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Sandvine report shows Netflix dominating during North American peak hours

Sandvine report shows Netflix dominating during North American peak hours

We obviously do a lot of different things on the Internet each and every, but when the peak hours between 9PM and 12AM arrive, it's all about Netflix baby. A new report from Sandvine shows that in North America, Netflix is responsible for 33% of the downstream traffic on fixed networks between those hours. That's good enough, but Sandvine's report also says that 65% of all downstream traffic during those hours is coming from video and audio streaming sites, meaning Netflix is responsible for half of that.

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New Twitter study gives tons of stats on users

New Twitter study gives tons of stats on users

You probably already know this by now, but there are a lot of people using Twitter. A new study conducted by Beevolve gives us an insane amount of statistics on these users, gauging everything from how many followers the average user has to which background color is used the most by females and males. The study - which surveyed a total of 36 million Twitter profiles - may confirm a lot of the stuff you already assumed about Twitter, but there are some surprises to be found in the results.

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Present-day smartphones have fewer toxic chemicals, study finds

Present-day smartphones have fewer toxic chemicals, study finds

Most of us (hopefully) know that our smartphones aren't just snazzy glass, aluminum, and plastic, and that there are actually some hazardous materials lurking on the inside. The components of most smartphones are made using nasty stuff like PVC, mercury, tin, flame retardants, and lead, and though those chemicals and metals don't pose much of threat to you while they're all locked up inside your device, they could potentially contaminate the air and water if smartphones aren't disposed of properly.

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iPhone repairs since 2007 top $5.9 billion, survey claims

iPhone repairs since 2007 top $5.9 billion, survey claims

It isn't exactly a secret that the iPhone is a little on the delicate side, and with so many people across the country using an iPhone, a number of those users are bound to have some accidents from time to time. Of course, Apple will help us get our iPhones repaired when the grim reaper takes them, which begs the question: just how much do we spend on iPhone repairs? A new study from SquareTrade gives us the answer to that question, and it's safe to say the amount we've spent on iPhone repairs is staggering.

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Climate Change rate said to kill more species than it creates

Climate Change rate said to kill more species than it creates

This week evolutionary ecologist Peter Mayhew has presented a set of findings which show the rate of climate change in the Earth to be detrimental to the number of species of animals on our planet. While findings in the past have shown that periods of warmth on our blue globe have also been times when the number of different species of animals has risen, the speed at which the Earth is warming here in the present is, as Mayhew suggests, too rapid for the increase in species to outweigh the number of species that are becoming extinct. The new study Mayhew presents works with a new way of looking at the number of species in each geological period studied with only well-sampled periods rather than with simple tallies of the first and last appearances of each species.

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Majority of cell phone owners still experience dropped calls, Pew poll finds

Majority of cell phone owners still experience dropped calls, Pew poll finds

There's no question that cell phones have made our lives easier, but they can also sometimes cause some pretty big headaches. Dropped calls, for instance, are always a major annoyance, and a new poll from the Pew Internet & American Life Project finds that the vast majority of cell phone users still find themselves dealing with them. 72% of respondents told Pew that they still experience dropped calls occasionally, which is a ridiculously large number of people when you consider how many of us own some kind of cell phone.

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