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All posts tagged "foxconn"


Friday, May 21, 2010

The Cost of Our Shiny Gadgets

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 01:00 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/21/...hts-on-foxconn/

"It's obvious, by now -- or it should be -- that something's going on at Foxconn -- the owners of massive factories in China which most famously assembles Apple products (though it's also responsible for many, many others). There have been several suicide attempts this year -- at least a few of them successful (though it's been pointed out that the number is pretty much on par with the rest of China) -- and over the past few days we've seen what can only be called a shocking expose by a worker who went undercover there."

Engadget's Laura June shares her thoughts on the real cost of the gadgets we know and love - because this Foxconn issue isn't just about Apple; they make products for HP and other big OEMs. I share June's thoughts that I'm not an economist; I know enough about wages to know that they need to be appropriate for the country the workers are in...you can't just take a North American minimum wage figure and use that. On the other hand, I support the concept of a "living wage" no matter what country we're talking about - if someone can't make a reasonable living working 40 hours a week, then they're not getting paid enough (and that applies to my own country as well).

I'd be a hypocrite if I said that the plight of the workers making my gadgets was at the forefront of my mind when I opened the package on a new device, but it's definitely something I've been thinking about more lately. Do I like cheap gadgets? Yes. But would I be willing to pay 10% more, knowing that money would make its way back to the workers in the form of better pay (which would be hard to do, but possible)? Yes, I absolutely would. Would you?


Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Dell Eyeballs Windows Mobile... Again

Posted by Darius Wey in "NEWS" @ 05:00 AM

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20080319PD206.html

"Dell reportedly plans to resume its handheld device business and the company may team up with Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) to develop Windows Mobile-based handheld devices, according to market sources in Taiwan. Dell has been reorganizing its team for handheld devices since it hired Ron Garriques, a former executive vice president at Motorola in charge of its cell phone division, in early 2007, the sources indicated."



If you've been keeping a close eye on the headlines since Dell gave up its Axim line early last year, there's no doubt you'd have heard about claims that the company had its sights set on releasing a string of new smartphones, which would be a first for the company and also mark a welcome return to the Windows Mobile market. Sadly, the majority of these claims have remained unsubstantiated. Not today, it seems. In a report published by DigiTimes, it's been said that Dell and Foxconn are set to shake hands and work together to produce GPS-enabled PDAs and smartphones branded with the Dell logo. And if this turns out to be true, all you Dell fans (and we know there are a lot of you out there) will have a reason to rejoice.


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