This Map of Internet Usage Shows Why China is a Sleeping Internet Giant

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The internet is a massive place, but not as massive as the world population. This map, created by Mark Graham and Stefano De Sabbata using data from The World Bank, puts some of the internets demographics in perspective while creating a rather stunning picture of just how big China ranks on internet traffic and how much room it still has to grow.

Mind Control is Now a Reality: UW Researcher Controls Friend Via an Internet Connection

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Okay… as soon as I wrote the title above I thought: “this sounds just like something from the cover of a doomsday supermarket tabloid.” But the thing is, it’s absolutely true. Here’s a rundown of the amazing thing that has happened: Rajesh Rao, a University of Washington professor of computer science and engineering, looked at a computer screen and played a simple video game with his mind. The game required him to fire a cannon at a target, but to do so he had to imagine moving his right hand to hit the fire button. To do all this he wore a fairly amusing cap covered with blue rings that read his brainwaves. Now here’s the amazing part.

Free Wi-Fi: Friend or Foe?

The age of Wi-Fi connected devices is in full force: during the course of 2012, the number of connected devices will exceed the world’s population. These increasing numbers show no sign of stopping, and within the next few years most of us will have at least two devices — like Smartphones and tablets – connected to public Wi-Fi networks. This greater availability of public Wi-Fi also brings unseen hazards for users to look out for: hackers.

When Science Fiction becomes Reality


From augmented reality video games to Apple’s Siri digital assistant, technology continues to zip along at lightening speed. Many of the most wild science fiction stories later become real life.  Jules Verne came up with the idea of a fax machine, Arthur C. Clarke conceived the idea for satellites, and Edward Bellamy dreamed up the telephone before its time.  Back in 2002, Phillip K. Dick’s short story was produced into the Hollywood movie Minority Report. In the film, a computer is featured that allows the user to interact with the screen in 3D, grabbing images and items virtually and moving them around the screen. Now that wild piece of sci-fi is quickly on its way to reality.

4 Amazing Forensic Science Artists

The words ‘forensic science’ don’t immediately inspire thoughts even relating to art — what we think of is CSI, bloody crime scenes, traces of hair and semen, fingerprints, and criminal profiling. Believe it or not, art can play a huge part in solving a crime. Forensic science artists are not only responsible for delivering accurate, detailed portraits of a suspect based only on eye witness accounts. They can also help investigators recreate a person’s entire face based only on skeletal structure — sometimes working with mere parts of the skull to do so.

Steve Jobs: Magazine Covers Through The Years

Yesterday, August 24th, Steve Jobs stepped down from his post as CEO of Apple Inc. in what some have said was ‘perfect timing’ following the company’s meteoric rise to the status of world’s most valuable company. Although unstated in his resignation letter to the Apple board of directors and “the Apple community”, Jobs poor health due to a rare case of pancreatic cancer was clearly a large factor in the decision:

“I have always said that if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s C.E.O., I would be the first to let you know,” Jobs said in his letter. “Unfortunately, that day has come.”

Today we bring you a selection of magazine covers through the years, spanning the storied ups and downs of Steve Jobs’ career with and sometimes without Apple. Through these images we also see a young hip Jobs transition from his early long-haired years to the black shirt and blue-jeans clad icon of today.

Mac vs. PC Users: Who Are They Really?

You know those Mac vs. Pc commercials Apple was fielding a few years back? They pitched a nerdy PC against a cool Mac in a battle of wits… and the Mac always seemed to win. Well, here is an accurate look at what a Mac or PC user really looks like… at least the typical user., the excellent multi-source recommendation website, looked back on their “Teach Hunch About You” questions and compiled this collection of characteristics typical of each platforms users. Do the stereotypes hold true? Decide for yourself with this excellent graphic by Column 5 Media:

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