The Best iPhone Apps of the Year, According to Apple

At the end of every year, Apple releases a list of the best iPhone apps.

Apple is known for being extremely selective, and this year’s list contains a mixture of everything — from helpful productivity apps to cutting-edge games with stunning graphics.

We’ve collected all of Apple’s top picks in one tidy place for you to learn more about each one and download your favorites.

Waterlogue turns your photos into artistic watercolors.

Image credit: Waterlogue | iTunes

Waterlogue lets you watch as it paints over your photos to create a beautiful watercolor version. There’s 14 different styles, and you can create the perfect picture by tweaking wetness, pen outlines, and colors.

Price: $2.99

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Facebook Dumps Bing, Will Introduce Its Own Search Tool

It seems that Facebook quietly removed Bing as its primary search provider over the weekend, announcing plans to debut its own search tool on Monday, according to Reuters.

The report says that Facebook’s new search tool will give users the ability to filter through old comments and other information from friends.

Facebook has been building out its search products for a long time, using Bing as an extra layer to provide results beyond the Interest Graph in an effort to avoid letting rival Google into the system.

A Facebook spokesperson told Reuters: “We’re not currently showing web search results in Facebook Search because we’re focused on helping people find what’s been shared with them on Facebook. We continue to have a great partnership with Microsoft of lots of different areas.”

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With $2.2M In Funding, VideoAmp Helps TV Advertisers Reach More Eyeballs Online

VideoAmp is the latest startup trying to move TV ad dollars online.

The startup is officially launching today, and it’s also announcing that it has $2.2 million in funding from Anthem Venture Partners, Simon Equity Partners, Third Wave Capital, Wavemaker Partners, and ZenShin Capital.

Co-founder and CEO Ross McCray is disgustingly young (23), but he already has experience in the video ad world, having served as head of product and technology at the Channel Factory. He told me that TV advertisers are getting more sophisticated about how they spend online — they started out by just treating it as an afterthought to their TV campaigns, but now Nielsen is starting to measure cross-platform campaigns.

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4 Things You Can Learn From Google About Solving Problems

Google is often held up as an example of what an office–and an office culture–should look like. Many companies look to the search giant for ideas on how to engage employees and create a fun environment that makes people excited to come to work.

But Google is also an example of something perhaps even more important: how to approach problem solving at a company.

In a Harvard Business Review article, Greg Satell, an expert on digital strategy and innovation, points to one specific example of this problem-solving culture. As the story goes, in 2002 co-founder Larry Page walked into the office kitchen and hung up printouts of pages featuring results from Google’s AdWords engine. At the top he wrote, “THESE ADS SUCK.”

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The Trends Shaping the Future of Business

Cloud computing is having a moment–just ask Inc. entrepreneur of the year and Box CEO Aaron Levie, who says the office workers of today have gone rogue. People are rejecting clunky business-specific hardware and demanding a fast, good user experience. So perhaps that’s why it shouldn’t be a surprise that most (46 percent) of the CEOs on the Inc. 500, an annual list of the fastest-growing companies, think cloud computing will have the greatest impact on business over the next 10 years. Yes, 3D printing and wearable technology are hot trends, but the future forecast looks very cloudy, thanks to the fact that people are using smartphones more than ever.

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The Unusual Strategy That Made This Woman a Multibillionaire

In each generation, an elite few entrepreneurs skyrocket to almost unimaginable heights. Among that already select group, an even more exceptional group emerges: those whose business success affects society in such a way that they become forever ingrained in the public consciousness.

Warren Buffett, Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and now Mark Zuckerberg are a few examples of this top-tier, ultra-successful group. As self-made billionaires, they certainly experienced success, but they went on to become household names and forever cemented a place in history thanks to their innovation and ingenuity.

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Zazzle Buys Boundless Network As It Battles Teespring For Democratized E-Commerce

Want to sell T-shirts with your face on them, or get your employees shirts with your company name? Zazzle is fighting newcomer Teespring for your business, and it just got some more ammunition. Yesterday, personalized product maker and marketplace Zazzle acquired Boundless Network, a startup that lets companies save money on big branded product orders.

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