Facebook's head of U.S. agency relations Sarah Personette revealed a joint event held by Obilvy and Buddy Media a bunch of statistics on global usage for Facebook. According to Facebook, they have 149 million Americans actively using the site with 70-percent of those users logging in daily.
Personette also revealed that France has 22 million active users with 65-percent returning daily, the UK has 29 million active users and Canada fills it's void with 19 million active users. From the picture above, we can see that my home country Australia has 10 million active users with 66-percent returning daily. Not bad at all, Facebook. Poke.
There's been a rumor of an iPhone Nano for quite a while now, but it has never come to fruition. Now Bloomberg is talking about Apple releasing a mini iPhone that would retail for $200 without being on a contract or including any subsidy.
Bloomberg has gone as far to say that "people who have been briefed on the plans" as their source of the information and claim that at least one person has seen the prototype (I'm guessing it wasn't left at a bar this time). The shrunken iPhone is supposedly one third smaller than the current model iPhone 4 and will include parts from the current model which helps Apple cut costs while it puts the more expensive parts in the next-gen iPhone 5.
Every time I go to the gym and see someone wearing headphones, it never ceases to amaze me that I can hear their music with them wearing earphones from 10 feet away. I can only imagine how loud that must be in their ears and how bad that must be for their hearing.
If you worry about your hearing or the hearing of your kid or another loved one that wears earphones a lot dB Logic has a new set of earphones that will be perfect for you. The earphones are called the EP-100 and are shipping now for about $30. The headphones have special SPL2 technology inside that protect the user from hearing damage associated with listening to music too loudly for a long time.
The circuits inside the headphones regulate the volume without causing distortion and other issues with the music. The technology needs no batteries either and is transparent to the user. The earphones come in silver, red, blue, pink, green, and orange colors and are available right now on Amazon and directly from the manufacturer.
Mophie has been making cases for the iPhone since the smartphone launched years ago. The thing that the cases all share is an internal battery that allows the smartphone to run longer between charges. Most iPhone users will tell you that a case with a battery in it is important if you use the internet or play games a lot.
The juice pack case on the market right now will fit the AT&T iPhone 4, but not the Verizon version. This is thanks to the slightly lower controls on the right side of the smartphone. Mophie has announced that a new version of the juice pack air will land in March that will work for both of the iPhone 4 versions.
The case has a 1500mAh battery inside and can double the runtime of the iPhone 4. The first case will be black with silver accents, making it look very much like the iPhone with no case on. Later will come a glossy white version and a red version for those wanting a change. The iPhone can be charged and synced with the case installed using an included cable. The case will sell for $79.95.
Typically when I talk about Scythe we are looking at pics and specs on a new cooling solution for CPUs or video cards. Cooling isn't all Scythe has and the latest product to come for the company is a new line of power supplies. The line is all the same with the only difference being the power rating.
Scythe offers a 500W, 600W, and 700W version of the new Gouriki 3 PSU. They all share the same dual 12V rail as recommended by the Intel ATX 2.3 standard. The dual rails promise more stable power for computers. The PSUs also all measure in at 150 x 155 x 86mm and have a Scythe fan inside for cooling that is 140mm.
That fan has a special circuit that spins at only the speed needed to keep the PSU cool. The maximum speed is 1100rpm for the 500W offering, 1200rpm for the 600W, and 1450rpm for the 700W. The line is rated 80 Plus Bronze and has lots of protection built in for overvolt and more. Pricing and availability are unknown.
Club3D has a large catalog of video cards that include offerings in the low to high range from both NVIDIA and AMD. Club3D has announced a new video card called the Radeon HD 6950 that has a unique cooling system and should perform well while staying nice and cool.
The card has many of the same specs that all HD 6950 video cards offer. The GPU uses 40nm technology and has 1408 stream processors. The card has 1GB of GDDR5 RAM and a 256-bit memory interface. The core clock for the card is 800MHz and the memory is clocked at 5000MHz.
The 6950 supports DX11 and uses the PCI-E 2.1 interface and has a dual slot active cooling solution. The recommended PSU is at least 700W and the card has lots of connectivity. Connectivity includes two DVI ports, dual Mini DisplayPorts, and HDMI. The cooling solution has two fans and lots of heat pipes for maximum cooling.
Seagate has been in the storage business for years and year and is one of the largest companies in the market. It started to branch out of traditional storage along ago and moved into some storage products that would not only allow you to store you digital content, but play that content back to other devices as well. Two of those storage and steaming devices are the GoFlex TV and FreeAgent Theater+ HD.
Seagate has announced that it has a new app for both of the devices that will work on the iPhone. The app will allow the streaming of content from anywhere in the home using an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. The app looks like the interface for the media players IR remote according to Seagate.
Using the app the media player devices can be controlled from anywhere inside the home using WiFi. The app will let the user search and navigate through the photos on the media player and the network and will operate any and all media players on the user's WiFi network. The app is a free download.
Our Download of the Day today is Beyond Compare 3.2.4.
Beyond Compare 3 is the ideal tool for comparing files and folders on your Windows system. Visualize changes in your code and carefully reconcile them.
Compare Files, Folders
Beyond Compare allows you to quickly and easily compare your files and folders. By using simple, powerful commands you can focus on the differences you're interested in and ignore those you're not. You can then merge the changes, synchronize your files, and generate reports for your records.
Beyond Compare includes built-in comparison viewers for a variety of data types. Compare .csv data or HTML tables in a Data Compare session, or images in a Picture Compare session.
Beyond Compare's new merge view allows you to combine changes from two versions of a file into a single output. Its intelligent approach allows you to quickly accept most changes while carefully examining conflicts.
Beyond Compare's intuitive Folder Sync interface lets you reconcile differences in your data automatically.
Fake guitarplayers everywhere are mourning today as Activision released that they are discontinuing their popular Guitar Hero franchise after a six year run. Slipping sales are the most likely culprit, with the latest release "Warriors of Rock" setting a new low in sales for the $2 billion gaming franchise.
While it may be the first game people think of when you're naming music-based video games, new competition from the likes of Rock Band and others have severely bitten into Guitar Hero's fanbase. Activision said in a statement that "due to continued declines in the music genre, the company will disband Activision Publishing's Guitar Hero business unit and discontinue development on its Guitar Hero game for 2011." Well, it's easy to make millions when you're the only game in town but when the competition comes you've got to step it up and Guitar Hero just wasn't able to do it. Reports are stating that Activision may continue to make new downloadable content available for current Guitar Hero games; although there is no timetable on how often or how long it will continue.
Thermaltake's Toughpower line of power supplies have been a big hit for high end PC owners. The folks at Thermaltake are looking to keep the momentum going as they release three new flavors of their Toughpower Grand line, complete with 80 Plus Gold certification for maximum efficiency.
The new Toughpower Grans PSUs will be available in 850W, 1050W and 1200W Models. Dual 12V rails provide most of the juice that your PC needs and an ultra durable 3 oz PCB design provides a solid base. A flower shaped 140mm fan keeps the unit cool and the FanDelayCool feature keeps the fan running for 15 to 30 seconds after shutdown for added cooling after long gaming or benching sessions. No prices or relase dates were released at this time.