"Employees at Foxconn facilities in China, used to manufacture the iPhone and iPad, were forced to sign a pledge not to commit suicide after over a dozen staff killed themselves over the last 16 months.
Is it just us, or are Apple employees getting cockier with the release of every new product? If you were hoping that Apple would get more humble with the release of the iPad 2... You are going to be sadly, sadly mistaken.
"From the techspot article: 'This week, the Opera web browser became the first non-native browser made available in Apple's Mac App Store. While Apple approved the browser, it still managed to hurt its competitor by putting this ridiculous label on it: "You must be at least 17 years old to download this app." Opera has reacted in good humor. "I'm very concerned," Jan Standal, VP of Desktop Products for Opera Software, said in a statement.
"Apple is making it more difficult for iPhone 4 owners to perform simple DIY repairs by replacing common Phillps head screws with a rare "pentalobe" screws. While newer iPhone 4s have included the screws from the factory, it is also Apple policy to replace any Phillips head screws with the new pentalobe screws whenever an iPhone 4 is taken in for service." "This screw head clearly has one purpose," iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens told Ars.
"An Apple authorized Service Provider called System Graph is suing a customer who complained online about poor service from them. The customer Dimitrios Papadimitriadis took his iMac to them because he was seeing gray spots on his LED panel." | more
"It has been brought to life by artist Michael Tompert, who over time diligently bought Apple’s stuff and then meticulously destroyed it, only to photograph it in an artistic manner. We must admit we were impressed by the artistic touch carefully integrated into the process of inventive and aesthetically pleasing destruction. You can check out the rest of the pictures here." | more
"Jobs told analysts on Monday that RIM has an uphill battle when it comes building an app store because the presence of the iTunes App Store and the Android Marketplace will make it difficult for a third app store to be successful. The CEO also ragged on smaller, 7-inch tablets saying they should come with sandpaper so users can sand their fingers down to a quarter of their current size." | more
Finally the Apple hits Newton on the head.
"Apple today reversed its decision earlier in the year that barred developers from using rival programming tools, including one that has since been discontinued by Adobe, to build applications for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch." | more
The Mac Pro, Apple’s recently refreshed dream machine with up to twelve processing cores, can now be ordered from Apple. The online Apple store estimates up to ten days delivery time for the pricey desktop and users can configure the system with high-end graphics from ATI.
Announced on July 27, the new Mac Pro is available in quad-core, eight-core, and twelve-core flavors, beginning at $2,499, $3,499, and $4,999, respectively. The quad-core model sports a single 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Xeon W3530 processor, 3GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM memory (expandable up to 16GB), and a 1TB Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive (7200 rpm).
The 8-core model features two 2.4GHz Xeon E5620 quad-core processors and 6GB of RAM while its twelve-core counterpart boasts two 2.66GHz six-core CPUs. Early CPU benchmarks released last November indicated that a Mac Pro fitted with two six-core processors brings a 50 percent speed boost over the previous-generation flagship model.
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