With the recent rise of location-based social networks likeFoursquare, Gowalla, and Loopt, it would appear that location technology is something new. But in fact, humans have been inventing clever ways to locate each other for many thousands of years.
Even the basic technology that makes today’s location-based checkins possible — cellular triangulation and the global positioning satellite system — have their roots in decades old research projects, and the math today’s apps use to pinpoint your locale hasn’t change too much since the days of Copernicus.
When it comes to educational Olympics, not one single country emerges as the overall literacy winner. In fact, countries across the globe have different standards when it comes to educating their youth. While the United States has 12 years of compulsory education, this isn’t necessarily the standard for the rest of the world. For instance, Germany requires 13 years of education while Angola only requires four.
In 22 countries, at least half of the population is illiterate. 15 African countries have an illiteracy rate of 50 percent or higher. Interestingly, in Iceland, women earn more than two-thirds of college degrees overall.
Wondering what companies made the most money in 2009? Look no further than your car’s gas tank. Companies involved in the oil business dominate the list of the most successful worldwide businesses of 2009. And if you’re looking for those companies that suffered the biggest losses after the economic crisis of 2009, you’d do well to focus your attention on the housing and auto industries. The list of the top-10 biggest losers of the year is dominated by companies working in these businesses. The names of the biggest winners and losers of 2009 shouldn’t be much of a shock to anyone who followed the news coverage of the country’s continuing economic slump. For instance, the biggest loser of 2009 was insurance giant AIG, which posted a loss of more than $99 billion dollars in 2009. AIG had reported a healthy profit, of $9.3 billion, as recently as 2007. The insurance company, though, was at the forefront of the country’s economic crash, and received loads of bad press as it relied on a huge government bailout to stay afloat.
In the aftermath of 7.0 earthquake in Haiti that devastated the island. Life360 contacted us wanting to create a graphic showing the global humanitarian response. The result was both a testament to mans compassion for those suffering and in need. And at the same time, a saddening look at just how much damage was done, and how many lives lost.