Travel Like an Aussie: Australian Domestic Travel Statistics [infographic]

November 24, 2014 |  by  |  Travel  |  No Comments
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Australia is high up on the list of places I can’t wait to visit. Cold beer, long drives, diverse climates, colorful language, deadly creatures, unique accents, and a tendency to barbecue. This place is sounding awfully familiar. The only thing my native country of Texas can’t compete with are the pristine beaches of the Land Down Under. To get an idea of Texas beaches (for all of you who haven’t had the pleasure of seeing one) imagine deep, brown, murky water, scratchy seaweed scattered over sand made from crushed shells that cut feet like broken glass, a plethora of trash, and finally a beautiful view of a few dozen oil rigs waiting for their very own BP gulf spill moment.

Ok, maybe Texas beaches aren’t that bad (kind of are though), but Australia has more to offer than beautiful beaches when it comes to travel. Taking a glance at today’s infographic sheds some light on where actual Aussies travel when they holiday domestically. Surprisingly, Tasmania tops the list with half of all visitors going for a vacation. With a strong cultural arts scene, and of course, one of the most unique natural environments on the planet, Tasmania is a destination for family and thrill seekers alike. This graphic also proves that every territory in Australia is worth visiting. With the exception of Western Australia, every territory had over 40 percent of travelers on vacation.

Australia is a country rich with character. Every territory has its own culture and lifestyle. Before you just book a flight to Sydney, do your research – you may be missing out on a whole lot of fun. [Source: Meriton Serviced Apartments]

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The Future of Big Data [infographic]

November 23, 2014 |  by  |  Business, Internet  |  No Comments
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If you’ve never heard of big data before, you might be interested to know you’re a part of it. Big data is a term used to describe the unbelievable growth and accessibility of data and information on the Internet. The amount of information we put online everyday is astonishing. Think about it, there are millions and billions of people using the Internet everyday, and if each one put out just a little bit of information, that number would grow exponentially in no time.

According to the infographic, big data has almost quadrupled in the last three years, with no signs of slowing down. The good news is that hardware costs are lessening as software and services are becoming responsible for big data revenue.

The term ‘big data’ also encompasses all of the complex data sets – whether they’re structured or not – floating around the Internet. Ironically, one of the most popular ways people have been organizing data in the last few years is through infographics. So, just remember the next time you’re browsing DailyInfographic that someone just like you was responsible for gathering and organizing tons of information into a eye-appealing visualization.

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Being Present Makes You Happier [infographic]

November 22, 2014 |  by  |  Health, Lifestyle, Mind-Blowing  |  No Comments
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Focus. YOU, focus! Read this, pay attention – your well-being depends on it. Being present is the act of using your mind only for the task at hand. Almost 50 percent of people admit their mind wanders while attempting to complete another task. No joke – you should have been in my mind while I wrote that last sentence. I was thinking about lunch, the weather, overhearing coworker’s conversations. A fifteen-word sentence took me almost an entire minute to write. Being present really does make a difference.

‘How can I be more present?’ you may ask. Well, there are classes on it. The creator of Today’s infographic PresenceTraining.co.uk provides exactly that. Or if you’re looking to just get your feet wet you can Google some techniques on practicing it. It’s all about improving your mindful meditation skills. Increasing your mindfulness can help drastically decrease anxiety, depression, and stress. Students who have taken a class on mindfulness had an average of 13 percent better scores on tests in only two weeks.

Being mindful isn’t only about focusing and forgetting everything but the task at hand. Being mindful is also stopping to smell the roses. To really smell the roses, though. To think about why they smell good, what memories does the smell trigger? Flavors or tastes that come about? Try it out – you’ll be surprised how much more life enjoyment you feel. [via]

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State Of Cloud Computing In The Enterprise [infographic]

November 21, 2014 |  by  |  Business, Internet  |  No Comments
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Information storage is becoming more and more convenient as cloud computing is becoming standard procedure for many individuals and businesses. Cloud computing allows people to access multiple files from different devices, regardless of where they’re at (just as long as they have an Internet connection). Organizations are beginning to implement clouds into the daily routine of employees, making the system more easily accessible.

69 percent of organizations surveyed have at least one application in the cloud, while 18 percent plan to have at least one in the next 12 months, leaving only 13 percent that plan to have an application in the cloud within the next 1 – 3 years.This technological innovation has helped increase IT efficiency all over the map, while keeping IT staffs employed.

Three models of the cloud are currently being used, which include public, private, and a hybrid cloud. The majority of users interact with the public cloud, while 57 percent use the private, and only 19 percent use the hybrid. Although these clouds make it easier for users to acquire information, they are not without their faults.

A problem for the public cloud is that there is an uncertain ability to enforce security policies. There is also a concern for access across an untrusted network, as well as uncertainty in the ability to audit providers. However, enterprise strategies for security are being created and implemented, providing a much safer cloud for users to interact with. [via]

 

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Sound Travels: The Process of Printing and Pressing a Vinyl Release [infographic]

November 20, 2014 |  by  |  Music  |  2 Comments
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Cincinnati’s newest, Pavement-esque rock band, Plastic Ants, have provided music fans with a unique outlook into the mysterious, commonly under-appreciated aspect of recording and pressing a vinyl release. With the release of their debut LP, “Falling to Rise” on Sept. 23, 2014, the pop-rockers deliver on an exquisite debut record characterized by sentiments of adoration, nostalgia, and fragmented communication. It straddles borders, providing “an aural concoction that manages to be both soaringly optimistic and unsentimentally dark” (Plastic Ants).

Aside from the musical content itself, the band has done something unique to distribution that more and more independent bands are trending towards. Since the conception of “Falling to Rise,” Plastic Ants wanted to be sure they released their record on vinyl – the ultimate sonic medium, in their opinion. With the drastic increase in the popularity of streaming, the value of the vinyl has significantly decreased, and the Plastic Ants wanted to change that. Although vinyl does not provide listeners with the convenience of mp3 files, it emulates an undefinable richness in quality, with a much less-compressed sound when compared to modern mediums of music (i.e. mp3, mp4, FLAC, etc.).

In an attempt to popularize their vinyl sales and the promotion of vinyl sales elsewhere, the guys have provided documentation of the creation and travels of the vinyls themselves. Traveling over 4,000 miles, the vinyl copies of “Falling to Rise” made their way through Cincinnati, Memphis, New Jersey, and even Quebec! Who knew it took so much networking and travel to print and release a vinyl record? For more info on the story and travels of “Falling to Rise,” check out today’s infographic!

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