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A Profile of the Free Services of Telecom Company FreedomPop

Los Angeles-based free wireless internet and mobile phone service provider, FreedomPop is taking center stage among the growing trend of mobile apps offering unique opportunities to consumers. The new wave telecom company launched in October 2012 and offers free mobile advantages in the same way that Skype offers free voice and video services and Dropbox offers free data services. Through innovative techniques the company offers its customers free 4G cell phone service with free wireless internet and free broadband for home use. The internet service utilizes Sprint’s LTE network, 4G WiMax and 3G CDMA networks.

The company has taken to Twitter about an endeavor to expand to Europe, which offers their free services to customers, regardless of whether they use FreedomPop as their own primary carrier. Their free talk and text app was previously available to only Android users; however, due to customer demand the company recently expanded their availability to include Apple iPhone users over the Sprint network as well. They will offer “like-new” refurbished iPhone 5 handsets for around $350 but existing Sprint customers can use their compatible iPhone 4, 4s of 5 to download the app. The FreedomPop free plan includes 200 voice minutes, 500 megabytes of data and 500 text messages a month; their other plans start at just $5 a month. The app also allows 100 minutes of free international calling to over 30 different countries, including Mexico, China, the UK, Brazil, Hong Kong and India and will be expanding to over 100 markets within the coming weeks.

Customers who place international calls on a more regular basis can enjoy 500 minutes for only $5 per month or purchase an unlimited plan for $10 per month. Anyone who has downloaded the app (available here) can utilize these features. In addition, the company is offering the ability for customers to have their own international number for around $9 a month; this means that if a customer from Texas calls a friend in Shanghai frequently it could save their friend money as well because they would be able to call a forwarding number. With an estimated 20 million Americans making international calls from their smartphones every month the savings by using FreedomPop could be substantial; the company estimates that around $150 is spent monthly on average by consumers making international calls. That means FreedomPop could potentially save people around $1,000 annually.

The company offers other products as well such as Samsung Galaxy tablets, LTE Hotspots, USB sticks and mini tablets. If a customer switches to the FreedomPop phone service plan they won’t have to sign up for a contract and can choose to cancel service at any time.

FreedomPop was founded by Stephen Stokols and Steven Seasr in 2011. Despite the recent rumors of acquisition talks by cell-phone carrier Sprint no official deals have been made between the two companies. It is estimated that around half of FreedomPop subscribers utilize their free services and the other half has converted into paying customers.

Samsung Plans to Deliver a Foldable Screen Smartphone by 2015

The iPhone 6 Plus took the world by storm by making it foldable to some extent. However, some people created videos showing that the phone could be that flexible. In most cases, the phone could easily snap under pressure. 

While inadvertent folding would indeed be undesirable, other companies are utilising folding ideas into the actual designs of these smartphones.

The same happened to the LG model called the LG G flex, which at first people thought it was foldable. That was not the intentions of the manufacturer. The LG phone had a curved design to make it easily fit in the hand of the user since it was a large 6-inch display. 

People later on, after discovering this, came out to mock its unconventional designs and debatable usefulness in terms of aesthetics. 

Samsung is another company that has decided to venture into this field of foldable displays. They have promised to deliver the smartphone in 2015. 

Keith Mann says all we have to do is wait and see if they can come up with something that will be different from what we have been seeing. They have made some good progress in terms of creating the best display. 


Sam Tabar: The Highly Sought After Attorney and Capital Strategist

Sam Tabar serves the public as an attorney and a capital strategist. He gained his skills in the field after his studies at Oxford University and Columbia Law School, where earned the James Kent Award. After law school, he began his career as an Associate at Skadden, Arps, Slater, Meagher & Flom LLP, and later, he migrated to a position as the Director & Co-Head of Business Development at SPARX Group Co./PMA Investment Advisors. He also joined the Bank of America Merrill Lynch as the Director and Head of Capital Strategy in the Asia-Pacific. At a later part of his career, he began catering to hedge funds, regulatory and compliance issues, and fund formation and structure as a Senior Associate with Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.

Commodities are one of my primary areas of investment. Tabar stresses that successful commodity investment is all about research and the history of commodities. You must predict how well a commodity will perform in the future in order to make a wise investment. Tabar learned through his experience with Merrill Lynch what it takes to make a safe commodity investment.

One of the primary ways to make a successful investment is to avoid poorly managed funds. Tabar helped clients skirt disaster by staying away from poorly managed funds like the US Natural Gas Fund, which fell more than 75 percent in value. This happened because demand was too high for the fund’s managing partner. The solution is to issue more shares, but until this happens, it’s simply not a wise investment. Tabar reminded his clients of this.

He also warned them to take caution when considering the United States Oil Fund. The USO’s WTI light sweet crude oil was 50 percent lower than other recent crude oil prices. This makes it an not-so-wise investment because the pricing was inaccurate and not up-to-date.

Otherwise, you may end up sinking in money investment that’s not performing well. Research is a necessary evil when it comes to commodities or any other type of investment that Sam Tabar is able to offer advice for in his office. He’s talented and well-connected.

Tabar is a go-to man for legal and capital strategy. He is able to view investments in a way that others cannot see. If you need legal or investment help, Sam Tabar is the man to call or tweet. His years of experience has made him quite a leader in the field.

Obama Defends Climate Agreement

Obama came out publicly to defend his recent agreement on energy and climate policy with China. He responded to critics by saying that “Your kids could not breathe” in Beijing. Most major Chinese cities have been under some sort of smog warnings within the past year, including Shanghai and Beijing. During these times, children and elderly are warned to stay indoors because of the dense cloud of smoke and industrial pollution that hangs over the cities.

The president likened his recent policy to the Clean Air Act of 1970. He claimed that because of this regulation change the smog clouds that hung over industrial centers like Los Angeles now have clearer skies. This policy he created with Chinese President Xi Jiaping, is meant to create similar changes for China and the globe. Currently, China is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gases, and also the most reluctant to create reform that it fears may dampen its economic future.

Many politicians and experts feared that legislation would destroy the business and development opportunities. However, tech industry leader Bruce Levenson pointed out that even years after implementation that policy finds environmental projects to enliven downtown Chicago without hurting businesses.

Christian Broda: Setting Up a Successful Hedge Fund

Christian Broda is a managing director at Duquesne Capital Management. He served as an economics professor at the University of Chicago before accepting his current position. He is a prolific author and has written multiple articles and books on the subject of international finance and trade. The American Economic Review and the Quarterly Journal of Economics have published his findings. He was given two National Science Foundation grants to help further his research.

Broda is the associate editor for the Journal of Development Economics and has served terms at Columbia University and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He is also a member of the Society for Economic Dynamics, the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Economia Journal.

Broda is responsible for multiple hedge fund start-ups and is an experienced economist. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from MIT. Dr. Broda is married with two sons.

Broda has several tips on how start your own hedge funds. Hedge funds can be tricky to begin on your own without the proper legal information. The lack of sufficient oversight in the current investment world can make it easy for an investor to practice fraudulent activity. Hedge funds by themselves, however, are not illegal and are a great way to stabilize your finances without placing yourself at a large risk.

According to Broda, hedge funds operate by investor teams, including traders, junior analysts and a chief financial advisor. There are many more key components, but the three mentioned above are the most critical. You will also need a relationship with a law firm. Hedge funds must always have a legal representative, along with advisors. Since super law firms tend to charge more than is necessary, try to work with smaller firms to avoid overspending.

The prime broker you select will be responsible for all your trades. This broker will hold the record of your stocks and enable the purchases of your hedge fund.

You will need funding to get your hedge fund up and running. The best way to start your hedge fund is to find capital investors who are willing to invest in your fund. Locating and securing these investors is a painful and time-consuming process, as you will need to work with them to ensure satisfaction of both sides.

It’s best if you have a professional office space from which to operate. A professional appearance can help attract the necessary investors and give you an enduring hedge fund.

For information on Christian’s thoughts on the state of the US dollar, see his profile on ValueWalk.

Google+ Developer Declared the Project a Failure

Chris Messina, previous Google employee, said that the idea of Google+ was to make a tool full of possibilities regarding the sharing and personalisation of the information that one finds. This would particularly be important when it comes to the sharing of important academic information between communities of engineers and other such scientists.

The displeased Google+ developer mentioned an example of such troubles. He planned to give people the possibility to share their phone number with those who needed it.

Besides this, a lot of other personalised features which never came to life. Sergio Andrade Andrade Gutierrez says that is why Messina is angry that Google missed the opportunity to create a revolutionary program and released instead a social network that resembles Facebook so much and is not even appreciated by the users. 

Three years were spent developing Google+ and the developer calls it now ‘adrift at sea’. That is probably a game of words, since the code name for Google+ had long been Emerald Sea among the workers. 

However, Messina is sure that the users and the Internet would benefit from Facebook getting a powerful rival. One can only infer that he does not see Google+ as such being given his rant.

Google Now More Powerful than the Vatican

According to Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, “Google is more powerful than the Vatican has ever been, and is more centralized.

The Australian, whom remains at the Embassy of Ecuador in London since June 2012, previously participated in a meeting with journalists to present his new book, ‘When Google found Wikileaks’, where Zeca Oliveira heard him  describeswhat happened in his meeting with Eric Schmidt, chairman of the company, and Jared Cohen, director of Google Ideas, whom he met in June 2011, at Assange English countryside home.


“Google creates bait to attract users . It analyzes how web surfers made ​​use of its services and collects data on them, which generates profiles that predict their behavior,”said Assange, explaining that Google then uses this information to target advertising, but also “sells it to US Government.”

Assange said the information revealed by Edward Snowden in the summer of 2013 indicated that the connection between Google and the US government dates back to 2002, although it could be earlier, “perhaps even since the birth of Google itself [1996 ] since it was founded with money from the Defense Department, and since then, there has been a more or less continuous relationship with the State Department.”

Despite the opinion of the Wikileaks founder, the fact is the voices of alarm about the political pressures exerted by Google have already been raised in European countries, and Europe is already seeking to limit the power of search and the hoarding of personal information.

Jared Haftel’s Helpful Tips

Jared Haftel is a graduate from Duke University. He graduated in the year of 2009 with a bachelors degree in science and mathematics, as well as economics. He has now been pursuing in the investment banking field. Jared worked as an analyst, in the Global Industrials Group at BofA Merrill Lynch. He also worked as an investment banking analyst for the Bank of America. As of now, Jared is currently employed at Vector Capital as an associate; he has worked here since 2011.

But getting a job like this can be extremely difficult, if Facebook is anything to go by.  That’s why Jared is always paying things forward, by helping new prospective junior bankers with the tips that they need to have their resumes recognized, especially on Twitter.  The difference between learning to apply for a job in college, to what you’ll actually encounter in real life is immense:

1. Understand that your resume will be processed quickly.

2. Try not to exaggerate.

3. If possible, have your resume reviewed by an insider.

4. Devote at least 50% of your resume to relevant work experience.

He then states how important it is that during a job interview, a firm hand shake and great eye contact can go a long way. Set yourself apart from everyone else and be positive. You are more likely to get hired if you stay calm and appear confident. One must also be persistent, but not too persistent. It is important to call back however, don’t be pesky.

Be prepared to answer those hard questions. There are also a wealth of helpful videos that can guide you through the process.

The ones that include why you left your previous job etc. Many employers judge what an employee will be like, by how they handle the relationship with a previous employer. Overall, Jared Haftel is a great person to gain some ideas for landing that new job!