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Apple CEO Tim Cook Defends Privacy at Cybersecurity Summit

11:31 AM, Feb. 16th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke at last Friday's cybersecurity summit where he made a strong push to protect user privacy instead of handing over access to our digital worlds to the government. The event was orchestrated by the White House as a way to bring together tech industry leaders, academic experts, and government leaders to find a common ground for dealing with law enforcement and national security desires for easy access to our personal data.

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Thank you, Mr. Cook, for speaking out against the government's call to chip away at our personal privacy. Once it's gone we won't ever get it back, so we need the public and corporations to work together to have any hope of keeping our digital life private.

Apple Hires BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe for its Own Music Services

9:31 AM, Feb. 16th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple looks to be getting serious about ramping up Beats Music and has hired Zane Lowe away from BBC Radio 1 as part of that effort. Mr. Lowe is considered to be one of the most influential DJs in the UK and has been instrumental in launching the careers of many famous artists.

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Apple hiring Zane Lowe away from BBC Radio 1 should be a pretty big warning shot for Spotify and Pandora. Apple is serious about being a strong player in the streaming music market.

Preparing Your Social Network for the Afterlife

3:21 PM, 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, 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, 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.

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

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

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, 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.

Apple Cracks Down on Bonded Labor Practices in iPhone Factories

10:34 AM, Feb. 12th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is taking a strong stance against factory workers being forced to pay for the privilege of getting a job. In the iPhone and iPad maker's latest Supplier Responsibility Progress report, the company says employees working in factories that make its products cannot be forced into bonded labor or paying recruitment fees.

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Overcoming social and cultural situations where exploiting workers is accepting is no small task. It's great to see Apple working to improve working conditions, and that the company is being so open about its efforts.