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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.

Want to Unlock Your iPhone? There’s a Law for That

9:32 AM, Feb. 12th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Thanks to an FCC requirement that went into effect yesterday, cell service providers must now offer a clear way for customers to unlock their smartphones. That means it'll be easier unlock your iPhone for use on other carrier networks, but there are some strings attached.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-02-11: Apple’s Environmental Push and Car Plans

1:31 PM, Feb. 11th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple's push to be an environmentally friendly corporation got a boost with the announcement that it is investing US$848 million in a California solar array farm. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's efforts to be a green company and how that impacts investors and customers, plus they have something to say about Apple getting into the car business.

Target Bows Out of Streaming Video Market

11:40 AM, Feb. 11th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Target's 18 month old streaming video service Target Ticket is shutting down after failing to gain any traction against Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu. Target Ticket was the retailer's effort to slice out a piece of the streaming video market for itself, but instead it became a lesson in just how hard it is to compete in a space where consumers already have options they're heavily invested in.

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Wait. Target had a streaming video service?