The BYTE [12/12]


Welcome to the BYTE, where we serve up the latest home and tech news from the last week for you to sink your teeth into.

This week we’re taking a BYTE out of the people of the United States, a new shopping experience, renewable status figures, a social giant re-crunching their numbers, and two tech innovations. Dig in!


The Who’s Who Of U.S.

This past week several studies were released revealing a lot about the American population. The studies included: the Census Bureau’s data on rural America, RCLCO’s study on suburban America, and Earnest’s findings on adults still living with their parents.

Who Are We?

The Census Bureau found that only 19.3% of the population live in rural areas which take up 97% of the nation’s land. Those living in rural areas were more likely to own their own home, live in single family homes, and be a veteran. They are older on average, had lower poverty levels and were less likely to have a bachelor’s degree than their urban counterparts. The RCLCO study showed that 79% of the population of the 50 largest metros live in suburban areas, those living there make more money, and are generally between the ages of 25-34 years old. Last but not least those that still live with their parents are more likely to be male (but only by .1%), are between the ages of 18-27, and most likely live in New Jersey, Connecticut and Hawaii.

The people of the U.S.A. in 3 studies
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The New Grab and Go

I Swear I’m Not Stealing This

Amazon is continuing to cross the border from online to offline shopping. This time with grocery/convenient stores. AmazonGo was announced last week and shoppers simply scan their Amazon Pro code when they walk in, grab whatever they want and then just walk out. Their purchases are then charged to their account. How does this work? Amazon’s explanation is lots of tracking in the store and basically technology magic. Might be time for regular stores to start upping their shopping games now.

AmazonGo is about to change how we shop
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Take Notes

Renewing Faith In Humanity

Renewable energy is exploding in our country as well as across the world. The good ole U.S. of A is expanding rapidly in wind and solar energy. These GIFs explain the growth nicely. We aren’t the only place that is expanding these resources. India has made the largest solar power plant in the world. The plant only took 8 months to finish and had up to 8,500 people working on it a day. This plant means India is the third largest solar producer behind the U.S. and China. Let’s hope the sun keeps shining on projects like this one.

The status of renewable energy in the US
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Make Sure To Carry The One

Facebook announced again this week that its metrics may have been a little off again when it comes to live videos and projections for advertising engagement across the site. This is not the first time Facebook has realized it’s made a numbers mistake. Now people, especially advertisers and business owners, are worried about what else Facebook might not be calculating correctly. Hopefully they can get this figured out soon and save some face.

Facebook messes up their metrics again...
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Tech Train Keeps Pushing Forward – Two exciting innovations

A new VR headset called Bridge has been released and looks to be a powerful standalone VR headset that combines VR and AR in one set that doesn’t need to be plugged into a computer.

In the physical world, MIT has created a bubble wrap that can shapeshift to perfectly cover anything you need to keep safe. Aeromorphs is their latest tech innovation that makes bubble wrap look almost alive.

New Bridge VR/AR headsets are the next step
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Totally Unrelated

Santa’s Coming!

Google’s Santa Tracker is the perfect way to get in the Christmas spirit and conveniently reminds you that there are only 11 days until Christmas. 11 days!

Google's Santa Tracker is the perfect way to get into the christmas spirit
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