Apple

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02
Apr
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Apple CEO Visits Controversial Manufacturing Plant

Apple chief executive officer Tim Cook has now visited Foxconn, the eastern Chinese manufacturing facility that has been at the center of a media storm these past few months. Last week Cook toured Zhengzhou Technology Park, where many Apple ... products, including the newest version of the popular iPad, are produced. Cook has never before visited China. According to reports concerning the high-level visit, at one point Cook met with and was subtly scolded by a top Chinese official. Foxconn Workers Report Being Treated Like 'Animals' Zhengzhou, which employs about 120,000 people, is the best known ... (view more)

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29
Mar
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Apple Responds to iPad Battery Life Concerns

It has only been a few days since the first reports of the new iPad 3 overheating emerged, and now Apple is facing a new round of criticisms about its latest tablet computer. According to a recent report, the third-generation iPad's battery life may ... also cause users some problems. Complaints about the new iPad's battery life first emerged late last week in a report from industry analysts at DisplayMate Technologies. That report stated the device informs users too soon that it's completely charged, usually at a time when it actually needs to remain plugged in an additional one to two hours for ... (view more)

Mon
26
Mar
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Report: New iPad 3 'Uncomfortably Warm'

A new report suggests that Apple's third-generation iPad tablet computer -- which just launched on Friday, March 19, 2012 -- runs considerably hotter than its predecessors. In fact, some customers have publicly complained that it runs far too hot ... for comfort. Consumer Reports, a well-respected product review publication, has already published a write-up on the brand new iPad and reports that extensive use of instant-best-seller can generate heat levels as high as 116 degrees Fahrenheit. Overall, that's said to be about 13 degrees, or nearly 13 per cent, hotter than its predecessor, the iPad 2 ... (view more)

Mon
12
Mar
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New iPad Stock Runs Out Fast; Pre-Orders Delayed

The Apple iPad (version 3) is slated for release this Friday, March 16, 2012; however, Apple fans may be disappointed to learn that there are already reports of inventory shortages. As a result, many North American pre-orders placed through Apple's ... online store won't actually ship until at least three days later than expected. (Source: yahoo.com ) Apple Fails to Anticipate Heavy Demand This isn't the first time Apple has encountered significant launch date inventory shortages. When the iPad 2 was initially released last year, in many U.S. locations it sold out on day one. That forced Apple to ... (view more)

Thu
08
Mar
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Apple Unveils New iPad 3, Due March 16

Apple unveiled its highly-anticipated iPad 3 at a major press event on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, and analysts immediately began predicting that the device will help the Cupertino-based firm retain its hold on the nascent tablet-computing market. ... This third version of the ubiquitous iPad boasts several new features. First, the device has received a major bump up in its display capabilities, with a resolution of 2038x1536. In comparison, Blu-Ray movies are displayed in a resolution of 1920x1080. Apple says that the new iPad 3 tablet will be capable of displaying more than 3.1 million pixels. ... (view more)

Thu
01
Mar
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Apple Supplier Promises to Raise Employee Wages 25%

Foxconn Technology, the major international electronics manufacturer based in Chengdu, China, has recently revealed that it will increase employee wages by as much as 25 per cent. The news comes as Foxconn and its many clients, including Dell, ... Hewlett-Packard (HP), Microsoft, Samsung and Apple, face increasing pressure from the international media for some of the ways workers at Foxconn plants appear to be treated. Several weeks ago, after an eye-opening report by US media outlet CNN, testimonials from Foxconn workers went global. Worker Accounts for Brutal 60 Hour Work Week, Low Pay In one ... (view more)

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09
Feb
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Oil Firm Halliburton Dumps BlackBerry for iPhone

One of the the United States' most widely-known companies, Halliburton Co., is reportedly ditching the Research in Motion (RIM) BlackBerry for its employees and replacing it with the Apple iPhone. It's a rare move for an entire firm to make such a ... smartphone migration, particularly one as large as Halliburton. Although Halliburton has been around in one form or another since the early twentieth century, it was during the recent Iraq War that the company became a household name. Starting with the lead-up to the Iraqi invasion, Halliburton was one of the U.S. federal government's most important ... (view more)

Thu
09
Feb
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When is a Gadget Considered a PC?

According to a new set of statistics from tech analyst firm Canalys, Apple is now the world's largest manufacturer of computers. But the figures include gadgets such as the iPad tablet device, causing some to wonder exactly what it takes for a ... device to be defined as a computer. The figures cover shipments during the last three months of 2011 . They show that Apple shipped 20 million "personal computing devices," accounting for 17 per cent of the worldwide total. In second place belongs to Hewlett-Packard (HP) with 12.7 per cent, followed by Lenovo at 11.2 per cent, Dell at 9.9 per cent and ... (view more)

Tue
07
Feb
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Report: Apple Supplier Employees Treated like 'Animals'

Apple is under intense scrutiny this week following a CNN (Cable News Network) report revealing brutal working conditions at a supplier facility in Chengdu, China. Apple, meanwhile, say it insists it asks suppliers to treat employees with respect. ... CNN recently visited the Chengdu-based Foxconn Technology Group plant where it interviewed an 18-year-old factory employee. Known only as "Miss Chen" to the CNN audience (to protect the identity of the worker), the young employee was astonished when presented with an Apple iPad, the product she helps to make. Chen, like many workers at Foxconn -- ... (view more)

Thu
02
Feb
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Apple Under Pressure Over eBook Price Fixing

The law firm that accused Apple of conspiring to fix the prices of electronic books has made new allegations, offering quotes from key Apple executives, including former Apple boss Steve Jobs, as evidence of collusion. Hagens Berman has filed a ... class action suit on behalf of everyone who bought an electronic book during a particular period, alleging that Apple offered two different pricing systems: a 'traditional' and an 'agency' model. The traditional model originated with Amazon for its Kindle books, and copies pricing for printed books: the publisher charges retailers a fixed price, ... (view more)

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