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Here's what Facebook made off an average user in the last three months
It's no coincidence that Facebook is one of the world's richest companies. In company earnings reported on Wednesday, it revealed it made an average of $4.83 in revenue per user, globally, over the last...
Tech's gender pay gap wider than U.S. average
The gap between what men earn and women earn in technology jobs is greater than many other U.S. sectors, according to new research released Tuesday by job recruiting site Glassdoor.The job recruiting site...
Twitter beats revenue estimates, cuts 9 percent jobs
Twitter Inc's quarterly revenue growth slowed sharply in the third quarter but topped analysts' expectations, and the company said it would cut 9 percent of its global workforce.The social network has...
Fitness trackers may actually make you gain weight
EnlargeGetty | RJ Sangosti reader comments 9 Share this story Chiming in with reminders, data, and tips, our sleek gadgets and handy apps want to program us into being better versions of ourselves: more...
Prepare for ‘severe’ conditions, Australia
The WA town of Yarloop that was devastated by deadly bushfires in January has reopened. This fire prediction is concerning farmers and firefighters across the country. DON’T be fooled into a false sense...
US and UK fall behind in largest ever global study of height
Taller in the NetherlandsLuis Davilla/ age fotostock/GettyBy New Scientist staff and Press AssociationThe height of men and women in the UK has increased by around 11 centimetres over the last century....
Game over for sleep when video games are on the line
Are video games like "Bloodborne," "Fallout" and "Call of Duty" worth losing sleep over? For plenty of gamers, the answer is yes.A new study of almost 1,000 gamers finds many will sacrifice sleep to continue...
Video game playing negatively influences adequate sleep and bedtimes
A new study found that gamers will push off obtaining adequate sleep in order to continue video gaming. Results show that on average, gamers delayed going to bed 36 percent of the nights they played video...
Australia, we’ve been tricked
The monthly Climate and Water Outlook video covers rainfall, streamflow and temperature for the next three months. Courtesy: YouTube/Bureau of Meteorology. The Bureau of Meteorology climate outlook for...
Hey winter, where the bloody hell are you?
Most of Australia will experience above average daytime and nighttime temperatures and above average rainfall in the next three months, according to the Bureau of Meteorology?s climate and water outlook...
New study shows women in tech ask for less — and receive it
According to a new study published by the data science team at Hired, a jobs marketplace for tech workers, the average female candidate sets her expected salary at $14,000 less than men. Relatedly...
India has the lowest Internet speed in Asia-Pacific: Report
Comments By: IANS | New Delhi | Published:March 27, 2016 2:24 pm The global average internet connection speed increased 23 percent to 5.6 Mbps in the quarter ended December 2015 compared to the same period...
The Internet is getting faster, a lot faster
Is there anyone on the planet who doesn't want faster Internet speeds? I don't think so. So, it's good news that Akamai, a global content delivery network (CDN) services leader, has found, as reported...
NASA: February Was Most Abnormally Warm Month Ever
Global surface temperatures in February were 1.35 degrees Celsius warmer than average, according to new data released by NASA. The rise, which is compared against the baseline average from 1951 to 1980,...
February 2016’s temperature spike is yet another record
It’s spring in Madrid, Spain, and it’s only mid-FebruaryMarcos del Mazo/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty ImagesIt’s official: February was the most anomalously warm month on record, smashing the record...
Apple supplier Broadcom to slash 1,900 jobs globally
Chipmaker Broadcom Ltd, the company created following the merger of Avago and Broadcom, said it would cut about 1,900 jobs globally across its businesses.Shares of Broadcom, which also supplies to Apple...
AARP: Price hikes doubled average drug price over 7 years
TRENTON, N.J. — The average cost for a year’s supply of a prescription drug doubled in just seven years to more than $11,000 — about three-quarters of the average annual Social Security benefit. AARP...
Pharma’s drug hikes doubled average cost of prescriptions in last decade
Eric HunsakerTrips to the pharmacy are getting more and more expensive. From 2006 to 2013, the average retail cost of a year’s supply of 622 common prescriptions doubled—from about $5,500 to more than...
Get your umbrellas ready
We can expect some rainfall this autumn after a crazy hot summer. Picture: David Caird. GET your umbrellas ready, it’s going to be a wet autumn. The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted above average rainfall...
Application downtime costs Brazilian companies $18m in revenue
Brazilian companies are losing $18m in revenue a year with systems unavailability, according to a recent study.The amount, above the world average of $16m in yearly downtime-related losses, is down to...
Business News Roundup, Feb. 19
Volkswagen internal memos and e-mails suggest that company executives pursued a strategy of delay and obfuscation with U.S. regulators after being confronted in early 2014 with evidence that VW diesel...
2015 'shatters records' as warmest year on record
2015 was the warmest year on record, according to data from Nasa and the Met Office.The Met Office data set -- HadCRUT4 -- showed that 2015 was 0.75 ±0.1°C above the long-term average, a record since at...
2015 was officially the hottest year on record
Outlet glacier Hoffellsjökull as seen in Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður National Park in southeast Iceland. Due to climate change, Hoffellsjökull glacier has retreated a considerable distance, and a deep glacial...
India smartphone shipments to overtake feature phones in 2016: CMR
Comments By: IANS | New Delhi | Updated: January 19, 2016 9:50 pm Smartphones will continue to be the growth engine for the market. Market research and consulting services firm CyberMedia Research (CMR)...
Business News Roundup, Jan. 8
Venture capitalist Sean Parker has started backing up his promise to fund a campaign to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use California this year, dropping $500,000 of what is expected to be...
2015 Was Second Hottest Ever in US
A hot December made 2015 the second hottest year on record in the contiguous United States, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). "It was quite an exceptional month,"...
Truck buyers, rejoice: Gas should remain cheap through 2016, says AAA - CNET
As gas prices drop, truck sales rise. However, oil is a finite resource, and many buyers forget the fact that gas prices will inevitably rise over time. Antuan Goodwin/CNET When gas is cheap, buyers tend...
Top CEOs earned an average of $8.96 million in 2014: study
TORONTO – Canada’s highest-paid CEOs saw their compensation dip two per cent from 2013 to 2014, but they still raked in an average of $8.96 million each, according to a new study.The think tank that conducted...
Brits are swiftly adopting '4K ready' superfast broadband connections
Akamai has released its 'State of the Internet Report' for Q3 2015, and it brings forth some illuminating statistics on broadband speeds in the UK and worldwide.Looking at the global picture first, the...
NOAA: Last month was the warmest November on record
Typically a chilly month, November 2015 was the warmest on record, according to the latest report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA's National Centers for Environmental...
Arctic air temps highest since 1900, global report says
The Canadian ice-breaker CCGS Amundsen, pictured September 27, 2015, navigates near Devon Island, in the Canadian High Arctic, where warming temperatures have opened the famed Northwest Passage to navigation...
Average women must lose 14 lbs to be considered more facially attractive
"Women and men of average height need to gain or lose about three and a half and four kilograms, or about eight and nine pounds, respectively, for anyone to see it in their face, but they need to lose...
Brazilian e-commerce gets uplift with Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Despite the economic crisis that Brazil is currently experiencing, local consumers flocked to stores online to buy products and services during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday events.Business generated...
Great Lakes levels expected to stay mostly above average
Water levels in the Great Lakes should remain mostly above average over the next six months as a powerful El Nino gives the region a break after two bitterly cold winters, but it's unclear whether there...
A hot Jupiter around a sun-like star
There are almost 1800 confirmed exoplanets known today, and over 4000 exoplanet candidates. Astronomers have obtained estimates for the masses and radii (and hence the average densities) of over four hundred...
Nexus 5X review: Average phone, above average value
A new Nexus phone used to be something to get excited about for Android devotees; it represented what Google thought could be an ideal mobile experience for others to build off of. The Nexus 5X doesn't...
Jawbone user data shows Indians sleep less than most westerners
Enlarge Image Sarah Tew/CNET Eight hours is said to be the sweet spot of sleep, but it's an amount that many in the west struggle to get. It's even worse in India though, with wearables maker Jawbone on...
Urban India sleeps for six and half hours on an average: Jawbone
Comments By: Tech Desk | New Delhi | Published:November 10, 2015 8:28 pm Jawbone India today shared an interesting insight on sleep and activity patterns of Jawbone UP users across the country. While...
It's costing companies A LOT more to protect privacy
Individually, cybercrime costs for the U.S. companies surveyed varied dramatically, ranging from $1.9 million to $65 million. And the average cost of a cyberattack on a U.S. company rose 22 percent to...
Risk to internet roots of trust having impact on businesses, study shows
Lack of policy enforcement Considering that digital certificates have differing and short lifespans of weeks, months or years, the report said this shows the huge lack of policy enforcement and remediation...
Why better technology won’t stop violent videos going viral
Will technology help to combat violent videos on Facebook?Reuters/Dado RuvicBy Chelsea WhyteOn Easter Sunday, a man chose 74-year old Robert Godwin Sr at random on a street in Cleveland, Ohio, shot him,...
Facebook and Apple have spent more on lobbying than they ever have this year
As Facebook has been tinkering with brain-computer interfaces and an augmented reality camera platform, it's also been cultivating some good old fashioned Washington influence. According to federal lobbying...
Facebook is looking to hire a head of news products to combat fake news
Facebook is looking to hire someone to head up its news products, a significant new role charged with helping to combat the proliferation of so-called fake news on its service. Facebook is talking to...
Facebook's moonshots: Making brains type and skin hear
It looks like just another beige office park building next to a dental office in Menlo Park, California. Yet Building 8, across the street from Facebook’s main campus, houses the social network’s biggest...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark