Category Archives: Politics

How We All Have Been Influenced By Social Media (5 Year Review) – Infographic

Social Media has made a tremendous impact on all our lives. And it doesn’t even matter if you are on it, or not. This infographic shows some major events from the last five years of social media and how it has evolved. Have a look.

Infographic Source: Hootsuite

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Social Media (Twitter) Use During Important And Popular Events – Infographic

Using data from Twitter social search engine “Topsy”, BrickHouse Security did a comparison of tweet volume over time to see how many people were using the Twitter medium for communicating important historic events, versus how many people were using it for popular cultural events. The results are (regrettably) not surprising. Continue reading

How To Combat The Growing Threat Of Cyberattacks

Cyber security expert Richard Wang discusses the growing threat of cyberattacks with Adam Johnson, Sara Eisen and Cory Johnson on Bloomberg Television’s “Street Smart.” Fusion IQ’s Barry Ritholtz also speaks. (Source: Bloomberg)

China’s Online Population Rises By 51 Million in 2012

China’s Online Population Rises by 51 Million in 2012.

China has added 51 million new internet users in the last year, the Associated Press reports citing data from the China Internet Network Information Center.Compared to 2011, China’s internet user population rose 10 percent, bringing the total number to 564 million. That’s more than the entire population of Russia and the U.S. combined. Continue reading

Business: Chinese Investment In North America – Infographic

Amid the global economic slowdown, 2012 has shaped up to be a healthy year for Chinese investment abroad. But not everyone is welcoming Chinese investment. In North America, state-owned enterprises (SOE), national security, market access reciprocity, and regulatory transparency are all issues to have plagued Chinese deals in recent times. But given China’s investment interest in the region, relative to other countries, are these concerns justified? As a virtual data room provider used to facilitate financial transactions, Firmex takes a great interest in deals and trends in the M&A space. Their latest Infographic takes a closer look at China’s investment abroad, and where they really rank in the North American market. And you might be surprised by the findings.

Source: Firmex, Visual.ly

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What Kind Of People Use Smartphones – Infographic

An infographic by the team at CouponAudit

This infographic shows how devoted smartphone users are, and what attitudes and characteristics do these people posses.  In the survey made, 65% of iPhone users can’t live without their phones, 40% would give up coffee instead of iPhone use, 18% can stop bathing every day before they give up their iPhones and 15% would rather give up sex and cannot live a weekend without their iPhones. There are lots of applications offered in smartphones and most of these keep boredom away and make a person occupied.  According to Nielsen study who examines the application downloads, the highest percentage that gets most of the downloads is the Games category which is 64%, weather is next which got 60%, social networking has 56%, useful Maps /search has 51%, Music is next with 44%, News has 39%, Entertainment has 34%, Finance has 32% which most business people would choose, Movies and shopping has 24%.  This study was made in 2011 Q2 and examined application usage for individuals who had downloaded an application during a 30-day period.

Users would usually spend their time playing games on their smartphones and this is one of the reasons that they have downloaded this the most.  There was recorded average time spent by hours per month on different smartphone devices.  For Apple iPhone 14.7 hours, Android has 9.3 hours, Windows Phone 7 is up to 4.7 hours and Rim Blackberry has approximately 4.5 hours.  Since smartphones are usually expensive, cell phone owners with a household income of $75, 000 or more are 3-4 times more likely to own a Blackberry or iPhone than those in the lower income brackets.

Smartphones can be used in many ways and this infographic shows how users maximize the use of their iPhone in a social setting.  One of the studies reveals that 58% of users occasionally or usually do this and 25% of users almost use this but 17% rarely or never use this option.  Smartphones also encourage streamlining to their users and once they get an iPhone, many of them will usually get rid of their other devices, 70% of iPod and mp3 players were being unused, 55% of cameras will be replaced by hi-resolution cameras of iPhone and 40% of GPS will be replaced by using iPhone Maps.  News and sports are categories that can also be very useful to iPhone users.  During the first 2 days of NCAA 2012 basketball tournament, a very overwhelming percentage of 83% was recorded as consumption of smartphone sports download.  During the tournament, 20% of sports traffic was from smartphones and tablets.  This infographic shows how different types of smartphones were used and chosen by different types of personalities.  According to one study, iPhone users claim themselves as slightly more optimistic and easy going than Android users do.  Apple has a higher percentage compare to Android users.  Apple users see Apple phones to be more useful in the future and is considered advance in technology that is why there are 52% users compare to 28% in Android users.  25% of them don’t get upset easily with the Apple compared to 18% in Android, but both seem to be more user-friendly and optimistic than BlackBerry owners.

This infographic also illustrates what was early cell phone users used to like.  Motorola was introduced as the first mobile phone in the market in 1983 and it only cost $3,995 and it was considered strong to have a 2 pounds weight and was the size of a brick.  Most smartphone owners lived in more crowded places, for Android, 15% from urban area, 16% from suburban and only 10% from rural areas.  iPhone has lesser percentage compare to Android users which is 12% from urban areas, 10% from suburban and only 5% from rural areas.  BlackBerry has 11% from urban, 10% from suburban and 7% from rural areas which is slightly higher than iPhone users.

There was also a study that shows how smartphones are actually useful for education.  According to a StudyBlue survey of customers, those who use their mobile devices to help them study are almost 3 times more likely to track their academic progress given the applications available, study 40 more minutes each week because they can bring their smartphones along with them anywhere they go and they would likely study during daytime around 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. Smartphones can be purchased at affordable prices from stores like: dinodirect.com, Qvc etc.

What Obama Can Learn From German Solar Success And Failure

What Obama Can Learn From German Solar Success and Failure.

This is a featured article from PolicyMic, the fastest growing news site for millennials. PolicyMic provides high-quality, relevant and engaging news and analysis that promotes thoughtful conversation among millennials. Joseph Doolan is a political writer for PolicyMic. Follow @PolicyMic on Twitter.

In light of Barack Obama’s huge win and Democratic gains in the Senate, the future of American solar industry looks bright. In a campaign that only included whispers of green industry innovation, Obama’s acceptance speech included a mention of climate change.

The American media is also suddenly comfortable to acknowledge climate change thanks to superstorm Sandy. It seems that the national media cannot ignore a storm of this caliber flooding their own backyard.

So, where does the U.S. look to for an example of a successful solar industry? China has been very successful at flooding the solar panel market with the help of illegal subsidization practices, and, of course, cheap labor. This is not a viable option here, and China’s success has made it very difficult for American and German clean tech companies to get off the ground.

In a cold and cloudy country thousands of miles from the equator, Germany has launched the most successful solar panel industry in the West. With the help of years of subsidization, Germany has astonishingly become the world leader in solar energy production.

Berlin took off the training wheels earlier this year. Though results have been mixed and spun by conflicting interests, the panel industry is alive and well, and production is extremely high.

On May 25, Germany got one-third of all of its electricity from solar, for that day. While this was monumental, it was only the beginning of the good news. In the first nine months of 2012, solar power production is up 50% over the same period last year.

Astonishingly, the Germans are ambivalent over whether or not to phase out their “Feed-In Tariff” policy, wherein private citizens can actually make money with their solar power production by feeding it back into the power grid. This appears to be in response to the efforts of the great career contrarian Bjorn Lomborg.

Thanks to the German naysayers and Chinese market dominance, a wave of consolidation is sweeping across Germany’s “solar valley” in Bitterfeld. The solar panel industry is suffering. But a new manufacturing method, referred to as “oven technology,” is set to level the playing field by using fewer raw material.

The German solar industry is a model for those of us in sunnier climes. If they can have success in producing new records for solar power production every year, just imagine what the southern U.S could do. If the federal government follows California’s lead in funding innovation and subsidizing the still fledgling industry, we could abandon the damaging practices of fossil fuel extraction plaguing the countryside.

Instead of swapping one polluting industry (coal mining) for another (gas fracking) we could harness sustainable energy. We could simply take the $46 billion in fossil fuel subsidies that President Obama is promising to get rid of and put them into this domestic industry.

Image courtesy of Flickr, Pure3d

Source: Mashable.com

 

Understanding The Fiscal Cliff – Infographic

Millionaire Corner surveys investors to obtain insights into their financial needs and preferences. Research is conducted in partnership with Spectrem Group, the premier market research and consulting firm in the wealth and retirement industries. This educational infographic explains the “Fiscal Cliff,” and offers possible solutions.

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