Another week has flown by in social-media land, which means, you--and I--have missed a lot of developments, new products, etc. Most of them, of course, don't matter, but these Week in Review posts (March 12; March 5; February 26; February 19) are meant to help you catch up with the ones that do. Wherever I can, I insert Twitter handles so you'll have some new folks to follow. Each week, you can help by posting links in the comments section or e-mailing me or tweeting with @sree or #sreetips.
Mike Daisey, the actor and Apple critic, claims that some of the material used during his interview with radio show "This American Life" was taken out of context.
On his blog, Daisey today wrote: "Four hours of grilling edited down to fifteen minutes. I thought the dead air was a nice touch, and finishing the episode with audio pulled out of context from my performance was masterful."
A spokeswoman for This American Life declined to comment.
On Friday, the Chicago-based show said it could no longer vouch for a January episode in which it used excerpts … Read more
Despite the undercutting of Mike Daisey's claims against working conditions at Foxconn, the company hasn't been fully exonerated.
Speaking to Reuters in an interview published today, a fund manager at Polaris Financial Group with investments in Foxconn parent company Hon Hai Precision said that he and other investors will be keeping a close eye on what's discovered about working conditions at Foxconn's factories.
"The retraction has somewhat cleared Foxconn's name, but not all the way," Simon Liu told Reuters. "The press and stock investors will continue to watch how Foxconn treats its … Read more
NEW YORK--Even with his credibility in tatters, actor and Apple critic Mike Daisey received a standing ovation today following the final New York appearance of his one-man show, "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs."
"He was really, really good," said Jane Glucksman, 50, at the conclusion of today's matinee at The Public Theater. "I came here sort of skeptical after reading about what was going on, but his show made me want to re-examine everything I've heard about Apple."
Many of the people interviewed by CNET as they left the … Read more
NEW YORK--Mike Daisey made a name for himself by taking on mighty Apple but is now challenging the credibility of a little-known Chinese translator.
The actor and Apple critic is putting his word against hers. The woman who assisted him during a trip to China in 2010 disputes many of his claims about witnessing inhumane working conditions at factories where iPads and iPhones are assembled. Daisey does this though he has recently acknowledged making up numerous facts about what he saw during his visit. An Apple spokesman declined to comment for this story.
The makers of the popular public radio program "This American Life" are now retracting a January episode that contained a damning monologue on Apple and its manufacturing practices in China.
That monologue came from actor Mike Daisey, who penned his one-man play, "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs," after traveling to Shenzhen, China, to visit a handful of factories. That trip included Foxconn, where most of Apple's hardware is manufactured.
"Daisey lied to me and to This American Life producer Brian Reed during the fact checking we did on the story, before … Read more
Though the concept of transforming bokeh (the aesthetic quality of image blur) into different shapes isn't new, photographer Mike Gerdau has managed to come up with a system of bokeh modifiers to be used on a variety of lenses instead of just being restricted to one dedicated lens diameter.
In his tutorial, the solution he provided was to cut out the desired custom shapes first, then mount them on 45x45mm squares, which can be slotted into a cutout located on the front of the homemade hood. The benefit of this system is that it's modular and allows the user to use the bokeh modifiers on various lenses regardless of the diameter.
Shutterbugs who aren't very handy with tools or just don't have the patience can opt for a ready-made Bokeh Masters Kit, which retails for $25 online.
Former Research in Motion co-CEO Mike Lazaridis still believes a comeback is in the works for BlackBerry and is willing to put his money where his mouth is.
Lazaridis, who alongside fellow co-CEO Jim Balsillie stepped down from RIM a week ago, said in an interview posted Friday by The Record that he is confident in new CEO Thorsten Heins. In fact, Lazaridis is confident enough that he said he plans to buy $50 million worth of additional stock.
"I absolutely know he will take this company to new heights," Lazaridis said in the interview.
Lazaridis and Balsillie … Read more
It wasn't just consumers and Wall Street that had a problem with Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie; it turns out they weren't so popular with Research in Motion employees either.
That's according to a survey of more than 120 reviews from RIM employees taken by Glassdoor, a career-focused site that provides a glimpse at jobs and companies.
According to Glassdoor, Balsillie and Lazaridis received from their employees a 48 percent approval rating, and a 52 percent disapproval rating. On average, a CEO gets an approval rating of 62 percent, the site said.
RIM said late yesterday that … Read more
Investors are certainly a fickle bunch.
They've spent the last few months trying to dislodge co-CEOs Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie from their leadership roles at Research in Motion. So now that the CEOs have stepped down, what does the stock do? Drop another 2.7 percent to $16.53 in pre-market trading.
The collective shrug by Wall Street to RIM's management shakeup illustrates the underlying problems still facing the company. Despite a new CEO, the company faces the same old problems: overwhelming competition, next-generation phones that are coming far too late, and a brand that has lost … Read more