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A mix of tech, market research, sports, popular culture and other things that I find interesting.
rollingstone:

It was fifty years ago today that the Beatles’ released their first album, Please Please Me. In honor of that world-changing LP, we’ve compiled a list of the 100 Greatest Debuts of All Time. 
A note on how we made the list: Albums got docked points if the artist went on to far greater achievements; conversely, we gave a little extra recognition to great debut albums that the artist never matched. We also skipped solo debuts by artists who were already in well-known bands. We focused, instead, on debuts that gave you the thrill of an act arriving fully-formed, ready to reinvent the world in its own image.

rollingstone:

It was fifty years ago today that the Beatles’ released their first album, Please Please Me. In honor of that world-changing LP, we’ve compiled a list of the 100 Greatest Debuts of All Time.

A note on how we made the list: Albums got docked points if the artist went on to far greater achievements; conversely, we gave a little extra recognition to great debut albums that the artist never matched. We also skipped solo debuts by artists who were already in well-known bands. We focused, instead, on debuts that gave you the thrill of an act arriving fully-formed, ready to reinvent the world in its own image.

pewinternet:

TEENS HAVE GONE MOBILE.
Check these stats:
78% of teens now have a cell phone, and almost half (47%) of them own smartphones. That translates into 37% of all teens who have smartphones, up from just 23% in 2011.
23% of teens have a tablet computer, a level comparable to the general adult population.
95% of teens use the internet.
93% of teens have a computer or have access to one at home.
AND - 1 in 4 teens are “cell-mostly” internet users, who say they mostly go online using their phone and not using some other device such as a desktop or laptop computer.
More: http://pewrsr.ch/ZmwgLG

pewinternet:

TEENS HAVE GONE MOBILE.

Check these stats:

  • 78% of teens now have a cell phone, and almost half (47%) of them own smartphones. That translates into 37% of all teens who have smartphones, up from just 23% in 2011.
  • 23% of teens have a tablet computer, a level comparable to the general adult population.
  • 95% of teens use the internet.
  • 93% of teens have a computer or have access to one at home.

AND - 1 in 4 teens are “cell-mostly” internet users, who say they mostly go online using their phone and not using some other device such as a desktop or laptop computer.

More: http://pewrsr.ch/ZmwgLG

Some things to keep in mind as Facebook prepares to reveal its big announcement today:

pewinternet:

  • 2/3 of online U.S. adults (67%) are Facebook users, making it the dominant social networking site in this country.
  • 61% of Facebook users say they have taken a break from using Facebook for a period of several weeks or more.
  • 8% of online adults who do not currently use Facebook are interested in becoming Facebook users in the future.

These facts and more from our recent report on coming and going on Facebook: http://pewrsr.ch/VGNMNO

(Source: pewinternet.org)

infoneer-pulse:

High-tech software for retailers discreetly tracks customers

Imagine that you’re the proud owner of a good old-fashioned brick-and-mortar shop. Now imagine a software service that gives you a snapshot of what’s hot and what’s not in your store. That’s what Prism Skylabs offers.
The San Francisco startup has developed technology that uses video captured by security cameras to track customers’ movements and create “heatmaps.” The images represent an aggregate of all the shoppers’ whereabouts in the store and which items they touched. For retailers, it’s a valuable tool for making decisions about product placement and floor layout.

» via CNET

Interesting but scary in a Big Brother kind if way

infoneer-pulse:

High-tech software for retailers discreetly tracks customers

Imagine that you’re the proud owner of a good old-fashioned brick-and-mortar shop. Now imagine a software service that gives you a snapshot of what’s hot and what’s not in your store. That’s what Prism Skylabs offers.

The San Francisco startup has developed technology that uses video captured by security cameras to track customers’ movements and create “heatmaps.” The images represent an aggregate of all the shoppers’ whereabouts in the store and which items they touched. For retailers, it’s a valuable tool for making decisions about product placement and floor layout.

» via CNET

Interesting but scary in a Big Brother kind if way

New Jersey vs. Toronto in Newark in 2012.  #nhl #toronto #newjersey #torontomapleleafs #newjerseydevils  #devils #leafs #mapleleafs

New Jersey vs. Toronto in Newark in 2012. #nhl #toronto #newjersey #torontomapleleafs #newjerseydevils #devils #leafs #mapleleafs