Radio reporter Rob Schmitz took a microphone AND a camera to the assembly line
It's not as slick as ABC's, and you don't get to see the reporter riding in a van, donning a bunny suit, or chatting up the workers. But Rob Schmitz' simple, hand-held video tour of Foxconn's Shenzhen iPad factory -- posted Wednesday on American Public Media's Marketplace website -- gives you a better feel for what goes on there.
Schmitz' 2:36 video shows us their faces -- marching to work in the morning, getting their daily assembly line assignments, dozing off while standing in line.
He also shows us more machinery than we expected to see -- a recently installed pick-and-place robot, a device for pressing the batteries into place, a box that tests the iPad's gyroscope by spinning it this way and that.
It turned out to be our reward too.
Schmitz is a full-service reporter. In addition to shooting this video, he's been tweeting, blogging and doing radio interviews all week. You can catch up to it all at Marketplace's Apple Economy special report.
Below the fold: The ABC and Marketplace videos, via YouTube
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Bill Weir dons a bunny suit and takes a camera into Foxconn's Shenzhen facilities
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In a fractious four-hour hearing, both sides were admonished by the judge
The world's most valuable company and a troubled Chinese electronics manufacturer that's about to be delisted from the Hong Kong stock exchange unless it can come up with some cash squared off in a Shanghai courtroom Wednesday.
At stake: the trademark for Apple's (AAPL) iPad, the most successful new electronics gadget since, well, the iPhone.
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Team Coco's video bits can be hit or miss. The one about Apple's iNett was a miss.
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Or maybe the details in the New York Times series on working conditions in Shenzhen, China, hit too close to home.
But for me the video sketch about MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 2, 2012 11:05 AM ET
A 60-minute version of Mike Daisey's one-man show is now available online
UPDATE: This American Life retracted the episode described below. See here.
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If you couldn't make it to the Berkeley Rep or Washington's Wooly Mammoth or New York's Public Theater to catch monologist Mike Daisey's brilliant, funny, disturbing report on working conditions in the Shenzhen factories where most of Apple's (AAPL) products are assembled, Ira Glass has done you MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 10, 2012 10:46 AM ET
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Units pre-ordered early last Friday are due to arrive by end-of-day this Friday
The e-mail from Apple (AAPL) notifying me that my pre-ordered iPhone 4S had left Shenzhen, China, early Monday and was set be delivered in four days popped into my mailbox at 2:07 a.m. EST -- two days and 21 hours after AT&T's (T) servers finally let my order go through.
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Everything you wanted to know about the dimensions of Apple's secret phone in 2:39
How crazy is the Chinese market for smartphone cases? Check out the video below produced by MICGadget, our favorite English-language blog covering the Chinese electronics market.
Apple (AAPL) hasn't unveiled or even named its newest iPhone, but Chinese shops are already selling cases for the iPhone 5 in a wide variety of colors and designs. They all have MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 29, 2011 6:39 AM ET
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