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Apple’s 2013 Supplier Responsibility Report Includes 72% Bump In Audits For 2012, 97% Increase In Training
Apple has released its 2013 Supplier Responsibility Progress Report, and it features a number of updates from last year, including Apple’s decision to join the Fair Labor Association (a notable first), and conduct audits of its suppliers in tandem with that outside watchdog organization. The results seem to be a tightening of Apple’s code of conduct for suppliers all around, in terms of monitoring, penalties and programs to improve conditions.
Apple conducted 72 percent more audits in 2012 than it did in 2011, for example, totaling 393 audits across facilities employing 1.5 million workers. All types of audits increased for the year, including firs-time, repeat, process safety assessments and specialized environmental audits, but the last one took the biggest jumps vs. previous years. In 2012, Apple conducted 55 focused environmental audits, which is a 293 percent increase over the number it ran in 2011. The Mac maker works with outside associations in this area, too, just as it does with the FLA regarding labor, including the Natural Defense Council, the EPA and the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs.
The supplier audits also actually resulted in more severe punitive action than usual. Apple has faced criticism in the past for doling out corrective measures that seem rather toothless – most often putting suppliers “on probation,” meaning they’ll be watched more closely for future violations. But one supplier fell afoul of Apple’s measures to protect against underage labor, with 74 cases counted at a single facility. Apple terminated the relationship with that offending party entirely, proving that there are real consequences for companies that ignore its code of conduct and local labor laws.
Apple also came down harder on companies for compliance with working hour regulations, and changed its policies and practices in monitoring them to be more effective. In 2012, Apple started doing real-time work hour tracking on a weekly basis for over 1 million of the employees at its supplier companies, and publishing data on its progress every month. That led to a 92 percent compliance rate with its 60 hour maximum work week, as laid out in the Apple Supplier Code of Conduct, and Apple says overall work weeks averaged less than 50 hours.
Another area of improvement for Apple was in participation in its training and education programs. There were 1.32 million workers trained on local laws, worker rights, health and safety and Apple’s own Code of Conduct during 2012, a 97 percent increase over 2011′s 670,000. Apple also provided more free educational opportunities to workers than ever before, with 201,000 cumulative participants in those programs, up 235 percent from 60,000 in 2011.
Apple’s transparency definitely improved over the course of 2012 when it comes to its efforts around supplier responsibility and maintaining healthy and safe work environments, and that’s something Apple CEO Tim Cook clearly undertook as a conscious effort. That’s not to say that Apple didn’t have its fair share of labor issues during the year (issues around the demanding requirements for building the iPhone 5 come to mind), but especially in the way that Apple has allowed disinterested third parties to come in and aid with its monitoring efforts, 2012 was definitely the most significant year yet in terms of improvements made to its stance on supplier responsibility.
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We’ve heard reports of a Sony Xperia S successor previously– called the Xperia SL– and now we have some supposed specifications and images courtesy of (commonly reputable) Chinese site ePrice. As seen above in the passed renders, the brand-new tool looks to be identical to the Xperia S before it on the outside. There is a modification in color scheme variety, nonetheless, with silver and pink signing up with the previously-available black and white options. What is essential is exactly what’s on the inside– the Xperia SL is said to be a spec bump, after all– and ePrice says we can expect a dual-core, 1.7 GHz Qualcomm S3 MSM8260 processor. That’s a bit better than the 1.5 GHz chip in the Xperia S, and, fortunately, the rumors say that the SL will ship with Android 4.0.
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Toshiba’s Canvio external drives have just gotten a hefty boost, most of all for data swappers that play both the Mac and PC sides of the computing fence. Both the regular Canvio 3.0 and the Canvio Basics 3.0 have made the jump from 1TB to 1.5TB of capacity to hold that much more in the way of backups and videos. If you spring for the top-end 1.5TB Canvio 3.0, though, you’ll also get a new NTFS driver for the Mac that lets you take the USB 3.0 disk between a Mac and a Windows PC without having to either load a special reader app or wipe the drive clean. Living in that technology utopia will cost you $ 200 when it’s ready in early June, but the Mac- or Windows-only among us can pay as little as $ 120 to get a 500GB Canvio while still getting backup software and one of six glossy colors. More frugal travelers can pay $ 10 less at the capacity for one of the software-free Basics drives.
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The good news is that Raspberry Pi’s highly anticipated teeny-tiny Linux computers are on sale now, just barely making the promised February launch window (good thing it’s a leap year). The better news, is that the $ 25 Model A version has gotten an upgrade from the planned 128Mb of RAM to 256Mb matching the Model B, which still throws in an extra USB port and an Ethernet hookup for $ 10 more. Unfortunately there is some bad news as well, while the Model A is going into production “immediately”, cheapskates will have to hold off a little, as the Model B is the only one on sale right now. Built on a Broadcom BCM2835 700MHz ARM11 processor, they’re intended as a cheap computing option that require only a keyboard and RCA or HDMI-connected display to give a full desktop experience including gaming and HD video playback . The team also announced it has secured manufacturing and distribution agreements that should guarantee a steady supply of the boxes. Need more technical details? Hit the FAQ page below, or put down a few Hamiltons — they can be ordered directly from distributors Premier Farnell and RS Components — and find out how it runs (Fedora, Debian and ArchLinux are currently supported) for yourself.
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Fitness people love to make us feel guilty as they jog past the car, sneering as they watch us eat six double downs in one go. It’s those people who will be happy that Motorola’s Motoactv is getting a firmware update promising better battery life and power-saving settings — including a marathon mode that’ll give you eight hours of accompanied running. You’ll also find additional clock faces and the ability to measure your heart rate even when stationary. You know, with their clear skin and no body fat, maybe they’ve got the right idea and we should give some serious consideration to changing our ways — you know, in January.
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FREE ON ITUNES APP STORE AND ANDROID MARKET www.bu.mp Bumpâ„¢ makes sharing with people as simple as bumping two phones together. Just pick what you want to send, then hold your phones and gently bump hands with another person using Bumpâ„¢. Share photos, contacts and calendar events. Become friends on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Compare mutual friends and more. New Features: -Send as many photos and contacts as you want -Connect and compare friends on Twitter and LinkedIn in addition to Facebook -Share calendar events and compare calendars -Chat view lets you keep sharing after a bump -Extra magic Why choose Bumpâ„¢: Compatibility: Works across any type of internet connection (WiFi or cellular) on all iPhone models, iPod Touch, iPad and Android devices (more to come!) Security: No one can see any of your information (not even your name) until you physically bump hands with them Flexibility: Select only the information you want to share; multiple profiles let you customize bump for business and social settings Speed: Exchange information error-free in less than 10 seconds Thanks to Bumpâ„¢ user and voiceover actor Doug Turkel (www.UNnouncer.com) for recording the new audio track and to Joseph Mintz for the music.
Video Rating: 4 / 5
Sources: iPad 2 lands in thinner body with spec bump and cameras, SD slot and higher resolution display are out
The Apple rumors game can be a volatile thing. Just as we’d heard about last minute alterations to the Apple TV before it hit the market, we’ve gotten word from sources that the iPad 2 slated to be announced next Wednesday will be sans a few of the features we’d previously reported. Notably, that SD card slot and higher resolution display won’t make it into the new model (the latter we’d been hearing rumblings about for a little while). What’s the cause of the switch? Well our sources weren’t crystal clear on the exact reasons, but the gist of what was explained to us centered around vague “engineering issues” which may have forced some changes at the eleventh hour. It’s worth noting once again that these sources have been dead right on specific Apple plans and specifications for unannounced products in the past, and we have no reason to believe these changes are due to anything more than legitimate engineering decisions made close to launch.
So what will we see on March 2nd? We’re hearing it’s most likely a thinner, spec-bumped variation of the original iPad with a screen size and resolution identical to the current model. More RAM (512MB) and a more powerful CPU (the A5) are expected as well. It’s also a pretty safe bet the tablet will be sporting at least one camera up front — though if some of those case mockups we’ve seen tell us anything, expect a shooter around back too. It’s also almost guaranteed that we’ll see the next version of iOS (number 5 in all likelihood, along with its SDK for devs), and an expansion of Apple’s cloud services (that part is a little… foggy right now). Of course, that will perfectly set up Apple’s announcement of the iPhone 5 in June, which is when iPad owners can likely expect to be using the new software. Regardless, we’ll have the goods come next week, so stay tuned!
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It’s been awhile since we’ve heard any news from the Adamo camp, but for those looking to blow a bit of that Santa cash on something thin and light, the timing here couldn’t possibly be better. Nearly 1.5 years after the 13-inch ultraportable was let loose — for $ 1,999 and up, no less — a new low-cost configuration has emerged at Dell’s website. These days, $ 899 gets you a 0.65-inch thick machine, complete with a 13.4-inch WLED display (1366 x 768 resolution), 2.1GHz Core 2 Duo SL9600 processor, a 64-bit copy of Windows 7 Home Premium and 4GB of DDR3-800 memory. You’ll also get a 128GB SSD, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and a 40 WHr Lithium Polymer battery, and if you’re down for spending a bit more, you can grab an internal mobile broadband module as well. Or, you know, you could wait and see what kind of treasures CES brings. Your call.
Continue reading Samsung S2 Portable hard disk does the 7,200RPM bump with USB 3.0
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