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[19 Dec]    Apple Responds To BBC Panorama’s Portrayal Of Supplier Conditions 

foxconnApple was the subject of a recent investigative report by BBC’s Panorama program, which presented as part of its findings various instances where suppliers of the Mac maker violated Apple’s own stated standards for its partners. The breaches reported by the BBC included problems at Pegatron factories outside Shanghai, as well as issues at the bottom level of the supply chain, in… Read More

[19 Dec]    EDI Is Trying To Kickstart The Classic Dive Watch 

9d4e4303b5cee7f5d6a26d7824cb0ce9_largeTwo entrepreneurs and engineers have taken to Kickstarter to fund a new line of dive watches, EDI. The watches, in addition to looking just a bit like sword-hand divers of the early Blancpain era, use an EDI E-353 automatic movement with self-winding features, as well as a handsome steel case. What’s truly interesting, however, is the provenance. Read More

[19 Dec]    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: BlackBerry, Bar-Tending Robots, And Drones 

gadgets141219Christmas is around the corner, and thus, this podcast is especially merry. BlackBerry recently introduced the smartphone of yesterday, in the BlackBerry Classic. We’re also seeing an uptick in bar-tending robot products, which leads us to wonder if there has ever really been a lot of difficulty in making yourself a drink. Read More

[19 Dec]    This Board Lets You Give Any Arduino Project Predator-Style Heat Vision 

heat sensingUp until the last few years, heat sensing cameras — think Predator vision — were a thing that pretty much only the Army and the super-rich got to play with. Then FLiR figured out how to make the required sensors tiny and (relatively) cheap, and the whole idea became considerably more accessible. Hell, you can get heat vision in an iPhone case now. Now, with this tiny board, you… Read More

[19 Dec]    Tesla To Begin Model S Battery Swap Pilot Program Next Week 

Tesla_Model_S_Chassis_BatteryTesla showed off its upcoming battery swapping technology for the Model S electric vehicle last year, which would let users change out their battery rather than charging when on the road for a quick fill-up that’s speedier than actually refuelling a standard car’s gas tank. Starting next week, it’s launching the pilot program of that advancement in Harris Ranch, California, at… Read More