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Cingleton 2013 videos now available: Mac and iOS luminaries talk core values, get personal

This year's Çingleton theme was "core values" and an interesting thing happened on the way to the presentations: Some of the best developers, designers, and media types in the business got really, really personal about it. In hindsight, probably not a huge surprise. What shaped their core values at work came from what shaped them in life. The resulting talks, however, were as enthralling as they were enlightening and entertaining.

And you can watch them all, on video, for free, right now. Former Apple evangelist Matt Drance's keynote is up top, and the rest, which includes Jessie Char of Pacific Helm, Christina Warren of Mashable, Jonathan Deutsch of Hype, Dave Teare of 1Password, Sebastiaan de With of DoubleTwist, Wolf Rentzsch of C4, Rob Rhyne of Martian Craft, Dan Moran of Macworld, and Scott Simpson of Unicode Thumbs Up, can all be found via the link below. Enjoy!

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Give us your nominations for the iMore Best of 2013 Awards!

We've certainly got some ideas for the best devices, apps and accessories of the past year, but it's no fun unless we know what you think as well. So we're soliciting your nominations to help us narrow the field a bit. So please, fill out this nomination form with the devices, apps and accessories that you think we should consider.

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Will Apple ever bring back the black MacBook?

While I don't often like to admit it, there once was a time when I was a hardcore Windows user. My desktop ran Windows, my laptop ran Windows and I often scoffed at Apple's offerings. It wasn't until 2006 when the black polycarbonate MacBook appeared that I began to look at Apple machines differently. Oh how I longed to have a matte black MacBook.

By the time I got around to actually being able to afford such a machine, Apple ended up breaking my heart. The black MacBook was discontinued in 2008, but to this day I still hope they bring them back in some way. Judging from some of the responses in the iMore Forums, I'm not alone in my desires here.

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Announcing the winner of our BBM4ALL Video Contest!

The results of our BBM4ALL Video Contest are in! After watching all of the awesome BBM4ALL video submissions we have picked a grand prize winner!

The passion of the CrackBerry and Mobile Nations communities never ceases to amaze me. There were some very creative entries from the Android Central, CrackBerry and iMore communities showing off plenty of BBM love. We saw a wide range of ideas in the videos and it definitely made for a tough time in picking a winner. We narrowed the field down to our top picks and ultimately chose the one that we think was best. The winning video shows off a great idea, high production and could totally stand up as an actual TV ad for BBM. 

So with that, the grand prize winner is ... 

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Which new iPad did you choose? [Poll]

Which new iPad did you choose?

It's a question we've all been asking ourselves, that we've been asked the most of others, and that we've come to different decisions on. iPad Air or iPad mini with Retina Display? The fact that it's such a touch decision is testament to how impressive both new iPads are. Both Rene and myself have come to our own individual decisions for our own individual reasons, but what about you guys; which new iPad did you choose?

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The holidays, when opportunistic "Apple-is-doomed!" marketshare headlines get turned on their heads

Market share is pretty badly reported all year long. It's a difficult metric to understand, and an even more difficult one to put into context. Yet sensationalistic Apple-is-doomed "markset share" headlines get foisted on us all year long, but for the brief respite during holiday shopping seasons where just as sensationalistic Apple-is-king "usage share" numbers allow for a brief palette cleanser. The truth remains the same - very few people can tell you what they really mean, and even fewer can tell you why the really matter to the industry, to apple, to developers, or to us, the consumers. All that aside, it looks like Apple iOS devices get used a crapton around the holiday shopping season. How far you choose to extrapolate that in terms of customer profile or device segmentation is up to you, but here are the reports:

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Schrödinger's Newsstand

Prior to iOS 7, Newsstand was a special folder that shared iBooks' distinctive wood shelving look, that couldn't be removed from the Home screen or hidden in another folder, and whose icon gave you glimpse of the issues stacking up inside, if any. Since iOS 7, a lot of that has changed. Hamish McKenzie for Pando Daily:

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Is the iPod a dying product?

If you tuned into the iMore show last night, we covered the Apple Holiday gift guide but when it came to the topic of iPods we found some of them still had a place in the world. Some, like the iPod Touch were easy recommendations while others, like the iPod Classic we had a tough time suggesting.

Looking back on it, it reminds me of a thread I came across the iMore Forums asking a similar question but placing the whole iPod category itself at the center with the question being, is the iPod a dying product?

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Apple says overseer out of order, judge out of order, entire ebooks case out of order!

U.S. District Judge Denise Cote smacked Apple down in the federal ebook anti-trust investigation like they'd insulted her mother, she appointed former inspector general Michael Bromwich to watch them like a hawk, lest they dare offend again. Now, however, it's Apple who's claiming offense, and suggesting the court has crossed the line from judge to prosecutor. Philip Elmer-DeWitt writing for Fortune:

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iMore Thanksgiving show LIVE! 1pm PT, 4pm ET - Join us!

While Peter and Ally are away getting doped up on turkey and yams, Richard and Rene are here to hold down the Apple fort in fine iMore fashion! Join us!

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