Samsung Child Labor Accusations

Samsung fights back against child labor, cuts off business with offending supplier

By on July 14, 2014 at 9:30 PM.

Samsung fights back against child labor, cuts off business with offending supplier

After conducting an investigation into China-based supplier Shinyang Electronics following accusations of child labor, Samsung has decided to suspend its business with the supplier. According to a post on the Samsung Tomorrow blog, evidence of child labor was found at the factory, for which Samsung has a zero-tolerance policy. More →

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Verizon Customer Service Social Influencers

This is how you can get Verizon customer service to cater to your every whim

By on July 14, 2014 at 4:35 PM.

This is how you can get Verizon customer service to cater to your every whim

Have you found yourself frustrated by Verizon’s customer service? Well don’t worry, there’s now an easy way to get Verizon to cater to your every whim — you just have to get more than 1 million followers on Twitter. More →

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Samsung Food Showcase Smart Fridge

Samsung’s ‘Plan B’ already looks like a flop

By on July 14, 2014 at 3:35 PM.

Samsung’s ‘Plan B’ already looks like a flop

The global slowdown in smartphone and tablet unit growth rates has been tough for a variety of vendors, from HTC to Apple. But for Samsung, the evaporation of mobile division revenue growth is particularly galling, because the company’s winning streak was so long. Two years after HTC’s sales growth stalled and several quarters after Apple’s growth petered out, Samsung sailed on. More →

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Microsoft Vs. Apple Vs. Google

Reality sinks in for Microsoft

By on July 14, 2014 at 2:51 PM.

Reality sinks in for Microsoft

Here’s one thing that’s interesting about Satya Nadella’s Microsoft: It’s no longer insisting that it can keep partying like it’s 1999. While Microsoft under former CEO Steve Ballmer used to point to its dominance of the desktop market as its ultimate trump card to use against anyone who said Apple and Google posed a threat to its business, the company is now acknowledging the reality that it’s actually something of an underdog. More →

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Microsoft CEO Nadella Strategy

The most important ‘hidden message’ in Microsoft’s new manifesto

By on July 11, 2014 at 5:05 PM.

The most important ‘hidden message’ in Microsoft’s new manifesto

On Thursday we examined one aspect of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s new company manifesto that we thought was pretty overt: Namely, that the Xbox is here to stay and it would be incredibly stupid for the company to give it up. ZDNet’s Ed Bott, a seasoned Microsoft observer who’s adept at interpreting Redmond Kremlinology, reads between the lines of Nadella’s letter to Microsoft employees and lists some of the “hidden messages” the new CEO was trying to send. The most striking one for us? That Ballmer’s plan to transform Microsoft into a “devices and services” company is essentially toast. More →

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How To Stop The Comcast Time Warner Merger

A step-by-step guide for telling the FCC how you feel about the Comcast-TWC merger

By on July 11, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

A step-by-step guide for telling the FCC how you feel about the Comcast-TWC merger

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday opened up public comment on the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable, which means that you have until August 25th to let the commission know your take on the deal. Comcast issued a press release shortly after public comments opened informing us that the deal will bring “considerable consumer benefits” to everyone without any loss of competition because, hey, it’s not like Comcast and TWC ever bothered trying to compete with one another in the first place. More →

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Samsung Child Labor in China

Deja vu: Samsung has to deal with child labor accusations again

By on July 10, 2014 at 3:35 PM.

Deja vu: Samsung has to deal with child labor accusations again

Samsung again has to face child labor allegations in China, The Wall Street Journal reports, where China Labor Watch said it found several cases of underage workers being hired by at least one Samsung supplier in the country – Shinyang Electronics. Samsung on Thursday said it’s looking into these findings, adding that according to its previous audits – both internal and external – no underage workers were found at more than 100 Samsung suppliers that were inspected in China. More →

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Motorola Smartphone Sales

Motorola’s astonishing low-end success is a grim warning for HTC and Samsung

By on July 10, 2014 at 2:04 PM.

Motorola’s astonishing low-end success is a grim warning for HTC and Samsung

It’s been a dim couple of years for Motorola, a company that has had badly misfiring high-end smartphone strategy. Just two months ago, the company decided to shut down its vaunted U.S. manufacturing plant in Texas. Google grew tired of the issues last January, offloading Motorola to Chinese electronics giant Lenovo, and many questioned what Lenovo could possibly gain by buying the old warhorse.

We now have an answer. More →

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Apple Vs. Samsung Microprocessors

Apple makes another move to pry itself away from Samsung with iPhone 6

By on July 10, 2014 at 9:05 AM.

Apple makes another move to pry itself away from Samsung with iPhone 6

Apple has tried to pry itself away from relying on Samsung as a supplier over the past couple of years, although it’s often found that companies with Samsung’s prowess at mass-producing components are hard to find. The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is still trying to figure out ways to rely less on Samsung, however, and has signed an agreement with supplier TSMC to supply microprocessors for its iPhones and other gadgets going forward. More →

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Comcast TWC Merger Dish Opposes

The Comcast-TWC merger suffers its biggest blow yet

By on July 9, 2014 at 4:11 PM.

The Comcast-TWC merger suffers its biggest blow yet

Is the tide starting to turn inexorably against the hugely unpopular proposed Comcast-TWC merger? The Los Angeles Times brings us word that satellite TV company Dish has officially come out against the merger and has told the Federal Communications Commission that it should block the deal. More →

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Silly Google Employees Interview Questions

Here are 17 silly questions Google stopped asking potential employees

By on July 9, 2014 at 3:05 PM.

Here are 17 silly questions Google stopped asking potential employees

For some people, working at Google is a dream job — but getting there isn’t easy. Google has some very interesting hiring practices meant to ensure only the most successful candidates get in the door, including some questions that may seem out of this world, yet Google wants candidates to answer. Business Insider has put together a collection of 17 ridiculous questions Google used to ask interviewees, and they were taken from an extensive collection of 140 questions Google used to ask clients of Seattle job coach Lewis Lin in recent years. More →

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Comcast TWC Merger FCC

Here’s our first hint that the Comcast-TWC merger could be in trouble

By on July 8, 2014 at 11:15 PM.

Here’s our first hint that the Comcast-TWC merger could be in trouble

We haven’t really seen any indication yet on how the Federal Communications Commission feels about the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable, but some key appointments made this week show us it could be in for a rough ride. Ars Technica’s Jon Brodkin reports that the FCC has appointed two people to its Comcast-TWC merger review team who have in the past been highly critical of major proposed mergers. More →

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