by John Moe // Posted: 06/07/10 11:57 AM
In an effort to revolutionize printing, and in the hopes that people will still want to print, HP is making new printers that people use to print from their Google Docs, iPad or smartphone. So, I can take a picture with my new iPhone, email it to the printer at my grandma’s house and she can get photos from me without having to learn technology. A photo of her adorable grandkid just magically pops out of the machine.
By Larissa Anderson // Posted: 05/31/10 09:28 AM
We’ve been following the story of the Foxconn suicides closely. Someone passed along this link to us about how the media is misrepresenting the figures. The story mentions the suicide rate in China, and suggests that the Foxconn suicides are not out of proportion.
In our report over a week ago, Alexandra Harney said that while the working conditions are very difficult, people line up every morning at dawn to get a job there.
There are a lot of numbers that are hard to get nailed down - the number of employees at Foxconn in addition to the number of suicides, the number of suicide attempts. It’s important to keep these suicides in perspective. One of the guests on our show helps do that. Dr. Eric Caine worked on suicide prevention in China. He China is the only country in the world in which women commit more suicide than men. He also says that suicides happen more often in rural areas, as opposed to urban areas. They also often are the result of women consuming agricultural pesticide.
From all the people we talked with, it’s clear that having a number of suicides in a row, this close in proximity, this close in time, with such similarity (jumping off their dormitory roofs, is worth examining. Dr. Caine said the Foxconn suicides have all the earmarks of cluster suicide, in which case the way to stem the rash of suicides is to confront the issue head on.
Posted: 05/28/10 08:31 AM
We last talked about the suicides at the Foxconn facilities in China only a week ago. But since that time the death toll has risen and Foxconn has been scrambling to respond and prevent future fatalities. Foxconn is the company that assembles many of the consumer electronics you may own, like smart phones, tablets, video game consoles. We follow up with Endgadget’s Laura June about reports of workers being asked to sign a pledge not to commit suicide (a pledge the company later retracted and apologized for). Laura also tells us of the increased number of counselors on site and the reported installation of nets being placed beneath the tall dormitories from which many workers have been jumping.
For understanding of how the phenomenon of suicide is different in China than in the United States, we speak to Dr. Eric Caine. chair of Department of Psychiatry at University of Rochester Medical Center and co-director of Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide.
Apple, HP, and Dell are all major partners with Foxconn and have all recently said that they would be investigating conditions there. We asked each company what specifically they planned to do. Here are their responses: