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  • February 27, 2013

    Community college grads out-earn bachelor's degree holders

    Berevan Omer graduated on a Friday in February with an associate's degree from Nashville State Community College and started work the following Monday as a computer-networking engineer at a local television station, making about $50,000 a year. 

    That's 15% higher than the average starting salary for graduates -- not only from community colleges, but for bachelor's degree holders from four-year universities. 

    "I have a buddy who got a four-year bachelor's degree in accounting who's making $10 an hour," Omer says. "I'm making two and a-half times more than he is." 

    Omer, who is 24, is one of many newly minted graduates of community colleges defying history and stereotypes by proving that a bachelor's degree is not, as widely believed, the only ticket to a middle-class income.

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  • February 27, 2013

    Working From Home: The End Of Productivity Or The Future Of Work?

    In its bid to reshape itself for the future, Yahoo is returning to a workplace culture of the tech industry's past. The Internet giant has reportedly notified its employees they'll no longer be allowed to work from home. According to an internal memo leaked to tech site All Things D, employees who previously enjoyed teleworking will have to start showing up at an office by June. 

    The move goes against a popular workplace perk among tech companies and a wider trend toward more work-from-home options across several industries. (Public media is included — NPR has a process allowing staffers to apply for remote-work arrangements.)

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  • December 19, 2012

    Mazda Announces Innovative New Skyactiv Technology

    2014 Mazda6 will be first model equipped with efficiency-boosting technology.

    Mazda has just released some intriguing details about its new fuel economy-boosting system known as Skyactiv. As a certified Mazda dealer in Tinley Park, Community Mazda is pleased to keep its customers informed on the development and implementation of these new technologies. This latest release pertains to a unique braking system that is called i-ELOOP that is slated to debut on the 2014 Mazda6.

    The new i-ELOOP system is an innovative new way to help improve the efficiency of modern engines. The system is unique in both its design and in the fact that it incorporates an Electric Double Layer Capacitor that is commonly found in wind turbines. Energy is first recaptured by the regenerative brakes and then sent to a voltage alternator that charges the EDLC. The EDLC then sends the energy to a DC voltage convertor and then it is used to either charge the battery, power the vehicle’s electrical components, or both.

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  • October 5, 2012

    Best Buy Comes Up With Genius Idea To Compete With Amazon: Lower Online Prices

    Hey, consumers. Best Buy knows what you’re up to. Yup, it knows you’re out there on the sneaky ol’ Internet, comparing prices and trying to find  the best deal. And now that the company is hip to your tactics, it’s come up with a potential plan to make sure you buy online with Best Buy and not say, Amazon. How’s it gonna do that? By reducing prices. Consider your mind blown.

    Well, it might do that, said Stephen Gillett, the president of digital, global marketing and strategy. See, it usually prices its items depending on what’s selling online and in the stores, as well as how the competition is selling those products. He said they could possibly reduce prices to “to make sure that we are competitive across those categories,” according to Bloomberg News.

    In addition, Best Buy’s new e-commerce chief Scott Durchslag says offering competitive prices is “just the price to play,” because consumers are savvy and know how to navigate the Internet via various devices and compare prices.

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