Fire up Apple Watch and iPhone with this minimalist charging pad

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WiDuo is a 2 in 1 wireless-charging solution for your iPhone and Apple Watch. Beautiful, simple and powerful with up to 20 percent faster charging!
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For lovers of versatility, and Apple gear, I bring you a two-in-one charging solution for iPhone and Apple Watch. Who doesn’t enjoy a twofer?

The WiDuo by Wiplabs is a beautifully minimalist charging pad that provides up to 20 percent faster charging that many of its wireless competitors. And, it’s cute and sleek to boot. Pop it in a bag or briefcase for on-the-go charging.

How to add your own Siri Shortcuts right now

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Siri Shortcuts could become super powerful.
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Siri Shortcuts are the iOS way to automate actions you do over and over. The WWDC 2018 keynote gave an examples of chaining together a bunch of these actions into one shortcut — order your favorite “coffee,” and give you directions to work, or switch on the lights at home one whole hour before you get there in order to, I don’t know, waste electricity? To trigger these little automations, you just tell Siri, using a pre-chosen keyword/name.

However, you don’t alway want to put together lots of steps. Sometimes you just want Siri to carry out a single action with a Shortcut. For instance, opening up your favorite news site in Safari, or sending a message to your spouse, or viewing your most recent photos. The good news is, you can do all of these today, in the first iOS 12 beta, even without the fancy new Siri Shortcuts app.

See every new iOS 12 feature in action

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iOS 12 is packed full of speed improvements and new features, see them all in action!
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WWDC 2018 bug Cult of Mac After months of rumors and speculation, Apple finally showed off iOS 12 during this week’s WWDC 18 keynote. After a full day’s use exploring the first developer beta and getting to know the new iOS, I’m going to give you a hands-on look at everything that’s new.

See all the cool new iOS 12 features in the video below.

This is the most important setting you can enable on your iPhone

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iPhone Data Protection is better than 10 padlocks.
Data Protection is better than 10 padlocks for your iPhone.
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There’s a security setting in iOS that will erase everything on your iPhone, resetting it back to a blank, factory-state slate if you tap in the wrong passcode 10 times. It’s called Data Protection, and I never wrote a how to on this because I figured everyone would have it switched on. After all, who wouldn’t want that kind of excellent security if ever they lost their iPhone?

Creative Block: Roli’s expressive MIDI keyboard goes portable [Review]

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That's the Seaboard sat on a 12-inch iPad.
Photo: Charlie Sorrel/Cult of Mac

Imagine a piano keyboard that is also a multitouch surface, like the screen on an iPad. Now imagine that this is a tactile silicone surface with bumps and dips so you can feel the keys, just like a piano. Hold that image in your mind — you are currently imagining the Roli Seaboard Block, backpack-sized Bluetooth MIDI keyboard that will change the way you play music.

Save 25% on luxury charm necklaces for Apple Watch [Mother’s Day Sale]

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Wear your Apple Watch in a unique way with the Silver Horn Charm Necklace by Bucardo.
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Today only, take 25 percent off Bucardo’s stunning Charm Necklaces for Apple Watch.

Real turquoise and Swarovski crystals adorn several of these lovely charms, and all necklaces are crafted from either gold or silver plated stainless steel. In wearing these beautiful Apple Watch charm necklaces, the watch is still clearly visible, incorporating itself into a hot piece of jewelry. It’s unique yet timeless — just like mom. Save 25 percent through Mother’s Day in our Watch Store.

This leather, button-stud Apple Watch band will fit any wrist size

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The adjustable length Button-Stud Apple Watch band fits virtually all wrist sizes — from the fleshiest to thinnest!
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Best List: Button-Stud Apple Watch Band by Form Function Form

Making Apple’s “most personal device ever” personal to you is super-serious business for one Florida purveyor of handmade leather goods.

Echoing the individuality of Apple Watch, Form Function Form takes customization to new levels in the design of its one-of-a-kind Button-Stud Apple Watch Band. This ingenious leather strap has 21 different size options, one of which is sure to fit even the thinnest or fleshiest of wrists. If it doesn’t, the company provides free size adjustments for the entirety of your life.

We’ve added seven new leather colors to the Watch Store lineup! Read on for my review:

How to edit Photos Memories on your iPhone and iPad

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A clock is an easy, if lazy, metaphor for memories.
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Memories is one of the best features of the Photos app. It gathers together pictures into albums that are surprisingly smart. It picks you best pictures, adds music, and uses things like facial recognitions to focus on the important people in the pictures. The whole thing is presented as a slideshow.

But did you know that you can edit those memories? You can change the title, the duration, the music, and more. Let’s take a quick look how to tweak our memories to make them perfect.

How to take long exposure iPhone photos [Quick Tips]

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Create stunning long exposure style photos in seconds on your iPhone.
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They say the best camera is the one you have with you. And when isn’t the iPhone with you? iPhone photography has created a whole new generation of amateur photographers. While you may be looking for the next great app to help produce some stunning photos, did you know you can easily recreate a long exposure style image right within the camera app?

Check out our latest Quick Tips video below to see how.

Twelve South first to put Apple Watch on your arm [Watch Store]

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Made of neoprene and silicone for comfort and durability, ActionSleeve from Twelve South puts Apple Watch on your arm.
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Note: Twelve South does not ship outside of the United States. 

The Apple Watch is an ideal workout partner, but it’s not a good idea to have things around your wrist during certain activities. An Apple Watch armband would be perfect.

Now you can wear your Apple Watch on your arm with ActionSleeve from Twelve South. It’s the world’s first armband for Apple Watch, and it is now available in our Watch Store.