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January 16, 2017

the top 5 states which lead in job creation across the technology industry

" the top 5 states in the US in terms of highest job growth in tech sectors"
top states in terms of highest technology salaries"

U.S. tech employment totaled 6.7 million in 2015, an increase of 198,200workers  from 6.5 million in 2014. Tech industry employment grew an estimated 3% YoY which was the highest growth rate in more than a decade.The tech industry in United States  comprised 5.7 percent of the U.S. private sector workforce in  2015, unchanged from 2014. 

According to a research report  called "Cyberstates 2016 compares the state of tech industry  in the US based on the job growth across the top 5 US states. This A State-by-State Analysis of the U.S. Tech Industry was published by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA)
According to the report the size of the U.S. tech workforce exceeds its construction workforce by around 400,000 jobs, and the financial sector by about 1 million jobs.

  • The U.S. technology industry added nearly 200,000 net jobs in 2015 and now employs more than 6.7 million people
  • At the state level, the largest jobs gains were recorded in the American state of California (+59,500), New York (+15,500), Texas (+13,800), Massachusetts (+11,700), and Florida (+11,400). 
  • The states with the highest concentration of tech workers were Massachusetts (9.8% of private sector employment), Virginia (9.5%), Colorado (9.0%), Maryland (8.6%), and California (8.2%).
  •  The highest number of technology industry workers live and work  across the US states of California, Texas, and New York.
  • California led all the US states with all states with 1,150,000 tech industry workers which was nearly 3 times as many as second ranked Texas and more than 3 times than third ranked New York .No 4 was Florida with 311,800 tech industry workers followed by Massachusetts with 294,600 tech workers. 
  • Employment in the telecom sector and internet services totaled 1.3 million in 2015 , an increase of 35,800 jobs compared to the previous year. While the employment of tech workers across software sector totaled 316,200 in 2015, which was an increase of 1.7% from 2014

    The following verticals constitute " technology industry workers" cloud, data driven/connectivity/iOT/Mobile/Apps/Automation/Artificial Intelligence/Software defined/Cybersecurity and Privacy

how you can earn $50 a day by becoming a usability tester online


How to earn $50 a day from getting to test websites 

A huge number of business needs beta testers  to run a test of a websites usability and navigation to ensure the site is easily browsed and can be navigated by  their targeted users audience.While a lot of companies manage this in house. This has its limitations as they can unable to  reach out to a considerable number of cross sectional users whose inputs would serve the start up/website better Bad experiences on websites and apps, and in the real world, aren’t just frustrating for customers, they’re costing companies millions of dollars a year using the internet. By leveraging the power of the web and  wisdom of the crowds,Companies are able to reach out across a wide variety of people, including users who are tech savvy as well as users who are not. 

 You can earn more than $50 a day by working on user testing and make more money depending on how much time and effort you wish to invest. For a start here are some of the websites which pay to take part of user testing and site interface tests 

 1)STARTLIFT : The best part of taking part in this site is that that you can become a part of their user panel  instantly and get started with the tests. As compared to others, you dont have to wait to get accepted into their fold All it takes here is simply a screen or voice confirmation. The tests conducted here are most likely related to social media stuff, so your presence in the social media world would bolster your chance. 

 2)USERTESTING : Earn $10/$15 for 20 minutes of work. To become a tester – submit your email address and apply. Testers must take a sample test before receiving any assignments. This assignment is open to the US and International residents alike who has a PayPal account . Each test takes about 15 – 20 minutes. 

ENROLL : Enroll lets you take quick tests to help make the web a better place for everyone. Enroll needs your  help in deciding tasks like  which logo is better, clarify content or simply complete tasks on a web site or app to ensure the interaction makes sense.You will be paid in PayPal.

 4)TRYMYUI : This site tests users who are already  conversant in such kind of tests.Testers will be subjected to a test video and a written feedback before they can be accepted into the program. Your payment starts once you reach the threshold of $10 and payment takes no more than 3 days

 5.USERFEEL:  This site also need you to pass the test, before they consider you for a testing assigment. However the qualification test is a lot easier .The initial test each new tester needs to take in order to verify that you have a microphone and that you can speak your thoughts into the microphone.The minimum payment is $10 at the end of each week, 

 6.TESTINGTIME :These tests  can be done from home via Skype or in-person with the client. If  your profile fits a test project you’ll get an email invitation. Then, simply answer the question and pick times for the test that fit your schedule. Opportunities to participate are  awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.You will get up to € 50 per study. 

 7.USERLYTICS :Userlytics works in a slightly different way compared to most of other  usability testing website,as it insists on webcam recordings when others deem screen capture and voice recording would be suitable enough. Userlytics helps brands optimize their brand assets with remote usability testing.This site wants your help across the following areas a)How to increase e-commerce conversions bHow customers search for your category c)How to improve the user experience 

 8)WHATUSERSDO: For this you will be receiving an invitation via email whenever a test is available, you need to take 305 tests per month earning £5, €5 or $5 per test. Once you complete them, you will be offered more The better that you complete the tasks requested, the more tests that you will be offered It says it is important to capture you as you test the websites. 

 9)TESTINGTIME: TestingTime  lets you earn up to € 50 per study. Each study is conducted via Skype and usually takes 30 – 90 minutes of time. Once the study is completed, you’ll get paid within 5 – 10 days via PayPal. Testing Time is open to global residents who have an internet connection, and Skype installed on a computer

10)VALIDATELY : Validately makes it easy to talk to users - helping user researchers, UX designers, and product managers build products that customers love.Validately hires testers to complete mobile and website tests for companies. Compensation varies: You can earn $5  for a 5 minute test. Live tests where you speak via phone and share a screen with a moderator, pay a minimum of $25 for 30 minutes. Payments are made via PayPal within five business days of the test

January 12, 2017

3 reasons why tariffs on mexican cars wont solve trumps promise to generate more jobs

"cost comparison between a car manufactured in US vs mexico"
"cost advantage in building cars in mexico instead of united states"

President elect Donald Trump has a tough job on this hands. Generating jobs which remains  his is principle mandate and the  biggest  reason he feels he has been elected for will be an enormous challenge specially in the US auto sector. By threatening to  levy additional tariffs on cars produced in Mexico, Trump is calling for US car makers to continue to manufacture in United States. However as a recent bloomberg story shows it may be more free trade, not tariffs, that would help the U.S. keep some factory jobs from moving south.

Over the past five years, automakers have rushed to build factories in Mexico. The largest car companies have announced at least $22 billion in investments and about 25,000 jobs at new or expanded plants in Mexico by 2019. And that’s just the jobs that have been made public. 

So what do US car makers actually gain to have  manufacturing shipped off to mexico before being shipped to be sold to United States ?. Here  are 3 reasons why "US car makers are more favorably disposed to Mexico and rather build and manufacture cars there compared to US"

1) Cost of Labor :Cheaper labor is only one reason Mexico has seen a surge in new-car production. While the country’s low wages have been the big attraction, one of its key advantages is that it has is trade agreements.

2)Trade Agreements : Mexico has trade agreements with 44 countries, giving automakers access to half the global car market tariff-free.The U.S. has similar trade deals with just 20 countries, which make up 9% of global car sales, according to the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan."It’s pretty ironic that what makes Mexico successful is free trade," said Kristen Dziczek, an analyst at CAR "You can look at the new investment that has gone into Mexico and while a huge portion is for the U.S., they are selling a lot elsewhere, too."

3)Cost Arbitrage :To get a better sense of Mexico’s advantage, consider a $25,000 midsize sedan built and shipped in Mexico with one in the U.S. Automakers can pay.Total hourly compensation in the motor vehicle manufacturing sector is about 80 percent less for Mexican workers compared with that for U.S. workers. Considering assembly time for a typical midsize car, an automaker can save $600 per vehicle on labor costs.( see chart above)

While Infrastructure in Mexico lags behind the highway and rail network in the U.S., so it actually costs automakers $300 more per car in additional shipping expenses to produce the vehicle in Mexico and ship it to Europe, and an extra $900 to ship it to the U.S. That means, even after paying significantly less on labor, a car company is walking away with wage savings of only $300 per car,compared to it being manufactured in the US

Most importantly the bulk of the savings are tied to Mexico’s trade agreements and cheaper parts.Consider this! Automakers can save $1,500 per car on cheaper Mexican auto parts. Certainly, a lot of those savings are tied to the lower wages workers in Mexico are paid. But some of these parts are imported to Mexico tariff-free from countries in Europe and Asia, particularly for the foreign automakers who are increasingly investing in Mexico instead of the U.S. Since the U.S. doesn’t have as many free trade agreements, some of the automakers  need would pay extra for some of those parts if they made those models in the U.S which significantly increase the cost of production of cars in United States.  

this is how apple is trying to safeguard its china market

"the state of  apple revenues in china"

The Chinese Wall Powered by Apple

In the fiscal quarter of 2015, Apple’s revenue in China grew to $12.51 billion from $6.29 billion in 2014, a growth off almost 100%. Apple's revenue in China again exceeded  that of Europe at $10.57 billion. The Greater China region remains Apple’s second largest market after the Americas, underscoring the critical importance of this area to Apple’s future growth.With its huge consumer base and growing middle class, China is seen as Apple's greatest chance at growth as the iPhone sales boom stagnates in more mature markets like the U.S

As per Kantar Media data based on November,2016 numbers,  show Apple's share in urban China slowing from 25.3% to 19.9% amidst defending  off against local Chinese homegrown firms  like  Huawei, Oppo, and Xiaomi. Huawei managed a 25%, though this was actually a decline of 3.1 percentage points from a previous three-month period ending in October. In the same span, Apple advanced 2.8 percentage points thanks to the iPhone 7.The device in fact became the best-selling Chinese smartphone during the November period, taking 6.6 percent of sales, relegating Oppo's R9 to second place at 4.7 percent.