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Gear: Belkin Travel RockStar

Belkin’s Travel RockStar ($60) is a battery pack + surge-protected charger. Designed to be a go-to option for travelers, Travel RockStar packs a 3000 mAh USB battery into its blocky frame. Two three-prong surge-protected outlets are included, in addition to a 2A USB output port. A battery meter is located near the USB port. Foldable wall prongs keep the accessory more compact, though no cables are included. Belkin offers a $75,000 connected equipment warranty for “properly connected” devices plugged in to Travel RockStar.

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Apple releases first developer betas for iOS 9.3.3, tvOS 9.2.2

Apple has released the first betas for iOS 9.3.3 and tvOS 9.2.2 to developers today. Both betas are likely to be minor updates; we’ll update if there are any major findings. Apple just released iOS 9.3.2 and tvOS 9.2.1 to the public one week ago.

More iPhone 7 leaks surface, protruding camera seen

Another alleged iPhone 7 leak from Chinese social network Weibo shows a more refined, similar design to past leaks and schematics (via Nowhereelse.fr), with a protruding circular camera on the rear shell. Antenna lines are also seen once more at the top and bottom of the device. The new leak, however, doesn’t match another recent leak which featured two holes between the camera and the flash. There’s also no Smart Connector seen on the rear of the iPhone on this new leak, which we previously learned was a possibility.

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Mac: Bloop Airmail 3 for Mac

On the heels of last month’s Airmail for iOS update, Bloop has now released Airmail 3.0 for the Mac ($10), bringing it closer to feature parity with the iOS version, with a whole collection of improvements. If you like to heavily configure and customize your email experience or are a power user that likes to integrate your email with a ton of third-party apps, then Airmail is definitely the email app for you, and the new features in version 3 add many of the little things missing from the prior version, making the experience even better.

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Daily Deal: ZeroLemon 64GB iMemStick

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can pick up the ZeroLemon 64GB iMemStick for only $79.99 — that’s 60% off the regular price. This MFi-certified portable storage device lets you easily transfer files between your various devices without needing to resort to wireless connections, providing an additional 64GB of storage to keep your movies, videos, and music files. You can play audio and video files directly from the iMemStick or backup your data using the companion app, and clear plastic covers protect your plugs so you can easily toss it in your pocket or bag without worrying about damaging it.

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Apple pulls iOS 9.3.2 update for 9.7” iPad Pro due to ‘bricking’ issues

Apple has pulled the iOS 9.3.2 update for the 9.7” iPad Pro and is working on a fix, according to a tweet from Rene Ritchie of iMore. A report earlier today at MacRumors noted that they have received a number of reports that the update has been causing an “Error 56” message on some 9.7” iPad Pro devices, although not all iPad Pro users are impacted by the problem and the larger 12.9” iPad Pro also appears to be unaffected. Users who have encountered the problem have found their devices rendered unusable. Users are prompted to plug their devices into iTunes to restore, however, an iTunes restore does not fix the problem, leaving the affected iPad Pro devices bricked. MacRumors notes that they have heard several reports that Apple is replacing iPad Pro devices that have been bricked by the update as no other fix is available for the problem. Users who have not updated to iOS 9.3.2 should see iOS 9.3.1 as the latest version available; other iOS devices appear to be unaffected and the update remains available for all other models.

Report: CarPlay coming to BMW vehicles later this year

BMW may finally be bringing CarPlay support to at least some of its vehicles, according to a new report at Bimmerpost News. The report notes that the German price list and catalog for the X5M and X6M, which take effect in August, list several new technology options, including a touchscreen LCD and Apple CarPlay. An analysis of the report by 9to5Mac highlights that the translated price list text also reveals the possibility of wireless CarPlay support, although it acknowledges that it’s unclear whether the translation refers to wireless CarPlay or simply standard Bluetooth capabilities independent of CarPlay support. While it’s unclear which specific models will feature CarPlay support, several commenters on the original Bimmerpost News article have pointed to press releases stating that the 3 series will be included with CarPlay to come as an update later in the year.

Review: OtterBox Symmetry Series Hybrid Case for 12.9” iPad Pro

OtterBox's new Symmetry Series Hybrid Case ($130) for the 12.9" iPad Pro ticks off almost all of the boxes one would want in an iPad Pro case. Symmetry pairs a clear hard plastic-and-rubber rear case with a detachable folio cover. When the folio is removed, the left side of the iPad opens up, allowing Smart Connector keyboards and accessories to be accessible. Volume button coverage is present and adequately responsive. OtterBox even included a small fabric loop to keep the Apple Pencil secured to the tablet when not in use. The only obvious immediate downside of the case is its price. At $130, Symmetry Series Hybrid Case is by far the most expensive non-keyboard iPad Pro case we've reviewed as of this writing.

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Mac: Belight Software Art Text 3

Whether you’re a professional graphic designer or somebody who simply dabbles in building web sites or brochures, chances are there’s been a time when you’ve wanted to create really impressive page headings or other text elements. If so, you’ll want to take a closer look at Belight Software’s Art Text 3 ($50), a totally redesigned update to the company’s graphic design app for creating word art, logos, 3D text designs, and more. It’s a great tool whether you’re simply looking to design graphical buttons and headers for your website or publish newsletters and flyers. The update also features a new embedded 3D modeling engine that helps you create real 3D graphics and illustrations, allowing you to convert any text, symbol. or pictogram to 3D with realistic results, along with a huge selection of styles, materials, mask presets, tileable textures, geometry transformation tools, and more.

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Daily Deal: Celo VPN Lifetime Subscription

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can pick up a Lifetime Subscription to Celo VPN for only $29 — that’s 91% off the regular price. Designed to keep all of your online activity completely secure, Celo VPN includes all of the essential components of a VPN, providing high-speed connectivity, worldwide servers, data encryption, and the ability to bypass location-based restrictions. The lifetime subscription includes support for connecting on up to five devices simultaneously, with two-factor authentication for extra security.

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