Karma free iPhones
Jun27

Karma free iPhones

  I was listening to “The Joe Rogan Experience” a while back. “The Joe Rogan Experience” is a podcast hosted by stand-up comedian, Joe Rogan. Joe and his co-host were discussing Foxconn, a company on China that manufactures iPhone components. The discussion was on news of poor working conditions, and suicides that took place on the company property. Joe Rogan posed the question of what it might cost, or...

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Asia now has the most millionaires
Jun22

Asia now has the most millionaires

Capgemini and RBC Wealth Management report that there are now 11 million millionaires in the world . That seems like a lot, I think. But, I can’t really picture what 11 million people look like. I’d then have to imagine those 11 million among the  7,021,480,637 humans in the world. [1]  That gives us around 0.16 percent. So, you take a hundred people that represent the world population, and stare at one guys shins. Those...

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Disappearance of cheap labor in China
Jun21

Disappearance of cheap labor in China

As China’s standard of living rises, so does it’s average wages.  The rising costs of manufacturing means that it is no longer an obvious placebo set up shop if looking for cheap labour. Over the next two years minimum wages are expected to increase an average of thirteen percent annually. [1] This is added to the dramatic increases in wages that have already taken place since 2001 when China became a member of the World...

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Can the BlackBerry be the CrackBerry again?
Jun12

Can the BlackBerry be the CrackBerry again?

    The BlackBerry became known as the Crackberry, because of its owners’ inability to put it down. It was launched in 1999. With this product, RIM (Research In Motion) started the trend of having a phone permanently attached to your hand, with your neck and back arched over an enchanted screen. Enter, the smartphone age! I graduated the year after the launch. My good friend would lock into the screen and be lost to the...

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China’s luxury product demand rising
Jun11

China’s luxury product demand rising

Tired of hearing about the rising economic power of the Chinese? Well I’ll tell you who isn’t, Chinese people. And who wouldn’t. Who doen’t want to hear that their team is rising and getting more powerful? Well here’s some more. A recent Paris, AFP post reports that Chinese consumers will be the leading buyers of luxury brands by the year 2015. Sound a bit vague? Maybe just to me. To be a bit. More...

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