Juuk’s race car-inspired Vitero Apple Watch bands ship today [Review]

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The Vitero prototypes are in: (left to right) Ruby Grey, Fire, Citron, Cerulean, Sapphire and Crimson.
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Update: Juuk’s new Vitero bands ship today following a week of pre-orders — grab yours before inventory runs out! Next shipment not until 2018. 

Best List: Juuk Design aluminum Vitero Apple Watch band

Our friends at Juuk have done it again! The Hong Kong-based company has created a totally unique, aluminum Apple Watch band with an aggressive design inspired by motor racing.

Juuk’s Vitero band looks, feels and performs like no other Apple Watch band on the market — or any watch band for that matter.

Wrap your Apple Watch in woven stainless steel [Watch Store]

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Casetify's Stainless Steel Mesh Bands rival Apple's Milanese Loop Bands in quality and cost nearly half the price.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Stainless steel meticulously weaves its way through the Mesh Band for Apple Watch — Casetify’s answer to the significantly more expensive Milanese Loop by Apple. And, Casetify’s version is just as stylish and functional as the behemoth brand’s band.

For penny-counters, you’ll save from $67 to $117 on Casetify’s silver and black stainless steel mesh bands, respectively, and gain an additional color not offered by Apple: rose gold. I’ve been wearing mine all week and am loving the quality and fit of this sleek metal band.

Casetify designs all its products to be super stylish and functional, and its latest collection of Stainless Steel Bands for Apple Watch is no exception. Check out these new bands in our Watch Store, and read on to learn more.

Wrap your Apple Watch in woven stainless steel [Watch Store]

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Casetify's Stainless Steel Mesh Bands rival Apple's Milanese Loop Bands in quality and cost nearly half the price.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Stainless steel meticulously weaves its way through the Mesh Band for Apple Watch — Casetify’s answer to the significantly more expensive Milanese Loop by Apple. And, Casetify’s version is just as stylish and functional as the behemoth brand’s band.

For penny-counters, you’ll save from $67 to $117 on Casetify’s silver and black stainless steel mesh bands, respectively, and gain an additional color not offered by Apple: rose gold. I’ve been wearing mine all week and am loving the quality and fit of this sleek metal band.

Casetify designs all its products to be super stylish and functional, and its latest collection of Stainless Steel Bands for Apple Watch is no exception. Check out these new bands in our Watch Store, and read on to learn more.

This compact 2-in-1 battery pack recharges your Apple Watch and iPhone [Review]

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Zens' Powerbank has a 4,000 mAh capacity.
Photo: Lyle Kahney/Cult of Mac

Best List: Apple iPhone/Watch Powerbank by Zens

When traveling, if you forget your charger, you’re often hosed. Especially for the Apple Watch. That’s why I keep a Zens Powerbank battery pack in my bag. The Powerbank features a built-in charger for the Apple Watch, plus a USB port for plugging an iPhone or iPad.

It’s light and easy to carry around, yet has enough juice for recharging an Apple Watch almost 12 times. Best yet, the Zens Powerbank battery pack is available now in Cult of Mac’s Watch Store. 

Why every Apple user should be using a VPN

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In this age of constant data leaks, using a VPN to protect your online identity is a must.
In this age of constant data leaks, using a VPN to protect your online identity is a must.
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If you think the buzz around using a VPN service these days is exaggerated hype and paranoia, think again. Never before have so many day-to-day human interactions and transactions occurred online.

Whether we’re emailing our bosses, checking in with our kids, chatting with our friends or using a plethora of apps to schedule and manage our lives, it all takes place online.

These Apple Watch bands fuse tech and style brilliantly [Watch Store]

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Choose the correct size and this Rilee & Lo's stainless-steel band slips on and off your wrist seamlessly and fits like a proverbial glove.
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Fusing tech and fashion is the cornerstone of Rilee & Lo — makers of highly stylish stainless steel bands for Apple Watch. Patent-pending for a reason, these bands fit perfectly and come in a range of beautiful finishes.

Johanna Ferguson founded Rilee & Lo to fill the style deficit she encountered with the strap accompanying her first Apple Watch in 2015. Armed with 14 years at Google and a decade of jewelry-making experience, Ferguson moved to design a band that could go seamlessly from day to night in high style.

She’s succeeded, and we’re excited to feature Rilee & Lo’s stunning bands in our Watch Store.

Seize power with these assorted battery packs [Deals]

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This roundup of portable battery packs has the power solution you need.
This roundup of portable battery packs has the power solution you need.
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The more we lean on our mobile devices, the more of a headache a dead battery becomes. That makes carrying a backup battery a must, but where to start? Whether you’re in need of something compact and quick, or a massive hub for a suite of devices, this roundup of battery packs has you covered. Everything is discounted by 30 percent or more. Read on for more details:

Best iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus cases so far

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Which iPhone case have you picked?
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The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus may cost as much as the top-end iPhone X, but that certainly doesn’t mean you don’t want to protect your new iPhone.

You’ll find a range of cases on the market. Ultra-thin “skins” will to protect your iPhone 8 from scratches without changing its appearance much. Heavy-duty armor will save it from concrete smashes. And wallet-style cases let get organized. Here are our top picks for the iPhone 8/8 Plus cases you need to know about.

iPhone X vs. iPhone 8: Should you wait longer and pay more?

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iPhone X is worth the hefty price tag.
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iPhone X is “the future” of the smartphone, and it’s set to revolutionize the way we use mobile devices all over again with features like Face ID and wireless charging. It’s also incredibly good-looking, and insanely powerful thanks to Apple’s A11 Bionic chip.

But is it worth the wait and the hefty price tag?

Find out in our in-depth comparison, which pits iPhone X against its more familiar, more affordable sibling, iPhone 8.

Name your price for four iOS 11 coding courses [Deals]

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Pay What You Want- The Complete iOS 11 Developer Bundle
This bundle of coding courses covers the gamut for iOS 11. And you can get it for whatever you're willing to pay.
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iOS 11 is about to launch, and it’s going to be a big one. With all manner of updates and entirely new features, it’s going to give developers a lot to work with and a lot to learn. That means it’s time to get studying, coders.