Fifteen years ago, Steve Jobs introduced the iPod. Since then, most music fans have understood this has radically changed how they listen to music. Less understood are the ways that raw information – accumulated via downloads, apps and online searches – is influencing not only what songs are marketed and sold, but which songs become hits.
The annual Academy Awards ceremony take place this Sunday, 26 February. Nominees for one of the coveted Oscars will be hoping to leave Hollywood's Dolby Theatre with a gold statuette in hand. But other than professional pride and bragging rights, what exactly is an Oscar worth?
The Royal Statistical Society's Christmas Quiz
is highly regarded for the level of challenge it provides. But if you are looking for something a little less taxing at this time of the year, the Significance
Quotes Quiz has you covered. Our thanks to Jim Norton
for putting the questions together. Have fun, thank you for reading, and we look forward to welcoming you back in 2017.
A couple of years ago, I wrote an article
in which I examined the evidence for the prevailing notion that the Christmas season is kicking off at an earlier date each year. My findings seemed to give credibility to the idea: by analysing Google Trends data for key Christmas search terms, I concluded that people start getting into the festive spirit as early as 25 August.