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How Would U.S. Government Shutdown Impact Tech?

Megan Hughes updates the latest news on the Senate vote fund the government. She speaks on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg)

How To Combat The Growing Threat Of Cyberattacks

Cyber security expert Richard Wang discusses the growing threat of cyberattacks with Adam Johnson, Sara Eisen and Cory Johnson on Bloomberg Television’s “Street Smart.” Fusion IQ’s Barry Ritholtz also speaks. (Source: Bloomberg)

China’s Online Population Rises By 51 Million in 2012

China’s Online Population Rises by 51 Million in 2012.

China has added 51 million new internet users in the last year, the Associated Press reports citing data from the China Internet Network Information Center.Compared to 2011, China’s internet user population rose 10 percent, bringing the total number to 564 million. That’s more than the entire population of Russia and the U.S. combined. Continue reading

Business: Chinese Investment In North America – Infographic

Amid the global economic slowdown, 2012 has shaped up to be a healthy year for Chinese investment abroad. But not everyone is welcoming Chinese investment. In North America, state-owned enterprises (SOE), national security, market access reciprocity, and regulatory transparency are all issues to have plagued Chinese deals in recent times. But given China’s investment interest in the region, relative to other countries, are these concerns justified? As a virtual data room provider used to facilitate financial transactions, Firmex takes a great interest in deals and trends in the M&A space. Their latest Infographic takes a closer look at China’s investment abroad, and where they really rank in the North American market. And you might be surprised by the findings.

Source: Firmex, Visual.ly

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What Kind Of People Use Smartphones – Infographic

An infographic by the team at CouponAudit

This infographic shows how devoted smartphone users are, and what attitudes and characteristics do these people posses.  In the survey made, 65% of iPhone users can’t live without their phones, 40% would give up coffee instead of iPhone use, 18% can stop bathing every day before they give up their iPhones and 15% would rather give up sex and cannot live a weekend without their iPhones. There are lots of applications offered in smartphones and most of these keep boredom away and make a person occupied.  According to Nielsen study who examines the application downloads, the highest percentage that gets most of the downloads is the Games category which is 64%, weather is next which got 60%, social networking has 56%, useful Maps /search has 51%, Music is next with 44%, News has 39%, Entertainment has 34%, Finance has 32% which most business people would choose, Movies and shopping has 24%.  This study was made in 2011 Q2 and examined application usage for individuals who had downloaded an application during a 30-day period.

Users would usually spend their time playing games on their smartphones and this is one of the reasons that they have downloaded this the most.  There was recorded average time spent by hours per month on different smartphone devices.  For Apple iPhone 14.7 hours, Android has 9.3 hours, Windows Phone 7 is up to 4.7 hours and Rim Blackberry has approximately 4.5 hours.  Since smartphones are usually expensive, cell phone owners with a household income of $75, 000 or more are 3-4 times more likely to own a Blackberry or iPhone than those in the lower income brackets.

Smartphones can be used in many ways and this infographic shows how users maximize the use of their iPhone in a social setting.  One of the studies reveals that 58% of users occasionally or usually do this and 25% of users almost use this but 17% rarely or never use this option.  Smartphones also encourage streamlining to their users and once they get an iPhone, many of them will usually get rid of their other devices, 70% of iPod and mp3 players were being unused, 55% of cameras will be replaced by hi-resolution cameras of iPhone and 40% of GPS will be replaced by using iPhone Maps.  News and sports are categories that can also be very useful to iPhone users.  During the first 2 days of NCAA 2012 basketball tournament, a very overwhelming percentage of 83% was recorded as consumption of smartphone sports download.  During the tournament, 20% of sports traffic was from smartphones and tablets.  This infographic shows how different types of smartphones were used and chosen by different types of personalities.  According to one study, iPhone users claim themselves as slightly more optimistic and easy going than Android users do.  Apple has a higher percentage compare to Android users.  Apple users see Apple phones to be more useful in the future and is considered advance in technology that is why there are 52% users compare to 28% in Android users.  25% of them don’t get upset easily with the Apple compared to 18% in Android, but both seem to be more user-friendly and optimistic than BlackBerry owners.

This infographic also illustrates what was early cell phone users used to like.  Motorola was introduced as the first mobile phone in the market in 1983 and it only cost $3,995 and it was considered strong to have a 2 pounds weight and was the size of a brick.  Most smartphone owners lived in more crowded places, for Android, 15% from urban area, 16% from suburban and only 10% from rural areas.  iPhone has lesser percentage compare to Android users which is 12% from urban areas, 10% from suburban and only 5% from rural areas.  BlackBerry has 11% from urban, 10% from suburban and 7% from rural areas which is slightly higher than iPhone users.

There was also a study that shows how smartphones are actually useful for education.  According to a StudyBlue survey of customers, those who use their mobile devices to help them study are almost 3 times more likely to track their academic progress given the applications available, study 40 more minutes each week because they can bring their smartphones along with them anywhere they go and they would likely study during daytime around 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. Smartphones can be purchased at affordable prices from stores like: dinodirect.com, Qvc etc.

What Obama Can Learn From German Solar Success And Failure

What Obama Can Learn From German Solar Success and Failure.

This is a featured article from PolicyMic, the fastest growing news site for millennials. PolicyMic provides high-quality, relevant and engaging news and analysis that promotes thoughtful conversation among millennials. Joseph Doolan is a political writer for PolicyMic. Follow @PolicyMic on Twitter.

In light of Barack Obama’s huge win and Democratic gains in the Senate, the future of American solar industry looks bright. In a campaign that only included whispers of green industry innovation, Obama’s acceptance speech included a mention of climate change.

The American media is also suddenly comfortable to acknowledge climate change thanks to superstorm Sandy. It seems that the national media cannot ignore a storm of this caliber flooding their own backyard.

So, where does the U.S. look to for an example of a successful solar industry? China has been very successful at flooding the solar panel market with the help of illegal subsidization practices, and, of course, cheap labor. This is not a viable option here, and China’s success has made it very difficult for American and German clean tech companies to get off the ground.

In a cold and cloudy country thousands of miles from the equator, Germany has launched the most successful solar panel industry in the West. With the help of years of subsidization, Germany has astonishingly become the world leader in solar energy production.

Berlin took off the training wheels earlier this year. Though results have been mixed and spun by conflicting interests, the panel industry is alive and well, and production is extremely high.

On May 25, Germany got one-third of all of its electricity from solar, for that day. While this was monumental, it was only the beginning of the good news. In the first nine months of 2012, solar power production is up 50% over the same period last year.

Astonishingly, the Germans are ambivalent over whether or not to phase out their “Feed-In Tariff” policy, wherein private citizens can actually make money with their solar power production by feeding it back into the power grid. This appears to be in response to the efforts of the great career contrarian Bjorn Lomborg.

Thanks to the German naysayers and Chinese market dominance, a wave of consolidation is sweeping across Germany’s “solar valley” in Bitterfeld. The solar panel industry is suffering. But a new manufacturing method, referred to as “oven technology,” is set to level the playing field by using fewer raw material.

The German solar industry is a model for those of us in sunnier climes. If they can have success in producing new records for solar power production every year, just imagine what the southern U.S could do. If the federal government follows California’s lead in funding innovation and subsidizing the still fledgling industry, we could abandon the damaging practices of fossil fuel extraction plaguing the countryside.

Instead of swapping one polluting industry (coal mining) for another (gas fracking) we could harness sustainable energy. We could simply take the $46 billion in fossil fuel subsidies that President Obama is promising to get rid of and put them into this domestic industry.

Image courtesy of Flickr, Pure3d

Source: Mashable.com

 

Understanding The Fiscal Cliff – Infographic

Millionaire Corner surveys investors to obtain insights into their financial needs and preferences. Research is conducted in partnership with Spectrem Group, the premier market research and consulting firm in the wealth and retirement industries. This educational infographic explains the “Fiscal Cliff,” and offers possible solutions.

Source: Millionaires CornerVisual.ly,

Number Of Female Senators Tripled Over The Past 20 Years – Infographic

The year 1992 was known as “the year of the woman” because so many female senators were elected to Congress. How many women won seats that year? Only 7. Crazy, right?

Sure, we could get bummed out that there aren’t 51 female senators out of 100 to accurately reflect the population of the United States (can you imagine? There would probably, at the very least, be fewer arguments on the Senate floor about birth control). But we’d be missing the point — we’ve come a very long way in a relatively short time.

Check out more stats on women in Congress in this awesome infographic from Nerdwallet:

Source: Mashable.com

Mobile Is Transforming Political Engagement – Infographic

There’s no denying that we’re a much more mobile nation than we were four years ago. That switch to mobile is affecting not only how we communicate with each other, but also how we engage politically.

As of late September, a reported 88% of registered voters had a cell phone of some kind, with 53% of those voters toting around smartphones. For this year’s election, one in 10 voters made a political contribution via text message or a mobile app, and 37% of voters used their mobile phone for political information and discussion with others.

Payvia, a company that powered political contributions for the Obama and Romney campaigns, created this infographic breaking down some of the numbers from this year, and making some predictions on what we can expect with the 2016 election.

Take a look at their findings below, then give us your thoughts in the comments — how do you think mobile will have evolved by the 2016 election?

Source: Mashable.com

Why The Republican Party Failed- Again!

The 2012 Elections are over and the winner is, again, Barack Obama. For the GOP the result is a disaster. Lots of money has been spent and lots of leverage with big business and SuperPacs went out of the window. What are the major reasons for the Republican failure?

While an easy answer is to blame the Republican candidate, this strategy would be dangerous for the GOP. The reasons are, in my opinion, much deeper. Over the past 10 years the party overdid the conservative approach and drifted too far to the right in a time when the entire world is opening up and becomes a smaller place. 15 years ago international news and news in general didn’t flow as it does these days. It was much easier to plant a toilet parole and see it taking on its own dynamics. Like in this case, blaming President Obama for the current mess and telling the world that rape can’t cause pregnancy doesn’t fly anymore. The results of this election clearly confirm this. There is too much information for everyone available that will flush such false and ridiculous arguments off the table.  It is also a time when in other western countries gays are sitting in high government roles and the GOP argues with “biblical means” against gay rights, women rights and other major human rights. The hard core right wingers still offer solutions from the mid ages. This is really not the 1600’s anymore.

Right wingers such as Donald Trump, Rush Limbaugh, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Fox News and others hijacked the party to promote a completely out of date and sometimes a full of hate and disrespectful program. The outcome is that young voters, women, minorities, gays and Americans with a much more open and educated mind, and that number is growing as well, turn their back towards the GOP.  If this continues, the party will not have a chance to ever again win any election.

The party has a close relationship with big business and supports a pro business approach. While this is a chance and a solid foundation for the party, it is not something that is a given forever. For over two years big business has spent a lot of money and backed the party. Now, after the election, they too will analyze what happened and will no longer hold off on measures that would improve their growth. Besides, no major industry can afford to back outdated programs as mentioned above and risk to end up in the public firing line. Ask big business if they would back “rape can’t cause pregnancy” and other nonsense. The banks, with their well earned bad reputation, can tell you a story about that. Other businesses and industries will not take that risk much longer.

As far as the future goes, the GOP will be well advised to separate itself from the far right wing including the Tea Party and adapt a more open minded approach towards the world around them and the American people.  The mid age approach is death and sticking to it will make the GOP bleed out. Change is mandatory.

2012 Election: Who Owns Who – Infographic

President Barack Obama raised far more money via direct contributions, but Governor Mitt Romney’s campaign edged ahead via “outside spending” – including Super PACS largely enabled by the Citizens’ United Supreme Court decision which now allows corporations, unions and issue advocacy organizations unlimited campaign spending.

Source: Visual.ly

Obama vs. Romney: Dialing For Dollars And Votes – Infographic

During this year’s U.S. election, candidates channeled the power of apps and text messaging to appeal to voters, promote their party platform and fundraise.

CallerSmart analyzed how much telephones — smartphones, texts and anonymous phone banks — are bringing democracy to a digital environment. As it turns out, President Barack Obama or Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney could thank cellphones for being elected on Nov. 6.

SEE ALSO: How Are Apps Shaping the 2012 Election? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Obama and Romney developed personalized mobile apps to tap into a more connected constituency. The president’s app was more popular on Androids, while Romney’s was downloaded more on iPhones. What’s more, this year’s presidential election is the first to allow donations via text message.

For more on the use of mobile in the 2012 election, check out the infographic below:

Source: Mashable.com

Picture Of The Day: #Mittens180 In Full Action – Mitt Romney’s Love Relationship With Sandy

Source: statigr.am via Vitus on Pinterest

Courtesy: Igboogie

A Big Storm Requires Big Government

A Big Storm Requires Big Government – NYTimes.com.

…Disaster coordination is one of the most vital functions of “big government,” which is why Mitt Romney wants to eliminate it. At a Republican primary debate last year, Mr. Romney was asked whether emergency management was a function that should be returned to the states. He not only agreed, he went further.

“Absolutely,” he said. “Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that’s the right direction. And if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that’s even better.” Mr. Romney not only believes that states acting independently can handle the response to a vast East Coast storm better than Washington, but that profit-making companies can do an even better job. He said it was “immoral” for the federal government to do all these things if it means increasing the debt.

From CNN on 10/30/2012:

— Obama declared a state of emergency in Virginia late Monday, ordering federal assistance on top of state and local efforts. Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell had asked for a federal emergency declaration, which would free up funding. By the way, McDonnell is not the only Republican Governor asking for federal help. Ask Chris Christie in New Jersey.

After Mr. Romney’s 2011 remarks recirculated on Monday, his nervous campaign announced that he does not want to abolish FEMA, though he still believes states should be in charge of emergency management. Those in Hurricane Sandy’s path are fortunate that, for now, that ideology has not replaced sound policy.

–Mittens180 at his best again–

Living in NYC, I am wondering how the state of New York should master all the burdens of “Sandy”. And if the state would have to, how would turn this out for the people.

In a week the hammer comes down and we go to elect the President for the next 4 years. Sometimes, when you are not sure on how to vote, life sends you a message.

Over the past 18 month Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have put their ideas on the table. They have explained how the country needs to save money on the expense of those that depend on the government and have made 180 turns when it comes to stand for it in public.  As “Sandy” clearly shows, those that are depending on the government are not only the poor. When it comes down to it, 90% of us are depending on government support, one way or the other. It is easy to deny the fact when the sun is shining and no emergency is visible, but when the emergency occurs, we all ask for it, Republican or Democrat. Don’t be fooled by Romney and Ryan (I am not saying Republicans), both of them are out there to take personal advantage on the expense of all of us.