The Verge reported today that Apple is sending representatives on a "fact-finding mission" to the jungles of Bangka Island, Indonesia, to confirm if there is any truth to rumors that the tech giant was receiving its tin from illegal mines. Its not taking the matter lightly; according to the post on Apple's Supplier Responsibility page, Apple even formed a new environmental task force "to better understand the situation."
Back in October 2012, the Library of Congress' Copyright Office ruled the unlocking of smartphones as illegal, under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DCMA). The ruling went into effect as of January 26 for any newly purchased devices. But a White House petition is apparently asking for help from the administration.
In Apple’s eyes, there’s probably no better email client than their own. But that hasn’t stopped others from trying, and one of the more popular Mac attempts is Sparrow, which has now taken an even bolder leap from the desktop to the iPhone and iPod touch.
Who’s feeling the hump day blues? Sure, the weekend is just two full work days away and some of us might have even had a day off on Monday for President’s Day (not us!), but this last full week of February sure feels like it’s taking its sweet ol’ time. Why not perk up the day with some Beatles ringtones, which are now available from iTunes? Or if you happen to live in Amsterdam, it might be time to start lining up at Apple’s new retail store there. For everyone else, here’s the rest of the tech news for this sleepy Wednesday, February 22, 2012.
Another long week in the tech world finally comes to a close, but not before yet another tech blog gets its hands on a secretive Apple component ahead of the actual product introduction. We’ve also got a couple of updates on the Foxconn story to share with you, and plenty more on deck for this Friday, February 17, 2012.