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The man behind Foxconn, the largest and most powerful exporter in the world

First, a little trivia. You know that famous Foxconn factory -- the iPhone one, the one with the suicides -- well, it has between 300,000 and 450,000 employees. That's about four times the size of Microsoft and Dell, or ten times the size of Apple. But here's the scary bit: that factory ('Foxconn City') represents less than half of Foxconn's entire 920,000-strong workforce. By 2011, that number...

Dell to drop preinstalled Windows XP option this month

Back in June, Microsoft announced that OEMs would need to begin the final move away from Windows XP. The drop-dead date from Redmond was October 22, 2010 -- which is now fast approaching. It should come as no surprise, then, that Dell issued a statement yesterday saying that XP Home and Pro will no longer be offered as a factory preinstall option by the end of this month. The Dell post offers...

Dell's Secure Browser is a sandboxed version of Firefox

Dell, via recently-acquired KACE Networks, has just released a rather sexy Web browser called... Secure Browser. It clocks in at a massive 75 megabytes (?!), and essentially provides a sandboxed version of Firefox 3.6, with Flash and Reader plug-ins. Before you get all excited: it only works on 32-bit systems. Using technology from Computers in Motion, a company that specialized in application...

First Chrome OS systems to come from Acer, Dell, and HP?

Last month at Computex, Acer's rumored Chrome OS netbook was nowhere to be found. Of course, I'd already said it wasn't going to be on display -- and Acer backed up my prediction days later with an official press release. Computex has come and gone, and while we still haven't seen Chrome OS hardware prototypes we may have a clue as to who's working on them. Officially, Google has only stated...

Foxconn employees now getting 30% pay raise, and direct percentage of Apple sales

Fresh on the heels of a recent spate of suicides, it seems that Foxconn and Apple are determined to make the workers of the sprawling Shenzhen complex a bit happier. Generally speaking, if you're looking to brighten somebody's day, paying them more money is a great start. Apparently, the focus groups and deep investigations have led Hon Hai Precision Industry to the same conclusion, because...

The workers assembling your next iPhone now have to promise not to kill themselves (seriously)

The Chinese workers who assembled this product signed a pledge agreement not to attempt suicide or violent rampage. It's not quite the sort of assurance that a company like Apple would ever want to print on their packaging, is it? It certainly doesn't jive well with the happy indie music for which Apple TV ads have become so well known, but it's exactly what's happening right now in Shenzhen,...

Dell snuggles up to Google Chrome OS, offers customized download for its Mini 10V

In a display of surprising tenacity, Dell have gone ahead and distributed a customized version of Chrome OS for the Dell Mini 10V! Lilputing are reporting that all the necessary hardware support has been added, so in theory you could just whack the Chrome OS image onto a memory stick and boot it up right now! Mind you, the image is 8GB so this is probably only of interest to enthusiasts -- but...

Moblin netbooks are coming - can Linux based netbooks find a market?

When netbooks first started hitting the market, they were low on raw power, storage and profit margins, meaning that they were ideal candidates for running the Linux OS. Asus, who arguably kicked off the whole netbook market with their Eee PC machines, originally shipped their devices with a variant of Xandros Linux and robust SSD drives. As the market matured, Asus moved to match their...

Dell removing AMD-based computer systems from online store?

What a short, strange trip it has been. Dell has reportedly stopped selling AMD-based computer systems from its online store, just 21 months after they announced their intention to sell AMD-based systems to the general public. However, contrary to first reports and the sandwich board wearing doomsayers, this move doesn't mean the curtain is falling on the Dell/AMD releationship. In fact, Dell...

Dellbuntu 7.10: Dell updates its pre-loaded Linux PC offerings

If you go shopping for a new computer the day after Microsoft or Apple announces an updated version of their operating systems, good luck finding a model with the older operating system. But while Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon has been out for 2 months, Dell is just starting to offer computers running Ubuntu 7.10. Don't get us wrong, for the most part, we're just happy to see that Dell is still...

Microsoft extends XP sales

Bowing into pressure from customers, Microsoft has decided to continue selling the Windows XP operating system in stores for another five months. Previous versions of operating systems released by Microsoft have generally been available for up to two years after the shipment of a new OS. Microsoft had planned on cutting XP in stores just one year after the release of Vista, however, due to its...

How to downgrade a Dell Axim X50v the hard way

Last week we let you know about an amazing hack that brings Windows Mobile 6 to the Dell Axim X50v. What makes this hack so amazing is the fact that Dell has no plans that we're aware of to offer Windows Mobile 6 for this discontinued PDA. In fact, Dell's Windows Mobile 5.0 "upgrade" for the X50v was pretty widely panned for being buggy and slow. Windows Mobile 6 runs better than Windows Mobile...

Acer says Ubuntu loaded notebooks are Singapore-only for now

While we didn't really expect to hear that Acer would offer its Aspire 5710Z notebook running Ubuntu Linux outside of Singapore anytime soon, we can't say that it didn't sting a bit when we discovered that our pessimism was well-placed. According to ZDNet, an Acer spokesperson says the company has no plans to sell PCs pre-loaded with Linux in the UK anytime soon. And DailyTech confirms that the...

Acer selling notebook with Ubuntu Linux - in Singapore

Acer appears to be following Dell's lead and is installing Ubuntu Linux on at least one notebook PC. The Acer Aspire 5710Z with Ubuntu is only available in Singapore, where it's advertised for SG$999. That's about $660 US dollars. This PC's specs would seem to indicate that it's targeted at budget-minded consumers, and the omission of Windows XP or Vista probably helps drive down the price. But...

Dell to offer more PCs running Ubuntu Linux

Not happy with the PCs Dell is selling with Ubuntu preloaded? According to Ubuntu's Mark Shuttleworth, Dell's been pleased enough with sales of the Linux machines that it plans to offer more models. Currently Dell is selling three PCs running the Ubuntu Linux distribution, including a model that can be appropriately configured to sell for exactly $1,337 (hacker for "leet" or "elite"). Dell will...