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Apple manufacturer Foxconn promises to cut hours, raise wages

Workers at Foxconn, the massive factory complex in China that supplies U.S. tech giant Apple and dozens of other titans of electronic industry, will soon see reduced hours, higher wages and improved working conditions according to a company statement in response to a devastating new report by the Fair Labor…

Apple gadget maker has ‘significant’ labor issues: audit

WASHINGTON — Workplace abuses were uncovered in an audit that equated to “a full body scan” of three Chinese factories pumping out coveted Apple gadgets, independent investigators reported on Thursday. Employees at each of the factories had exceeded a work-week limit of 76 hours set by Chinese law and, in…

China tells Apple to ‘care for workers’

The man tipped to be China’s next leader has told Apple that foreign firms should protect workers, state media said Thursday, as the US giant fends off criticism over factory conditions in China. International labour watchdog groups have said workers in Chinese plants run by major Apple supplier Foxconn of…

Apple to face Australian court over iPad

Australia said Tuesday it would take Apple to court for misleading consumers over sales of its new iPad, claiming adverts that it can connect to a 4G network was misleading. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said it would be seeking orders against Apple in the Federal Court on Wednesday over its local “iPad with WiFi + 4G” promotion,…

Apple sells three million iPads on opening weekend

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple announced on Monday that it sold three million of its new iPad tablet computers over the course of its first weekend on the market. “The new iPad is a blockbuster with three million sold — the strongest iPad launch yet,” said Apple senior vice president of…

Apple to announce plans for its $97 billion cash balance

Apple scheduled an announcement Monday on plans for its huge cash balance, estimated to be at least $97 billion from sales of its hugely successful gadgets like the iPad and iPhone. An Apple statement said chief executive Tim Cook and chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer would hold a conference call…

‘This American Life’ retracts Apple-Foxconn story

Earlier this year, the Public Radio International programs This American Life and Marketplace broadcast stories centered around excerpts from “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” a one-man show by writer and performer Mike Daisey. Today, This American Life has issued a retraction saying that Daisey’s work contained “numerous…

Apple fans snap up new iPad, but response muted

Apple die-hards in Asia became the first to snap up the new iPad on Friday, but compared with the scramble at the firm’s past launches the response was muted for a device that is short of new technology. Those who queued in Sydney, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore heaped praise…

Apple subpoenaed by FTC over Google’s search deal on iPhone and iPad

Antitrust investigation expands to include mobile search, where Apple and Google split $1.3bn of revenues in 2011 By Charles Arthur A US antitrust investigation into Google has subpoenaed Apple to find out more information about the deal by which the search giant provides services for the iPhone and iPad, according to Bloomberg, citing sources inside…

User sues Apple saying Siri not as smart as advertised

iPhone 4S user Frank Fazio wants his money back and is suing Apple to get it. According to a post at CNET News, the disgruntled consumer says that the company has dramatically oversold the capabilities of its Siri information system. In the commercials from what the lawsuit calls Apple’s “multi-million…

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