Apple

1:19pm

Thu February 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Steve Jobs' FBI File Reveals People Who Knew Him Had A Mixed Opinion Of Him

Steve Jobs.
Jeff Chiu AP

The FBI has released the files it kept on Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple. The 191-pages are part of a background search the FBI undertook in order to clear him for an appointment made to the President's Export Council by George W. Bush in 1991.

For the background check, the FBI conducted 30 interviews with friends, family, neighbors and former colleagues. What emerged was a portrait of a man admired for his brilliance but whose personal life and character are often questioned. It's not unlike the picture painted in Walter Isaacson's 2011 biography "Steve Jobs."

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9:15am

Mon February 6, 2012
Technology

Chinese Labor Practices Sour Apple Consumers

Originally published on Tue February 7, 2012 10:47 am

An injured man arrives at a hospital in Chengdu on a stretcher following an explosion at an electronics factory owned by Foxconn Technology Group, which makes many Apple products. Poor working conditions and low pay at such factories has made many consumers push for Apple to contract work more selectively.
AP

It's hard for those who have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod to describe what the device is worth to them, but it may be harder to measure the human cost of manufacturing Apple products.

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2:38pm

Thu January 26, 2012
All Tech Considered

Apple Continues To Be Plagued By Reports On Labor Conditions

Originally published on Thu January 26, 2012 4:05 pm

A new iPhone 4S at Apple's Beijing flagship store.
Feng Li Getty Images

Apple has been taking a lot of heat lately for working conditions at plants making its products in China.

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1:00pm

Fri January 13, 2012
Asia

In China, Apple Halts Sales Of New iPhone

Originally published on Fri January 13, 2012 3:08 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Apple has halted store sales of its iPhone 4S in China after fights erupted outside its flagship outlet in Beijing.

As NPR's Frank Langfitt reports, scalpers and angry would-be customers marked the phone's Chinese launch.

FRANK LANGFITT, BYLINE: At the Apple store in Beijing's Sanlitun shopping district, scalpers scuffled overnight causing the store to keep its door shut. Some in the crowd responded by hurling eggs at the windows.

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9:08am

Tue October 25, 2011
Author Interviews

Steve Jobs: A Computer Icon On Life, Death And Apple

Originally published on Tue October 25, 2011 1:35 pm

Walter Isaacson's biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was published Monday, less than three weeks after Job's death on Oct. 5.

Joe Raedle Getty Images

When Steve Jobs was 6 years old, his young next door neighbor found out he was adopted. "That means your parents abandoned you and didn't want you," she told him.

Jobs ran into his home, where his adoptive parents reassured him that he was theirs and that they wanted him.

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