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Retail giant Wal-Mart sellng iPhone 3G for 97 dollars

Mobile computer shipments surge: Gartner
San Francisco (AFP) May 25, 2010 - Shipments of mobile personal computers surged worldwide in the first three months of 2010 due to the popularity of low-cost mini-notebooks, Gartner said Tuesday. Worldwide mobile PC shipments totaled 49.4 million units in the first quarter of this year, a 43.4 percent increase from the same period in 2009, according to the industry-tracking firm. The year-over-year climb was the greatest in eight years and was estimated to represent about 36 billion dollars in spending by mobile computer buyers.

"Mini-notebook PCs were a big part of the bump in mobile PC shipments in the first quarter of 2010, with shipments growing 71 percent over the same period last year," said Gartner principal analyst Mikako Kitagawa. "However, mini-notebooks' share slowed in some regions as consumers begin to understand the limitations of mini-notebooks, especially in the face of aggressive price cuts of regular notebooks." Bare-bones notebooks are designed essentially for getting on the Internet and tending to a few basic applications.

The average selling price of a mobile PC in the quarter was 732 dollars, nearly 16 percent lower than the mean of 868 dollars in the same period last year, according to Gartner. Hewlett-Packard held its title as the nNumber one seller of mobile PCs worldwide, accounting for 19.2 percent of the shipments in the quarter. Gartner estimated that there are 500 million mobile computers being used around the world and said it is watching to see whether sales of tablet computers such as the Apple iPad will eat into the market.
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San Francisco (AFP) May 25, 2010
Retail giant Wal-Mart on Tuesday more than halved the price of the 16-gigabyte iPhone 3G in a sign that shelves are being cleared for a hot new model to be unveiled by Apple.

Walmart began charging 97 dollars for 16-gigabyte iPhone 3G smartphones bought in the United States with two-year service contracts.

"We are going to reduce the price on this most popular smartphone so our customers can realize these new savings as soon as possible," said Mehrdad Akbar, senior category director for wireless for Walmart US.

Apple chief executive Steve Jobs is expected to show off the next-generation iPhone on June 7 during a keynote speech opening the California company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.

The WWDC will be held from June 7-11. The event typically attracts thousands of developers that craft software for Macintosh computers, the iPhone, the iPod and the iPad.

Apple typically shrouds such events in secrecy but a technology blog, Gizmodo, last month obtained and published details of the next iPhone after getting its hands on a prototype of the device.

Gizmodo is at the center of a police investigation into whether a crime was committed in obtaining the iPhone prototype, which was lost in a California beer garden by an Apple software engineer.

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Hong Kong labour activists push for iPhone boycott
Hong Kong (AFP) May 26, 2010 - Hong Kong labour activists said Tuesday they plan to kick off a worldwide boycott of Apple's newest iPhone after a spate of suicides at a southern Chinese factory that makes the iconic device.

A group of two dozen protested outside the Hong Kong office of Taiwan-based Foxconn, calling on the technology giant to improve working conditions at its giant plant across the border in the city of Shenzhen.

The group said Foxconn -- a manufacturer for Apple and other electronics giants -- should probe the suicides, which have reached 10 since the start of the year after a 19-year-old employee fell to his death at the factory Tuesday.

"The reason we're staging the protest is the high death rate due to some workers committing suicide within five months, which we think is abnormal," Debby Chan, spokeswoman for Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour, told AFP.

"Foxconn should evaluate its management style.... We strongly urge Foxconn to start a committee to look into the reasons they died."

The deaths, apparent suicides, have raised questions about the conditions for millions of factory workers in China, especially at Foxconn, where labour activists say long hours, low pay and high pressure are the norm.

The death Tuesday was the ninth at Foxconn's Shenzhen facilities this year.

Witnesses said Li Hai, a 19 year-old man, jumped from the fifth floor of the training centre building, China's official Xinhua news agency reported.

Police found a note left by Li, according to Xinhua, in which he told his father: "I have no capabilities. I have got what I deserve."

Chen Hongfang, deputy director of Foxconn's labor union, said Li had only worked in the South China Training Centre in Foxconn's Guanlan plant for 42 days, the agency reported.

Another company employee died at a plant in northern China in January, according to state media reports. Two more have suffered serious injuries in similar falls.

The group's founder Terry Gou on Monday denied that Foxconn's employees were being worked too hard and driven to kill themselves, saying he was not running "blood and sweat factories".

Chan said interviews with about 30 Foxconn workers in recent days suggested that they "suffer from pressure but just learn to internalise it".

The planned boycott would likely kick off ahead of the new iPhone's release next month, Chan said, adding that the group was also targeting United Win Technology, another Taiwan-based Apple supplier with operations in China.

Foxconn, known in Taiwan by the name of its parent Hon Hai Precision, is the world's largest maker of computer components.



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