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Getty Images Launches Stream, an iOS App Anyone Can Use to Browse Its Vast Photo Library

By Nick Summers

Getty Images today launched an app called Stream that makes it easy for any iPhone or iPad user to browse, save and share photos uploaded by its community of professional photographers.

The home feed is split into horizontal shards that represent individual collections, such as news, entertainment, latest and sports. Tap through and you’ll see a vertical stream of photos, along with an icon in the top left-hand corner for viewing them as a full-screen slideshow.

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As Systems Get More Complex, Programming Is Getting “Reactive”

By Matt Asay

Hardware keeps getting smaller, more powerful and more distributed. To keep up with growing system complexity, there’s a growing software revolution—called “reactive” development—that defines how to architect applications that are going to participate in this new world of multicore, cloud, mobile and Web-scale systems.

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YouTube Commissions Original Content From Top Creators As It Tests New Formats

By Josh Ong

YouTube has revealed a new plan to invest in original content from popular creators on its platform.

In a blog post, the company outlined its existing investments in creators, such as channel partnerships, YouTube Space studios, and marketing campaigns.

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A EULOGY FOR AN OLD iFRIEND
By Daniel Charness, Digital Strategist, BBDO New York
In the midst of all of the Apple hubub over new phones, a smartwatch, and a new mobile payment system, I found myself wandering over to the company’s now familiar website. To some delight, I noticed that a new tab had been created for the soon-to-be released Watch. But for whatever reason, at this particular moment, I decided to click on the iPod tab, if only for a brief reconnect with a familiar face. To my astonishment, I found that the original iPod had been removed from the page, leaving only the iPod Touch, (a phoneless iPhone,) and a few jogging accessories (Shuffle and Nano) left in its place.
Apple has discontinued the original iPod.
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In that fleeting moment of realization, I flashed back to a precious moment in time: lying in my bunk bed at summer camp with a 1st generation, 5gb iPod, listening to my entire Beatles collection over the course of a rainy summer’s evening. No rooting through a 3-ringed CD binder, no fussing over a 30-second skip protection. Just a steady stream of my favorite music, a spinning wheel I could turn endlessly, and a smile on my face.
It was the first time that I fully appreciated the wonderful connection between technology and the arts. And it was the first time I realized that while both can certainly exist without the other, it is when they cross paths that technological “magic”–to steal Mr. Jobs’ favorite expression–is created. That little machine delivered a magical experience, storing all of the music I held dearest to my heart in the palm of my hand. 
So even though I no longer use–or even own–an iPod, it is with the fondest of memories that I bid it farewell.

A EULOGY FOR AN OLD iFRIEND

By Daniel Charness, Digital Strategist, BBDO New York

In the midst of all of the Apple hubub over new phones, a smartwatch, and a new mobile payment system, I found myself wandering over to the company’s now familiar website. To some delight, I noticed that a new tab had been created for the soon-to-be released Watch. But for whatever reason, at this particular moment, I decided to click on the iPod tab, if only for a brief reconnect with a familiar face. To my astonishment, I found that the original iPod had been removed from the page, leaving only the iPod Touch, (a phoneless iPhone,) and a few jogging accessories (Shuffle and Nano) left in its place.

Apple has discontinued the original iPod.

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5 New iOS Features Developers Need to Get Their Heads Around

By Lauren Orsini

The latest iteration of Apple’s operating system is finally here, just a few short days before the iPhone 6 itself—both versions—makes its actual appearance.

Developers have had access to iOS 8 since June so they could explore new features, test their apps, and see what’s changed. If you’re just catching up now, here are some of the biggest changes you’ll encounter as a developer when you start working with iOS 8.

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Virtually Everything: How the Physical World is Being Consumed by Software Services

By John Best

Marc Andreesen famously said in 2011 that “software is eating the world”. I believe that’s only the case because of underlying changes to the hardware that’s facilitated it.

The creation of that world-eating software, the coding jobs that it creates and the wealth it generates would all be imaginary if the means to execute the software didn’t exist.

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Forget ‘Unbundling’: Why Your Multi-App Strategy Should Start From Day One

By Sirgoo Lee

The “unbundling” of mobile applications is emerging as the trend du jour for large tech companies. Google, Facebook and Foursquare have all recently made headlines for dismantling some of their mobile software to create and launch multiple apps.

So what is driving these companies and others to now jump on the unbundling bandwagon? The answer: The feature-packed mega-app no longer meets the expectations of today’s mobile users.

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Google Expands Maps Gallery So Everyone Can Find, Create and Share Customized Maps

By Nick Summers

Google is expanding Google Maps Gallery, its portal for custom maps, as a destination where anyone can find, create or share personalized routes.

Before, this site was focused on custom maps plotted by governments, nonprofits and businesses, but today Google wants to open it up to the wider public. So if you know the best burrito spots, or recently found a terrific hiking trail in the Scottish Highlands, you can map it out for other people.

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iOS 8 Third-Party Keyboards: The Roundup

By Roberto Baldwin

No longer are iOS users chained to the default keyboard. If a developer can build it (and get it through the App Store approval process), you can add it to your iPhone and iPad. Get ready for an onslaught of keyboard apps.

With the launch of iOS 8 on Wednesday, you will have a plethora of apps that allow input in all manner of ways. From swiping to type, to a keyboard that lets you type out GIFs.

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iOS 8 Review: The Real Advances Here Are Yet to Come

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By Martin Bryant

The transition from iOS 6 to iOS 7 was a jarring one for many. If last year’s visual overhaul and significant early bugs rubbed you the wrong way you should find your upgrade to iOS 8 a much more pleasant experience.

Apple bills iOS 8 as “the biggest iOS release ever,” but when you complete the upgrade, you may not notice that much of a difference beyond a couple of new icons on your homescreen. In fact, much of this operating system’s potential is in the hands of third-party developers.

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How Will the New iPhone Screen Sizes Affect iOS Developers?

By Geoffrey Goetz

Pixel-perfect screen designs have been a trademark of native iOS development from day one. A tradition that with the introduction of new iPhone screen sizes may have to give way to adaptive screen design across the platform. Native iOS developers tend to cater to specific devices mores than mobile web and Android developers. But when the number of variances in screen sizes gets out of control, all you can do is gravitate more towards an adaptive or responsive approach in your app’s design. Prior to the iPhone 6, there have been very few screen size differences to contend with in the iOS world compared to Android.

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6 Great Features Coming to Both Old and New iPhones This Week in IOS 8

By Kevin C. Tofel

Maybe you weren’t one of the four million people who pre-ordered an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus last week. And perhaps you don’t want to stand around in line trying to get Apple’s newest iPhone this coming Friday. Don’t dismiss your older iPhone just yet: iOS 8 arrives on Wednesday and will bring a number of new functions to your old handset. And some of them reduce the advantages that Google Android phones have had for some time.

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Brand Value: How Brand-Focused Accelerators Help Startups Reach Customers

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By Ben Woods

If you’re a young startup with a gleam in your eye, a working prototype in your back pocket and very little else, then making the right first step will be crucial for success.

For founders with little-to-no previous startup experience,joining an accelerator makes a lot of sense. Even if you’re a seasoned pro with an exit or two under your belt,  a helping hand might still be useful.

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