Slope makes iPad a sleek second screen for Mac [10% discount]

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Turning a tablet into an external display for your laptop isn't totally unheard of, but Slope makes it look oh so good.
Turning a tablet into an external display for your laptop isn't totally unheard of, but Slope makes it look oh so good.
Photo: Wiplabs

Slope, a beautifully designed minimalist tablet stand, transforms your iPad into a second Mac screen or even a mini iMac.

Whether you’re pairing iPad with Apple Pencil, Smart Keyboard, or using it as an external display for MacBook or iMac, Slope positions and displays your tablet with utmost style and security.

It’s the perfect way to integrate your new iPad Pro into your desktop setup and Apple ecosystem. This is especially significant with the rumored macOS 10.15 update, code-named “Sidecar,” enabling an iPad to act as a second screen for running macOS software.

Should you use the EQ in the iPhone’s Music app?

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How low can you go?
How low can you go?
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The quick answer is “Yes, of course you should.” The more complex answer is “But only if you need it.” Your iPhone has an equalizer built in, although it’s not exactly easy to find. Annoyingly-hidden-yet-essential interface elements aside, there’s usually not much point in tweaking the EQ of your Apple Music library unless you have a problem in your setup.

But if you do want to use it, here’s how.

OtterBox folio case protects the iPad Pro while showing it off [Review]

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OtterBox Symmetry Series 360 review
OtterBox Symmetry Series 360 has a clear back so your iPad Pro can be seen.
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The OtterBox Symmetry Series 360 has everything you’d expect from a folio case designed for Apple’s latest iPad Pro, but it also includes a feature that might surprise you: the back is clear, allowing you to show off your 2018 iPad Pro while still protecting it.

We used this slim case for several weeks, so read on to learn how it did in out testing.

Steve Jobs Theater wins award for ‘structural artistry’

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Steve Jobs Theater
Steve Jobs theater, a true and fitting monument.
Photo: Duncan Sinfield

The Steve Jobs Theater has earned an award for Structural Artistry from The Institute of Structural Engineers.

Located on the Apple Park campus and opened last September, the theater received recognition for being the largest structure in the world solely supported by glass, and for the way in which pipes and other systems have been integrated into its roof.

Wiplabs Link bracelet is built just for your Apple Watch

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Built from the same steel alloy as the Apple Watch, Wiplabs' Link Apple Watch Bracelet is the perfect companion for your new Apple Watch.
Built from the same steel alloy as the Apple Watch, Wiplabs' Link Apple Watch Bracelet is the perfect companion for your new Apple Watch.
Photo: Wiplabs

Link is Wiplabs’ beautiful Apple Watch link bracelet crafted from 316L stainless steel alloy with a custom butterfly closure.

It’s the best way to enhance your Apple Watch at a reasonable cost. We filmed an unboxing video to give you a hands-on glimpse at this handsome accessory, which is available now at the Cult of Mac Watch Store.

How to pick the best iPad Pro storage option for you

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If you buy the 64GB iPad Pro, you're getting ripped off.
If you buy the 64GB iPad Pro, you're getting ripped off.
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I’m a pretty seasoned iPad buyer. I’ve been using them since the very first iPad back in 2010, and I’ve always known exactly how much storage to buy. Back in the early days it was easy — never buy the lowest storage tier, and if in doubt, always buy more than you think you’ll need. But today, the issue is a lot less clear. With cheap iCloud storage, and a pretty-decent entry level of 64GB, how do you decide how much space you need? Let’s see.

Beautygate: Top camera developer debunks iPhone XS beauty filter

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Beautygate
Some people get better looking with age and some get better looking with the iPhone XS.
Screenshot: Unboxing Therapy/YouTube

Turns out the entire “Beautygate” controversy has been much ado about nothing.

Corners of the internet have been up in arms over a perceived flaw in the iPhone XS camera that makes people in selfies look better than they should. Apple is supposedly looking to “fix” the undisclosed beauty filter, but developers behind one of the best iOS camera apps revealed today that such a filter does not exist.

Annotable makes annotation and markup powerful and easy [50 Essential iOS Apps #43]

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With Annotable, you can easily hide sensitive information in photos and screenshots.
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50 Essential iOS Apps: Annotable appSome of the most useful apps on iOS take system features and turn them up to 11. For a few years, the photos app has had basic markup tools but it’s felt underwhelming and lacked pro features. Annotable for iPhone and iPad adds pro-level annotation and markup tools to highlight or hide whatever you want in an image.