Daily Archives: July 25, 2012

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Apple’s Q3 Earnings – Infographic

Apple posted a rare miss Tuesday thanks to a lull in iPhone sales. But as the following infographic shows, the company is doing quite well overall.

Statista crunched the numbers and found plenty for the folks in Cupertino to cheer about, namely overall strong growth in revenues and earnings. But consider also that Apple’s largest cash cow, the iPhone, has only been around five years. Meanwhile, the 2-year-old iPad is becoming another huge profit center for Apple. Not included in the chart, but worth mentioning is that Apple TV has quietly amassed 4 million units in sales over the last fiscal year and is no longer a “hobby” for the company.

If anything, this is a snapshot of a company in transition.

Source: Mashable.com, Statista, Thumbnail image courtesy of iStockphoto, svariophoto

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Comic-Con: Films With The Most Social Buzz – Infographic

Last week’s Comic-Con continues to generate buzz in the entertainment industry (although these days, it has to compete with The Dark Knight Rises). Specifically, let’s take a look at most-discussed films at Comic-Con 2012.

Iron Man 3 reigned victorious, following its presentation late Saturday afternoon — and would Tony Stark have it any other way? Although Robert Downey Jr. entered Hall H like a rockstar, the real showstopper was Sir Ben Kingsley. Exclusive footage confirmed that he will be playing the Mandarin villain in the last installment of the Iron Man trilogy.

Superfans of the comic book were also pleased to hear Shane Black, who takes the helm from John Favreau for this lastest film, tell audiences that Iron Man 3 will go back to Tony Stark’s roots and reveal the mythology of the famous character’s alter ego.

Man of Steel is the latest reboot of the Superman story, from Warner Bros. The studio screened the official trailer exclusively in Comic-Con’s Hall H, but audiences can also catch it in theaters prior to The Dark Knight Rises.

Source: Mashable.com, WaytoBlue

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What Social Networks Know About You – Infographic

A read through most online privacy policies is enough to make your stomach acid curdle. And social media companies have more access to personal data than most.

Some collect information you expressly give them, like your credit card and telephone numbers. Others gather data based on how and where you use their services. This might include anything from device and browser information to location intel. And some of it gets really specific — think about your last search query or ad click. It’s probably all “fair” game.

Depending on the type gathered, social networks use data to enhance location services and target advertising (now you know why that sunglasses website you visited three months ago follows you all over the web). A few social sites even share certain information with marketers and/or third-party partners — in that case, you are responsible for familiarizing yourself with those other companies’ policies as they apply to you and your information.

The infographic below, created for Baynote, explains why your web browsing and online interactions have become much more personalized. Are you comfortable with a highly customized experience, knowing it’s your data that’s making the difference?

Source: Mashable.com, Baynote, Thumbnail image courtesy of Flickr, William Warby / feastoffun.com.

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The Decline Of The Music Industry – Infographic

Music is widely free on the Internet. In seconds, web surfers can access millions of song on YouTube or an unlimited live stream with digital services such as Spotify.

With smartphone apps, free music is even available to-go. So, with free all-you-can-stream services, have people stopped paying for music? The numbers say yes.

By 2016, record stores sales are projected to drop another 77.4%, according to The Wall Street Journal. Local music shops and large national chains will not fare well.

In 2011, digital music sales surged 8% globally, accounting for $5.2 billion in legal downloads. More people may be listening to music, but physical album sales will continue to decline.

Tune in to the infographic created by Total Bankruptcy for more trends in the digital music revolution.

Source: Mashable.com, Total Bankruptcy, Image courtesy of Flickr, Kashirin Nickolai

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The Evolution Of The Car: From Model T To Electric – Infographic

Automobiles have transformed dramatically since the first mass-produced Ford Model T car hit the consumer market about 104 years ago. But the evolution still continues, with gas-guzzling vehicles slowly turning into energy-efficient roadsters.

UK-based company Car Loan 4U has released an infographic highlighting the history of the car and it’s transformation into what we see in vehicles today.

The infographic highlights some of the most fuel-efficient cars in production, from the 2012 Chevrolet Volt to the Ford Focus E (76 miles) and the Renault Fluence Z.E. (115).

It also hints at the industry ahead: “In the near future, electric cars will outperform petrol cars in every area. The only thing that stands in the way of electric cars total domination is us. At current adoption rates, by the year 2030, only 7.1% of the car-driving population of the planet will own an electric car.”

Source: Mashable.com, Tesla, carloan4u