If you think the whole mobile apps craze is just a fad, consider this statistic: any free app in the iOS App Store's top 10 list is receiving at least 30,000 downloads a day. A DAY! And that's just for the US alone. Madness, right?
Apple has announced that its Mac App Store has provided 100 million downloads since it was launched, just under a year ago. While that sounds impressive, remember that the iOS store shifts almost a billion apps a month, so it's got some way to go yet. [Apple; Image: Shutterstock]
We've already talked about lab-grown meat before and the challenge of making it resemble real meat in both taste and texture. But once that feat is accomplished, it will cost £220,000 to produce a single, artificially-made hamburger.
Well there's a revelation for you. That iconic, ingrained in your Windows-using memory, start-up sound, was firstly produced by Brian Eno, and secondly on a Mac. Seems Brian's not a fan of Windows PCs.
You might be surprised to find out that trains travelling the Central line cover the equivalent distance from here to Australia each day -- that's over 8100 miles. The Northern and Piccadilly lines come close too, with 7850 and 7500 miles covered each.
Privacy, the concept of friendship — add one more thing to the list of notions Facebook's smashed. The old assumption that we're all connected by six degrees of separation is outdated, Facebook says: now it's 4.74, across the globe.
Back in May, Google said that they'd activated 100 million Android phones. That was a crazy number, but they just said during their Google Music event that they've doubled it in the six months since, and have now activated 200 million phones, with 550,000 activations every day. [Google]
A new report on nuclear proliferation is—surprise!—kind of terrifying, revealing some disconcerting facts about nuclear warheads, who has them, and what we don't know. The bottom line: holy hell, we've built a lot of these things.
Above, if you can see through all the weed smoke, you get a scene that's something like the aftermath of a bad LAN party—clutter, shitty laptops, and monitors everywhere. But music's being made in this budget-tech dungeon.
According to Ofcom's recent infrastructure report for 2011, British households download 17GB on average per month over their fixed broadband lines. That's the equivalent of streaming about 12 hours of BBC iPlayer.
Daylight Savings Time. In the UK we've been practicing this semi-annual time change for as long as we can remember -- we call it British Summer Time. It gives us more summer light and theoretically less power consumption. But is it really so great?
We'd already said that netbooks are dead, but it was maybe more accurate then to say that they were dying. Now, not only have netbook shipments precipitously declined, they're getting positively banged out by tablets. As they should.
Internet Explorer, the old, fat, mad king of the online kingdom still reigns uncontested. But beneath him, a power struggle between Chrome and Firefox, the latter of which has clung to the number two spot. But that's about to change.