Monday, February 28, 2011

Google And The Global Market

Curt discusses how Google's new algorithm will affect the global market. 

An article from takes a look at some changes Google has made in the way they select the websites that show up first on their search results. They changed their algorithm in order to get better quality results. This could potentially have a huge impact on a lot of websites, and the people who own and operate those websites.

Please read his full post.

Pirates and prices

Whit looks at how the recent pirate attacks could influence prices. 

Pirates attacked a leisure vessel this week. This got me thinking about how much a modern day pirate could impact the price of any commodity transported by water.

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Rising Retirement Age?

Alison discusses the possible effects of a rising retirement age on unemployment.

People simply can't afford to stop working any earlier than that, especially since most don't expect to get anything from Social Security. But those people staying in the work force longer could have a negative effect on unemployment.

Please read her full post.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Alexandar McQueen's Fashion Label

Laura discusses fashion’s Alexandar McQueen’s line and how it affects everything from prices to employment. 
With an increase in demand so will the production of McQueen apparel across seas and within the U.S. If the McQueen’s label’s success is fortified by the Met Gala showcase then everything with the name brand will increase in value.
… it would not be surprising to see how many people worked for his company only for the sake of saying: I work for Alexander McQueen. After McQueen’s death it could be possible people quit those jobs due to emotional attachment,

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Friday, February 18, 2011

China's Changing Needs

Whit takes an interesting look at China's shift in import necessity. 

China's rapid urbanization has created a scarcity of land more so than a scarcity of labor. Because of the scarcity of labor China imports land intensive crops and exports labor extensive products.

Please read his full post.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Home Buyer Tax Credits

Alison discusses the repayment of the 2008 home buyer tax credits through the money supply and circular flow.

When the government gave out these loans, it was 'creating' money and injecting it into the economy. This increased the money supply and expanded the circular flow.

Please read her full post.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

World's Largest Touch Screen

Matthew discusses the possible impact of touch screen technology in the future.

 This shows that we don't have to limit touch screens to small phones or computer screens and proves we can have creations such as touch screen walls or tables. If this idea catches and is taken by a company and made into such items, the global market could be in for a large shift. 

Please read his full post.

Verizon iPhone. Is it everything we thought?

Curt discusses the Verizon iPhone and it's problems.

There is one large flaw in the iPhone for Verizon as oppose to the phone for AT&T. The Verizon iPhone doesn't allow you to talk on the phone and run apps or the Internet at the same time….They have launched several new ads that make sure everyone is aware of the features on their iPhone.
Please read his full post.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Blockbuster Restructuring

Elizabeth discusses the restructuring of Blockbuster as they try to stay competitive in the video rental market. 

 We were forced to switch our membership to Blockbuster although we had problems with the company in the past. This situation exemplifies what a decrease in the number of sellers will do to demand.

Please read her full post.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Wind vs. Gas

Matthew discusses the rise in the green fuel movement (esp. wind technology). 

This will be a great economical boost for the country, by using thousands if not millions more wind turbines our national dependence on coal and when teamed with the rising popularity of electric cars such as the Chevy Volt reduce the overall dependency on foreign oil. This will help to stimulate the national economy because more of our funds as a nation will be spent and used here within the States opposed to being sent to outside nations.
Please read all of his interesting analysis.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Super Bowl Technology

Curt from Group 5 discusses how the technology used during the Super Bowl has an impact on the future of technology.

The NFL has released a free Super Bowl app not only for the iPhone, but also for phones running Google's Android system. It seems like every major sporting event recently has released their own smart phone app. 

Please read his full post.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Facebook to focus on mobile in 2011

Alissa in Group 1 discusses how Facebook has declared it will focus on mobile in 2011.

The social networking giant, Facebook has proven itself to be highly successful on the web. As the mobile networks continue to improve their systems, so do the apps that they associate with. The innovation and improvements in technology have made it possible for more accessibility on their mobile devices. This increased accessibility will provide more revenue for Facebook as there will be a higher demand for their mobile app.

Pop on over and read her post and leave a comment.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Intel Finds Flaw

Matthew discusses the recall of Intel's 6-series chipsets and the affect on the electronics industry.

With the need for such a major recall Intel is going to lose over a billion dollars in a new chipset, replacing the recalled chipsets, and repairing damage to mother boards and other computer components of the unsuspecting consumers who went out and purchased the new generation of six core processors. This overall will stain the companies image and reliability which will cause a massive drop in sales and a inversely proportional rise in the sales of companies such as AMD.

Stop by and read his full post.