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Foxconn's parent company Hon Hai has just joined the stable of other companies that have had to sign a patent deal with Microsoft in order to produce and sell Android-based smartphones. Despite the Android OS being a Google product, Microsoft has long convinced those who produce Android devices to pay royalties, as it believes that Google implements technologies patented by itself. Most vendors have agreed to these terms to avoid messy court battles, although Google has always considered Microsoft's claims to be bogus. Back in 2011, we reported that Microsoft had increased its pressure on the market... Read more...
After a freeze in hiring was instituted in February, Foxconn (Hon Hai Precision) has reportedly begun expanding its workforce at a factory in Zhengzhou, China. It's believed Foxconn is bringing in new employees to fulfill the inevitable demand for Apple's next iPhone, rumors of which have been swirling for several months now. Citing a "person familiar with the plans," Bloomberg reports the boost in capacity is at the request of Apple. The additional workers will piece together whatever new model Apple has on tap, as well as assist in building existing iPhone devices such as the iPhone 5. With the... Read more...
Foxconn is Apple's major manufacturing partner, and has ridden Cupertino's coattails to excellent year-on-year profit growth, even as its employees opted to take flying leaps from its manufacturing centers. The two companies are intertwined to the point that Apple products now account for between 60-70 percent of Foxconn's total revenue. That linkage leaves the Chinese manufacturer open to dips in Apple product sales as well, which is why the 19% drop in Q1 revenue has investors worried. "A quarterly decline was expected, but not a yearly decline," KGI Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo told Reuters.... Read more...
If you've paid any attention to the PC industry in the past few years, you're aware that things aren't as rosy as they used to be. After decades of annual growth, major manufacturers like HP and Dell have both either floated the idea of exiting the consumer space (HP) or gone private (Dell). Contrast that with steady growth at companies like Asus and Lenovo, and some analysts think the entire PC industry could move to Asia in the next few years. The ironic part of the observation is that in many ways, this has already happened. Intel still has major manufacturing resources in the United States... Read more...
Nick Woodman was inspired to create what would eventually become today’s GoPro wearable cameras after a surfing trip to Australia in 2002. He wanted to capture some close-up action shots and wasn’t able to with amateur camera gears. So he did what any enterprising entrepreneur would do and figured out his own solution to the problem. The initial wearable cameras Woodman created to capture action shots as they happened used 35mm film, but his company’s cameras have evolved into highly durable, HD vid-cams that are sought after by amateurs and extreme sports stars alike.... Read more...
Given all the rumors, it almost seems a foregone conclusion that Apple will at some point launch its own brand television set. It was the same situation with the iPad; rumors persisted for what seemed like an eternity before it became a reality, and now it appears an Apple TV is imminent. In fact, a news outlet in Taipei claims that Apple's manufacturing partner Hon Hai Precision (Foxconn) has already begun testing different Apple brand TVs. An anonymous source at Foxconn describes the testing as an "initial phase," adding that shipments aren't likely to occur anytime soon, and perhaps not even... Read more...
Perhaps it was the iFixIt teardown a few days ago that showed some new iMacs are stamped with “Assembled in the U.S.A.” that prompted the announcement, but in any case, Apple CEO Tim Cook told both Bloomberg and NBC’s Brian Williams that Apple is moving some of its manufacturing operations back to the good U.S. of A with a $100 million investment. Cook apparently won’t reveal specifically which product line (or lines) Apple will manufacture stateside yet, but it will be Mac-related. If we had to guess, it will likely include at least the aforementioned iMacs. Some Apple... Read more...
Foxconn (Hon Hai Precision) may have finally figured out a solution to all those pesky accusations of poor working conditions that keep popping up in headlines -- robots! The human condition being what it is, workers comprised of blood and guts tend to gripe and moan when employers saddle them with low wages, long hours, tedious tasks, and other things that, collectively, drive some to view suicide as a superior alternative. Fine, have it your way. In the face of (reasonable) complaints, Foxconn president Terry Gou last year said he hoped to replace 1 million living and breathing workers with cold,... Read more...
This one's probably a long-shot, but apparently Foxconn (Hon Hai Precision Industry) is thinking about branching out and building manufacturing facilities in the United States. Two potential destinations reportedly being evaluated include Detroit, Michigan and Los Angeles, California. Foxconn is a major manufacturer of electronics devices that are shipped and sold in the U.S. and other parts of the world. It's the leading producer of Apple products and also has contracts with companies like Dell, Sony, and Microsoft, to name just a few tech heavyweights. Setting up manufacturing plants in the U.S.... Read more...
Apple's iPhone 5 is a gorgeous looking smartphone, there's just no two ways about it. From its thin and light profile to its crystalline diamond-cut chamfers surrounding the 4-inch display, there's a high level of precision required to build the iPhone 5, and apparently that's making it difficult for Hon Hai Precision (Foxconn) to keep up with demand. In fact, Hon Hai Precision Chairman Terry Gou told reporters that his company is shipping "far fewer" iPhone 5 models than Apple requested due to quality control issues, The Wall Street Journal reports. According to Gou, it ultimately comes down the... Read more...
The last thing Foxconn needs right now is more negative publicity over working conditions at its factories in China, but it seems the iPhone manufacturer just can't seem to help itself. Foxconn's self-inflicted black eye this time around comes from fessing up that it hired underage interns at one of its facilities, some of which were found to be as young as 14 years old. According to a report in USA Today, Foxconn claims it was made aware of the underage interns via a company investigation at a factory in Yantai. China's minimum legal working age is 16, and those found to be younger than that were... Read more...
There's big trouble brewing at Foxconn's Zhengzhou factory in China. According to local reports, as of yesterday afternoon, between three thousand and four thousand workers went on strike at the plant, which produces iPhone 5 devices for Apple. Foxconn is often the topic of unfair working conditions, and that's what this work stoppage is all about. Employees grinding away at the factory building iPhone 5 models for Apple are complaining that they're being told they have to work during holidays, and also that quality control has to improve dramatically, despite the lack of worker training. "Quality... Read more...
Riots involving thousands of disgruntled workers have erupted at one of Foxconn's plants in China. Foxconn builds and supplies Apple's iPhone devices, including the new iPhone 5, as well as various other electronics for companies like Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, and other well known companies. "The plant is closed today for investigation," a Foxconn spokesman told Reuters in a statement. It's being reported that the plant could stay closed for up to several days. If so, it would come at a time when Apple's newest smartphone is on pace to become the best selling iPhone (and smartphone) of... Read more...
Reports are surfacing once again of poor and/or questionable working conditions at a Foxconn (Hon Hai Precision) plant in China where Apple devices are being built. The latest revolves around thousands of local college students being forced to work long shifts putting together iPhone 5 devices rather than attending class. Foxconn is reportedly short on workers to meet expected demand for Apple's upcoming iPhone 5 smartphone, which will be announced on September 12 and likely start shipping later in the month or in October at the latest. Classes have reportedly been suspended at nearby institutions... Read more...
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