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Goodbye Spam, Hello Bacn

Glance at your inbox lately? If it seems to be overflowing with crap you just don't need, well, that's probably because it is. While spam filters have been working more effectively than ever, you, my friend, have been pretty much undermining the entire process by signing up for every travel, sales and group-buying program out there. Infographic World has a masterful infographic showing just how...

Clever Cartographer Counts Cusses on Twitter, Maps the U.S. of A-hole

Having scoured Twitter for profanities last year, clever cartographer Daniel Huffman has mapped the prevalence of pottymouths across the U.S. The darkest shade of red indicates a citizenry that routinely watches its mouth, while the bright crimson marks a particularly pottymouthed populace. Sure, New York City's scorching scarlet and Oklahoma City's dull red likely won't shock anybody. But Los...

Charting the Transformation of Video Game Controller Design

We're trying our best to refrain from contributing to the Web's infographic glut, but we couldn't resist this one: the evolution of video game controller design as charted by U.K.-based Cxpartners. See how the original Nintendo directional pad gave birth to the PlayStation and Xbox controllers, and how the Power Glove's whole concept flopped until the invention of the Wiimote. The full image is...

Visually Mapping Racial Distribution in American Cities

Eric Fischer has transposed the 2000 Census data to a map, showing the breakdown of race in major U.S. cities. Each dot represents 25 people, divided (as we always seem to be) by color: red for white, blue for black, green for Asian and orange for Hispanic. Check out Fischer's Flickr account for more sociological visualizations....

'Graph Your Inbox' Visualizes Your Gmail in Chart Form

'Graph Your Inbox' is an awesome, while possibly useless, Chrome extension that panders directly to our geekiest inclinations. It sits in the Chrome toolbar, and, when you click it, you're prompted to enter search terms. ("Creepy", "hate work" and "jellybeans" are fun to try.) It simply parses results from a Gmail search, so all of the same operators (e.g. label and 'from') will work. But rather...

'Super Mario Bros' Reimagined in 2010, iPad Tested as a Skateboard

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. Game designer Zack Hiwiller reimagines the original 'Super Mario Bros.' as if it had been designed in social-network-happy year of 2010. [From: Zack Hiwiller] ...

Is PowerPoint Oversimplifying Our Military Strategy?

We like to believe that the U.S. military knows a thing or two more than the rest of us. Your devoted Switched team, for example, would be hard pressed to dismantle an IED, no matter how many times we've seen 'The Hurt Locker.' But it turns out that the men and women in uniform are entangled in the simplifying software magic known as PowerPoint, no different from the soporific strategy meetings...

Terrifying Robot Mouth Teaches Pronunciation, How to Choose a Typeface

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. We promise this is not a creepy sex toy. In fact, this moaning rubber mouth is an aid for the hearing impaired, specifically designed to help them improve their vocal...

Flickr Colors Get Visualized, ChatRoulette Posers Come Out To Play

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. Oooh, pretty colors! Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg at the IBM Visual Communication Lab in Cambridge developed an algorithm that analyzed and plotted a...

Charting the History of Data Storage

Flickr user Curtiss Spontelli recently uploaded this wonderful little chart showing the evolution of data storage over the years. It's interesting to visualize how our modern two-terabyte hard drives can hold about a zillion times more than ye olde wax cylinders, and that even Zip disks (which don't seem that archaic to some of us) held only 100 megabytes. How our needs have changed. While...

How Much Electricity Does It Take to Run the Web?

Ever wonder exactly how much electricity it takes to run the Internet? All those Tweets, e-mails, and YouTube videos aren't powered by magic fairy dust, it takes electricity, and lots of it, to store and spread this content. US Infrastructure (magazine) decided to examine the stats, and then put together the beautiful inforgraphic above illustrating how many servers there are in the world,...