Do away with your laptop!
My laptop was on it's last legs and I needed a portable device for business travel. It was a great deal on eBay but the real deal is reducing what I have to carry when I travel. Apart from the obvious tricks (music, movies, games) with the correct apps it will do everything my old iBook will, all spreadsheets, documents, presentations can be read, changed and interacted with fully with a combination of Apple Pages, Keynote and Numbers, Documents To Go etc. The iPad Camera Kit allows me to upload pictures from my camera if memory cards are full, iPhoto and Aperture let me edit and organise my photos. All this from something smaller and lighter to carry than a hard back book! And there is even a folio case with integral Bluetooth keyboard available for those times when heavy keyboard work is needed! the battery life is amazing and I only have to carry one charger as it's the same one as for my phone. Don't let anyone tell you it's simply a bigger version of the iPhone...the larger touch sensitive surface makes it a computer that genuinely enhances...well...everything except your hand luggage! All we need now is one with a tiny bit more memory so not everything has to be stored in "the cloud"! Truly the best bargain I've had on eBay and the most useful too!
13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
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Two online petitions beseech Apple to improve working conditions in the Chinese factories that make its products.
The petitions, both filed within the last two weeks, follow a renewed round of criticism directed at the company over labor practices at overseas facilities like the Foxconn factory in Shenzhen, China.
One petition, created on Change.org, asks that Apple “protect workers making iPhones in Chinese factories.” It has already amassed 150,000 of the 200,000 signatures it hopes to gain.
The second petition, from SumOfUs.org, calls upon Apple to make an “ethical” iPhone 5. The petition argues that Apple’s record quarterly earnings mean that it can force suppliers to improve the treatment of factory workers.
According to Cult of Mac, 35,000 individuals signed the SumOfUs petition in its first 24 hours.
While reports on living conditions at the factories, suicides and factory accidents have been covered in the tech and business press over the last three years, the story has received renewed mainstream interest in the last month.
A Renewed Focus on Labor Conditions
In early January, the radio program This American Life aired an episode titled “Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory.” The episode took a closer look at the issue, using an excerpt from performer Mike Daisey’s one-man show as its base. Daisey, a lifelong Apple fan, traveled to China to see the conditions of the Foxconn factory for himself.
Following the airing of the program, Apple released its annual report on labor conditions. For the first time, Apple listed its suppliers by name. The company also announced that it would be the first technology company to join the Fair Labor Association. Many labor advocates still criticized the company, however, for not making better progress in enforcing compliance with its suppliers. The Chinese workers earn $17 a day and are forced to live in barracks, also the factory has rope nets around its massive building to stop the workers committing suicide.
Topping things off, The New York Times ran a series of articles looking at Apple’s manufacturing relationship with China. The second article took a more critical look at Apple’s role in supplier relations. In a company-wide email, Apple CEO Tim Cook promised to “dig deeper” into the allegations against the company and its suppliers.
Apple One of Many
Of course, Apple isn’t the only company that uses Chinese suppliers and factories to make its products. Foxconn, the company most frequently cited in petitions and reports, is the world’s largest maker of electronic components. The company’s major customers include not just Apple but Amazon Sony, IBM, Dell, Hewlett Packard, Asus, Samsung, Panasonic, Motorola, Nintendo, Microsoft, Vizio, Nokia and Intel.
Other companies also face labor issues in China. Between 3,000 and 4,000 workers staged a protest at a Sanyo factory in Shenzhen in mid-January. That followed a threat of mass suicide by Xbox 360 line-workers at Foxconn. Foxconn was able to negotiate deals with the protesters.
Still, Apple’s position as an admired brand — both in the United States and abroad — seems to hold the company to a higher standard. As a result, we see multiple petitions calling for an ethical iPhone yet little is mentioned about ethical Galaxy Nexus phones or ethical video game consoles.
In the apparel industry, public pressure forced companies such as Nike and The Gap to improve labor conditions in their factories. Time will tell if the electronics indus
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Apple iPad 32Gb
Review for: Apple iPad 32GB, Wi-Fi, 9.7in - Black
I have just received my iPad 32Gb Wifi first generation device having waited a while before I ordered one. I was tempted to go for the latest - second generation, because it has a duel core processor, as opposed to the single core processor in mine, but to be honest, having used them both in a shop prior to purchase I could not see much difference.
I would imagine if oyu plan to use several apps at the same time, you may see more of a speed issue, but for the few apps I tested, they seemed the same speed to operate.
The first gen model is thicker and fairly heavy and the second gen does look more modern and slicker, but then like most apple product, they all function well and for the £100 saving I made on the second gen price I am more than happy with my purchase.
I have an iphone 4 and I am very pleased with that. I runs all apps seamlessly and is a joy to use.
I held off buying one because I didn't actually NEED one, but I have to say, they are very cool. It is much easier to read the larger sceen on the ipad than the phone.
If you have £300 spare cash, get one. They are a joy to use and with the wealth of free apps available they will keep you busy for hours!
10/10 as a funky gadget.
Must have. get the first gen for now and then upgrade in 6 months. then sell the firsst gen one still for a good price then!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Fab product, worth its money if you're not too much of an app nerd.
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The iPad 1st generation is a fabulous and simple way to keep up to date with all the latest news worldwide and amongst your friends. Although, there are several downsides.
#1 There is no camera on this version of the iPad, although there are free camera applications that allow you to connect to other Apple products such as iPhone products to take images, or even webcam applications that simulate a camera from an out-source device.
#2 iOS 5.1.1 is the highest firmware that is available on the iPad 1st generation. The firmware itself is very smooth running and easy to navigate, however the majority of apps are now optimized for 6.1.3 minimum since the release of iOS 7 last month.
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he best way to experience the web, email, photos, and video.
Page through websites, write an email, flick through photos, or watch a movie with just the touch of a finger.
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A design that’s thin, light, and brilliant.
iPad has a 9.7-inch, high-resolution LED-backlit IPS display and incredible Multi-Touch capability. Yet it’s thin and light enough to take anywhere.
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Thousands of apps made just for iPad. With more coming every day.
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Download the free iBooks app from the App Store. More than a great ebook reader, it’s also an amazing place to browse and shop for books.
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