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Foxconn opens factories to journalists as HP and Apple probe suicides at plants

Foxconn opens factories to journalists as HP and Apple probe suicides at plants

It's a sad and tragic thing when anyone takes their own life. When a rash of suicides occurs in a single location, many start to wonder what the common link between those taking their own life is. The tragic saga of suicides at Hon Hai (Foxconn) first garnered headlines in July of 2009 when an engineer working on an iPhone prototype jumped to his death from his apartment after losing the prototype device.

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Foxconn suicide prompts “exorcist” visit claims Chinese paper

Foxconn suicide prompts “exorcist” visit claims Chinese paper

Another Foxconn employee has committed suicide, Chinese papers are reporting, though the fatality is believed to be unlinked to any prototype leaks.  According to DigiTimes, the suicide was that of a female employee at the Shenzhen factory and was prompted by personal issues; however, they also claim that Terry Guo, chairman of the Foxconn Group, is bringing in an exorcist "in an attempt to put an end to the recent run of negative incidents at the plant."  However, according to The Times, the company are in fact using "monks from Wutai Mountain, one of the most sacred Buddhist shrines, to pray for a positive working environment."

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Foxconn suicide compensation increased with yearly stipend

Foxconn suicide compensation increased with yearly stipend

News earlier this week that Foxconn had reportedly given around $44,000 compensation plus an Apple laptop to the family and girlfriend of Sun Danyong, the engineer who committed suicide after losing an iPhone prototype, was met with disappointment at what was seen to be an unfairly low amount.  Now an anonymous company official has revealed that Sun's parents will be paid not only a 360,000 yuan lump sum ($52,600) but a further 30,000 yuan ($4,385) every year until they die.

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Foxconn iPhone suicide engineer’s family given $44k compensation, Apple laptop

Foxconn iPhone suicide engineer’s family given $44k compensation, Apple laptop

The Foxconn iPhone prototype suicide story continues, with the NY Times suggesting that the company has given ex-employee Sun Danyong's family the equivalent of more than $44,000 together with an Apple laptop to his girlfriend.  However the Foxconn security official accused of mistreating Sun maintains that he merely "became a little angry" and grabbed the engineers shoulder, while Foxconn themselves claim that Sun had "lost" and then rediscovered multiple prototypes before. 

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Hon Hai security official turned in after iPhone prototype suicide

Hon Hai security official turned in after iPhone prototype suicide

The Apple/Foxconn saga continues, and after the official statement from Cupertino yesterday tipped "investigations" into the death of 25-year old Foxconn engineer Sun Danyong there are now reports that a security official working for the majority stakeholder in the manufacturer has been suspended and handed over to Chinese government authorities.  In an official statement from Foxconn, they confirmed that the Hon Hai security official - identified only by his surname, Gu - has been turned in, and that the company "welcomes public discussion" on how they might improve their management.

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Apple “saddened” by Foxconn engineer suicide; waiting for investigation results

Apple “saddened” by Foxconn engineer suicide; waiting for investigation results

After news yesterday that a Foxconn employee in China had committed suicide after losing a valuable iPhone prototype, Apple have released a comment.  Talking to CNET, Apple spokesperson Kristin Huguet said "We are saddened by the tragic loss of this young employee, and we are awaiting results of the investigations into his death.  We require our suppliers to treat all workers with dignity and respect."

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Foxconn engineer commits suicide after losing iPhone 4G prototype

Foxconn engineer commits suicide after losing iPhone 4G prototype

A Foxconn employee in China has committed suicide, after a fourth-gen Apple iPhone prototype he was entrusted with went missing.  25 year-old Sun Danyong worked in the company's product communications department, and was responsible for shipping prototypes from Foxconn to Apple.  Having reported the missing handset, Sun's apartment was illegally searched by Foxconn employees and he was, according to unsubstantiated allegations, detained and physically abused.  On Thursday July 16th, just after 3am, he jumped from the window of his apartment.

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A Siri iWatch could dominate wearables

A Siri iWatch could dominate wearables

Oh, the irony: tech manufacturers by the dozen attempting to dissuade you from pulling an iPhone from your pocket, and it might be Apple that actually manages it. That's not to say the Cupertino giant - or the rumored "iWatch" - is aiming to replace the iPhone, only leave it snug in your jacket or purse more of the time by shunting glanceable functionality to your wrist. It's a strategy we've seen several other manufacturers (most notably Pebble, currently glowing rosily from its multi-million Kickstarter success) try, but there are some very good reasons why Apple could be the firm to take the smartwatch mass-market.

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