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Interesting Articles - May 2nd 2017


1. All eyes on iPhone Sales - iPhone 8 (4 mins)

I love reading Bob Lefetz newsletter. He has his own unique way of saying the things that he wants to say where a layman can understand it.

"Tech is all about utility, not fashion. And there’s no breakthrough coming, other than a curved screen.
You needed a new phone when they went from 3G to LTE.
You needed a new phone when they increased the screen size.
You no longer need a new phone, especially since the carriers have stopped subsidizing the purchase, now that the true cost is evident.
People drive their cars ever-longer, but analysts believe consumers are all gonna fork over a thousand bucks for a fashion statement?
Not gonna happen. Otherwise, 3-D TV would have been a juggernaut and you’d be throwing away your present flat screen for one with 4k."


Bonus article  - Bob had an amazing post last week just before Twitter's quarterly results


2. Pictures!!! - Life as Alaskan Fisherman (2 mins)

Thirteen pictures gives a glimpse of how tough the life is for Alaskan fisherman. 



3. The aftermath of Globalization and how Politicians use it...In France (15 mins)

The May Day was a reminder that in France (and everywhere now), jobs  are considered a political issue and president/prime ministers number one priority.

""It has been a painful retreat for an industry whose delicate creations symbolized 'Made in France' know-how, an economic pattern repeated across the country and one of the most divisive issues in the presidential election." (Sound familiar?) "




4. The border is all around us and its growing (10 mins)

"“This is such a staggering fact that it bears repeating: The vast majority of Americans, roughly 200 million, are effectively living in the border zone.”




5. Thumb Trick - Mind Bending video (20 seconds)

I normally don't share videos, but this is something not to be missed. This guy has skills!



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