MacTrast News Digest – February 13, 2014

MacTrast News Digest – February 13, 2014

It’s Thursday, the week is almost over, and in today’s MacTrast News Digest, we’ve got a supplier responsibility report from Apple, an Angry Birds game Stanley Kowalski would scream for, Apple may be SOL (Simply Out of Luck) now that Comcast is buying TWC, and the iPad 2 is probably near the end of its long run.

2013_supplier_resp_report_thumbApple Releases 2014 Supplier Responsibility Report
Apple’s 2014 Supplier Responsibility Report contains the results of its 2013 supplier audit program. The report confirms that Apple’s partners use only ethically sourced tantalum, a primary metal used in electronic components that can be also be obtained from war-torn regions in Africa.

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Rovio Announces Fall Debut of ‘Angry Birds Stella’ – Features Female Protagonist
Rovio has announced that another entry in the Angry Birds saga will soon be leaving the corporate nest, as they’ll be releasing “Angry Birds Stella” in the fall of this year.

apple tv logoApple’s Plans for New Version of Apple TV May Have Been Scaled Back
The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple’s plans for a revamped Apple TV have been scaled back a bit compared to what the company initially intended.

apple_badgeWould You Buy a Computer From These People? – Apple Employee Badges From 1984
Former Apple employee Scott Knaster recently posted a photo of old Apple employee badges. firing our nostalgia for the ’80s, and raising the question, “Would you buy a computer from these people?”

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Comcast’s Acquisition of Time Warner Cable – Could This Jeopardize An Apple/TWC Deal?
Comcast is prepping an all stock buyout of Time Warner Cable for $159 per share. The official announcement was made today. What does this mean for Apple’s plans to include Time Warner Cable as a supplier of content for its Apple TV?

ipad2Report: Apple Set to End the iPad 2′s Three-Year Run
Apple is reportedly set to end the iPad2′s three-year run. Interest in the device is reportedly dropping, due to other more capable iPad models being offered for the same price, or less.