously a huge part of For All Mankind, but the way creator Ronald D. Moore uses it as a vehicle to tackle topics like family, patriotism, feminism and more is what makes the show worth watching.

Warning: Spoilers ahead

The new AirPods Pro are fandabbydosey [An appreciation]

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Apple's new AirPods Pro earbuds are a super-great update to the original.
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Hot dang, Apple’s still got it. The new AirPods Pro are fantastic.

They’re truly great headphones, and every major new feature improves on the old AirPods in big and significant ways.

  • The sound is fantastic — a big upgrade.
  • Their active noise cancellation is as good as Bose and Sony headphones (and maybe even better). Finally, you can use AirPods on airplanes.
  • Transparency mode is weird magic.
  • Best of all are the new Force Sensor touch controls, which take a minute to get used to but are way better than tapping. They’re my favorite new feature, and I burst out laughing with delight when I got the hang of it.

I freakin’ love the new AirPods Pro!

This is the affordable Apple Pencil rival you’ve been looking for [Review]

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With Adonit Note+, you can draw Tippy. Or take notes, sign PDFs, and more.
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Adonit Note+ is a pressure-sensitive iPad stylus that stands up well in a head-to-head competition with Apple Pencil, and even beats it in some areas. It offers tilt detection and pressure sensitivity, as well as shortcut buttons. All at a price definitely lower than Apple’s stylus.

We used this Apple Pencil alternative for both writing and drawing — read our Adonit Note+ review to see how it handles in real-world use.

Why I’m returning my AirPods Pro

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Just a few cents-worth of silicone can ruin your new $250 earbuds.
Just a few cents' worth of silicone can ruin your new $250 earbuds.
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Why am I returning my AirPods Pro just a day after receiving them? If the AirPods Pro don’t fit in your ears, then tough. There’s pretty much nothing you can do about it short of returning them to Apple.

However, if you’re prepared to wait, there might be some hope.