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Internet Users Now Spending an Average of 13 Hours a Week Online.

December 27, 2009 By: George Category: Digital World, Trends No Comments →

A new Harris Poll finds that adult Internet users in the USA are now spending an average of 13 hours a week online.  Of course, people’s usage varies greatly; one in five (20%) of adult Internet users are online for only two hours or less a week while one in seven (14%) are spending 24 or more hours a week online.

Over the years the average hours spent online have increased from 7 hours in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002, to between 8 and 9 hours in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006.  In 2007, it increased to 11 hours.  Last year (in October after the financial crisis broke and before the presidential election) Internet users were online for 14 hours a week, double what it was from 1999 to 2002.

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The 50 Best Inventions of 2009.

December 12, 2009 By: George Category: Innovation, Trends No Comments →

From a rocket of the future to a $10 million light bulb, here are TIME’s picks for the best new gadgets and breakthrough ideas of the year.

How Much Information?

December 10, 2009 By: George Category: Digital World, Trends No Comments →

U.S. households consumed approximately 3.6 zettabytes of information in 2008, according to the How Much Information? 2009 Report on American Consumers (PDF) released yesterday by the University of California, San Diego.

In 2008, Americans consumed information for about 1.3 trillion hours, an average of almost 12 hours per day. Consumption totaled 3.6 zettabytes and 10,845 trillion words, corresponding to 100,500 words and 34 gigabytes for an average person on an average day. A zettabyte is 10 to the 21st power bytes, a million million gigabytes. These estimates are from an analysis of more than 20 different sources of information, from very old (newspapers and books) to very new (portable computer games, satellite radio, and Internet video). Information at work is not included.

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Greenhouse Gas Policy In Various Countries.

December 03, 2009 By: George Category: Climate, Trends No Comments →

A comparative study of greenhouse gas control policies in several large industrial nations was presented in a report (pdf) from the U.S. Congressional Research Service.

“All of the countries examined have in place, or are developing, some enforceable policies that serve to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” the CRS found.  “Most are at some stage of making their programs more stringent.”  See “An Overview of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Control Policies in Various Countries,”

The Top 10 Mobile Applications of 2012, Identified by Gartner.

November 24, 2009 By: George Category: Digital World, Trends No Comments →

Research firm Gartner has just put out a list of the top ten mobile applications of the future. For many of the categories on this list, there are a number of mobile apps that are already available today. But what Gartner makes clear is that we’re just getting started when it comes to their use.

White House Goes Open Source.

October 26, 2009 By: George Category: Digital World, Trends No Comments →

The White House Web team decided to go with open source software for www.whitehouse.gov 

“We now have a technology platform to get more and more voices on the site,” announced White House new media director Macon Phillips to the Associated Press. “This is state-of-the-art technology and the government is a participant in it.”White House officials described the change as similar to rebuilding the foundation of a building without changing the street-level appearance of the facade. It was expected to make the White House site more secure — and the same could be true for other administration sites in the future.

While there’s not much difference on the surface, the White House’s content management system has moved to the open source Drupal platform. Moving to Drupal will allow the White House site to take advantage not only of Drupal’s core content management capabilities, but also the hundreds of modules that provide additional functionality. Not to mention that all of the code provided by the Drupal community is free.

LinkedIn: 50 million professionals worldwide.

October 15, 2009 By: George Category: Digital World, Trends No Comments →

As of yesterday, LinkedIn has 50 million users worldwide and they are growing that figure at roughly one new member per second.  When LinkedIn launched in 2003, it took 477 days — almost a year and four months — to reach the first million members. This last million took only 12 days.

Where are these 50 million users? LinkedIn has been global since inception — about half of the total membership is international.  There are now 11 million users in Europe alone. India is currently the fastest-growing country with almost 3 million users, while the Netherlands has the highest rate of adoption per capita outside the U.S., at 30%.

Around the globe, people turn to LinkedIn to create and manage their professional identities online. They reconnect with former colleagues and develop new relationships, enabling them to create and collaborate with a network of trusted individuals. Every day professionals use LinkedIn to define themselves —and their businesses — to the world.