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iLounge and InvisibleShield are giving away an iPhone XR and InvisibleShield Glass+ VisionGuard.

As we use devices more, our exposure to high-energy visible blue light (HEV) increases. HEV blue light has been shown to contribute to digital eye strain which can cause dry and irritated eyes, sleep disruption and loss, blurred vision, and premature eye aging, especially in children. InvisibleShield has developed a new screen protector with Eyesafe® technology that not only protects your phone from scratches and impacts, but also filters harmful blue light from your device screen.

Protective Eyesafe® Layer
The Eyesafe® technology in VisionGuard protects your eyes from blue light which can contribute to digital eye strain. By blocking harmful wavelengths of light before they leave your screen, VisionGuard is an easy choice for those who care about eye health.

Preserves the True Colors of Your Screen
Glass+ VisionGuard protects your eyes from harmful blue light while maintaining the superior color performance of your device display. Instead of removing blue entirely and distorting your screens color like some eye health solutions, VisionGuard has been expertly engineered to maintain the brilliant look of your screen.

Industry-Leading Impact Screen Protection
Glass+ VisionGuard is chemically strengthened at the molecular level to preserve that glass-like feel of your screen. Its proprietary Ion Matrix™ technology provides the ultimate defense against drops, dings, and scratches.

Advanced Clarity
Glass+ VisionGuard is designed to work flawlessly with the enhanced optics of your device’s screen. Its 100% clarity rating means high-definition screen protection that’s so clear, you won’t even know it’s there.

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Mac: Twelve South Journal CaddySack

Last year, Twelve South added to its venerable BookBook product family with BookBook CaddySack, providing an elegant way for users to store and carry all of their MacBook essentials — an especially handy accessory in the new era of USB-C dongles. Now, to accompany its new Journal for MacBook, Twelve South has also released Journal Caddysack, providing the same convenient storage for a MacBook power adapter and other miscellaneous cables, in a luxurious, New Zealand full-grain leather package. Inside the folio case you’ll find a collection of elastic bands, Velcro straps, and a pocket so you can neatly hold a variety of accessories and have them ready at your fingertips, rather than tangled up inside your messenger bag or backpack.


Spotify now available on Apple Watch

Spotify has officially announced its app for the Apple Watch. The release comes not long after it was rolled out to Spotify beta testers earlier this month, and while the initial app appears limited to providing playback controls, Spotify has acknowledged that the ability to listen to music offline is in the works for a future update. While the standard watchOS “Now Playing” app previously allowed users to pause and resume playback, the Spotify app gives users the ability to start up playback right from their wrists, mark tracks as favourites, and access recently played tracks, as well as connecting to Spotify Connect enabled speakers.

Naim Audio Mu-so and Uniti systems gain AirPlay 2 support

British hi-fi manufacturer Naim Audio is the latest company to join the AirPlay 2 movement, announcing today that it will be bringing full support for AirPlay 2 to its Mu-so wireless speaker range. An update should be available today for Mu-so Qb, which we reviewed in 2016, while its larger sibling, the Mu-so, will be getting the update later this week. Naim’s Uniti line, which includes the Uniti Atom, will also be getting the AIrPlay 2 treatment by the end of the month.

Significant number of users being required to reset Apple ID passwords to regain access

Reports on various social media platforms this morning, as noted by 9to5Mac have revealed a significant number of Apple users have discovered that their Apple ID accounts have been locked out, requiring them to go through the password reset process in order to regain access. While account lockouts can occur for various reasons, the most common is a result of several failed password entries. This suggests that the problem may have been triggered by hackers attempting to brute-force the passwords for a large number of Apple IDs, although there could be other factors at work as well, including the possibility of a glitch in Apple’s authentication systems. Since an Apple ID is used to access everything from the iTunes Store and iCloud to services like iMessage and FaceTime, users are encountering this problem in various areas, and are normally being required to go through the process of answering security questions and providing their phone number in order to reset their password. MacRumors has also noted that at least some of the users impacted have stated that they are using two-factor authentication and a unique password for their Apple ID, suggesting that this is not merely impacting less secure accounts. Apple has not yet offered any indication as to why this is happening, nor have they responded to any requests for comment.

Daily Deal: Syncwire UNBREAKcable

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can get the Syncwire UNBREAKcable for only $10.99 — that’s 42% off the regular price. Rated for more than 30,000 bends, this MFi-certified cable features a tinplate interior, a TPE jacket exterior, and wrapped internal wires to prevent friction or fraying, so that it’s the last cable you should ever have to buy.

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Mac: Twelve South Journal for MacBook

One of Twelve South’s biggest claims to fame was its classic BookBook lineup of cases, designed to provide the look of a vintage, weathered book, offsetting the modern glass and aluminum of iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks. The popularity of BookBook led the company to come up with Journal, a more modern leather wallet look that quickly became another runaway hit — so successful in fact that Twelve South is now expanding Journal to the MacBook, provided an elegant yet minimalist case that fits Apple’s latest MacBook Air with Retina and MacBook Pro devices like a glove, yet still fits Apple’s older MacBook Pro Retina Display models as well. Made from luxurious, New Zealand full-grain cognac leather on the exterior, a soft micro-suede lining on the inside protects your MacBook from scratches and scuffs, and there’s even a built-in document pocket so you can carry around a few important papers with you as well. Dual zippers make it easy to open and close, and reinforced corners protect the enclosed MacBook against bumps and drops, and it’s even designed so you can use your MacBook right in the case, making it a great way to quickly pack up when it’s time to go.


Review: Optoma Nuforce BE Live2 In-Ear Headphones

This summer, we reviewed Optoma’s Nuforce Be Sport4 and loved it for being the first headphone we’d yet seen to really replace our previous favorite sport headphones. This week, Optoma is back with a new entry in their line of wireless lifestyle headphones, the Be Live2. Though these affordable IEMs have a unique, modern look, listening to them reminded us of something from Apple’s recent past.


iFixit tears down 11-inch iPad Pro

Photo: iFixit

As is the normal case with a new iPhone or iPad release, iFixit has posted its teardown of the new 11-inch iPad Pro, offering a deeper look inside Apple’s latest higher-end tablet. iFixit identifies the new tablet as model A1980, noting that it looks about the same size as its predecessor, with the slight reduction in size basically unnoticeable due to the new square-off edge design. Opening up the new iPad Pro appeared to be just as challenging as prior models, requiring cutting through a lot of glue, and trying not to break anything with the extra-thin bezels. iFixit discovered that display cables were fortunately away from the edges, but otherwise awkwardly laid out inside.


Daily Deal: Parallels Toolbox for Mac & Windows, One-Year Subscription

In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering a one-year subscription to the Parallels Toolbox for Mac & Windows for only $9.99 — that’s 50% off the regular price. With more than 30 tools packed into a simple package, Parallels Toolbox will help you do everything from recording videos to cleaning your hard drive — you’ll always have the right tool for the job at your fingertips. Keep your slideshows focused and free from distracting popups with Presentation Mode, leverage Clean Drive to optimize your storage, and tap into the rest of Parallels’ Toolbox to unlock your computer’s true potential.

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