How a 16 year old High School student made 300k in penny stocks.

       It was just a few weeks into the new school year when Connor Bruggemann decided to play sick. He holed up in his bedroom, shut the door, and opened his laptop. Over the summer his father had opened an Etrade account for him, using around $10,000 Bruggemann had saved up over two years working as a busboy and waiter at a local BBQ joint. At first Bruggemann had used that cash to buy some big, well-known stocks: Apple, Verizon, and a few others. But today was different. One by one he liquidated those positions and put almost everything he had into American Community Development Group Inc, ticker sign ACYD, a penny stock selling for $.003 a share.
Over the next year Bruggemann would turn that $10,000 into more than $300,000, principally trading penny stocks, a practice rife with risk, fraud, and wild swings of fortune. He took off school that day, but for most of the time when Bruggemann was trading, he was also a 16-year-old high school junior in Wyckoff, New Jersey. With his iPhone in hand, Bruggemann would buy and sell six figures of stock from his lunch table, the bathroom, and, occasionally, on the sly while sitting at his desk.
What Bruggemann did with penny stocks isn’t new, but technology has changed what’s possible. Twenty years ago even the best home internet wouldn’t have supported this kind of real-time trading. A decade ago you might have done it from a home office. Today, with the supercomputers we carry in our pockets, a kid can put his life savings on the line while sitting in Spanish class.

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Bruggemann has always been interested in making money. In kindergarten his parents dressed him up as a concession boy for Halloween, complete with a tray carrying popcorn and candy. "He came home with money, but no candy," remembers his mother, Lynn. Later he tried his luck with a lemonade stand in front of the house. "We’re on a cul-de-sac, so almost no cars come down here. He didn’t care. He waited for five hours to make that dollar happen."

He got a job as a busboy at a local restaurant at 14 and worked weekends. He put his money into a savings account, but was unhappy with the paltry interest he earned. His grandfather encouraged him to try the stock market and his father, a former Wall Street trader, eventually agreed to act as the custodian for an Etrade account. "I always talk about the glory days, so maybe it rubbed off a little," said his father John, a former vice president at JP Morgan who worked on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. But John never played the penny stocks. "Never. Not my game. You could make money or lose money very, very quickly."

Bruggemann, on the other hand, embraced the chaos. He was a fantasy football fanatic with a head for numbers and an attention to detail. He had dabbled in sports betting and online poker, getting into trouble with his parents when they discovered it. For Bruggemann, as for many others, penny stocks were another outlet for that risky reward seeking. "There is a lot of fraud and manipulation, a lot of them are not legitimate companies," he says. "It could be someone like you or I sitting here saying we have a $5 million deal with Panasonic, when in reality that’s not true." According to the SEC, penny stock scams have surged over the last two years.

The Legacy of Steve Jobs

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Steve Jobs was born on February 24th, 1955. He was born into a family he wasn’t supposed to be. When Steve was born, he was immediately put up for adoption by his biological parents. They wanted him to go to a family that the parents were graduated from college, they got the opposite. Steve Jobs parents were high school graduates that got married 10 days after they met. According to Steve, these were the best parents anyone could ask for, and they were his “Real” parents.

Few People realize the effect that Steve Jobs had on modern society. Without Steve there would be: No iPhone, Tablets, or Macs, No Frozen, Toy Story or Monsters Inc., and modern gaming would be completely different. Why? Steve Jobs started apple and was the innovation behind what is today. Steve Jobs also started NeXT computers, Pixar and worked at Atari Games for a time. He was the source of the ideas and the genius. This is how he changed the world.
Steve Jobs had several characteristics that made him the amazing figure that he was. The first was perseverance. Despite coming from a semi-unstable home, and being adopted. Steve overcame the emotional issue of being adopted fast. He simply accepted that his birth parents couldn’t take care of him. He also had the power everyone in the world needs, the power to fail. Yes, everyone needs to learn to fail. It helps us discover what works, and what doesn’t. Steve just was better at failing faster than everyone else which is what made him so successfully.
One of the most interesting decisions in Steve’s life is his decision to leave apple in the 1980’s. After trying so hard to get the CEO of Pepsi to become the CEO of Apple, Steve and his new found CEO didn’t get along too well. The board of directors decided to remove Steve from the company, and in doing so, he quit. Some people might see this as a negative, leaving the company you built from nothing, but not Steve. In his time away from Apple, Steve started both NeXT Computers and Pixar. These 2 companies are just additives to the amazing work Steve contributed to the world.
If you could learn any principal from Steve, it would be to move on. Despite leaving his company that he made, he moved on to something better. He was always trying to outdo his earlier projects. When Steve was first diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2003, he was staggered, but he moved on. He took this time to become better connected with his family, and help Apple to continue after his death. In the 7 years from when he was diagnosed, he did amazing things in the technology world. These include the iPhone, The iPad, iMac and MacBook.
            “Innovation distinguishes between a leader, and a follower.” This is one of Steve’s amazing quotes. It is the very essence of his life wrapped into 8 words. He displayed this quality his entire life. When he had an idea, he shared it and made sure it was the one they used. By doing this he made a bigger impact and helped more people. 

Unboxing of GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition

Yesterday, I bought the new GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition, check it out as I do the unboxing.

The Galaxy S 5

       The New Galaxy S5 just came out at the beginning of April. New features on
the both the external and internal software have changed very little from the Galaxy
S4. They are increased screen size by 0.1 inch. Samsung took the already stunning
galaxy, samsung, s 5, 13 mp back camera to a 16 mp. Instead of a slick plastic back it is now a soft grip like material a lot like the note 3. The processor has been bumped to a 2.3 ghz. Now competing with the speeds of the Nexus 5 and the LG G . Internally the software has been upgraded to 4.4 kitkat. The same basic
layout, and look has been kept the same throughout the phone. Samsung has also incorporated a finger print password lock into the home button like apples Iphone 5s. I think that Samsung's Galaxy S5 is a big disappointment. Most upgrades to the phone are now only catching up to other phones, instead of competing for the number one spot on the market. I Also find the price tag to be very high for this phone starting around $650-700. Samsung really disappointed me this spring, and I
hope for something awesome this fall.

Why everyone wants a GoPro.

What is GoPro and how did it turn into to such a huge company? The answer is this, GoPro new how to market things from the start. Much like high school, getting in with the right crowd is very important, and GoPro did just that. Constantly advertising their products like the HD Hero 3+ in places like: The X games, The Olympics, and numerous independent youtubers that are popular. This is the reason people are putting GoPro's independent intro in front of their own videos everywhere. The reason everyone is in love with this tiny camera? It makes you feel important. It makes you feel like a pro, just like the slogan, "be a hero". If you get to document every athletic thing you do and watch it from your point of view, it will indeed make you, feel like a hero.

The newest camera, the HD HERO 3+ takes absolutely breath talking footage, for the size of it. With the black edition now shooting in 4k, this is one of the most advanced cameras of the times, the video below demonstrates the quality of the GoPro HD HERO 3+!

Is Technology Ruining Teenagers Lives?

Today, teenagers are constantly being flooded with the newest technology, and we're taking it all in. The question remains, is all this technology taking a toll on our lives as teenagers. To get a view of how
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it is, I'm going to describe a typical teenagers day, and how it involves technology. We get up, get on Social Media, start getting ready, watch TV before going to school, play games on the bus on the way to school, and are constantly pulling out our phones during class. After that, we go home, hop right on the Xbox or Play Station, and play until dinner. As you can see, we are a generation that is more engulfed in technology than any other. Whats so bad about technology? It is literally ruining teenagers
lives. FaceBook, Twitter and Instagram are the 3 Social Media networks most commonly used by teenagers. When we get on, all we see is our friends and peers accomplishments, making us feel like we're nothing and don't have an exciting life. The thing we don't see is people on post the best thing about their lives on Social Media, not any of the worst. Along with social media, teenagers are losing the entire element of interaction. Why talk to someone in person when you can Direct Message or text them and be a lot braver then you would in person? We are losing everything in social interaction, want to see a person, don't go to their house, just FaceTime them. Want to check on your friends? Don't call them, just check your twitter feed. Regular social skills will be a big problem for teens if we don't step and actually talk to people face to face. Besides social media,  almost all teens spend huge amounts of time on TV and Video games, almost 30 hours a week.
If as soon as we get home from school, We get right on to our "screen time", we'll have no time for homework or doing anything productive. We, as teenagers need to get a grip on our lives and not let technology take it over. We need to think about the big picture and realize we won't be able to pull out our phones every 5 seconds when we are working at a real job. Hopefully we will be able to do this as teenagers, and make ourselves become a better, more dependable generation.

How technology is becoming a distraction for teenage students.

Is the technology I am buying for my teenager becoming a distraction from their education? This is the question many parents are contemplating before buying their teenagers a new phone, tablet or laptop. As a teenager, I can answer the question right here, yes. Throughout junior high and high school, I’ve noticed an increase in the amount of technology that has made its way into the classroom, being used right under teachers nose.
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With technology only becoming a bigger, and bigger part of our lives, there is no stopping its way into schools. For years, a lot of teenagers have found ways of listening to music without the teachers knowledge. Some even go to the extent of braiding the ear bud wire through their hair. Teachers usually catch them, but once in a while students can get away with it. However, with new technology, come new distractions.
The latest and greatest technology for us teenagers, is the Galaxy S 4 by Samsung. Something that this phone has, that all other phones before it didn’t, is an InfaRed or IR remote on it. This allows students to wirelessly turn off and change the volume of TV’s…and also projectors. In a lot of my classes lately, the teacher will be in the middle of a lesson, then his projector or TV will just turn off.
The teacher has no idea why, but the class does. This is what happens when you have students who know immensely more about technology than you do. Any teenager with a Galaxy S 4 can do this using the Watch On Stock App from Samsung, so next time your picking a new phone out for your teenager, think again.