Daily Archives: September 28, 2012


These Are the Tech Job Hot Spots [INFOGRAPHIC]

These Are the Tech Job Hot Spots [INFOGRAPHIC].

Silicon Valley is still the biggest hot spot for tech jobs in the U.S., but a few other areas have almost caught up.

There were 9,874 tech jobs posted online for Silicon Valley between January to August of this year, according to a new report from Bright Labs, a new data resource center from the job search startup Bright. Silicon Alley in New York was close behind with 8,976 tech jobs in the period.

Another big tech hot spot has emerged recently just south of Silicon Valley. The small area between Venice and Santa Monica, Calif., known as Silicon Beach had 7,368 jobs in the first eight months of this year, the third most of any region, as startups flock to the area for cheaper rent.

Bright Labs analyzed millions of job postings from websites like Monster and CareerBuilder as well from individual companies and filtered the results for tech positions as defined by U.S. occupational codes to find out the biggest regions for the tech industry.

Most of the 10 biggest tech hot spots were dominated by the coasts of the United States. Dulles Tech Corridor in Northern Virginia had nearly 8,000 tech jobs posted, making it the third-biggest tech region. Florida’s High Tech Corridor, which is made up of a mix of aerospace, digital media and energy companies, had 7,752 tech jobs posted in the period, making it the fourth biggest.

The bottom line: You don’t need to move to Silicon Valley anymore to be near a hub for tech jobs.

Find out if you live in or near a tech hot spot in the infographic below.

Source: Mashable.com


Are In Person Conversations Richer Compared To Online? – Infographic

It’s no great secret that Facebook is the hottest spot for social gathering since Studio 54. Since its launch in 2004, nearly a billion people have flocked to the site.

Facebook and other social media sites have enjoyed stunning popularity over the past several years. By users own reports, however, many don’t seem to be unlocking the full potential of social media as a tool for both social and professional interaction.

A study of North American adults, conducted by Concept Metrics and sponsored by The Marketing Distillery, found people belong to almost two social networks on average. The same people who are rushing to sign up for these networks said they find “real life” interaction to be richer, yet they are not using social media to facilitate face-to-face meetings.

“All of us Internet users are fast becoming social network users with more than 60% of us belonging to an online social network,” JP Clement, founder and CAO of The Marketing Distillery, tells Mashable. “But that social online behavior is not translating to an increase in social behavior offline.”

Check out the infographic, created by The Marketing Distillery, that summarizes the findings of the Concept Metrics study. Then, interact in the comment section and let us know how you use social media as a tool to enrich your life, both socially and professionally.

Source: Mashable.com, The Marketing Distillery, Concept Metrics


Did You Know? Technology Is Depleting The Earth’s Resources – Infographic

Apple sold a record 5 million iPhones the first weekend the phone was on the market. And unlike in the iPhone’s early days, the latest Apple smartphones are not primarily being purchased by first time owners.

But did you ever stop to think about what happens to all those iPhone 3, 3GS, 4 and 4Ss now deemed out of date? While there are many recycling programs available, most smartphones are not efficiently thrown out.

Apple’s iPhones is far from the only culprit — most every smartphone, hard drive, hybrid car, satellite, MRI machine and GPS, along with dozens of other tech gadgets, are made from Rare Earth Elements.

This infographic, created by Vouchercloud takes a look at this troubling technology trend, which is depleting the planet’s supply of Rare Earth Elements.

Source: Mashable.com, Vouchercloud

Victoria’s Secret PINK Store Opening at Cowboys Stadium | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Victoria’s Secret PINK Store Opening at Cowboys Stadium | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth.

How `bout them undies?

Victoria’s Secret will open a PINK store at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington that will feature the limited-edition PINK NFL Collection, most of which is expected to promote the NFL’s most valuable team.

While the Victoria’s Secret line isn’t new to the NFL, Cowboys, or even the Texas Rangers (who have their own PINK line), the company said it’s the first time they have opened a store inside a professional sports venue.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for Oct. 1, just hours before the Cowboys host the Chicago Bears.  On hand will be Victoria’s Secret models Elsa Hosk and Jessica Hart along with Dallas Cowboys executive vice president of brand management, Charlotte Jones Anderson.  The group will then unveil the line of co-branded women’s items including tees, sweats, hoodies, tank tops, underwear and sports bras.

Ladies, you don’t have to go to the stadium to get your gear however. The limited edition Cowboys Collection items will also be available in Victoria’s Secret stores throughout North Texas and online at victoriassecret.com/pink/dallas-cowboys.

Forbes magazine this month named the Dallas Cowboys the NFL’s most valuable team for the sixth consecutive year, worth more than $2 billion.

Bing Partners With Klout, Marrying Search and Influence

Bing Partners With Klout, Marrying Search and Influence.

bing-kloutMicrosoft and Klout have announced a new partnership between the two companies, which will see Klout’s data get incorporated into the Bing search engine. At the same time, Klout scores will begin to take into account Bing search results and queries.

The exchange of data is part of a long-term “strategic investment” that Microsoft is investing in Klout. In a Bing blog post, Microsoft says the sharing of data between the two companies is just the beginning of the relationship. The exact terms of the deal were not disclosed.

SEE ALSO: Your Klout Score Just Changed. Here’s WhyBing already incorporates social results into its search — mainly data from Facebook, Quora, Foursquare and others. Now when you search for someone on Bing (and you have social search turned on), you’ll also see that person’s Klout score. On the Klout side, scores will take into account how often people search for that name and presumably which links are clicked on (in the case of people with the same name).

Also, experts who appear in Bing’s “People Who Know” section of the sidebar will be recognized on Klout. The changes to Klout will come in the next few months, while Klout’s data will begin appearing in Bing immediately, Microsoft says.

How do you like that Klout will be incorporating Bing’s data, and vice versa? Share your impressions in the comments.

Source: Mashable.com

The rise of mobile money is driven by the poor [Infographic]

The rise of mobile money is driven by the poor [Infographic].

As Google, Apple, Paypal, Mastercard and the entire banking community fights over mobile money, we decided to look to the power users to find out what the near future of monetary exchange might look like. The World Bank’s treasure trove of open data on mobile banking is a well stocked pantry for the data hungry. Welcome to our first data snack and enjoy the graph we created below.

Percentage of Population Using Mobile Money
Separated by Income Levels

Goodsmith Mobile Money Driven by Poor 520x520 The rise of mobile money is driven by the poor [Infographic]

We looked at the top ten countries in percent of population having used their phones to send and receive money. Turns out, even in countries with the highest use – countries that are all among the world’s poorest) – it remains the poor within those countries who use mobile financial services more frequently. In each of the ten countries, the poor used mobile banking more than the rich.. A higher percentage of the bottom 40% in income were users compared with the top 60%.

The low income surprise

Kenya leads the world in mobile banking due to the trifecta of infrastructure (mmm sub sea fibre optics), government support, and the community banking paradigm exploded by Safaricom’s M-Pesa. In fact, as you can glean from our infographic, over 70% of the population using their cell phones to do some banking.

From the image above, we see that the lighter ribbons – referring to the low-income users – are larger for both those that receive mobile money with their phones (green) and, interestingly, those that send (red) as well. The trend is similar for each of these countries which lead the world in mobile money use.

Particularly striking differences occur in Somalia and Swaziland, where relatively few of the wealthy use mobile money compared with the poor.

Revolving around the Mobile Revolution

We decided to use the circular layout – leveraging Krzywinski et al’s beautiful genomics-oriented Circos – to capture the high data density while letting the reader easily explore the graph themselves. For example, Algeria’s (DZA) thin dark red ribbon shows that few of the wealthy send money, but nearly three times as many of the rich in the North African country (dark green) have received funds with their phone.

The overbanked?

There’s a number of questions suggested by this take and we look forward to exploring the data further. Why aren’t the wealthier using mobile money? Perhaps it’s because there’s a transaction value above which mobile doesn’t make sense. Or, perhaps they have more access to ‘traditional’ banking methods and haven’t felt the need to switch, or are able to pay for advantages that outweigh any conveniences of mobile.

We’re looking forward to looking deeper into these questions and anticipating and facilitating the growth of mobile money. The data is available for an additional 50 countries, and we only look at a small fraction of the results here. As mobile money alters international economics, it might be that us plastic credit card and paper money users are… overbanked?

Thumbnail image credit: AFP / Getty Images

Source: The Next Web

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