Freelancer.com, the popular and world’s largest outsourcing marketplace reached its one millionth project over the weekend. The company celebrated the event by hosting 82 meetup parties across the world.
The one million projects were developed by employees from over 240 countries, regions and territories worldwide and represented around US $86 million worth of paid work. The company estimates that they saved companies anywhere between half a billion and one billion dollars in spending.
One million projects is a huge landmark for us and shows that online outsourcing has truly gone mainstream,said Matt Barrie, CEO of Freelancer.com. Each one of these projects represents a real job that put money in the pocket of a freelancer and helped a business increase their productivity and lower their costs by getting quality, affordable work done,he continued.
Online Freelancing is a huge market with sites like Freelancer.com, Elance and oDesk, leading the market while providing companies, developers, designers and other freelancers and opportunity to connect with the right people across the world.
Many freelancing projects are usually based on bids, where freelancers can bid on projects and companies can choose the best possible person to get their job done.
According to Freelancer.com, PHP was the top project category followed by Website and Graphic Design. United States was the top outsourcing country followed by UK and India. India was the top freelancing country followed by United States and Pakistan. You will find more interesting numbers from Freelancing.com below.
The top five project categories are:
Website Design 7.4%
Graphic Design 4.5%
Data Entry 3.9%
The top five outsourcing countries are as follows:
Mozilla has now released a new infographic which shows the amount of downloads that happened in the first 48 hours of launch and compares it with several different things including a trip to the moon.
For example, Firefox 4 was downloaded 15.85 million times in the first 48 hours. If each download were a mile, it would have been 33 round trips to the moon and back. It is also larger than the population of LOS Angeles which is the 12th largest city in the world.
There were 10,200 downloads made per minute at peak and 5,503 average downloads per minute. This mean that Firefox 4 was downloaded 91.7 times per second. This is definitely some cool stats. For the rest check the infographic embedded below.
Currently the Firefox 4 download count stands at over 25.6 million. You can view live stats for FF4 downloads at http://glow.mozilla.org/.
Update: Please note that the IE9 download numbers are only for Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows Server based PCs, whereas Firefox 4 numbers are for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.
This averages to 27 downloads every second or around 250 download every 10-11 seconds. Internet Explorer 9 is the latest browser from Microsoft for Windows 7 and Windows Vista which includes several new and exciting features such as in-built Do not track options, site lists .
Overall IE9 has been downloaded over 40 million times in the past year. The record downloads for the final version of IE9 was more than double the downloads for IE9 beta and 4 times that of IE9 RC.
Apple recently put up a countdown on their website for the number of apps downloaded from the app store. The countdown is a race to 10 billion app downloads from the Apple Apps store.
To celebrate the feat, Apple is giving away a $10000 iTunes gift card to the person who downloads the 10 billionth app from the app store. However, you could win another $5000 iTunes gift card if you download the FX Photo Studio app by MacPhun.
The additional $5000 gift card was announced by the MacPhun folks on their blog. So if you are the person who downloads the 10 billionth app from the app store and you purchase the FX Photo Studio app, you are set to make a cool $15000 in iTunes gift card.
MacPhun is also willing to give away $1000 if the 10 billionth downloaded app is not the FX Photo Studio, however, the downloaded app has to be an app from the photography category. It could either be a free or paid app.
Considering that the app store counter is already inching towards 9.99 billion, you might want to start warming up to get that 10 billionth download.
WordPress 3.0 the latest version of the popular blogging software has been downloaded over 30 million times. The milestone was reached earlier today.
WordPress 3.0, which is the 13th major version of WordPress was released on June 2010. The 30 million download milestone was reached within 7 months of it’s release. However, in between WordPress also had some major updates, so it is not clear as to whether upgrades were also counted as new downloads.
The popular and free photo sharing iPhone app just achieved a huge milestone of 1 million active community users. The viral app allows users to apply dozens of effects to photos and then share it with their friends.
Instagram is also a social networking for photo enthusiasts where they allow users to find and follow friends who are using the iPhone app and keep up with their photo updates. Instagram today announced that they have reached 1 million users in a short span of 8 weeks. This is a huge milestone for them since they took on several bigwigs for photo sharing including Facebook and Flickr where you will find most users sharing their photos.
Cheers to the team behind Instagram for achieving this milestone.
All Things D reports that within a week of the introduction of the Beatles catalog in the iTunes store, Apple has sold over 2 million Beatles songs and 450,000 Beatles albums. That is some ravishing success for Apple and Beatles alike who have been missing on all the dough for so long.
The top selling Beatles album is "Abbey Road" and the Top single song is "Here Comes the Sun". Apple is late to the Beatles party, but it will definitely make more money in the long run. Are you a Beatles fan? Did you purchase a Beatles song or album from the iTunes store? Do let me know through your comments.
Since it’s launch 10 days ago, Microsoft has sold over 1 million units of the Kinect and are claiming to sell about 5 million units by the end of this year. With Black Friday coming up next week and the holiday season to follow, their claim will definitely come true.
Microsoft’s Kinect is in direct competition to the Nintendo Wii and PlayStation Move by Sony, which is available on the Xbox rival PS3. Microsoft also recently announced that the more than 25 million Xbox LIVE members have spent more than 1 billion hours on the service a month, an average of over 40 hours per member.
Microsoft Kinect sensor is available for purchase for $149.99 with an Xbox bundle starting at $299.99.
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Evernote, the popular note-taking software has crossed a huge milestone today; 5 million active and kicking users. Evernote, is definitely one of the best note-taking software which is available for multiple platforms including Windows, Mac OS X, iPhone and Android.
Another interesting point of their growth is that they added over a million users in the past 83 days. This might be partly due to their new Android app which was well received and Evernote 4 for Windows which was better than their previous versions.
Evernote took more than one year to get to the first million users, however, the adaptability of the software has grown a lot with them adding 4 million new users within the next two years. For more info on their achievement, visit the official Evernote blog.
YouTube subscriptions basically allow users to subscribe to channels and users so that they can always stay updated on new videos from them. YouTube claims to be sending more than a billion subscription notification emails sent every week. 15 channels have more than one million subscribers, including the popular College Humor and Fail Blog channels.
YouTube has also announced a new subscription widget for video makers to embed in their website. This widget will allow users to subscribe to YouTube videos without having to visit YouTube itself. So are you subscribing to any YouTube channels? If not, check out the embedded video below to see how YouTube subscriptions work.