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Life in a Chinese iPhone Factory

Life in a Chinese iPhone Factory

Apple and China have what I call a strange relationship. Some Apple's services are being censored by the government. Yet, Apple gives China many jobs, like iPhone factories. A Yahoo blogger visited and reported on many such a factory. The report and the pictures are pretty alarming. The pictures were taken at a secretive iPhone factory that has around 50,000 workers. The factory is in Shanghai and the factory is the size of 90 football fields. This facility creates Apple [...]

China vs Apple

China vs Apple

China is known as the fastest growing economy in the world. It's also a communist nation. Sure, they give you some freedoms. But if you get too powerful, Beijing will put a stop to it, especially if you're an international company. Just ask Apple. Six months ago, Apple debuted services iBooks Store and iTunes Movies in China. One day, they were abruptly shut down. Before Apple could even release these services to the Chinese population, they had to get the [...]

Ending A Gaming Era

Ending A Gaming Era

Since the mid 2000s, the Xbox has revolutionized the way we play video games. Now, a part of the Xbox era is ending...sort of. Yesterday, April 20, Microsoft announced it stopped manufacturing Xbox 360 consoles. Xbox leader Phil Spencer said "...the realities of manufacturing a product over a decade old are starting to creep up on us." But the Xbox isn't dead yet, and don't you dare throw your Xbox away. Spencer assured Xbox consoles in inventory will continue to [...]

Tech Business vs Public Trading

Tech Business vs Public Trading

How long has it been seen you heard about a tech company going public on the NYSE? If it feels like it's been a while, then you're right. No tech companies have gone public so far in 2016. The last time something like this happened was in 2009. In 2009, they went through the first several months with no tech company going public. The same thing is happening in 2016. But 2009, the US was in the middle of the [...]

Getting to Know Sundar Pichai

Getting to Know Sundar Pichai

Do you know Sundar Pichai? You should. In August 2015, he was named the Chief Executive Officer of Google, the most popular and powerful company in the world today. Shouldn't we get to know somebody like that? He attended the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. He was so incognito that very few people recognized him. This is despite Pichai being one of the biggest tech heavyweights of our time. He seemed to enjoy it that way. In 2015, Pichai [...]

Andy Grove Passes Away

Andy Grove Passes Away

Former Intel CEO Andy Grove passed away. He was 79 years old. He was born Andras Istvan Grof in Hungry, and grew up when during World War 2, when his nation was occupied by the Nazis. His father barely survived a concentration camp. He had dreams of becoming a journalist. But in 1956 Russian Communists leaders took over Hungry and arrested his free thinking journalist uncle. This shattered Grove's journalist dreams. In 1957, he escaped the Iron Curtain, fleeing first [...]

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March Madness Apps

It's that time of year again. In the next two or three weeks, people who haven't watched a college basketball game all year are suddenly basketball aficionados. Welcome to March Madness. There's an app for that. There are several of them. The obvious two are CBS Sports and ESPN Tournament Challenge. Since the early 1980s, CBS Sports has given us the NCAA tournament. This year is little exception. Catch the games, view the schedule and see which game you'll see. [...]

Amazon Sends Humans In Space Next Year

Amazon Sends Humans In Space Next Year

For years, Amazon entity Blue Origin has pushed the limits with space travel. Founded in 2000, they have successfully launched two ships. Now they're ready to take on the ultimate in space travel. Yesterday, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced Blue Origin will be ready to send humans into space in 2017. He stated thousands have expressed interest and even willing to shell out big bucks for this space trip. The trips would be on a suborbital craft. He's investing billions [...]

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Apple Debuts New Products at Peculiar Time

On March 22, Apple's confrontation with the FBI will reach a showdown. But the day before that, the company will hold it's first media conference of 2016. At this conference, they're expected to showcase their new products. These products include the much anticipated new iPad and 4-inch iPhone. Sources from BuzzFeed News said the date was moved from March 15 to March 21. But on March 22, Apple will turn it's attention from the conference to the courtroom. The 4-inch [...]

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When the Office Turns Into Hedonism

Do you think your workplace is too strict?  You might want to work at Zenefits. Zenefits, based in San Francisco, is a prosperous multi-billion dollar human resources software company. Apparently, it's infamous for debauchery. Employees were sent letters to stop having sex on the stair steps. These letters circulated only after used condoms and other pieces of evidence were found, like cigarette butts and empty beer cans. One Zenefits letter The Journal obtained went even further. In this one, employees [...]

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