Today in Tech: A peek at the Apple iPad factory

May 23, 2011, 10:30 AM UTC

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A note to readers: Apologies for the lack of updates over the last week — yours truly was making preparations for a move out West. Effective end of June, I’ll report from Fortune’s San Francisco offices to better bring readers the latest tech scoops as they break. Thanks for all your patience, and back to our normally scheduled programming…



A Chengdu factory assembly line. Photo: M.I.C. Gadget

A rare glimpse inside Foxconn’s Chengdu factory, an eight-building complex built in 70 days to accommodate iPad 2 manufacturing and the site of a workshop explosion that killed at least three employees. (M.I.C. Gadget via Fortune)

* The so-called “Apple 2.0 retail experience,” as the media has dubbed it, launched in Australia. The main shake-up so far appears to be iPads for displaying product information and prices in lieu of traditional paper signs. (MacStories)

* Why Apple still has a ways to go before its cloud music service is ready for prime time. (All Things D)

* Amazon’s customers now pick up more e-books than print books: 105 Kindle books for every 100 hardcover and paperback books, to be exact. (New York Times)

* The United States may not be as cutting edge as we Americans might like to think. An FCC report says the U.S. ranked ninth out of 29 countries for mobile broadband adoption rates and 12th out of 33 countries for fixed broadband adoption rates. (Pulse2)

* Jack Dorsey’s mobile payments startup Square now processes $3 million in payments a day, three times what the company was handling in March. (TechCrunch)



Android creator Andy Rubin. Photo: Google

* A brief rundown on Android creator Andy Rubin, whose mobile operating system now powers one-third of all U.S. smart phones, with 400,000 more units being activated each day. (Silicon Alley Insider)

* Ever wondered whether a particular Yelp rave or pan was bogus? Despite the service’s best efforts, The New York Times discovered it’s still all-too-easy to get a fake review up. (New York Times)

* Qualified students can get a free Xbox 360 with 4-gigabyte hard drive when they purchase a Windows 7 PC priced at $699 or more this summer. (Gamasutra)




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