Monday, September 10th, 2018.
Teenagers admit that all of
this new technology has been a distraction to what is going
on around them. The strength of their relationships with
humans have decreased and in many cases caused fluctuation
in their grades. Most of the fluctuation is trending towards
a downward spiral. Yet, a striking amount of students (30%)
in their teens (ranging from 13 to 17) have also said they
wish their parents would get off their devices too. A parent
paying more attention to their child has become a rarity.
Also, an overwhelming amount of students (72%) believe tech
companies manipulate each phone to entice them into spending
more time learning their nuances. Every phone manufacturer
blatantly shows the different features they have added
available for download which puts the users data storage in
many cases into crisis mode. Along with all of these new
apps comes the competition to be the most popular. Snapchat
and Instagram are on the top of that list with an estimated
81% of teenagers using them. These two apps almost create
withdrawal symptoms when they're not being used. The biggest
downfall in technology of course is the mass amount of teens
being bullied (13%). In my opinion, social media rules need
to get updated just like the technology driving it does. We
all could use an update and yes, I’m including myself in
Ballarini ~ STR-201
September 17th, 2018.
Maezawa will be the first private passenger to explore the
depths of the moon by circling it. He also will be able to
fly on the famous, “Big Falcon Rocket”. With a net worth of
almost $3 billion, he was apart of a huge announcement for
SpaceX today. The excitement was incredible at the company’s
headquarters in Hawthorne, California all day. The launch is
scheduled to happen sometime in 2023. Maezawa talked about
how much he loved the moon and how he was relieved about the
announcement. “I love the moon. I like to do the things that
never have been done before. So I want the challenge to go
to the moon.” The Japanese billionaire explained how much he
loved the moon and how it feels like it’s, “protecting him.”
“In Japan, you look up at the moon, and it looks like a
rabbit,” he said. Noting that 2023 is the Year of the Rabbit
in the Chinese zodiac. The launch, if it goes on time, will
be perfect in his eyes.
Ballarini ~ STR-201
Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018.
sending humans to Mars. That is the only way we will ever
know if we can exist there or not. I know they sent
rovers there to see what the atmosphere is like etc. But, we
need to send humans too. There was a big debate about just
this topic with a Senate subcommittee just this week. One of
NASA's former chief scientist, Ellen Stofan, who now leads
the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, argued
that, “If we truly want to find and understand any potential
traces of ancient life on the Red Planet, robots can't do it
alone — we'll need humans on the ground. While I'm
optimistic that life did evolve on Mars, I'm not optimistic
that it got very complex, so we're talking about finding
fossil microbes. That's why I do think it will take humans
on the planet, breaking open a lot of rocks to try to
actually find this evidence of past life. And
finding one sample is not good enough; you need multiple
samples to understand the diversity," Stofan said. I tell you what, I
will be the first guy to suit up for that mission.
Armando ~ PSM-801
Tuesday, August 21st, 2018.
There is an awesome new drone
out there that is now considered to be a must have in the
security world. It's called, "The Drone Hunter". Fortem CEO
Timothy Bean, says it patrols your airspace and detects any
unwanted objects. Like enemy drones or other robotics. When
it detects them, it pursues them and safely captures them
too. Then it tows them away to a safe location. Today, in
Utah, National Investigative Correspondent Jeff Rossen
watched as Bean put The Drone Hunter to work against an
enemy drone. It was loaded with real explosives and was
launched from the depths of a nearby forest. Bean believes
that the technology his company has developed could
transform the way such public spaces are policed. If you
look at the drone strike in Venezuela recently, law
enforcement needs to be keenly aware of their surroundings.
Places like stadiums, outdoor events and refineries need
this type of new technology protecting their assets.
Andy ~ PAS-801
Friday, August 17th, 2018.
Amazon is planning to crush
Netflix in movie theaters? I'm telling you, the fight for
control over streaming consumption is coming to a movie
theater near you. Bob Barney, the marketing and distribution
chief of Amazon Studios said, "All of the company's
films will be released theatrically." They are also planning
to deliver, "an aggressive marketing campaign to bring
audiences to the theaters." Amazon Studios is best known for
its successful television series, including Mozart, In the
Jungle, Transparent and others. They now want to up the ante
and beat Netflix at their own game. At least there's
competition being created. The free enterprise system makes
everything better. That's what makes America Great. We are
only 5% of the worlds population but we are 25% of the
economy. Capitalism is the reason.
Andy ~ PAS-801
Tuesday, August 7th, 2018.
believe Tesla shares went on a wild ride Tuesday after CEO
Elon Musk said on Twitter that he was hoping to privatize
the company at $420 a share. By Tuesday afternoon, Musk made
a more formal statement about privatizing Tesla in a company
blog post, wow. Keep competitive information secret: As a
privately held company, Tesla would not have to disclose
information that could give competitors an edge! By
contrast, Tesla now makes quarterly disclosures about their
business total debt levels, personnel changes, executive
compensation, how many cars are being produced and
delivered, various lawsuits the company is facing and its
views of risks and competitors. The benefits of being
private are even more clear for Tesla considering their
ambitious mission. They want to accelerate the globe's
adoption of renewable energy. Despite a recent barrage of
bad news, Tesla is definitely a company to be reckoned with.
I tell you another thing, I would drive a Tesla (give my
boss a call Elon and let me go on a test drive).
Andy ~ PAS-801
Friday, August 4th, 2018.
Today is the public
unveiling of Mario Cart in VR. I've heard the more sick you
get from a game made for Virtual Reality the better the
game. I don't know from personal experience. I've never
played any VR game before. Most people I've talked to who
have played VR has said they're way better at it. Easier to
play in general is a common theme. I'll get back to you in
the future if I can find out where locally they're letting
people test run the Mario Cart game in VR. I would agree to
vomit for a chance to play.
Andy ~ PAS-801
Friday, July 13th, 2018.
Kylie Jenner has graced the cover of Forbes
Magazine this week. She is predicted to soon be youngest
person ever to become a Billionaire at 20 years old. Right
now she has a net worth of 900 million. Jeez, that's insane!
The previous record is held by Bill Gates back in 1987. He
was 31 and I also think Mark Zuckerberg did the same. I
predict Kylie Jenner will break the record next year. Jenner
said she was thankful to be recognized and that she dreamt
of being on the cover of Forbes. Kylie has been earning bank
from her make-up company. She also earns money through her
app that's called "Kylie Jenner Official App". People on
social media have said the reason she is "self-made" is
because she was born into wealth and fame. I'll buy into
that a little bit but I'm not taking anything away from her
greatness. She earned nearly 19 million in one day on a
release during the Christmas holiday in 2017. As for my
goal, yeah, it's a little more conservative. I'll celebrate
if I've become a thousandaire before I graduate next summer.
I've heard college can get pretty expensive.
Bernice ~ RAY-801