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50 Best iPhone Apps 2014

From mainstay essentials to notable newcomers, here’s the 2014 edition of our 50 Best iPhone Apps list.

WhatsApp emerges as big share driver for publishers

FTW sports site have climbed to 18 percent of the site’s overall sharing activity. That’s higher than Twitter (13 percent) but still significantly lower than email (35 percent) and Facebook (34 percent).

Repix Gets Remixed For iOS 7 With New Design, New Filters And New Filter Fade Option

Repix’s iOS 7 update introduces a redesigned interface that delightfully matches the look and feel of the latest iteration of Apple’s mobile operating system. Of course, the new interface is simpler and flatter, notably including no-frills buttons and menu options.

App Discovery & Quality Remains a Challenge, Apple Adjusts Algorithm to Overcome It

The number of apps in the leading app stores – Apple’s App Store and Google Play – is overwhelming, at 900,000 active apps for the US App Store and over 1 million in Google Play. ‘This is great’ say Apple and Google (I imagine), ‘developers are keen to reach our users and there is so much choice and variety in our stores’. The key difficulty which they haven’t paid much attention to, however, is discovery; with so many apps, how do they expect users to find the ones which are most relevant and engaging to them?

Apple Purchases Embark to Improve Maps App

Apple Purchases Embark to Improve Maps App (via slashdot)

Another month, another sign that Apple is rushing to improve its Maps application before iOS 7 makes its debut this fall. Apple has acquired a small startup named Embark, according to former Wall Street Journal reporter Jessica Lessin, who drew her…