Big Germ on Campus [infographic]

September 30, 2011 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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As a college student myself, today’s infographic made me feel unsanitary. I had no idea the extent of bacteria and other unwanted germs lived on my bed. Weirdly enough, the Junior year of college is actually the cleanest year your bed will ever have at university. I’m not sure why the 3rd year is the cleanest, but I know I’m proud to be a Junior. By the way, your pillows are nasty. I usually wash my pillow cases every time I use the washing machine, but I don’t often clean the pillow itself. Yuck.

Most people know college is a dirty time in people’s lives. Because of the constant visiting friends, study-groups and party-goers a super clean house is something rare. My roommates and I try our best to keep our place clean with general rules like all dishes go straight to the dishwasher. This works pretty well and we’re unlike most college households where sink is the place with the biggest pile of filth.

SleepBetter.org has put together a series of infographics on the germs of our sleeping arrangements. Ever wonder the creatures that can get on your bed when you sleep with your cat or dog? Find out about your four-legged-friends, and check out some of the other infographics about sleep research at [SleepBetter.org]

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Spotify and its Competition [infographic]

September 29, 2011 |  by  |  Music  |  2 Comments
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Napster had its up and downs, but now it’s safe to say you need to find a new music service. iTunes is well organized and has a large collection of songs, but it quickly becomes impossible to afford. If you have a diverse music taste like me, you want access to many different bands all the time. Buying hundreds of CDs is fun until you realize you have no money to buy concert tickets to see the live shows.

Today’s infographic is here to help you out. It stacks up the major music subscription services and rates them on various features. I have not explored the majority of these, but I have downloaded the free trial of Spotify, and it is awesome. It is great to be able to search an artist and listen to entire songs rather than short samples. If I’m not mistaken, the unlimited streaming trial lasts for 6 months! Although it is a little creepy, I enjoy the connection with Facebook and the ability to see your friend’s playlists and what they’re listening to.

Since I’m not an expert on this subject, please leave me some comments on your experiences with these various services. If you think one of these is way better than Spotify, I want to try it out! [Via]

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7 Allergens in Your Home [infographic]

September 28, 2011 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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Allergy sufferers, your home may be less of a refuge than you would like. Even bed, that sanctum of solace, could be making your allergies worse. According to today’s infographic, there are approximately 1,000 to 10,000 dust mites in the average bed. (Cue Phantom of the Opera Overture.)

Now that we are all aware of the small vermin taking up residence in our residence, aggravating our allergies, what are our options? Regularly washing bedding and covering mattresses with plastic are two tactics. Unfortunately, dust mites are not the only culprits. Dust (that thick film over your fan blades), mold, dead roaches, pollen, and pet dander all top the hit-list of major household allergy contributors. Take a look at the infographic below for harsh reality and some great allergy-prevention tips. [Via]

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Twacked [infographic]

September 27, 2011 |  by  |  Internet  |  No Comments
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The internet is a funny place, we all rely on it to make an online presence. Most of us, like me, are complete internet novices, just playing around on facebook and twitter with no real sense of how it all works. The most complicated thing I can do on the internet is have a password sent to my email. And by a password I mean my own password that I’ve invariably forgotten.

On the other hand, there are definitely some computer/internet geniuses out there and like most geniuses they are usually either good or evil. This infographic from Veracode discusses when computer genuises use their skills for bad.

Although it can sometimes be funny when a celebrity gets their account hacked, other times it can be pretty dangerous. All and all, keep a good password and keep your internet identity safe! [Via]

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Apple in China [infographic]

September 26, 2011 |  by  |  Business  |  3 Comments
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As a fan of both Apple and China I found today’s infographic to be quite entertaining. China is a country with a blossoming economy causing Americans to quake in their boots in fear of a takeover. Apple is an innovative prospering money making machine. The two of them together seem like the perfect couple. However that does not seem to be the case.

According to today’s infographic Apple in China not everything is so peachy between the two. Can’t really blame China for being a little upset at Apple considering it has poisoned 137 employees working at a firm creating Apple products. Apple always sells itself as the green company, but 27 of their supplier supposedly have severe pollution problems. Although thus far it only seems like Apple is hurting China, it has actually been a pretty good relationship.

Apple gets cheap labor at about $10 a day and China sees revenue of $8.8 billion or about a 330% revenue growth. One of the more interesting things in today’s infographic are the reported fake Apple stores. Apparently they sell Apple products and the employees even where Apple attire. There have been a reported 24 fake stores found in China. [via]

Apple in China Infographic

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