Audit cites Foxconn faults in China factories

Audit sites Foxconn faults in China factories

The Fair Labor Association conducted a month long inspection on the factories being operated by Foxconn in China.

The latter is a major supplier to Apple and other companies.

The investigation was initiated by Apple in response to critics after news of workers deaths that included suicides and injuries within the Chinese factories.

The investigation resulted into uncovering excessive overtime and problems with overtime compensation at factories that produce iPhones and iPads among many devices. They also cited health and safety risks.

The group conducted a survey and found out that 43% of the respondents said that they experienced or have witnessed an accident within the factories.

According to chief executive of the group Auret van Heerden, “The Fair labor Association gave Apple’s largest supplier the equivalent of a full-body. Apple and its supplier Foxconn have agreed to our prescriptions, and we will verify progress and report publicly.”

Foxconn is a Taiwanese company that has about 1.2 million employees in their pay-roll. They also manufacture parts for Dell Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Inc.

The company said that they are committed to bringing factories into full compliance with Chinese legal limits and Fair Labor Assn. standards on working hours by July 2013.

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Microsoft’s Kinect to be built into future laptops?

The Kinect is mostly seen as an add-on for Microsoft’s Xbox 360. Now PC users can enjoy this technology as the Microsoft is set to deliver on its promise to bring Kinect to this popular device.

Not only are they bringing it to the PC but they’re bringing it with all the official support. Not only will Microsoft bring it to PC owners but they are also giving it to portable systems.

A prototype of this was unveiled to the public as two notebooks from Asus had built in Kinect sensors and it ran on the new Windows 8. The daily speculates that this motion sensor will make sense for gaming and switching applications or as a replacement for media controls.

Kinect seems inept on smaller screen PC’s. While it is visually atractive on a 27 inch all in one PC. But this technology would rather be useful in a laptop than a multi-touch interface.

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