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Weekly Photo Contest: Bokeh!

This week's photo contest is bokeh, which is just the common term for shallow depth of field. Everyone's seen it whether they know it or not. Popular examples are blurred lights in the background while the subject is in the foreground. It's typically a desired affect in portrait photography but has its place in other areas as well. Your challenge is to create bokeh in your photography in a tasteful and appropriate manner. And remember, post editing apps are okay as long as they are for iOS.

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Why Google is seen as invulnerable and Apple as merely hard to kill

Though it may slowly be changing, Google has enjoyed incredibly good public and market sentiment for the last few years while Apple has seen itself beset by doomsayers. Horace Dediu has taken a crack at explaining just why that is, and why it might not be entirely bad for Apple. Asymco:

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AT&T makes Next plans easier to get, still not a better value

AT&T is making their Next plans, which can allow for more frequent phone upgrades, available to some existing customers already on regular contracts. AT&T:

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Anyone REALLY still want a physical keyboard on their iPhone?

While most of the smartphone world has long since moved on from physical keyboards, Kevin Michaluk believes there's still an important place, and 5 important use-cases, for them. CrackBerry:

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Did the FTC unfairly target Apple and let Google get away in-app free?

Earlier this week the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Apple would be coughing up at least $32 million for failing to properly inform parents about a 15-minute window that exists, post-password entry, through which their children could make additional purchases and rack up charges. The consent decree has been called into question by Apple and by individuals, based on precedent and based on conspiracy theories. Here's a sampling:

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Did Google buying Nest make it a rage quit... or must get? [Poll]

What does Google buying Nest mean to you?

Earlier this week Google bought Nest for a stupefying $3.2 billion dollars, and reaction to the deal has been extreme to say the least. We saw some members of the tech community vow to rip their existing Nests from wall, stomp them into bits, and never do business with them again. We saw Apple's Phil Schiller unfollowing Tony Fadell. Yet we also saw our own Phil Nickinson and Kevin Michaluk raced out to buy Nests and get them installed. So what's to be made of all this?

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Like Apple history? You'll love The Record!

The Record is something near and dear to my heart. Not only is it hosted by Chris Parrish and Brent Simmons, developers for whom I have the utmost respect, but it focuses on the stories behind the technology I love. When Guy English started the Debug podcast our goal was to continue the great conversations we had after conferences, in the bars, like WWDC or Çingleton all year round. Part of that includes the secret history of Apple and computing and all that, but The Record is expressly about capturing and preserving just that. The first season focuses on Seattle before the iPhone, and the second episode stars John Nack of Adobe. I simply can't say enough good things about it, so give it a listen.

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Recent Apple hires renew dreams of an iWatch that could analyze your blood and respiration, an iPhone that could unlock at a glance

Apple continues to round out their superstar sensor team, reportedly for the ongoing iWatch project. Mark Gurman has tracked down two new additions, along with their backgrounds and particular areas of expertise. 9to5Mac:

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Had an iPhone 5s since launch? Tell me how it's holding up for you!

Four months ago today many of us here at iMore were either waiting for our brand-new iPhone 5s to show up at our doors, or lining up to get our hands on it immediately. There was a gold rush, and the usual amount of online fuss. Most of us flat out loved the iPhone 5s, but over time it stopped being new and simply became our phone. So let me ask you this — four months later, how's your iPhone 5s (or iPhone 5c, if that's how you roll!) and iOS 7 holding up? What's making you happy, and what's making you crazy? What are your pain points, and what's pure pleasure?

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Introducing the greatest Android app in the history of Google Play: iMore for Android!

A great Android app, or the greatest Android app? We'll let history be the judge. Okay, and any of iMore's Android-wielding fans. All you have to do to find out is download iMore for Android right now from the Google Play store. You know it's free, and you know it's fabulous.

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