D’oh! Samsung Galaxy Note not nearly as ethical as I’d thought

Well, that’s just great… After doing a bunch of reading up on HTC, Samsung and Apple smartphones, and some of the dodgy suppliers who make their phone components for them, I settled on upgrading my mobile to a Samsung Galaxy Note. I’ve had it a week now and really love it. It’s an amazing device, …

Nokia Lumia 800 – Another Foxconn sweated smartphone?

Nokia announced themselves back in the smartphone race yesterday, with two forthcoming Windows 7 models, the Lumia 710 and Lumia 800. They’ve lost ground hand over fist in recent years to Apple, HTC and Samsung phones. How long has it been since you last heard the once ubiquitous Nokia ringtone in the wild? The Lumia …

Samsung: Not as evil as they have been…

Samsung customer services have been rather less keen to engage with my quest for a more ethical smartphone than their counterparts at HTC. First, I was told my email couldn’t be answered by national customer services, only international (apparently Samsung email doesn’t have ‘forward’), to I’d have to resend. Then my email couldn’t be answered …

Apple: The $81bn question

Even with a failure to meet latest targets – presumably to iPhone 5 hype and 4S meh meaning phone sales were down 3 million from projections – Apple Computer still turned a ludicrous $28bn last quarter. That’s two thirds up on previous turnover, and a whopping 85% up on profit – thanks to very healthy …

Have HTC read their own Code of Ethics recently?

So I’ve been looking at choosing my next smartphone upgrade with a nod to its ethical implications. It’s not really surprised me that it’s not that easy to find out much on this. Customer services departments tend to clam up when you ask awkward questions, and I don’t have the clout of a proper media …

If Damien Hirst did WordPress: Turning old CMS driven sites into static archives

WordPress is as any fule kno, about three or four of the seven wonders of the Internet. It’s a remarkably elegant and flexible website platform that puts enormous publishing power into the hands of people without any particular coding skills to speak of. As a definite member of this low-talent group, I find it hard …

Defend Charles Hector: Asahi Kosei sue for $3.3m over labour rights campaign

Malaysian blogger, lawyer and human rights activist Charles Hector is in court for a second day today. Good Electronics report that he’s being sued for $ 3.3 million in damages in a defamation case by electronics component manufacturer Asahi Kosei. The case hinges on comments he made on behalf of a group of Burmese migrant …