Apple en Silicon Sweatshops: Apple supply chain workers in Asia fall ill again <p> New complaints from sickened workers in China contrast with what Apple said in a report on the matter.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apple China Silicon Sweatshops Business Emerging Markets China Technology Health Fri, 04 Mar 2011 17:07:00 +0000 Kathleen E. McLaughlin 5628539 at Four injured in brawl over iPad 2 at Apple store in Beijing (VIDEO) <p> Four people were injured after a &ldquo;non-Chinese&rdquo; Apple employee reportedly stepped into the crowd to push back and &ldquo;beat&rdquo; people suspected of queue jumping, the Beijing News reports.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apple Technology news China Technology Sun, 08 May 2011 22:26:00 +0000 News Desk 5643371 at Teenager in China sold kidney online so he could buy Apple iPad 2 (VIDEO) <p> The boy&#39;s mother became suspicious when he returned three days later with an iPad 2 and a laptop... and a deep red scar on his body.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apple China Technology news Business Asia-Pacific China Offbeat Technology Health Sat, 04 Jun 2011 00:19:04 +0000 News Desk 5649173 at Harry Potter e-book to sell on Pottermore, J.K. Rowling says <p> Rowling plans to give Pottermore users an incentive &mdash; new material about characters, places and objects in the series which will, she says, make a visit to Pottermore an immersive experience.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Amazon Apple Google Internet Business Culture & Lifestyle United Kingdom Thu, 23 Jun 2011 16:54:00 +0000 News Desk 5653234 at Hacker group hits Apple with a small, relatively benign attack, but some see a warning <p> The data weren&#39;t connected to the more than 200 million customer credit cards stored with the iTunes vendor, nor were they linked to Apple&#39;s &quot;cloud computing&quot; project, but the breach showed that the wave of attacks carried out in part to embarrass big companies would continue, even after the abrupt early retirement of LulzSec last month.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apple Internet Technology news Americas Business Technology Mon, 04 Jul 2011 20:40:00 +0000 News Desk 5669013 at China's biggest ripoff yet? <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You've got your "Gucci" handbag, but I bet you haven't been to the "Apple" store. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Lodish </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> If China is indeed cracking down on counterfeits, they must be concentrating on ones that are smaller than a breadbox.</p> <p> Because, as the <a href="">Bird Abroad blogger</a> points out, they aren&#39;t doing a very good job with ones as big as a computer store.</p> <p> That&#39;s right. A whole store.</p> <p> Bird Abroad, a 27-year-old female expat in Kunming, China, writes:</p> <p class="rteindent1"> It looked like an Apple store. It had the classic Apple store winding staircase and weird upstairs sitting area. The employees were even wearing those blue t-shirts with the chunky Apple name tags around their necks. ...</p> <p class="rteindent1"> We proceeded to place a bet on whether or not this was a genuine Apple store or just the best ripoff we had ever seen &ndash; and to be sporting, I bet that it was real.</p> <p> But what proved more shocking than an Apple store in Kunming, was an Apple store that is fake from bottom to top.</p> <p class="rteindent1"> A beautiful ripoff &mdash; a brilliant one &mdash; the best ripoff store we had ever seen (and we see them every day). But some things were just not right: the stairs were poorly made. The walls hadn&rsquo;t been painted properly.</p> <p class="rteindent1"> Apple never writes &ldquo;Apple Store&rdquo; on it&rsquo;s signs &ndash; it just puts up the glowing, iconic fruit. ...</p> <p class="rteindent1"> Being the curious types that we are, we struck up some conversation with these salespeople who, hand to God, all genuinely think they work for Apple. I tried to imagine the training that they went to when they were hired, in which they were pitched some big speech about how they were working for this innovative, global company &ndash; when really they&rsquo;re just filling the pockets of some shyster living in a prefab mansion outside the city by standing around a fake store disinterestedly selling what may or may not be actual Apple products that fell off the back of a truck somewhere.</p> <p> Pretty special stuff.</p> <p> The <a href="">Atlantic Wire</a> points out that:</p> <p class="rteindent1"> When Apple announced record-high quarterly revenues and profits yesterday, COO Tim Cook noted that China &mdash; where the company&#39;s four stores bring in the most traffic and revenue of any Apple stores in the world &mdash; was &quot;key to our results.&quot;</p> <p> Apple&#39;s future is clearly in emerging markets, but given the scope of counterfeiting in China, <a href="">ZDnet</a> asks how long that record growth is likely to last.</p> <p class="rteindent1"> The comparison to Apple in China is Microsoft. Microsoft makes little money in China due to piracy.</p> <p> <a href="">Apple&#39;s website</a> reports four (and only four) stores in China, with those in Beijing and Shanghai recent additions.</p> <p> But a quick stroll from this one in Kunming yielded two more knock-off Apple stores!</p> <p> Check out Bird Abroad for <a href="">pics of this stunningly realistic store</a>.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apple China Travel/Tourism China Global Economy Technology The Rice Bowl Wed, 20 Jul 2011 22:05:00 +0000 Emily Lodish 5671066 at Apple to open largest store in world in NY <p> The rent on the space is expected to reach more than $1 million annually in 10 years</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apple Media News Business Technology United States Sat, 23 Jul 2011 09:12:00 +0000 News Desk 5671270 at China moves to close fake Apple stores <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Though Apple has announced a third authentic store in Shanghai to absorb growing demand. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Lodish </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> A little bird abroad has created quite a stir.</p> <p> You may remember among last week&#39;s news highlights out of China was the revelation of a <a href="">stunningly realistic fake Apple store</a> in Kunming.</p> <p> It looked so much like the real thing &mdash; winding staircase, blue-shirted employees with square name tags around their necks &mdash; that it had fooled even the staff.</p> <p> BirdAbroad blogger, an American expatriate woman in her 20s, talked with employees who were under the impression that they were selling genuine Apple products.</p> <p> Turns out that they may have been after all. A Kunming government spokesperson said the Apple products were legit, though he didn&#39;t say where they came from.</p> <p> An investigation found four more &quot;fake&quot; Apple stores in Kunming, <a href="">two of which have been closed</a> down since they didn&#39;t have proper business licenses, and not because they were selling counterfeit Apple products. Hm.</p> <p> Apple has so far remained mum on the subject, though Xinhua reported today that they will be opening up a new, <a href="">even larger store in Shanghai</a> to absorb the growing demand.</p> <p> The store will be Apple&#39;s fifth legitimate store in China, and the third in Shanghai. Not counting all the fake ones.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apple China Emerging Markets China Technology The Rice Bowl Mon, 25 Jul 2011 17:38:00 +0000 Emily Lodish 5671389 at BlackBerry maker announces layoffs <p> Once the market leader, RIM now makes the world&rsquo;s third-largest mobile operating system and is losing ground to Apple&rsquo;s iPhone and devices that use Google&rsquo;s Android operating system.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apple Google Mobile Phones Canada Technology United States Mon, 25 Jul 2011 19:23:00 +0000 News Desk 5671395 at With $76 billion in reserve, Apple now has more cash than the U.S. government <p> Not only has the world&#39;s highest-valued technology company surpassed the fiscal strength of the world&#39;s most powerful nation, but Apple is now the second-largest company on the planet, after Exxon Mobil.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apple United States United States of America Americas Business Entertainment Culture & Lifestyle Global Economy Technology United States Sat, 30 Jul 2011 05:34:13 +0000 News Desk 5671894 at Amazon launches free web-based Kindle Cloud Reader <p> The reader allows users to read books from the cloud or download for offline reading, using HTML 5.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Amazon Apple Google Internet Business Culture & Lifestyle United States Wed, 10 Aug 2011 15:19:59 +0000 News Desk 5672840 at China: Apple under fire, again <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This time, they've been accused of not being green. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kathleen E. McLaughlin </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Apple is under fire again in China, this time accused of not being green.</p> <p> In a report released Wednesday, a consortium of five Chinese environmental groups calls out the U.S. tech giant for what is says are widespread environmental problems created by its supplier companies in China.</p> <p> The report follows up on an <a href="">earlier Apple condemnation</a> by the same environmental groups in January.</p> <p> <strong>GlobalPost in Taiwan: <a href="">Rights abuses in factories making the world&#39;s favorite high-tech gadgets&nbsp; </a></strong></p> <p> In their latest report, which targets six electronics factory locations in China, the groups say:</p> <p class="rteindent1"> Faced with an ever evasive Apple, a group of Chinese NGOs decided to dig deeper and carry out further investigations into the environmental problems that exist within Apple&rsquo;s supply chain. Through five months of research and field investigations we have found that the pollution discharge from this $300 billion dollar company has been expanding and spreading throughout its supply chain, and has been seriously encroaching on local communities and their surrounding environments.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apple Green China Technology The Rice Bowl Wed, 31 Aug 2011 14:57:50 +0000 Kathleen E. McLaughlin 5674369 at Preview of Windows 8 for tablets, PCs hits internet (VIDEO) <p> Steven Sinofsky of Microsoft said Windows 8 &ldquo;reimagines what Windows can be.&quot;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apple Business Technology United States Wed, 14 Sep 2011 17:42:00 +0000 News Desk 5675336 at Apple iPhone 5 launch in California generates buzz (VIDEO) <p> Expectations ran high that Apple would unveil its new iPhone 5 in Cupertino, California and central London on Tuesday, according to media reports.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apple Google Travel/Tourism Entertainment Technology United Kingdom United States Tue, 04 Oct 2011 05:49:00 +0000 News Desk 5676735 at United States of Apple: Is It a Cult? (Photos) <p> With the launch of the new iPhone 4s we take a look at Apple&#39;s most, um, adoring fans.</p> Apple Americas Global Economy Offbeat Technology United States Tue, 04 Oct 2011 19:37:00 +0000 News Desk 5676819 at