These gorgeous cases wrap your AirPods Pro in luxury leather

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Get yours for just $23 today.
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With AirPods Pro sold out everywhere, the last thing you want to do is destroy the pair you already own. Protect them with Elago’s gorgeous new cases instead, and never worry about them getting beaten up.

Made from natural cowhide leather, the cases are brilliantly robust and beautiful. They come in a number of color options, and include a clip that lets you attach them to almost anything.

They’re also a steal at just $23!

Protect Apple Watch with this brilliant band + bumper duo (and save 15%)

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A great band and all-around protection for Apple Watch.
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If you’re gifting an Apple Watch this holiday, don’t let it go unprotected. Pick up the Mifa Hybrid Sports band + Elkson Quattro Bumper duo to prevent scuffs and scratches — and save 15%.

They’ll keep a brand-new Apple Watch looking sweet and shiny, and provide all-day comfort.

OtterBox Strada wraps your iPhone 11 and credit cards in leather [Review]

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The OtterBox Strada leather folio wallet case is a both tough and attractive.
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Combining your iPhone case with your wallet is an easy way to simplify your life. Take the OtterBox Strada for the iPhone 11, which offers slots to hold multiple cards, while also wrapping around the front, back and sides of your handset. A leather exterior gives it a luxurious look and feel.

I used an OtterBox Strada for weeks — here’s how it stood up in daily use.

Force websites to comply with macOS Catalina’s Safari Dark Mode

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Sometimes only Dark Mode will do.
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I stopped reading white text on a black background the moment I left school, and I’ve never liked it since. Especially on a screen, where the black expanse becomes a dark mirror that reflects everything in its sight. But even I prefer Dark Mode late at night, when I want to read without disturbing other people.

The trouble is, many websites don’t support Dark Mode. Everything else in Safari is rendered in tasteful black, but the page itself is still rendered in glaring white. Happily, on the Mac at least, there’s a way to fix it. Here’s how to force any website to support Safari Dark Mode on Mac.

How to play relaxing, ambient sounds with your HomePod

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What could be more relaxing than this?
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Stressed? On edge? Struggling to block out the annoying construction work down the street? Or do you just hate silence, and the way it reminds you that your life is tick-ticking away? Then you need some room-filling ambient sounds.

How about a nice, relaxing rainstorm to help you fall asleep? Or some white noise to fill the space left by your grownup children when they left you behind to start their own lives? If you have a HomePod running iOS 13.2 or later, your smart speaker stands ready to help blank out the soul-bleeding silence of your empty life. You just need to ask.

How to use iOS 13’s new ‘Remind me when messaging’ feature

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Remember things, when you need them.
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The Reminders app got a total revamp in iOS 13, making it way quicker and easier to add due dates, alerts and location-based notifications to new reminders. But it also added one killer new feature: Remind me when messaging.

This lets you add a contact to the reminder, and the next time you’re messaging that person, a notification will pop up.

How to turn your old Apple devices into quick cash

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Cult of Mac can help you get the best price.
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Apple’s newest devices are now available everywhere. If you’re planning to upgrade, or you’ve already upgraded your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, it’s time to turn your old models into quick cash.

Your aging Apple gadgets could be worth a small fortune — and Cult of Mac wants to buy them! We typically pay more than other trade-in services, and we won’t leave you waiting forever for your money.

How to use the amazing new text tools in iPadOS

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Not all text is equal.
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In iOS 13 and iPadOS, Apple rejigged the text-selection engine and the cut/copy/paste tools. And they’re amazing. For the last 10 years, selecting and manipulating text has been a frustrating nightmare on the iPad. Try to select a couple of words in Safari, for instance — a package delivery tracking number, for instance — and the selection would bounce back and forth between a few characters and the entire page.

It was enough to drive you back to the comfort of the Mac’s mouse pointer.

In iOS 13, though, this all changes. Text selection is accurate and predictable. And the new copy/paste gesture shortcuts become second nature almost immediately.