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Sony planning LCD HDTV outsourcing to Foxconn/Wistron?

Sony planning LCD HDTV outsourcing to Foxconn/Wistron?

Sony is reportedly looking to outsource production of its high-end LCD HDTVs, with Foxconn tipped to take responsibility for the Japanese company's frameless sets and Wistron the recently-unveiled Sony Google TV range.  According to DigiTimes' sources, the decision is primarily a cost-saving one, with Sony looking to outsource 70- to 80-percent of LCD TV production having just managed to turn around six years of consecutive financial losses by the division.

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Foxconn confirm handset price increases but deny deal poaching

Foxconn confirm handset price increases but deny deal poaching

Foxconn has seemingly confirmed that it is increasing manufacturing prices for clients such as Apple, Nokia, Motorola and Sony Ericsson, with a spokesperson telling DigiTimes that most of their clients have accepted the new quotes.  However, the company has also denied that rivals such as Compal are attempting to use the increase to poach deals, as is rumored by industry sources.

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Apple, Nokia, Microsoft and SE all facing higher Foxconn bills

Apple, Nokia, Microsoft and SE all facing higher Foxconn bills

Foxconn is expected to begin charging Apple and other customers higher prices for manufacturing their smartphones and other electronics, in a move which is being seen as offsetting the company's increased wage obligations.  The company, a subsidiary of Hon Hai Industries, made promises earlier in the year to increase the amount it paid employees and hopefully turn around a spate of reputation-damaging suicides.

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Foxconn, Compal & others snub Windows Phone 7 over licensing fees

Foxconn, Compal & others snub Windows Phone 7 over licensing fees

The spectre of Windows Mobile may haunt more than just consumers; Microsoft is apparently also facing apathy from handset manufacturers in Taiwan, reluctant to pay the company's licensing fees for Windows Phone 7.  According to DigiTimes, Foxconn, Compal Communications, Pegatron Technology, Qisda, Inventec, Inventec Appliances and Arima Communications have all shifted their R&D investment to Android and are reluctant to move it back.

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Foxconn rocked with another suicide jumper

Foxconn rocked with another suicide jumper

It has been a while since there were any reports of suicides or other drama coming from Foxconn. You might recall that to prevent workers from jumping to their death from the roof of Foxconn buildings, the company strung nets to catch any jumpers.

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Secret Apple factory for Foxconn-made Verizon iPhone 4 or antenna refresh rumored

Secret Apple factory for Foxconn-made Verizon iPhone 4 or antenna refresh rumored

The Verizon iPhone 4 rumor rears its head once more, with speculation that Apple is using a rented production line separate to their mainstream Foxconn facility to develop alternate versions of the fourth-generation smartphone.  The facility - which is being used while a new $100m production line is built - is currently staffed by over 500 Foxconn employees; Computerworld suggests that a CDMA iPhone 4 could be in development, however there's also the possibility of alternate antenna designs being explored.

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Foxconn resorts to stringing nets between buildings to stop suicides

Foxconn resorts to stringing nets between buildings to stop suicides

Foxconn has been trying all sorts of tactics to improve the moral of its workers at the Chinese manufacturing plants. So far this year ten workers have jumped to their death from the Foxconn buildings.

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Foxconn hands control of worker dorms to property management group

Foxconn hands control of worker dorms to property management group

Foxconn has been having a very difficult year despite all of its success. The difficulty comes in the rash of suicides that has seen ten workers die this year alone. Because of the suicides, Foxconn gave significant pay raises to workers.

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iPhone 4 volume button switch-up; this is just getting silly now

iPhone 4 volume button switch-up; this is just getting silly now

Not only are you not holding it right, you might not be pressing your iPhone 4 right either.  In a masterpiece of button madness, at least one new iPhone 4 handset has been found to have its volume controls swapped around: the button marked + actually reduces the volume, and vice-versa.

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Foxconn worker describes average shift to the NYT

Foxconn worker describes average shift to the NYT

Foxconn has been under increasing pressure to improve working conditions after multiple suicides have taken place at its plants in China. Some claim that the harsh working conditions at the plants are the reason for the suicides. Rumors have made the rounds that Foxconn may close its Chinese plants because of wage increases made to make workers happier.

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Nokia tablet in testing ahead of Q4 2010 launch?

Nokia tablet in testing ahead of Q4 2010 launch?

Nokia's tablet ambitions have once again reared their head, with a little more grist for the rumor mill.  According to DigiTimes' sources at component manufacturers, Nokia has apparently produced "about 100 engineering samples" of a tablet device which it will be using for testing; the tablet has a 7- or 9-inch touchscreen, they believe, and is manufactured by Foxconn.  The rumors follow earlier talk of a "large screen" device with OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics for gaming.

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Rumor: Foxconn closing Chinese manufacturing plants?

Rumor: Foxconn closing Chinese manufacturing plants?

Take this with a huge grain of rumor salt, but a Chinese publication called Oriental Daily is reporting that Foxconn may be closing down its Chinese operations in the wake of all the employee suicides. We have been following this suicide story closely for a while now. Foxconn has given its workers in its Chinese facilities as much as a 66% pay increase based on performance and even Apple has cut profits to give these workers a raise.

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