Net Neutrality Protest – New Apple Gear – Most Sweary Twitters
Net Titans in Net Neutrality Protest
This week, some of the biggest companies out there in internet land came together to protest for net neutrality, such as Reddit, Netflix and Mozilla.
The protest follows a ruling in the US Court of Appeals in January which said that internet providers were under no obligation to treat all internet traffic as equal. Critics worry that this allows providers to discriminate against internet companies, and that it might bring more fees.
Some have mooted the idea of "prioritised data delivery" which basically means that some users would get a faster service than others, based on what they pay.
Over on the BBC, Reddit's general manager Erik Martin said "The cause of net neutrality is important to us as a business. It's important to our visitors, and it's important for our democracy".
Apple's New Stuff
Next up, the gals and guys at Cupertino have revealed a couple of new products due to come out soon - the new iPhone and Apple Watch.
The Apple Watch is the first of the company's wearable products and is "the most personal device we've ever created," says Apple's chief executive Tim Cook.
With a high $349 price point set for its 2015 debut, it looks like the device is going to target a similar market to traditional luxury watches. This is also implied by Cook's use of language, as he describes the device as "precise" and as translating "rotary movement into digital data."
Meanwhile Macworld have broken down all the info about the new iPhone 6, due out on the 19th of September. It looks like Apple have gone for a rounded design, with the device getting thinner and thinner, almost as thin as the Motorola RAZR was, if anyone remembers that.
Most Sweary Places In The UK
And finally, University College London researchers have done their bit for the world by studying in which areas of the UK people swear most on Twitter.
The findings made at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis are based on a week's worth of research between August 28th and 4th September when they analysed over 1.3 million tweets.
It found that the most sweary place in the UK was Redcar and Cleveland - where almost 8% of all tweets contained a swear. The least sweary places are Orkney and the Shetland Islands, where fewer than 1% of tweets had a swear in them, possibly because there are a lot less people to get mad at when you're on a remote island off the coast of Scotland.
Overall though, only 4.3% of tweets contained bad language and this is something researcher Dr Hannah Fry was pleasantly surprised about. On the BBC site, she says "I think it says something a little more positive perhaps about how aggressive or civil we can be to one another."