The largest study ever on e-mail reveals how similar we all are

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Critics have been writing about the eventual demise of e-mail for nearly a decade. While some companies have indeed phased out the spam-laden form of communication in exchange for more modern methods, the truth of the matter is that e-mail is still incredibly popular.

Well over 100 billion e-mails are sent and received each day yet interestingly enough, most of us are fairly predictable in the way we use and respond to e-mails.

Researchers from Cornell University and Yahoo Labs recently spent several months examining more than 16 billion e-mails sent and received by two million people as part of the largest study ever on the subject.

Researchers found much of what you’d expect. For example, messages sent via mobile devices tend to be shorter in length and the more messages a person receives, the fewer they actually respond to. Furthermore, an e-mail is replied to faster during business hours and is generally lengthier in the morning compared to the afternoon or evening.

Digging deeper, the study revealed that half of all replies were sent within 47 minutes with two minutes being the most common response time. What’s more, half of all replies checked in under the 43-word mark and the most frequent reply length was just five words.

Source: techspot

Revenue gap between iOS and Android apps is still growing

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Traditionally, iOS apps have drawn more revenue than Android apps, but with Android’s sizable lead in global market share you’d think the gap was getting narrower. According to the latest data obtained by App Annie, it’s quite the opposite. In the first quarter of 2015, global revenue for the iOS app store was 70% higher than revenue from Google Play, up from 60% in Q3 2014.

The gain is attributed in large part to strong iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales in China, where demand for larger screens is particularly high. In fact, Apple devices accounted for 25% of all the smartphones sold in urban China during Q1 2015. Shipments of smartphones with screen sizes between 5 and 7 inches constituted roughly 60 percent of total smartphone shipments in the country.

Despite coming out on top in terms of downloads, when it comes to overall iOS App Store revenue, China took the third spot after the U.S. and Japan.

Meanwhile, although it lost revenue to iOS, Google Play still registered a 70% uptick in downloads between the third quarter 2014 and first quarter 2015 thanks to its growing market penetration in Brazil, Mexico and Turkey.

Source: Techspot

Where does the stolen DATA go?

You’d be forgiven for ignoring news about the latest data breach; it seems like there’s a new report every day about some retailer, bank, or restaurant that has had their systems accessed by hackers.

When it happens, you can make the usual moves: alert your credit card companies, change passwords, sign up for credit monitoring. But what about the data that was stolen? What actually happens to it?

That’s what a team at data protection firm Bitglass wanted to know. So they created 1,568 fake employee credentials, attached watermarking technologies, and let them loose in the “Dark Web” to find out where they ended up.

Reaction was swift. In 12 days, the information was shared in 22 countries across five continents. The data received over 1,100 clicks and was downloaded 47 times. IP address information also indicated that it crossed path with cyber-crime syndicates in Nigeria and Russia, though activity was high in China and Brazil, too.

Source: PCMAG, Bitglass

Turn any TV into a Chrome PC with Google’s new Chromebit

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Chromebooks have proven to be an incredibly fruitful product for Google. The same can be said about Chromecast, Google’s revolutionary HDMI streaming dongle that’s spawned a number of similar products. Why not take the best aspects of both and create a single product?

That’s exactly what Google has done with Chromebit, a smallish HDMI dongle that brings a Chrome OS PC right to your television or HDMI-equipped monitor.

Developed in conjunction with Asus, the Chromebit is powered by a Rockchip RK3288 SoC (with Mali 760 graphics) alongside 2GB of RAM. There’s also 16GB of internal flash storage, 2×2 dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and a full-sized USB 2.0 port on the end. The device even swivels near the middle so you can better hide it behind a TV or monitor.

It’s not exactly a powerhouse of a computer but it could be a great addition to cash-strapped schools or even in developing nations that are just now starting to get online and integrating technology into daily life.

Google Chromebit isn’t an entirely new idea as Intel recently announced its $149 Compute Stick that’s a full-fledged Windows PC crammed into a stick about the same size as Google’s.

The search giant was somewhat short on specifics but we’re told the Chromebit will debut sometime this summer for less than $100 (which usually means $99.99 in marketing terms). It’ll be available in your choice of sliver, blue or orange color schemes.

Source: Techspot

New flash technology from Intel, Micron will soon spawn 10TB SSDs

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Good news on the consumer solid state drive front as storage capacity is expected to ramp up dramatically in the coming months thanks to a partnership between Intel and Micron.

The two tech firms, which have been working together on flash storage for quite some time, have created a new type of 3D NAND flash memory that benefits not from building larger flash cells but stacking them on top of each other – much like building a skyscraper. Best yet, this method will result in greater efficiency and lower costs which will likely be passed along to the consumer.

Specifically, the two have stacked NAND flash 32 layers deep to create 32GB chips that are already sampling at both companies. A 48GB variant is also in the works, we’re told. Add several of these to a standard package and you suddenly have a massive SSD on your hands.

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How big, you ask? Using the M.2 PCIe form factor, the duo can turn out drives with capacities of up to 3.5TB and in a standard 2.5-inch enclosure, we’ll soon be looking at 10TB drives which is on par with today’s large-capacity spinning hard drives at a fraction of the size.

Brian Shirley, VP of memory technology and solutions at Micron, said this 3D NAND technology has the potential to create fundamental market shifts and the depth of the impact that flash has had to date is really just scratching the surface of what’s possible.

Intel said it expects to ship products using the new technology by the second half of this year.

Source: Techspoy