(Reuters) – Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology Group, which assembles Apple’s iPhones and makes components for top global electronics companies, closed a plant in northern China on Monday after about 2000 workers staged a riot at a company dormitory. It was not immediately clear how long the shutdown would last at the plant, which employs about 79000 people in the Shanxi provincial capital, while police and company officials investigate the cause of the disturbance. “The plant is closed today for investigation,” Foxconn spokesman Louis Woo told Reuters, but a company employee contacted by phone said the closure could last two or three days. The unrest is the latest in a string of incidents at plants run by Foxconn, the trading name of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co and the world’s largest contract maker of electronic goods. Hon Hai’s Taipei-listed shares fell 1 percent on Monday in a broader market that rose 0.2 percent. Drawing attention as a supplier and assembler for Apple products, the company has faced allegations of poor conditions and mistreatment of workers at its operations in China, where it employs a total of about 1 million workers. The company has been spending heavily in recent months to improve the work environment and to raise wages. In a statement on Monday, Foxconn said the incident escalated from what it called a personal dispute between several employees at around 11 pm on Sunday in a privately managed dormitory, and was brought under control by local police … Video Rating: 0 / 5Related Posts:
Question by : How hard is it to get into a career involving robotics? Building new prosthetics and building robots like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miQqJlbeLms&feature=related is something that’s very interesting to me.
I have a couple questions though - How many years of schooling does a career in this field require? What courses would I need to take? I’m really bad at math but I excel in other areas How hard is it to actually find a job in this field?
Answer by Joeseph DoakesIn terms of building or designing robots, you will need to be an engineer and that requires that you be excellent at mathematics. You might want to look at the Carnegie Mellon University catalog online and check the math classes that are listed for their robotics program. If you are not good at these subjects, then designing and building robots is probably not for you.
But that doesn’t mean that you have no future in robotics. One of the areas that is interesting is the interaction between humans and robots. By that I mean the human direction of robots. For example, the United States Navy is testing drones on its aircraft carriers. When these drones land they need to be directed, and they are planning to have those directed by individuals. How to train people to do this is a science in itself. And the armed services are finding that drone pilots are most effective if they have no flying training at all.
In addition, there is a lot of work to do with the interaction between disabled individuals and robotic devices. This involves teaching individuals how to think and be able to move a robotic arm or some other robotic device. So you might think about the human side of robotics, not just the robotic part. I don’t think anyone believes that in the field of robotics that there is not plenty of room to study the judgment and interaction. That might be your area!
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Apple has quietly made a change to its repair policy regarding the liquid contact indicators, or LCI. You may remember last years lawsuit surround the issue. Perhaps that had something to do with it.
The sensors are used for Apple technicians to detect if foul play has occurred when customers bring back non-working devices. Without them, it’s more difficult to prove water damage and customers would end up with free replacements. Because of the sensors, Apple became so strict that they often denied honest customers a replacement. Humidity issues were known to set off the sensors.
A new repair memo indicated that Apple is makign changes to the iPod water sensor policy. The new policy states that if the customer disputes whether the sensor has been set off, Apple will look for external corrosion damage. If there appears to be none, the warranty will still be valid. While this is only for iPods at the moment, there’s no reason that iPhones and iPads can’t be included.