I remember my first cell phone. It was an orange Nokia, the thing felt like a brick, and I’m pretty sure it was indestructible. I wish that I still had it stowed away in the attic because I would love to get in another game of Snake! Back in the early 2000’s, not many people sent texts; at least not like they do today. T9 texting required you to form words with the 9 buttons you had on the phone. It took forever, so a quick phone call was usually a much easier way to communicate.
Today, our phones are more like minicomputers, soaking up our time and demanding our attention with every notification. This animated pie chart visualization which was originally shared on Reddit’s /r/DataIsBeautiful subreddit by creator /u/jcceagle shows just how much the phone market has changed since 2010.
You’ll see that Nokia dominated the market from April 2010 right up until January of 2013 when they were overtaken by both Samsung and Apple. They quickly became almost non-existent making up only 5.18% of the market in July of 2016. In 2016, Samsung was the dominate phone brand with 32.18% of the market. Moving to April of 2019, you can see Samsung is still on top with the most share of the cell phone market, but with Apple is right behind them. Chinese phone manufacture Huawei starts to make a larger appearance with around 10% of the market by December of 2019. By the end of March 2021, Samsung is hanging on to its lead by only a thread. Only a .94% margin separates Samsung and Apple. Their battle for smartphone dominance has been ongoing for years, with no end in sight. Xiaomi and Huawei (both Chinese companies) come in 3rd and 4th in market share. In 2021, Nokia, which once dominated the industry, represents just .64% of the cell phone market.
If All the World’s Glaciers Were to Melt, Florida Would Disappear
Did you know that the sea level is rising in Florida, and that it’s costing over $4 billion? In the present day, the sea level surrounding the Sunshine State is up to eight inches higher than it was back in 1950. With more than 120,000 properties at risk in Florida from the frequent tidal flooding, the state is taking action. Florida is currently planning over $4 billion in sea level rise solutions, including that of seawalls, stormwater improvements, protecting sewage systems and raising roads.
Created by Jonathan Callura in 2021, this visual uses data from the USGS National Geospatial Program. According to the visual, the global sea level would rise by approximately 70 meters (230 feet) if all of the glaciers on earth were to melt.
According to SeaLevelRise.org, Florida’s sea level has increased over the last decade, and has raised as much as one inch every three years. Because of this, experts are predicting that over the next fifteen years, the sea level in Florida will have risen by another half a foot.
Since 2000, tidal flooding in Florida has increased by approximately 352%, despite the sea level having only risen by an estimated three inches during that time. This is because high tides can lead to flooding, even on the sunniest of days, if the oceans have risen high enough.
“In 30 years Florida will see many more days of flooding, stronger storms, more extreme weather, and stagnant or declining coastal property values.” — Jim Cason, Former Mayor of the City of Coral Gables
The Subreddits With the Most Comments, Every Single Day from 2018-2021
At any specific date in time, trending Reddit subs can provide a snapshot to what users are thinking, searching and talking about. Sports, politics, gaming, current events and more can significantly boost comment numbers in specific Subreddits. This animated bar graph visualization from u/Balloon_Project, which was shared in the Data is Beautiful Subreddit, shows the most commented subreddits from 2018 to Jan 27th 2021. Check it out here:
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Using information from SubredditStats.com, Balloon_Project was able to write a custom script in a program called Processing to input all the data. In the 2 and a half minute video, you can watch subreddits move and up and down the ladder with an accompanying “Todays’ News” headline for that specific day. It is fun to watch the different spikes that show up around different events. For example, the subreddit r/marvelstudios shows up high on the graph when Endgame gets released.
Sports subreddits like r/nba and r/nfl peak during key events for their respective leagues, and r/politics jumps to the top for major events surrounding the election, impeachment, protests, and riots. Meme pages and general subs like r/pics, r/teeenagers, and r/funny tend to bounce around in the top ten spots randomly as they are consistently popular subreddits. The general info sub r/askreddit where users can ask any question that comes to mind stayed in the top position for years getting 80 to 120k comments per day.
Here are some notable events and how Reddit reacted:
- At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, you can watch r/coronavirus surge to around 60 thousand comments per day.
- Around the election in November of 2020, the r/politics sub surges past 200k comments per day, the highest number seen in the video to that point.
- Rounding out the last days of the graph you can watch the Wall Street Bets sub (r/wallstreetbets) soar to incredible new levels on the graph, getting close to 400 thousand comments per day during the whole GameStop stock debacle.
What a neat way to visualize this data!
NBA Jump Shot Density for 23 Seasons
The 2020-21 NBA season tips off tomorrow night with nine games!
2020 has certainly presented its challenges, and it’s been no different for the sports world. In the National Football League, several games have had to be rescheduled this season due to several positive COVID-19 cases from around the league. Earlier this season in the NBA, the entire league moved their games to what became known as the “NBA Bubble,” which was an isolation zone at Walt Disney World in Bay Lake, Florida, with the purpose to protect the NBA players for the remainder of the season.
Jump shots are one of the most exciting parts of the action in the National Basketball Association, and this very interesting graphic from /u/Alexander_Varlamov and CoolBlueData.com takes a look at the jump shot density in the NBA for a span of 23 basketball seasons (it begins with the 1997-1998 NBA season). Some of the greatest jump shooters in the history of the NBA are actually active today, including Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors, Kyle Korver of the Milwaukee Bucks, and Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets.
As the animated timeline ticks past the 2003-2004 season, a shift in how the game is played becomes obvious—players have become much more likely to go for three-pointers than in the past. By 2016-2017, it had become the vast majority of shots, and in the 2019-2020 season, the map seems to indicate that two-pointer jump shots have become a true rarity in the game of basketball. Teams know that three-pointers can win championships, and if you can hit them consistently, the extra points can really add up!
Currently, the longest successful jump shot in the history of the National Basketball Association was 89 feet (27 m), and it was hit by Baron Davis on February 17, 2001. Davis made the shot with just 0.7 seconds remaining in the third quarter of a game at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin against the Milwaukee Bucks. Baron Davis played for the Charlotte Hornets at the time, and also spent time with the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers, and New York Knicks over the course of 15-season NBA career.
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