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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: February 20, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: February 20, 2012

We'd diving deep into portable gaming territory here on SlashGear with the PS Vita - take a peek at our unique coverage leading up to our full reviews both here in the USA and in the UK. Begin with the Microsoft is right to not sell a PS Vita competitor column by Don Reisinger. Next we've got your humble narrator's own Sony PS Vita 3G hands-on. Then read Chris Davies column by the name of Sony's four-screen strategy needs Vita OS. Take a peek at the Foxconn special coming out this week!

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Apple worker scrutiny sees Foxconn open doors and wallet

Apple worker scrutiny sees Foxconn open doors and wallet

Apple's supplier worker conditions are again making headlines, with a behind-the-scenes report into Foxconn along with news of a significant pay increase for employees going some way to diffuse criticisms of workforce standards. Foxconn announced this weekend that it was increasing worker salaries by up to 24-percent, pointing out that even before the raise it was still paying above Chinese minimum wage requirements. Meanwhile, ABC's Nightline was invited to tour a Foxconn facility in Shenzen, China, to get a rare chance to see the production processes behind the coveted Apple devices.

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Apple streaming Tim Cook speech with Goldman Sachs Conference here

Apple streaming Tim Cook speech with Goldman Sachs Conference here

Today you'll be hearing more than a couple stories from the Apple world coming from Tim Cook as he speaks at a Goldman Sachs Conference for investors. This talk is being streamed live via QuickTime from Apple's own Investor website for anyone who'd love to take a listen to do so. This talk has covered supplier accountability, products, and the fact that Cook cannot live without his Apple TV.

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Foxconn hack releases Apple order data

Foxconn hack releases Apple order data

Foxconn, the Taiwanese manufacturer best known for producing the iPad and iPhone, has been the target of a server hack, with a group calling itself Swagg Security leaking login details for every user in the company, up to and including CEO Terry Gou. The security breach - done, it's suggested, to simply prove that it could be achieved, and for the pleasure of the ensuing mayhem - was eventually shut down by Foxconn, which cut external access to its servers.

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Foxconn expanding by 5 factories to bump Apple production

Foxconn expanding by 5 factories to bump Apple production

The folks at Foxconn have announced plans to expand their production of Apple products by five factories soon, each of them in Brazil. These extra factories will allow them to cater to demand for both iPhones and iPads, but mostly the latter, and will be combining to up their annual run rate by 400 million units within five years. São Paulo's Secretary of Planning and Development of the State, Julio Semeghini, released this information saying that the five factories will be staffing right around 1,000 workers each.

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Apple at vanguard of consumer electronics labor accusations

Apple at vanguard of consumer electronics labor accusations

Apple's production practices have come under renewed scrutiny this week, amid claims that the company knowingly overlooked continued labor abuses in Chinese factories as it benefited from low manufacturing costs. A controversial piece by the NYTimes cites several sources at Foxconn and from Apple itself, with suggestions that the Cupertino firm "never cared about anything other than increasing product quality and decreasing production cost" despite its high-profile responsibility report. However, criticism of the report has flourished, suggesting it unfairly targets Apple when most consumer electronics companies outsource production in the same way.

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Foxconn lands Brazilian tax breaks for iPad construction

Foxconn lands Brazilian tax breaks for iPad construction

Foxconn's plans to open a production facility in Brazil for the iPad surfaced last year. Foxconn intended to build iPads for Apple in Brazil, but the negotiations with the government over tax incentives stalled. Those negations have now taken a turn for the better as far as Foxconn is concerned and the plan for iPads made in Brazil has picked back up.

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Microsoft investigates Foxconn plant worker protest

Microsoft investigates Foxconn plant worker protest

Earlier in the week, we talked about workers at a Foxconn plant in China that threatened to kill themselves by jumping off the roof over a compensation dispute. The original report was that there were 300 workers involved. According to PC World, there were only 150 involved in the protest. Microsoft has investigated since the protest was at its Xbox 360 production facility.

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300 angry Foxconn workers in China threaten suicide over pay

300 angry Foxconn workers in China threaten suicide over pay

Foxconn has been under intense scrutiny in the past after workers committed suicide by jumping from the top of the factory. Allegations have included long working hours and little pay. According to an anti-government website in China, 300 workers at a Foxconn factory at Foxconn Technology Park in Wuhan threatened to jump from the top of the building.

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Apple iPad 2 factory explosion caused by aluminum dust again

Apple iPad 2 factory explosion caused by aluminum dust again

The recent explosion of Apple's iPad 2 factory operated by Pegatron in Shanghai, China is now being linked to a build up of fine aluminum dust. This is the same culprit in the Foxconn factory explosion earlier this year, where aluminum dust particles in the iPad 2 polishing workshop combusted.

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Foxconn gets contract for making next gen Kindle Fire says source

Foxconn gets contract for making next gen Kindle Fire says source

Rumors never stop floating around the tech world. The first generation Amazon Kindle Fire tablet isn’t even shipping until next month and we already have rumors on the next generation of the tablet. According to sources in the supply chain cited by DigiTimes, Foxconn will build the next generation Kindle.

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10-inch Kindle Fire production by holiday season tip insiders

10-inch Kindle Fire production by holiday season tip insiders

Amazon's 10.1-inch Kindle Fire tablet is expected to hit production before the end of the year, with shipments potentially in time for the 2011 holiday sales season, according to the latest rumors. Although the larger Kindle tablet was initially tipped for release in early 2012, DigiTimes' sources reckon Amazon is pushing ahead with a more aggressive timescale for the Foxconn-produced 10-incher.

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