Projected mobile phone unit sales in 2013 as strong smartphone growth continues, according to CCS Insight Market Forecast: 1.86 billion
Year by which CCS Insight predicts that the combined number of mobile phones and tablets in use will exceed the world's population: 2017
Source: CCS Insight.
Percentage of Americans who agree that "staycations" are a thing of the past, with nearly half also agreeing that a vacation isn't a vacation unless you pack up and leave town, according to a survey by Kelton: 57
Percentage of American vacationers who set a budget: 81
Percentage of these folks spend more than they plan: 36
Source: Kelton Research.
Percentage of information workers who said using social tools -- defined as instant messaging, text messaging, video conferencing, news feeds, social networks and team sites such as SharePoint -- has increased their productivity, according to a poll of employees across 32 countries conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs on behalf of Microsoft: 46
Percentage who say these tools have reduced their efficiency: 9
Source: Ipsos Public Affairs RS.
Year that a patent was granted to inventor Americus Callahan of Chicago for something that most of us would rather not see -- an envelope with a transparent window in it, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1902
Estimated number of post offices there were in the United States the year Callahan's invention was introduced: 76,000
Estimated number of post offices there are today: 27,000
Source: U.S. Census Bureau.
Percentage of Americans who say religion is losing its influence on American life, according to a Gallup Poll: 77
Percentage of respondents who say American society would be better off if more Americans were religious: 75
Percentage of global mid-market businesses for which the promise of superior data-driven decision-making is motivating them to either invest in or investigate "Big Data," according to Techaisle: 43
Of these mid-market businesses, percentage that are actively investing in Big Data-related projects: 18
Percentage who mention that they have either none or very limited capabilities of analyzing unstructured data: 70
Ranks of Vienna, Zurich, Auckland (New Zealand), Munich and Vancouver (Canada) on the list of 221 cities with the world's best quality of living, according to the Mercer 2012 Quality of Living Survey: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Ranks of Honolulu, San Francisco and Boston as the top-ranked U.S. cities for overall quality of living, on the list: 28, 29, 35
Percentage of parents who knew that children 4 to 6 years old, weighing 40 to 60 pounds, should travel in a booster seat, according to a literature review appearing in the June 2013 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS): 46
Percentage of fatally injured children younger than age 5 who were completely unrestrained during motor vehicle crashes: 46
Source: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Percentage of adults who feel that credit cards are important to the U.S. economy, according to a poll conducted on behalf of the American Bankers Association: 72
Percentage of Americans who have at least one credit card (not including ATM or debit cards): 76
Percentage of those with at least one credit card who say that they personally use a credit card at least once a week: 57
Source: American Bankers Association.
Percentage increase in the number of people reporting a healthy work/life balance since 2011, according to an ongoing survey by Captivate's Office Pulse: 11
Percentage increase in respondents reporting working more than nine hours a day: 30
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