If you’ve been paying attention to the financial section of today’s superhero news, you will have already noted the high cost of being Batman: $682 million. That’s according to one estimate of the comic book character’s costs by by British online financial marketplace MoneySupermarket.com.
Big whoop, says Tony Stark.
The cost of being Iron Man, from the tip of his gold-titanium exoskeleton to the last drop of fuel in his Audi R8, adds up to more than $1.6 billion, according to one estimate by — you guessed it — MoneySupermarket.com.
We’re a little more confident in this estimate, however. Whereas the Batman study cited only “our research,” this one lists a range of sites with expertise in movie, comics and cars.
Or maybe it’s just that Marvel (another source) likes to exaggerate in its pages more than DC Comics does. Whichever it is, we’re hooked on the format, and can’t wait to see the infographic on the high cost of being Superman.
Source: Mashable.com, moneysupermarket.com
In most sports, the big money is in the personal contracts. But there is still a lot of prize money to be had for the victors in tournaments and other official events. Even the losers can walk away with millions. We’ve broken down the payments for the ten highest paying sporting events, based on a list compiled by Forbes.
July 30, 2012 in Business, Infographic, International Soccer, Soccer, Sport
Tagged Athletes, Biggest Payout, Global Sports, money, Salary, Soccer, sport, Sporting Events
We all know the pen is mightier than the sword, but for 21st-century storytellers, the voice could be the one tool to rule them all. With speech-recognition software such as Siri and Dragon Naturally Speaking becoming more widely available to users, it’s time to ask yourself: How can I improve my workflow with dictation tools?
A new infographic from Carissa Newark of accountingdegree.net lays out just how much faster you can get work done with these tools, which can process information three times faster when compared to average-speed typing. It’s a great advantage for writers, especially those of us who may never type as fast as record holder Sean Wrona, who recently clocked a key-smacking velocity of 256 wpm at the Ultimate Typing Championship.
For now, dictation tools top out at a speed that’s about as fast as most of us can talk, but imagine if these tools could actually keep up with some of the world’s greatest speed-speakers? Guinness World record holder Steve Woodmore would need just over three hours to complete a 120,000 word novel using dictation tools that could keep up with him and his 637 wpm speed, or just over 10 words per second. We lowly plebes here at Mashable are probably closer to the average speaker at two words per second.
Source: Mashable.com, accountingdegree.net
July 29, 2012 in Fast, Infographic, Life, People, Technology
Tagged Dictation Tools, Software, Speech-Recognition, Time Saving, Typing, Workflow, Writers
Gadgets continue to shrink in size and adapt to free up our hands, making it more convenient than ever for users to multitask.
Taking it a step further, techie fashionistas are beginning to embrace a new wave of wearable gadgets — from the Pebble watch to Google’s sci-fi glasses. It seems like the spyware we used to see in the movies is actually coming to life.
This infographic, provided by Visual.ly and VoucherCodes.co.uk, takes a look at the most up-and-coming wearable technology. Some of these products have already hit the market, and others are projected to in the near future.
Source: Mashable.com, Visual.ly, VoucherCodes.co.uk
With the possible exception of Tony Stark, Batman is probably one of the more wealthier superheroes in comic book world. With Wayne Manor costing $600,000,000 alone, along with the insurmountable costs of being the masked crusader, the costs are going to be huge.
Of course, this opportunity has been given to Bruce by being born into the Wayne family, reaping all the fortunes of Wayne Enterprises. But the question still stands: how much does it cost to be Batman? Money Supermarket has been looking into it. Take a look for yourself.
Source: New Rising Media, Money Supermarket
Do you use your smartphone to listen to political talk radio? Then you’re more likely to be a liberal than a conservative, according to a new study.
Internet radio smartphone app Stitcher sampled 5 million hours during a six-week period to determine the political leanings of its users, 70% of whom consume news and politics content. It found that users tuning into political content are much more likely to be listening to liberal commentators — especially if they’re using an iPhone. About 62% of iPhone listeners and 55% of Android users favored Liberal content.
The study also found that people streaming radio with their mobile device are twice as likely as terrestial radio users to listen to international content, which makes sense, as there aren’t many FM or AM stations relaying broadcasts from overseas. Android owners are the most global of online radio listeners, tuning in to international news 25% of the time they’re listening to streaming content.
The state from where a listener is tuning in can also predict the content to which they’re listening: Users in Obama-leaning states are more likely to listen to stories about the Supreme Court upholding Obamacare and unemployment, while users in Romney-leaning states are choosing news about immigration reform and Julian Assange.
Source: Mashable.com, Thumbnail image courtesy of iStockphoto, dja65, Stitcher
July 28, 2012 in Infographic, Life, Lifestyle, People, Politics, Technology
Tagged Conservatives, iPhone, Liberal, Politics, Smartphone, Talk Radio