13 apps for your iPhone that are better than the ones Apple made (AAPL)

Every iPhone comes with a slew of Apple’s own first-party apps. Thankfully, though, the App Store is overflowing with alternative apps, many of which are better than Apple’s. Whether you’re looking to organize your photos, get work done, or get around town, we’ve scoured the App Store for the best apps that are better than the default ones on your iPhone. SEE ALSO: I’ve owned an Amazon Echo for over a year now — here are my 19 favorite features DON’T MISS: The top 50 video games of all time, ranked Instead of Mail, use Edison Email. I try new email apps all the time, but after using Outlook for… Read More

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The 50 best movies of all time, according to critics

Many of the notable lists that rank the greatest movies of all time — like the American Film Institute’s “100 Years … 100 Movies” from 1998 — have enlisted thousands of movie-industry names to come up with a consensus on established classics. When film critics are the only factor taken into account for such a list, however, the results skew in unexpected directions. To find out which films have been the most critically acclaimed over time, we turned to the reviews aggregator Metacritic for this ranking, which scores films by their composite critical reception. The resulting list includes modern masterpieces, like “Moonlight” and “Pan’s Labyrinth,” in contention with classics like… Read More

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THE TECH COMPANIES IN PAYMENTS REPORT: How technology giants are using their reach and digital prowess to take on traditional banks (GOOG, GOOGL, AAPL, FB, MSFT, AMZN)

As headlines like “Amazon Is Secretly Becoming a Bank” and “Google Wants to Be a Bank Now” increasingly crop up in the news, tech giants are coming into the spotlight as the next potential payments disruptors. And with these firms’ broad reach and hefty resources, the possibility that they’ll descend on financial services is a hard narrative to shy away from. To mitigate potential losses under this scenario, traditional players will have to grasp not only the level of the threat, but also which segments of the financial industry are most at risk of disruption. Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft, collectively known as GAFAM, are already active investors in… Read More

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A matchmaker says the right sentence at the wrong time can put the kibosh on a budding romance

A common dating mistake is telling someone you’re looking for a serious commitment — as soon as you meet them. That’s according to matchmaker Claudia Duran. Duran said you should take time to get to know the person and see if there’s any chemistry before deciding they’re The One. If you’re coming to see Claudia Duran, you’re probably serious about love. Duran is a Miami-based matchmaker with dating service Elite Connections, and she charges $15,000 for a six-month membership. But some of Duran’s clients are so intent on finding a relationship that they can come off as a little… overeager. As soon as they meet a potential partner, they’ll tell… Read More

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THE FREE SHIPPING REPORT: How this pervasive perk is eating away at margins, and the strategies retailers can adopt to compete with Amazon

This is a preview of a research report from Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service. To learn more about Business Insider Intelligence, click here. Amazon Prime’s free two-day shipping has led to an industry paradigm shift. Online retailers — small and large — are increasingly offering the perk to keep from losing customers to the behemoth marketplace. But free shipping comes at a steep cost: Rising shipping expenditures are eating away at retailers’ margins. Larger retailers that can better afford to eat the cost of free shipping are battling to gain an advantage over Amazon. But most retailers, particularly small ones, lack the resources necessary to compete with… Read More

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