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Apple 'failing to protect Chinese factory workers'

Dec 18, 2014 - 11:25 PM - by Reverend
Poor treatment of workers in Chinese factories which make Apple products has been discovered by an undercover BBC Panorama investigation.

Filming on an iPhone 6 production line showed Apple's promises to protect workers were routinely broken.

It found standards on workers' hours, ID cards, dormitories, work meetings and juvenile workers were being breached at the Pegatron factories.

Apple said it strongly disagreed with the programme's conclusions.

Exhausted workers were filmed falling asleep on their 12-hour shifts at the Pegatron factories on the outskirts of Shanghai.

One undercover reporter, working in a factory making parts for Apple computers, had to work 18 days in a row despite repeated requests for a day off.

Another reporter, whose longest shift was 16 hours, said: "Every time I got back to the dormitories, I wouldn't want to move.

"Even if I was hungry I wouldn't want to get up to eat. I just wanted to lie down and rest. I was unable to sleep at night because of the stress."

Apple declined to be interviewed for the programme, but said in a statement: "We are aware of no other company doing as much as Apple to ensure fair and safe working conditions.

"We work with suppliers to address shortfalls, and we see continuous and significant improvement, but we know our work is never done."

Apple said it was a very common practice for workers to nap during breaks, but it would investigate any evidence they were falling asleep while working.

BBC News
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Internet Explorer 'browser ballot' ends, takes market share with it

Dec 18, 2014 - 11:23 PM - by Reverend
The European Union has officially lifted its requirement on Microsoft to offer Windows users their choice of Web browsers.

In 2009, after an ongoing debate with the European Union over whether Microsoft was unfairly competing in the browser market by bundling Internet Explorer with Windows and not offering any other option, the parties agreed to what became known as a "browser ballot." Under the terms of the deal, Microsoft would give European Union consumers the option to choose which browser they wanted to use, rather than simply bundle Internet Explorer in Windows and force them to go out on the Web to use competitors, like Mozilla's Firefox or Google Chrome.

"This website was created by Microsoft in accordance with a decision issued by the European Commission in December 2009," Microsoft wrote on its EU Browser Ballot site. "The obligations imposed by the decision have now expired and Microsoft will no longer maintain this website. Microsoft encourages customers who want more information about web browsers or want to download another browser to do so by visiting the websites of web browser vendors directly."

Microsoft did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

When Microsoft inked the deal, the European Union argued that Microsoft's grip on the browser market was too tight, pointing to the software's 70 percent market share. The move was designed to increase competition. It proved to dismantle Internet Explorer, which now has anywhere from 18 percent to 25 percent market share in Europe, depending on the data-analysis tool used.

What's worse for Microsoft, archrival Google has watched its market share soar in the browser space. Google's Chrome now has approximately 50 percent market share in Europe, according to measurement firm StatCounter.

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Microsoft Gains Allies Against US Data Demands

Dec 16, 2014 - 7:29 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft on Monday welcomed new allies in its fight to avoid surrendering customer email stored in Ireland to federal prosecutors in the United States.

Ten legal briefs were filed with the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of 28 technology and media companies, 35 computer scientists, and 23 trade and advocacy organizations. The amicus briefs argue that the US government should not be able to use a US search warrant to demand that Microsoft produce data stored abroad.

A negative outcome of the case could undermine cloud computing services, something the technology industry has struggled to reinforce following the disclosures last year arising from documents leaked by Edward Snowden. Businesses and individuals will be reluctant to use cloud computing services if any government can demand data in any other country.

In December 2013, federal prosecutors asked for a search warrant to obtain the contents and the metadata of a Microsoft user account, pursuant to a narcotics investigation. The metadata was stored in the US, but the contents of the messages were stored in Dublin, Ireland. Microsoft refused to turn over the contents of the messages, arguing US authorities have no jurisdiction over data stored abroad

In April 2014, a federal judge disagreed and ordered Microsoft to turn over the emails. Microsoft then appealed to a New York district court and was denied again. The company's latest appeal brings the case to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, one level below the Supreme Court.

Given that the Supreme Court agrees to consider less than 1% of appeals, Circuit Court decisions tend to set legal precedents.

Microsoft and companies that have joined its case in support -- including Apple, Amazon, AT&T, Cisco, Salesforce, HP, eBay, Infor, Rackspace, and Verizon -- believe that the US government should rely on established legal practice rather than attempt to enforce... [Read More]
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Google’s top searched terms for 2014 goes to ‘Robin Williams’

Dec 16, 2014 - 7:25 PM - by Reverend
The top Google search term for 2014 goes to — Robin Williams, the Hollywood actor and comedian who took his own life in August.

That’s according to Google’s annual breakdown of what people of the world most frequently search online. Williams‘ death, the 2014 fastest-rising search request, beat out the World Cup, the Ebola outbreak and the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappearance mystery — as well as the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Other top terms for the year: “Flappy Bird,” the addictive smartphone game; ISIS, the Middle Eastern terrorist organization; Conchita Wurst, the bearded drag queen; the Winter Olympics in Russia; and the hit Disney movie, “Frozen.”

Williams‘ suicide, the World Cup and the Ice Bucket craze also topped Facebook ratings as that social media outlet’s most discussed topics for the year, CBS News reported.

Washington Times
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uTorrent 3.4.2 (37248)

Dec 13, 2014 - 5:40 PM - by Reverend
uTorrent is a BitTorrent client. It was written with efficiency in mind. Unlike many torrent clients it does not hog valuable system resources, allowing you to use the computer as if it weren't there at all.

Release notes

uTorrent 3.4.2

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Facebook thinking about 'dislike' function - Zuckerberg

Dec 13, 2014 - 5:33 PM - by Reverend
Facebook is thinking about adding a way to "dislike" posts on its site, founder Mark Zuckerberg has said.

Speaking at a Q&A session in California, he said it was one of the most requested features the social network receives from its users.

He said the site would need to find a way to make sure it did not become a way to demean people's posts.

According to Facebook's own figures, 4.5 billion "likes" are generated every day.

"One of things we've thought about for quite a while is what's the right way to make it so that people can easily express a broader range of emotions," Mark Zuckerberg told an audience at Facebook's headquarters.

"A lot of times people share things on Facebook that are sad moments in their lives. Often people tell us that they don't feel comfortable pressing 'like' because 'like' isn't the appropriate sentiment.

Mark Zuckerberg Stamping out fake likes and users is a priority for the social network
"Some people have asked for a dislike button because they want to say, 'That thing isn't good.' That's not something that we think is good for the world.

"The thing that I think is very valuable is that there are more sentiments that people want to express."

BBC News
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IsoBuster 3.5

Dec 13, 2014 - 10:23 AM - by Reverend
Rescue lost files from a bad or trashed CD, DVD or a Blu Ray disc. Recover deleted files from a Hard Drive of from flash media that Windows says needs to be formatted ! Save important documents, precious pictures or video from the family, your only system backup, ...IsoBuster can do it all !


IsoBuster 3.5

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Dec 12, 2014 - 11:46 PM - by Reverend
Skype is a free program that uses the latest P2P technology to bring affordable and high-quality voice communications to people all over the world.


Skype homepage
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