How Apple’s iPhone changed the world: 10 years in 10 charts

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Apple’s first iPhone was released 10 years ago this week — on June 29, 2007. While it wasn’t the first smartphone, it leapfrogged far beyond the competition and launched the mobile revolution. Few industries or societies have been left unchanged.

Here are 10 charts that show some of the profound effects the iPhone-led — and Google Android-fueled — mobile boom have caused over the past decade.

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European Union plans to end mobile phone roaming charges

The measures will reduce consumer charges and simplify red tape for mobile companies.

As part of a raft of measures to reform the telecoms market, the European Commission is proposing to scrap mobile phone roaming charges across Europe. The Commission described the reforms as “the most ambitious plan in 26 years of telecoms market reform”.



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Top 10 technological breakthroughs of the past 45 years


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We have experienced a continuous revolution of new vs. old, manual work vs. automation, digital vs. analog in the past 45 years. In that time, thousands of sophisticated IT products fueled a series of information revolutions that transformed the business and consumer worlds.



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2011 Facebook Stats and Facts


Facebook is used by 1 in13 people worldwide.

Facebook Statistics, Stats and Facts for 2011 are starting to roll out, and here is the first infographic to wrap them all up thanks to Online Schools. With over 500 million users, Facebook is now used by 1 in every 13 people on earth, with over 250 million of them (over 50%) who log in every day. The average user still has about 130 friends, but that should expand in 2011.


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Watching Television on a T-Shirt


Augment your reality.

Augmented Reality (AR) is the next big thing as far as mobile and smart phone technology is concerned. For the uninitiated, AR is a technology that uses virtual inputs, such as sound and graphics, to augment the physical real-world environment. A concrete example would be pointing a smart phone at a particular real world object and information about that object appears instantaneously on the mobile phone screen. As a technology, Augmented Reality has been around for quite some time. Many of us may not have realized it but sport scores and statistics seen during live sporting events was the first form of AR technology. With mobile phones becoming an integral part of our day-to-day lifestyle, AR is now making its presence felt with mobile technology.

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Are Cell Phones to Blame for the Disappearance of Honey Bees?

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Researchers claim they have found the cause of the decline in bees which could be the first step in reversing the decline.

The growing use of mobile telephones is behind the disappearance of honey bees and the collapse of their hives, scientists have claimed.  Their disappearance has caused alarm throughout Europe and North America where campaigners have blamed agricultural pesticides, climate change and the advent of genetically modified crops for what is now known as ‘colony collapse disorder.’ Britain has seen a 15 per cent decline in its bee population in the last two years and shrinking numbers has led to a rise in thefts of hives.

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