DUMPING CABLE

We keep hearing from readers who have dropped their expensive cable TV subscriptions. This is going to be an unstoppable trend. With plug-in adapters like Roku, Apple TV, or Google Chromecast, you get channels such as Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and Amazon Video. All of those except YouTube involve extra fees, like $7 a month price for Netflix. But that is very little compared to cable costs.

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THE NUMBERS REPORT: OVER 1 TRILLION PHOTOS TAKEN EVERY YEAR

The number of photos captured worldwide every year has increased six times in the last ten years to 1.2 trillion photos. That’s around 3.3 billion (yes, billion) photos a day. Around 79 percent of smartphone users take photos with their phones, 88 percent of those ages 18 to 24.

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TV OR NOT TV, THAT IS THE QUESTION

In three years, almost a quarter of all U.S. households won’t be cable TV subscribers, according to a new study by eMarketer. Instead, they’ll be watching Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and other channels on the Web, either directly on their computers or through devices like the Roku Player, Apple TV and Google Chromecast.

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FLASHBACK: THE VISION THING

The 20th anniversary of the first news broadcast on the Internet is coming up on November 23. In 1995, our friend Victor Dorff made history by talking ABC TV News into letting him put “World News Now” on the web. They thought he was crazy, but gave it a try.

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THE END OF THE HUMAN RACE AS WE KNOW IT

Ray Kurzweil, futures forecaster and inventor of the music synthesizer, says human beings have an expiration date.

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CHECKING FACEBOOK IN THE SHOWER

According to a survey of over 2000 people, compulsive Facebook users are prone to update their posts even in the shower, while driving, at funerals and in the ocean. Many others admit to having lied so they could leave a social engagement to check Facebook. There are now 1.49 billion Facebook users. More info on this can be found at StopProcrastinatingApp.com/how-to-block-facebook.

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GOOGLE FOR PRESIDENT

Here’s a wakeup study for election time: Recent research shows that we trust the Internet — maybe too much. In a test of undecided voters, the name and favorable information about any candidate that came in at the top of their search results, made them likely to switch to that candidate.

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THE LEAST CORRUPT COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD

Transparency.org has a “Corruption Perceptions Index.” By their measure, Denmark is the least corrupt country in the world. New Zealand is the second least corrupt, Finland third. The U.S. is tied with Barbados, Hong Kong and Ireland for 17th place. Greece and Italy are tied at 69th. Somalia and North Korea are tied at the bottom — 174th.  In the “Economic Freedom of the World” index, Greece is 144th, Germany is 31st and Canada is 10th.

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THE NUMBERS REPORT

Data breaches will cost companies $2.1 trillion globally by 2019, almost four times this year’s rate, according to Juniper Research. It’s because we’re putting almost everything that involves money online. The average cost of each data breach will exceed $150 million by 2020. (Remember: cyber-crime is a growth industry.)

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WHAT’S REALLY WARMING THE WORLD?

“What’s Really Warming the World?” Search on that phrase and you’ll come up with an interactive chart put together by Bloomberg Business. It’s a view of temperature changes in air and water over the last 135 years, plotted against things like volcanic activity, deforestation, changes in solar radiation, etc. The strongest correlation is seen with so-called “greenhouse gases.”

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