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These 5 Straps Work With the New Apple Watches

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Apple just announced the Apple Watch Series 6, which introduces new features like a brighter always-on display, faster processor, and blood oxygen reader. One thing Apple didn’t change is the ability to use the latest Apple Watch with any third-party straps. Apple sells its own bands, but they can get pretty pricey, so we found alternatives that will work just as well, but are a far better value.

Whether you’re sticking with your current Apple Watch, or are getting ready to upgrade to the latest and greatest, these are the best third-party Apple Watch bands available right now.

What Are the Best Apple Watch Bands?

There are many factors to consider when choosing the best Apple Watch band for you; below are the most important ones, which we considered while we were researching this list.

Style: Our recommendations run the gamut from traditional watch straps with pins and notches, to others with a magnetic clasp that fits perfectly around your wrist. We’ve covered alternatives to all of the major watch bands Apple offers in its own store.
Materials: The watches in our guide are made out of a variety of materials, from soft plastic, to genuine Italian leather. There’s a lot of room to mix and match different bands to suit what you’re wearing, and your general aesthetic.

Compatibility: All of the straps fit with every generation of the Apple Watch, and are available in sizes that fit the 38mm / 40mm or 42mm / 44mm case sizes.

1. NUKELOLO Sport Band

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NUKELOLO’s Sport Band is a good choice if you’re looking for a simple, subtle strap.

It’s made out of silicone, which the company says is both durable and comfortable, and comes in 25 different colors. Instead of notches, the band has a pair of straps that let you adjust its width, and lock it in place.

There may not be a lot to it, but NUKELOLO’s Sport Band is a great value, so you can experiment with different color combinations to match your day’s wardrobe.

NUKELOLO Sport Band, from $5.99, available at Amazon

2. jwacct Stainless Steel Mesh Wristband

jwacct Adjustable Stainless Steel Mesh Wristband

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Jwacct’s Stainless Steel Mesh Wristband is a minimalist, modern-looking strap that’ll fit perfectly on your wrist.

The strap’s clasp is magnetic, so it can stick to any point on the body of the strap, which gives you a lot more flexibility than using notches on a traditional watch band. Although it’s made out of metal, this wristband is made in the Milanese loop style, so it’ll feel light and fairly soft on your skin. I’ve used a couple of third-party Apple Watch bands in this style, and it’s my personal favorite.

If you’ve had trouble finding an Apple Watch strap that fits perfectly on your wrist, Jwacct Stainless Steel Mesh Wristband has you covered.

Jwacct Stainless Steel Mesh Wristband, $9.99, available at Amazon

3. Power Primacy Top Grain Leather Watch Strap

POWER PRIMACY Bands Compatible

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Power Primary’s Leather Watch Strap is a traditional looking band for your Apple Watch.

It’s made out of top grain leather, which the company says is non-slip, durable, and breathable, so it should feel comfortable to wear for hours at a time.

To tighten the band, you’ll need to put the strap through a loop, and insert the pin on the clasp into a notch on the strap. This watch band will not fit perfectly on your wrist, but you’ll get very close. Power Primary’s Leather Watch Strap is available in 20 different colors, so you’ll be able to find one that matches your style.

This is the most traditional looking Apple Watch band in our guide, and if you’re used to wearing an analog timepiece, it’s the best choice.

Power Primacy Leather Watch Strap, $10.99, available at Amazon

4. Nomad Stainless Steel Apple Watch Band

Nomad Stainless Steel Apple Watch Band

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Nomad’s Stainless Steel Apple Watch Band is a metal, ultra durable strap that’s great if you don’t mind a little extra weight on your wrist.

The band is made up of 20 custom-made stainless steel lugs, which can be added or removed using an included tool to get the fit just right. The band’s clasp is also made out of stainless steel, so it should handle rough conditions without coming loose or getting damaged.

The downside to an all-stainless steel band is its weight, but Nomad has made a similar strap out of titanium. The company’s titanium band looks nearly identical to its stainless steel sibling, and uses the same removable lugs. The only difference is that it’ll be easier on your wrist.

If you want a solid Apple Watch band that’ll last through many watch upgrades, Nomad’s strap has you covered.

Nomad Stainless Steel Apple Watch Band, $119.95, available at Nomad

5. Casetify Italian Leather Band

Casetify Italian Leather Band

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Casetify’s Italian Leather Band is a 2-in-1 strap that takes its inspiration from the world renowned fashion brand Hermes.

The band is designed to fit not only the Apple Watch, but any analog watches that can use a 20mm or 24mm strap. We mentioned this is a 2-in-1 strap earlier, and that’s because Casetify actually ships two bands, so you can choose whether you’d like to wear a single or double loop.

Both straps are made out of genuine Italian leather, are finished with an embossed surface, and have a soft leather underside. This is a luxurious watch band that’s best worn on special occasions, or formal events like a job interview.

If you’re a fashion focused person who likes technology, and don’t want your Apple Watch to conflict with your fanciest clothes, this strap will help it fit in.

Casetify Italian Leather Band, $100, available at Casetify [Save 15% With Promo Code ROLLINGSTONE15]

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The Bachelor Season 25: Filming is Underway!

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The journey has begun for Matt James.


Or, to be more specific, the historic journey has begun for Matt James.


On Thursday, the first-ever The Bachelor lead announced via Twitter that followers won’t be hearing from him again for about 60 days. 


How come?


Because he’s off to film Season 25!


“See y’all in 2 months,” the 27-year-old wrote very simply on social media.

Matt James and Tyler


Prior to his departure, James gave a shoutout on his Instagram Story to his very close friend and roommate Tyler Cameron, who was also the runner-up of season 15 of The Bachelorette last year and who then dated star Hannah Brown for a bit.


“What a crazy 6 months, I love you brother, wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you an your mama… (Oh & I’ll be back, with a plus one),” he wrote alongside a picture of the pals.


In June, James was announced as The Bachelor, making him franchise’s first Black male lead.


He was originally cast to compete for Clare Crawley’s heart on her season of The Bachelorette.

Matt James and Tyler Cameron on Instagram


He also rose to a level of viral fame this spring when he quarantined for a few weeks with Cameron, Brown and others in Florida.


Photos of this group dancing, partying and just hanging out often went online in the early days of COVID-19 in America.


Ahead of Hannah’s 26th birthday this week, James closed out his Bachelor-related farewell with the following image and message:


“Last but CERTAINLY not least…happy (early) Birthday Breezy @hannahbrown.”

Matt James, Hannah Brown and Tyler Cameron in Florida


Appearing opposite Chris Harrison in July on The Bachelor: Greatest Seasons—Ever!, James said of his selection by ABC:


“I’ve heard from a lot of my Black friends that aren’t Bachelor Nation faithful that are excited about me and honored by the position I’m in.


That same month, James opened up about being the first Black star and how he responded to the news.


“My first reaction was, does this mean I don’t get to meet Clare? Because I was looking forward to meeting her,” he explained on Good Morning America.


“I had set aside all this time, we had gone out to California and then called back with quarantine. So, I’m super excited for her and her season, but I’m looking forward to meeting her eventually.”

Matt James on Zoom


Crawley, of course, debuts as The Bachelorette on October 13.


No premiere date has yet been set for The Bachelor Season 25, although it usually premieres in January and it appears here as if the network is planning to kick off James’ run some time in early 2021.


We’ve been scouring the Internet for The Bachelor spoilers in the wake of this pandemic, trying to learn how shooting will differ compared to past seasons due to the coronavirus.


But there isn’t a ton of information out there yet.

Matt James as The Bachelor


Upon confirming James as The Bachelor this summer, Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment, said the following:


“Matt has been on our radar since February, when producers first approached him to join Bachelor Nation, as part of Clare’s season.


“When filming couldn’t move forward as planned, we were given the benefit of time to get to know Matt and all agreed he would make a perfect Bachelor.”

Matt James, Tyler Cameron Shirtless


She concluded at the time:


We know we have a responsibility to make sure the love stories we’re seeing onscreen are representative of the world we live in, and we are proudly in service to our audience.


This is just the beginning, and we will continue to take action with regard to diversity issues on this franchise.


We feel so privileged to have Matt as our first Black Bachelor and we cannot wait to embark on this journey with him.

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Lana Del Rey & Matt Maeson – “Hallucinogenics”

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In the theoretical near-future, Lana Del Rey is releasing a new album called Chemtrails Over The Country Club, as has been promised now for almost a year. But before that happens she has lent her voice to a new version of “Hallucinogenics,” a song by the Virginia-bred musician Matt Maeson, who released his debut album Bank On The Funeral last year.

Maeson notched two #1 singles over on the Billboard Alternative chart, one of them being “Hallucinogenics,” and Lana Del Rey’s involvement, presumably, is a bid to get that track charting in more Top 40-friendly circles. Last year, the two of them performed the track live together at a show in Oklahoma City.

Hear it below.

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‘Brahms: The Boy 2’: Release date, plot, cast, trailer and everything else about the sequel to the 2016 horror

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If you’re a fan of the 2016 unnerving horror movie ‘The Boy’, then the time is ripe to prepare yourself for a fresh dose of the heebie-jeebies. The film about a life-sized eerie doll is soon to have a sequel titled ‘Brahms: The Boy 2’ and it looks every bit as uncomfortable as the first part.

Release date:

The film will open in theaters across the U.S. on February 21, 2020.

Plot:

In ‘The Boy’, an American nanny named Greta is hired by an eccentric rich family called the Heelshires to care for a porcelain doll named Brahms. They provide Greta with a very specific set of rules by which to care for the doll.

If things weren’t already creepy, it gets darker when one realizes that the real Brahms, the son of the Heelshires, was killed in a house fire 20 years ago on his eighth birthday.

Of course, true to any horror trope, Greta ignores the rules at first. But she starts to take them seriously when the doll begins to come alive. At the end of the film, Greta discovers that the real Brahms was, in fact, alive and was living in the walls of the house.

In a tussle between Greta and the grown Brahms, the former stabs him with a screwdriver and flees. But there is a twist. We see that Brahms has survived, and was last seen repairing his shattered doll. This is where the second film takes its cue

As per IMDb, the sequel revolves around a new family that moves into the Heelshire Mansion. Soon, however, their young son makes friends with the life-like doll Brahms. And that is where things start getting creepy. 

Cast:

Katie Holmes as Liza

Katie Holmes. (Getty Images)

The 41-year-old American actress, producer, and director is perhaps best known for her role in the iconic television series, ‘Dawson’s Creek’. The former wife of Tom Crise has received much praise for her roles in films like ‘Phone Booth’, ‘The Singing Detective’, ‘Pieces of April’, ‘Batman Begins’, ‘Thank You for Smoking’, ‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’, and ‘Logan Lucky’. 

Owain Yeoman as Sean

Owain Yeoman. (Getty Images)

The Welsh television actor has done a variety of both film and TV roles in the last decade and a half. From films like ‘Troy’ and ‘American Sniper’ to TV shows like ‘The Mentalist’, ‘Turn: Washington Spies’, and ‘Emergence’, Yeoman’s performances have received much praise.

Trailer:

The trailer for ‘Brahms: The Boy 2’ dropped on Wednesday and it is a very uncomfortable watch. Jude is a disturbed child who likes scares and exhibits violent tendencies. On the advice of Jude’s therapist, the family moves into their new home, far from the city.



 

There Jude discovers the life-like doll buried in the yard. As Jude gets closer to the doll, his mother Liza begins to express concern. Her initial skepticism on her son having conversations with Brahms soon turns into fear.

Try as she might, however, she can’t seem to separate them. All throughout, she is creeped out by the doll. The trailer ends with Liza examining Brahms in the dead of the night.

She switches on a flashlight on its face and sees the doll’s eyes roll to the back of its head. And without any warning, black insects fly out of its mouth in the wake of a guttural scream.

If you like ‘Brahms: The Boy 2’, you will also like

‘Annabelle’, ‘Child’s Play’, ‘The Conjuring’, ‘The Boy’, and ‘Poltergeist’.

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