Logitech Slim Combo gives iPad Pro a comfy keyboard [Review]

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The Logitech Slim Combo iPad Pro keyboard case puts a rugged cover on your precious tablet. But it's not for everyone.
The Slim Combo puts a rugged cover on your precious iPad Pro. But it's not for everyone.
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If you use the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, you know it’s got the power to replace a MacBook for some tasks (especially if you’re running iOS 11, which gives your iPad superpowers).

The Logitech Slim Combo case, with a clamshell design and a complete keyboard, makes your iPad Pro seem even more like a laptop than ever. It’s not all super-portable bliss, though. A couple of strange design choices make you painfully aware that the Slim Combo isn’t an Apple product.

Your Mac drive deserves an emergency kit [Deals]

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Get one-click recovery of essential files from Mac, iPhone or Android devices.
Get one-click recovery of essential files from Mac, iPhone or Android devices.
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The best laid plans often go awry, and so do our hard drives. Then there are times when we accidentally delete files, including important business documents and precious family photos. That’s why it pays to have the tools on hand to prevent and recover from the loss of key data.

I made my own smart HomePod speaker, and it’s awesome

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iPod Hi-Fi
The iPod Hi-Fi has aged well. Initially a dud, it's now a collectors' piece. And it sounds great.
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Last week’s crushing news that Apple’s HomePod won’t be available for Christmas was a blow to some.

But I shrugged it off.

That’s because I made my own HomePod smart speaker. It cost me about $60 and sounds absolutely great.

Today in Apple history: iTunes bags its first exclusive movie

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The producers of Purple Violets took a gamble on iTunes movie distribution.
The producers of Purple Violets take a gamble on iTunes movie distribution.
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November 20: Today in Apple history: iTunes movie distribution November 20, 2007: Purple Violets becomes the first feature film to launch exclusively on iTunes.

A romantic comedy directed by Edward Burns, Purple Violets stars Selma Blair, Debra Messing and Patrick Wilson. Having received limited offers from distributors, the filmmakers pin their hopes on iTunes distribution as an alternative way to get their movie in front of viewers.

Best iPhone accessories [2017 Gift Guide]

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iPhone Gift Guide 2017
Need gift ideas? Find them right here!
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Gift Guide 2017The holidays are right around the corner, which means it’s time to start picking out the perfect gifts for your loved ones. Cult of Mac can help! This gift guide offers up a whole bunch of awesome gift suggestions for the iPhone lover in your life.

We handpicked some of the finest cases, wireless chargers, Bluetooth earbuds and more. They’re better than a bookstore voucher, and they’re guaranteed to fetch a smile.

Get a bunch of Mac apps, cloud storage and more [Week’s best deals]

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This week's best deals include a massive bag of apps, Bluetooth audio you can juggle, and more.
This week's best deals include a massive bag of apps, Bluetooth audio you can juggle, and more.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

Welcome back to the best time of each week, when we round up the best new deals. This time, we’ve got a massive Black Friday deal on a bundle of Mac apps, and terabytes of cloud storage. Plus, there’s a set of independent spherical Bluetooth speakers, and a Swiss army knife for drive repair. Read on for more details: