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July 29, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A report released Monday accuses a major Apple supplier of labor abuse, saying employees are working too many hours and doing so in unsafe conditions, among other claims. China Labor Watch, a nonprofit group, alleges that three factories for Pegatron Group are in violation of numerous labor rights. The report says the factories are violating women's rights, have underage labor, poor and unsafe working conditions, insufficient wages and also discriminate in their hiring. The 62-page report also says Pegatron is working its employees longer than Apple's 60-hour workweek rule and longer than China's 49-hour statutory limit.
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February 25, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple is urging Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to veto a bill that would make it possible for business owners to use their religious beliefs as a reason to deny service to gays and lesbians. The Cupertino tech giant weighed in on the matter because it now conducts business in the state. Late last year, Apple announced plans to open a manufacturing plant in Mesa, Ariz. News reports have suggested that the plant may be used to make the screens for the company's next iPhone. An Apple spokeswoman confirmed to the Associated Press the company had reached out directly to Brewer about vetoing Arizona SB 1062.
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September 20, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated. See note below.
Long lines and sold-out devices: It's Apple's iPhone release day. The Cupertino tech company has begun selling the new versions of the iPhone across the world, and already, some locations have sold out of some models. [Update, 9:50 a.m. PDT Sept. 20: Fights have also broken out at an Apple store in Pasadena, leading to at least two arrests, police said. Police arrested George Westbrook, 23, of Compton and Lamar Mitchell, 43, of Pasadena for fighting in line outside of the store, Pasadena Police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
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February 25, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple has issued an update for Mac users that fixes a security hole identified last week that is known as the "Goto fail" bug. The security issue potentially makes it possible for hackers to intercept and even modify information users send from their Macs, iPads and iPhones to trusted services in what is known as a man-in-the-middle attack.  Apple corrected the gap for its mobile devices with an update over the weekend , but the tech community...
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March 10, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A British design artist has created an iPhone 6 concept video that shows what users might expect from Apple when the tech giant announces its next iPhone. The video shows an "iPhone Air" that features a 4.7-inch full 1080p HD screen. The device in the video is also 0.28 inches thick, about 9% thinner than the iPhone 5s, and 8% larger, to accommodate the bigger screen. Additionally, the smartphone in the video features a 10-megapixel camera -- the iPhone 5s features an 8-megapixel camera.
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January 13, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple devices are still in high demand -- just ask New York City thieves. Products by the Cupertino, Calif., company, such as iPhones and iPads, accounted for more than 18% of New York's grand larcenies in 2013, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal that cites the New York Police Department. In total, more than 8,000 Apple devices were stolen last year, leading to a 13% increase in grand larceny arrests compared with 2012. PHOTOS: Top 10 tech fails of 2013 The NYPD said thieves usually snatch the gadgets while on public transportation -- where users have their devices out and aren't paying close enough attention to their surroundings.
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May 24, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Not one to be outdone, Amazon.com has become the latest tech giant to reveal plans for new, outlandish headquarters. The online retailer wants to literally bring the "Amazon" to downtown Seattle with a building that features three glass-dome, greenhouse-like structures capable of housing "mature trees," according to the plans the company filed with the city. Amazon said it believes a park-like and plant-rich environment would provide its employees with many positives "that are not often found in a typical office setting.
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December 24, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Two technologies acquired by Apple earlier in 2013 were revealed this week: BroadMap and Catch. Apple's acquisitions were reported by 9to5Mac and later confirmed by Apple to AllThingsD . BroadMap specialized in mapping data; Catch was a cloud-based note-taking app. In the case of BroadMap, Apple acquired the company's team and technology but not the actual company or its name. The BroadMap deal likely occurred in the first half of 2013, and Apple may be using the firm's technology to improve Apple Maps, according to 9to5Mac.
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September 10, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien and Andrea Chang
CUPERTINO, Calif. - Whether the "c" in iPhone 5c stands for color or China, the launch of a plastic cellphone marks one of the biggest strategic shifts for Apple since the company began the smartphone revolution six years ago. Though the announcements made Tuesday at Apple's headquarters were relatively modest in scale, the tech giant seemed to be signaling that it was intent on recapturing lost momentum in China. Although a rumored deal with that nation's largest carrier was not announced at the event, analysts are expecting it to be confirmed soon, possibly at a separate media event being held in Beijing on Wednesday.
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July 18, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A patent issued this week may signal that Apple is getting closer to using a super-strong alloy to build its iPhone and other devices. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a patent for "bulk amorphous alloy sheet forming processes" to Crucible Intellectual Property. That company is a subsidiary of Liquidmetal Technologies, which teamed up with Apple a few years back to develop its trademarked Liquidmetal alloy material for the Cupertino, Calif., tech giant's technologies.
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