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Lessons From Cell Phones on Distribution of Wealth

From the NYT

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In developing counties, information about the distribution of wealth or poverty may be gleaned from someone’s mobile phone records, a new study reports.

The study, published in the journal Science, was done in Rwanda. In much of Africa, as in developing countries elsewhere, accurate statistics on poverty are difficult to collect.

“This could be a useful policy instrument to estimate the geographic distribution of poverty and wealth,” said Joshua Blumenstock, a data scientist at the University of Washington and one of the study’s authors.

He and his colleagues relied on anonymized data on billions of interactions, including details about when calls were made and received and the length of the calls. The researchers also looked at when text messages were sent, and which cellphone towers the texts and calls were routed through in order to get a rough idea of geographic location.

“So it’s the who, where and when of the call, but not the what or the why,” Dr. Blumenstock said.

They combined this information with responses collected from about 850 cellphone owners to build an algorithm that predicts how wealthy or impoverished a given cellphone user is.

Using the same model, the researchers were able to answer even more specific questions, like whether a household had electricity.

The researchers are trying to do similar work in Afghanistan, where certain areas are difficult or dangerous to access and ground surveys are not possible.

“We don’t think this method is the be-all or end-all, but in the absence of good information, this is better than nothing,” Dr. Blumenstock said.

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Smart Jokes

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Q: What do you call a bent iPhone 6 plus?

A: A dead wringer.

Q: How can you tell which one of your friends has the new iPhone 6s plus? A: Don’t worry, they’ll let you know.
Q: What do you get when you cross an iPhone 6 plus and skinny jeans?
A: A LG Flex.
Q: Why did Steve Jobs live his last moments in regret?
A: They say your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. Unfortunately for Steve Jobs, his iPhone 4S didn’t have a Flash player installed!
Q: According to Apple what is the leading cause of iphones overheating?
A: Downloading images of Katy Perry!
Q: What do you call a Scottish iPhone?
A: An AyePhone.
Q: What type of a computer does a horse like to eat?
A: A Macintosh

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Job Titles for Dummies

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Tech jobs can sometimes be a mystery to those that don’t work in the industry. Here are some interesting tech job titles I’ve found. See if you can guess what these professionals do:

Chief Information Officer (Enforces information be read?)

Data Quality Manager (Makes sure the information is high brow?)

Network Architect (Likes to shape people?)

Web Master (The King of the Internet?)

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5 crazy businesses that actually exist

5 Crazy businesses that actually exist:

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1.) WTF Candles

http://www.prankcandles.com Sells many scented candles. Their candles may start off as apple pie, but after intense burning, their scent gives way to ‘dirty fart’.

2.) Pet Rock

http://www.petrock.com sells pet rocks to any lonesome person with a big heart. They boast that this is the only pet you’ll own that you’ll never need to feed, walk, bath or groom!

3.) The Cheese Lady

http://www.sarahcheeselady.com is a business that involves creating cheese sculptures. The guinness world record for largest cheese carving is 925 pounds.

4.) Customized romance novels

http://www.yournovel.com allows you to create any couple as their own characters in a customized romance novel.

5.) Used cardboard box marketplace

http://www.boxcycle.com helps you get rid of your old cardboard boxes. You can sell your used boxes with minimal time while buyers can easily find used boxes.

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Top 5 sites for when you’re outside of your home

Here are 5 top mobile sites that are key to making life better while you’re out.

Standing in the line at the movie theater and not sure which movie you want to go to? Interested in what other people think? This is the place to go for reviews on tv, movies, and music. These critiques are from well known critics as well as users.

Hungry? Type in your address and the type of food you’re interested in and instantly find results. This is perfect if you’re cruising a new place and unsure of where the best Indian food is.

Tinder is great for relationships, dates, and ‘’everything in between’’. Scroll through people in your area to see who might be a match. An added bonus of Tinder is that it hooks up to your facebook account.

This is an excellent site for when you’re perusing the menu at a restaurant and want to know roughly the amount of calories you’re eating. Make wiser decisions on the go with this website.

Did your car just break down on the highway and you need a number for a mechanic? Are you driving on the interstate at three a.m. and need to find a hotel as soon as possible? Just use google. Always good if you’re on the go.

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Mobile Depression

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Is your website sad? Damaged? Not productive? Does your website have trouble communicating with others? Is your website not fitting in with mobile devices?

If your website does not meet criteria for mobile devices (phones, tablets, ipads) you could be losing 25% of clients/customers.  Don’t allow your website to get down in the dumps of search engines.

To prevent this, we have a solution. Mobile websites. We can transform your website into a mobile compatible website within a day. If you’d like a free consultation, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Leave a comment with your website name or go to our website and we’ll get back to you soon!

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