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Silicon Valley and the One Percent

The middle class is shrinking in the USA. This isn't a conspiracy theory. Statistics prove this as a sad fact. Silicon Valley, America's tech hub, is no exception. The Silicon Valley consists of San Francisco, Santa Clara and San Mateo  counties. It's home to Facebook, Google, Apple, Yahoo, and dozens of other tech corporations. During the Great Recession of the late 2000s, Silicon Valley was one of the few regions of America that remained profitable. Unfortunately, it came at an [...]

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Sheryl Sandberg’s Graduation Speech

May is the month when many celebrities and public figures speak at college graduations throughout the US. This year, one tech leader's speech should teach us all a thing or two. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg gave the commencement address to the University of California-Berkeley's class of 2016. Sandberg got their attention immediately when she started with this statement: "I'm not gonna tell you what I learned in life. Today, I'm gonna try to tell you what I learned in death." [...]

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Jeff Bezos 4th Richest Man

Amazon's stock went up $23 a share two days ago. Some may ask, "Why is this news?" It's big news for Amazon's founder and CEO. This increase in stock made Jeff Bezos the fourth richest person in the world today, according to the Bloomberg Billionaire List. If you want to invest in Amazon, you better be ready to empty your bank account. As of this writing, Amazon stock is approximately $712 per share. As of this week, his net work [...]

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 [...]

March Madness Apps

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. [...]

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