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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 …
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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
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

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
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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
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 …
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
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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
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

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
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
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

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

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
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
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
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

REVEALED: Google's proposed indie music-killing contract terms

A leaked version of one of YouTube's controversial secret contracts with independent record labels has been published for the first time - and it appears to be stuffed with clauses that could land Google in trouble. Google wants to launch a new Spotify-style streaming service under its YouTube brand, and so requires music labels …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Jun 2014
A wrong way road sign in Boston, Massachusetts

Finding the formula for the travelling salesman problem

A wrong way road sign in Boston, Massachusetts What do heuristics, graph theory and doughnuts have in common? Each of them, in its own way, underpins one of the most challenging parts of the logistics process: planning delivery routes. Every day, millions of products find their way from manufacturers to distributors, …
Robin Birtstone, 18 Jun 2014

Proper boffins make your company succeed, even if you're not very technical

Good news for British techies. A wide-ranging innovation study recommends that firms should hire more staff who can solve complex technical problems, even if they’re not tech companies or the techies aren’t employed in a narrowly technical function. So says a report on Innovation and Growth prepared for the Department of …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Mar 2014

Look behind you, 'declining' sub-$5bn iPod. The iWatch has come... to EAT YOU

The semi-mythical iWatch is set to make the iPod extinct, an analyst has predicted. Christopher Caso, an analyst with Susquehanna Financial Group, prophesied the death of the iPod, which will be supplanted in Apple's product range whenever the new wearable computer comes out. He had been on a pilgrimage to the Far East, where …
Jasper Hamill, 24 Apr 2014
HP cloud

Hey cloud providers, HP wants your server biz back: Here's one we made earlier in Far East

HP is fighting back against the Far East ODMs that are eating into server shipments by inking a deal with Foxconn to build a price conscious box in high volumes for the largest cloudy firms. Such is the growth of the white box server market - including offerings from Quanta Computer, Wistron, Inventec and Compal Electronics - …
Paul Kunert, 30 Apr 2014
DARPA Synapse chip

DARPA wants help to counter counterfeits

DARPA is seeking vendor input into a program designed to defeat the problem of counterfeit electronic components. As the agency states in its announcement, the provenance of electronics components is a big deal in the military, since a component failure can endanger (for example) a fighter jet's mission (as well as the personnel …

Systemax goes Dutch, devours SCC Netherlands

Shape-shifting box shuffler Systemax has swallowed SCC's "sub-scale" Dutch division for an undisclosed sum. New York-listed Systemax last night confirmed the bid to the stock exchange, the most significant buy it has made in Europe - where it trades as Misco - since the acquisition of WStore some years back. "The European IT …
Paul Kunert, 02 May 2014

Ex-inmate at Chinese prison: We made airline headsets

Major airlines including British Airways and electronics manufacturers have been accused of sourcing products from a Chinese prison where inmates are tasered if they don’t hit production targets. BA and some of the other companies denied this while others said they hadn't knowingly bought them and are investigating their supply …
Phil Muncaster, 26 Jun 2013
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Samsung supplier halts assembly line amid child-labor probe

Debt collectors are literally circling the factory of a Chinese supplier to Samsung, where the assembly line remains halted following allegations that it hired underage workers. Samsung, which claims to have a "zero tolerance policy on child labor," said in a statement last week that it had temporarily suspended its relationship …
Neil McAllister, 21 Jul 2014

Burnt out on patches this month? Oracle's got 104 MORE fixes for you

Oracle has released a hefty load of security updates that address a total of 104 different vulnerabilities across its product lines. The database giant said its latest Critical Patch Update includes fixes for its middleware and database platforms, as well as the Hyperion, Siebel, and PeopleSoft platforms and a number of former …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Apr 2014
Roughly 150kg of gold

Europe floats DIRTY ORE plan, rights groups scoff: It's VOLUNTARY?

The European Commission has released a draft for a programme to regulate the use of conflict materials. The EC said that its plan includes measures which would seek to restrict groups from trading in valuable minerals in order to fund armed conflicts. The package would bring a certification which would require importers in the …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Mar 2014
Samsung flexible curved TV

Rumour: Next Apple iThing to feature 65-inch screen. Four-limb multitouch, anyone?

Apple is rumoured to have ordered some 65-inch LED panels, which some say might be used to build a huge new iTelly. According to voluble Korean analysts, an unnamed firm is working with Cupertino to produce the epically large screens. “The company is making 65-inch organic light-emitting diode sample panels for Apple’s iTV in …
Jasper Hamill, 07 Apr 2014
Photo of Apple iPhone 5C in a range of colors

Is Apple about unleash a cheaper 8GB iPhone 5C? O2 'leak' suggests: Yes

An Apple iPhone 5C with 8GB of storage is rumored to emerge this week, according to reports and a leaked photo. A German-language blog obtained an internal email to staff at mobile network O2 in the Euro nation to support the claims: the leaked memo describes a new addition to the iPhone 5C family, specifically a handset …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Mar 2014
Q and Bond, Skyfall

JUST LIKE US: Hackers who work for gov seem almost... ORGANISED

State-sponsored hackers are looking less like traditional hacking crews and more like military units as they share infrastructure and adopt strict hierarchies, according to new research. Infosec firm FireEye has identified links between 11 APT campaigns, including use of the same malware tools, shared code, binaries with the …
John Leyden, 14 Nov 2013
Eve in the Garden of Eden talking to a rather angry God on Snapchat

'Green' Apple: We've smudged a bit off our carbon footprint

With a product refresh rate that sees it chomp through natural resources like a chubby child demolishing a Mars bar, it's difficult to see Apple as a particularly environmentally friendly organisation. Nonetheless, the fruity firm has said it is committed to making its operations as green as humanly possible. In its latest …
Jasper Hamill, 10 Jul 2014

Samsung, GlobalFoundries ink exclusive, multi-year 14nm FinFET deal

Samsung and GlobalFoundries have announced a collaborative agreement that will enable 14-nanometer FinFET chippery to be manufactured at Samsung's fabs in Hwaseong, South Korea and Austin, Texas, as well as at GlobalFoundries' fab in Saratoga, New York. "This is a paradigm change to the foundry landscape," GlobalFoundries VP of …
Rik Myslewski, 17 Apr 2014
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Ingram Micro's layer cake is about to get a bit flatter

Ingram Micro is toasting better trading conditions in Europe that helped it report record revenues for calendar '13 by sharpening the axe to "de-layer" and "align" the business and save up to $100m in overheads. The world's largest tech distributor filed numbers for Q4 with sales edging up four per cent to $11.8bn driven by …
Paul Kunert, 14 Feb 2014