When was the last time you got a 25% raise out of nowhere? Probably not recently! Then again, you probably haven't been labouring for half a day at a time in a Chinese iPad factory under allegedly godawful work conditions.
It's widely reported that Facebook is going to file for an IPO today, and likely that the offering will be in the $5 billion range (around £3.15 billion). Time to start digging up your backyard bullion stash, right? Wrong. For the average guy the Facebook IPO is strictly Like, don't touch.
We know that Apple just had its biggest quarter in history. We know that they made an insane $46.33 billion in revenue. But do we really know how much money $46.33 billion is, well for starters it's £30 billion. It's hard to visualise, so this presentation and facts may help:
Facebook has started placing adverts within its main news feed, causing confusion about the terminology it's using. Instead of saying "Adverts" or "Sponsored posts" or something obvious so you know never to click on the stupid things, the ads are tagged as "Featured" -- which doesn't make it clear that you're seeing a paid comment.
Despite the rise in NFC payment technologies, the humble magnetic and chip-and-pin credit card is still king, and that doesn’t look to be changing soon. But the credit card is evolving and it’s gaining a screen and battery.
Google has admitted that it's Adsense/Adwords money generating machine has once again been doing things it shouldn't, with ads for Olympic tickets, cannabis and fake ID cards found to be populating its network.
According to a rather self-publicising survey conducted by E.ON, Brits waste around £60 a year of electricity per household by just leaving gadgets plugged after they've finished charging -- about £134m a year for the whole country. That's not even taking into account the damage constantly charging something does to the battery.
Transferring cash through your phone and the internet ought to get a little quicker from next week, with the UK and Eurozone countries making it a required standard for all mobile and internet payments to arrive within one day.
Believe it or not, things are still capable of getting worse for Olympus. The crisis-struck camera company's latest shame comes via Japanese police and investigators, who have raided the firm's Japanese office.
The Blue Morpho butterfly shines such a brilliant blue it almost seems electric. Its secret? Microscopic holes that play with light in an incredible way. And by using nanotechnology, we can replicate those same effects on printed objects, like money. Bling!
The director of the newly launched Government Digital Service project has revealed that one in five calls to government helplines were triggered by failed attempts to use official web sites, costing the UK taxpayer nearly one billion pounds.
Sure, the penny CGP Grey is talking about might be the American one cent coin, but the same goes for our pretty much useless 1p coin. When was the last time you saw a vending machine take less than a 5p coin? And all those crummy £0.99 sales tactics -- that's £1 whichever way you carve it up -- who cares about that 1p you're potentially saving?
Oh, Kodak, once the acme of all things camera, now a stark lesson in Darwinism in technology. You adapt and evolve, or you die. It was revealed today that Kodak is shedding more than £45 million a month. Let's hold hands.