Foxconn

  • Amazon Is Reportedly Working On A Smartphone, But Cracking The Market Won’t Be Easy

    Amazon Is Reportedly Working On A Smartphone, But Cracking The Market Won’t Be Easy

    Amazon’s Kindle Fire has done a remarkable job carving out its own niche in the tablet space, and it seems a sequel is already barreling down the pipeline for a release in the coming months. That new tablet may not be alone though, as rumblings of yet another Amazon hardware project have started up once again. After conferring with their sources, Bloomberg reported late yesterday… Read More

  • One Thousand Foxconn Workers Riot In Chengdu, China Plant UPDATE

    One Thousand Foxconn Workers Riot In Chengdu, China Plant UPDATE

    According to a brief in the Want China Times, workers in the Foxconn plant in Chengdu rioted in a male dormitory, throwing bottles, trash, and furniture after plant security came to the dormitory to investigate a thief. Read More

  • Foxconn Profit Down As Scrutiny Forces Corporate Changes

    Foxconn Profit Down As Scrutiny Forces Corporate Changes

    Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn saw its profits fall to $509 million from $1.19 billion last quarter. Chairman Terry Gou said this quarter was particularly affected by Foxconn’s recent image problem. Improvements in wages, worker benefits, and education accounted for some of the loss, although new iPad and iPhone 4S manufacturing bolstered income last quarter. As a reaction… Read More

  • Tell The Truth But Tell It Slant: There Are Still Major Worker Issues In China, Just Not Where Daisey Looked

    Tell The Truth But Tell It Slant: There Are Still Major Worker Issues In China, Just Not Where Daisey Looked

    In the hullabaloo over Mike Daisey lying about meeting injured workers, the spotlight turned from actual employment problems in Asia onto the face of the orotund and penitent former colonialist. Now that the news cycle has passed, we’re no longer interested in the topic of Chinese manufacturing and, judging by the positive response to my April Fools’ post on Sunday, the world… Read More

  • Foxconn Plans New Iowa Plant, Will Hire 10% Of State’s Population

    Foxconn Plans New Iowa Plant, Will Hire 10% Of State’s Population

    After a highly visible meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook, Foxconn’s founder Terry Gou announced plans to open a sprawling Foxconn factory in Guthrie Center, Iowa, essentially replacing the approximately 2,000 residents of that small town with workers from in and around Iowa. The company will hire 300,000 employees for the new factory, about 10% of Iowa’s population. The plant… Read More

  • The Agony And Ecstasy Of Mike Daisey

    The Agony And Ecstasy Of Mike Daisey

    It seems that noted firebrand Mike Daisey’s story – the one about the crippled, underaged factory workers who unspooled tales of woe and torture at the hands of their evil Foxconn masters at Apple’s behest – was at least partially fabricated. He was outed as, at best, a bad journalist and at worst a fraud. To be clear, he’s a monologist and playwright and had… Read More

  • <em>This American Life</em> Retracts Mike Daisey’s Piece On Foxconn For “Significant Fabrications”

    This American Life Retracts Mike Daisey’s Piece On Foxconn For “Significant Fabrications”

    At over a million digital listens, “Mr. Daisey Goes To The Apple Factory” is This American Life’s most popular episode. That’s no small feat for one of the world’s most well-known radio shows. When it aired, it set off yet another firestorm of controversy regarding the ethics of Apple (and other large tech companies) using cheap Chinese labor through major… Read More

  • Apple Inc., Made In America

    Apple Inc., Made In America

    There are two sayings on the back of every Apple product: Designed By Apple in California and Assembled in China. These statements attempt to say that even though the products might be assembled in a different country, Apple is an American company — a fact Apple proclaimed loudly today with a new web page titled Creating jobs through innovation. Apple has been under fire lately regarding… Read More

  • Court Reportedly Rules Against Apple In China As The iPads Keep Rolling Out Of Foxconn

    Court Reportedly Rules Against Apple In China As The iPads Keep Rolling Out Of Foxconn

    A local court in the Guangdong province of China has apparently ruled against Apple in its ongoing case against Proview over the iPad trademark, with the decision that distributors should stop selling iPad tablets in China. The news is a step in the opposite direction from last week, when it looked like Apple was gaining the upper hand over Proview, with a court ruling in Apple’s favor… Read More

  • False Alarm: Why The Apple/Foxconn Debacle Clouds The Real Manufacturing Mess

    False Alarm: Why The Apple/Foxconn Debacle Clouds The Real Manufacturing Mess

    I was walking home last week and the entire street – and some of the sidewalk – was blocked by large fire trucks and a gaggle of firemen in full regalia. The ladder truck was already planted firmly on the asphalt, ready to send a stream of water soaring over nearby apartment buildings and more trucks were coming, clogging the one-way street further. Convinced I was about to see… Read More

  • The Wheel: What Is The Foxconn Debate Really About?

    The Wheel: What Is The Foxconn Debate Really About?

    Thirty spokes meet at a nave;
    Because of the hole we may use the wheel.
    Clay is moulded into a vessel;
    Because of the hollow we may use the cup.
    Walls are built around a hearth;
    Because of the doors we may use the house.
    Thus tools come from what exists,
    But use from what does not.
    – Tao De Ching There’s a carousel in a small Cape Cod town that we visited this summer and the kids… Read More