11 attempted suicides at a Foxconn plant in China that manufactures Apple products like the iPhone and iPad has been getting a lot press lately. Foxconn has pledged to take action in order to prevent further deaths and now are having their employees make pledges to them. These aren't the usual pledges you would expect employees to make to their employers. Actually, they seem to be more along the lines of, "I promise to not kill myself." They are requiring employees to sign a pledge stating that they "will not hurt themselves or others in an extreme manner." Signing the pledge also gives the company the right to commit employees to a mental institution if they show an "abnormal mental or physical state." This of course would only be done for, "the protection of themselves and others." A top official in the province has also taken notice of the situation and is saying that the government and employers need to work together to alleviate this problem.
Hit the break to see an interview with the CEO.
In order to augment Monday's observance of Memorial Day in the US, the Call of Duty Endowment, a non-profit charity established by Activision Blizzard to assist veterans with finding employment once they leave the service, is forming an alliance with Hire Heroes USA to provide the "career transition" operation with funding through a less than expected but still very intriguing idea. The Endowment will give $1 to HHUSA for every user who "likes" C.O.D.E.'s Facebook page through 11:59 p.m. PDT on Monday, May 31, or up to $50,000, whichever comes first.
This funding is on top of the undisclosed amount C.O.D.E. has already granted Hire Heroes USA. So far, more than 8,400 users have "liked" the page since the unique fundraiser began yesterday. If you've got a Facebook account, how could you not "like" this sort of thing. Plus, it's an easy way to redeem yourself for liking that page that counts to twenty thousand.
By now everyone is aware of how great the iPhone actually is...not very great at all. Finally, it looks like Apple is attempting to step up their game. With new software being released in June, the iPhone 3Gs will have a few changes. One of the big changes rumored to be in the works is Microsoft Bing becoming the new default search feature for the iPhone. Yes, Microsoft and Apple are not two things you would usually find together, but this could be good for Microsoft.
Apple has managed to stay in the limelight for over a decade now and has achieved some resounding success after becoming
the most valuable technology company on the planet. Not surprisingly, Apple has made many enemies in the process. Amazon.com, Google, Adobe, and Microsoft are just a few competitors that have filed complaints and engaged in lawsuits against Apple. With Adobe's recent injunction against Apple and Amazon.com's recent complaint about Apple telling record labels to not take part in a promotional deal they were offering, or Apple would pull all the marketing support for their songs, has motivated the Department of Justice to launch an investigation into their music service and possibly their video services as well. The details of the investigations are not yet known but it seems likely that some anti-trust issues will surface and it will be interesting to see how this plays out.
The talks last week about
Yahoo! teaming up with Nokia turn out to be true this week, as the two companies announced their partnership that will further a connection between mobile users around the world.
Building on more than five years of collaboration, Nokia and Yahoo! (R) will leverage each others' strengths in e-mail, instant messaging and maps and navigation services, to provide consumers with access to world-class experiences on both PC and mobile devices.
As part of the alliance:
Nokia will be the exclusive, global provider of Yahoo!'s maps and navigation services, integrating Ovi Maps across Yahoo! properties, branded as "powered by Ovi." Yahoo! will become the exclusive, global provider of Nokia's Ovi Mail and Ovi Chat services branded as "Ovi Mail / Ovi Chat powered by Yahoo!" Nokia and Yahoo! plan to work on ID federation between their services, beginning by making it easy for people to use their Ovi user IDs across select Yahoo! properties to easily access the online content and services they need.
Last week we were privileged to speak with Brandon Watson, Microsoft's Director of Developer Experience about creating applications for Windows Phone 7 Series. Last month we were also able to chat with Microsoft's Gian Wilson on
gaming for your Windows Phone 7 Series device.
Because Watson was on video conference, we are able to bring you the questions that were submitted to him and then provide a brief summary of his responses to those questions.
An application uses its own file format. The only way to transfer files to the app on the phone I see in the SDK is via web. Will a user be able to open an email attachment in my app?
No, email attachments will only be available to native applications, with no third party support at this time. We hope to relax those constraints in the future, as the ability is in the operating system. With WP7, we look to ensure no user has a bad experience with any of our apps, such as memory loss or battery drain. In the end, our goal is to make the devices perform in an outstanding way. Users won't ever get mad at the developer but instead will blame Microsoft for their bad experience.