Trump’s Right, Size Matters (At Least To Smartphone Owners)
Forget what your wife would have you believe, size does matter — at least when it comes to smartphone displays.
According to a survey by LG Electronics, 95 percent of smartphone users agree that having a large screen is essential for shopping, watching video or other visual tasks, while 67 percent said screen size is an important consideration.
By comparison, 58 percent of respondents believe that car size matters; 48 percent said the same of laptops; and only 29 percent feel that way about body parts.
At the same time — and here’s the conundrum — mobile users don’t want big devices. Ninety percent of respondents said one-handed operation is crucial, and two in five reported dropping their devices because they were too damn big.
Which leads to another pet peeve: cracked screens. One third of respondents admitted to cracking a screen in a phone fumble; 75 percent wished their phone was more durable; and 65 percent said they’d be willing to make a major sacrifice rather than use a phone with a crack across the display.
What sort of sacrifices? Well, 44 percent would be willing to stand in line at the DMV; 32 percent would be willing to sit in traffic for hours; and more than a third would be willing to give up sex for a month … all to avoid using a phone with a cracked screen..
Samsung Scandal Is Heading To The Fall Of A President
The Samsung bribery scandal may cost former South Korean President Park Geun-hye her position permanently, and perhaps jail time. A special prosecutor, after a three-month investigation, has asked prosecutors to indict Park on charges of accepting about $38 million in bribes from Samsung. The indictment would follow that of Samsung vice-chairman Lee Jae-yong last month.
Lee allegedly paid the money to secure government support of a merger of two Samsung affiliates that helped him take control of the entire Samsung conglomerate.
Park was impeached by the country’s parliament in December over the scandal.
According to the prosecutor’s office, Park directed the government-controlled National Pension Service, a major shareholder of the two Samsung affiliates, to vote for the merger despite the opposition of minority shareholders.
South Korea’s highest court is expected to rule in the coming weeks whether Park should be reinstated or formally removed from office. Korea’s constitution stipulates that presidents cannot be indicted while serving, so a formal indictment would be delayed until the end of her term next February, unless the court ends her term early.
“Samsung has not paid bribes nor made improper requests seeking favors. … Future court proceedings will reveal the truth,” the company said in a statement.
STORIS Named Best Place To Work By NJBIZ
STORIS, a provider of retail software solutions and services, was recently named by NJBIZ as a Best Place to Work in New Jersey for 2017.
This awards program identifies, recognizes and honors the top places of employment in New Jersey that benefit the state’s economy, workforce and businesses. NJBIZ has been giving them since 2005, and the overall registration and survey process was managed by Best Companies Group (BCG).
One consideration factor stems from feedback compiled anonymously from the company’s employees. STORIS currently employees 116 individuals in New Jersey. Noted human resources senior manager Barbara DeGenova: “This award is greatly influenced by the team of people here at STORIS. It’s gratifying to know that our people are happy to come to work every day.”
Presenting Apple Park: Apple’s 175-Acre Circle
Apple announced its much-anticipated 175-acre campus in Santa Clara, Calif. — officially titled Apple Park — will open to employees in April.
Originally envisioned by Apple founder Steve Jobs, Apple Park has a circular main building that is 2.8 million square feet and “clad entirely in the world’s largest panels of curved glass,” according to the company. It will also include a 1,000-seat auditorium known as the Steve Jobs Theater, with a ceiling-supporting glass cylinder measuring 20 feet tall and 165 feet in diameter.
Apple Park will feature a visitors center with an Apple Store (of course) and cafe open to the public, while employees can take advantage of a 100,000-square-foot fitness center, “secure” R&D facilities, 2 miles of walking and running paths, an orchard, a meadow and a pond.
The full move from its current offices in Cupertino, Calif., involves 12,000 employees and will take over six months, Apple said. Construction will continue through the summer.
According to Apple, the campus has replaced 5 million square feet of asphalt and concrete with grassy fields and over 9,000 native and drought-resistant trees. It is powered by 100 percent renewable energy and will reportedly run one of the largest on-site solar energy installations in the world.