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Top lists reward apps that get people to download them, regardless of quality or long-term use, so that’s what most developers optimize for.

Short read, hits the nail on the head.

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So it is with a heavy heart that I must bid the pen adieu. But don’t fret; the finger is here to take its place.

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Prior to the Olympics, he wore 23. He planned to let go of the number so the league could retire 23 in honor of Michael Jordan; however, that never happened.

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Byeeee bye lil’ Sebastian… (at OC Fair)

Byeeee bye lil’ Sebastian… (at OC Fair)

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Don’t you just love the sound of rickety carny rides in the morning? (at OC Fair)

Don’t you just love the sound of rickety carny rides in the morning? (at OC Fair)

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Instagram doesn’t serve as blunt a business function as Twitter. You don’t share stories on Instagram. You don’t retweet. The only thing you’re promoting is yourself. Or to be precise, a positive idea of yourself. On Instagram, people photograph their best moments, the things they think their friends and followers would find interesting or enviable. Here is me looking good. Here are my cool friends. Here’s a beautiful sunset or a delicious meal. Here are thousands of perfectly lit and photographed puppies and kittens that never seem to age. Everything is so perfect, and just so. The result is a stream that plays like an endless honeymoon: perfect food, perfect cities, perfect lives. Everyone’s always smiling and living the best possible moment. It’s fantastic, but nothing like real life.

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One of those great ideas you wish someone would have thought of years ago… turn any image into a custom emoji.

This is a fun, simple, and clever idea.

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Apple’s Family Sharing

Hah. Family sharing. Apple got around having user accounts on local devices by letting people “share” iTunes purchases with accounts using the same credit card.

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We all knew it was coming… a sneak peak of the new Foursquare and all the checkins are now in Swarm.

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I can’t say that I’m surprised.

The first iPhone was missing a slew of features. The G1? Same thing. Windows Phone? They had a start menu, literally. The first foray tends to be missing numerous features compared to other things in the market. Is it the fault of Amazon or the fault of the market? Amazon. They wanted a lot for this phone and didn’t focus their energy into any specific segment.

Phone. Wide-screen iPod. Internet communicator. Focus. Ring a bell?