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One of China's largest electronics manufacturers can't seem to stay out of trouble and out of the news. They have a long history of alleged worker mistreatment, wage discrimination and facilitating poor working conditions. All of which came to a head earlier this year when 11 employees attempted suicide. Foxconn then responded by trying to force them into signing,
"I promise not to kill myself pledges." However, the most recent controversy stems from recent independent surveys conducted by several universities in China.
Hit the break to find out what the not so clever Foxconn is under the gun for now.
It appears as though Microsoft has come to the realization that their new WinPho 7 operating system might be compared to the iPhone 1, 3 and 3GS in terms of what it cannot do. It also appears that they were just kidding when they said people don't copy and paste anymore. That is because this week Microsoft announced that there will be a software update to include copy and paste into Windows Phone 7. You'll just have to wait until 'early 2011' to get it. So don't go opening large Word documents just yet!
For more on the update, hit the break.
By court order this week, Apple will have to fork over a little more than $200 million to Mirror Worlds, LLC after losing a case involving patent infringement. Apple was ruled to be in violation of "document streaming" patents that belonged to Mirror Worlds, which happen to be a little too similar to the design and implementation of Apple's Cover Flow and Time Machine.
This lawsuit came about in 2008 when Mirror Worlds accused Apple of infringing on four patents, one involving information management systems and the other three based on a "document stream operating system".
For more on the ruling, follow the break.
If you needed yet another reason to switch from Firefox, I have one. A recent Trojan virus on Mozilla's browser forces Firefox to save user passwords and then use them to open a new user account on the computer that is infected.
As you should already know, most security advisors and people with common sense tell you to never have Firefox store your passwords since their security to protect them can easily be broken by simple malware.
For more on the recent Trojan, hit the break.
Harmonix CEO Alex Rigopulos recently sat down with Edge Online for an interview about where they are and where they want to go (TO SPACE). With the changes they have made in
Rock Band 3, it is clear they are ready to revisit their titles with new eyes. He said,
There's a lot of creative terrain to explore with Rock Band... new forms of interaction between the player and the music. We still have some very exciting things planned.
Hit the break for more of what Harmonix has in store for us.
Andy Rubin, the Vice President of Engineering at Google was very open and direct in a recent interview with PC Mag. This is the man responsible for the creation of Android before Google got their hands on it.
He attacked pretty much any and everybody, basically calling out OEMs who haven't kept up with the Android releases. He even says that "there's no advantage to the OEM of using an older version, and I'd say there's a consumer disadvantage." Well, at least he's not alright with the 23 different flavor combinations - I mean, versions of Android out there.
For a quote from Rubin that will make your jaw drop, hit the break.