Sleek new WD My Passport SSD offers 2 TB of storage, blazing-fast speeds [Review]

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WD My Passport SSD review
Western Digital’s redesigned mobile SSD is an ideal companion for MacBook or iPad.
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Even in a world where everything can be stored in the cloud, there’s still a role for an external drive. Especially if it’s high-performance, and can go anywhere. Western Digital’s new solid state drive is slim and light, but also rugged. And the WD My Passport SSD holds up to 2 TB of data, and is far faster than a traditional hard drive.

Here’s how this newly-released peripheral stands up to real-world use with a range of computers.

Plugable USB-C multiport hub costs way less than Apple’s [Review]

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The Plugable USB-C Multiport Adapter adds three frequently used ports to MacBook or iPad Pro.
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There’s no reason to watch a movie on your MacBook or iPad when the world is full of external displays you can connect to. Of course, to make the connection you’ll need something like the Plugable USB-C Multiport Adapter. Not only does it have an HDMI port, there’s a USB-A port for connecting an external drive. And a USB-C port for keeping your computer powered.

It was obviously designed to copy Apple’s Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter but at a much lower price. Here’s how it stands up.

Monochest keeps Apple Watch and spare bands safe and portable

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Monowear Monochest for Apple Watch
Ideal for Apple Watch owners always on the move.
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Wondering where you should store all your spare Apple Watch bands? You definitely don’t want to lose them, so instead, keep them safe and secure in the brilliant new Monochest case from Monowear.

The Monochest not only holds three spare bands, but it also has space for your Apple Watch and its charger. Everything stays tidy, and it’s ready to go whenever you travel.

Leather cuff for Apple Watch is crazy-comfortable, super-stylish [Review]

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Another excellent photo from Killian Bell.
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Monowear’s Contemporary Leather Cuff is so good, it might just be my favorite Apple Watch band to date.

Not only is it made from a soft, luxurious leather that makes it insanely comfortable, but it looks terrific. It’s compatible with all Watch models, and it’s nowhere near as expensive as it looks.

Hand-crafted leather bands give Apple Watch an even greater feel

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Olrp leather Apple Watch bands
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Few things make Apple Watch more luxurious than high-quality leather. And few leather bands are as beautifully made as those from North Carolina firm OleksynPrannyk (Olpr). Each is hand-crafted using only the finest materials for the best possible finish.

Find yours today in the Cult of Mac Store.

Bomb the boardroom with this badass metal Apple Watch band [Review]

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Available in black, silver, and gold.
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Enjoy the classic link look on your Apple Watch with the stylish and sophisticated Casetify Link Bracelet. It not only looks great, but it’s robust and comfortable all day long. It also comes in three stylish color options.

Here’s why it’s one of my favorite bands after six months of wear.

Connect Mac and TV over an ultrafast wireless connection with Hyper Mirror [Review]

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LikPok Hyper Mirror review
The tiny Hyper Mirror transmitter sends high-speed video from your Mac to an external display. It can plug into a bulkier USB-C adapter.
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The LikPok Hyper Mirror saves you the hassle of stringing wires between your computer and TV. It makes a wireless connection instead, using the extremely fast mmWave technology normally found in 5G networks rather than Wi-Fi.

Read on for the results of my tests with this replacement for HDMI cables.

Hackers hit Apple’s Twitter account in widespread bitcoin scam

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Apple's Twitter account and other high-profile accounts hacked in massive Bitcoin scam.
Apple’s very first Tweet ever isn’t about Bitcoin. Twitter got hacked.
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Apple is one of many companies and people who had their Twitter accounts hijacked on Wednesday. A hacker found a way to post on what seems to be any account, indicating that it’s Twitter itself that has been hacked.

All the posts pointed readers toward a bitcoin scam.

Logitech’s high-end MX Keys and MX Master 3 get makeovers for Macs

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The high-end MX Series keyboard and mouse from Logitech get a Mac-oriented overhaul.
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Logitech launched Mac versions of its popular MX Keys and MX Master 3 on Tuesday, giving the pro keyboard and mouse a space gray makeover and adding some Apple-specific tweaks.

Most of the changes seem totally awesome for the “Mac purists” Logitech is targeting with these high-end accessories. One change might not be so welcome, though, depending on your experience with Bluetooth peripherals.

The company also released a new Mac-oriented version of its smaller K380 keyboard in white and pink color options.