Category: Technology

General Motors Augmented Reality Windshield

General Motors has developed a working next-generation heads-up display that turns an ordinary windshield into an augmented reality information dashboard. Such a system can improve safety and advance knowledge behind the wheel, visually identifying important objects in physical space like road signs, the edges of the road you’re on in conditions of poor visibility like fog, and even bring GPS functions right into the dashboard by outlining the exact building you’re going to.

Data Visualization of The State of The Internet

JESS3 / The State of The Internet from JESS3 on Vimeo.

The video goes quick so I jotted down the numbers below for us to analyze.  Here are some interesting facts about the state of the Internet:

  • 1.73 billion – Internet users worldwide (September 2009)
    • 738,257,230 in Asia
    • 418,209,796 in Europe
    • 67,371,700 in Africa
    • 20,371,700 in Oceania / Australia
    • 179,031,479 in Latin America / Caribbean
    • 252,908,000 in North America
  • 90 trillion emails sent on the Internet in 2009
  • 247 billion is the average number of emails per day, 200 billion of those emails are SPAM (81%)
  • 1.4 billion email users worldwide
  • 234 million websites as of December 2009
  • 126 million blogs on the Internet
  • 84% – Percentage of social network sites with more women than men
  • 27.3 million tweets per day on Twitter (November, 2009)
  • Ashton Kutcher has 4.25 million followers on Twitter (@aplusk)
  • Facebook serves up 260 billion page views per month (6 million page views per minute and 37.4 trillion page views in a year)
    • Page Views per month
      • Facebook 260 billion
      • MySpcae 24 billion
      • Twitter 4.4 billion
      • LinkedIn 1.9 billion
    • Facebook needs as many as 30,000 servers to run the site
    • 350 million people on Facebook
    • 2.5 billion photos uploaded each month to Facebook (about 30 billion a year)
    • There are 4 billion photos hosted on Flickr (October 2009)
    • YouTube serves up 12.2 billion videos per month in the US
    • Hulu serves up 924 million per month in the US
    • The average person watches 182 videos per month on the Internet in the US (82% of us)
    • 148,000 new zombie computers created per day
    • 2.6 million malicious code threats at the start of 2009 (viruses, trojans, etc)

Top 5 Changes The iPhone Needs To Stay Dominant

Kevin Rose: Top 5 Changes The iPhone Needs To Stay Dominant:

  1. Create an expedited app review process
  2. Allow apps to be hosted, sold, and installed on 3rd party websites
  3. Allow the creation of apps to compete with your own native apps
  4. Multi-tasking
  5. AT&T stinks – move to Verizon

Gmail Contacts: Find Duplicates


If you use Gmail to manage your contacts you will likely be happy to hear that they just added a find duplicates button which lets you find and merge your duplicate contacts.  I ran the tool tonight and found out I had 92 duplicates from my 733 contacts.  This was a huge time saver…