Many Things Less Valuable Than Apple

8:17 PM EST, Feb. 13th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

I like to break down numbers here for comparison, like quarterly earnings data or other crazy big numbers. So one of my favorite places to check out for a bit of mathematical perspective is Things Apple Is Worth More Than. For example, the top post right now is the whole of the 1977 stock market. Other notable posts include the NFL times ten, the Apollo Space Program twice, every house in Atlanta Georgia, and the GDP of Denmark. It's a fun site to check out for even more ways to compare what sometimes seem like made up numbers. 

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6:18 PM EST, Feb. 13th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

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Preparing Your Social Network for the Afterlife

3:21 PM EST, Feb. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Facebook is giving users more options for what happens with their accounts after death by offering more than the "memorial" feature that's been available for some time. As of now, U.S. Facebook subscribers can assign a legacy contact who has basic control over your account once you're gone, or you can choose to have your account deleted completely. With Facebook taking a more proactive approach to what happens after our final posts, The Mac Observer took a look at some other social networks to see how they compare.

Apple Opens iWork for iCloud Beta to all Apple IDs, Including Windows Users

11:57 AM EST, Feb. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's iWork for iCloud took another step towards coming out of beta by opening up to all Apple ID holders, including Windows users. Previously, the public beta was available only if you used Apple gear to access the website.

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The web-based versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are feeling pretty fleshed out, so opening the public beta to Windows users is probably a sign that Apple is getting much closer to declaring iWork for iCloud an official release.

Apple Green Lights Weed Apps for iPhone App Store

9:44 AM EST, Feb. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple seems to have reversed its strong anti-marijuana stance for the iPhone and iPad App Store and is now letting weed-related apps stay—with a caveat. MJ-positive apps must be geo-restricted so they appear only for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users living in states that have legalized marijuana.

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Apple's App Store policy change is good news for developers and users. Aside from any moral issues iPhone owners may have towards marijuana, seeing Apple shift from a no compromise stance to working with developers to find fair ways for reasonable titles to appear on the App Store is a positive move for everyone.

Amusing Phone Numbers To Call And Text

7:51 PM EST, Feb. 12th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

There are a few different services out there you can use for entertainment. My personal favorite is calling 719-266-2837 and I can't explain why but I love it deeply. Another classic is "Always free, often busy" Dial-A-Song from They Might Be Giants. Lately this fun phone number phenomenon has given rise to numbers you can text too. Winning in the "Text this number for funsies" category is a number mentioned by Serenity Caldwell over at iMore in an article about having a little fun with iMessage. I won't give it away, I'll just tell you to text any sort of message at all to 866-740-4531 and delight in the reply.

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5:32 PM EST, Feb. 12th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

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TMO Daily Observations 2015-02-12: Improving Apple Factory Conditions and App Store Discovery

1:30 PM EST, Feb. 12th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

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Apple's latest Supplier Responsibility Progress report is out, and the company is making a big push to end factory worker recruitment fees and bonded labor practices. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to offer their take on Apple's efforts to improve factory working conditions and labor practices, plus they have a few things to say about Apple teaming up with Pinterest to improve the App Store discovery process.

Apple Turns to Pinterest for Easier App Discovery

11:22 AM EST, Feb. 12th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's iPhone and iPad App Store is little more than a bag of hurt for app discovery, which led to sites like Applr as an alternative way to find the apps you want. Now Apple is trying a new approach at easier app discovery by teaming up with Pinterest.

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Apple needs to find ways to make app discovery more useful because right now searching the App Store is an exercise in frustration. Hopefully the Pinterest partnership will help ease that pain.