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Consumer Electronics News Byte: For Apple, Switching Suppliers Meant Chasing Cheaper Labor

In an almost too predictable pattern, Apple's brand new supplier, Pegatron, is committing some very familiar labor violations because a plant that overworks and underpays is cheape... More In an almost too predictable pattern, Apple's brand new supplier, Pegatron, is committing some very familiar labor violations because a plant that overworks and underpays is cheaper for Apple. A new report from non-profit and notable Apple-watcher China Labor Rights alleges that the iPad Mini and iPhone producer withholds worker pay, provides poor living conditions, and commits various other environmental and safety violations, reports The Wall Street Journal. To coincide with the launch of the new Nexus 7, Google releases one very touching ad. And that seems to be it for now. Is that enough to beat the ad onslaught that will come with a new iPad Mini? Apple may still be the most profitable consumer electronics company in the world, but Samsung's successful Galaxy S4 launch helped the South Korea-based giant top Apple in the second quarter to become the world's most profitable handset vendor. Samsung posted second-quarter results that included a record operating profit of $6.9 billion on $51.7 billion in sales. Less

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