Bangalore: Internet has grown into another world where everything is as easy as clicking few buttons or just gliding tip of your finger on smooth screens- be it calls, messages, social connections, information, movies, music, millions of apps, or shopping. From down to dusk you use it and thank your good fortunes that it is available, but do you really know the internet at the end of the day? How big the Internet is? Who’s building the biggest data center and what people use the mobile Internet for? Read on to know the 10 such facts about how internet actually works as compiled by Business Insider.
10. Internet is growing at unimaginable rate every year
As per some experts internet is growing by an exabyte of data every day. An exabyte is equal to 1 048 576 terabytes. After exabyte comes the zettabyte which equals 1000 exabytes; and in 2011 no single data center could hold a zettabyte of information. As Cisco predicts, by 2016 the data centers will be sending 1.3 zettabytes over internet every year. That’s the equivalent of sending all movies ever made across the Internet every 3 minutes.
9. U.S spies to build the world’s biggest data center
The National Security Agency (NSA) is a cryptologic intelligence agency of the United States Department of Defense responsible for the collection and analysis of foreign communications and foreign signals intelligence, as well as protecting U.S. government communications and information systems, which involves information security and cryptanalysis/cryptography. NSA is said to be building a $2 billion data center in Utah that will be the world’s first to store a store a yottabyte of data, reports Wired. A yottabyte equals 1000 zettabytes.
8. Apple says its data center is greenest of them all
To power Apple’s data center, the iCloud, the Cupertino tech giant has been building its on power station at Maiden, North Carolina. It was also an answer by Apple to Greenpeace who accused the company of being a big polluter.
Apple said that they are building their own facilities that will provide over 60 percent of the clean power the company needs. The company also added that they are building what will be the nation’s largest private solar arrays and the largest non-utility fuel cell installation operating anywhere in the country.
7. A good chunk of the Internet is all about Facebook
Facebook, the largest social networking site in the world in September hit a billion users mark that means it is a good chunk of the Internet.
Facebook accounted for 1 out of every 5 pageviews on the Internet worldwide, as of early 2012, according to researchers at Hitwise. The site stores 220 billion photos, and since launching features to support music apps like Spotify in September 2011, 62.6 million songs have been played 22 billion times—that’s about 210,000 years of music.
6. People use the mobile Internet to stay healthy
Accessing net on the Smartphone is hugely popular in recent times. These smart devices have became ubiquitous hence internet is made available 24 by 7. Besides obvious tasks like phone calls, texts, and Web surfing, one of the most popular things to do with a phone is to track one’s health. According to Pew Research Center, provides information on issues, attitudes and trends shaping the United States and the world, about 52 percent of Smartphone owners gather health information on their phones and almost 20 percent use their phones for health apps, particularly diet and fitness apps.
5. People use the mobile Internet to bank and buy stuff
Other than health tracking the internet is used by 33 percent of Americans on theirSmartphones for mobile banking and 27 percent uses it to shop. Some 25 percent make online payments. And 7 percent purchased goods from an auction site, according to research by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and antivirus vendor McAfee.
4. Half of Americans watch TV over the Internet
With networks offering 3G and 4G data speeds and Smartphones being robust with technology, over half of Americans have watched TV streamed from the Internet. This has already become a favorite way to watch for people under the age of 35 versus live TV, finds research Harris Interactive.
3. Internet can save you over $8,000 a year
Having access to a high-speed broadband Internet account can save a family about $8,400 a year, says the Internet Innovation Alliance. With so much of the online shopping happening, people can save this money by using the Internet for daily deals and to comparison shop. They also save the most money on entertainment and dining out but they also save on travel and everyday necessities like food and clothes. The Cyber Monday gig in U.S. can be a best example for saving money upon shopping online.
2. But “high-speed” is a relative term
The average worldwide download speed is 580 kilobits per second; Pando Networks found when looking at 27 million downloads by 20 million computers in 224 countries in a study conducted last year. When it comes to U.S., it’s slightly faster than that, with an average speed of 616 kilobits per second, or Kbps. South Korea has the fastest Internet, with an average speed of 2,202 Kbps and the eastern European nations of Romania (1,909 Kbps) and Bulgaria (1,611 Kbps) landed in second and third place.
1. Too much Internet is bad for you
Sure internet is the zing thing and beingonline may makes you feel connected. But according to the researchers at Sweden’s University of Gothenburg people who spend a lot of time online tend to be stressed out and depressed and that time spent on the computer and mobile Internet made people feel like they could never relax and disconnect.
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Apple is planning about 500,000 square feet of data center space in a single building. That would place it among the largest data centers in the world.
Apple is building a new data center facility in North Carolina. Nobody knows what is it for, but according to Data Center Knowledge editor Rich Miller, it will be one of the largest in the world.
Let’s put things in perpective: Apple’s current data center in Newark is a little over 100,000 square feet, while most data centers around the world don’t pass the 200,000 square feet mark. The new one, located near one of Google’s large facilities in Maiden, NC, will be a colossal 500,000 square feet. That’s a lot of computing nodes, and massive storage space.
The big question here is: Why? Is this designed to accomodate the iPhone family growth? Or is there a secret product and service plan that will require this gargantuan power and storage? New expanded content for new devices? Books? It can’t be only that.
Your guess are as good as Miller, myself, or anyone else’s, like with everything about Apple. Tell us your ideas in the comments.
Here is mine: According to the note I got in this bag of Cheetos, Apple is building a massive neural network to hold a duplicate of Steve Jobs’ brain, so he can run the company for ever and ever. Just don’t tell it to Jim Goldman. [Cult of Mac]
Sources — Cult Of Mac
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REUTERS – Apple Inc has started testing a new iPhone and the next version of its iOS software, news website The Next Web reported.
Apple shares were up 2.6 percent at $546.06 in premarket trading. The stock closed at $532.17 on the Nasdaq on Monday.
Application developers have found in their app usage logs references to a new iPhone identifier, iPhone 6.1, running iOS 7 operating system, the website reported. (r.reuters.com/fyd94t)
Apple’s iPhone 5 bears the identifiers “iPhone 5.1” and “iPhone 5.2” and is powered by iOS 6 operating system.
Developer logs show that the app requests originate from an internet address on Apple’s Cupertino campus, suggesting that Apple engineers are testing compatibility for some of the popular apps, the website said.
“Although OS and device data can be faked, the unique IP footprint leading back to Apple’s Cupertino campus leads us to believe this is not one of those attempts,” the website said.
Apple launched iPhone 5 in September and it has been reported that the new iPhone will be released in the middle of 2013.
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Apple products are famous for three things: absolute technology, feverish launches, and frenzy queues outside Apple stores irrespective of the world boundaries. But considering the fact that Apple’s censorship stance, restrictive policies and abuse of offshore labor, not going very well with the consumers, we couldn’t help but hate “Apple”. Read on to know the 10 reasons to hate Apple products as compiled by AskMen.
10. Apple’s Products Cost A Titanic
If Apple’s bête-noires are considered, especially Android and Microsoft, they work hand in hands with their OEM partners and the mutual competition between OEMs like Sony, Samsung, Nokia and Dell ensures that customers get to play their choices- be with price tags or specifications of the devices. Apple on the contrary aims at top notch technology market and doesn’t care a dust to bring budget priced models. So if you want to lay your hands on Apple products and want to bargain over prices, then Apple is not for you.
9. No Naughty Software Allowed
Even if you put aside Apple’s hard-line stance on porn, you get other reasons to hate it, especially for clipping your wings when it comes to Apple’s mobile devices. You are not allowed to use software of questionable legality like versions of classic video games; video downloads from torrents or any other software with dark shade. While such softwares are allowed on Apple Macs and laptops, they are outcasts when it comes to the mobile devices.
8. Siri’s Discrimination
Siri, the virtual assistant for wide variety of voice guided searches and responses, doesn’t deliver the same credible assistant once the boundaries are crossed or we can say when it gets tested with not so familiar landscape like India or Australia. So if you are not in U.S. Siri won’t remember even your favorite joint right around the corner and there’s problem in recognizing accents too. For all that Apple device costs and the extra money the non U.S. consumers put in, yet Siri will treat you differently.
7. Breaking Up With Apple, Your Money Will Be In Drain
If you want to break up with Apple then it’s not that easy to go on different ways. With your stint with Apple you have had put a lot of your money in purchasing significant amount of music, videos and software on Apple devices, breaking up means your money is flushed down the drain.
6. Transferring Files To iDevices Is Painful
If you are in mood to grab some videos and music on your iPad or iPhone quickly for an outing decided on spur of the moment, you better be not in haste; it’s not as easy as plug a USB, drag and drop the content from a computer. Apple makes sure that you jump through hoops before getting anything on your iPad or iPhone. The music files and videos had to be converted to compatible formats before they can be accepted by Apple mobile devices. In other cases you may have to buy flexible video player apps through iTunes. So Apple makes it very difficult for non-iTunes content to get into your device.
5. Apple Refuses To Give You The Keys
If you are a curious Tom who wants to have a peek at what’s in Apple devices, well your curiosity will not be quenched at all. The Macs, iPhones and iPads are all sealed up tightly, and deny any advances to explore them without actually causing harm. And even if you are not curious, just wanted to get a loose screw tightened, or replace a battery, you have to take it to licensed Apple repairer and pull some cash out of your wallet; it’s the norm with both major and minor hackles with Apple products.
More Recently Android is making Apple to run for bucks. Android is getting omniscient, thanks for its host of advantages: it is flexible with software and file transfer, it is cheaper and offers’ performance you won’t feel sorry for not having an Apple, and it makes you forget Siri too as its voice control is integrated across everything, including launching apps and directing you in the car.
3. Apple Refuses To Support Flash
Apple takes rivalry to extremes and its refusal to support flash could be the good example. Taking from the leaf of Apple’s book of moments, the refusal to support flash which was a standard for majority of websites is the apt answer by Steve Job to Adobe’s refusal to create its popular software for the early Macs, and Apple, at that time Apple was struggling with poor market share. The tables are turned and Apple now wears the crown in electronics consumer market, and also led to adopt HTML5 as the new standard for various websites.
2. Chinese Sweatshops
The reports about Foxconn, which manufactures Apple devices, exposed inhuman conditions which the employees are subjected to. There were reports that many employees jumped to death from the heights of manufacturing unit that the factory is now placed nets at the base of the buildings.
The other companies like Samsung, Sony and Nintendo use the same Foxconn factories as Apple does, but having the status as the first among peers, Apple should have had taken some initiation to act on labor issues.
1. Apple’s Censorship
Something which the company opposed so vehemently in its starting years, it’s sad to see Apple increasingly becoming the “Big Brother” figure itself.
The early TV ads depicted Apple as the rebel, throwing a sledgehammer into Orwellian Big Brother figure. The Apple followed up this vigor with its “Think Different” campaign which celebrated the history’s greatest rebels and creative thinkers. The company had been successful on the premise of supporting creativity, rebelliousness and artistry till now. But the concerns are mounting up with company’s increased stand in trying to play a Big Brother.
Apple has come up with a staunch refusal to allow pornography to be distributed via any of its channels. It’s the most famous instance of censorship that the company wrought on the Apple consumers. And recently a science magazine was banned from Apple devices for a story about male reproductive organ myth. In contrast Apple has no issue with female-sex-tip-filled magazines.
Apple has then gone a step forward; it filed a patent which would disable your iPhone’s ability to record video while you’re attending a music concert. Think what wreak it can cause if the same technology gets adopted by the government that can quill any voice, photo, or footage of some political unrest. Apple’s censorship is more of oppression now.
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