Articles about statistics

Microsoft :1-in-14 downloads are malicious
“There are two kinds of statistics, the kind you look up and the kind you make up” – or so the saying goes by Rex Stout in Death of a Doxy. Well, Microsoft has laid claim to what does sound like a frightening idea – one in every 14 downloads are malicious in nature, so the next time a website you are unfamiliar with prompts you to download a new […]

Malware growing at an alarming rate
If you’re using a computer without any form of anti-virus or malware protection, you might need to be more careful in the future. According to the latest reports from Pandalabs, a security research firm, in the first quarter of 2011 alone, there has already been a 26% increase in the amount of malware out in the wild. Over 73,000 samples of new malware have been detected daily – an extra […]

295 exabytes shared by the world in 2007
When you’re sitting down in your living room sipping on some hot chocolate, where does your mind drift to? How about this – how much information is stored by the entire world’s population? Bear in mind that this is not the exact figure, but surely you can give some credibility to scientists’ efforts in measuring the colossal amount of information in the world. Published in the journal Science, it seemed […]

Android smartphone sales hit the jackpot with 888.8% jump
We’re still in the midst of the Chinese Lunar New Year, where the number 8 is highly significant to those celebrating the occasion. Well, the Android operating system certainly gives something to cheer about for those obsessed with statistics as research firm Gartner measured “sales-out” to buyers, seeing manufacturers ship 67.2 million Android smartphones last year, compared to 6.8 million from the year before – that translates to a cool 184,000 […]