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Samsung Display spin-off opens its doors

April 2nd, 2012

Samsung Electronics on Monday announced that its display panel spin-off is now operational. The company said in February that it would separate its struggling LCD business from the rest of the company and form Samsung Display Co., Ltd. The subsidiary opened its doors Monday morning and it will commence operations with roughly $6.6 billion in …

Foxconn accused of hiding underage factory workers before FLA inspection

February 22nd, 2012

Foxconn workers claim the manufacturer transferred underage employees to other departments or did not schedule them to work overtime in an effort to avoid discovery during the Fair Labor Association’s investigation of its facilities, reports AppleInsider. Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM) project officer Debby Sze Wan Chan was told by two Foxconn employees that the …

Foxconn owner Hon Hai reports huge revenue growth in January

February 15th, 2012

Hon Hai Precision Industry Company, Ltd., parent company of original device manufacturer Foxconn, reported huge revenue growth of nearly 50% for the month of January, Taiwan Economic News reports. The manufacturing giant enjoyed performance that beat forecasts last month, with revenue ballooning 47.9% year-on-year to NT$274.6 billion, or approximately $9.1 billion USD. Revenue was down …

Google testing ‘next generation personal communication device’

February 10th, 2012

Google hasn’t been known as a hardware vendor in the past. That may soon change thanks to the company’s pending acquisition of Motorola, and recent reports suggest Google is already working on a self-branded home entertainment system and HUD glasses. Through a recent FCC filing, it has now been discovered that Google is also planning a “next generation personal …

Hon Hai revenue jumps 19.9% in 2011

January 13th, 2012

Taiwanese manufacturer Hon Hai reported revenue growth of 19.89% year-over-year in 2011 and 37.5% quarter-over-quarter in the fourth quarter last year, Taiwan Economic News said Friday. Hon Hai recorded $10.5 billion in revenue for the month of December, $92 billion in revenue for the year and $30.5 billion in revenue for the full fourth quarter of …

HTC, Samsung and LG prepping Windows Phone Mango devices for September

July 29th, 2011

HTC, Samsung and LG are poised to launch new Windows Phone Mango devices in September, DigiTimes reported on Friday. HTC’s handsets will be equipped with displays sized between 3.8-inches and 4.7-inches and will be powered by Qualcomm CPUs clocked at 1.5GHz. We’re expecting at least two of HTC’s new phones to be the Ignite and the …

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer shipments surpass 400,000 units per month

July 18th, 2011

Shipments of Asustek’s popular Eee Pad Transformer tablet have surpassed 400,000 units per month according to a report from DigiTimes. The industry watcher cites anonymous sources at touchscreen display panel suppliers in claiming shipments are expected to grow even further in the third quarter, possibly reaching up to 500,000 units per month. ASUS reportedly hopes …

Images of purported iPad 3 parts emerge, reveal design changes

July 14th, 2011

Images of what are claimed to be parts from an unreleased third-generation Apple iPad have been posted on the Web by Taiwanese tech site Apple.pro. The site has a history of accessing authentic parts from China-based Apple product manufacturers and publishing images of the parts before the related devices are made official by Apple. The part …

Former Flextronics exec pleads guilty to leaking iPhone, iPad secrets

July 6th, 2011

Former executive at Apple supplier Flextronics Walter Shimoon pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of security fraud in a Manhattan court on Tuesday. The charges stem from a crackdown on “expert networks,” which make money by connecting hedge funds and financial institutions with industry insiders such as Shimoon. …

Foxconn asks employees to sign ‘anti-suicide pledge’

May 5th, 2011

We’ve reported on the harsh working conditions at Foxconn — which have allegedly driven some workers to commit suicide — and now the firm is asking its workers to sign pledges stating that they will not hold Foxconn responsible if they commit suicide, Daily Mail says. While translations may vary, the letter to employees reportedly …