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Did You Know Incandescent Lights Are On The Way Out?


Even though production of 75W and 100W incandescent lamps were phased out earlier this year, many U.S. consumers remain unaware of The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007, an energy efficiency standard that requires an initial 30% reduction in energy use for screw-in bulbs.

By 2020, the federal standard requires bulbs to use 65% less energy. According to a new survey, only 40% of Americans are aware that incandescent bulbs are being phased out. However, the federal regulations are about to impact the most popular bulbs of all — 40W and 60W lamps.

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Mobile Data Consumption On The Rise


Two big shifts happened in the American cellphone industry over the past year: Cellular networks got faster, and smartphone screens got bigger. In the United States, consumers used an average of 1.2 gigabytes a month over cellular networks this year, up from 690 megabytes a month in 2012, according to Chetan Sharma, a consultant for wireless carriers, who published a new report on industry trends on Monday. Worldwide, the average consumption was 240 megabytes a month this year, up from 140 megabytes last year, he said.

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Israel Has Become The New ‘Silicon Valley’ (video)


Israel is one of the leading countries in the field of biotech research, standing side by side with the European nations and the US. This phenomenon is strange for a country that is in an area which isn’t leading the field of academic research, and most of its population hasnt achieved more than basic education. So how did Israel become a technological oasis?

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United States Lacking Behind In Overall Connection Speed


The average Internet connection speed in the United States may be well more than what’s needed for multiplayer gaming or watching streaming video. But the country’s infrastructure still lingers well behind what other nations enjoy, according to a slew of recent studies.

“While this country has made tremendous progress investing in and delivering high-speed broadband to an unprecedented number of Americans, significant areas for improvement remain,” said Tom Power, deputy chief technology officer for telecommunications.

“There aren’t any countries ahead of us that have a comparable population distribution,” said Richard Bennett, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, who said the United States is closing the gap.

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Amazon Prime Adds One Million Members In Week Prior To Christmas


Amazon has revealed that it added more than one million new Amazon Prime members in the third week of December alone as shoppers pushed to finish their Christmas shopping ahead of the big day yesterday. The growth in the service, which gives members free two-day shipping on a wide selection of items, led to Amazon’s busiest ever Prime shipping day.

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Ford Betting On A Aluminum F-150 In 2014


USA Today reports that Ford’s next F-150 pickup truck will be made mostly of aluminum, instead of steel, in a bid to save weight. It will likely either be hailed as a breakthrough product to buyers who’ve made F-150 the bedrock of its business.

The automaker has asked Alcoa, which makes aluminum blast shields for battlefield-bound vehicles, to lend some of its military-grade metal for the automaker’s display, according to people familiar with Ford’s plans.

‘This is already the most significant debut at the auto show,’ says Joe Langley. ‘Everybody’s going to be dissecting that thing for a long time, especially since Ford will be taking such a big gamble.’

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Amazing and Inventive Maps of 2013


The digital maps we loved in 2013 didn’t simply illustrate novel or useful information (how people travel, where they live, what it means to live without much money). They did it in ways we’d never seen before, manipulating time, dimensions, perspective, even the atmosphere. These maps weren’t just interesting in content; they were innovative in design.

So this December, instead of sharing our top 10 maps of the year, we’re looking at 10 ways we’ve learned to think about maps in entirely new ways. This may well have been the year when maps ceased to impress us for what they convey and began to stun us instead for how they did it.

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Snowden Broadcasts A Christmas Message (video)


Edward Snowden has broadcast a Christmas message to the world. This is the first time he has made a public statement and it was aired as the “Alternative Christmas Message” on the UK’s Channel 4 network.

Snowden spoke about the erosion of privacy in the world and that there was a “concert of governments” that has created a worldwide surveillance network. He goes on to state that a child born in today’s society will never know anything about privacy and that this was what writer George Orwell warned us about.

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Snowden Acknowledges ‘Mission Accomplished’


Edward Snowden met with reporters from the Washington Post for fourteen hours and in his first interview since June reflected at length about surveillance, democracy and the meaning of the documents he exposed. ‘For me, in terms of personal satisfaction, the mission’s already accomplished. I already won,’ says Snowden. ‘All I wanted was for the public to be able to have a say in how they are governed. That is a milestone we left a long time ago. Right now, all we are looking at are stretch goals.’

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Speculation: Possible Merger of Charter and Time Warner Cable?


A merger between two of the largest cable providers in the United States might be in the works. Bloomberg reports that Charter, previously rumored to be in the running for a buyout of Time Warner Cable, is drafting an offer letter that it could send out as early as this coming week to acquire TWC for under $140 per share. Continue reading Speculation: Possible Merger of Charter and Time Warner Cable?