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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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KYE Factory in China Using Underage and Underpaid Employees

KYE Factory in China Using Underage and Underpaid Employees

The working conditions of those all over the world has been a hot topic over the years, as reports are issued more often than they should be regarding underage, underpaid, and overworked employees. The trouble is, these employees are always tied to the things we buy here in the States, most notably the electronics, gadgets, and pieces of tech we employ every day (and love so much). In the case of KYE Factory, this latest report from the National Labor Committe is much like all the others: abysmal work conditions, and even worse payment plans for those that create the things that have become so integral to people's lives.

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iPad production on track, claim Apple suppliers

iPad production on track, claim Apple suppliers

We were mildly surprised that it took so long for the first rumors of iPad shortages to circulate - as you may remember, reports flourished on Monday after Canaccord Adams analyst Peter Misek claimed to have heard of an "unspecified production problem" at the Hon Hai Precision (aka Foxconn) plant - and equally surprised at how quickly contrary reports have emerged.  Foxconn aren't saying a thing, but component suppliers apparently reckon their parts orders are on schedule and the OEM should be on track for its original production estimates.

Foxconn unveils sexy Bamboo One and Bamboo II cases

Foxconn unveils sexy Bamboo One and Bamboo II cases

Bamboo is one of the materials that many businesses in all sorts of categories are turning to because it grows fast and is strong. Bamboo has become a more and more common material to cover computer cases and notebooks with as well. Foxconn has unveiled a couple new computer cases that are covered in Bamboo.

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4th-Gen iPhone to be made by Foxconn claims uber-insider

4th-Gen iPhone to be made by Foxconn claims uber-insider

As tenuous, unsourced speculation goes, the only thing stopping us laughing today's iPhone fourth-gen rumor out of the building is the person spreading it.  Mobile-Review's Eldar Murtazin is familiar to anybody who follows bleeding-edge smartphone news, and has his metaphorical fingers in a vast number of insider industry pies.  When he tweets that Foxconn have secured the manufacturing deal for the next-gen iPhone, people stop and listen.

Apple tablet SIM-tray spotted for sale; Foxconn tipped as manufacturer (again)

Apple tablet SIM-tray spotted for sale; Foxconn tipped as manufacturer (again)

Now the SlashGear team love tech in all its myriad forms, but even we'd have trouble mustering too much enthusiasm for a SIM tray.  However, we'll make a semi-exception for a tray tipped to slot into Apple's fourth-gen iPhone or "iTablet"; according to ChinaOnTrade, this part - which they claim to have directly sourced from Foxconn, already fingered as a potential Apple Tablet manufacturer - will go on sale October 23rd for $14.05.

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Apple Tablet shipping Q1 2010 from Foxconn?

Apple Tablet shipping Q1 2010 from Foxconn?

Another day, another Apple Tablet rumor, and yet another tipped screen size.  Contrasting from the previous leaky speculation that the upcoming media-centric device would have a 10.7-inch panel, comes DigiTimes' usual shadowy market sources suggesting a 10.6-inch display and putting Foxconn at the manufacturing helm.  They're claiming that Foxconn will begin delivering the Apple Tablet to the Cupertino company in Q1 2010, with initial shipments expected to be in the region of 300,000 to 400,000 units.

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 31 2009

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 31 2009

Another week has come and gone and we are a week closer that that wondrous day parents look forward to all summer -- back to school! Lots of goings on this week and much of it was centered on mobile phones. Spotify announced that it would have an official app available on the iPhone that works for subscribers on Premium packages. Monday, a bit more light was shed on the much anticipated Android donut update, alas it's said to not be the OS 2.0 update we hoped for and won’t have multitouch.

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.

Apple tablet September launch reiterated by Chinese leaks

Apple tablet September launch reiterated by Chinese leaks

The September launch speculation for Apple's tablet - aka the Apple Media Pad - continues, with Chinese newspaper Apple Daily reporting that Wintek have won the contract for the touchscreen device's display, while Dynapack ITC will be supplying the battery.  The paper goes on to describe the device as having a 10-inch display and 3G connectivity, tipping its launch at the same time as Apple's iPod refresh in September.