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iPhone #ALSIceBucketChallenge proves Samsung marketing clueless. Again.

Earlier today Samsung marketing thought it would be a good idea to have the Galaxy S5 take the #ALSIceBucketChallenge — which has succeeded in generating record donations for an incredibly worthy cause — and use it not only to advertise their phone, but to try to do it at the expense of their competition, including the iPhone. The problem obvious to anyone outside Samsung marketing — aside from the stupefying perversion of charity — is that the conditions under which they performed the challenge were pretty much fine for any of the competing phones they called out, including the iPhone. To prove it, I took 15 minutes and made the video above (after taking 45 min. to shake my head first).

I donated to ALS when I made my own video last week. I'm donating again today. I only hope Samsung marketing and everyone who made their ill-considered video is, at the very least, breaking open their massive bank accounts to help out as well.

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iMore show 416 LIVE! 11am PT, 1pm ET

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Check out the new iMore commenting system!

As you may have noticed we've launched an all-new, all-awesome commenting system. I should start by saying this is just the beginning and we'll be adding many features to the new system in the weeks and months to come, but for right now there are three highlight — new design that matches our new header, up/down-voting so you can support the really insightful, productive comments. (And, you know, bury other kind...), and report a comment so you can flag spam and anything truly inappropriate.

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Which social networks do you use? [Poll]

Which social networks do you use?

You can find me @reneritchie most of the time. That's because the social network I use most is Twitter. I use it on my iPhone on the go, on my Mac while I'm working, and on my iPad while I'm reading or browsing. I use it to follow a few people I know and a lot of people in my industry. I seldom look at RSS anymore. To find out what's going on, I use Twitter. To keep in touch with real-life family and friends, and a few other people in the industry who prefer it, I use Facebook on the iPhone or the web. I use Instagram as well — also @reneritchie — from my iPhone, and sometimes share to Twitter and Facebook from there. And... that's about it. Only not really. Let me explain...

I do use Facebook but I don't put a lot of personal information there. I don't store a lot of photos, I don't check in, and don't do anything much at all but share the occasional story, and like and comment on the occasional post or link. That's more than I do on LinkedIn though. Mostly because I can't find anything else to do on LinkedIn. Likewise Pinterest.

Google+ I use because Google's bundled Hangouts there and that's our office video conferencing tool and what we use for our podcasts. Otherwise, I share the occasional story there too, and the occasional +1 or comment, and I keep up with my Google- and Android-invested friends. Like LinkedIn, however, I'm hard pressed to find anything else much to do there. And... that's about it. Seriously this time. Kinda.

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Best iPhoneography of the week

Image submitted by iMore reader traveling2

Every day, millions of photos are taken around the world, and a good chunk of those are taken on an iPhone. It's no wonder why — the iPhone is super portable, has an amazing iSight camera and an incredibly easy to use Camera app. Combine that with the ability to share photos instantly via Twitter, Instagram and other social networks, and you have the perfect solution for capturing and publishing any moment imaginable. So, each week we're going to scour the social networks for uplifting, inspiring, touching, and all around amazing photos using #iphone #iphoneography #vscocam and similar hashtags and embed the best of what we find. And since iMore has an Instagram account now, if you really want to get our attention and get featured, use #imoregram to make sure we don't miss it. Enjoy!

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Share your #IceBucketChallenge, get an iMore t-shirt!

By now you've likely seen the #IceBucketchallenge sweeping across the internet. The concept is simple — Once challenged, you have 24 hours to either dump a bucket of ice water over your head and spread the word via video challenging your friends to do the same, and/or donate $100 to Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research. The hope behind it is that even those completing the challenge will donate at least $10 as well, or at the very least learn more about the disease while helping spread the word to others. It's viral marketing at its best, and in this case, all for a very worthy cause.

Since the start of the challenge on July 29th, the ALS Association and its 38 chapters have received an amazing $4 million in donations. Compare that to the $1.12 million raised during the same time last year, and it's hard to argue that the Ice Bucket Challenge isn't helping raise money and awareness. Celebrities and top executives are all joining in spreading the word, and as you can see above, even our own Rene Ritchie has done his part.

Now it's your turn!

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Weekly Photo Contest: Blur

Photo submission by ChavistaPhoto submission by Chavista

Blurry shots are definitely not always a bad thing. Blur can be used in photography in so many ways. Whether to show motion or time lapse, bring attention to a detail, add an air of mystery, or just for a cool looking abstract shot, there are so many instances where a bit of blur is just what you need. This week we're focusing on just that.

The contest begins now and ends Tuesday August 19th at 11:59 PDT. Good luck!

It's also time to announce the winner of our last photo contest! I can't believe how many fantastically creative photos were entered last week! The winner is...

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iMore show 415 live today at 11am PT, 2pm ET — Be here!

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Watch Rene get doused in the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS!

The Ice Bucket challenge is simple — fill a container with ice and water, dump it on yourself, and then challenge someone else to do likewise. All to raise awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). My friend and co-host Dave Wiskus did it a couple days ago on Better Elevation, and Apple's senior vice president (SVP), Phil Schiller, did it at a beach yesterday. So now it's my turn. Inspired by Wiskus and Schiller, in the frigid Canadian summer, I'm dousing myself in ice and water in hopes you go learn about and donate to ALS — and I'm challenging Kevin Michaluk, Phil Nickinson, Daniel Rubino, and Georgia Dow to do the same!

If you've done the Ice Bucket challenge please share the link below, and share your challenges!

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Best iPhoneography of the week

Image submitted by iMore reader Stephen Maziarz

Image submitted by iMore reader Stephen Maziarz

Every day, millions of photos are taken around the world, and a good chunk of those are taken on an iPhone. It's no wonder why — the iPhone is super portable, has an amazing iSight camera and an incredibly easy to use Camera app. Combine that with the ability to share photos instantly via Twitter, Instagram and other social networks, and you have the perfect solution for capturing and publishing any moment imaginable. So, each week we're going to scour the social networks for uplifting, inspiring, touching, and all around amazing photos using #iphone #iphoneography #vscocam and similar hashtags and embed the best of what we find. And since iMore has an Instagram account now, if you really want to get our attention and get featured, use #imoregram to make sure we don't miss it. Enjoy!

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