Stunning: Macau’s Economy Slumps 17 Percent

How could anything slump by so much without being in the news for the wrong reasons? We spotted this stat today:

“Macau’s economy shrank by a whopping 17.2% in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to the Chinese territory’s statistical agency.

Gross domestic product for the year was also negative, declining by 0.4% as Beijing’s anti-corruption campaign scared visitors away from the gambling mecca.”

Source

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PC Statistics: A Drop Of 5 Percent Projected This Year

The reports of the PC’s death might not have been exaggerated. We spotted this stat today:

“Market research outfit IDC has revised its prediction of PC shipments in 2015 downward. It’s projecting a drop of nearly 5 percent this year, worse than its earlier forecast of a 3.3 percent decline. In all, IDC expects 293.1 million PC units to ship this year.” Source

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20% Percent Of Meerkat Users Watch 2 Hours Of Video Daily

Well this one seems like it will stick. We spotted this stat today:

“During the talk, Rubin disclosed solid figures about engagement. Meerkat easily crossed 100,000 users over the weekend, following a brouhaha with Twitter where the social network cut off the app’s access to its social graph.

Twenty percent of Meerkat users watch over 2 hours of live video daily; eight percent catch a whopping three or more hours a day.”

Source

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Cyber-squatting Disputes Up 300 Percent

The new addresses coming up seems to have impacted cyber squatting very differently – we spotted this stat today –

“The release of hundreds of new web address endings over the last eight months has contributed to a 313pc increase in the number of “cyber-squatting” disputes, it has emerged.”

Source

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You’ll Never Guess: What Grew 65 Times Between 2009 and 2014?

We would never have guessed this. We spotted this stat today:

“Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending, in which loans are made privately through individuals who most often connect through a network of relatively new websites, has exploded over the past five years. It is now the fastest-growing sector of non-bank lending, according to an exhaustive Goldman Sachs report on the shadow banking industry.

The P2P industry had just $26 million in loan issuance back in 2009, as the worst of the banking crisis passed; but that figure now stands at a robust $1.7 billion. While that’s still a fraction of the total $12 trillion in loans across the U.S., and even pales in comparison to the $4 trillion in total shadow bank loans, it represents a growth of 65 times during the period.”

Source

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Did You Know: 6.5 Million People In The US Reach Age 112

We spotted this interesting stat today:

“Americans are getting older, but not this old: Social Security records show that 6.5 million people in the U.S. have reached the ripe old age of 112.

In reality, only few could possibly be alive. As of last fall, there were only 42 people known to be that old in the entire world.

But Social Security does not have death records for millions of these people, with the oldest born in 1869, according to a report by the agency’s inspector general.”

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/nation-world/national/article14382122.html#storylink=cpy

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What Increased By 167 Percent After Apple’s Watch Event?

We spotted this stat today –

“The Pebble Time Kickstarter gained some momentum thanks to Apple’s special Watch event Monday. The new smartwatch from the smartwatch pioneer was drawing in funding at a rate of around $6,000 per hour on Sunday, March 8, which rose to $10,000 per hour on Monday, March 9 (when the event took place), and capped out at $16,000 per day on average during March 10, the day following Apple’s press presentation” Source

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$31,213: The Average Cost of A Wedding In 2014 Excluding Honeymoon

We spotted this stat today:

“A new survey of 16,000 brides by XO Group, which owns wedding website TheKnot.com, found that the average cost of a wedding excluding a honeymoon was $31,213 in 2014, a five-year high. When adjusted for inflation, that spending is not quite equal to pre-recession highs, but it is getting close.” Source

And the most expensive place to get married in – Manhattan.

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30 Million American Adults Do Not Own A Cellphone

A few years back, this would not have been news. We spotted this stat today – that the cellphone ownership percentage among American adults is around 88 percent –

“Overall, cellphone ownership among American adults is around 88%, according to Pew Research Center surveys. In the past two years, there were some increases in cellphone ownership among the poor and the elderly. ” (Source)

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4 Hours and 51 Minutes Every Day. How Much Is Too Much?

Too much TV is a bad thing. How much is too much? We spotted this stat today:

“Nielsen’s Total Audience Report highlighted the continuing, precipitous fall in live television watching, which was particularly pronounced among younger audiences. Adults spent an average of 4 hours and 51 minutes watching live television per day in the fourth quarter of 2014, down 13 minutes from the same period a year earlier.”

That is live TV. How about total screen time per day? Seriously. Let’s not even go there.

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