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Foxconn worker from Chengdu factory commits suicide (TUAW.com)

May 28th 2011 2:57AM Sure let's lay off half of Foxconn who's already doing our dirty work for us. That will solve the problem...

It would take far more dollars, time, and r&d to develop the robot, program it, maintain it, manufacture it and install it, then train people how to use it than it would be to just pay Foxconn to handle it. Don't forget, you also need to repeat some of those phases for every different product Apple makes.

For the most part, Apple's products are getting simpler to assemble, and they are coming in fewer pieces with each revision. I remember how hard it was to take apart my powerbook g4 to remove the hard drive. I recently took apart a macbook pro which had cola spilled in it. Aside from the 51 screws holding the keyboard to the frame, there were easily half as many pieces and far less kapton tape.

iOS 5 to feature 'completely revamped' notifications, widgets (TUAW.com)

May 28th 2011 2:35AM Still waiting for a quicker way to adjust brightness on the iPhone. Something like the iPad's slider in the app switcher tray would be nice.

Is Apple preparing to sell standalone backlit keyboards? (TUAW.com)

May 5th 2011 2:51AM The ALS iMac G5 (powermac 8,2) was the second revision of the iMac G5 (I have one) and the iSight iMac G5 (powermac 12,1) was the third revision of this product. The Ambient light sensor on the iMac G5 only adjusted the brightness of the power/sleep light. Those like me who have one in their bedroom are grateful. Turn out the lights, and the little light on the front dims.

Is Apple preparing to sell standalone backlit keyboards? (TUAW.com)

May 5th 2011 2:41AM I've taken apart a unibody macbook pro keyboard to fix a drink spill. The entire keyboard is lit with only 3 white surface-mount LEDs and a thick clear sheet of plastic which acts like a lens. There are white dots beneath each of the keys which send this light upward through the laser-etched keys.

This would be VERY feasible in an external keyboard. Frankly, I'm shocked that Apple has waited this long to change over from a white-key keyboard to a black-key backlit keyboard.

Two 17-year-old Irish students create Penguin Slider! for iOS (TUAW.com)

Mar 21st 2011 1:24AM This is a direct rip-off of the TI calculator game Slippy 2 by Martin Hock. I'm sure that's where they got the idea. I'm surprised they didn't rip off the game's name as well.

These boys should give credit where it is due.

Video tour of Mac OS X Lion developer release (TUAW.com)

Feb 27th 2011 12:44PM I never could understand why Quicktime 7 Pro still has more features than Quicktime X. It seems like this application is due for a major overhaul.

New Apple TV firmware: iOS-based and available now (TUAW.com)

Sep 28th 2010 4:06AM I'm probably going to end up buying one of these someday but not until Apple adds some killer features to entice me. like how about 1080p? The price is definitely right. I'm just not sure if I need it. If Apple had come out with this a year ago the answer would be a definite yes but now I already have another device to get my Netflix on my TV - my PS3. Not only that, but my Qwest DSL really sucks hard so streaming HD content is not gonna happen. I did a test with the speed test app and I get faster internet speeds with my iPhone 4 over the 3G network then I do with DSL.

Found footage: the REAL iPhone 4 jailbreak, courtesy of Saurik (TUAW.com)

Jul 24th 2010 2:04AM I've always thought that Rock has a better responsiveness and interface than Cydia, so definitely having both on a jailbroken phone would be better. It's good to see that Cydia doesn't take forever to open like it did on the first gen iPhone.

Virgin Mobile's pre-paid MIFI spotted, purchased, unboxed, and photographed (Engadget)

Jun 25th 2010 10:11PM Pre-paid MiFi - touched for the very first time.