10 Ways Data is Changing How We Live

This article from the telegraph in the UK, how the availability of new sets of data has changed the way we live our lives.

Here are 10 (Shopping, Relationships, Business deliveries, Maps, Education, Politics, Society, war, Avertising and Linked data and the future) examples of data which have changed everything from how we assess wars to how companies deliver milk. The examples of data mentioned in this article are innovative, exciting and life changing, but the best is yet to come

via www.telegraph.co.uk

Graph Your Inbox

Graph Your Inbox is a Google Chrome extension that allows you to graph Gmail activity over time. You can use it to visualize your communication with friends, your Facebook activity, when you purchased items on Amazon or how often you use certain words or phrases. We provide the same search functionality used by Gmail, but instead of a list of messages we show you a graph of your email trends over time.

Download it here.

Note: Graph Your Inbox is in no way associated with Gmail. Gmail is a registered trademark of Google, Inc. This extension does not save any personal information and does not send any personal information to any server. It does not request or record your email password. This extension does not modify the Gmail website or your email in any way.

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Is Information Overload Over-Hyped?

Have we become a society of whiners when it comes to information overload? The problem is that people don't have tools to filter information down to the most useful bits with minimal effort. The only choices we have right now are to take everything through our various media sources or shut ourselves off from potential opportunities. Of course that's a false choice because when we let ourselves be inundated by information we miss things anyway--time is the ultimate arbiter of attention.

via www.fastcompany.com

Is Print Dead?

We all know the newspaper industry has been hit long before the economic downturn of 2009. As a magazine designer, I was curious as to how the industry is doing as a whole: What parts of the industry have the most growth? Where are the jobs? Is employment falling? How do books, magazines and newspapers compare with "new media"? Here's some stats...

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The History of the Cell Phone

It’s hard to imagine getting through one day without using a cell phone, especially since the device now doubles as a computer, planner and address book for many of us. But less than 40 years ago, the idea of a cell phone was just that–an idea. milo.com chronicle the technological innovations and improvements that have taken place in a few short decades to make the mobile phone the powerful machine that it is today.

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