Apple Computer says it is looking into a British newspaper report that the company's iPods are made by workers in China who are forced to toil for long hours before being allowed to return to their dormitories.
At one facility where iPods are made, workers reportedly were made to work 15-hour days before being allowed to leave for dormitories housed within the same complex as the factories.
"We are currently investigating the allegations regarding working conditions in the iPod manufacturing plant in China," Apple said in a statement. "We do not tolerate any violations of our … Read more
Call us cynical, but we doubt that cities will be blanketing the country with high-bandwidth Wi-Fi networks anytime soon. In the meantime, we'll be left to our own devices--literally, as well as figuratively. So we're thankful that the ever-useful Lifehacker has posted this article, which gives instructions on how to "turn your $60 router into a $600 router."
Battery life--or lack thereof--has been an increasingly vexing issue as the wireless universe continues to expand. But MIT researchers think that they may have made a key discovery in a technology from the past: the capacitor, which was invented more than 300 years ago but has roots that go back to 600 B.C. And according to ScienCentral Video News, the work at MIT could lead to a phone or laptop battery that can be fully charged in seconds.
Rick Ueno knows well why it's called a "CrackBerry." So the general manager of the Sheraton Chicago is offering a service for addicted guests: He'll keep their BlackBerries under lock and key during their stay, if they surrender the devices voluntarily.
The depth and breadth of the addiction became clear when countless sweaty-palmed users fretted over the BlackBerry's near-demise earlier this year. So it was no surprise that this Reuters story on Ueno's cold-turkey method resonated big time with many bloggers, some of whom were moved to confess their own obsessive-compulsive relationships with the … Read more
Seth Godin has done something that would be unthinkable in much of the blogosphere: He does not allow comments on his blog. And, by doing so, he may have unwittingly inspired far more discussion than would ever have occurred otherwise, on his blog or anywhere else. (Note: Godin may also want to consider turning off his TrackBack feature, which effectively serves the same purpose as comments by surfacing posts by others on his blog.)
The reason for his decision? "First, I feel compelled to clarify or to answer every objection or to point out every flaw in reasoning. Second, … Read more
Deathforecast.com may be a grim-sounding name, but at least it's accurate. This page lists a couple dozen questions or so to estimate how long you'll live, supposedly based on "scientific data obtained from dozens of health studies."
Fonts are a popular topic with our readers, so it's important to note that major changes appear afoot for Times New Roman--something of a de facto standard for the last decade because of its enviable position as the default on Microsoft Word. But as Andrew Whitacre notes in this post, it was knocked from its perch earlier this year in beta releases of Office 2007. So what, he asks, does this portend for the future of the font world?
As the specter of a robotic society looms, it's about time that someone start thinking about some rules to keep things from getting out of control. The Japanese government has apparently been thinking along these lines, according to this LiveScience.com article, which reports that the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is drafting "safety guidelines for next-generation robots."
Even the most rugged road warriors may occasionally find the need for a little privacy. But if time is scarce--and budgets are tight--one option is the "Office in a Bucket," an inflatable structure that can be stored in a plastic bucket that also contains the device that supplies the air. Estimated time of inflation: 8 minutes.