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CIA posts its own 'X-Files' of UFO reports online

Agents Scully and Mulder might have been on the right track believing in extraterrestrial life. The real-life Central Intelligence Agency publishes declassified UFO documents on its website.

By January 31, 2016


AMD, Congo, and the perils of code names

AMD moves to retire "Congo" code name quickly after bloggers complain about link to country suffering epidemic of sexual violence and war.

By June 17, 2009


AMD answers Intel with 'Congo,' HP laptop

Advanced Micro Devices will bring out its dual-core Neo chip, which will debut on an updated laptop from Hewlett-Packard.

By June 4, 2009


Apple and Nintendo among tech giants accused of using conflict minerals

Apple and Nintendo are among tech titans accused of failing to ensure their raw materials are not bought from violent gangs in the Congo, while HP has been praised for its efforts.

By December 14, 2010


Ep. 51: The human cost of gadgets

Did you ever wonder where the raw materials for your phone or camera or laptop came from, who assembled it, and in what conditions? Today we discuss the high human cost conflict minerals coming from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the human rights issues in Chinese manufacturing plants. But there is hope: We also cover about what can be done to make gadget manufacture more ethical and humane.

By October 15, 2010


Effort to trace 'conflict minerals' in electronics

Hewlett-Packard is one of a few companies seeking certification that ensures metals used in their products do not fund the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

By February 13, 2010


Archbishop: Give up texting, Facebook, iPhones and computer games

An Italian archbishop suggests that Catholics should give up many of their gadgets and social networking tools. Not just for Lent, but to help stop civil war in Congo.

By March 3, 2009


AMD: Netbooks? No thanks

The chipmaker makes it clear that, for now, it is going to pass on the smaller, cheaper, and less powerful notebooks, pushing its Congo and Yukon platforms as an alternative.

By November 14, 2008


Parts makers urged to check tantalum source

The Electronic Components, Assemblies & Materials Association (ECA) is urging its members not to buy tantalum ore, which is used in a variety of semiconductors, coming from mines in environmentally protected areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Tantalum capacitors were in short supply in early 2000. The ECA's request follows allegations of tantalum ore being mined in protected areas of the Congo, including Kahuzi-Biega National Park and the Okapi Wildlife Reserve.

By April 17, 2001