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2013 iMore reader's choice awards: Vote now for you favorite devices, apps, and accessories!

Your nominations are in. Your top choices have made the cut. And now it's time to vote for the best of the best, your absolute favorite devices, apps, and accessories of 2014 - the stuff that made your lives better, more efficient, and just plain more enjoyable over the last 12 months. It's time to pick the winners!

Please take a minute to fill out the survey. The iMore reader's choice awards are your awards and that means your voice is the only one that counts. Developers and designers, be it software or hardware, worked tirelessly all year to make great things for you, and now it's your turn to give them something back - your vote!

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How carriers and subsidies are more like sharks and loans

Last week AT&T's Randall Stephenson was once again repeating the familiar refrain: that Apple and the iPhone (and now other premium smartphones, like Samsung's) demand far too high an up-front price from carriers. If anyone should be charging anyone too much, dammit, it's the carriers! Jean-Louis Gassée, once of Apple, now of Allegis Capital, lays out the case for their shameless complaints in his Monday Note:

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Software, like all great works, needs to be criticized

We already know what we think, the interesting bit is hearing what other people think. Discussion is important. Challenging conceptions is important. Whether we ultimately end up changing or simply reaffirming our opinions, the process we go through, the validation, the testing, the consideration, is what separates the ignorant from the informed, the dumb from the deliberate. Matthew Bischoff, formerly of the New York Times, now of Tumblr, tackles this beautifully on Medium:

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Everything is a remix - even the iPhone!

Everything is a remix - the popular series that showed how films, including Star Wars, are never as original as we think they may be - has shifted attention towards the iPhone. In the video above, Kirby Ferguson highlights both the real-world object influence on the original iPhone design (skeuomorphism) and the influence of Android and Windows Phone on iOS 7.

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Apple making gains in China even before China Mobile deal

Tim Cook has predicted that, eventually, China would become Apple's largest market. So far so good. According to a study by Counterpoint, which is referenced in this post by Marketwatch, Apple’s share of the smartphone market in China rose to 12% in October. This is up from only 3% in September, which is an incredible increase.

Based on the pace of growth of iPhone sales in China Counterpoint said:

This might allow Apple to even reach the No. 1 smartphone player in December or January in China.

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Which iPhone was the most ground-breaking?

Every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything. Those were the words spoken as Steve Jobs hit the stage and introduced the very first iPhone to the world after having spent two and a half years working on the device. Looking back at that keynote, I'm not so sure everyone at that time felt the same way about it but if they didn't then, the chances are good that they do now.

The iPhone as a product has arguably gone on to reshape not only the smartphone industry but the wireless industry as a whole and while the very first iPhone takes much of that credit for a lot of people, a recent thread in the iMore Forums asks which iPhone do you think broke the most ground for Apple? Was it really the very first iPhone that took it mainstream popularity or was it another iteration?

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iMore show 379 LIVE! 1pm PT, 4pm ET, 9pm GMT. Be here!

The iMore show is back! Join me, Peter, Richard, and Ally as we talk all about the week in Apple. Have a question you want answered? Join us live in the chatroom or leave a comment below!

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Do you regret getting a gold iPhone 5s?

Ahh, the gold iPhone 5s. We knew it was coming thanks to the many leaks ahead of its official announcement and while many folks had to have it from the get go, there was just as many folks out there who thought it was just a little too much. At launch, they ended up being only available in a pretty limited supply and a few folks went to some extremes to get their hands on one. 

Here we are now, a few months after release and Apple has since ramped up production on the devices and there is an increasing amount of them available making it easier for those who want one to get their hands on one.

But what about those of you out there who got one from the start? As asked in the iMore Forums, does anyone actually regret picking up a gold iPhone 5s? Looking back, would you have rather picked the space grey or silver options?​

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Weekly Photo Contest: Let it snow!

For a lot of us around the world, snow has started to come down and the holiday season is just around the corner. While cold weather isn't always fun and requires a lot of layers in order to keep warm, it can be beautiful. Your task this week is to get out there and capture it. Whether it's sledding with your children, looking out the window with your favorite animal friend, or any other kind of snow related activity.

The contest begins today and ends Tuesday, December 17th at 10 p.m. Eastern time.

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

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TouchPad and NumPad apps find new home at BitBQ

TouchPad and NumPad, two of Edovia's best known iOS apps, have been acquired by BitBQ. Luc Vandal explains his reason for selling on the Edovia blog:

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