Foxconn Bringing in Robots for iPhone 6 Assembly

1:54 PM, Jul. 7th, 2014 · · News

Hon Hai subsidiary Foxconn, the company that builds iPhones for Apple, is installing 10,000 robots on its assembly lines and plans to have them operational in time to build the iPhone 6. News of the robotic assembly line comes from Hon Hai CEO Terry Gou speaking at a shareholder meeting, and follows reports that the company is hiring some 100,000 workers to build the next iPhone.

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Looks like Foxconn is ready to roll out its own robot overlords. If they perform as expected it's a safe bet there will be fewer human factory worker hires in the future.

Passengers Entering US Must Power On Electronic Devices For TSA

1:49 PM, Jul. 7th, 2014 · · News

Passengers entering the US from "certain overseas airports" will need to be sure their electronic devices turn on, or the device will not be allowed on the plane and the passenger subject to additional screening. 

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You have to turn your iPhone off! You have to turn your iPhone on! I'm confused.

Privacy Group EPIC Files FTC Complaint Over Facebook Experiment

11:30 AM, Jul. 7th, 2014 · · News

The Electronic Privacy Information Center, or EPIC, filed a complaint against Facebook with the Federal Trade Commission over the social network's experiment where it manipulated the posts users saw to gauge emotional reactions. The group claims Facebook acted unethically and "purposefully messed with people's minds."

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EPIC's FTC complaint doesn't come as a surprise. Facebook better be ready for more complaints like this, and lawsuits will probably start surfacing soon, too.

South Korea Orders Apple, Google to Offer Easier App Store Refunds

10:08 AM, Jul. 7th, 2014 · · News

Apple and Google have been ordered to give customers easier access to refunds for app purchases, at least in South Korea. The country's Fair Trade Commission called the current refund policies unfair to consumers following complaints from the Citizen's Coalition for Economic Justice.

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An easier App Store refund process sounds like a great idea, but there might be fewer refunds overall if Apple would give us a proper try before you buy option like developers have been offering outside of the company's system for years.

Apple Hires Patrick Pruniaux from Swiss Watch Maker Tag Heuer

9:18 AM, Jul. 7th, 2014 · · News

Apple hired yet another retail expert recently, this time from the high end watch maker Tag Heuer. The iPhone and iPad maker brought on board the company's vice president for sales Patrick Pruniaux and his fist official day at his new job is Monday.

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It doesn't matter if Mr. Pruniaux was hired to be part of the retail team or the rumored iWatch project. Apple has been on a hiring spree bringing on board top-notch people and is driving home the idea that it is very serious about what it is working on. Other tech companies should be very worried.

Happy U.S. Independence Day

8:00 AM, Jul. 4th, 2014 · · News

In honor of Independence Day — a U.S. holiday — The Mac Observer is taking off Friday, July 4th. We will return on Monday, July 7th, with our regularly-scheduled Apple, Mac, iPad and iPhone news. Enjoy the holiday!

Coffee Engineers: Apple Needs You [Update]

3:56 PM, Jul. 3rd, 2014 · · News

The iPull

There's more than one way to work at Apple. A job listing at the company's website said the company is looking to hire a full time "iCup Technician." There's no coding required, but "some computer skills" are required.

Rumor Claims iPhone Air Coming on September 25

11:19 AM, Jul. 3rd, 2014 · · News

Apple's iPhone 6 will be announced on September 15, go on sale September 25, and the 5.5-inch model will be called iPhone Air. So claim insider sources in China.

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iPhone Air on September 25? That just doesn't sound like the Apple way.

Judge to Apple: Don’t Use the Patent Troll Word

9:56 AM, Jul. 3rd, 2014 · · News

Apple is squaring off in court with GPNE Corp, a company that makes its living by licensing and litigating patents, but it can't say they're patent trolls. Federal Court Judge Lucy Koh told Apple the name is off limits because it could confuse or prejudice the jury in the patent infringement case.

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Stopping Apple from using the term "patent troll" shows just how derogatory it has become in the eyes of the general public. "non-practicing entity" doesn't have the same ring, but it described exactly what GPNE Corp is doing. Apparently the old "sticks and stones" rhyme doesn't apply in court.

Lock Down Your Mac Pro with Apple’s New Kensington-compatible Adapter

8:51 AM, Jul. 3rd, 2014 · · News

Seeing an empty space on the desk where your expensive new Mac Pro used to be will totally ruin your day, so Apple finally took steps to help keep that from happening by introducing a lock accessory for its pro level tower tube. The Mac Pro Security Lock Adapter was released this week and is compatible with the industry standard Kensington lock system.