Watch Strap Co’s high-end leather, nylon Apple Watch bands hit the Cult of Mac Store

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Vengeance is one of many brilliant leather options.
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Watch Strap Co’s impressive lineup of premium leather, nylon, and stainless steel bands for Apple Watch is now available from the Cult of Mac Store. We couldn’t be more delighted to have added them to our brilliant list of vendors, and we think you’ll love their bands just as much as we do. Be one of the first to bag one today.

Wonderful wooden stands charge Apple Watch in style

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Man, these stands look good.
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If you’re kind of a big deal. If you own many leather-bound books and an apartment that smells of rich mahogany. Then, boy, do we have the perfect Apple Watch charging stand for you.

Made in London from sustainably sourced walnut, cherry, and maple wood, these Anden stands add a touch of sophistication to any living room or home office. Get yours now from the Cult of Mac Store.

Samsung credit-card size SSD holds up to 2TB [Review]

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The Samsung T7 isn’t much bigger than an Apple Card but still holds 2 terabytes of data.
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The Samsung T7 holds an amazing amount of data considering its svelte design. This Solid State Drive isn’t much bigger than a business card but holds up to 2TB. And it can be passed around between multiple computers — it’s compatible with Mac and iPad Pro, as well a wide variety of other devices.

I loaded up this recently-released SSD with a variety of files and put it through some real-world testing. Here’s how it stood up.

These obscure ingredients make one hell of a cocktail [What We’re Into]

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You need Velvet Falernum and Scrappy's Firewater Tincture to make a Spicy Dead Lady cocktail.
Spice up your backyard bar with these quirky ingredients.
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What We're Into bug If you’re looking to shake up your cocktail game, try putting these two ingredients in the mix: John D. Taylor’s Velvet Falernum and Scrappy’s Firewater Tincture.

The first is a syrupy liqueur from Barbados that’s typically used in Tiki drinks. The second is a devilishly hot habanero tincture. They’re both key ingredients in a fantastic cocktail called the Spicy Dead Lady.

Tiny adapter adds 480GB SSD and HDMI to your MacBook [Review]

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Minix Neo Storage Pro combines an SSD, USB-A and HDMI in a clip-on package.
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Apple doesn’t make it easy to upgrade your MacBook. But the Minix Neo Storage Pro does. Clip this to your laptop to add 480GB of storage capacity. Even better, the multiport adapter also includes an HDMI port and a USB-A port for connecting legacy accessories. And there’s a Thunderbolt 3 port, too.

I’ve been testing the Neo Storage Pro for weeks. Here’s how well it works in regular use.

Easily take notes on your iPad with inexpensive Meco Stylus Pen [Review]

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Meco Stylus Pen costs far less than many rivals, and might be the only stylus you need for your iPad.
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The Meco Stylus Pen is an affordable alternative to Apple Pencil. It’s well suited for taking handwritten notes on a range of iPad models, and offers palm rejection. And while it doesn’t have the features artists need, it offers a long battery life and is simple to connect to your iPad.

I tested this budget active stylus by taking notes and sketching out ideas. Here’s how it stood up to real-world use.

Slap on a Strapa band for the ultimate Apple Watch upgrade

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Apple Watch looks even better with a Strapa band.
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There’s no better way to upgrade your Apple Watch than by adding some of the finest leather money can buy. That’s why you should check out these wonderful Strapa straps.

They’re beautifully made from only the finest materials, and come in a range of gorgeous color options. They’re also compatible with all generations of Apple Watch.

Apps to boost your work-from-home productivity

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It only takes a few key tools to make working remotely much more manageable.
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COVID-19 lockdown certainly brought a swift change from the norm for many people. We’re dealing with the added stress of different working situations, the struggle to get groceries, and in many cases, even acting as teachers or child care providers.

All of that can make it really challenging to feel accomplished and productive. Luckily, I finally found my groove in the last week or so, thanks to a couple of really useful apps (and some self-imposed rules).