Android has won the phone world war

A global survey shows the majority of countries favor Android over iPhone.

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  • When Android was launched soon after Apple's own iPhone, Steve Jobs threatened to "destroy" it.
  • Ever since, and across the world, the rivalry between both systems has animated users.
  • Now the results are in: worldwide, consumers clearly prefer one side — and it's not Steve Jobs'.
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More than half the world is still unmapped — but not for long

By the end of this decade, Seabed 2030 wants to produce accurate maps for the remaining 80 percent of the ocean floor.

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  • About 56 percent of the Earth's surface has not yet been mapped.
  • The uncharted area corresponds to 80 percent of the ocean floor.
  • But that area is shrinking fast. By 2030, the entire ocean will be mapped.
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Free speech? Not everybody loves it, this map shows

In some countries, people want more freedom of speech. In others, they feel that there is too much.

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  • In green: where people like free speech the most. In red: where free speech is not popular.
  • Despite continued strong support, this recent survey shows approval of free speech declining in the U.S.
  • Free speech helps create prosperity, but if forced to choose, people prefer prosperity over free speech.
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How much does it cost to start a business? There’s a world map for that

UAE is the world's most expensive country to start a business, but it's free in Rwanda.

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  • As the old adage goes, you must spend money to make money.
  • Just about anywhere, setting up shop requires a significant bit of cash.
  • But as this world map shows, the cost varies greatly by country.
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Mysterious dodecahedrons of the Roman Empire

The first of many dodecahedrons was unearthed almost three centuries ago, and we still don't know what they were for.

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  • In 1739, a strange, twelve-sided hollow object from Roman times was discovered in England.
  • Since then, more than a hundred dodecahedrons have been unearthed, but their purpose remains unknown.
  • The only thing we know for sure is where they were found, which points to a Gallo-Roman connection.
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