RIM to Refocus on Enterprise, Will No Longer Try to Be ‘Everybody’s Darling’
It’s tough times for Research in Motion. That was the clear message from RIM’s newbie CEO, Thorsten Heins, during a call about quarterly company earnings Thursday afternoon. Not only are revenues down — $4.2 billion from $5.2 billion last quarter — but former co-CEO Jim Balsille has now officially left the company, resigning from the board of directors. COO of Global Operations Jim Rowan and CTO David Yach are out, too.
TELUS Launching the BlackBerry Curve 9300 on Prepaid April 2nd, $199.99 Outright
Start lining up Canadians! The once very popular Curve 9300 is shuffling its way down to TELUS Prepaid next week. The price is decent at $199.99 and it comes with a $20 activation credit. Look for this on April 2nd.
World’s First Flexible E-Paper Display Heads Into Mass Production
LG on Thursday unveiled the world’s first plastic e-paper display, which the company claims will “revolutionize the E-Book market.” The 6-inch E Ink display features 1,024 x 768-pixel resolution and can bend at an angle of up to 40 degrees. “With the world’s first plastic EPD, LG Display has once again proven its reputation for leadership and innovation with a product we believe will help greatly popularize the E-Book market,” said Mr. Sang Duck Yeo, Head of Operations for LG Display’s Mobile/OLED division.
Apple and Foxconn Agree to Drastically Improve Working Conditions Following Fair Labor Association Report
The Fair Labor Association has released its findings from the lengthy investigation of working conditions at Foxconn's Chinese plants where Apple products are made. While the PR and report largely avoid over the top rhetoric and direct condemnations of the companies, they hardly paint a rosy picture. The watchdog found that in the last year all three factories violated not just FLA code for hours worked, but Chinese legal limits of 36 hours of overtime per month. During peak periods, employees worked more than 60 hours a week on average and many more than seven days in a row.