Earthquake Aftermath May Cause iPad 2 Supply Issues

The folks at iSuppli are saying that the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake could cause delays as Apple tries to meet demand for the iPad 2—they've identified no less than five components of Apple's new tablet that are sourced in Japan, including DRAM, an electronic compass, touchscreen overlay glass, and the system… » 3/17/11 5:28pm 3/17/11 5:28pm

How Gadgets Are Perpetuating Atrocities In Congo

A recent spate of suicides at Foxconn factories brought scrutiny to the working conditions in the factories where big-brand gadgets are manufactured. But tracing gadget guts to their mineral sources reveals that Foxconn overtime is far from the ugliest link of the supply chain. » 6/27/10 7:00pm 6/27/10 7:00pm

A Night in the Life of a Foxconn Worker

After a rash of employee suicides brought scrutiny to the working conditions in Foxconn's factories, some horror stories quickly came to light. Now, the Times has followed a worker through his average night-shift, assembling some 1,600 hard drives. » 6/19/10 3:33pm 6/19/10 3:33pm

Chinese Groups Blame Sony, Apple, Vodafone and Others For Factory…

An investigation by Chinese environmental groups, sparked by thousands of cases of lead poisoning in the country, has concluded with a report that urges foreign manufacturers including HP, Sony, Apple, and Vodafone to clean up their supply chains. » 5/13/10 4:40pm 5/13/10 4:40pm

Apple Reports Discovery of Child Workers In Their Factories

February has not been a good month for the Apple supply chain. After the assault, the arson, and the poisonings, now Apple's annual supplier report reveals that this year 11 minors were found working in factories that manufacture their products. » 2/27/10 1:59pm 2/27/10 1:59pm

Foxconn Workers Don't Get Mad, They Get Even (By Burning Their Factory…

There's a lot of hostility swirling around Foxconn these days. First, Foxconn security assaulted a photograph-snapping reporter in China. Now there's a report that workers at a Mexican Foxconn factory burned the joint down after being forced to work overtime. » 2/20/10 5:00pm 2/20/10 5:00pm