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  • Apple, Google, Bringing Low-Pay Support Employees In-House

    Thu 8:37pm By samzenpus
    jfruh writes One of the knocks against Silicon Valley giants as "job creators" is that the companies themselves often only hire high-end employees; support staff like security guards and janitors are contracted out to staffing agencies and receive lower pay…
  • That U2 Apple Stunt Wasn't the Disaster You Might Think It Was

    Mon 10:56am By samzenpus
    journovampire writes with this interesting bit about the fallout of U2's partnership with Apple. "Remember U2's album giveway with Apple at the end of last summer? And how the world seemed to become very annoyed that its contents had been "pushed" to their…
  • Foxconn Factories' Future: Fewer Humans, More Robots

    Sat 11:33pm By Soulskill
    jfruh writes: Foxconn, which supplies much of Apple's manufacturing muscle and has been criticized for various labor sins, is now moving to hire employees who won't complain because they're robots. The company expects 70 percent of its assembly line work to be…
  • It's Official: NSA Spying Is Hurting the US Tech Economy

    Feb 25, 2015, 3:16 pm By samzenpus
    An anonymous reader writes China is backing away from U.S. tech brands for state purchases after NSA revelations, according to Reuters. This confirms what many U.S. technology companies have been saying for the past year: the activities by the NSA are harming…
  • Jury Tells Apple To Pay $532.9 Million In Patent Suit

    Feb 25, 2015, 10:21 am By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader writes: Smartflash LLC has won a patent lawsuit against Apple over DRM and technology relating to the storage of downloaded songs, games, and videos on iTunes. Apple must now pay $532.9 million in damages. An Apple spokesperson did not…
  • Google Teams Up With 3 Wireless Carriers To Combat Apple Pay

    Feb 23, 2015, 6:20 pm By samzenpus
    HughPickens.com writes AP reports that in an effort to undercut Apple's hit service Apple Pay, Google is teaming up with three wireless carriers by building its payment service into Android smartphones sold by AT&T Inc., Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA.…
  • Apple To Invest $2B Building Green Data Centers In Ireland and Denmark

    Feb 23, 2015, 9:32 am By samzenpus
    stephendavion writes Amid deeper investigations into how Apple may be using its operations in Ireland as a means for tax avoidance on tens of billions of dollars in profit, the iPhone maker has announced that it will spend nearly $2 billion (€1.7 billion) to…
  • Apple Will Let Users Test iOS Beta Versions For the First Time

    Feb 21, 2015, 1:18 pm By timothy
    9to5 Mac reports that In an effort to eliminate bugs from upcoming iOS versions ahead of their general releases, Apple plans to launch the…
  • Apple Launches Repair Program For Longstanding 2011 MacBook Pro GPU Problems

    Feb 20, 2015, 8:50 am By Soulskill
    AmiMoJo writes: Apple has just launched a MacBook Pro Repair Extension Program for Video Issues to provide out-of-warranty repairs for MacBook Pros and Retina MacBook Pros sold between February of 2011 and December of 2013. Symptoms of affected computers…
  • A123 Sues Apple For Poaching Employees

    Feb 20, 2015, 8:07 am By samzenpus
    An anonymous reader writes "Electric-car battery maker A123 Systems is suing Apple in federal court for allegedly poaching five employees to help it develop a competing battery business. The suit accuses the workers, including A123's former chief technology…
  • Apple Patent Could Have "Broad Ramifications" For VR Headsets

    Feb 19, 2015, 1:58 pm By timothy
    An anonymous reader writes Filed in 2008, published in 2013, and legally granted to Apple this week, the company's patent for a 'Head-mounted display apparatus for retaining a portable electronic device with display' could have "broad ramifications" for mobile…
  • Apple Patents Head-Mounted iPhone

    Feb 17, 2015, 7:23 pm By Soulskill
    mpicpp sends word of a patent newly awarded to Apple, #8,957,835, which describes a head-mounted apparatus that uses an iPhone (or iPod) as a display. The device "temporarily integrates or merges both mechanically and electronically a head-mounted device with…
  • Apple Hiring Automotive Experts

    Feb 13, 2015, 8:12 pm By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader writes: A report at the Financial Times (paywalled) says Apple is on an aggressive hiring push to pick up automotive experts. Recent rumors suggest Apple is putting together a transportation research lab, and nobody outside the company is…
  • Tech Industry In Search of Leadership At White House Cyber Summit

    Feb 13, 2015, 1:04 pm By Soulskill
    chicksdaddy writes: President Obama travels to Stanford University on Friday to join Apple CEO Tim Cook in talking about the need for more private-public sector cooperation to fight cyber crime. But technology industry executives attending the White House…
  • Smartphone Theft Drops After Spread of Kill Switches

    Feb 11, 2015, 11:45 am By Soulskill
    alphadogg writes "Thefts involving smartphones have declined dramatically in three major cities since manufacturers began implementing 'kill switches' that allow the phones to be turned off remotely if they are stolen, authorities said on Tuesday. The number…
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