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Weekly photo contest: Storms!

Whether you love them or hate them, one thing all areas of the world face occasionally are storms. While they can ruin your afternoon park outing rather quickly, they make for amazingly beautiful photos. From a thunder head rolling in over a lake to dark skies over endless fields, storms create powerful images. This week your task is to capture a storm photo — while staying safe of course. Feel free to use one you've captured in the past if you'd like as well!

The contest begins today and ends Tuesday, May 20th at 6 p.m. Eastern time. Good luck!

It's also time to announce the winner of our last photo contest! And the winner is...

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The difference between an Apple-made iPad charger and a cheap knock-off

The difference between an Apple-made iPad charger and a cheap knock-off may seem obvious — price. One is almost $20 and the other just $3. What's not so obvious is what's inside the chargers that make for that difference in price. Part of it is Apple's profit margins, no doubt, which included research and development into making the original charger. But it also includes far more and far safer components, and far, far more care.

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Should modern web browsers show the URL or just the site name? [Poll]

Should web browsers stop showing URLs?

A recent Canary build of Google Chrome replaced the uniform resource locator (URL) of websites with the domain name of the website. So, for example, instead of www.imore.com/should-modern-web-browsers-show-url-or-just-site-name it would only give you imore.com. This has sparked an interesting debate about the nature of the web, technology, and usability. URLs are inhuman but they're also a foundational part of the web. So, should they be hidden away to make a simpler, cleaner web, or do they need to be preserved because they functionally matter?

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Editor's desk: Sponsor and support the iMore and Mobile Nations podcasts!

We've built up a terrific set of podcasts here at Mobile Nations and iMore. Not only do we have our original, site-specific shows like the Android Central podcast and the iMore show, but we've got Debug for developers, Iterate for designers, Review for TV and movies, Vector for analysis, and ZEN and TECH for better dealing with our connected lives. They, all of them, have made it to the iTunes top ten lists, been blessed with incredible guests, and — thanks to you! — found amazing audiences. Now we're ready to take them to the next level. Here's the deal...

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Choosy aims to let developers enable default apps on iPhone and iPad

iOS currently offers no way to set third-party App Store apps as default on the iPhone or iPad. In other words, tapping on a link opens Safari and you can't make it open Chrome instead. Choosy, an open-source framework by Substantial's Alex Novosad, aims to let developers offer a work around in their own apps:

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Cellular Data: How much are you using?

Remember the days when every carrier out there offered you unlimited data as pretty much a standard? Those days are mostly gone now and some carries don't even offer it as an optional choice. Sure, you can still find unlimited data plans if you're really looking for one but for the most part carriers decided the majority of folks weren't using much of the data they were offered anyway, so they went ahead and changed things up.

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Weekly photo contest: Filters!

Filters are not only fun to use, they add something unique that distinguishes your photo of something from everyone else's. They also make it easier to be creative and really think outside the box when editing a photo. Sometimes applying filters on top of filters can turn something dull into something amazing. While filters aren't appropriate for every photo we take, they have their place. That's your task this week. Snap a photo and experiment with filters. Be sure to submit the ones you just don't think would be the same without filter effects!

The contest begins today and ends Tuesday, May 13th at 6 p.m. Eastern time. Good luck!

It's also time to announce the winner of our last photo contest! And the winner is...

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iMore show 401 LIVE! Today at 1pm PT, 4pm ET, 9pm BST! Be here!

I'm going to be traveling to the NSNorth conference tomorrow so we're doing the iMore show a day early. But that just means you'll be getting all the Apple news you need to know about even sooner! Join Peter, Ally, and me!

  • 1pm PT, 4pm ET, 9pm BST. Be here!

Want to be part of the show?

  • Join us live right here at 1pm PT, 4pm ET, 9pm GMT
  • Email us at podcast@imore.com
  • Tweet us @imore with hashtag #askimore

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Apple vs. Samsung: The smartphone war summarized

Apple vs. Samsung has been the biggest smartphone slobber-knocker of the last half-decade. It has resulted in massive profits for both companies, and massive amounts of litigations between them. Apple believes Samsung, once a close manufacturing parter, and Google, once a close services parter, learned from the iPhone how to make a modern smartphone and then used that knowledge to clone the Android-powered Galaxy S series. Samsung and Google contend Apple hasn't a case to stand on. So how do we condense all those years, devices, and proceedings into one cohesive telling?

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Don't risk your safety, leave finding stolen iPhones and iPads to the police

Find my iPhone, a technology that allows you to track down your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Mac to the last place it was connected to a cellular or Wi-Fi network, has unsurprisingly lead to incidents of "hero complex" over the years. That's when an every day person, not affiliated with law-enforcement, decides to take crime intervention into their own hands, track down the perpetrator, and make them pay. And, tragically, sometimes that's the last thing they ever get to do.

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