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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!

Join Rene, Peter, and Ally for all the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple news of the week!

Want to be part of the show?

  • Join us live right here at 1pm PT, 4pm ET, 9pm GMT
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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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What's your next dream Mac? Find out!

There are rumors of a Retina MacBook Air, of a 4K iMac or 4K Thunderbolt 2 Display, we're still waiting on the Haswell Mac mini and some even hold-to-hope for an iOS MacBook Air that can detach into an iPad Air. So far this year Apple has only done minor processor bumps and price cuts to their existing Mac lineup. But what happens when we get whatever is coming next? That's why we asked the question — What's your next dream Mac?. Well, here's what you answered!

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Women and inclusivity in the Apple community

There were no women on stage during WWDC 2014 keynote or at the State of the Union address that followed it. Kim Vorrath was given a shout-out, women from both Apple and the community presented sessions and gave talks during the week, Apple scheduled a Women in Technology get-to-gether, and Apple does an excellent job promoting inclusivity and diversity on their website and in their ads. However, when the lights were on and the cameras were recording, the stage was anything but diverse. Brianna Wu of Giant Spacekat talks about how that feels to women in the Apple community, but also what can be done to effect change.

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Weekly Photo Contest: Up close and personal

Photo submission by buxna

It's been awhile since the Weekly Photo Contest focused on macro shots. There were so many up close and personal shots in last week's Birds and Bees contest, and they are just so fun to look at, so I figured it's a great time to revisit that format. So get in nice and close, take your best shot, and maybe you'll be the winner next week!

The contest begins now and ends Tuesday August 12th at 11:59 PDT. Good luck!

It's also time to announce the winner of our last photo contest! This was so difficult, because every photo was just amazing! The winner is...

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iMore show 414 live today at 11am PT, 2pm ET — Be here!

Join Rene, Peter, and Ally for all the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple news, apps, games, accessories, and views you need to know! We're kicking it all off live a 11am PT, 2pm ET, so be sure to join us!

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