"Is this Bonsai Buddy on Android?"
Welcome to episode 20 of Attack of the Androids! We strive each and every week to be the best Android podcast we can be. It seems like only yesterday we started this podcast, but nay it was started back in September. So here we are, each week presenting you what we feel is the most interesting and relevant news in regards to Android. Before we get into the show notes for episode 20, I have something I'd like to discuss with you. I think more people need to focus on the fact that it's near impossible to purchase a mobile device that was manufactured here in America. Don't get me wrong, the devices other countries make are great depending on your level of standards, but when stories like this one about Apple and the dire working conditions the people who work for Foxconn deal with, as good moral human beings we have to ask ourselves one question. Is it worth it? Granted things could be, and used to be, far worse.
Let's take a look at the numbers. Between January and November 2010, 14 Foxconn employees killed themselves. 18 Foxconn employees in all tried to. 20 Chinese universities created a report describing the working conditions these humans deal with day to day, basically comparing Foxconn to "Labor Camps." From what I understand, a month or so after that about 150 Foxconn employees threatened mass suicide because Foxconn refused to pay them what they were promised. This is just a minute sliver of the things human beings are dealing with all over the world just so consumers can keep on consuming.