Replaceable batteries make Tile the tracker you’ve been waiting for [Review]

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Tile has helped people find their car keys for years, and the newest version lets your Tile battery be easily replaced.
A 2018 Tile Pro can be used for years now that the battery can be swapped out.
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For much too long, the best key finder had a significant flaw. A Tile Pro or Tile Mate helps you keep track of your keys, the remote, or other items, but each only lasts a year. Then you have to buy another one because the battery can’t be replaced. That finally changes in the new 2018 version. Plus they have a greater range.

We tested the latest versions of the regular and Pro versions of the Tile tracker to see if they live up to their promises. 

Mac software locks will hit third-party repair shops

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New rules affect Macs with the T2 chip.
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In the event that your 2018 MacBook Pro or iMac Pro runs into problems outside warranty, would you try and save money by going to third-party repair shop? If so, Apple seemingly has some bad news for you.

According to a new report, Apple has introduced new software locks that will brick these machines if they’re operated on by anyone not using Apple’s proprietary diagnostic software. Failing to do so will, “result in an inoperative system and an incomplete repair.”

Learn lifelong lessons in coding, design and more from hundreds of courses [Deals]

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Score a lifetime membership to Stone River's eLessons in coding, animation, and lots more.
Score a lifetime membership to Stone River's eLessons in coding, animation, and lots more.
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When it comes to technology – whether it’s coding, design, animation, or anything else that involves computers – there’s always more to learn. But time can feel like it’s in short supply, so there’s real value in being able to learn at your own pace.

See Nomad’s new cases for iPhone XR, iPhone XS, & iPhone XS Max

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A brand-new iPhone deserves a brand-new case. See Nomad's debut of three new cases for iPhone XS, XS Max and XR.
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What’s good for Apple Watch Series 4 is good for the new iPhones XS, XS Max and XR. We’re talking about Nomad’s much-loved leather, Apple-inspired accessories including Apple Watch straps and rugged iPhone cases.

From folios to wallet to protective cases built from the best materials and finest leather sourced from the Horween Leather Co. in Chicago. These well-built cases will protect that gorgeous new iPhone in minimalist style.

Check out Nomad’s just-released lineup of strong and sturdy cases for Apple’s newest iPhones.

Best bands to pimp out Apple Watch Series 4

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OleksynPrannyk's Double Tour in Black.
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Apple Watch Series 4 orders open midnight September 13 (tonight!) with shipping beginning on September 21.

In the meantime, grab yourself a strap or two befitting Apple’s fourth-generation smartwatch. The 40mm band works with the 38mm straps; the 44mm band works with the 42mm straps. You’re going to love the Series 4 and Cult of Mac’s lineup of best bands to outfit it. 

iPhone Max, and the practical processes behind Apple’s creative genius, on The CultCast

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Are you ready to take your next iPhone to the max?
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This week on The CultCast: Get ready for the iPhone Max! Plus: Rumors indicate Apple’s new iPhones will receive a serious price cut; Apple is working on the one feature the  Watch desperately needs; and Leander reveals Apple’s secret sauce — the design and creative processes Cupertino developed over the years that help it create some of the world’s most iconic products.

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Documents is the files app iOS deserves [Essential iOS Apps #42]

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Documents offers mobile access to all your files, across your servers and cloud storage products.
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50 Essential iOS Apps: DocumentsFor the last few years, discussions about whether you can do “real work” on iOS have circled the internet. One of the most commonly cited issues with iOS was the lack of a file browser. In iOS 11, Apple gave us the files app, but it suffers from some major limitations. Documents by Readdle takes the file management on iOS to the next level.