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Apple CEO insists, ‘We care about every worker’

WASHINGTON — Apple chief executive Tim Cook has responded to media reports alleging harsh working conditions in China for manufacturing employees of the popular gadget-maker. Cook, who took over as chief executive from Apple’s late co-founder, Steve Jobs, addressed the reports of long hours and occasionally unsafe conditions in an…

Apple edges out ExxonMobil to become most valuable U.S. company

Apple shares soared on Wednesday following blockbuster quarterly earnings and the California gadget-maker leapfrogged over ExxonMobil to become the largest US company in terms of market value. Apple shares were up 6.83 percent at $449.12 in early trading on Wall Street, giving the maker of the iPhone, iPad, iPod and Macintosh computer a market capitalization of…

iPhone sales drive record quarter for Apple

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple blew past forecasts and reported record quarterly net profit and revenue in the first quarter since the death of founder Steve Jobs, driven by strong sales of the new iPhone. Apple said its net profit more than doubled in the first quarter of fiscal 2012 to…

Apple again loses Dutch bid for Samsung tablet ban

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Apple again lost a bid on Tuesday to have Samsung tablet computers banned in the Netherlands in a Dutch appeals case over infringing copyrights of its iPad tablet computer. Apple, which has been locked in legal battles with Samsung in almost a dozen countries involving smartphones and tablets, had appealed a…

Apple supplier chief compares workers to ‘animals,’ company apologizes

Taiwan technology giant Foxconn has apologised over comments by chief Terry Gou allegedly comparing workers to animals, according to a report. Gou drew criticism on online news forums and discussion sites after he was quoted by Taiwanese media as saying “I have a headache how to manage one million animals”…

Apple unveils digital textbooks app for iPad

NEW YORK — Apple is taking aim at the textbook market. The California-based gadget-maker unveiled a free iBooks 2 application for the iPad on Thursday that brings interactive textbooks to the popular tablet computer. “Education is deep in Apple’s DNA,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of marketing. “With…

Apple admits supplier abuse of workers

Apple admitted some of its suppliers continued to overwork and underpay employees, as it threw open its factory doors to monitors after a spate of suicides at a Chinese plant. After fielding heavy criticism for not policing conditions for the workers who produce its popular iPads, iPhones and other products,…

Enraged shoppers pelt Beijing Apple store with eggs

BEIJING (Reuters) – Apple Inc’s flagship Beijing store was pelted with eggs on Friday when hundreds of enraged shoppers, many of whom had waited in line overnight, were told the store would not begin sales of the iPhone 4S as scheduled. Shoppers and security staff scuffled before daybreak after an…

Televisions getting Siri-style personal assistants

LAS VEGAS — Startup Vlingo on Tuesday said that it is giving televisions the kind of voice-controlled “virtual assistants” that have been a hit with the latest version of Apple’s hot-selling iPhone. “If you are sitting on your couch you can just use your voice to control your TV, set-top…

Apple seeks patent for battery that could run devices for weeks

A recent patent application filed by computer giant Apple reveals what might be the company’s next big thing: hydrogen batteries. Hydrogen batteries work by splitting water into its core chemical components, then using those chemicals to generate electricity, but for many years the reaction was too volatile for most commercial…

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