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10 Unimaginable Facts on How The Internet Really Works


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internet : ehack

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

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Internet is growing at unimaginable rate every year : ehack

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

NSA ( USA)  biggest data center in Utah : ehack

NSA ( USA) biggest data center in Utah : ehack

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

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apple north carolina : ehack

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

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Facebook relationships : ehack

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

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Mobile banking : ehack

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

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internet tv : ehack

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

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high speed internet : ehack

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 Building Secret Massive Data Center, Probably to Hold Steve’s Electronically Cloned Brain


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.

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Apple’s data center : ehack

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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6 Trends That Define Android Of 2013


The Single ecosystem which probably was the most dominant in 2012 is Android. With an array of devices exploiting the power and charm of Google’s operating system, Android has grown into an undeniable force. And with the New Year, come a lot of expectations, rumors and speculations. So brace yourself, here is the immediate future, to where the world’s most popular mobile O.S. is headed, compiled by Cnet.

6. Screen Size: Will Grow And Sharpen

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Until recently, Smartphone screens that exceed 4 inches were a rarity. But thanks to popular Androids like Samsung’s Galaxy S3, and Galaxy Note 2, which probably lead Android race, people are becoming familiar to larger screens. The trend is catching, but Motorola on its part did something different- Squeezed a 4.3-inch display into the body of a phone that is roughly same as a 3.5-inch phone- edge to edge displays. And that is going to be the standard high end experience for Androids in 2013. Beyond that, the resolution will sharpen. According to reports, almost all Android vendors are working on their sub 5 inch phones with 1080p HD display. HTC already has one- The Droid DNA. Android, with its new iterations like Jelly Bean, support this big displays.

5. Cores Will Multiply

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Gone are the days of dual core Smartphones. As the Smartphones replace computers in computing operations, quad-core processors are the new norm. Android is leading this turf too. Almost all high end Android devices in 2013 will come with Qualcomm or Nvidia powered quad-core processors with 1.5GHz processors and some even hitting 2.0 GHz.

The memory and storage options of the Androids will increase on par with the cores. The current 2 GB RAM, which is high end, will turn a norm in 2013. With some manufacturers opting for fixed batteries and removing the external storage, the storage capacities will yield 32 GB for the mid range and 64 GB for the high ends, and an Android with 128 GB storage will not be a dream in 2013.

4. One Device Around The World

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With Android devices born every minute, manufacturers, unlike the previous years, will adopt single form factor for their devices across the globe. A good initiative, shown by company like Samsung, when they released its flagship Galaxy S3, which was the same device, irrespective of you getting it from Verizon in U.S. or an online store in India. HTC, another major Android manufacturer is following the same path. The accessory manufacturers and the people will benefit from these single specifications used worldwide.

3 Technologies Popularized by Android

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Android was ahead in popularizing many mobile technologies ahead of others in 2012. This will continue in 2013. NFC will gain a foothold in Android devices to the point of becoming a standard. More NFC enabled accessories will emerge, like tap to play speakers. Mobile payment and transaction spaces will exploit the possibilities of this technology in full swing the coming year. 3D technology, which didn’t see much popularity in 2012, is expected to have the same fate of QR codes- die young. However, specialized Androids for gamers will have this technology embedded.
But the biggest issue faced by Smartphone vendors is battery life. As the screen size, performance and display goes up, it’s the battery that takes a toll. So 2013 will see Smartphones with internal high capacity batteries. With Android hardware exploiting every unique form factors, this wouldn’t be a problem.

2. Android Ruling New Territories

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Samsung surprised the world with its Galaxy Camera, which is entirely built on Android Operating system. Other camera makers like Nikon and Polaroid are also experimenting with the same. So more “smart” shooters will emerge in 2013. Moreover, more devices, especially tablets focused on different age groups like kid-centric tablet, Nabi XD, will see light in 2013.
Moreover, the hardware vendors will build electronic devices including micro-waves and washing machines based on Android operating system, which will essentially “connect” your entire home with you.

1. Google I/O and Major Releases

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2012 was not short of major Android releases. With major trade shows CES in January and International Mobile World Congress in February, Android fans can see an array of new devices in shelf. In the mean time various manufacturers will be running standalone press conferences like the expected one from Samsung announcing the launch of its flagship Galaxy S4.
Above all, Google’s annual developer conference, Google I/O is the most anticipated one for Android fans as it is promised to display the real ecosystem changing stuff.

 

 

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2012: Biggest technology failure of the year 2012


Summary: if the year 2012 saw the biggest technology revolution and some dramatic changes in the computer and mobile industry, then it has also seen some of the biggest drop or some of the biggest technology failure in computer industry. I tried to enlist as many as possible points for you all. Enjoy.

1. HP-AUTONOMY DEAL

HP-Autonomy acquisition : ehack

HP-Autonomy acquisition : ehack

Before HP ousted its consumer-hating CEO Leo Apotheker in 2011, he inked a deal to buy UK-based business services and consulting firm Autonomy for $11.1 billion. This action was undertaken with the understanding that HP was leaving the consumer market. When new CEO Meg Whitman joined the company, fresh off her loss in the California gubernatorial race, she stuck with Autonomy in 2012.

HP had employed accountants to go over Autonomy’s books, but it now seems they missed some big red flags. The deal has turned out to be a massive mistake for HP, which has recently announced it is taking an $8.8 billion writedown on the acquisition in its quarterly earnings. That means that HP believes it paid several times more for Autonomy than it was actually worth. For a company still reeling from the failure of WebOS and declines in its PC sales, this is no small bump in the road.

HP has claimed there is evidence of extensive fraud at Autonomy, which inflated its revenues prior to the sale. Still, if the evidence was so extensive, why did the board not realize what was happening sooner? The handling of the situation has been a disaster in its own right. Autonomy’s founder has pushed back against the allegations, but HP isn’t backing down. Whatever went wrong, HP messed this one up big time. It might take months to see how deep this rabbit hole goes.

2.GOOGLE NEXUS Q

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Google Nexus Q : ehack

Oh, Google. The speakers were so enthusiastic about the Nexus Q back at Google I/O 2012. The Nexus Q was a spherical set-top media streamer that connected to Android devices and played content exclusively from Google Play. It was announced alongside the Nexus 7, a small tablet that does appear to be a certifiable hit. However, the Nexus Q launch could not have gone worse for Google.

The search giant gave out free units to attendees of Google I/O, but that didn’t earn the device any good will — it was widely panned for lacking in functionality. No Netflix, no Hulu, and no NAS access? The Nexus Q was proudly made in the USA, and the pricing showed it. Google took pre-orders at $299, which was far higher than competing set-top boxes.

As the terrible reviews rolled in, Google reconsidered its strategy. Google said it was re-tooling the Nexus Q after getting feedback from reviewers and developers. Those brave few who pre-ordered the Nexus Q got theirs for free. However, the device never showed up for sale again, and now even the placeholder has been pulled as the new round of Nexus devices have rolled out.

The Nexus Q was a bold move, but it you have to wonder why Google announced it. Why didn’t anyone stop and ask who the Nexus Q was supposed to be for?

3.Kodak Files for Bankruptcy

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Kodak Files For Bankruptcy : ehack

While Kodak has not disappeared off the face of the earth it has shuttered its digital camera business and it is in the process of firing thousands of workers. Kodak has also been unsuccessful in selling its patent portfolio. In a first attempt at selling off its patent portfolio bids were only 20% to 25% of the $2 billion Kodak has hoped to bring bring in.

In its bankruptcy filing Kodak lists $5.1 billion in assets and $6.75 billion in debt.

The only improvements Kodak has seen in 2012 has been from its overseas markets where revenue is actually increasing.

4.APPLE MAPS

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apple maps : ehack

The folks at Apple have a reputation for user-friendly design and careful incremental changes. That’s why the buggy mess that is Apple Maps has been such a surprise. Google had been providing the mapping data for iOS since the first iPhone launched back in 2007, but the increasingly adversarial relationship between the two companies eventually sent Cupertino off on a quest to do its own maps. This turns out to have been a mistake.

Apple bought several companies to bolster its mapping efforts, but the end result was just not very good. Users found a myriad of issues with the software including missing addresses, no public transit info, corrupted satellite data, entire cities missing or in the wrong place, and buggy navigation. There have even been reports recently that several dozen Australian iPhone users have been led dangerously astray by their phones, which incorrectly placed a city in the middle of a remote wilderness park.

Things got so bad in September that Apple CEO Tim Cook had to issue an apology for the fiasco and advised users to take a look at some alternative mapping apps while Apple sorted out the issues. This by itself is unprecedented. Apple’s mobile software chief Scott Forstall, and iOS Maps manager Richard Williamson have both been fired in the wake of the debacle.

Google released a new Google Maps app on iOS late in 2012. It quickly became the most downloaded free app in the App Store. How’s that humble pie tasting, Apple?

5.Facebook IPO Fails

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facebook IPO fails : ehack

Facebook’s arrival on the stock market was the most hyped-up tech IPO in recent memory, and while the company at first blamed issues with NASDAQ, the stock fell to less than half of its original value in the months after launch, and is just now starting to claw its way back. The bigger problem? It’s still not clear how the social network can extract lots of money from its 1 billion active users. The rush to monetize Facebook’s mobile products will define the company’s efforts in 2013, but the hits it took from the press and financial analysts in 2012 will not be soon forgotten.

6.NOKIA LUMIA 900

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Nokia Lumia 900 : ehack

Nokia and Microsoft teaming up seemed like a recipe for success. Shortly after the Lumia 900 was released however it quickly became clear that users were not interested in the device.

Shortly after being released to the public a software glitch was discovered which caused users to abandon the phone before massive adoption could be achieved.

Customers who purchased the phone quickly received a $100 credit and the phone was dropped to $99 with a two year contract. Stock prices at Nokia fell by nearly 50% following the monumental failure of the Lumia Windows Phone.

From entire company failures to tech that was obviously not tested properly prior to launch, we have seen plenty of tech turkeys in 2012, enough in fact to make us question what has happened to quality control in the tech sector.

7.RIM’s BlackBerry 10

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BlackBerry 10 : ehack

2012 started on an upbeat note for Canadian smartphone pioneer Research in Motion (RIM). The old co-CEOs were gone and Thorsten Heins was newly at the helm. What followed was a year in which the only way RIM seemed to be able to make news was to announce that it had lost more money. And it did — a lot of it.

The light at the end of the tunnel was expected to be BlackBerry 10. Finally RIM would catch up with the competition and gets its mobile platform modernized. However, each quarterly report brought news of more delays. Rather than launching in 2012 as originally intended, BlackBerry 10 has been pushed to early 2013.

Even the company’s preferred narrative that BlackBerry is still wildly popular overseas is looking less plausible. RIM had to cut several thousand jobs last summer, and recent news hasn’t been encouraging either. Its revenue as reported in December is down 47% from last year, and it saw the first overall subscriber decrease in its history. RIM can’t afford another year like 2012.

I’m sure these technology behemoths didn’t go into 2012 expecting to stumble like they did. For some these snafus are just a momentary spot of embarrassment in an otherwise great year. For others, it’s a sign of major problems going forward. Here’s to a more productive 2013.

Read more at — anandtech.com

8. Microsoft Metro UI

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metro_ui : ehack

Microsoft always seems to be walking back its naming schemes. Remember Windows Phone 7 Series? The Surface switcheroo? Windows/MSN Live/Mesh Skydrive? Redmond’s 2012 failure was with its prevalent Metro branding. Windows 8 brings the Metro UI and apps to the desktop, but now we don’t even know what to call it. Despite having a cadre of lawyers on retainer all over the world, no one seemed to notice that “Metro” was trademarked by someone else. Numerous reports point to a trademark challenge by Germany-based Metro AG. Now Metro has been replaced by — well, nothing really.

The company has been adamant that Metro was never supposed to be a consumer-facing term, but it was fairly prominent going all the way back to the launch of Windows Phone 7. So now developers can’t use the term, and Microsoft has been slow to come up with a reasonable alternative. This situation confuses the conversation because Windows 8 runs both “Metro” apps and regular Windows apps. The best option seems to be “Windows 8 style,” but that’s pretty awkward.

The embarrassment might have been lessened if Microsoft hadn’t pushed Metro to the forefront in Windows 8 with such insistence. The Desktop has been demoted to be “just another app.” Metro (or whatever they’re calling it) might make sense on a tablet, but users with a mouse are feeling perplexed. It may even be because of this mess that Windows boss Steven Sinofsky was fired.

Windows 8 didn’t get the big activation bump seen in the last release, and this despite having rock-bottom pricing. It’s been a lukewarm reception for Microsoft’s new OS, and that’s largely due to the Metro UI. It might be the right move down the road, but it’s a tough sell now.

 

 

Sources—

ExtremeTech, TechBeat, CIO

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2012: Top Tech news of the year 2012; shared on Zdnet.com


Summary: The past year has been another tumultuous one for the tech industry. Here are some numbers that caught the eye throughout the year – from hackers to the Olympics, Raspberry Pi and the ongoing travails of HP.

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The past year in tech has, as ever, been full of surprises. Here we’ve looked back at some of the key numbers that made headlines in 2012.

 
January – ‘100,000’ Facebook logins stolen

An Israeli hacker named Hannibal claimed he had access to 100,000 Facebook accounts after stealing log-on details from Arab users. In fact the actual number of login details he managed to obtain was closer to the 20,000 mark, many of them having proved invalid.

 

February – $47m spent on HP CEO compensation

HP coughed up $30.41m in compensation for ousted CEO Leo Apotheker. Meanwhile, his successor Meg Whitman picked up $16.52m in total compensation, bringing the company’s total spend to nearly $47m. Unfortunately for HP, it wasn’t the only big number they had to write off this year.

 

March – 19 million Justin Bieber followers see Tweet from hacker

Justin Bieber had his Twitter account hacked when someone Tweeted to his 19 million followers: “19 million my ass #biebermyballs.” The hacker also started blocking and unfollowing many of the Canadian popstar’s followers.

 

April – 250,000 people on Raspberry Pi waiting list

Raspberry Pi distributor RS Components said a quarter of a million people were attempting to get their hands on the cheap, credit-card sized Linux computer in April. The Corby-based electronics distributor had not anticipated the huge level of demand and ended up making hobbyists and fans wait weeks and even months to get their hands on the device.

 

May – Oracle told it may only win $150,000 in compensation from Google

In what was once touted as a $6bn case, Oracle was told it might end up with only $150,000 in statutory damages after accusing Google of patent infringement. A month later, it filed a petition asking Google to pay $0 in statuatory damages – but only so that Oracle could expedite its plans for an appeal.

 

June – 100 years since Alan Turing was born

Computing fans marked the centenary of the birth of computing pioneer Alan Turing on 23 June. The Science Museum in London staged an exhibition to celebrate the life of Turing, whose work helped end World War II and laid the groundwork for today’s computers, while helping to set the standard for artificial intelligence.

 

July -$5bn paid by Cisco for NDS

Cisco bought video software company NDS for $5bn in its fifth acquisition of the year, in a bid to accelerate the Cisco Videoscape platform.

 

August – 500,000 BT Wi-Fi hotspots for the London Olympics

BT added 100 additional Wi-Fi points along a 27-mile stretch of the River Thames at popular tourist sites such as the London Eye and the Cutty Sark in Greenwich to bring the total number of hotspots in the capital to 500,000 during the Olympics. BT also said its network at the Olympic Park had carried 1,150 terabytes of information in total during the Games, with peak traffic at 6.71Gbps.

 

September – Five million iPhones sold in three days

Apple sold five million iPhone 5 units on its launch weekend. However, some analysts had predicted it would sell between six and 10 million, proving that you can’t please everyone.

 

October – One billion people on Facebook

Facebook reached the one-billion user landmark and revealed it had 600 million mobile users. But ZDNet questioned how it will monetise the vast amounts of information it is obtaining from its users.

 

November – $8.8bn writedown on HP following Autonomy purchase

HP took an $8.8bn writedown after buying Autonomy for $11.1bn in 2011, subsequently alleging financial improriety – something Autonomy’s former managers have vehemently denied. CEO Meg Whitman has since come out and said that HP will still back software company Autonomy 100 percent.

 

December – Google Maps racks up 10 million downloads on iOS in 48 hours

When Google Maps was reintroduced to Apple’s iOS platform, it gained 10 million downloads in less than 48 hours. The launch of the app came after Apple was heavily criticised for its own mapping service, which CEO Tim Cook publicly apologised for.

 

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