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Foxconn Is The 10th Largest Employer In The World

You know that company that builds all your electronics? The one that makes your iPhone and your Xbox and your Kindle and has to install anti-suicide nets to deter miserable workers from ending their lives? It’s a company known to Americans as Foxconn, and it’s the 10th largest employer in the world.

Foxconn Played An Unwitting Role In The Hack On The Iran Nuclear Talks

The story of Israel using a sophisticated cyberweapon to spy on the United States and others attending nuclear talks is getting weirder. According to Kaspersky, the attackers not only used a Stuxnet-like weapon — they also used a stolen security certificate from Foxconn to sign the malware.

Report: Foxconn Is Building A Display Plant To Make Sapphire Glass

Foxconn is said to be gearing up to produce sapphire glass — the tough screen covering many were expecting to see in the iPhone 6 — in a newly purchased plant.

Report: Google And Foxconn Building Roboticised Factories Of The Future

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google and Foxconn are working together to create a new vision of roboticised factories. According to the WSJ article, he recently met with Foxconn CEO Terry Gou “to speed up deployment” of Google’s grand plans within the Taiwanese company’s factories.

iPhone 5C Already Involved In Labour Violations Scandal

A little less than a week before it’s supposed to be unveiled to the public, the iPhone 5C is attracting attention from human rights groups for possible labour violations. While it feels like deja vu after the many Foxconn scandals, there’s an important difference this time. The factory is American-owned.

Chinese Worker Group Reports New Wave Of Abuse At Apple Suppliers

A report from New York-based China Labor Watch has raised concerns over a new wave of worker abuse among Apple suppliers. While Cook and co attempt to shift some of their manufacturing load from Foxconn — which has drawn its own share of criticism for worker abuse — it seems it can’t leave behind poor working conditions, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Apple Reportedly Rejects Up To Eight Million iPhones Delivered By Foxconn

China Business is reporting that Apple has returned up to a mind-boggling eight million iPhones to Foxconn because of quality issues. The total value of the loss to Foxconn could be up to $US1.6 billion — if the numbers are accurate.

Foxconn Is Microsoft's Biggest Patent Licencee (Of, Uh, Android Patents...?)

Foxconn has become Microsoft’s biggest single patent licencee. While that might not be surprising — the Taiwanese manufacturer produces an amazing 40 per cent of the world’s consumer electronic devices — the fact that the patents are over Android might be.

How Things Are Improving At Foxconn, And Why That's Not Great For Some

Working conditions at Foxconn plants are well known to just about everyone at this point. And while executives have been paying lip service to improvements for years, it seems that things are finally looking up. But the improved conditions come at a cost.

Foxconn Patents Ejectable Trackpad That Doubles As A Wireless Mouse

Some swear by Synaptics’ trackpads, while others love the little rubber nub on Lenovo’s Thinkpads. When you have a flat surface though, nothing beats an actual mouse when wielding the pointer on your notebook. It’d be nice if said mouse folded seamlessly into your mobile PC, which is precisely what Foxconn wants to do, going by its new patent.

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