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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, mechanical robots. Apparently he really meant it. According to a translated article from Chinese... Read more...
There are plenty of perks to working at Google, such as financial support to the spouse of deceased workers, discounted legal services, travel insurance, game tables (like foosball) found in several buildings on Google's campus, and the list goes on. At the end of the day, it's still all about the almighty dollar, which just happens to be another point in Google's favor. Glassdoor has been analyzing salaries that software engineers make at some of the top tech firms, and none pay better than Google for Senior Software Engineers. The numbers change by the day, but as it currently stands, the average salary for a Senior Software Engineer at Google is a handsome $142,042 per year. Not too shabby,... Read more...
The holiday shopping season is just around the corner, and with it comes a flurry of temporary job openings. Even online companies are looking to bring workers into the fold. Case in point is Amazon, the mega e-tailer with warehouses spread across the nation. Anticipating a busy shopping season, Amazon plans to hire more than 50,000 seasonal employees at its fulfillment centers scattered throughout the U.S., some of which the company anticipates will stay on board permanently. "Temporary associates play a critical role in meeting increased customer demand during the holiday season, and we expect thousands of temporary associates will stay on full-time positions," said Dave Clark, vice president... Read more...
Google employees enjoy some killer perks. These come in the form of free legal advice and discounted legal services, travel insurance, on-site physicians and nurses, free haircuts, foosball and other game tables provided in various buildings on campus, laundry facilities, and other neat benefits. But did you know that Google will even take care of you after you're dead? Well, not you specifically, but recently disclosed death benefits ensures that your spouse or domestic partner will receive financial support. Specifically, if a Google employee expires, their spouse or partner will receive 50 percent of their salary every year for the duration of 10 years. It doesn't matter if someone just started... Read more...
Job cuts in the tech industry has become an all too common theme in the past couple of years, and the latest round of redundancy reductions is set to take place at Logitech. The peripheral maker announced plans to restructure its operations and simplify its organization to "better align costs with its current business to and free up resources to pursue its growth opportunities," and part of the process will entail handing out 450 pink slips. "As we announced in April, this organizational streamlining, along with our strategy to deliver fewer but more compelling products, should position Logitech for renewed growth and profitability," said Bracken Darrell, Logitech president. "While we are saddened... Read more...
Show of hands, how many of you own a BlackBerry device? Anyone? Hello!? Oh wait, there's a hand in the back, and one more far off to the side. Now raise your hand if you own an Android or iOS device. Holy moley, that looks like everyone else, save for that crazy guy in the back flapping his arms yelling something about the Windows Phone platform. Wait a minute, is that Steve Ballmer? Ah, that explains it. And therein lies the problem for Research In Motion (and Microsoft, but that's a topic for a different story). BlackBerry is struggling to compete with Android and iOS, and as a result, there's been a spattering of high-level turnover at RIM as the company tries to right its ship. In order to... Read more...
Okay, so Valve isn't building a 'Steam Box' game console as was previously rumored to be the case. Valve's marketing director Doug Lombardi pretty much shot the notion down, though he left the rumor on life support by not dismissing the idea outright, saying only that Valve is a "long way from...shipping any sort of hardware." Fine, that's fair enough. But Valve is definitely up to something. A new job posting seeking electrical engineers does more than hint that Valve is looking at building some type of hardware, it flat out confirms it. "For years, Valve has been all about writing software that provides great gameplay experiences. Now we’re developing hardware to enhance those experiences,... Read more...
Job cuts are an unfortunate part of doing business, especially when times get lean and investors grow antsy with dwindling profits (or increasing losses). When they do happen, you just hope too many people aren't affected. No such luck for Sony workers. The electronics juggernaut is reportedly getting ready to axe 10,000 workers, which represents 6 percent of its total global workforce. According to Reuters, Sony's layoffs are the latest blow to Japan, which has seen a number of technology companies, including NEC and Panasonic, look at ways to cut costs. Everyone is trying to cope with a strong yen and intense competition from Apple and Samsung. Unfortunately for Sony (and other electronics... Read more...
Yahoo today confirmed plans to hand out around 2,000 pink slips to its employees, which is roughly equivalent to 14 percent of its workforce. The planned layoffs are an attempt to turn things around at Yahoo in a massive reorganization effort led by the company's new CEO, Scott Thompson, the former PayPal president who joined Yahoo in January of this year, four months after Carol Bartz was ousted from the position. "Today's actions are an important next step toward a bold, new Yahoo — smaller, nimbler, more profitable and better equipped to innovate as fast as our customers and our industry require. We are intensifying our efforts on our core businesses and redeploying resources to our... Read more...
One in three college grads said that access to social media sites like Facebook and the ability to choose their own devices was more important to them than salary when considering a job offer. This according to a study of 2,800 college students and young professionals worldwide conducted by Cisco. More than 40% went so far as to say that they would accept less money for a job that was down with social media at work on a device of their choosing if it also included telework. The study was intended to determine what the Millennium Generation wants from employers and what they consider to be an equitable work/life balance. Not surprisingly, they overwhelmingly wanted flexible work hours and remote... Read more...
Apple's lawsuits against Samsung and HTC have drawn commentary that the company might be attempting to litigate its competitors out of the market rather than relying on the free market to decide who had superior products. The new, authorized Steve Jobs biography, however, paints the company's legal actions in a different light. Jobs is famous for his blunt commentary—he once declared "We also know first hand that Flash is the number one reason Macs crash," and "We don’t want to reduce the reliability and security of our iPhones, iPods and iPads by adding Flash," but his anger over Android was an order of magnitude greater. Eric Schmidt, Google's former CEO, was an Apple board member... Read more...
President Obama presented Congress with the official draft of his jobs bill on Monday, dubbed the American Jobs Act of 2011. Within it's 155 pages is a nearly 29-page section called the National Wireless Initiative (Full text, PDF). Hmm. You may remember the NWI when the President first introduced the idea in his State of the Union address and then presented it in detail in February. So, here it is again. The President projects that the Federal government can raise $27.8 billion over the next decade by auctioning off wireless spectrum, something wireless carriers eagerly want the government to do. Under Obama's plan, $10 billion of this money will pay for an expansion of the Public Safety Broadband... Read more...
In the wake of Steve Jobs' departure, Apple is probably going to have a rough couple of days, but one can't but chuckle at the irony of the former CEO's timing. Apple has a long history of doing things in a way that surpasses their competition and Jobs' announcement handily surpasses HP's decision to abandon tablets and PCs. HP, after all, is just a company. Jobs is an institution. At least, that's how he's seen. Not only is it nearly impossible to discuss Jobs without resorting to the gratuitous use of superlatives, it's equally difficult to discuss Apple without mentioning Steve. It's a mistake, however, to think that the relationship between Jobs and Apple means the company can't survive without... Read more...
We've come to the conclusion that an alien species has contaminated the Earth's water sources with a chemical that leads to an inability to negotiate, thereby leading to a series of labor disputes. Don't believe it? Just look at the evidence. The NFL season was in jeopardy while owners and players disputed a new collective bargaining agreement, and after reportedly switching to Gatorade (reported by us, based on nothing), finally hammered out a new deal. NBA players and owners, meanwhile, both seem content to wipe out the upcoming basketball season rather than agree to terms on how to best split billions of dollars. Want more proof? Look at the telco world, where 45,000 Verizon workers have gone... Read more...
The brewing brouhaha over Apple's location cache and its stored data has resulted in a faster-than-usual response from the company itself. Today, Apple stated that a patch due to arrive in the next couple of weeks and released an FAQ to clarify the situation. Several of its points echo our own statements of earlier today. Apple explains that the iPhone isn't actually logging you--it's: maintaining a database of Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers around your current location, some of which may be located more than one hundred miles away from your iPhone, to help your iPhone rapidly and accurately calculate its location when requested Calculating a phone’s location using just GPS satellite data... Read more...
As AOL looks to the future following its $315 million acquisition of the Huffington Post, a good chunk of the old regime will be left behind. AOL is in the process of handing out around 900 pink slips, which represents 20 percent of the company's workforce. All affected employees have already been notified, who according to All Things Digital, will be receiving four weeks of severance pay plus an additional week for each of service. So what comes next for AOL? In a memo titled "AOL's Next Step," company CEO Tim Armstrong called this a "critical step on the comeback trail for AOL," adding that they're "creating a next generation hyper-local, national, and global media company." We're not sure... Read more...
According to market analysis firm Strategy Analytics, the number of Android-powered tablets sold in Q4 surged dramatically. In Q3 2010, Android devices held just 2.3 percent of the market compared to the iPad's approximate 95 percent. In Q4, Android's market share increased tenfold; Google's OS accounted for 22 percent of global tablet shipments while the iPad's market share fell to 75 percent. The iPad is scarcely in danger of being swept away; Apple sold 14.8 million of them in 2010 and is rumored to be prepping the iPad 2 for launch later this year. If the iPad 2.0 is as powerful as predicted (think dual CPUs, dual GPUs, and 1080P support), it'll doubtless sweep at least part of the market... Read more...
Ever wonder how Apple Computer became the industry icon it is today?  How and why is it that a simple computer manufacturer could endear itself to its customer base so well that some researchers feel that Apple fans are not only just a cult but bordering on religion?  It's not hard to see why certain Apple products are revered so highly among customers, as Apple has been fortunate enough to quite literally revolutionize an entire product category itself more than once in recent history. But where did it all begin?  How did Jobs, Wozniak and a lesser known fellow by the name of Ronald Wayne find their identity in the market and eventually allow Mr. Jobs to grow the company to where... Read more...
Foxconn thinks they have a solution to the mounting suicides that have rocked the company's China operations: pay the workers more money. According to reports, Foxconn plans to raise wages by 30 percent, which still isn't all that much, but it's a start. One report has the basic salary at Foxconn's China plants at about 900 yuan a month, or just over $130. Speaking on condition of anonymity, an unauthorized Foxconn spokesman told the Associated Press that the pay raise is designed to reduce overtime and give workers "more time for leisure and have a happier working environment. It may also help cut the turnover rate and raise productivity and product quality level." Foxconn is the biggest supplier... Read more...
June is right around the corner, and for some of us (we're looking at you, mid-westerners), the consistently sunny days can't come fast enough. AT&T workers, however, can't wait to put June in their rear view mirror. That's according to the popular mobile weblog Boy Genius Report, who has apparently "confirmed with multiple AT&T sources that the carrier has now put a block on employees taking vacations in June." Say what? Donning our detective caps, the most likely reason for this is that Apple will soon launch a new model iPhone in late June or early July. After all, this isn't the first time AT&T has issued a vacation ban preceding an iPhone launch. The company did the same thing... Read more...
Quite a poignant announcement, not because of the content, but because of the messenger. Apple’s money making iPhone franchise has now sold over 1 million iPhone 3G S devices, announced the company today.Just three days into the iPhone 3GS rat race, Steve Jobs himself - back from a life-threatening health problem - has come forward to announce the record sales and Palm Pre-squashing factoid that the iconic Apple device is an overwhelmingly sales hit. “Customers are voting and the iPhone is winning,” said Jobs, “With over 50,000 applications available from Apple’s revolutionary App Store, iPhone momentum is stronger than ever.”The iPhone 3GS starts at $199 for the 16GB version and $299 for the... Read more...
Can you spell "SEC investigation?"  There is definitely going to be one after this.  A post at CNN's new social news site, iReport, resulted in Apple stock plummeting this morning, when it was rumored that Steve Jobs had suffered a heart attack.  iReport allows users to post unvetted stories, which then --- after vetting, may be posted to the iReport page on CNN.com.  This story obviously didn't make it there, and has since been taken down.Interestingly, this user has never submitted a story previously.  And the time of the story posting, 6 AM PDT, was obviously very suspicious.  The story read:Steve Jobs was rushed to the ER just a few hours ago after suffering... Read more...
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