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February 28, 2011

Motorola Zoom : How Does it Fare Against its Competitors

It’s a head-to-head-to-head-to-head matchup against the Dell Streak 7, Playbook, iPad and Motorola Xoom brought to us by Skattertech. [Droid-Life Via Skattertech]

The Motorola XOOM MZ600 is an Android-based tablet computer by Motorola, introduced at CES 2011 on January 5, 2011. It is the first tablet to run Android 3.0 Honeycomb. It was released on February 24th, 2011. It was launched with 3 other products: the Motorola Atrix, the Motorola Droid Bionic, and the Motorola Cliq 2.CNET.com named it the "Best of the CES" 2011.

Crunchgrear however  reports that there is bad news for those of you who were looking forward to the release of the Motorola Xoom, the world’s first Honeycomb-based tablet. It seems that the tablet will not ship with Adobe Flash at launch, and that you’ll have to wait to sometime this spring to see proper Flash support. That’s a shame.

The Xoom will be released this Thursday, and eyes keener than mine have spotted, in tiny print alongside the bottom of a Verizon Wireless ad this ominous warning: “Adobe Flash expected Spring 2011.”


This, taken together with the fact that the Xoom will cost quite a bit more than the iPad, would seem to be the kind of news that Android fans could do without.
 
  • Pros
    The first Android tablet with Google's tablet-specific Honeycomb OS. Fast. Beautiful, highly responsive touch screen. HDMI output for televison/computer monitor viewing.
  • Cons User interface seems overcomplicated at times. While promised in the future, there's no support for Flash video or SD cards at launch. Android Market on the device is buggy. Few high-quality, must-have Honeycomb apps.
  • Bottom Line
    The Motorola Xoom for Verizon Wireless is the best Android tablet yet, but with a lack of key features (like Flash video and SD card slot support) and mediocre apps at launch, it doesn't measure up to the Apple iPad. ( source : Pcmag)







































10 Blackberry Trivia You Did Not Know


Blackberry is so called  because its black button keys on the black color phonelooks like Blackberry fruit seed.
There have already been more than 10 different commercial models of Blackberry introduced since year the first model released in year 1999. Until today, there are more than 40 million units of Blackberry sold. BlackBerry is primarily known for its ability to send and receive (push) Internet e-mail wherever mobile network service coverage is present, or through Wi-Fi connectivity
All notifications and conversations from applications are shown in a unified messaging application which third party applications can access. BlackBerry's push gives BlackBerry devices a long battery life. All data on the phone is compressed through BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS).
The first BlackBerry device, the 850, was introduced in 1999 as a two-way pager. In 2002, the more commonly known smartphone BlackBerry was released, which supports push e-mail, mobile telephone, text messaging, Internet faxing, Web browsing and other wireless information services. It is an example of a convergence (telecommunications)convergent device. The original BlackBerry devices, the RIM 850 and 857, used the DataTac network.
The consumer BlackBerry Internet Service is available in 91 countries worldwide on over 500 mobile service operators using various mobile technologies.BlackBerry is widely referred to as "CrackBerry", which is a reference to crack cocaine. Use of the term CrackBerry became so widespread that in November 2006 Webster's New World College Dictionary named "crackberry" the "New Word of the Year.A popular BlackBerry user forum is called crackberry.com.Newer BlackBerry devices use the proprietary BlackBerry Messenger, also known as BBM, software for sending and receiving instant messages via BlackBerry PIN


The operating system used by BlackBerry devices is a proprietary multitasking environment developed by RIM. The operating system is designed for use of input devices such as the track wheel, track ball, and track pad. The OS provides support for Java MIDP 1.0 and WAP 1.2. Previous versions allowed wireless synchronization with Microsoft Exchange Server e-mail and calendar, as well as with Lotus Domino e-mail. The current OS 5.0 provides a subset of MIDP 2.0, and allows complete wireless activation and synchronization with Exchange e-mail, calendar, tasks, notes and contacts, and adds support for Novell GroupWise and Lotus Notes.
 

Facebook Photo Statistics and Insights

Facebook has a larger photo collection than any other site on the web. According to an extrapolation of photo upload data reported by Facebook, the site now houses about 60 billion photos compared to Photobucket’s 8 billion, Picasa’s 7 billion and Flickr’s 5 billion.Photo organizing Facebook app Pixable has used data from a sample of 100,000 of its users to give some insight into the contents of Facebook’s huge photo collection.

According to the data, weekends are the most popular days for uploading photos. Middle-aged users and those in their twenties upload comparable numbers of photos, but the older group uses significantly fewer tags. Women upload about twice as many photos as men — which might be good for everybody, as recent research suggests photos with women in them are generally preferred.

“Guys prefer photos with girls. Girls prefer photos with girls. Pretty much everyone prefers photos with girls,” explained Pixable CEO Inaki Berenguer at a recent Social Media Week panel.( source : Mashable.com

Social Media Oscar Trends: Infographic


 Graphic courtesy Meltwater Group

This infographic confirms most of what we saw yesterday in that Webtrends pre-Oscar buzz graphic, with a notable exception.

The methodologies for the two graphics were similar, where for this graphic, the Meltwater Group started tracking three award categories (Best Picture, Actor and Actress) back on January 25, gathering data from blogs, comments, video, Facebook, and microblogs such as Twitter to arrive at this data. Meltwater went further, cross-checking back to January 20, “to make sure the conversation was generally about the nominee in relation to the Oscars.”

Meltwater admits that “The most talked-about nominees are not necessarily going to be the ones who are named the winners by the Academy,” saying that it is presenting its data as more of a fun way to see which films and actors are being talked about the most.

Webtrends’ data collection differed from Meltwater’s, even though both admit that this more of a popularity contest than a predictor of winners. Webtrends counted both English- and Spanish-language mentions of films or actors, and didn’t count video in its data gathered. However, it had Inception taking the win for Best Picture with The King’s Speech trailing far behind in seventh place.

The other two categories were remarkably similar, where Webtrends matched the Meltwater estimate of James Franco winning the Oscar for Best Actor, as well as Natalie Portman taking on the trophy for Best Actress.( source : Mashable )

February 27, 2011

Infographic: Tax Breaks vs. Budget Cuts

This chart published by Americanprogress.org  below compares the 10 safety-net programs slated for deep cuts with the cost of the tax breaks that should also be considered for reduction or elimination to bring the budget into balance. The column on the left is a list of safety-net programs that have already been targets of the House leadership’s budget ax. The column on the right is the cost to specified tax breaks

over the last 16 years, the cost to the Treasury of the mortgage interest tax deduction, for example, doubled from $48 billion in 1995 to nearly $100 billion this year and no one made a peep about getting control of this loss in revenue. The stunning growth in this tax break is unchecked and unquestioned.

This tax break is also increasingly benefiting individuals who don’t need any federal incentives to purchase a home. In 2011 the mortgage interest deduction will help families who purchase a vacation home avoid taxes to the tune of $800 million. Meanwhile, the House Budget Committee chairman’s 2011 budget bill included $730 million in cuts to housing programs for the elderly and disabled.(source :Americanprogress.org)


February 26, 2011

US Federal Tax Dollars: Insights and Infographic



United States Federal Tax Dollars: Per State
The website USliveheadlines  gives a wonderful insight on howThe Federal Tax Dollars come from

The federal taxes paid per capita vary widely by state. New England has some of the largest tax payments per capita while the states with the lowest per-capita payments are scattered elsewhere in the country.

The place with highest federal tax payments per capita is Washington, D.C., with $11,582. The state with the second-highest federal tax payments is Connecticut with $11,522 per capita. The state with the third-highest federal tax payments is New Jersey with $9,902 per capita. The fourth-highest federal tax payments per capita come from Massachusetts with $9,792. The state with fifth-highest federal tax payments per capita is Maryland with $8,812.

The state with the lowest federal tax payments is Mississippi with $4,281 per capita. The state with the second-lowest federal tax payments is Louisiana with $4,565 per capita. The state with the third-lowest federal tax payments per capita is West Virginia with $4,861. The state with the fourth-lowest federal tax payments per capita is Arkansas with $5,030. The state with the fifth-lowest federal tax payments per capita is New Mexico with $5,153.

Federal Tax Allotments Per State

The place with highest federal tax allotments per capita is Washington, D.C., with $65,109. The state with the second-highest federal tax allotments per capita is Alaska with $13,950. The state with the third-highest federal tax allotments per capita is Virginia $16,610. The state with the fourth-highest federal tax allotments per capita is Maryland with $11,956. The state with the fifth-highest federal tax allotments per capita is New Mexico with $10,733.

The state with the lowest federal tax allotments per capita is Nevada with $5,889. The state with the second-lowest federal tax allotments per capita is Utah with $5,944. The state with the third-lowest federal tax allotments per capita is Wisconsin with $6,113. The state with the fourth-lowest federal tax allotments per capita is Oregon with $6,285. The state with the fifth-lowest federal tax allotments per capita is Illinois with $6,334

To read the full report, Visit. USliveheadlines

Good at Infographics: Get paid $5000 by Google

Masable reports that "Google is offering a top prize of $5,000 for its Data Viz Challenge, a contest to see who can offer the best visualization of data about where your tax money goes. The contest, announced on Google’s Official Blog today, is based on a website called whatwepayfor.com, which was created by a couple of developers: Andrew Johnson and Lewis Garcia.

Impressed with the pair’s site, Google engineers came up with their own “interactive data visualization” or infographic:

But the company acknowledges that its infographic has its limitations. So, Google has teamed up with not-for-profit art and technology center Eyebeam for the challenge. To make things easier, Johnson and Garcia have built an API to let any potential developer access the data.
Those interested can enter the challenge at the site referenced above. The contest starts today and ends on March 27. The winner will be announced on April 18, aka Tax Day.

Though Google isn’t a company that many people associate with promotions and contests, this is the second such contest this month from the search giant. Earlier this month, Google used a similar promotion to publicize its wedding-planning site.

Visualsing 2000 Years Growth and Income : China Vs Egypt

Via Visualeconomics

 Data estimates for population and GDP per capita are from Angus Maddison Emeritus Professor, Faculty of Economics, University of Groningen. 1990 international Geary-Khamis dollars are purchasing power parities (PPPs) used to evaluate output which are calculated based on international prices. See United Nations Statistics Division for more information their computation. ( source : Visualeconomics )



US Presidential Spending Statistics: Expenditures by Years

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Each president has had his own spending style and a different, current GDP amount. Ronald Reagan began his eight-year term in 1981 with a GDP amount of about $3 trillion. During that year, the expenditures were about $1 trillion. Both the GDP and the expenditure number climbed steadily during Reagan’s two terms. The final year of Reagan’s second term, 1988, saw a U.S. GDP of about $5 trillion and expenditures of about $1.75 trillion

George H. W. Bush was president during four years of steady GDP and expenditure growth, starting with a GDP of about $5 trillion in 1989. There were about $2 trillion in expenditures in 1989. At the end of his term, in 1992, the U.S. had a GDP of about $6.5 trillion. The U.S. government expenditures in 1992 were $2 trillion.

President Bill Clinton came into office with a U.S. GDP of $7 trillion in 1993. The expenditures of the U.S. government in 1993 were about $2 trillion. During Clinton’s eighth year of office, the GDP had greatly grown while the amount of U.S. expenditures rose moderately. The last year that Clinton was in office, 2000, showed the lowest expenditure to GDP ratio. That ratio was 32.6 percent. The GDP in 2000 was about $10 trillion. The U.S. expenditures of 2000 were about $3.2 trillion.

George W. Bush took office in 2001, and the GDP of the U.S. was about $10.3 trillion. The U.S. expenditures in 2001 were about $3.3 trillion. For the last year of George W. Bush’s two terms, in 2008, the U.S. GDP was about $14 trillion. The U.S. expenditures in 2008 were about $5 trillion.

President Barrack Obama took office in 2009 with the highest expenditure to GDP ratio. The ratio was 44.7 percent. In 2009, the U.S. GDP was about $14 trillion. U.S. expenditures were about $6.2 trillion. In 2010, the GDP is about $14.6 trillion. U.S. expenditures were about $7 trillion.

Spending Breakdown

During his eight years in office, President Reagan spent 15.9 percent of the expenditures on pensions. He spent 9.9 percent of the expenditures on health care. Education made up 14.4 percent of the expenditures. During that time, 19.2 percent of the expenditures were spent on defense. Welfare made up 9.4 percent of expenditures. The rest of the expenditures, 31.2 percent, went to miscellaneous expenses.

During his four years in office, President George H. W. Bush spent 15 percent of the expenditures on pensions. 10.7 percent of the expenditures were spent on health care. Education made up 14.4 percent of the expenditures. During that time, 16.7 percent of the expenditures were spent on defense. Welfare made up 8.5 percent of expenditures. The rest of the expenditures, 34.7 percent, went to miscellaneous expenses.

During the two terms of President Bill Clinton, 16.5 percent of the expenditures were spent on pensions. 14.1 percent of the expenditures were spent on health care. Education made up 17.3 percent of the expenditures. During that time, 12.4 percent of the expenditures were spent on defense. Welfare made up 9 percent of expenditures. The rest of the expenditures, 30.7 percent, went to miscellaneous expenses.

During the two terms of President George W. Bush, 16.3 percent of the expenditures were spent on pensions. 16.1 percent of the expenditures were spent on health care. Education made up 16.5 percent of the expenditures. During that time, 12.6 percent of the expenditures were spent on defense. Welfare made up 8.9 percent of expenditures. The rest of the expenditures, 29.6 percent, went to miscellaneous expenses.

In President Barrack Obama’s first two years in office, 15.2 percent of the expenditures were spent on pensions. 16.5 percent of the expenditures were spent on health care. Education made up 15.5 percent of the expenditures. During that time, 13.4 percent of the expenditures were spent on defense. Welfare made up 10.6 percent of expenditures. The rest of the expenditures, 28.8 percent, went to miscellaneous expenses.

Visual Economics: Presidential Spending: Expenditures by Year - http://www.visualeconomics.com/presidential-spending-expenditures-by-year/#ixzz1F3pNmYGP
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The Countries That match Chinese GDP, Exports ,Growth

Which countries match the GDP, population and exports of China's provinces?




China is now the world’s second-biggest economy, but some of its provinces by themselves would rank fairly high in the global league. This map from Economist shows the nearest equivalent country. For example, Guangdong's GDP (at market exchange rates) is almost as big as Indonesia's; the output of both Jiangsu and Shandong exceeds Switzerland’s. Some provinces may exaggerate their output: the sum of their reported GDPs is 10% higher than the national total. But over time the latter has consistently been revised up, suggesting that any overstatement is modest.

What about other economic yardsticks? Guangdong exports as much as South Korea, Jiangsu as much as Taiwan. Shanghai’s GDP per person is as high as Saudi Arabia’s (at purchasing-power parity), though still well below that in China’s special administrative regions, Hong Kong and Macau. At the other extreme, the poorest province, Guizhou, has an income per head close to that of India. Note that these figures use the same PPP conversion rate for the whole of China, but prices are likely to be lower in poorer provinces than in richer ones, slightly reducing regional inequality.

Correction, February 25th: The original figure given for Hong Kong's exports included re-exports. This has been changed to refer to domestic exports only.

US GDP of Individual States Compared with Countries of The world


One of the most commented blog articles on The Economist is an dynamic infographic that maps state economies part of the US to their equivalents from around the world in terms of $ GDP and # Population size.

IT HAS long been true that California on its own would rank as one of the biggest economies of the world. These days, it would rank eighth, falling between Italy and Brazil on a nominal exchange-rate basis. But how do other American states compare with other countries? Taking the nearest equivalent country from 2009 data reveals some surprises. Who would have thought that, despite years of auto-industry hardship, the economy of Michigan is still the same size as Taiwan's? ( economist)

Top 10 Countries That Depend on Oil From Libya


LIBYA produces 1.7m of the world's 88m barrels a day (b/d) of oil. OECD countries import 1.2m b/d, and China another 150,000. Our chart shows which of Libya's main export markets are most dependent on it for their oil. At the top of the list, Ireland only accounts for a tiny fraction of Libya's oil exports. Italy is by far the biggest importer: in 2010 it took 376,000 b/d from its former colony. As oil prices surge amid the continuing unrest in the Arab world, importers will look to Saudi Arabia to make up any shortfall.( economist)
   

February 25, 2011

Facebook Detailed Statistics From California:

User age distribution on Facebook in California

Male/Female User Ratio on Facebook in California


Users & Demography for the California for the last 6 months

  Facebook Insights From California

  • Total Facebook Users: 18 672 920
  • Penetration of population: 50.52%
  • Position in the list: 1.  
  • Average CPC: $1.39
  • Facebook Male Users: 46.47%
  • Facebook Female Users: 51.81%
  • Average CPM: $0.41
  • Facebook Female Users: 51.81%
  • Average CPM: $0.41



source: Socialbakers













Facebook Statistics from over 50 different US states


Socialbakers.com  provides  daily updated Facebook Statistics from over 50 different US states. If you click on a state, you will be able to see Facebook statistics together with demography and a graph in time

 For detailed  insights on how US States    Facebook Growth and Penetration v Interactive Map visit  Socialbakers :


 US States Facebook Break Up List of United States on Facebook


#
State
Users
Growth
Pen.
1.
California
18 672 920
-368
-1.93%
50.52%
2.
11 490 880
+448
+4.06%
46.37%
3.
New York
10 437 700
+306
+3.02%
53.41%
4.
Florida
9 092 940
+274
+3.11%
49.05%
5.
6 430 340
+221
+3.56%
49.81%
6.
Pennsylvania
6 048 000
+236
+4.07%
47.98%
7.
Ohio
5 702 500
+244
+4.48%
49.40%
8.
Georgia
4 922 140
+129
+2.70%
50.08%
9.
Michigan
4 862 200
-172
-3.43%
48.77%
10.
North Carolina
4 590 380
+196
+4.48%
48.93%
11.
3 869 540
-66
-1.68%
44.44%
12.
Massachusetts
3 623 680
+84
+2.39%
54.96%
13.
Virginia
3 469 860
+152
+4.59%
44.02%
14.
3 454 320
+127
+3.83%
51.83%
15.
Missouri
3 295 820
-62
-1.87%
55.04%
16.
Indiana
3 225 140
+144
+4.68%
50.21%
17.
Tennessee
3 030 360
+118
+4.07%
48.13%
18.
Wisconsin
2 705 020
+89
+3.42%
47.84%
19.
Arizona
2 659 440
+132
+5.23%
40.32%
20.
Minnesota
2 622 200
+42
+1.64%
49.79%
21.
Colorado
2 481 800
+134
+5.73%
49.39%
22.
Maryland
2 407 180
+56
+2.41%
42.24%
23.
Alabama
2 267 220
+68
+3.10%
48.15%
24.
Louisiana
2 107 640
+86
+4.30%
46.92%
25.
Kentucky
2 078 240
+99
+5.01%
48.17%
26.
South Carolina
2 072 540
+86
+4.36%
45.44%
27.
Oregon
1 890 380
+67
+3.68%
49.41%
28.
Oklahoma
1 824 300
+75
+4.30%
49.48%
29.
Connecticut
1 692 780
+15
+0.91%
48.11%
30.
Iowa
1 641 960
+47
+2.95%
54.59%
31.
Kansas
1 538 160
+54
+3.69%
54.57%
32.
Arkansas
1 481 180
+58
+4.10%
51.26%
33.
District of Columbia
1 399 520
-9
-0.65%
236.47%
34.
Mississippi
1 372 160
+34
+2.56%
46.48%
35.
Utah
1 353 020
+72
+5.69%
48.59%
36.
Nevada
1 261 640
+94
+8.09%
47.73%
37.
Nebraska
976 700
+27
+2.91%
54.36%
38.
West Virginia
839 400
+42
+5.35%
46.13%
39.
New Mexico
712 800
+51
+7.80%
35.47%
40.
Maine
702 700
+18
+2.76%
53.30%
41.
New Hampshire
681 380
+22
+3.49%
51.44%
42.
Idaho
662 200
+28
+4.56%
42.84%
43.
Hawaii
653 940
-5
-0.79%
50.49%
44.
Rhode Island
597 740
+41
+7.43%
56.75%
45.
South Dakota
434 680
+11
+2.82%
53.51%
46.
Montana
429 380
-19
-4.25%
44.04%
47.
Delaware
391 020
+20
+5.50%
44.18%
48.
Alaska
384 600
+11
+3.15%
55.06%
49.
379 740
+13
+3.77%
58.71%
50.
Vermont
344 940
+17
+5.33%
55.48%
51.
Wyoming
238 000
+11
+4.98%
43.73%