Are iPhone Users Smarter Than Android Users?

A recent study performed by Chitika - an online advertising network - found that more college graduates tend to have iPhones. Alaska (66%), Montana, and Vermont have the highest percentage of iPhone users, while Delaware, Iowa, and New Mexico (41%) have the lowest. Also, Chitika found that increased wealth was linked to greater iPhone sales.

In the first month of sales for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, over 80% of sales from the U.S. were from males - over 60% of which made over $75,000 a year, according to Slice - company that tracks purchases from American consumers.

Additionally, the study noted that sales of the iPhone correlate to the population densitry of an area. The more densely populated a place is, the better chance there will be higher iPhone sales rates in that particular state.

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Google is Going to Be a Wireless Carrier

Google has plans of soon selling cell phone service along with its Android phones. For years now, the company has been putting together all of the pieces of the puzzle to be able to provide this service to consumers. They already make the most-used mobile software on the planet, and they design and sell their phones online. They have become an Internet Service Provider, as well, with the Google Fiber initiative across the U.S.

All that is needed now are cell towers to help with creating a nationwide network for users. Instead of building their own, they plan on carrying their service over Sprint and T-Mobile networks. It is speculated that Google will be paying $2 per gigabyte, so this means that they could become one of the cheapest cell service providers on the market.

Kevin Smithen, Macquarie Securities analyst believes that by 2018, Google will be paying Sprint $750 million and T-Mobile $250 million for its services. This means that if Google chooses to break even, they could potentially sell $1 billion in wireless services.

Read more of the story here: http://money.cnn.com/2015/01/23/technology/mobile/google-wireless/index.html

Research Shows That Yelp is NOT Doing Their Job to Catch Bad Reviews

Recent reports indicate that Yelp's filter for reviews doesn't seem to be doing its job. Reviews have been found with promo codes, which would seemingly violate Yelp's guidelines, on Uber and Lyft, as well as on other Taxi cab services. For quite some time now, this filter in place has been the subject of a lot of controversy among small business owners as it can effectively promote a business and give more attention to one that has more "positive" reviews, even if they are fake or riddled with special promo codes.

Strategy Response noted that after doing some research of their own, they found that there were many Uber customers that were spamming Yelp's review so that they could promote their own code. So, whenever someone uses the code, the person will get $5 in credit with the business. This means that most of the 5-star reviews for the taxi service are biased since they are only promoting a code and not actually reviewing the company itself. Last year, many celebrities came under fire for using their Uber codes on Twitter, including: Lindsay Lohan, Snoop Dogg, and Neil Patrick Harris.

Even though something like this doesn't really matter on Twitter since it isn't going to cause someone to choose one business over another because of a better star rating, Yelp is a completely different story altogether. Obviously, these so-called reviews are biased, but Yelp's filter isn't doing a good job at getting rid of them. Strategy Response was able to find these reviews for Uber across various locations in the U.S., including for their business in Louisville, Charleston, and Kalamazoo.

So, how exactly can this have an impact on a small business? Uber and Lyft are gaining an unfair competitive advantage in the market because of all of their "positive" 5-star reviews that aren't being filtered out properly. A Harvard study found that a restaurant was able to get a 5-9% increase in their sales based on an increase of a single star in Yelp. This is causing many small business owners to lose customers and become very frustrated with Yelp's review system, understandably.

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Staples Hack Exposes 1.2 Million Credit Cards

Staples announced back in October 2014 that they were investigating a possible data breach to their systems. Reports last Friday evening indicate that hackers broke into the company's computers and were able to steal data on over 1.16 million credit cards.

This breach affects anyone who shopped at a small selection of Staples stores nationwide from July 20th - September 16th of this year.

Reports indicate that the hackers know how to get the security code and expiration date from each individual credit card from the breach. Nearly 115 of the company's 1,400 stores were hacked.

Damage to consumers should be minimal as most bank's are able to shield them from the damages from fraud.

Read more of the story here: http://money.cnn.com/2014/12/19/technology/security/staples-hack/index.html

New Technologies for Winter 2014 - Foodini Lets You Print Your Meals

Natural Machines is a Barcelona-based start-up company who has created a 3D printer for printing food, ranging from both sweet to savory dishes. The device is called "Foodini," and instead of printing out plastics, as is the case with other 3D printers, it is able to print out edible ingredients which are squeezed out of stainless steel capsules.

Lynette Kucsma, co-founder of Natural Machines, says that "It's the same technology, but with plastics there's just one melting point, whereas with food it's different temperatures, consistencies and textures."

The printer is a "mini-food manufacturing plant," which is currently being targeted toward professional kitchens. However, in the future, the company plans on creating a device that can be used in residential kitchens.

Basically, the device works by loading a capsule, hitting the print button, and then the food comes out, slowly - but surely. The company has created and tested capsules for everything from homemade pizza to filled pastas. The front of the printer also has a touchscreen which is connected to the Internet so that users can share and print recipes.

Read the full story here: http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/06/tech/innovation/foodini-machine-print-food/index.html?hpt=te_t1