Featured Chart: Worldwide Smartphone Adoption by Vendor, 2014 Q3

Vendors shipped a total of 327.6 million units during the third quarter of 2014, an 8.7% increase from 301.3 million units in the second quarter. This marks the second consecutive quarter in which global smartphone shipments surpassed 300 million units. It's a 25.2% increase from a year ago when 261.7 million units were shipped. The growth can be attributed to new product releases and an increased emphasis on emerging markets.

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Featured Chart: U.S. Business Health Index for October 2014

Here are a few notes that might help: The Viability Rating offers an assessment of whether or not to do business with a company. The rating combines the most comprehensive measures of risk to deliver a highly reliable analysis of the current and future health of a business. The Delinquency Predictor examines all of a company’s past payment obligations, firmographics, public filings, and financial data to determine the probability of future delinquency.

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Featured Chart: Top PC Vendors Worldwide for 3Q 2014

This chart from IDC shows the top five worldwide PC vendors according to units shipped for the third quarter of this year. PCs include desktops, mini notebooks and other portable PCs. They do not include handhelds or tablets without hardwired keyboards.

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Featured Chart: Most Popular Disk Storage Systems Worldwide

IDC's chart on the worldwide total disk storage systems market highlights the top 5 vendors. They are EMC, HP, IBM, Dell and NetApp. HP and IBM experienced surges in the second quarter of this year. IBM saw the largest increase in market share at 2.7%, allowing it to jump ahead of Dell and NetApp into the third spot.

Meanwhile Dell and NetApp took losses, with NetApp suffering the most with a 1.9% decrease in market share.

Market share is based on revenue.

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Featured Chart: U.S. Jobs Health for October 2014

This chart from Dun & Bradstreet gives a view of new non-farm jobs added to U.S. payrolls during the previous months. Manufacturing; retail; real estate; business services; construction; and trade, transporation and utilities are seeing growth in jobs.
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Spotlight Interview: Giorgia Lupi on Architecture, Music, and Dancing with Data

An architect by education, Giorgia Lupi probably never thought that the many fields she studied would land her speaking about information design at the EyeO Festival in Minneapolis, Minnesota just a few weeks ago. Of the many things she delivered in her speech, she says that she wishes that she would be able to “play my role in making this small world of visualization more beautiful.”

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