Google’s Nexus Q Is Designed And Manufactured In The U.S.A.

Forget the applications like video and audio streaming, or the built-in speakers. The most noteworthy feature of Google’s new Nexus Q device may be this: It’s made in the United States.

The gadget, about the size and shape of a Magic 8 Ball, is billed by Google as “the first social streaming player.” It can be connected to a TV, has its own speakers, and can stream music and video from the cloud as well as connect an Android tablet or phone with home electronics.

Google hasn’t played up its origin, even though the vast majority of electronics are manufactured in China or other countries where labor is cheaper than in the U.S. Electronics companies, like those in many other sectors, for years have flocked to China to take advantage of cheap labor costs and loose business regulations.

Most famously, Apple has appeared in headlines over its relationship with Foxconn, the Chinese manufacturer that makes its iPads and iPhones. Foxconn has been accused of unsafe and unfair working conditions in recent years. Apple has announced it’s working to improve conditions at its supply-chain plants, and CEO Tim Cook visited a Foxconn factory earlier this year.

But as wages and other costs begin to increase in China, a handful of mostly smaller companies has begun bringing those jobs back to the States. Late last year, an analysis by the Boston Consulting Group predicted that 2015 will be a “tipping point” when it will make more sense for many industries to keep their plants closer to home.

Do you like Google’s Nexus Q? Do you agree that industries should start bringing back jobs to the States instead of outsourcing to China and other countries? Share your comments with us!

Source: CNN

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Apple Pulls iPad From Amazon China

In a follow-up to developments reported earlier today, two top online shopping sites in China have removed the iPad from their web pages at Apple’s request until a trademark battle between the iPad maker and Chinese company ProView is settled.

While authorities have indicated that they are “unlikely” to ban sales of the iPad, ProView contends the tech giant does not have rights to use the name in China and has had some success at seizing iPads for sale there.

A complete ban on iPad import or export, as ProView is demanding, would amount to a global ban since the majority of iPads are made in Shenzen by Foxconn. ProView also wants a $1.6 billion payment for use of the name “iPad” in China.

A district court in the country has held that ProView owns the rights to the name, but the company has fallen on hard times and is seen to be betting on the court case to save it from bankruptcy.

Both Amazon China and a Chinese site called Suning Tesco have removed references to the iPad from their webpages. The request from Apple is similar to its quick compliance with a court order in Germany that temporarily barred the sale of the iPhone and iPad over 3G patents there until the company was able to get the order reversed hours later.


Source: Digg

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