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The factories where our gadgets are built can be nasty, inhumane and sometimes lethal places to work. As the richest company on the planet, Apple has a duty to lead the charge against poor conditions and child labor. Today, the company has published its ninth annual Supplier Responsibility report...

February 12th 2015 at 10:12am 0 Comments
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Despite the efforts of major technology corporations, such as Apple and Samsung, to improve labor conditions in China, major problems are still slipping through the cracks. Now, as The Wall Street Journal writes, some Chinese students in their teenage years are reportedly being forced by their sch...

September 24th 2014 at 3:42pm 0 Comments
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Just days away from the unveiling of Apple's newest smartphone -- and quite possibly our first look at a wearable as well -- the company is yet again dealing with allegations that one of its suppliers isn't treating its employees well. According to a report by The New York Times, a factory operate...

September 4th 2014 at 12:30pm 0 Comments
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Sure, the French have it sweet with a 35 hour work week and five+ weeks of paid vacation. But (Mon dieu!) workers there are still bombarded with job-related emails when off the clock. Almost a million of them won't need to put up with such rude intrusions anymore, though. A legally binding deal si...

April 9th 2014 at 8:23am 0 Comments
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Ever since Tim Cook took the reins as CEO, Apple has been much more transparent about working conditions in its supply chain and more vigilant in correcting abuses when they arise. That said, a labor watch group in China recently issued a report pointing to labor abuses in a factory in China oper...

September 6th 2013 at 12:30pm 0 Comments
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Over the past two years, the United States has seen a return to American manufacturing by some of the biggest names in tech. In 2012, Google introduced the ultimately failed Nexus Q, while Apple's Tim Cook teased an American-made Mac. One year later, Lenovo cut the ribbon on a new plant in North C...

July 1st 2013 at 1:59pm 0 Comments
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It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get all the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's Apple stories by clicking the inline player (requi...

March 14th 2013 at 3:30pm 0 Comments
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We know that HP's Chinese sub-contractors enjoy a spot of opera on the production line. What's always been harder to determine though, is who those workers are and what employment rights they have. In an effort to preempt the sort of headlines that have afflicted other brands, HP has issued new gu...

February 8th 2013 at 6:19am 0 Comments