Category: Report

An Interactive Infographic Maps The Future Of Emerging Technology

When will you get your robot butler? When will we first set foot on Mars? These and countless other questions about the future are answered in this amazing chart of where technology is headed in the next 30 years.

Read more at fastcoexist.com

Cell Phone Companies Cough Up Data To Law Enforcement Hundreds and Thousands of Times Per Day

A first of its kind report of how often cell carriers are asked to provide data to law enforcement contains some shocking numbers. Congressman Ed Markey asked nine carriers, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon, how often the government and the po-po came calling for information last year. Via the New York Times:

  • 1.3 million = total number of law enforcement requests for “text messages, caller locations and other information in the course of investigations.”
  • 116 = average number of requests the tiny Cricket fields each day.
  • 700 = average number of requests AT&T fields each day.
  • 1,500 = average number of requests Sprint fields each day.
  • $8.3 million = the total amount in bills that AT&T sent to law enforcement and government agencies to comply with their requests. (That was up from $2.8 million in 2007.)

Read the complete article at Forbes.

Freeview finds that 3D is not such a turn-on for viewers

The eagerly anticipated 100m final at the London Olympics will be televised by the BBC in 3D, but audience research by Freeview has questioned the appeal of the technology.

3D ranked only sixth out of eight different new technologies in terms of popularity in a survey of 2,000 viewers published on Wednesday.

Asked to pick three technologies out of the eight which they found most appealing, only 19% chose 3D.

The poll was topped by on-demand services such as the BBC’s iPlayer streamed directly to TV (which appealed to 62% of respondents), services offering a selection of on-demand programmes (59%), and an enhanced electronic programme guide allowing viewers to scroll backwards to stream a show that has already been broadcast as well as looking forwards (51%).

Read the complete article at The Guardian.

Infographic of the Day: iPads vs. textbooks

Via DVice.

3D films lose lustre as home-grown hits win cinema box-office battle

It was the format whose revival in James Cameron’s $237m budget Avatar brought crowds flocking back to the cinemas, but 3D film is already losing its appeal, pushed out of the picture by low-cost, British-made blockbusters like The King’s Speech.

Despite a record 47 films released in 3D last year, including the final Harry Potter and the latest in the Transformers franchise, box-office receipts for the format fell £7m to £230m, reducing its share of total ticket sales from 24% to 20%.

The Lion King’s re-release in 3D failed to impress, as did Kung Fu Panda 2, with half its audiences opting to see it in two dimensions. As a result, the average takings per 3D film slumped from £8.5m in 2010, when there were just 28 in the genre, to £4.9m, according to a report by research firm Enders Analysis.

Read the complete article at The Guardian.

Number of Web users in China hits 513 million

The number of Web users in China soared past 500 million last year, a tech-industry group said Monday, capping a period of explosive growth that has elevated Chinese Internet companies and challenged social and political discourse in the communist-controlled state.

Read the complete story at the LA Times

New forms of school violence emerging

New forms of school bullying are emerging as technology develops and society becomes more prosperous. Alerted by shocking school bullying that has driven victims to suicide, the government is updating its view of school violence.

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In recent cases, bullies forced their classmates to subscribe to expensive unlimited access rates and make them share access. They also took humiliating pictures of their victims and distributed them to other students via mobile messengers.

Read the complete story at the Korea Herald

Online Publications Need Better Apps

Rebecca McPheters says online magazines and newspapers need better apps:

Of the 5,000 magazine and newspaper iPad apps we’ve evaluated for McPheters & Co.’s iMonitor service since April 2010, far too many simply do not work well.

In the summer of 2010, about 45% of the apps we evaluated revealed significant malfunctions. That proportion is falling, but not quickly enough: Our analysis shows that about a third of all apps we have evaluated still have at least one serious shortcoming.

Read the complete article at Forbes.

Find out what Percent You Are In

Accompanying an article on the variations of the wealthiest one percent, The New York Times provides this interactive map to see what percent you’re in. Simply enter your household income and see how you compare in metropolitan areas with over 50,000 households.

Read the rest of the entry at Flowing Data

While Drafting SOPA, the U.S. House Harbors BitTorrent Pirates

In recent weeks we discovered BitTorrent pirates at the RIAA, Sony, Fox, Universal and even law-abiding organizations such as the Department of Homeland Security. By now it should be clear that people are using BitTorrent pretty much everywhere, and not only for lawful downloads. Today we can add the U.S. House of Representatives to that list, the place where lawmakers are drafting the much discussed “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA).

YouHaveDownloaded is a treasure trove full of incriminating data on alleged BitTorrent pirates in organizations all across the world.

Unauthorized downloads occur even in the most unexpected of places, from the palace of the French President, via the Church of God, to the RIAA.

Although we don’t plan to go on forever trawling the archives, we felt that there was at least one place that warranted further investigation – the U.S. House of Representatives. Since it’s the birthplace of the pending SOPA bill, we wondered how many of the employees there have engaged in unauthorized copying.

The answer is yet again unambiguous – they pirate a lot.

Read the complete article at Torrent Freak.