Consumer watchdog group SumOfUs is asking Apple to “make the iPhone 5 ethically” and “overhaul the way its suppliers treat their workers” before the iPhone 5 is released.
More than 35,000 people signed the petition in the first 24 hours it was available, according to SumOfUs.
The petition reads: “Can Apple do this? Absolutely. According to an anonymous Apple executive quoted in The New York Times, all Apple has to do is demand it, and it’ll happen.”
“I use an iPhone myself,” Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, executive director of SumOfUs, said in a statement. “I love it, but I don’t love having to support sweatshops, and neither do millions of other Apple consumers. The hip, educated market that Apple aspires to corner is largely composed of responsible consumers who don’t want to be complicit in sweatshop labor.”
Last week, The New York Times reported about the extreme working conditions from Apple’s overseas manufacturers, triggering questions on whether the Cupertino giant is looking solely for profit.
Apple has yet to comment on these reports. However, the company’s CEO Tim Cook reportedly sent an internal memo denying the accusations.
“We care about every worker in our worldwide supply chain. Any accident is deeply troubling, and any issue with working conditions is cause for concern. Any suggestion that we don’t care is patently false and offensive to us,” reads the letter, which was obtained by 9to5Mac.
The 42-year-old singer responded to questions about her career, her personal life and the relationship that she has with her ex, Marc Anthony.
Although she has recently been spotted in the company of 24-year-old Casper Smart, one of her backup dancers, Lopez admits she’s not yet ready to walk down the aisle again.
When the reporter asked if she wanted to be a wife again, Lopez confessed she is a little troubled.
“I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know. We’ll see. I mean, I don’t know,” she said. “It’s not time to think about that yet. It’s still fresh.”
Later in the interview, the singer and actress said that she has no problem working with his ex, Marc Anthony, on their new show Q’Viva! The Chosen.
“Marc and I were friends before we got married. We were friends for years, and we always loved each other. And we always worked together, so it wasn’t an unnatural thing for us to continue working together. And, obviously, we have children together, so it’s not going to be like he’s not in my life. He’s always going to be in my life,” she explained.
She admitted that things aren’t always easy and sometimes moments of discomfort appear between them, but that, “There is real love there.”
However, at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in L.A. over the weekend, Jolie calmed things down a bit when asked about “a lot of ring-talk lately.”
“I think anything said tends to be blown out of proportion,” Angelina, 36, told People on the red carpet.
“Yeah, that was my fault,” Pitt, 48, said smiling.
“It means something to them,” he added, referring to his six children. “We will [get married] someday, we will. It’s a great idea. ‘Get mommy a ring.’ ‘OK, I will, I will.’ ”
Last week, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Brad talked about “getting a lot of pressure from the kids” to get married.
“It seems to mean more and more to our kids,” he said. “We made this declaration some time ago that we weren’t going to [get married] till everyone can. But I don’t think we’ll be able to hold out … it means something to me, too, to make that kind of commitment.”
Christina Aguilera was present at the service and offered a moving performance of “At Last.”
The song was meant to be a tribute to the R&B legend who died at the age of 73 after a long battle with leukemia.
The song has a special meaning for Christina as she is known to include it in her shows.
In a statement to people magazine, Aguilera explained her reasons for paying homage to James:
“It isn’t every day that an artist can meet the person who inspired them and their career. Not only did I have the incredible opportunity of meeting my idol, the legendary Ms. Etta James, but to be asked by her family to perform at her memorial was so very touching and yet bitter sweet.”
“Etta wasn’t just any performer, she was a strong woman whose talent came from a place so deep it moved people in ways they never felt before. Losing her was, to me, like losing a part of my soul.”
“I can only hope that she felt the love in the room as we all came together to pay tribute to her and celebrate her life as a person and as an artist. She will be deeply missed and I thank her family for allowing me such a great honor.”
In order to wish Ellen a happy birthday in a special way, the 32-year-old had an original idea: she made a short home video that gave viewers a glimpse into the intimacy of the couple formed by Pink and Carey Hart.
What is special about the clip is the fact that the new mom presents her eight-month-old daughter Willow to the audience.
And when Pink asks her little bundle of joy to wish Ellen a Happy Birthday, the baby poses a big smile to the camera.
The video also features Pink and Ellen dancing together as the singer performed on Ellen’s show in a past episode.
To mark her cooperation with the scouts, Prince William’s wife decided to lend her image by posing on the cover of the magazine for its February / March issue.
The photo is not an official one, as it was taken shortly before her wedding, but Kate approved of it being used for the magazine’s cover.
“Part of her role as a volunteer is to help out below the radar,” a source told people of Kate’s work with the organization.
Chief Scout Bear Grylls reacted to the news that Kate would be offering her support.
“The Duchess has an incredibly busy life, which makes it all the more inspiring that she has chosen to volunteer alongside us,” he said as quoted by the Daily Mail.
“Over the last few years it has been our mission to make it easier for adults who volunteer with us to give as much or as little as they are able – it is how we change our society: many people doing a little bit.”
The Duchess is also expected to take part in various activities organized by the youth organization in their region.
The Scout Association is one of five charities that Kate has decided to patronize as a member of the British royal family.
An emergency call was recorded at the 49-year-old actress’ house Monday evening. Demi was rushed to a local hospital after a 30-minute assessment.
“We need an ambulance here as soon as possible,” a female caller tells the ambulance dispatcher. “She smoked something, it’s not marijuana, but it’s similar to incense, and she seems to be having convulsions of some sort.”
“She has been having some issues. I don’t know what she has been taking,” another woman at Moore’s house that night told the 911 dispatcher.
At one point, the woman is heard talking to Moore, saying, “Demi, can you hear me? Yes, she’s squeezing my hand. She can’t speak. She’s convulsing so we’re holding her down.”
When the operator asks the caller if this has happened before, she said, “I don’t know. There’s been some stuff recently that we’re all just finding out.”
Towards the end of the call, the actress seems to be getting back to her senses.
“She seems to have calmed down now. She’s speaking,” a man tells the operator.
The actress’ health deteriorated after the announcement of her divorce from Ashton Kutcher.
Her condition also forced her to abandon the set of the movie Lovelace, an indie drama that will look at the history of Linda Lovelace.
On Thursday, Moore returned home from the hospital.
Antonio De Rosa, founder of ADR Studio, imagined a new concept of the gadget, which he called the iPhone SJ, in memory of Steve Jobs.
The handset appears in De Rosa’s vision with a slightly larger screen and the firm’s logo inlaid on top of the screen, and it integrates the A6 processor with a target of 10 million pixels for the camera.
The display is envisioned by De Rosa as edge-to-edge and it’s a “totally glass capacitive screen on a polycarbonate lightweight body.”
According to Alexis Madrigal, a senior editor at The Atlantic, the iPhone 5 “is probably going to come out in the first quarter of 2012,” Madrigal wrote.
In addition, the analyst predicted that the handset will be a trendsetter in the world of tech in 2012.
“I think the release of the iPhone 5 will be the pivot around which the rest of 2012 turns in tech,” he speculated, adding that the smartphone could set “a whole new standard for communications devices.”
Madrigal also predicted that the iPhone 5 “will be a huge deal,” and believed that everyone would “casually mention it in dinner conversations” and “strangers will talk about it on the bus.”
Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu has speculated that Apple’s next smartphone will represent a “more radical refresh” with features such as 4G LTE technology.
“From our checks with supply chain and industry sources and consistent with what we had said in early August, we are picking up that the new iPhone will be a more radical update with a sleeker, thinner form factor, and a slightly larger screen,” Wu wrote.
He added: “In addition, it will likely incorporate 4G LTE technology, which would provide a significant boost in wireless network performance. We believe this significant update keeps the iPhone fresh and competitive and helps maintain its leadership position.”
Wu also speculated on the possibility that Apple could actually get a step ahead of companies offering 4G Android technology due to the fact that the Cupertino company is among the latest to acquire 4G LTE.
Carlo Raphael Diokno at popherald.com believes that the next-generation iDevices will have to integrate a heavier battery if they are to feature LTE technology.
Diokno wrote that Apple will need to insert a heavier battery if it plans on introducing Long-Term Evolution to its gadgets in 2012.
The analyst also concluded that if the Cupertino company decides to add either the 4G/3G toggle or 4G, there is a high possibility that the next-gen iPhone and iPad will be thicker due to antenna and the battery.
In a note sent to investors, Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray talked about the success of the iPhone 4S and speculated that the future iPhone 5 will have a “monster” launch.
“If Apple sells 30 (million)-plus iPhones in Dec., with no new form factor, up from 17.1m in Sept., it would be evidence supporting our survey work indicating that 94% of iPhone users plan to upgrade to a new iPhone,” Munster wrote.
“This theme suggests iPhone 5, which we are expecting in Aug. with a new form factor, will be a monster upgrade.”
Consequently, Munster predicted that 94 percent of the current iPhone owners will upgrade to the iPhone 5.