Juuk’s new aluminum Velo Apple Watch bands are ready for preorder [Watch Store]

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The Velo Apple Watch band is Juuk's first model to offer Midnight Blue, which is sure to be popular for those looking for some color, but nothing too gregarious.
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Note: Juuk’s Velo Apple Watch bands are in production and available for preorder now at Cult of Mac’s Watch Store. They will ship at the end of January, so reserve yours now before this first shipment runs out! 

Juuk’s precision-made aluminum Apple Watch bands are always on point. The Velo is the latest style in Juuk’s lineup of amazing steel bands — the Locarno, the Revo, the Ligero and the Vitero — and is decidedly different in design from its predecessors. Redesigned and reengineered from the ground up, the Velo Apple Watch band features a three-row link design.

This beautiful band comes in five different finishes — Midnight, Obsidian, Silver, Ruby and Cosmic Grey. Check out Juuk’s latest lineup below and reserve one by preordering now for delivery at the end of January.

Best iPad accessories for tablet fans [2017 Gift Guide]

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These iPad accessories will thrill anyone who gets them.
These iPad accessories will thrill anyone who gets them.
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2017 Gift Guide bugStill stressed about holiday shopping? Don’t fret! Cult of Mac is here to help you pick out the perfect gifts for your loved ones this Christmas. This gift guide offers up a bunch of brilliant suggestions for the iPad addict in your life.

We’ve handpicked the best accessories, the finest cases, and more.

Save 20% on these metal Apple Watch bands through December

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Rilee & Lo's gender-neutral Apple Watch bands fit like a glove. Add a few stacking bracelets to complete the look.
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Fusing tech and fashion is the cornerstone of Rilee & Lo — makers of highly stylish stainless steel Apple Watch bands. Patent-pending for a reason, these bands fit perfectly and come in a range of beautiful finishes.

For December only, in time for the holidays, Rilee & Lo is offering 20 percent off its precision-made bands for men and women. Enter the code: SNOWFLAKE at checkout for the discount. The bands contain a stretching mechanism allowing them to expand and contract for a super-comfy, close fit.

Order by December 12 for domestic holiday delivery. International orders are expected to take longer and may not make it in time for the holidays. Grab a band for yourself or a give as a gift — for both sexes. feature Rilee & Lo’s stunning bands in our Watch Store.

Enter the code: SNOWFLAKE at checkout for 20 percent off through December.

Check out GarageBand’s amazing new features on iOS

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GarageBand, Apple's flagship iOS music-creation software, just got even better.
GarageBand's new Beat Sequencer would shine anywhere, not just on iPad.
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GarageBand for iOS often gets dismissed as a toy by more experienced musicians. That’s partly because it’s free, and partly because it looks so simple when you first fire it up. And it is dead easy to use — making some great music is simple even for a first timer. But if you take a while to dig in, you might be surprised at just how music power GarageBand for iOS now packs. And the latest 2.3 update adds enough amazing new features that it really could be called 3.0. Lets take a look.

iPhone X: The good, the bad, the ugly, this week on The CultCast

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While many agree that the X is pretty terrific, it's not perfect.
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This week on The CultCast: The reviews are in! We’ll tell you what people love and don’t about Apple’s very hot, very new iPhone X. Plus: How to speed up Face ID; and we’ll tell you about the clever new strategy Apple used to build massive hype for the iPhone X launch, and why it really pissed a lot of folks off. And stick around for another episode of What We’re Into, where we reveal the weird and wacky stuff we’ve been doing that you should try too.

Lucky enough to score an iPhone X? Check out these sweet accessories [Deals]

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This roundup of iPhone X essentials covers wireless charging, drive expansions, and cases.
This roundup of iPhone X essentials covers wireless charging, drive expansions, and cases.
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iPhone X is still hot off the factory presses, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to get some awesome peripherals. We’ve rounded up some of the best accessories for Apple’s best ever phone. We’ve got wireless charging pads, charging cases and more. Most are discounted by more than half off. Read on for more details:

Catch the iPhone X preorder strategies you need to know about, on The CultCast

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We've got the strategies you'll need to lock down your iPhone X.
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This week on The CultCast: You’ll have mere seconds to lock down your iPhone X preorder on October 27. If you’re not ready, you’ll be waiting months! We’ve got the strategies you’ll need to employ to have your order placed seconds after the X goes live. Plus: Steve Wozniak just launched his first new product in years, and it’s actually pretty cool; the really dumb Mac accessory you’ll definitely want; Apple taps one of Hollywood’s best for a new TV series; and stick around for Leander’s new $10,000 bike, Buster’s new affordable action camera, and a new movie service you’ve GOT to try in an all-new Under Review.

Outfit your Series 3 with a ballistic nylon NATO band [Review]

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Nyloon's Elysee Nylon Band for Apple Watch in navy, white and red has a comfortable, fabric-like feel.
Nyloon's Elysee Nylon Apple Watch Strap in navy, white and red has a comfortable, fabric-like feel.
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Breathe new life into your existing Apple Watch or customize your new Series 3 with a cool, contemporary nylon band inspired by the original NATO strap of the 1970s. Best yet, these bands compare in quality to Apple’s nylon offering, and cost ten bucks less.

Nyloon started with the goal of making high-quality versions of the NATO straps created by the British Ministry of Defence in 1973. The result is a line of sporty, versatile and easily interchangeable nylon bands that sell fast.

Check out Watch Store’s full lineup of Nylon bands for Apple Watch, and read on to learn more about Nyloon’s must-have strap.

Best iPhone X and iPhone 8 camera accessories

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The new iPhone 8 and X cameras are incredible. These accessories make them even better.
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The iPhone’s camera is good enough that it can be most people’s only camera — including professional photographers. The iPhone is a multi-purpose computer, though, not just a camera, so it can sometimes do with a little help when it comes to ergonomics, or to adding a little extra reach with a telephoto lens. These are the iPhone 8 camera gizmos you should buy: