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20,000 robots are building your iPods

The massive Apple, Microsoft and Sony subcontractor Foxconn have released an update on its stated goal of using a million robots to build iPods and other products.

According to the company’s director, Terry Gou, the company now has around 20,000 robots in its factories.

The long-term goal of Foxcoon is to use robots to replace many of the 1.2 million workers it currently employs.

Wellcome to Google’s future

Project Glass created quite a stir at a Google conference not long ago. The project concerns itself with ways of adapting various technologies and apps into a wearable system, that will augment reality. Basically, what we’re looking at here is the HUD-display that we all know and love from a bunch of Sci-Fi movies, and more.

Here’s a video of the project:

Android gets stamp of approval – from the Pentagon

In keeping with it’s track record (if not the times) the Pentagon has mulled it over and decided that the Android operating system for mobile phones is pretty OK.

What that means is that the American Department of Defence (DoD) has decided that it is OK for its employees to use smart phones that use the Android system.

However, the DoD has limited the approval to Dell equipment running Android 2.2. Funnily enough, Dell recently discontinued its production of the Streak mobile phone that ran on the Android 2.2 system.

Instead Dell is now offering a sort of downgraded version of its Dell Venue phone.

All of this has left Apple gnashing its teeth, as the mobile giant has missed out on a potentially very big contract (the US DoD employs a total of more than three million people). It is, however, Apple’s own fault.

The company’s iPhone actively tracks the movement of the phone through embedded GPS chips. Not exactly the smartest thing, if someone were ever to figure out how to tap into the information.

Imagine James Bond’s enemies following his every move on a computer screen, just because he had the wrong mobile phone. Actually, with the current endorsement deals in the Bond movies, that scenario would actually be – sort of – realistic.

Bond: Yeah, they always know where I am, but what am I supposed to do? Steve Jobs would kill me if I threw away the iPhone he gave me and just used my old, tr