Apple in China [infographic]

September 26, 2011 |  by  |  Business  |  3 Comments
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As a fan of both Apple and China I found today’s infographic to be quite entertaining. China is a country with a blossoming economy causing Americans to quake in their boots in fear of a takeover. Apple is an innovative prospering money making machine. The two of them together seem like the perfect couple. However that does not seem to be the case.

According to today’s infographic Apple in China not everything is so peachy between the two. Can’t really blame China for being a little upset at Apple considering it has poisoned 137 employees working at a firm creating Apple products. Apple always sells itself as the green company, but 27 of their supplier supposedly have severe pollution problems. Although thus far it only seems like Apple is hurting China, it has actually been a pretty good relationship.

Apple gets cheap labor at about $10 a day and China sees revenue of $8.8 billion or about a 330% revenue growth. One of the more interesting things in today’s infographic are the reported fake Apple stores. Apparently they sell Apple products and the employees even where Apple attire. There have been a reported 24 fake stores found in China. [via]

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How to Swipe Your Cell Phone to Pay for Lunch [infographic]

September 23, 2011 |  by  |  Business, eCommerce, Tech  |  1 Comment
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I think mobile payments are the currency of the future. Why have a phone, wallet and keys when you can just have one device that does it all? Google Wallet just launched and although I have posted a graphic before on this topic, now more players are in the game.

One of the surprising types of mobile payment systems are the Closed Loop Mobile Payments. I’d think more restaurant chains would have already hopped on this. No more long lines at lunch. You enter the door and get on the app and order your food. They send your order number to your phone and you wait for it to be called out. No cashier or waiter, just efficiency. [Via]

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The Hubble Telescope [infographic]

September 22, 2011 |  by  |  Tech  |  1 Comment
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So in my energy technology and policy class, we are basically learning about the end of life as we know it. Oil is or is soon to be peaking, and right now alternative energy is not nearly strong enough to carry our current lifestyle. What happens when only 1% of the U.S. can afford air travel? Cars certainly won’t be an item in every household. So what’s the solution?

We either cut the population by a significant amount, or we find some secret habitable planet with resources. So maybe we should start investing in the space telescope? It’s that or take an IQ test to determine if you can keep living… So maybe some other technology will save us, but still it would be cool to travel into space and live on a new planet.

Well that’s it for my lecture, please enjoy today’s infographic. Hopefully you can understand what is happening…it took me a few glances to understand the entire telescope. [Via]

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The Art and Science of S’mores [infographic]

September 21, 2011 |  by  |  Food  |  1 Comment
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It is September, two days until the first day of autumn, and it is still in the 90s in Austin, Texas. So, in an act of rebellion against the unrelenting summery weather, here is an infographic that brings to mind campfires and crisp fall nights. To borrow and shamelessly adjust the mantra from Field of Dreams, “If you build it, [cooler climes] will come…”

This infographic has a delightful topic (after all, who can resist the opportunity to combine graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallow together in one bite?), and the presentation is clean and direct. The history of S’mores is detailed, as are techniques for roasting and assembling them.

Warning: this infographic may induce a strong craving for S’mores and an inexplicable desire to shop at REI. [Via]

The Art and Science of Smores Infographic

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Negotiation Station [infographic]

September 20, 2011 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  1 Comment
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The real world seems so scary to us undergrads. Once we leave this school time bubble real life sets in. And with real life comes real responsibilities, real bills and a really big need for money. And for once this money isn’t coming from our parents, grand parents or financial aid. We are stranded with our education and our ambition.

This insightful infographic peers into the very important reality of salary, and more importantly salary negotiation. Surviving in this tight economy is a necessity, and negotiating your salary before January, June and July is crucial since those are the months where most raises are given.

And while money is essential for survival, it is happiness that is really at the core of living. In a Princeton study comparing job satisfaction to income level, a positive correlation between job satisfaction and salary only exists up until the $75,000 mark. In my opinion, the moral behind this infographic is to find a job you love, negotiate for a salary of $75,000 during January, June or July and live happily ever after. [Via]

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