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Apple's manufacturing partner Pegatron under fire for working conditions

Last year, Apple's primary Chinese manufacturing partner Foxconn came under intense scrutiny for complaints about how factory workers were being treated. Now another partner, Pegatron, is facing similar charges of poor treatment of workers. An upcoming report from China Labor Watch outlined in...

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Asus' 4K monitor is a beast your computer probably can't tame just yet. That's okay.

Asus' new PQ321 4K monitor will be released at the end of June and brings with it some pretty beefy display capabilities. The 31.5-inch monitor can output images and video up to a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160. That's a lot of high-resolution desktop for its US$4,000 asking price. But is it worth...

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Asus, Samsung top TechHive's tablet satisfaction survey

While Apple is certainly selling the most tablets thanks to the wild popularity of the iPad and iPad mini, it did not receive the highest scores in a tablet satisfaction survey run by TechHive. Surprisingly, Asus scored at or near the top of all satisfaction measurements for the Google Nexus...

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IDC: Apple extends lead in tablet market

In a bit of news that should surprise almost nobody, IDC & Macworld reported on Thursday that Apple has increased its market share of units shipped in the tablet market to almost 70 percent worldwide. By the numbers, Apple shipped a total of 17 million iPads in the April to June quarter of...

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Nexus 7's Smart Cover-like magnetic sensors

Google's Nexus 7 tablet appears to have a feature that isn't showing up in any of the official specs. Over on YouTube, user wwscoggin showed off an experiment in which he used a magnet to discover a sensor that puts the display to sleep. Does this sound familiar? Yes, it's a function that has...

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New iPad battery nearly as good as iPad 2

CNET reporter Eric Franklin spent his weekend torture-testing the battery of the new iPad, the iPad 2 and the Android-powered Asus Transformer Prime. He took each device, charged it fully and then drained its juice by continually playing a movie. All these tests were conducted in airplane mode...

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A new iPad looms, others still DOA

Apple is poised to announce its next generation iPad today and, as expected, the tablet is dominating the news. Even mainstream news outlets like Foxnews and CNN have reports on the highly-anticipated device. As CNN Money points out, this contrasts greatly from the launch of your average Android...

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Apple forcing Pegatron to stop production of MacBook Air lookalike Zenbook

Sometimes having a manufacturing relationship with Apple can have unexpected repercussions. Asia-based Pegatron, which makes iPhones for Apple at this time, is reportedly being asked to cease production of Ultrabook laptops for Asus or face the consequences of losing orders from Apple. Ultrabooks...

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Docks, transformers, computing cores and taking it all with you

Back in the mists of history -- probably the late '90s or early '00s -- I remember reading a blog post. I'm afraid I have been unable to find it again, so you'll have to take my reminiscing on faith (but please leave a comment if you know what I'm talking about). This post dissected and...

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Asustek chairman has "secret weapon" to compete with iPad 2

The chairman of Eee PC netbook maker Asustek Computer Jonney Shih is claiming to have a "secret weapon" to help his company compete with the iPad 2 when it is released in a few months. As reported by PCWorld, Shih recently talked with IDG News Service about the future of Eee PC netbooks, but he...

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Apple, ASUS top PC World satisfaction survey

Apple has garnered yet another win in a customer satisfaction survey -- this time it's PC World conferring the honors onto Cupertino, as Apple has topped both the laptop and desktop categories for most reliable and well-supported computer products. PC World says that Apple also did well in its...

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Asus is selling fewer netbooks because of the iPad

At an investor's conference in Taipai this week, Asus CEO Jerry Shen announced reduced sales forcasts for the popular Eee PC line of netbooks. Why? Because people are buying iPads instead. Digitimes reports that Eee sales fell from 1.6m units in Q1, to 1.5m in Q2, and are now expected to be 1.4m...

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Driver updates for charging iPad on PCs

If you're one of the many iPad customers having issues with charging, there may be relief in sight. A few popular PC motherboard manufacturers have released new drivers for their mobos that supposedly enable (or help with) iPad charging. If you have an ASUS, Gigabyte, or MSI motherboard, you can...

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ASUS wants to be "another Apple"

ASUS chairman Jonney Shih has successfully guided his company through the spinoff of their manufacturing arm Pegatron (whom Apple is already ready to do business with), and in the process stated that he wants the computer maker to become "another Apple," but one based on open-source platforms like...

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Apple drops to number two in reliability

RescueCom is a company that provides tech support and help from a 1-800 number, and they've released the latest version of their computer reliability report. This thing is actually pretty well done -- it examines just which brands and makes of computers are getting the most support calls, and then...

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