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TECHNOBYTE for 5 February 2016

There is no doubt that technology has broken down barriers. Yesterday Facebook was celebrating Friends Day and releases some interesting statistics that suggested we are more closely connected than the average “Six Degrees of Separation”. The notion of “Six Degrees of Separation” says that everyone in the world is connected by no less than six people. Facebook’s lasts research says that number is closed to 3.57 people. Bearing in mind that there are 1.6 billion people on Facebook more and more people are connected via friends of friends of friends, hence the reduction in how many degrees we are separated. Researchers at Cornell University who did the research say that that number has shrunk in the last 5 years as a result of us becoming more connected.

https://research.facebook.com/blog/three-and-a-half-degrees-of-separation/

This week I have been having fun using a 3D printer. The XYZ Da Vinci printer is now available in South Africa. It is mind blowing to comprehend that a printer can print 3 dimension products in front of your eyes. The XYZ Da Vinci is really easy to setup and use. The Da Vinci series is targeted at the consumer market and is equipped with extension functions such as a duo nozzle, touch panel and built-in scanner. The plug-and-play Da Vinci is 20% larger than other desktop 3D printers in its class, with a 20 x 20 x 20cm build model making it easier to print larger items. If you are looking for an affordable good quality 3D printer that won’t break the bank take a look at the Da Vinci range.

http://www.mustek.co.za/xyz/

Twelve years ago Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook with a simple dream: to have everyone spending as much time as possible clicking around on his website. Today, the social network site's users are closing in on $3.5 trillion in squandered productivity. The company has about 1.6 billion monthly active users, more than the population of any single country on earth. And those users are valuable — Facebook makes an average of $3.73 in revenue per user worldwide (and much more for Americans), according to quarterly results reported last week. By market cap, each of those users is worth more than $200 in valuation. Facebook's users spend an aggregate of 10.5 billion minutes per day on the platform (excluding mobile), according to the company's 2012 IPO filings. And engagement — based on the number of monthly users who visit the site daily — is even higher today. Assuming that users spend about the same amount of time today, that means people all over the world have spent a collective 55 million years on Facebook since the beginning of 2009.

http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/social-media/time-wasted-facebook-could-be-costing-us-trillions-lost-productivity-n511421

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