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Flagship smartphones compared [infographic]

13 September, 2017

This article and infographic were updated on 5 October 2017 after the launch of Google Pixel 2.

The infographic compares the primary/front cameras, dimensions, display dimensions and price of five flagship smartphones: Nokia 8, Sony Xperia XZ1, Samsung Galaxy Note8, Apple iPhone X and Google Pixel 2 XL.

Dimensions and display dimension
Although the iPhone X is the smallest among the four phones compared it comes second in display size (5.8″) with Samsung Galaxy Note8 having the largest (6.3)”.

Cameras
In terms of size (dimensions) of the pictures taken the Sony Xperia™ XZ1 leads with 19MP primary camera photos and 13MP for the front camera. It’s the only phone though without a dual primary camera. On the other (lower) end of the spectrum iPhone X has a 12MP primary camera and 7MP front camera.

Price
Apple’s iPhone X is the most expensive phone from the four compared: it costs from £999. Samsung Galaxy Note8 follows at £869, Pixel 2 XL costs £799, Sony Xperia™ XZ1 costs £599 and finally Nokia 8 is the cheapest at £499.

Sources:
Nokia 8
Sony Xperia™ XZ1
Samsung Galaxy Note8
Apple iPhone X

Google Pixel 2 XL

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Avocados in the news [infographic] – “Avocado hand”

19 July, 2017

Avocados have earned lots of publicity recently: avocado hand, stolen avocados and laser tagging of avocados were perhaps the ones commented most. In a series of infographics we try to explore in a visual way some of the news.

Avocados in the news #1: “Avocado hand”

On the 10th of May (2017), The Times published an article about “avocado hand”, injuries taking place during avocado cutting/slicing. The article was featuring BAPRAS Honorary Secretary, Simon Eccles, who said he treats on average 4 people a week for avocado hand. He was also suggesting that avocados should carry warning labels.

This was not something that came out of the blue: in fact there have been several other occasions where accidents with avocados have made it in the news (see the timeline on the top of the infographic). Back in 2004, a chef, who cut his finger while trying to cut an avocado, sued a hotel in Scotland for a £25K compensation.

About three years later (21 November 2006), The Guardian featured an article titled “Are avocados a health hazard?” where a surgeon was suggesting that “avocados should come with a health warning”.

In August 2012, Hollywood actress Meryl Streep appeared with a bandaged hand after slicing her hand while cutting an avocado.

And in New Zealand, Kiwi songstress Brooke Fraser had surgery for avocado wounds back in 2015.

Interestingly it’s from New Zealand that we have some statistics about the matter; they show that avocado-related accidents are on the rise: 118 claims in 2014, 137 in 2015 and 162 in 2016 (ACC data).

On average, between 2014-2016, 83% of the claims for avocado hand were made by women (in total: 346 women – 71 men).

In order to avoid avocado hand the main idea is not to hold with/cup in your naked hand an avocado while you have a knife on the other trying to cut it or remove its stone.

Firstly (Step 1) place the avocado flat on a cutting board, put the hand that doesn’t hold the knife on top (in order to stabilise it) and slice it in half. This is a rather dangerous part of the process. The knife can slip on the relatively hard skin of the avocado and end in your hand. So it’s important you don’t hold with/cup in your hand the avocado.

Separate (Step 2) the two halves by rotating them against each other.

The next thing you need to do is to take the half with the stone and remove the stone out of it. This is the step where most accidents happen.

Either the stone is hard (as it should be) but the knife slips on it and ends on the hand that holds it or the stone is too soft, the knife cuts the avocado through and lands on the naked hand.

As in Step 1 the idea is not to hold the avocado with your hand. Instead put it on the cutting surface and hit the stone with the knife, twist it and it will get out.

Avocado hand accidents have as a result nerve and tendon injuries and in some cases the hand never recovers 100% so it pays to be careful.

Sources:
The Times Holy guacamole, that’s got to hurt!
BBC Chef sues hotel over cut finger
The Guardian Are avocados a health hazard?
Daily News Injured Meryl Streep steps out with bandaged hand at ‘Hope Springs’ premiere
Stuff Avocado injuries keep medical staff busy

Credits:
Many thanks to ACC/Suzanne Muth for providing us with the ACC (New Zealand) statistics. Frances Pipera assisted in the design process.

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For every Rolls-Royce sold: how sales of Rolls-Royce compare to other car brands in Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2017 [infographic]

15 May, 2017

Rolls-Royce sold 733 cars in Q1 2017.

Ferrari sold: 2,003 units,

Maserati: 11,900 units,

Tesla*: 25,000 units,

Porsche: 59,689 units,

MINI: 83,059 units.

Thus, for every Rolls-Royce sold there were also sold: 3 Ferraris, 16 Maseratis, 34 Teslas*, 81 Porsches and 113 MINIs.

The infographic visualises how many cars each brand sold for every Rolls-Royce.

At the bottom of the infographic there is a bubble chart comparing the sales of each brand.

* Tesla Motors publishes data based on deliveries; not sales

Sources:
BMW Group BMW QUARTERLY REPORT 31 March 2017
Ferrari Ferrari N.V. Interim Report For the three months ended March 31, 2017
FCA Group FCA 2017 First Quarter Results
Tesla Motors Tesla Q1 2017 Vehicle Production and Deliveries

Volkswagen Group Porsche enjoys best first quarter in its history

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The new pound coin and comparison to other world coins (infographic)

28 March, 2017

The new £1 coin debuts today, 28 March 2017, and we have designed an infographic comparing some of its features to other world coins.

Its diameter is slightly bigger than the existing (‘old’) pound: 23.43mm (was 22.5mm). Compared to the 1 euro coin (⌀23.25mm) it’s almost the same. The new coin’s diameter is smaller than the Australian (⌀25mm) and the Canadian dollar (⌀26.5mm).

It’s slimmer than the old pound (2.8mm from 3.15mm) but it remains relatively thick; only the Australian dollar is thicker (3mm). The 1 euro coin is 2.33mm thick and the Canadian dollar (loonie) is even thinner at 1.95mm.

As a result the loonie is the lightest among the coins compared (6.27g) while the heaviest was the old pound (9.5g). The new pound is a bit less heavy (8.75g); still heavier than the euro (7.5g) but lighter than the Australian dollar (9g).

Sources:
The Royal Mint The new pound coin
The Gazette Proclamation determining the specifications and design for a new one pound coin
European Central Bank Common sides of euro coins
Royal Australian Mint The one dollar coin
Royal Canadian Mint The 1-dollar coin, familiarly known as the ‘loonie’

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25 November, 2016

Another end-of-the-business-week infographic where we look at some of the business news that attracted our attention during the week.

Bigger cars lead to demand for wider parking spaces | Monday, 21 November 2016

More than 30% of all car accidents in the UK are parking related. While the standard parking space for a car is 4.8m × 2.4m, with more people buying SUVs or other bigger cars the space is not enough. The infographic shows how a Mercedes GLS (doesn’t) fit in a standard parking space.

Kingfisher 3rd Quarter (ending 31 October 2016) Results | Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Kingfisher (B&Q, Screwfix) announced its Q3 results. Worldwide sales were £2,955m; an increase of 1.8% on like-for-like sales. Of the total sales, UK & Ireland’s share was 42.1%, France’s 38.8%a and Poland’s 11.4% . In the UK and Ireland (B&Q & Screwfix stores) the like-for-like increase was 5.8%.

Autumn Statement 2016 – Some Key Points | Wednesday, 23 November 2016

There was lots of anticipation for Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Statement (which apparently is going to be his last; the Autumn Statement becomes Spring Statement from now on). Tax personal allowance to increase by 4.5% (from £11,000 to £11,500 from April 2017). 4.2% increase of National Living Wage: from £7.20 to £7.50. There will be more public borrowing to cover increased spending.

Gatwick Airport H1 (ending 30 September 2016) Results | Thursday, 24 November 2016

In the first half of its financial year (ending 30 September 2016) Gatwick airport achieved a record-high 25m passengers . Total Revenue was £445.2m; 20% of the revenue comes from retail and another 12% from car parking.

Black Friday in the UK: Facts & Figures | Friday, 25 November 2016

Some facts, figures, forecasts related to Black Friday in the UK include:

  • ASDA, the company which ‘imported’ Black Friday from the US does not participate in the event for a second consecutive year. In 2013, it had sold 10,000 TV sets in one hour of trading
  • According to blackfridaydeathcount.com due to Black Friday related incidents 7 people have died in the US between 2006-2014. Another 98 have been injured.
  • the total sales forecast for this Black Friday in the UK is £2bn
  • Britons spent on shopping £3.74bn (almost double the amount) on 26 December (Boxing Day) 2015
  • Alibaba.com’s revenue on Singles Day in China was £14bn on 11 November 2016.

Sources:
BBC Business Live
Monday, 21 November 2016
Tuesday, 22 November 2016
Wednesday, 23 November 2016
Thursday, 24 November 2016
Friday, 25 November 2016

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21 November, 2016

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Alton Towers workforce: planned redundancies | Monday, 14 November 2016

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easyJet Year (ending 30 September 2016) Results | Tuesday, 15 November 2016

easyJet flew 73.1 million people last financial year (ending 30 September 2016), a 6.6% increase compared to the previous year. Load factor was up by 0.1% at 91.6%. easyJet has a fleet of 257 Airbus 319 or 320 aircraft (6.6% increase). 20% of the bookings were made on a mobile and 12% of its new entrant pilots were female.

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A recently published research by Service Partner ONE shows that among 75 cities on average the price of a cup of coffee is lowest in Rio de Janeiro. In the same city a Starbucks cup of coffee costs £1.21 while it is £2.80 in London. Heaviest consumption of coffee is in Helsinki with 9.6kg per person annually; lowest in Istanbul: 0.4kg.

Percentage of Internet Retail Sales in Britain: October 2016 | Thursday, 17 November 2016

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Volkswagen Job Cuts: 30,000 by 2020 | Friday, 18 November 2016

With the emissions scandal still fresh Volkswagen announced on Friday that there will be 30,000 job cuts: 23,000 of them in Germany and 7,000 in Brazil and Argentina. On the other hand there will be 9,000 new jobs mostly in software & development.

Sources:
BBC Business Live
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Tuesday, 15 November 2016
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Marks and Spencer plans to open 200 “Simply Food” stores in the UK, close 53 stores outside the UK (all its stores in: China (10 stores), France (7), The Netherlands, Belgium, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia) and 60 “full line” stores in the UK. In total, there are 1,382 M&S stores worldwide.

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EU Court rules that Rubik’s Cube shape is not a trademark | Thursday, 10 November 2016

Rubik’s Cube lost  its EU trademark protection; it should be patented instead. It has sold since 1980, 400 million units!

Alibaba’2016 11.11 (Singles Day) Global Shopping Festival | Friday, 11 November 2016

We wrote about Alibaba, the most popular Chinese online marketplace, a week ago when they announced their quarter results. The Singles Day (11 November) seems to be their most important (and prolific) day: this year they had an all-time sales record of US$ 17.8bn. At peak time the website was receiving 175 thousand orders per second!

Sources:
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