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iMore at Macworld|iWorld 2014 day 1 preview: State of Apple, contextual awakening, Vector live!

This is it. Macworld|iWorld 2014 kicks off today, and Peter Cohen and I are here to help. Peter is teaming up with the Macworld magazine crew to to shoot video interviews with some of the best and most interesting app and game developers and accessory vendors at the show. They'll be available for your viewing and commenting pleasure at some point that is soonish! I'll be joining Macworld's Jason Snell State of Apple panel to help open the show, then will be doing the Vector show live with Don Melton and Matt Drance, then doing a talk on the "contextual awakening", or how Apple is using sensors and networks to make mobile truly brilliant. You can find all the details below, and make sure you follow @flargh and @reneritchie for all the latest updates!

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Weekly photo contest: Animals!

Animals are a great subject for photography. We aren't talking house pets here though, we're talking animals that you found outside. Whether it be birds, squirrels, a fox, or something else that's native to your area. Your task this week is to capture a great shot of an animal outdoors. Keep in mind a few things though — composition matters, and a photo of the family dog in the back yard won't take the prize. So get out there and find some interesting animal shots!

The contest begins today and ends Tuesday, April 1st 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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iOS 7.1 battery life the same or worse than before say iMore readers

A week ago we ran a reader poll asking about your iOS 7.1 battery life, and we've had some interesting results. A full week after the update came out, we'd all had a decent amount of time to discharge and recharge our iPhone and iPad batteries and get a better feel for whether or not anything had changed. Battery life differs from person to person, and in our sampling it looks as if the bad press on the issue may have had some standing.

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iMore at Macworld|iWorld 2014: Vector and Iterate coming to you LIVE!

I've just arrived in San Francisco and Peter Cohen will be joining me here in a couple of days. And you know what that means? It's Macworld|iWorld 2014 time! If you're not already familiar with the event, it's the Apple community coming together for the biggest expo, conference, and party of the year. If you love iPhones, iPads, and Macs, it's where you want to be! And for the next week, it's where iMore is going to be with an amazing set of surprise events!

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Best of iMore: 6 months later!

Every week at iMore we publish more breaking news, in-depth reviews, helpful how-tos, and editorial views than you can shake an apple at. While we're waiting for the week that will be to begin, here's a look back at the week that was, and at the very best iPhone, iPad, Mac, app, and accessory coverage we brought you! This week I review iOS 7.1, my mom reviews the iPhone 5c, Apple brings back the iPad 4,

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What if the rumored iOS 8 Healthbook wasn't just for an iWatch but for an internet of health things?

One of the most persistent rumors for iOS 8 focuses on Healthbook, a Passbook-style, card-based "wallet" app that would collect all your fitness, nutrition, sleep, and medical data all in one place. These rumors have been tied to the iWatch as a way Apple could track more and better health-based information, but there's also been speculation that Apple might go broader.

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What are the top 5 new features YOU want to see in iOS 8?

The iOS 8 rumors are running hot and heavy these days, what with everything from Healthbook to improved Maps with transit and indoor directions to a separate iTunes Radio app to TextEdit and Preview apps to inter-app communication, to — you get the idea. A lot of the excitement is because iOS 7 was such a major re-imagining of what a mobile operating system could and should be and iOS 7.1 gave us our first look at that all polished up. It was a herculean task by everyone at Apple but, once done, it opens the door on so many new and great possibilities. That's where you come in. What are the top 5 new features you want to see from Apple in iOS 8?

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iMore show 394 LIVE! 8am PT, 11am ET, 3pm GMT

Yup, we're recording early today and we've got a lot of ground to cover! Join me and Peter as we talk iOS 8 rumors, iPad 4 return, iPhone 5c 8GB, and what Android Wear means, if anything, for Apple and the mythical iWatch.

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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Damn near 75% of iMore readers updated to iOS 7.1 in just 2 days!

When iOS 7.1 dropped last week, we ran a quick poll to capture the approach of the iMore readership to snagging the update. Turns out there was an overwhelming result showing that a whopping 74% of you jumped on iOS 7.1 as soon as it dropped!

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Weekly photo contest: Spring!

In lots of different parts of the world spring is upon us. With the official first day of spring only a few days away, it's a perfect opportunity to get outside, enjoy the fresh air, and grab some great shots. For parts of the world that get heavy snowfall, it's starting to melt and flowers are starting to bloom. That's your task this week, get a great shot that you think best represents spring, wherever you are in the world!

The contest begins today and ends Tuesday, March 25th at 6 p.m. Eastern time. Good luck!

It's also time to announce the winner of [our last photo contest]http://www.imore.com/weekly-photo-contest-portraits-0)! And the winner is...

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