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Samsung admits its Chinese supply chain STILL has labour-rights and safety problems

Samsung has admitted that its Chinese suppliers are still guilty of legal and safety violations, despite its repeated promises to clean up its factories. In its annual sustainability report, the firm said that this year’s audits had found a number of instances of poor working conditions for people at 100 of its suppliers. The …

Apple's iWatch may be DELAYED over sapphire glass supply problems

Problems with Apple's sapphire glass supply chain could mean the Apple iWatch will only be released in small numbers this year, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has predicted. The latest leaked note from the respected KGI Securities bod has claimed that production of the iWatch will be moved back September to November. Kuo also …
Jasper Hamill, 01 Aug 2014
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Intel edu-tablet sales forecast slashed - supply chain whispers

In another bit of mobile-market slippage, Intel is said to have cut in half the number of its StudyBook educational tablets that it believes it will sell in the next two years. According to a Digitimes report on Friday, Intel had planned to sell between 3 and 4 million of its "ruggedized and purpose-built tablet for 21st century …
Rik Myslewski, 26 Nov 2012
The Unha-3-2 launches from Sohae Satellite Launching Station in December 2012. Pic: Official North Korean image

Take a deep breath: No NORKS panic for ICT supply chain … yet

It’s business as usual for the ICT supply chain in Asia despite heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula which have now seen the de facto closure of the symbolic Kaesŏng industrial zone, according to market watchers. The Reg has had its ear to the ground across the region to see if the recent escalation in threatening …
Phil Muncaster, 09 Apr 2013

China fingered as counterfeit parts flood tech supply chain

The number of ‘high risk’ suppliers, including some flogging counterfeit products to US government, military and commercial channels has grown by almost two-thirds since 2002, with China pegged as a key player, according to market watcher IHS iSuppli. The firm urged all parts of the supply chain to tighten procurement and …
Phil Muncaster, 31 Oct 2012
BlackBerry bleeding

BlackBerry to be throttled by own supply chain

Mobile phone makers that can't sell 35 million phones every six months – three per cent of the global market – are doomed, according to Taiwanese analyst outfit Trendforce. The firm has just popped out some predictions about the mobile market, one of which suggests “obtaining upstream components and materials at good prices can …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Nov 2013
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Lockheed to cyber-armour its supply chain against 'the Adversary'

Top Pentagon supplier Lockheed Martin says its computer networks are under increasing heavy fire from hackers, forcing it to beef up its supply chain's defences. Lockheed veep and chief information security officer Chandra McMahon said about a fifth of the assaults were considered "advanced persistent threats", which are attacks …

Shenzhen wage hike causes supply chain jitters

Chinese tech hub and boom town Shenzhen is set to increase the minimum wage of workers there by 13.3 per cent in early 2013, causing a few sweaty palms in the technology supply chain. Shenzhen and the wider Pearl River Delta area in southern China is one of the most concentrated technology manufacturing hubs in the world. …
Phil Muncaster, 28 Aug 2012
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Samsung grabs Sharp shard, brings pain to Apple supply chain

Samsung has shipped up in Apple's pitch by taking a three per cent stake in cash-strapped component supplier Sharp for ¥10.4bn ($111m). Instead of top iDevice manufacturer Foxconn nabbing a bit of Sharp, an idea that had previously been floated, the fruity firm will see Sammy screens being made side by side with its own …
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Neal's Yard Remedies its supply chain

Neal's Yard jars and spray in field Neal's Yard is famous for its natural remedies sold in distinctive blue bottles. But how do the perishable and rare ingredients get to the factory, and how do the products of this £20m business get to market? Neal's Yard has both a sophisticated supply and distribution chain - and an IT …
Miatta Momoh, 14 Jun 2011
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Japan quake to hit supply chain for rest of 2011

The impact of the Japan earthquake and tsunami on the semiconductor industry will be felt for the remainder of the year, according to a warning from Gartner. The analyst has cut its worldwide revenue growth forecast to $299bn (£184bn), representing growth of 5.1 per cent compared to previous estimates of 6.2 per cent, due to an …
Paul Kunert, 22 Jun 2011
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Thai floods threaten Seagate hard drive supply chain

Seagate is assessing the potential impact of flooding in Thailand on the production of hard disks that forced arch rival WD to temporarily halt manufacturing this week. Severe flooding has reportedly killed at least 280 people, inundated homes, disrupted transport links and caused chaos at utilities close to WD's facility, which …
Paul Kunert, 14 Oct 2011
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Tim Cook in Applerexia fears: New MacBook THINNER THAN EVER

Apple is preparing to release a MacBook which tabloid newspapers might describe as "worryingly thin", supply chain sources have claimed. The claims surfaced in the Taiwanese publication DigiTimes, which quoted "supply chain makers" in the country. The current MacBook Pro is a relatively chubby 2.4cm, but the report suggested …
Jasper Hamill, 28 Aug 2014
Miner sculpture

Intel says NO MORE BLOOD PENTIUMS by 2016

Intel has set 2016 as the deadline for its transition to a 100 per cent conflict-free product line. Under the plan, Chipzilla will look to receive gold, tantalum, tungsten, and tin only from those smelting facilities that it has certified as taking materials exclusively from ethically-mined sources. The company unveiled the …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Sep 2014
Apple iOS 7

Bloke squeezes Apple's boules, predicts millions of iPhone 6s, iWatches

Apple has enough sapphire glass within its grasp for two models of the iPhone 6, if one was to appear, as well as the semi-mythical iWatch, an independent analyst has claimed. Matt Margolis, of Wall Street Forensics, has scoped out GT Advanced Technologies, the firm tasked with operating Apple's sapphire factory in Mesa, Arizona …
Jasper Hamill, 16 Jun 2014
Child labourers

Tech sector still loves its slaves: study

They avoid paying tax at the top, and avoid paying workers at the bottom: a new study into the supply practises of the tech sector finds most participants don't know where their materials come from and don't really seem to care. That's what emerges from a Baptist World Aid report that scored 39 kit suppliers – covering all …
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Trundle, trundle, FLEEEP: iPhone 6 production grinds to halt

The production of Apple's iPhone 6 has reportedly hit a major snag after the redesign of a screen component caused a supply shortage. Pegatron, which builds iStuff for Apple, 'fessed up to the problem and admitted a key component was in short supply. "Currently, there's a small shortage in supply of a specialised component for …
Jasper Hamill, 22 Aug 2014

No 12-inch maxiPads for Christmas: Suppliers 'smothered by iPhone 6'

All signs point to Apple unveiling a new, larger iPad model at its October 16 media event, but if the latest whispers are to be believed, you shouldn't expect to be able to actually buy one until early next year. The invites Apple sent to the press this week said only "it's been way too long," yet most Cupertino-watchers believe …
Neil McAllister, 09 Oct 2014
Apple iPad 3 aka new iPad

Is Apple incubating a Macbook, iPad bastard child?

What do you think would happen if an iPad made sweet, sweet love to a Macbook? Just go with it please, for the sake of argument. It would give birth to a misshapen, outsized fondleslab, running a delicate and (probably) delicious integration of OSX and iOS. And a full suite of apps, naturally. But it's not going to happen, is …
Jasper Hamill, 07 Oct 2014
Apple iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6: Missing sapphire glass screen FAIL explained

Apple fanbois were left scratching their heads when Tim Cook unveiled the new iPhone 6 without the sapphire glass facelift many were expecting it to receive . Now mobile analyst Matt Margolis has claimed that supply chain issues prevented Cupertino from rolling out phones equipped with the new wonder material. He is one of many …
Jasper Hamill, 12 Sep 2014
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Supply snitches: 4in iPhone 5 screens shipping now

Don't spit your coffee out, but further rumours today make it more likely that the iPhone 5 will have a 4in screen. Hitachi Displays and Sony Mobile Display Corporation are already shipping 4in LCD touch screens destined for next-gen iPhones, say "sources within Apple's Far Eastern supply chain", according to AppleInsider. The …
Anna Leach, 29 Nov 2011
Child labourers

Another Samsung supplier fingered in new 'child labor' probe

Samsung is once again under fire from a watchdog that claims the South Korean leviathan sources components from suppliers that employ child laborers. China Labor Watch (CLW) on Thursday identified a factory called Shinyang Electronics, located in Dongguan, China, that it alleges hires children to work long hours for little pay …
Neil McAllister, 10 Jul 2014
Roughly 150kg of gold

Apple: Scrubbing may not yet have cleansed iThings of BLOOD

Apple has admitted that it does not know whether some of the materials used in its products are sourced from conflict zones. In a report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, it admitted that four smelters and refineries whose products it uses have not yet definitively proved their materials do not come from war- …
Jasper Hamill, 30 May 2014

Germany may have won the World Cup... but it dropped the ball for Computacenter

The German nation lifted the World Cup last weekend but those working for Computacenter will not have cheered the local team's performance this morning – when calendar Q2 financials were released to the City. A nasty crash in product sales across CC Germany unpicked momentum in Blighty and progress made in the French arm, …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jul 2014

TSMC touts IoT as semiconductor growth engine

Taiwanese chip fab TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co) reckons its Next Big Thing is going to be, you guessed it, the Internet of Things. The vendor, whose contract customers (such as Apple) make it a powerhouse of IC manufacturing, expects demand for microcontrollers, image sensors, WiFi and Bluetooth sensors will …
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Done with Microsoft and Adobe patches? Good, here's Oracle's load

Oracle is piling on this month's Patch Tuesday with a collection of security fixes for 16 of its enterprise software platforms. Among the massive wad of updates will be a package of 25 bug fixes for Java SE, 22 of which are remotely exploitable without authentication and 12 of which allow an attacker to take complete control of …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Oct 2014

What the HEC? Microsoft resurrects its hardware engineering event – in CHINA

Microsoft is bringing back WinHEC – its erstwhile Windows Hardware Engineering Conference – and this time it's holding the event closer to where the action is. Redmond exec Matt Perry said on Friday that WinHEC 2015 will be held on March 18 and 19 in Shenzhen, China's booming tech capital, with a subsequent event to follow in …
Neil McAllister, 26 Sep 2014

UK enterprises are SPENDING again, bellows Computacenter

A double-digit hike in Q4 hardware and software sales to large enterprise customers in Blighty helped Computacenter (CC) end calendar '13 on a high note, despite a more mixed performance across continental Europe. In a trading update - full results are due in March - the CC Group posted a three per cent revenue gain in constant …
Paul Kunert, 16 Jan 2014

Intel cutting prices, taking on all comers in fondleslab market grab

Intel is so desperate to gain a foothold in the fondleslab market that it's willing to slash its margins in exchange for market share, supply-chain sources claim. Industry insiders have told Taiwanese tech-news rag DigiTimes that Chipzilla has been cutting prices and offering marketing subsidies to tablet vendors willing to …
Neil McAllister, 24 May 2014

Chinese iWatchers: Apple's WRISTPUTERS ALREADY in production

Production of the semi-mythical iWatch has already begun, mysterious Chinese production sources have claimed. According to a report in the China Times (in Mandarin), factories have already begun churning out the first models of Apple's wearable computer. Factories are expected to make between two and three million iWatches …
Jasper Hamill, 01 May 2014

Scotland Yard defends single supplier IT gig with Insight

London's Metropolitan Police has defended its use of a single supplier procurement standard after it penned a four-year deal with IT hardware outfit Insight, claiming it could yield cost savings of up to ten per cent over the contract's lifetime. The previous buying arrangement that London cops had with SCC under the Sprint ii …
Paul Kunert, 18 Mar 2014

ODMs a 'threat' to Euro server biz? Well, yes, says HP exec

HP Europe is braced for the looming "threat" from Far Eastern ODMS that are building custom servers to order for bulky service providers. Beancounters at IDC have split out white box server makers as a separate segment because of their ballooning share of sales and growing influence on the global stage. Some cloudy firms are …
Paul Kunert, 26 Mar 2014

MEEELLIONS of unloved iPhone 5Cs gather dust in warehouses – report

Apple may be sitting on as many as three million unsold units of its little-loved iPhone 5c, according to reports from the Taiwanese electronics manufacturing industry. The supply-chain sleuths at DigiTimes claim that around one million units of Cupertino's plasticky handset are sitting on telecom carriers' and distributors' …
Neil McAllister, 06 Mar 2014

NSA Sentry Eagle placed spies in private companies

The National Security Agency (NSA) has since 2004 sent spies into private companies in a bid to compromise networks from within, according to documents leaked by Edward Snowden. Agents sent in by the NSA targeted global communications firms under a highly classified 'core secrets' program dubbed Sentry Eagle previously known …
Darren Pauli, 14 Oct 2014
Microsoft Surface tablets

Partner firms: Microsoft kept Surface from you for YOUR OWN GOOD

Those caring souls at Microsoft initially cut the technology channel out of the Surface supply chain because execs wanted to finetune forecasting and spare sales partners from a potential inventory pile-up. Or so says Phil Sorgen, global partner veep, who reckons the path Microsoft took was "safer" for its legion of suppliers, …
Paul Kunert, 31 Mar 2014

SHATTERED: Apple's jilted glass supplier to shut down sapphire ops

GT Advanced Technologies, the struggling materials firm that was once tapped to provide durable sapphire glass for Apple, says it will cut staff and close its sapphire manufacturing plants as it moves toward bankruptcy protection. In documents filed with the New Hampshire bankruptcy court on Friday, GT said the "cash burn" at …
Neil McAllister, 10 Oct 2014
A fake iPhone with electric shock capabilities

Just in case? Unverified 'supersize me' iPhone 6 pics in sneak leak peek

New pictures have surfaced that purport to show the casing for a new super-sized iPhone 6. The phab-ulous images popped up on a site called Evasi0n Jailbreak. After the site talked up the images on Twitter for several hours, Apple-sniffers were rewarded with what the site claims are genuine pics. Although a larger 5.5-inch …
Jasper Hamill, 21 Aug 2014
Zombie Zero

Infected Chinese inventory scanners ships off logistics intel

A Chinese manufacturer has been accused of implanting malware that steals supply chain intelligence in its hand-held scanner firmware. Security firm TrapX says infected scanners have been sold to eight unnamed firms including a large robotics company. Variants of the malware broke into enterprise resource planning platforms to …
Darren Pauli, 11 Jul 2014

Battery-production problems delay anorexic 5.5-inch 'iPhone Air'

The challenge of developing a battery slim enough for a 5.5-inch iPhone, nicknamed (暱稱) the "iPhone Air" by the parts-supply industry, may push that handset's introduction back until next year. So reports the Chinese-language news service Commercial Times (Google Translate). The same article also reports that a 4.7-inch iPhone …
Rik Myslewski, 22 Apr 2014

ARM: We've signed 41 new deals and we are IN to the Internet Of Stuff

ARM Holdings has dodged the impact of slowing device sales with 41 customers signing new deals to license its chip technology. The company Tuesday announced a nine-per-cent jump in second-quarter profit to £68m on revenue that climbed seventeen per cent to £187.1m. Earnings per share increased 11 per cent to £3.91. But …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jul 2014
Container Vessel at Sea

You've made the product, now get it to the customers

Logistics may not seem as sexy as, say, R&D or social-media marketing – but messing it up could easily ruin your business. There are several things SMEs should think about when planning the part of their business that gets products out to customers. Far too many companies miss out this key part of the business equation, warns …
Robin Birtstone, 02 Jun 2014

Corporate crashes in UK IT channel drop back to pre-recession levels

Channel fatalities are down for the fifth consecutive quarter as the local ICT sector growth and the wider UK economy becomes the envy of European neighbours. The numbers of tech suppliers that went pop during Q3 was down by almost a quarter to 56 compared to the war stats from credit reference agency Graydon UK for the same …
Paul Kunert, 09 Oct 2014

My TIGHT PANTS made my HUGE iPHONE go all BENDY!

Apple's new embiggened iPhone 6 Plus has been snapped up by buyers for, among other things, its thin case and its 5.5-inch touchscreen. But Apple didn't mention that it also appears to be the company's most flexible handset – whether you like it or not. A handful of early adopters have reported that after carrying the phablet …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Sep 2014
Roughly 150kg of gold

IBM, HP, others admit products laced with NORK GOLD

IBM, HP, Seagate, and other companies have admitted that some of their products include gold from North Korea. The companies disclosed in recent financial filings – first spotted by Foreign Policy – that some of their suppliers sourced gold from the "Central Bank of the DPR of Korea", according to filings with the US Securities …
Jack Clark, 03 Jun 2014

Rebounding Brit IT market beefs up Computacenter top line

Computacenter vaulted the £3bn barrier for the first time in its history during 2013 after bagging some meaty services and product deals in Blighty, but one-off charges in continental subsidiaries weighed heavy on the bottom line. Group revenues for one of Europe's largest resellers bounced 2.5 per cent year-on-year in constant …
Paul Kunert, 11 Mar 2014
Hitachi glass storage

Apple 'sapphire glass' fronts for iPhone 6? It's NEWS to SUPPLIERS

Several Apple analysts have speculated over the past few months that the next iPhone and perhaps even the near-mythical iWatch will use super-tough sapphire glass in some capacity. But that claim has been thrown into question after the industrial analysis firm TrendForce claimed a tiny issue – not actually having the sapphire …
Jasper Hamill, 29 Jul 2014
Billy_Connolly

Bring your spade: The BIG DATA Gold Rush has begun

The forty-niners rushed to California in search of gold. Some even found it. But most stayed poor and the only people who got reliably rich were people who made and sold the picks and shovels the miners needed. Is that the way it is with big data? Will the only people to get rich be the suppliers of big data computer software, …
Chris Mellor, 03 Oct 2014
Windows XP boot screen

The XP factor gives MEGA-DISTIE Ingram Q2 sales a boost

The tills rang often for massive global distie Ingram Micro during its second calendar quarter, helped by frenzied PC refresh activity, but squeezing out better long term profits remains a work in progress. The globe's largest distie reported a revenue hike of $600m year-on-year to $10.9bn. Despite a near six per cent leap in …
Paul Kunert, 25 Jul 2014

Channel's großen Käse roll eyes at vendors' performance under the spread sheets

Bulky channel outfits in EMEA are bringing home the bacon, according to peeps at Canalys. Aggregated figures from eight publicly quoted suppliers in the region revealed an average year-on-year sales growth of eleven per cent in the first quarter of 2014 – more than double that of tech titans collective including HP and Apple. …
Paul Kunert, 03 Jun 2014

YouTube in shock indie music nuke: We all feel a little less worthy today

Yet another argument has brewed up between independent record companies and a wholesale customer, in this case YouTube. The accusation, that YouTube had given the major labels better terms than they were offering indies, was wearyingly familiar; as was YouTube’s reported response. That response was an offer of “take it or leave …
Paul Sanders, 23 Jun 2014