The Truth and History of the Hardware in Smartphones

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Here’s a trivia question. What country is responsible behind designing the ‘brains’ in all modern smartphones today? Is it:

  1. United States of America
  2. South Korea
  3. China
  4. Great Britain
  5. Japan

Okay, if you are unsure, try to eliminate just one country. Did you pick Great Britain? Congratulations, you got the question completely wrong! The ‘brains’ of a smartphone is of course the CPU which is part of the system on a chip ARM architecture, a company out of Great Britain. Not sure on whether to invest money in Apple or Google’s Android platform. Just simply invest in ARM to put yourself in a win win situation. So while Great Britain has been behind the curtain throughout this technological revolution, when all the news will talk about is innovative, genius design of smartphones by Apple, Samsung, and the rest. We also hear about the mass production at the Foxconn factories in China. Great Britain is such a mature, ultra civilized nation that I grew appreciation for over time. They’ve literally conquered the world after starting as a small island. Then they outgrew it and no longer crave attention. My family name has some English roots, how else would I be related to the Royal Family?

I’m writing this post about hardware to celebrate my little brother’s acceptance to a position at Intel. My little brother Phil is a PHD student studying electrical engineering (really computer engineering) and will be working near Portland, Oregon once he finishes his PHD in the fall. Please don’t ask who is the smartest, I’m pretty sure the three of us will all say the standard, “it depends”. For what it is worth, my older brother, an aerospace engineer will admit that Phil learns better than him, which could be why Phil is going all the way to a doctorate degree, while I was an aspiring dropout. Unfortunately, I graduated.

Anyway, I was browsing Youtube one day, and I came across this video which I found to be very funny in itself.

My appreciation for British culture also grew when I got stuck in Manchester on a switch flight coming back from my first European vacation. I have thought about escaping the not so fun things about running my own LLC, and taking a break to study at Cambridge on a whim. I need to press forward with my entrepreneur mind and actually make it happen sometime.

Entourage Movie Review


Okay being that this is my company blog, I don’t have any rules as to what I can write about. Besides frustration in Apple Watch / iOS programming, I saw the Entourage movie with my girlfriend last night. Several people have told me, “Hey, you like that guy from Entourage.” I am indeed a fan of the series but you do not have to know the show to understand the movie. However, if you do watch the series, I feel like you would appreciate some of the humor more. Anyway, I expected the show to contain lots of laughs, appeal to the masses, along with a detailed story line. From my girlfriend’s reaction, I can say this, if you are not a fan of the show, or did not like the previews, you will probably not like this movie. For the movie, they seemed to upped the debauchery, upped the crude humor, and increased nudity. Some of it was too much for me to appreciate. I hate New York Time movie reviews that reveal the entire movie (why even watch it) so I promise not to spoil anything. I did end up cracking up towards the end of the movie which had to do with me knowing the characters well. Here is something that only my girlfriend could point out, the kid from the movie, “The Six Sense”, is a pivotal character in the movie. There are tons of cameo appearances from countless celebrities playing themselves, some having no more than a one liner, and others playing a more significant role. I’ll bet fans of the show have compared themselves and their entourage to the characters in the movie. I have a friend in Hoboken who works in sales who is exactly like Ari Gold, who I consider the funniest character.

To wrap things up, Entourage is certainly a bro movie, so unless your girlfriend likes the show, it is probably best to watch it with your friends.