Apple Watch charging stand takes a cut out of the competition [Watch Store]

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TimeStand is the striking aluminum Apple Watch charging stand. Precision-machined from a single cylinder of high-grade aluminum, its distinctive circular cut-out gives it a dramatic profile even when empty.
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No one needs a stand on which to place a watch. But, when the timepiece in question is Apple Watch, we tend to embrace accessories that showcase its design style.

We bring you a solid little charging stand that combines beautiful form and function with a compact footprint. The TimeStand Charging Stand by Just Mobile is akin to a tiny sculpture for your desk or nightstand to proudly display (and, charge!) your Apple Watch.

Just Mobile again hits all the marks in fusing function and design with this charging stand. We’re excited to feature the TimeStand in our Watch Store alongside Just Mobile’s Lounge Dock and HoverDock.

Lounge Dock charging stand for Apple Watch adjusts to you

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Just Mobile's Lounge Dock is an eye-catching adjustable charging stand that will take pride of place on any desktop or bedside table.
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We love great design in all its forms — especially when that form is a cute and compact charging stand for Apple Watch. Just Mobile again hits all the marks in fusing function and design with its adjustable-angle charging stand, the Lounge Dock.

Just Mobile continues to impress us with its great Apple-centric accessories, and is well-known as a company who’s ethos is great design. We’re excited to feature the Lounge Dock in our Watch Store alongside Just Mobile’s TimeStand and HoverDock.

Best List: The iconic Speidel Twist-O-Flex bracelet for Apple Watch [Review]

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Speidel's classic Twist-O-Flex bracelet is now available in Satin Black for Apple Watch.
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Update: We ran this review of Speidel’s Twist-O-Flex, and now are excited to announced a new color option for this special strap: Satin Black.

Best List: Speidel Twist-O-Flex stainless steel Apple Watch band

My grandfather, who fought in World War II, wore a beautiful mechanical watch. It had an eye-catching expansion band — a stainless steel link bracelet that stretched like elastic. He always took it off to play cricket, and I remember it dangled loosely around my skinny kid’s wrist when I tried it on. He loved that watch, and so did I.

Now I’m wearing a similar expansion bracelet on my Apple Watch courtesy of Speidel, the storied watch-band maker from Providence, Rhode Island. Introduced in the late 1950s, Speidel’s Twist-O-Flex Stainless bracelets are some of the most iconic bands in all of watchmaking. Now they’re available in three finishes for the Apple Watch.

10 Apple Watch Series 3 bands our Watch Store customers love

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Apple Watch bands for Series 3 include Nomad's Sport Strap in Black & Slate, Casetify's Nylon Fabric Band in Stripe Black, and Rilee & Lo's Silver Band.
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Whether you got the Apple Watch Series 3 or just want to up the game of an older model, we’ve got you covered with our Watch Store customers’ favorite bands. These are some of the best-selling straps for Apple Watch — bands we personally love and recommend for their quality, craftsmanship, value and style.

All of the newest bands and many more from each brand are available in our Watch Store. Read on to check out 10 customer favorites.

Sporty silicone Apple Watch strap will beat the elements

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This sporty Apple Watch band by Nomad shown in Black & Slate.
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Best List: Nomad Sport Strap for Apple Watch

Nomad, maker of minimalist, practical accessories for Apple Watch and iPhone, just dropped its slick, new Sport Strap. At $50, it’s a cool alternative to the similarly priced Nike Sport Bands by Apple.

With the intention of creating a silicone strap designed to “withstand the stresses of all forms of sport and exercise,” Nomad has succeeded — the Sport Strap is a strong, lightweight, sweat- and water-resistant band that is also-super comfortable on the wrist.

Read on to learn more, and check it out in our Watch Store.

These apps will give your Mac a productivity boost [Deals]

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This bundle of Mac apps adds new ways to work with video, WiFi, PDFs, and more.
This bundle of Mac apps adds new ways to work with video, WiFi, PDFs, and more.
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Feel like giving your Mac a new dose of productivity potential? This roundup of apps should do the trick. Included are apps for downloading HD video from the web, and a powerful pair of video conversion apps. Plus, there’s a tool for mapping and optimizing Wi-Fi coverage, and a tool for making any boring PDF into delightful digital magazines. Even better, you’ll get 20 percent off any of these deals when you use the coupon code ‘SOFTWARE20’ at checkout. Read on for more details:

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.

Trade in your old Apple Watch. We pay the highest prices

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Cult of Mac will buy your old Apple Watch, and we pay top dollar.
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If you just got a new Apple Watch Series 3 (or are about to), you should think about trading in your old watch.

Cult of Mac has a popular gadget buyback program that pays more for used Apple Watches than competing trade-in services, and it’s a lot easier and safer than Craigslist or eBay.

How to use iOS 11’s powerful new screenshot markup tool

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Screenshots have moved from a semi-secret, mostly-hidden feature to a proper tool.
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iOS 11 has added some great new features to the humble screenshot tool. You can quickly view a new screenshot without a trip to the Photos app first, and you can edit and mark it up before saving it. By adding some powerful pro-level features to screenshot markup, Apple has –somewhat ironically — made them way more useful and accessible for everyone.