Internet Users Send 204 Million Emails Per Minute

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A lot can happen in 60 seconds. A decent typist can write approximately 80 words, the Wright brothers can make their historical first flight five times and YouTube users upload 72 hours of footage. While social media can create the sense that the Internet is a small town where everyone is connected and, for the most part, gets along (outside of election season), the truth is quite the opposite. The data transferred on the Internet each minute by its roughly 2.4 billion global users is vast and incomprehensible. See also: 8 Ways Tech Has Completely Rewired Our Brains In one minute, email users send 204 million messages, Amazon makes about $83,000 in online sales and Apple users download 48,000 apps. On the social front, Facebook users share 2.46 million pieces of content, 277,000 tweets are tweeted and Tinder users swipe left or right 416,667 times. Read more... Read more »

8 Rad College Courses Inspired by the Internet

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Class, let's talk about the Internet The web is the inspiration behind a bevy of college courses in the modern age. Obsessed with YouTube ? Head to Pitzer College for a course called "Learning From YouTube." Intrigued by the Internet's saturation of Miley Cyrus? Enroll at Skidmore College, where the singer will be the topic of a sociology course that focuses on her pre and post- VMA hold on the media. See also: 5 College Classes You'll Wish You Could Take From analyzing viral videos to studying the societal side effects of Facebook, we rounded up eight college courses brought to you by the Internet Read more... More about Internet , Features , College , Tech , and Work Play Read more »

If Social Networks Were ‘Game of Thrones’ Houses

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The state of social networks today has a lot in common with the fictional world of Westeros — they're both filled with warring factions, they're ruled by elite business people and power is constantly shifting. As the April 6 premiere of HBO's Game of Thrones rapidly approaches, we started to think about the connections between the various houses and factions of Westeros and the social networks we use every day. See also: 10 'Game of Thrones' Tumblrs for Your Daily Dose of Westeros Facebook is clearly House Lannister, Twitter has more than a drop of Stark blood and the Dothraki are the most fitting metaphor for the 4chan community that we've ever seen. Read more... More about Social Media , Features , Humor , Illustrations , and Entertainment Read more »

Man With World’s Strongest Memory Crusades Against Alzheimer’s

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What does it take to have the best memory in the United States? Only four and a half years of training, for five hours each day, according to three-time national memory champ Nelson Dellis. Dellis just won the 2014 USA Memory Championship on March 29 in New York City, where he bested his own national record by recalling 310 digits in five minutes. He also set a new record in the process by memorizing 193 names and faces in 15 minutes See also: In Brain Wave Experiment, Whoever Feels the Strongest Emotion Wins And yet Dellis doesn't claim to have a photographic memory, or any other unusual brain powers besides extreme perseverance. In fact, he says anyone can do what he does. Read more.. Read more »

Fly Like a Giant Prehistoric Lizard With Kinect-Powered Simulator

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Don't let the silent "p" fool you: Pterosaurs are not dinosaurs. They're not quite birds or bats, either. If anything, they're more like a unique breed of flying reptiles , ranging in width from the size of a sparrow to that of a two-seater airplane They're also dead. Have been for almost 66 million years. But in their prime, scientists say, they were rulers of the sky In honor of the late winged kings, the American Museum of Natural History in New York is opening up an exhibit, "Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of the Dinosaurs," that showcases all-new research, fossils and life-size models of the mysterious species Read more... More about Entertainment , Videos , Interactive , Features , and Education Read more »

Let’s Get Weird: 9 Wacky Chrome Extensions You Need to Try

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Google Chrome is the gift that keeps on giving The web browser comes with a host of extensions to customize your page down to the letter. Extensions are downloadable features that modify your Chrome page, making for the ultimate personalized Internet experience See also: 20 Searches Made Ridiculous by Google Autocomplete From eliminating words you don't want to see to adding pictures of Nicolas Cage everywhere , there are thousands of weird features available to download Here are 11 Google Chrome extensions you need to check out to believe Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more... More about Google , Features , Google Chrome , Chrome Extensions , and Tech Read more »

What the Internet Thinks of the World’s Subways

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It's dark, the platform is cramped, everyone is sweaty and you don't have cell service. For many of us, subway systems don't exactly sound like the most exciting tourist destination. Nonetheless, thousands of users on networks like Yelp and TripAdvisor log on to rate and review the pros and cons of the world's metros every day. Their findings will at once disturb, humor and guide you during your next public transportation journey. See also: 22 Blush-Worthy Photos From No Pants Subway Ride 2014 Looking at 10 of the world's largest and most well-known systems, it becomes clear that traveling communities cannot agree whether certain subways are the saving grace or utter downfall of their host city. The reviews serve as a reminder that everything has its ups and downs, and sometimes those downs involve "permanent crap stains" and rats the size of small dogs. Read more.. Read more »

MLB Players Collectively Spent 80 Years on the Disabled List in 2013

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Contrary to popular belief, football isn't the only major sport destroying the bodies of its players. Major League Baseball (MLB) is taking precautions to limit various types of player injuries, which amounted to a collective 29,094 days spent on the disabled list last season. In a controversial decision this December, the league announced plans to ban "the most egregious" collisions at home plate, in an effort to stem off concussions and other brain and head injuries See also: 50 Stunning Sports Photos From 2013 MLB data reveals that that the lion's share of injuries went to pitchers in 2013. For pitchers, the major problem spots were, predictably, the elbow, shoulder and forearm, while position players were troubled by knee and hamstring injuries. Read more... More about Baseball , Features , Data , Infographics , and Major League Baseball Read more »

7 Reddit AMAs That Went Horribly Wrong

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Before you say "ask me anything," you should really mean anything . That's one of the many life lessons Reddit has taught us. The online community and self-proclaimed "front page of the Internet" has created a popular series called "Ask Me Anything," a Q&A format hosted by celebrities, activists, regular citizens with interesting stories and more. See also: A Reddit Mystery Solved: The Identity of 'Shitty_Watercolour' Users of the site are invited to engage with AMA hosts, but sometimes things don't go so well. The AMA format is a demanding, open forum and questions will truly run the gamut. If you aren't willing to answer a bevy of random queries thoughtfully, you aren't going to do well. Bad Reddit AMAs have even been the topic of a thread on the site itself, where users gripe about the worst Q&A sessions in the site's history Read more »

Optimize Your Social Presence With These App-on-App Strategies

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Wherever social media goes, hundreds of apps will follow There’s a major trend in the tech world to build partnering apps for outlets such as Twitter , Facebook and LinkedIn . Each platform has dozens of outsider tools that revolve around optimizing your experience. They tell you who to follow, schedule your posts and generally organize your day-to-day social activity. See also: 10 Hot Social Networks to Watch But you might be wondering: Do we really need all of these burgeoning apps? With hundreds of options to choose from, it can sometimes feel like social media overkill To help you decide, we've gathered up some of the most popular tools out there and the ways you can use them. Read more... Read more »