Infographic: The half-life of smart phones & apps

An cool infographic by Sarah Wenger 

As the world continues moving into a mobile one, smart phones have become an invaluable part of our lives – an extension of our own being. And because of our newly adopted part of our anatomy, Apps become increasingly more important as they are a more efficient and more precise way of accessing information on our phones. Mobile phone applications may seem like a small part of the changing landscape of the way we receive information, but in actuality, mobile applications may very well be the future. Because of this, many different professions from many different fields of study may want to take note of this. Most obviously, applications are important to software engineers and designers, but applications will also be important to those in marketing and business. Those fields of study should realize the growing market and figure out how to successfully capitalize on the growing trend of accessing information through applications. This infographic will show just how big apps got and how people are starting to use them.

Neighborhood Visualizer: Revealing Material and Energy Use in Cities

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The Neighborhood Visualizer , developed by MIT PhD candidate David Quinn and Lisbon research student Daniel Wiesmann, aims to bring about a better understanding about urban patterns that relate to material use and energy use.

Built on top of a selection of open-source tools, the web-based map reveals the currently available data on material (i.e. kg/person) and energy use (i.e. kWh/person) in about 42 different US cities. ‘Materials’ include parameters like asphalt or gravel roads, or the use of masonry, glass or timber in residential housing, all based on estimations of urban form. Users can select specific neighborhood areas and create heatmaps that are normalized by population or household size. Further analyses are automatically generated as PDF files.