The top ten Android apps in the U.S. last month had a combined download figure of 26 million. According to Priori Data, at the top of the list was the game Run Sausage Run!, knocking the more traditional apps like Facebook’s Messenger from the top spot with 6.53 million. Nevertheless, apps developed by Mark Zuckerberg’s company made up a large proportion of the downloads on the list, with Instagram, Messenger and Facebook accounting for a combined 8 million downloads in January.
For many young people across the United Kingdom, the prospect of one day owning their own home has become a very distant dream. According to new research published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, the chances of a young adult owning a home have more than halved over the past 20 years. A massive hike in house prices relative to income is primarily to blame and only 27 percent of 25-34 year olds earning between £22,200 and £30,600 a year owned their own home in 2016.
At regional level, London has experienced the greatest decline in home ownership among young people. In 1995-96, 47 percent of 25-34 year-olds owned their own home and by 2015-16, that had fallen dramatically to 20 percent. The North East and Cumbria has the highest rate of home ownership among young people, despite a decline of 10 percent over the past two decades.
When Facebook reported its fourth quarter results on January 31, the company had to admit for the first time that its user base in the United States and Canada had stopped growing on a quarter-over-quarter basis. While the number of monthly active users remained flat at 239 million between Q3 and Q4 2017, the number of daily active users even declined from 185 to 184 million users.
According to eMarketer’s latest forecast on social network usage in the United States, this trend will continue through 2018. eMarketer predicts that Facebook’s U.S. user base will grow by less than 1 percent this year as young Americans appear to lose interest in what they probably feel has become a social network for the elderly.
As our chart illustrates, Facebook is expected to see an exodus of users aged 11 to 24 this year. While a lost user is never good for the company running the affected platform, Facebook can probably take solace in the fact that most of its young deserters will remain active on Instagram, the platform that Facebook foresightedly acquired in 2012.
Snapchat’s user growth re-accelerated slightly in the fourth quarter of 2017. The social media app, particularly popular among teenagers, now has 187 million daily active users, an increase of 18 percent compared to Q4 2016 and five percent compared to Q3 2017. As our chart illustrates, Snapchat is still most popular in North America, where 43 percent of its users come from.
Having struggled to attract new users for a while, Twitter just reported that its user base didn’t grow at all between the third and fourth quarter of 2017. The social network is stuck at 330 million users and looks to be losing sight of its competitors.
On a positive note, Twitter posted its first quarterly profit ever, sending its stock price soaring to the highest level in more than two years.
For most people nowadays, their smartphone is within arm’s reach 24 hours a day. It’s in their pocket while they’re at work, it’s in their hand on the train ride home and it’s on their bedside table as they go to sleep. With this level of proximity and usage, many can’t quite shake the niggling feeling that they might be risking damage to themselves in the long run. While conclusive longitudinal research on the effects of cell phone radiation is still hard to come by, for those looking to hedge their bets, this infographic shows the phones that emit the most radiation when held to the ear while calling.
The German Federal Office for Radiation Protection (Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz) has a comprehensive database of smartphones – new and old – and the level of radiation they emit. Following the criteria set for this chart (see footnotes), the current smartphone creating the highest level of radiation is the 5T from Chinese vendor OnePlus. In fact, the top list is dominated by handsets made by Chinese companies, with OnePlus, Huawei and ZTE accounting for 9 of the 15 phones with the largest values. It must be said though, that premium Apple phones such as the iPhone 7 and the recently released iPhone 8 are also here to be seen.
While there is no universal guideline for a ‘safe” level of phone radiation, the German certification for environmental friendliness ‘Der Blaue Engel’ (Blue Angel) only certifies phones which have a specific absorption rate of less than 0.60 watts per kilogram. All of the phones featured here come in at more than double this benchmark.