Friday, December 19, 2014

BBC Goes Undercover at the Factories That Make Apple Products [Watch]

BBC has aired Panorama: Apple's Broken Promises, an investigation into the treatment of workers in the Chinese factories that make Apple products.

The report found that Apple's promises to protect factory workers were routinely broken.

Apple is the most valuable brand on the planet, making products that everyone wants - but how are its workers treated when the world isn't looking? Panorama goes undercover in China to show what life is like for the workers making the iPhone 6. And it's not just the factories. Reporter Richard Bilton travels to Indonesia to find children working in some of the most dangerous mines in the world. But is the tin they dig out by hand finding its way into Apple's products?

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

The news outlet was able to capture video of exhausted workers falling asleep during lengthy 12 hour shifts. One reported had to work 18 days straight despite repeatedly requesting a day off. Another reported who worked up to 16 hours in one shift 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 strongly disagreed with the program's conclusions stating, "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."

Take a look at the full video below...

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Now Anyone Can Watch Full ABC Episodes on the Apple TV

ABC has announced that anyone can now watch full episodes a week after they air on the Apple TV.

THIS JUST IN! All Apple TV viewers can now access full episodes a week after they air. Like WATCH ABC for mobile devices and desktop, viewers can now watch such shows as Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder, Modern Family, black-ish, Once Upon A Time and Castle, among others, a week after they air. Sign in is required for ABC's live network feed and its most current episodes.  

The Apple TV WATCH ABC app has also been updated with a new bolder, immersive look and feel, more short form video and a continuous play mode!

You can grab the Watch ABC app from here or tune in to the channel on your Apple TV.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cool Things You Can Do With Jailbreaking iOS 8 (Episode 8)

'DockColor' Lets You Change the Color of Your Application Dock

If you've ever wanted to change the color of your application dock to spice up the look of your Home Screen, then you're in luck! A new free jailbreak tweak called DockColor by iOS developer iNasser is now available in Cydia that will let you colorize the Home Screen dock however you want to.

The tweak adds a preferences pane to the Settings application where you can enable or disable the tweak on demand, configure a color of your choice, configure your own alpha level, and save your settings:

The color picker is very broad, so you can get just about any color that you want. You can even use the RGB and Alpha sliders to get an even more fine-tuned control over the color of your application dock. A respring will be required after you make changes, and that's exactly what will happen when you tap on the "Save Changes" button from the main preferences pane.

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Shipping Estimates Improve to 1 Business Day for 16 and 64GB Models

As the Christmas holiday approaches, Apple Store shipping estimates for both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus from all carriers in all colors and in 16 and 64GB capacities have now improved to just 1 business day in the United States, bringing the company close to reaching a supply/demand balance on those devices. 

The larger-capacity 128GB devices remain somewhat more constrained than the lower-capacity models, and ship in 3 to 5 business days. 

Shipping estimates are similarly improved in many other countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Thailand, Philippines, and more. 

Throughout the month of December, shipping estimates have been slowly improving as Apple has catches up with demand, and in early December, estimates had improved to 3 to 5 days for 16/64GB models and 7 to 10 days for 128GB models. Last week, estimates for the 16and 64GB models improved further, reaching 1 to 3 day estimates before jumping up again this week to just 1 day. 
iphone6shippingestimatesThe iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have been severely constrained since their September debut, but Apple has worked hard to improve available supply, going so far as to reportedly delay mass production on the rumored iPad Pro to focus on producing more iPhone 6 Plus units

In store supply of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus has also seen major improvement over the course of the last few weeks, and in many stores around the country, it's now possible to walk in and purchase an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. According to tracking tool iStockNow, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units from all carriers and in all colors and capacities are widely available at most stores. 

Back in October, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that demand for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus was "far outstripping" supply, but based on the continually improving shipping times, Apple appears to be on track to meet its supply goals before the end of the year.