American homes gained a billion more electronic gadgets between 2010 and 2013, according to the Consumer Electronics Association, but national electricity consumption declined by 12 percent. New electronic devices, including TVs and computers, use less energy then older models. So buying new equipment is “green,” as they say. Meanwhile … all those devices are clogging up something else: Smart phone apps account for 25 percent of all Internet traffic, according to a recent report by Kleiner Perkins. An increasing amount of that traffic is for shopping: buying things from your cell phone will reach $100 billion this year, according to Forrester Research.
We’ve never started a column with a “Numbers Report” before. This is a frequent subject in our column but always placed well down. But some numbers have become so extraordinary in recent times, that they are worth talking about right up front. Such is the case with web sites.
Pretty soon we’ll all be on candid camera. Facebook users upload 350 million photos a day. That’s over 200,000 pictures a minute. It’s running about 120 billion a year currently and accelerating constantly. In the two years since the company went public, they’ve accumulated 250 billion photos, one-fourth of a trillion.
Sixty-six percent of players dump their free Android and iPhone games the day after they try them out, according to a study by Swrve, a company that helps developers of free games make some money. Around two percent of players buy things within a game. These spend $20 on average.
Microsoft surveyed over 10,000 people ages 18 and up from all over the world and this is what they found out: — Only 36 percent of respondents limit the amount of personal information they put on the web. — Only 37 percent look for ways to prevent identity theft. — Fifteen percent of respondents say they or someone they know was a victim of identity theft.
Driverless cars are moving up fast on the outside and in California there is even legislation being proposed to make them legal on the roads. But just when you thought it’s safe to go out on the ocean, here come captain-less ships. Actually, they’re supposed to be safer that way.
— Tiny robots the size of a human cell can carry drugs to the brain and eye. Beats surgery. Chinese researchers have developed micro robots for curing strokes and eye diseases without an operation. A thin layer of nickel on the robots allows them to be controlled magnetically. (There’s more info about this on the web. Search on the phrase “Chinese scientists build tiny robot to battle human diseases.”)