Cheat Sheet Q & A:
I remember from those long ago economics courses that
Bottom Line: I’m sure that many have calculated the Federal Government over various periods of time but… I’ve got the most recent data from the 2012-2013 fiscal year that we recently completed.
I also broke out the mandatory federal spending. This is the money that must be spent based on current obligations to not enter default:
Clearly the Federal Government is a huge part of the overall
Thanks for the question… I always love questions that send me down the statistical path…
There are more job seekers per job in
Career placement firm The Ladders: www.theladders.com complied the information regarding the number of job seekers per job around the country. Overall the average number of people looking for work per job that’s available stands at about 2 people looking for every job opportunity. But as the chart above would indicate where you live around the country but even within our own state of
The not so good news is that
Target to launch a mobile brand that may represent the best value in mobile service:
Bottom Line: When I discovered that Target was planning to launch it’s own mobile service brand, why? Came to mind… But upon review this is worthy of a look. Target’s new mobile brand, Brightspot, launches Sunday and may be the best overall value in mobile. Here are
highlights of the new service:
Parents & Teachers – What you need to know about iOS 7:
Bottom Line: If your kids have an iPhone or iPad and you setup restrictions to the type of content that could be viewed on those devices… You need to do it again if they’ve been updated to iOS7. Many teachers have discovered that their students have been able to view, let’s call it, non-approved content on the school provided devices. But it turns out that it’s a product of the iOS7 update wiping out the previous settings. It’s an easy fix, you just need to know.
Federal Reserve is now a non-factor for at least the next two months - that means interest rates too:
Bottom line: At the beginning of the week I pointed out that you could get your partial government shutdown special on interest rates, as the partial shutdown led to a slight dip in mortgage rates and other interest rates. With the partial shutdown having been drawn out for the week here’s what we can infer.
It’s worth noting that the Fed will likely not change policy until it has a new Federal Reserve chairman as Ben Bernanke’s term ends this year.
I’m fully supportive of the direction
Samsung's Galaxy Gear is DOA:
Bottom Line: How do you know that a new consumer electronics product is a bust? Sheer silence after the release. Such has been the case with Samsung’s smart watch, the Galaxy Gear. I’ve explained why I thought it would fail (not fashionable, clunky, requires one of two Samsung smart phones to fully operate, etc.) but I didn’t go as far as New York Times technology reviewer David Pouge. His scathing depiction of the device went viral yesterday. Here’s the entry: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/03/technology/personaltech/samsung-watch-sinks-under-weight-of-its-features.html?_r=1&
Amazon working on a set top box & potentially two phones – one with eye scan technology:
Bottom Line: Amazon has quietly been busy behind the scenes working a few new products. One is meh and will be out before the holidays. Two are interesting…
The first device that will be released this fall is a streaming TV box (a la Roku, Apple TV, etc.). I really don’t see the point although Amazon does have a TV service, Amazon Prime, it might offer for a good deal of some sort with it. The more interesting products may be smart phones.
Rumor has it that Amazon is working on a couple of smart phones. One at the higher end and a cheaper model. The key feature(s): four cameras – one on each corner of the phone and the security would be an eye scan. I’ll keep you posted.