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Labor Group Says Conditions At Apple Plants Improving
A labor group Apple joined to assess working conditions at three manufacturing plants in China, where its products are made, says conditions are getting better. However, the Fair Labor Association says employees are still working more hours than the country's legal limit. The labor group says Apple's largest supplier, Foxconn, has made all the improvements that had been recommended — and did so before they were due by the end of December. The report says Foxconn has reduced working hours — though not enough to comply with the Chinese legal limit of 49 hours per week. Foxconn is scheduled to do that by July.
Ticketmaster has agreed to settle claims for up to $23 million over a lawsuit affecting more than a million people. A federal judge in Los Angeles approved the settlement last week. People who had bought tickets on Ticketmaster online ended up being enrolled in a rewards program that cost $9 a month. But because they didn't know they were in the program, they didn't end up with any benefits from the program. An attorney for the plaintiffs says those customers who were affected will be getting an email today with a link to a Web site where they can file a claim. Each customer can get up to $30.
Apple App Store Reaches Milestone
A milestone for the Apple App store. The company says customers have now downloaded more than 50 billion applications from the site since it launched in 2008. The title that put the app store over the 50 billion mark was a game called "Say The Same Thing" by Space Inch. The App store has more than 850,000 individual apps for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The 50 billion milestone does not include updates or re-downloads.
iKlip 2 For iPad, iPad Mini
A lot of musicians, singers and speakers use their iPads or other tablets to hold their music, lyrics or scripts. But how do you hold the devices so you can both see them and keep your hands free? IK Multimedia is out with some new solutions. The iKlip 2 will hold an Apple iPad 2 or later version of the device on a microphone stand. It will also secure the tablet to any vertical or horizontal pole, using a clip-on tightening system. That leaves the threaded top of the stand available for other things like a microphone stand. The new iKlip 2 is available for both the regular iPad — and there is a slightly smaller on for the new iPad mini.
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