Title: Technology News Briefs — Oct. 8 2012

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Windows Phone 8 Launches Oct. 29

Microsoft will launch its Windows Phone 8 Oct. 29 in San Francisco.

The event will come just days after Microsoft unveils Windows 8, the latest version of the company’s desktop OS.

A range of Windows Phone 8 Smartphones will be revealed.

According to Equities.com, phones set to feature Windows 8 include the Nokia Lumia 920, Nokia Lumia 820, HTC Windows Phone 8X, HTC Windows Phone 8S and the Samsung Ativ S.

Foxconn Refutes Strike Reports

Foxconn Technology Group is denying reports claiming workers on the iPhone 5 production line went on strike last week due to excessive quality control demands for Apple’s new Smartphone.

The Taiwan contract manufacture said production of the iPhone 5 was “on schedule” at the Zhengzhou facility, Reuters reported.

The company refuted reports from China Labor Watch last week that stated “multiple iPhone 5 production lines from various factory buildings were in a state of paralysis after strike by workers.”

“Any reports that there has been an employee strike are inaccurate. There has been no workplace stoppage in that facility or any other Foxconn facility and production has continued on schedule,” Foxconn told Reuters.

Tablet Users Really Attached to Devices

Tablet users just may be addicted to their devices.

A recent report has found, on average, tablet users spend six hours and 48 minutes a day on their devices. That is longer than users of other technological devices.

The Socialyse, MPG MediaContacts’ report found laptop users typically spend about five hours and two minutes on their device, while Smartphone users spend six hours, three minutes.

Tablet use, which peaks between 6 p.m. and midnight, is not replacing other media, it is in addition to other media.

Fifty-one percent of those surveyed use a table to fill “dead time.” Tablets are equally used for entertainment and “life administration.”  Users increased the time spent on entertainment, researching and fact finding, chatting with friends, shopping and banking.

Tablet use has impacted shopping in the physical world, the survey found. Twenty-two percent of tablet owners said they now shop less in physical stores.

Facebook’S Sandberg Pens book

Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg wants more women to pursue leadership roles in their careers.

Her book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, will be published next year by Alfred A. Knopf.

In the book, Sandberg shares her personal and professional experiences to inspire and encourage women in a society lacking in “true equality in the workplace.”

Lean In offers advice for women on how they can also overcome obstacles in the professional world and find personal fulfillment.

“I wrote Lean In so women can make more informed choices and increase their chances of making it to the top of any field or pursue any goal with gusto. And I wrote it for men who want to understand the challenges women face so they can do their part to build an equal world,” Sandberg says in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter about her new book.

The book is scheduled hit stores March 12, 2013.


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