Put your tin foil hats on. It’s conspiracy theory time. Since 2010, Google has been tracking and releasing their bi-yearly Transparency Report. In it, they give details about the number of requests various governments make to the search giant for personal information. On the surface, this seems to be an excellent way for Google to… Continue reading Is Google in cahoots with the government to hide the depths of privacy infringement?
Recently on Spectrum, Scientists from Harvard University have successfully converted a 53,000 word book into a single strand of DNA. The success of the conversion will allow data to be stored in the guise of a DNA strand; DNA can hold more information per cubic millimeter than certain flash memory technology. Scientists claim that the… Continue reading Is DNA coding your data the future of stored information?
In a time where everyone is wanting to save a buck, it is unnecessary to pay extra for data overages on your smartphone. So, what exactly causes overages and how do you avoid them? Each data plan is made up with a number of gigabytes that are allowed to be used. One gigabyte is equal… Continue reading What’s eating up your data plan?
The next Social Media giant is right before our eyes, known as the photo filtering and sharing social mobile app, Instagram. Although its launch date was in October of 2010 it has gained 80 million users in less than two years. It took Facebook nearly 4 years after its initial launch and Twitter 5… Continue reading 80 million users for Instagram in less time than Facebook or Twitter
If you’re in the Social Media Industry you have heard of the social measuring sites, Klout or Empire Avenue, sure there are other ones that exist and that you should or could be on, but these two seem to have gained more recognition within the Industry, either good or bad. Some may say that… Continue reading Klout or EA: Which site should I use to evaluate my social media efforts?
Social networking, file sharing, and open source software production are all a result of the internet. The width and depth of global communication has never been larger or as easy to achieve. But how has the internet really changed society? Has it at all? There are many who would argue that internet merely gave society… Continue reading How the internet changed society
[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/21113436[/vimeo] Jona Hoier has visualized USGS earthquake activity data in Japan from March 9 to March 16. What is shocking is the unbelievable amount of earthquake activity that has taken place in Japan during this time period. While none of this depict the horror that took place on March 11 (around 0:38 in this video),… Continue reading Japanese Earthquake Data Visualized
We’ve all heard of bytes, kilobytes, and megabytes for decades. The last couple of decades has put “gigabytes” into our vocabulary, while “terabytes” are become more commonly used lately. What about a petabyte? Zettabyte? It seems that as our understanding of data and our ability to quantify it grows, so too do the weird names… Continue reading From Bits to Yottabytes: Everything You Ever Needed to Know About Data Measurements
It was never quite certain when Verizon would get its hands on the iPhone, but we recently learned that it would on February 10. The only question remaining was how much the plans were going to be to have the iPhone. Now we have that answer too: $30 per month. But the news here is… Continue reading Verizon’s Knockout Punch: Unlimited Data for iPhone
We already know that Facebook is huge, but now we have true visual feedback to how impressive the Facebook empire really stands. It is massive. And it is clear that all of Europe and the Eastern United States have too much time on their hands. But what is even more impressive is that the above… Continue reading Facebook’s Epic Reach: Mapped and Intertwined