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Samsung announces corrective measures for working conditions at Chinese suppliers

Samsung announces corrective measures for working conditions at Chinese suppliers

Back in September, we reported that Samsung was investigating allegations of underage workers building its products at some of the Chinese manufacturers. Samsung initiated an investigation and reported that it had found excessive overtime but no evidence of underage workers. The investigation came after a report from Labor Watch and Samsung's investigation was conducted over a four-week period in September.

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iPhone 5S rumor points to major update cycle change

iPhone 5S rumor points to major update cycle change

If what we're hearing today is true, Apple may very well be changing the set-in-stone update cycle for their iPhone hardware with no less than 6 months sitting between the iPhone 5 and its follow-up device, the iPhone 5S. This next-generation device has no real details attached to it, instead with the publication Commercial Times having its sources appearing reliable to DigiTimes, a group with manufacturing news that's incorrect as often as it is accurate. Nevertheless the original source has it that the certification processes for "related parts and components" for the iPhone 5S have been spotted.

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Google apparently back online in China after brief suspension

Google apparently back online in China after brief suspension

While we're sitting here trying to come to terms with the realization that we probably couldn't live without Google, those living in China were actually forced to go without access to the big G's services. We heard on Friday that Google had been blocked in China, perhaps because the Chinese government was in the process of choosing new leadership. Google said at the time that everything was fine on its end, which suggested that a block was responsible for the dip in traffic the company experienced.

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Google services blocked by Chinese government

Google services blocked by Chinese government

Alas, Google has been stuffed behind China's Great Firewall once again as the country prepares for the election of its new leader, Xi Jinping. Anyone who tries to access Google, Gmail, Maps, or many other of the company's services will find themselves with a whole lot of nothing. In addition, overall Internet speeds were low throughout the country.

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Apple partner Foxconn reportedly USA-bound

Apple partner Foxconn reportedly USA-bound

In a surprise move that would make very little obvious sense to the average consumer, a report this week has Foxconn opening a manufacturing plant in the USA in the very near future. This would have the main manufacturer of Apple mobile devices such as the iPad and the iPhone coming to the home country of the iCreator, and according to Digitimes, they've got sources who confirm such a move. Foxconn has been the subject of many reports over the past several years regarding their production yields, manufacturing processes, and visits by Apple's own Tim Cook.

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PS3 might finally be on the way to China

PS3 might finally be on the way to China

In some regions of the world, players have been enjoying their PlayStation 3s for six years now. That isn't the case for China, which banned game consoles back in 2000. That means no Wii, no Xbox 360, and no PS3 for Chinese gamers, but that might all be changing soon - at least as far as the PS3 is concerned. According to Techinasia, the PS3 was certified in China earlier this year, which might mean that it won't be long before the PS3 is officially available in the country.

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