23rd January 2016

The human brain may be able to store one petabyte of data, which is 1 quadrillion bytes or 1 million megabytes. That’s enough memory to store 13.3 years of high-definition video.” That is a huge number and it makes me wonder if at some point scientists will find a way to increase the already substantial abilities of our brains, and what the ramifications will be. More at Huffington Post.

Apple received $1 billion from Google in 2014, according to a transcript of court proceedings from Oracle Corp.’s copyright lawsuit against Google. The search engine giant has an agreement with Apple that gives the iPhone maker a percentage of the revenue Google generates through the Apple device, an attorney for Oracle said at a Jan. 14 hearing in federal court.” That’s a huge number and it proves the overwhelming popularity of mobile devices which is discussed in this article at Bloomberg. In September 2015, Tim Cook wrote the following- “A few years ago, users of Internet services began to realize that when an online service is free, you’re not the customer. You’re the product. But at Apple, we believe a great customer experience shouldn’t come at the expense of your privacy.” So, Tim and Apple believe that you should not be the product of an online service, but are perfectly happy to financially benefit from the targets of their criticism?

In a recent interview with Jeremy Leslie, creative director of Mag Culture, he said the following- “What has always attracted me about magazines is the way they combine text, image and design to tell stories in a manner that is thoroughly immersive. A good magazine has a clear agenda, takes full advantage of the print medium, and is thoroughly engaging. It should reflect its era – magazines are great records of their times. Not just in terms of stories, writing and photography, but also design and visual trends.” I completely agree with what he is saying here. eBooks may be growing very quickly and denting sales of paper books, but for me digital magazines still do not come close to combining so many different forms on one page. There is something special about a paper magazine that works on no other medium.

Is it ever OK to queue-jump? is a thought provoking article over at The Guardian which looks at the types of people who queue jump and those (most of us Brits) who do not. Worth a quick read.

“Researchers at the California Institute of Technology have deduced that we do in fact have a ninth planet in our solar system, and it’s about ten times the mass of Earth. (Or, as schoolchildren will delight in repeating, roughly the size of Uranus.)” More at Core 77. You can never have too many planets in my opinion, unless The Borg populate them.

The fact that How government poisoned the people of Flint is not an easy read is what makes it so compelling. Shocking. “The issue blew open in the fall of 2015 when a university researcher and a local doctor issued separate reports warning about lead in the Flint water system. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha’s study showed lead levels spiked in Flint children after the source of drinking water was switched to the Flint River.”

Apple is not telling anyone how many Apple Watches it has sold, but Fortunehas taken a stab at working out the numbers. 5.8 million is the guess which is extremely low for any flagship Apple product, but extremely high in the smart watch world and thus it is currently impossible to know if it is a success or a failure.

I love the classic VW Camper and cannot imagine a vehicle with more personality, but The Coolest Modern Rvs, Trailers And Campers over at design milk opened my eyes to what is out there. Some of these are seriously cool.

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