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Twitter Analysis: Massive Global Mourning for Steve Jobs (Infographic)

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Taken from Wired

In the hours after Steve Jobs’ passing, researchers at the New England Complex Systems Institute tried to track the spread of memorial tweets spreading through the internet. Their computers were overwhelmed.

Rather than focusing on network dynamics, they decided to analyze the tributes by language. Jobs wasn’t just an American visionary, but truly global.

Above is a breakdown of two million tweets containing the name “Steve Jobs” and posted between 9 pm on Oct. 5 and 9 am the next morning. Each dot represents 1,000 tweets, and they’re colored according to language. A high-resolution version containing the most-retweeted messages can be downloaded here.

Though the methodology’s a little rough — tweets didn’t mention Steve Jobs by name aren’t included, nor are languages with non-Western alphabets — but it’s enough.

“I have been looking at the tributes,” said NECSI president Yaneer Bar-Yam, “and their extent is itself a tribute.”

Images: Amaç Herdagdelen, Alexander Sayer Gard-Murray, Yaneer Bar-Yam/New England Complex Systems Institute

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Brandon is a Wired Science reporter and freelance journalist. Based in Brooklyn, New York and Bangor, Maine, he’s fascinated with science, culture, history and nature.
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Written by Kees Winkel

October 9, 2011 at 13:30

Think iCloud is reactionary? Think again. — Apple News, Tips and Reviews

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There’s some talk that iCloud and iOS 5 are examples of Apple playing catch-up with the competition from Google. Apple may have introduced some tricks that seem borrowed from Android, but iCloud has been a long time coming, according to this video of a much-less-guarded Steve Jobs delivering the closing keynote at Apple’s 1997 WWDC.

It’s a long video (over an hour) that merits a full watch if you haven’t seen it, but turn your attention specifically to around 0:17:00 to hear Jobs’ remarks about the future of computing, and how “carrying around these non-connected computers [will seem] Byzantine.” Google may have gotten to the cloud first, but Apple’s had that bun in the oven for quite a while now.

via Think iCloud is reactionary? Think again. — Apple News, Tips and Reviews.

Written by Kees Winkel

June 7, 2011 at 16:45

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Real or fake, cool photo depicts new iOS 5 notification system and Twitter integration

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See that image? Tech Crunch published this supposed photo which allegedly depicts a rumored new iOS 5 notification system. Tech Crunch heard it’s the “right idea”. Even though it’s probably a fake, we nevertheless love it. Displaying notifications in a subtle transparent layer right below the top iOS status bar does make sense. That’s where, for example, you might be notified of your Twitter mentions. Tapping the notification would presumably either reveal the notification screen with more information or launch the corresponding app. Twitter, as you know, is said to be built right inside the bowels of iOS 5, possibly alongside Facebook and/or other popular social networks. Also cool: A new camera icon.

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Written by Kees Winkel

June 6, 2011 at 14:33

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