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Mike Daisey takes a bite out of Apple

The veteran reporter combines his own story, conversations with dozens of workers outside the Shenzhen plant, and the history of the tech company to highlight the human cost of some of the world’s most popular computers and gadgets.

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Is a liberal arts degree worth it?

What does calligraphy have to do with computing? The governor of Florida wants to cut funding to non-science departments at public universities. But the liberal arts have served as a crucial source of inspiration for innovators like Steve Jobs.

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Photo: Thanks, Steve

The Apple co-founder and visionary passed away on Wednesday night at the age of 56, leaving behind a legacy of creativity and inspiration.

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iPad worker suicides, revisited

One year after a rash of highly publicized worker suicides, labor conditions at the Chinese factories that manufacture iPhones and iPads have improved slightly – but not enough.

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Celebrating failure, and other novelties, at Pop Tech

Need to Know reports from the Pop Tech conference in Maine, where social innovators are discussing meditation, disinformation and freakish waves.

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Should every kid get a Kindle?

Digital textbooks are charming the market, and they now have encouragement from lawmakers, like Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York.

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The iPhone 4

It’s shiny, new, and emblazoned with the Apple logo. But is the iPhone 4 better than ever? The reviews are positive, but user reception is mixed. Pun intended. Design With a flat design and a wraparound stainless steel antenna along the outside edge of the phone, the look has been updated. The phone also boasts [...]

What’s fueling the feud between Apple and Adobe?

You probably missed this unless you are a geek, but the equivalent of a nerdy blood feud has been taking place between two Silicon Valley giants — Adobe Systems and Apple. The fight is over an Adobe product called Flash that is running right now in your computer but doesn’t run — and apparently never [...]

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