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Apple Hires Independent Group To Audit Factories
2012-02-14 05:49:17

Apple Inc. announced on Monday that a non-profit labor group has begun an "unprecedented" audit of working conditions at some of its suppliers in China, including Foxconn, which has come under fire for poor working conditions and a rash of suicides in recent years. "The inspections now underway are unprecedented in the electronics industry, both in scale and scope," said Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook in a statement released on Monday. Labor advocates have long complained about problems...

Foxconn Hacked In Protest Of Labor Conditions
2012-02-10 12:54:45

Asia-based Foxconn, contract manufacturer to hardware makers including Apple, Samsung and IBM, had its internal network hacked yesterday as part of a series of protests against the company´s working conditions. Swagg Security, a hacking group, says it forced its way into the company´s systems by exploiting a vulnerability of a staff member´s computer using an old version of Internet Explorer, reports Emma Woolacott for TG Daily. Foxconn has since closed the relevant...

Consumer Watchdog Launches Online Petition For 'Ethical' iPhone5
2012-02-01 06:12:56

Consumer watchdog group SumOfUs posted an online petition last week demanding that Apple Inc. make its next smartphone "the first ethical iPhone.” The petition coincides with revelations of deplorable working conditions at the overseas plants where Apple´s devices are manufactured. As of early Wednesday morning, roughly 50,000 people have signed the petition, which calls on Apple to "overhaul the way its suppliers treat their workers" before the company launches its iPhone 5....

Supply Chain For Apple Revealed With Aim Of Reducing Abuses, Pollution
2012-01-16 10:34:51

The inner workings of computer and gadget maker Apple have long been secretive and quiet, a trait that founder Steve Jobs insisted on from early in the company´s history. Since Job´s passing last year, however, new CEO Tim Cook has made strides towards leading Apple to become more transparent as a corporation. Ninety-seven percent of its suppliers were revealed for a total of 156 companies in its supply chain was released this week, information usually held close to the vest by...

FoxConn Xbox Workers Threaten Suicide
2012-01-13 05:59:19

Assembly workers at Foxconn Technology´s Wuhan plant, where they build Microsoft´s Xbox 360, threatened to kill themselves if their wages and working conditions did not improve. CNET reports that the workers at the Xbox factory grew disgruntled after being denied pay raises. Then on January 2, the employees reportedly said they would jump off the roof of the factory if their demands were not met. Microsoft is conducting an investigation into the matter, but a deal had been...

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2011-12-30 13:20:43

More rumors of Apple developing its own television set are popping up, and this time, reports say the company is planning a 32- and 37-inch set. DigiTimes reported that Apple will start preparing materials for television sets in the first quarter of 2012. The claim says Apple will launch the new display product during the second or third quarter of 2012. It said Apple will be focusing on 32- and 37-inch sizes of the television sets initially. DigiTimes also reported that ...

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2011-05-21 06:38:02

On Friday, Xinhua News Agency reported a large explosion and fire at the Hongfujin Precision Electronics plant in the high-tech industrial zone west of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, killing two people and injuring 16 others. The plant is owned by Foxconn International Holdings Ltd, which is Apple's main manufacturing partner currently said to be producing the popular iPad2. Foxconn is also the world's largest contract manufacturer and an affiliate of Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Ind...

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2011-05-02 06:55:00

Perhaps you found a good deal on your new Apple iPhone or iPad, but how much does it cost in disrupting the lives of the factory workers assembling those fancy gadgets? An investigation, carried out by two NGOs, has revealed allegations of excessive working hours and inhuman workplace rules at two major plants in southern China, according to The Guardian UK. Among the findings was the "anti-suicide" pledge that workers at the two plants have been urged to sign, after a series of employee...

2011-03-21 14:13:00

REDMOND, Wash., March 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Corp. today filed legal actions in the International Trade Commission and the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Washington against Barnes & Noble, Inc. and its device manufacturers, Foxconn International Holdings Ltd. and Inventec Corporation, for patent infringement by their Android-based e-reader and tablet devices that are marketed under the Barnes & Noble brand. (Logo:...

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2011-02-22 08:59:14

The scheduled April launch of the Apple iPad 2 will be delayed until June due to production issues, according to a Tuesday report by Reuters. According to the news agency, the delay is due to "production bottlenecks" at electronics component manufacturer Hon Hai that come as a result of design changes in the Cupertino, California company's tablet computer. Reuters cited a note by Taiwanese brokerage Yuanta Securities as their source. The design changes were made by Apple officials prior to...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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