Flappy Bird became number one on the App Store before the developer pulled it, but that just left a huge sucking vacuum for a ton of copy-cat apps to try and make some money in its stead. Thankfully, Apple — and apparently Google as well — is now rejecting apps with Flappy in their title.
Apple's head of mergers and acquisitions (M&A), Adrian Perica, along with CEO Tim Cook, reportedly met with Tesla's Elon Musk back in the spring of 2013. Also, Apple's Tomlinson Holman, formerly of THX, has reportedly been looking at ways to detect heart attacks. Both bits of news come by way of Thomas Lee and David R. Baker at SFGate:
Kickstarter, the popular crowd-funding service, has has been hacked. No credit cards were compromised but some user data, including encrypted passwords wee accessed, and they've reset Facebook logins as a precaution. Their CEO, Yancey Strickler, posted on the Kickstarter blog:
Microsoft Office for iPad; apparently it's alive and well and might actually come to market faster than a dedicated Windows 8 version. Crazy talk? Not according to Mary Jo Foley over at All About Microsoft:
Major League Baseball has finished the installation of iBeacons at two ballparks. Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium and San Diego's Petco Park are two of a planned twenty baseball stadiums to be outfitted with the technology.
Three years after its introduction by Steve Jobs, is the iPad 2 set to finally be put to rest? With the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display now ruling the roost, a report by AppleInsider claims that the golden oldie is set to be discontinued:
Apple has released its annual supplier responsibility report, highlighting the progress it has made towards ensuring that their suppliers treat their workers fairly. The report focuses on a number of key areas, including education, health and safety, working hours, and environmental impact.
On Thursday Verizon announced its new MORE Everything program. It's another shared data family plan that replaces Verizon's Share Everything program. With more competitive pricing, it's a rare capitulation for the nation's biggest carrier, which up to now has resisted pricing pressure from the competition because of the strength of its network.
Comcast on Thursday confirmed plans to acquire Time Warner Cable in a stock deal valued at $45.2 billion. The deal has already been approved by the boards of directors of both companies. Pending regulatory approval, the merger would happen by the end of the year. What's this mean for customers?
Update: A Reddit post brought to attention by The Verge claims that these are indeed fake. It's claimed the images are actually renders by a chap called Martin Hajek, and not actual part photos. Original story follows.