Posts Tagged ‘stats’

PC Shipments See Growth in 2009

January 14, 2010

Despite being a fairly abominable year, it seems that PC manufacturers managed to see a little growth in 2009, with the Christmas season proving just enough of a boost to give the market some small growth over the year.

Low cost netbooks have helped keep the industry alive.

While the humble netbook was long credited with keeping PC sales up while times were hard it seems that the industry also saw healthy growth from the release of Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 7. While the overall growth shows last year was up just 2.3% on 2008, Cnet is reporting that the period just after the launch of Windows 7 saw PC shipments up 15.2%.

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YouTube Wants More of Your Time

December 31, 2009

YouTube might well serve over a billion videos a day, but it turns out the average user only spends fifteen minutes a day on the service… something that YouTube wants to rectify.

According to the New York Times, the folks at YouTube are working on tightening up the suggested videos that the video streaming service shows its users in an attempt to have them spend more time on the site per day. YouTube’s director of product management, Hunter Walk, aside from having a very impressive name, is working on the problem, and he sees telly as the model to emulate, saying,

“Our average user spends 15 minutes a day on the site. They spend about five hours in front of the television. People say ‘YouTube is so big,’ but I really see that we have a ways to go.”

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Facebook Releases First Demographic Data

December 17, 2009

Facebook has released some of the statistics that make up its users, for the first time. It’s certainly an interesting look at the user base that makes up the service’s population.

Facebook has apparently seen an awful lot of growth in terms of the diversity of its users, with the numbers of users in the US who identify themselves as African American and Latino having seen pronounced increases in the last four years. In Facebook’s own words, the shift is, on the whole, towards a Facebook that’s more inclusive of minorities, which is always nice.

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Netflix’ $1million Prize Won by BellKor

September 22, 2009

Netflix’ offered prize of $1 million to the people that could provide it with 10% more accurate recommendations has been awarded to Belkor, despite some fumbling towards the competition’s end.

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The Netflix competition opened in 2006, attracting massive interest from statisticians everywhere. The aim was to do provide a “collaborative filtering algorithm” that would significantly surpass the one Netfilx was already using. The New York Times is reporting that Netflix has announced a winner to the competition, but it’s not without some confusion.

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