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Foxconn Reportedly Plans to Double Worker Wages

10:22 PM, May. 29th, 2012 · Julie Kuehl · News

Foxconn factory exterior

Foxconn is reportedly planning to increase workers monthly wages in its mainland China factories from 2,200 yuan (US$350) to 4,000 yuan (US$630) by the end of next year. This would be an 82% increase and would match mainland wages with those available in Foxconn’s home base of Taiwan.

Sprint Offers $100 Credit for iPhones From Other Carriers

9:58 PM, May. 18th, 2012 · Julie Kuehl · News

iPhone with Sprint logo

Sprint announced on Friday a $100 credit if you trade in an iPhone from another carrier and purchase a new iPhone 4S along with a two-year contract. With AT&T and Verizon sunsetting their unlimited plans, Sprint is hoping to capitalize on the fact that it continues to offer unlimited data plans by making it easier for people to switch.

Verizon Eliminating Unlimited Data for Users with 4G LTE

10:37 PM, May. 16th, 2012 · Julie Kuehl · News

Verizon Giveth, and Verizon Taketh Away

Verizon customers who currently have a $30 per month unlimited data plan will not be able to keep that plan after they migrate to 4G LTE. Verizon plans to offer a data share plan starting mid-summer and 4G LTE customers will have to move to that plan. No pricing details have yet been released regarding the new data share plan.

Apple “Investigating” Multiuser Support for iPad

8:31 PM, May. 7th, 2012 · Julie Kuehl · News

iPad displaying several children

Apple responded to a developer’s suggestion for multi-user support for the iPad with an e-mail saying it is a “known issue, which is currently being investigated by engineering.” The implication is that Apple could be working on adding support for multiple users in a future iOS update.

Apple Credits OpenStreetMap in iPhoto App

8:50 PM, May. 4th, 2012 · Julie Kuehl · News

Acknowledgement screen in iPhoto referencing OpenStreetMap

Apple has finally attributed OpenStreetMap as the source for geotagging map data in iPhoto for iOS, as noted Friday by the OpenStreetMap Foundation. While it didn’t take long after iPhoto for iOS was released in May for people to notice that it was using OpenStreetMap for its mapping features, there was no mention of the service in the app’s credits until now. 

Apple & Samsung Are Taking the Smartphone Money, Running

8:57 PM, May. 3rd, 2012 · Julie Kuehl · News

Graph of Mobile Phone Profit Share

Just a couple of years ago there were at least five manufacturers of phones profiting in the market, but a new report by Asymco shows just how much that has changed. While there are still a handful of vendors in the market, only two - Apple and Samsung - are making any money.