the robots are coming

Your Next iPhone Will Probably Be Built By a Robot

Humans, get ready to meet your new coworkers. (Getty)

Three years after announcing its intentions to staff its factories with robots, Foxconn, the Taiwanese company that manufactures Apple products, might finally be putting its plans into action.

The Foxconn robots — or Foxbots, as the company’s calling them — are now in the final stages of testing, and will be used to assemble iPhone products, Foxconn executive Terry Gou reportedly said at a recent shareholder meeting. That means the Foxbots’ assignments will probably include the iPhone 6, rumored to be coming out this fall. Read More


Booting Up: Twitter’s Web Interface Is Getting a Nip/Tuck

New, new Twitter. (Photo: Twitter)

Don’t be alarmed if Twitter looks different for you. The web interface is getting (another) redesign that aligns the look of it with its mobile apps. [TechCrunch]

iPhone supplier Foxconn has shipped 1.5 million devices to China Mobile as the telco preps for its launch. [WSJ]

The Dodo, the Lerer Ventures-backed website about, uh, animals, launched yesterday. [Recode]

Claiming it’s a “consequence of a quickly growing service,” Snapchat got defensive when it apologized for all the “snap spam” you’ve been getting. [Daily Dot]

Katie Couric made her Yahoo debut so text your mom if you want to know how she did. [Politico]


Booting Up: Hulu’s Bidders Down to 3, Russian Rocket Falls Out of Space

He's not included. (Photo: Hulu)

Hulu’s suitors are down to three: DirecTV wants all of it, AT&T is partnering with Chernin Entertainment for a bid, and Time Warner has offered to purchase a minority stake. A finalized sale is expected within the next few weeks. [AllThingsD]

Foxconn is reportedly staffing up its factories for the next-gen iPhone if you’re still looking for a summer job. [CNET]

“Apple App Store marks 5 years of app-ortunity” is a real headline today. [USA Today]

Google Maps for Android gets completely revamped today with a new user interface, infused with Zagat reviews and real-time traffic reports. [TechCrunch]

A Russian rocket only lasted 34 seconds until it exploded in the air because somebody installed some of its parts “upside down” so your Ikea furniture sounds pretty sturdy right now. [Ars Technica]

Life in 3D

The President of Foxconn Isn’t Impressed With Your Gimmicky 3D Printers

All hail!

Last week the enthusiasm over 3D printing culminated in the acquisition of Brooklyn’s own MakerBot by the publicly traded Stratasys. But not everyone’s as excited about this particular disruptive technology. Take the head of Foxconn, for example, who recently insisted to the Taiwanese press that it’s just not that big a deal.

VentureBeat reports that earlier this week, he dismissed the innovation as so much hot air: Read More


Booting Up: Comcast Thinks We Can’t Handle Google Fiber’s Zippy Internet Speeds

A smartphone. (Wikipedia)

According to results from a new Pew Research study, 56 percent of adults now own a smartphone, while 10 percent of adults said they don’t own a cell phone at all. [LA Times]

Haha, that’s right Comcast, no one wants super fast Internet speed like Google is offering because our routers can’t support it, or whatever B.S. reason you’re using now to feel good about yourself. [BGR]

Foxconn might lose the “conn,” as it’s considering spinning off the connector side of its business since PC sales are lagging. [CNET]

Apple’s upcoming iRadio service (we’ve collectively decided just to use that name) will be commercial-supported and feature highly targeted ads. [Ad Age]

There’s a new version of Snapchat and it’s beautiful. [TechCrunch]


Booting Up: Foxconn Employees Still Have it Pretty Terrible

Wealthy man, Mr. Cook (Photo:

Apple CEO Tim Cook is preparing for his upcoming Congress appearance about corporate tax code by promising a “dramatic simplification” of the ancient laws. [Washington Post]

It’s been a year since Facebook’s IPO. So let’s celebrate it with a ~one year later~ reflection piece. [WSJ]

Remember when you’re complaining about your long work week, it’s way worse for Foxconn employees. [NYT]

It sounds like the Facebook designers behind News Feed’s redesign were having the chillest of times on the project. They brought in lamps to create a “nice living room” and stared at posters on the wall to keep them motivated. [Taxi]

Ugh, we have some disturbing news: A website that bills itself as “Kickstarter for gigs” has launched in London. [BBC]


Booting Up: Dish Network’s Chairman Thinks He’s Jerry Seinfeld

Charlie Ergen? (Photo: NBC)

Dish Network announced today that it has submitted a $25.5 billion bid for Sprint Nextel in an effort to circumvent an offer from Japanese telecom company SoftBank. Charlie Ergen, the chairman of Dish, related the company’s purchasing strategy to the plot of Seinfeld: “You initially didn’t know exactly where things were going, but it seemed to all come together in the end.” [New York Times]

Facebook Home has only been out for three days, but that’s totally enough time to call it a failure. Out of 4,000 reviews, roughly 47 percent of users gave it a 1-star rating. [Daily Dot]

Foxconn is adding 10,000 new employees to its ranks as it prepares for the launch of the next Ping Home iPhone. [CNet]

Cornell’s planned high-tech campus on Roosevelt Island is still years away, but some of the classes are getting started in a nondescript, third-floor loft in Chelsea. [New York Times]

Baidu, a.k.a “Chinese Google,” has opened an artificial intelligence lab in Silicon Valley to look for top talent to join the growing company. [ZDNet]

Planet GOOG

Looks Like Google Glass Will Be Assembled on American Soil

Pfft, American. (Photo: Google)

Hey America, don’t say Google never did anything for you: Looks like Google Glass will be made right here in the good old U. S. of A. That’s according to the Financial Times says, citing sources “familiar with the company’s plans.”

The president’s speechwriters have likely already popped this news into the Google Doc where they spitball ideas for the next State of the Union. Read More


Booting Up: Foursquare Wants to Recommend Some Coffee Shops

We're hungry. (Photo: Screencap)

Foxconn has confirmed that underage “interns” as young as 14 worked for brief periods at its Chinese factories. Bring this up the next time an underemployed millennial theater major carps about, oh, anything. [Bloomberg News]

Marissa Mayer has poached another Googler: Henrique de Castro will be Yahoo’s COO. But it’s costing the underdog a pretty penny to get him: All told, he’ll get something like $60 million (part of it in stock). [Wall Street Journal]

Badges? What badges? Foursquare, in its pursuit of being a player in the search and recommendations business, has redesigned its desktop home page so that anyone, not merely registered users, can use the service like they would Yelp. [GigaOm]

Meet your new favorite Tumblr, Fairy Tales for Twentysomethings: “the emperor bought a new fedora but all his friends thought he looked really stupid in it.” It’s like Once Upon a Time, except not one long commercial for the Disney Vault. [Tumblr]


Booting Up: Media Mogul Board Member Edition

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Twitter is reportedly hunting in Hollywood for new board members, with an eye to installing a “media player.” A leading contender: former News Corp. exec Peter Chernin. [AllThingsD]

Eric Schmidt, on iOS 6 mapageddon: “We think it would have been better if they had kept ours. But what do I know?” [Reuters]

Production has resumed at the Foxconn factory temporarily closed down due to a riot. [Washington Post]

There’s now an app that’ll afford you the chance to look at pictures of Albert Einstein’s brain. However, the $9.99 price point suggests the creators don’t think much of your brains. [AP]

If you’re going to send a sext, make sure you’ve got the right number–unlike this elderly man. [CNN]