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Talk about a sobering story. Just hours before Apple is expected to deliver its Q3 earnings via conference call, the Cupertino, California-based company is dealing with a tragedy halfway across the globe. Reports from China began popping up a few days ago that a man working in a Foxconn manufacturing facility had done the unthinkable: he had committed suicide, and he did so in part because of being connected to Apple.Crazy, right? According to a variety of overseas reports, the employee decided to take his own life after a fourth-generation iPhone prototype that he was responsible for went missing.... Read more...
Go figure -- one thing that's not ailing in this economy is something that many, on the surface, would assume one could live without. As mobile data usage rises, a great deal of that comes from the average smartphone. In a new report from The New York Times, we're forced to think about just how much of a necessity these ultra-smart cellphones have become. Just five years ago, these things were simple luxuries. Now, they are practically needed for super-efficient businesspeople. One example of just how useful these are explains how someone who was recently laid off still relied on their expensive... Read more...
Rich Morin, co-author of an interesting new study in the world of consumer electronics, probably said it best when he concluded that there is "nothing like hard times to focus the minds of the public on what they need and don’t need." The aforementioned study polled one thousand Americans via landline and cellphone in early April regarding what they considered to be "essential items" and simple luxuries, and when compared to results of the same study administered in 2006, the conclusions were downright fascinating.Researchers at Pew’s Social & Demographic Trends Project found that most consumers... Read more...
Of course you'd love to know what that Google engineer makes. But the idea behind Glassdoor, a startup which launched in public beta on Wednesday at 12:01 AM EDT, is more than just that. In addition, the site wants you to review your company, and let people know just what you really think about your CEO, your workplace atmosphere, its politics - and your salary. Anonymously, and free, of course.Founded by veterans of Microsoft and Expedia (Rich Barton, the CEO of real estate site Zillow, is non-executive chairman) Glassdoor has a fairly simple goal: Make salary and workplace-quality information... Read more...