Tuesday, January 31, 2012

LG HBM-235 bluetooth headset Manual in html

LG HBM-235 Manual in html

*** Did you know LG means Lucky Goldstar? ***

Note you have to pull out the rubber cover on the charging port, you need a flat micro USB power plug

Low battery
Battery status alert

Power on
- When the charger is connected, with power on or off, the headset will turn off.
- While charging, the LED indicator will show a solid white light.
- The buttons will not function while the device is charging.
- It takes 2 hours to fully charge the headset.
- When charging is complete, the LED indicator will turn off.

Power off
- Press and hold the MFB for 3 seconds.
•You will hear, "power off", the Bluetooth link will disconnect and the power
will turn off.
How to use
- An announcement will play once every 2 minutes.
- If the battery is not charged, the headset will turn off.
- By pressing and holding the VOLUME DOWN button for 1 second, you can check the
battery status of the HBM-235, The audible battery status alert will inform you of the
battery level. There are 3 levels of battery status.
1. Battery is high
2. Battery is medium
3. Battery is low
- Press and hold the MFB for 3 seconds.
•The power will turn on and you will hear, "power on".
- Before using the headset for the first time, it must be paired with a Bluetoothenabled handset.
- There are 3 pairing modes with the HBM-235.
1) Easy Pairing
•Press and hold the MFB for 3 seconds to turn on the HBM-235.
•The headset will enter auto-reconnect mode for 10 seconds.
(if your headset has already been paired with the handset, the headset will
automatically reconnect to the handset when the HBM-235 is powered on).

After 10 seconds, the HBM-235 will automatically enter pairing mode.
•When the headset enters pairing mode, the LED indicator will show a solid
white light.
•Using your handset, find the Bluetooth menu and “search for” or “add” new
•Select “LG HBM-235” from the list of devices and pair it with your handset.
•If you are asked for the passkey or PIN during pairing, please enter “0000”
(4 zeros).
•Once pairing has been completed successfully, you will hear a beep.
•After pairing has been completed, make sure you "connect" to the LG
HBM-235. You will hear "Connected".
•If you want to pair with a different device in the future, the headset must be
placed into pairing mode.
•If the headset is in pairing mode for 3 minutes without being connected to
a handset, the HBM-235 will automatically turn off.
2) Manual Pairing
•With the power off, press and hold the MFB for 6 seconds.
•When the headset enters pairing mode, the LED indicator will show a solid
white light.
• Using your handset, find the Bluetooth menu and “search for” or “add” new
•Select “LG HBM-235” from the list of devices and pair it with your handset.
•If you are asked for the passkey or PIN during pairing, please enter “0000”
(4 zeros).
•Once pairing has been completed successfully, you will hear a beep.
•After pairing has been completed, make sure you "connect" to the LG
HBM-235. You will hear "Connected".
•If you want to pair with a different device in the future, the headset must be
placed into pairing mode.
•If the headset is in pairing mode for 3 minutes without being connected to
a handset, the HBM-235 will automatically turn off.
3) Proximity Pairing (Headset Initiated Pairing)
•Go into your handset Bluetooth menu and set your handset’s Bluetooth to
Visible or Discoverable mode.
•Place the HBM-235 within 4 inches (10cm) of your handset.

3) Proximity Pairing (Headset Initiated Pairing)
•Go into your handset Bluetooth menu and set your handset’s Bluetooth to
Visible or Discoverable mode.
•Place the HBM-235 within 4 inches (10cm) of your handset.
Volume control
How to use
• With the power off, press and hold the MFB on the HBM-235 for 6
seconds to enter Manual Pairing mode (solid white light).
• Press and hold the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons at the same
time for 3 seconds to place the HBM-235 in Proximity pairing Mode.
• When the headset enters Proximity Pairing mode, the LED indicator
show a solid white light.
• For 20 seconds, the HBM-235 will search for a handset that has been
placed into Discoverable or Visible mode.
• When the HBM-235 finds the handset, your handset will ask you if you
want to accept the pairing request from the HBM-235.
• Select Yes, and pair the HBM-235 with your handset.
• After your headset is paired, be sure to connect to the handset.
- If the HBM-235 is turned off (either accidentally or intentionally) while
connected to a handset, the headset and handset will disconnect.
The headset and handset will automatically reconnect when the
HBM-235 is turned back on (provided that both devices are within
the required range of 33 feet 10 meters).
[ Out of range ]
- When your handset and HBM-235 are separated by a range of 33
feet (10 meters) or more, the headset and handset will disconnect.
When the handset and HBM-235 are within the required range again,
the HBM-235 will automatically reconnect to the handset.
- If the headset and handset do not automatically reconnect when
they are back within the required range, briefly press the MFB on
the HBM-235 to reconnect manually.
- Press the VOLUME UP or VOLUME DOWN button to adjust the
speaker volume.
- There are eight levels of speaker volume.How to use
Calling Advanced multipoint
8 9
Answering a call
- When there is an incoming call, the headset will ring.
- Briefly press the MFB to answer the incoming call.
Making a call
- If you make a call from the handset, the call will (depending on the
phone settings) automatically transfer to the headset. If the call is
not automatically transferred, you can manually transfer the call by
briefly pressing the MFB on the HBM-235 (handset and headset
must be paired).
Voice dialing
- Briefly press the MFB to activate “Voice Command”.    
For best results, record the Voice dialing tag through your headset.
NOTE: If your handset does not support Voice dialing, this action
may activate Last Number Redial.
Last number redial*
- Press and hold the MFB for 1 second to activate “Last number redial”.
The headset will beep and then call the last number dialled.
Ending a call
- Briefly press the MFB.
Transferring a call*
- While on a call on your handset, briefly press the MFB to transfer the audio
to the headset (the headset and handset must be paired).
- To transfer a call from the headset to handset, press and hold the
VOLUME UP button for 3 seconds.
Call waiting*
- Answer a second call without hanging up the first call by pressing the
MFB for 1 second. Press the MFB for 1 second to return to the original call.
- Briefly press the MFB to terminate both calls at once.
Call Reject*
- Activate call reject by pressing the MFB for 1 second when the handset
* These functions may only be used if your handset supports them.
For further information about using these features, please consult
your handset's user manual.
How to use
The LG HBM-235 is capable of having two handsets connected to the
headset at the same time. This will give you the freedom of having only one
headset to operate both of your handsets.
Activation / De-activation
- For activation(or deactivation) advanced multipoint connection, with the
HBM-235 Discoverable mode or Not connected mode, press and hold the
MFB and VOLUME UP(or DOWN) button simultaneously for 1 second.
You will hear "On" (or "Off").
- Pair the headset with one of your Bluetooth-enabled handsets. (per the
pairing instructions on pages 6).
- Turn off the headset.
- With the power off, press and hold the MFB on the HBM-235 for 6 seconds
to enter Manual Pairing mode.
- Press and hold the MFB and VOLUME UP button on the HBM-235 for 1
second to enable Multipoint.
- Now, pair and connect the headset with your other Bluetooth-enabled
handset. (This will be your primary handset).
- Once this handset is paired and connected, go back and connect the first
paired handset to the headset. (This will be your secondary handset).
* Note: When the HBM-235 is connected to two handsets at the same
time(multipoint), the headset calling functions will work with the primary
handset (or handset which made the last outgoing call).
Calling function
- Voice dialing and Last Number Redial features work with the primary
handset (or handset which made the last outgoing call).
- The first connected device is set as the primary handset and the next
connected device is set  as the secondary handset.
- The device which made the last outgoing call will always be set as the
primary handset.
- If there is an incoming call on each handset, the first incoming call can be
answered by a brief press of the MFB.

Power on Power off Press the MFB for 3 seconds.
Power off Power on Press the MFB for 3 seconds.
Volume up Talking Briefly press the VOLUME UP button.
Volume down Talking Briefly press the VOLUME DOWN button.
Transferring a call Talking - handset to headset
Briefly press the MFB (must be paired)
- headset to handset
Press and hold the VOLUME UP button
for 3 seconds.
Answering a call Ringing Briefly press the MFB.
Ending a call Talking Briefly press the MFB.
Call waiting Talking Press the MFB for 1 second.
Last number redial Idle Press the MFB for 1 second.
Voice dialing Idle Briefly press the MFB.
(handset must support)
Call reject Ringing Press the MFB for 1 second.
Pairing mode(Manual) Power off Press the MFB for 6 seconds.
Battery status check Idle Press the VOLUME DOWN button for 1
Operating Power on The white LED light flickers 4 times.
Power off The white LED light flickers 4 times
and then turns off.
Pairing mode The white LED light stays on.
Headset / Hands-free The white LED light flickers
profile connected twice every 5 seconds.
Call connected The white LED light flickers
twice every 5 seconds.
Charging Charging The white LED light stays on.
Charging complete The LED light turns off.

Newt Gingrich vs. Romney News Blog

Jan 31, 2012

Economist Laffer: Gingrich Tax Plan Beats Romney's

Tuesday, 31 Jan 2012 13:49 PM

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich s tax plan is significantly better than the one rival Mitt Romney prop . . .

DeMint: Majority Soon Will Depend on Government

Tuesday, 31 Jan 2012 12:59 PM

Sen. Jim DeMint sees the United States creeping toward socialism, and he doesn t like it. A majority of Americans will s . . .

Fineman: Gingrich Running for 'Soul of GOP'

Tuesday, 31 Jan 2012 12:20 PM

Newt Gingrich is fighting for nothing less than the soul of the Republican Party, says political analyst Howard Fineman. . . .

Read more on Newsmax.com: American Spectator: Romney Knows He Can’t Beat Obama
Important: Do You Support Pres. Obama's Re-Election? Vote Here Now!
Jan 30, 2012

"If it’s between Obama and Romney, there isn’t all that much difference except for the crowd that they bring with them."

Soros added, "Romney would have to take Gingrich or Santorum as a vice president and you probably have some pretty extreme candidates for the Supreme Court."

"So it won't be that great a difference," he concluded, if Romney becomes president.

Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh described Soros' move this way: "He's endorsing Romney. 'Romney, that's cool, no difference, I could go either way that way.'

Read more on Newsmax.com: Soros: Obama, Romney 'Not Much Difference'
Important: Do You Support Pres. Obama's Re-Election? Vote Here Now!

Polls show Gingrich cutting Romney Fla. lead to single digits

By Meghashyam Mali 01/30/12 09:25 AM ET
Two new polls show Newt Gingrich narrowing the gap with Mitt Romney in Florida, one day ahead of that state's crucial primary.
An InsiderAdvantage poll of likely GOP voters released Sunday night shows Romney in the lead with 36 percent support, ahead of Newt Gingrich with 31 percent.
Rick Santorum and Ron Paul tie for third place with 12 percent support each.

Jan 28, 2012



Rev. Wildmon: Palin Is Right, Newt Being 'Crucified'

Saturday, 28 Jan 2012 11:11 AM
By David A. Patten

Wildmon, founder of the American Family Association, has strongly endorsed Gingrich for president, and this week has been urging fellow believers to vote in Florida's primary for the former House Speaker.

PITTSGingrich following GOP playbook on racism

Sacramento Bee‎ - 20 hours ago
By Leonard Pitts Jr. I got my first job when I was 12. The deacons at my church paid me $2 a week to keep it swept and mopped

Huge Poll: Half of Tea Partyers Support Gingrich

Thursday, 26 Jan 2012 13:28 PM
Tea partyers overwhelmingly back Newt Gingrich to be the Republican presidential nominee, a huge poll of 29,000 people s . . .
Read more on Newsmax.com: Rush: Newt Under ‘Coordinated Attack’

Well, he actually doesn't like Gingrich, but he does acknowledge the epic win and he's a bit funny. Pam Geller says yeah Gingrich is an SOB but he's OUR magnificent SOB.

Monday January 23, 2012
Indecision 2012 - The Gingrich Who Stole South Carolina

Newt Gingrich turns his campaign around by exploiting South Carolinian voters' anger at the media's supposed victimization of the Right.

Jan 22, 2012

4 days ago ... Sarah Palin still isn't endorsing a candidate in the Republican presidential race, but she acknowledges that she believes Newt Gingrich's ...

Jan 19, 2012

Palin Defends Gingrich on Marriage Charges

Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 11:10 PM
Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin came to Newt Gingrich's defense Thursday night as allegations about his second marriage threatened his surge in South Carolina's primary.
Read more on Newsmax.com: Palin Defends Gingrich on Marriage Charges

NYT: Black Segregation Declining, Still Greater than Asian or Hispanic

January 30, 2012
Segregation Curtailed in U.S. Cities, Study Finds
More than 40 years after the federal government enacted fair-housing legislation and the Great Migration of blacks from the South began to ebb, residential segregation in metropolitan America has been significantly curtailed, according to a study released Monday.
The study of census results from thousands of neighborhoods by two economics professors who are fellows at the Manhattan Institute, a conservative research organization, found that the nation's cities are more racially integrated than at any time since 1910; that all-white enclaves "are effectively extinct"; and that while black urban ghettos still exist, they are shriveling

see article: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/31/us/Segregation-Curtailed-in-US-Cities-Study-Finds.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&pagewanted=print

Monday, January 30, 2012

How To Do Ramen Noodles Right

see http://www.delish.com/recipes/cooking-recipes/taste-of-place/?v=30cf601e-dbc1-418a-a180-71b0c5ed866e&from=en-us_msnhp
Secrets - use only 1/4 of the sauce packet
Add fresh broccoli (or lettuce)
Add protein (my dad used sardines or fish steaks)
My family ate ramen back in the late 60s when only Asians ate the stuff.

Friday, January 27, 2012

CATO: Buffet's Secretary Paying More Tax Story is Bogus

see http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/warren-buffetts-tax-story-is-bogus/

Warren Buffett’s Tax Story Is Bogus

For years, Warren Buffett has been claiming that his secretary pays a higher tax rate than he does. Recently, President Obama has taken that claim and run with it. I don’t know Mr. Buffett’s particular tax situation, but I do know that his claim as a general matter is bogus.
Let’s look at some numbers. The first chart shows IRS data for income tax rates by income group for 2009. These are average effective tax rates, calculated as income taxes paid divided by adjusted gross income (AGI). The chart shows that taxpayers with incomes above $500,000 had tax rates averaging about 25 percent. Middle-income taxpayers had tax rates of half of that or less. A few years ago, Buffett claimed that his secretary earned $60,000 and paid a 30 percent tax rate. But looking just at income taxes, that seems way off. (Note that this data doesn’t include the “refundable” portion of tax credits, which wipes out taxes for many people at the bottom end).
Perhaps Buffett was referring to the fact that his secretary pays a heavy load of payroll taxes in addition to income taxes. But when you look at data which includes all federal taxes, the system is still highly graduated with much higher rates at the top end.
Chart 2 shows CBO data for 2007 on average effective tax rates, including essentially all federal taxes—individual income, corporate income, payroll, and excise. Buffett’s secretary would fit into the fourth group in the chart, where the average tax rate was 17.4 percent. So if she is really paying 30 percent, then Buffett needs to show her some of his tax-reduction tricks. Note in the chart that Buffett’s peers in the top 1 percent paid an average rate of 29.5 percent, which is double the rate paid by middle-income taxpayers.
In 2007, Buffett said that he paid a 17.7 percent tax rate. Alan Reynolds notes that Buffett earns large amounts of capital gains, which are taxed at a maximum federal rate of 15 percent. People in the top income groups do report a lot of capital gains, which reduces their overall effective tax rate. However, capital gains are included in chart 1, above, and you can see that the top income groups still pay much higher tax rates than others on average. One reason is that a large amount of income at the top is small business income, which is hit by ordinary income tax rates of up to 35 percent.
You have to go to the extreme top end of the income spectrum in order for capital gains realizations to really push down overall effective tax rates. The IRS publishes data for the 400 highest-income taxpayers. For these taxpayers, the average effective income tax rate in 2008 was 18.1 percent.
Since the beginning of the income tax, we have nearly always had special treatment of capital gains for some very good reasons, as I discuss here. I point out that virtually all high-income nations recognize that capital gains are different and that special rules are needed. A number of OECD nations have long-term capital gains tax rates of zero, including New Zealand and the Netherlands.
Another important aspect to this debate regards the link between capital gains and dynamism in the economy and dynamism in tax payments. The political left makes it seem as if there were a permanent aristocracy at the top end of the income spectrum in America. However, IRS data show the exact opposite—the top 400 are a highly dynamic group. Notice first in IRS Table 1 that 57 percent of AGI for these taxpayers is capital gains. That is a key reason why the people in this group are constantly changing—large capital gains realizations are occasional events that rocket people to the top of the AGI heap. One example is when an entrepreneur sells her successful and longstanding business and retires.
The last table in the IRS document reveals the dynamism. The IRS traced the identities of all taxpayers who showed up in the top 400 anytime between 1992 and 2008. The IRS found that there were a huge 3,672 different taxpayers who appeared during that timeframe. Of these 3,672, fully 73 percent only appeared once in the top 400! And 85 percent appeared only once or twice.
So at the top end of our capitalist system is a continual generation of new wealth and new wealthy people, and that dynamism reflects the still-energetic and free-wheeling nature of our economy.

Apple 1984: Imperialist IPhones Kill Chinese Workers

The last piece  I wrote "Tonight We Assemble XBOX's in Hell" compared the workers who stood up to mistreatment by threatening mass suicide to the noble 300 Spartans. In August, UK's Economist mentioned the anti-jumper nets in  "Robots don't  complain, demand high wages... or kill themselves" Now the New York Times really socked to Apple in "In China, Human Costs Are Built Into an iPad" with nary a peep from the usual Asian American politically correct police or even the China Daily which usually has lot of stuff under the "wierd things that happen to China" category.

I remember growing up in the 70s watching the Chinese toil during "The Good Earth" and  reading about the horrors of the Chinese communists that my parents fled from, and all the Chinese who died in the name of modernization and 5 year plans as their answer to what imperialist powers did to China before they were chased out. My generation was also given Brave New World and 1984 as reading assignments, though we all knew "well I'm glad that never happened" as we would never live in a world that worshiped corporations and their leaders like Ford or Steve Jobs. I notice my son doing a paper on Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle" which exposed conditions at American meatpacking plants.

The New York Time's featured victim was Lai Xiaodong who worked at Foxconn's factory in Chengdu, where my mother grew up. Foxconn is a company from Taiwan, once known as "Free China". This was the factory producing the IPad which features a brushed aluminum back. Instead of "Arbeit Macht Frei", banner proclaimed a no-more cheerful "Work hard on the job today or work hard to find a job tomorrow." which even beats the Simpsons Mr Burn's nuclear plant for boosting morale. Although Foxconn pledged to Apple not to work its people more than 60 hours in a week, Lai's paychecks show he was putting in 12 hours a day six days a week, while the less fortunate were worked without a single day of rest.

He was one of the better paid workers as his college degree upped his pay to $22 day (about $5500 a year). He at least got a bedroom large enough for a wardrobe and desk where he could waste the remaining hours playing "Fight the Landlord" online compared to some 3-room apartments where they shoe-horned up to 20 workers which doesn't sound much better than conditions in American Chinatowns. Foxconn houses 70,000 workers in this town, enough people to fill a large NFL stadium. After Apple clamped down on conditions with audits, they were proud to report only two-thirds of 36 audits showed employees regularly working over 60 hours a week, and just six "core violations" such as hiring underage 15-year-olds and falsifying records. (Note Obama's recent call to criminalize Americans working before the age of 18 by requiring all youths to stay in high school until the age of 18)

In my college days, we gave demonstrations at the Pacific Science Center at the foot of the Space Needle where we puffed some air into  coffee can of flour with a candle to produce a small explosion. Unfortunately, this also happens in industrial scale in Indiana in 2003 with aluminum dust (which is also used to make solid rocket motors) and at a sugar factory in Georgia in 2008 killing 14. Coal dust can also do the job. The blast that burned Lai to death killed 4 and injured 18 came from aluminum dust from machines which polished the brushed aluminum cases. Smoke was coming out of shattered windows. When his girlfriend came, she saw his skin completely burned away and he only recognized his legs. At least the company had the decency to send a team of workers to his family's home to deliver ashes, and wire him a check for $150,000, nearly 30 years of salary, probably to head off any possibility of an ugly lawsuit. Because of the blast, Foxconn stopped production at all shops to improve ventilation and dust disposal, but only 7 months later there was another blast that injured 59.

Alas the brouhaha over Apples imperialist ways comes after the passing of Steve Jobs, not known for whipping Apple into a Corporate Superpower by being Mr. Nice Guy.  It also comes when Apple announced jaw-dropping $13 billion in profit in a single quarter on $46.33 billion in sales. Reports are that Apple is on track to not only pass Hewlett Packard as the world's largest computer company, but also Exxon as the most valuable company in stock value. Molly Wood of CNET notes that even after Apple audits its suppliers for labor, health, and safety since 2007 that "problems remain--the kinds of problems that kill people." "The company got there by riding its legendary legacy of never compromising, never accepting "no" for an answer, and of squeezing margins so it can release new and improved products virtually every year at the same price as the year before."

Also from CNET: "The only way you make money working for Apple is figuring out how to do things more efficiently or cheaper. And then they'll come back the next year, and force a 10 percent price cut."
That's from an executive at one company that helped bring the iPad to market.
Then, there's this from a former Apple exec "with firsthand knowledge of the supplier responsibility group":
"You can set all the rules you want, but they're meaningless if you don't give suppliers enough profit to treat workers well. If you squeeze margins, you're forcing them to cut safety."
It doesn't stop there. Li Mingqi, a former Foxconn manager:
"Apple never cared about anything other than increasing product quality and decreasing production cost."

What did Apple public relations have to say?

"Any accident is deeply troubling, and any issue with working conditions is cause for concern."
Adding: "Any suggestion that we don't care is patently false and offensive to us. As you know better than anyone, accusations like these are contrary to our values. It's not who we are.

BRUCE SILVERMAN of Minneapolis wrote the NYT in a section titled "Has the iOrwell Arrived": It’s ironic and disheartening that the company that set out to change the world could accomplish the task only by employing vendors who subject workers to slave-labor wages and an Orwellian work environment. With all due respect to the late, great Steve Jobs, if the famous 1984 Super Bowl commercial for Apple were reshot, the image of Big Brother on the giant screen might fittingly be his own. In stark contrast to its counterculture origins, Apple seems to have evolved into the embodiment of everything it once despised — a greedy, callous, ruthless behemoth beholden only to fund managers who demand incremental profits every quarter at any cost.

ANDREA GARA of Palo Alto, Calif wrote: I can pay more for humanely produced beef. Maybe it’s time for stickers certifying humanely produced electronics.

"Those jobs aren't coming back"


But as Steven P. Jobs of Apple spoke,President Obama interrupted with an inquiry of his own: what would it take to make iPhones in the United States? Mr. Jobs’s reply was unambiguous. “Those jobs aren’t coming back,” he said. The president’s question touched upon a central conviction at Apple. It isn’t just that workers are cheaper abroad. Rather, Apple’s executives believe the vast scale of overseas factories as well as the flexibility, diligence and industrial skills of foreign workers have so outpaced their American counterparts that “Made in the U.S.A.” is no longer a viable option for most Apple products.
Coleen Martinez of Knoxville Tenn wrote: Jennifer Rigoni, former supply demand manager for Apple, said about the American work force: “What U.S. plant can find 3,000 people overnight and convince them to live in dorms?” Has Apple ever wondered who could afford to buy its products if Americans aren’t working?

CNET alone has this whole series of articles: 

Apple catches flak in China supply chain saga

by CNET News staff 

Apple supplier facilities in Shanghai
Scenes from Apple supply facilities in Shanghai. At left, workers assemble MacBook Pros; at right, an audit takes place.
(Credit: Apple)
The maker of iPads and iPhones is hardly alone among tech companies that rely heavily on Chinese factories under scrutiny for labor practices. But it has become the flashpoint.

Dear Apple: Do something about Chinese working conditions

As stories keep emerging about terrible working conditions in consumer electronics factories, it's time for Apple to step up. They've got the power and the cash to make meaningful change. Let's hold them to it.
(Posted in Molly Rants by Molly Wood)
January 27, 2012 11:48 a.m. PT

ZDNet: Apple's supply chain flap--it's really about us

commentary Apple is under fire for its supply chain labor, but every tech item--and everything you own--goes through the same manufacturing paces.
(Posted in Between the Lines by Larry Dignan)
January 27, 2012, 3:04 a.m. PT

Tim Cook: Apple cares about 'every worker' in its supply chain

Tim Cook responds to a report about working conditions at a factory in China, saying that any suggestion it doesn't care about worker welfare is "false and offensive."
(Posted in Apple by Steven Musil)
January 26, 2012 11:25 p.m. PT

A kinder, gentler Apple? Don't bet on it

A New York Times article depicting the high human costs built into the making of Apple products has provoked a strong reaction from readers and consumers. How will Apple respond?
(Posted in Fully Equipped by David Carnoy)
January 26, 2012 12:39 p.m. PT

Apple and the Foxconn problem

Putting a human cost on the iPad

An in-depth New York Times report focuses on the final months of a factory worker who died as a result of an explosion at a factory that makes iPads, as well as the conditions workers often endure.
• A tale of Apple, the iPhone, and overseas manufacturing
(Posted in Apple by Steven Musil)
January 25, 2012 10:00 p.m. PT

Apple gets tax incentives in Brazil to begin iPad production

According to a report from Brazilian newspaper Folha, Foxconn will begin producing iPads after being officially granted a batch of tax incentives from the Brazilian government.
(Posted in iPhone Atlas by Joe Aimonetti)
January 25, 2012 5:48 p.m. PT

Apple's Siri teaches Jon Stewart about Foxconn

Moved by Rick Perry's plea that we need to get jobs (and Steve Jobs) back to America, Jon Stewart asks Siri about the factory where Apple products are made. It is an ear-opener.
(Posted in Technically Incorrect by Chris Matyszczyk)
January 18, 2012 9:46 a.m. PT

Apple's latest supplier report details labor issues

In an auditing report on the factories where its products are made, Apple says its findings include cases of underage workers and environmental violations. It also says it has joined a third-party auditing group.
(Posted in Apple by Josh Lowensohn)
January 13, 2012 10:17 a.m. PT

Foxconn settles with workers who threatened mass suicide

The company says 150 of its workers were involved in the protest, of whom 45 apparently resigned rather than take the deal.
• Microsoft probing report of Foxconn mass-suicide threat
(Posted in The Digital Home by Don Reisinger)
January 12, 2012 10:44 a.m. PT

previous coverage

Inside Foxconn's fatal iPad factory

The lack of safety precautions for workers was most alarming at the company's Chengdu plant, according to a report released just two weeks before an explosion at the factory killed two.
(Posted in Crave by Eric Mack)
May 21, 2011 12:21 p.m. PT

Apple report reveals grim truths behind gadgets

Progress report on its suppliers' practices marks first time Apple acknowledges worker poisonings. Also, many suppliers fail to comply with child-labor, other guidelines.
(Posted in Health Tech by Elizabeth Armstrong Moore)
February 15, 2011 4:30 p.m. PT

Apple reports on Foxconn, supplier workplace standards

Apple's latest supplier report details actions taken to help Foxconn with worker suicides and other facilities with underage workers.
(Posted in Apple by Jim Dalrymple)
February 14, 2011 12:45 p.m. PT

Apple fan's faith put to the test (Q&A)

Mike Daisey's new monologue, "The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs," chronicles his love affair with Apple products, a revealing visit to China, and why people need to think about where our devices come from.
(Posted in Apple by Anne Dujmovic)
January 31, 2011 4:00 a.m. PT

Reporters' Roundtable: The human cost of gadgets

Can consumers do anything to ensure that their smartphones, cameras, and gadgets are ethically made? Our experts discuss.
(Posted in Reporter's Roundtable by Rafe Needleman)
October 15 31, 2011 2:46 p.m. PT

Apple, Dell, HP looking into Foxconn factory suicides

After a spate of workers having died or been injured in suicide attempts, three of Foxconn's biggest clients speak out.
(Posted in Apple by Erica Ogg)
May 26, 2010 8:25 a.m. PT