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The True Cost of an iPhone [Infographic]

When the newest iPhone comes out and your saliva glands start acting up, you tend to be grounded by one particular detail: Price. iPhones, while not absurdly expensive, still cost a relatively large chunk of change, especially if your old phone is working troublingly fine so that your only excuse for the expense is to keep up with the proverbial Joneses. But beyond all that, there's a bigger cost, a social cost, one that's less directly painful to you, but arguably much bigger in the long run. If you're curious about what that might be -- and are maybe looking for a way to guilt yourself into skipping a generation --  check out this interactive infographic from MBA Online. After all, people have to make these iPhones, and make them out of stuff, so who are they and what is that stuff and how much does it cost. Check out the graphic after the break to find out.

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The Internet Quantified [Infographic]

The Internet is a big place. There are a lot of tubes, so to speak. The amount of data that is created, shared, and consumed on the internet is practically impossible to conceive of in a physical format and would be literally impossible to deal with that way. That said, how much data really is thrown around? That's what this infographic from MBA Online attempts to tackle, and the results are staggering. 98 years of video? 770 magazines worth of blog posts? Each and every day? Now it's up to you to decide whether this is a triumph of the digital age or an embarrassingly large amount of digital trash, but one thing is for sure: It's a lot and I'm glad we don't have to try and cram it all on a shelf somewhere.

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Apple to Apples, Tech vs. Fruit [Infographic]

So we've seen what Apple looks like when you compare its net worth to the value of various other things, but what happens when you do an in-depth comparison from Apple to apples? This infographic by MBA Online has you covered. Pun aside, it's actually quite enlightening to see Apple products expressed in terms of actual apples. The iPhone 4S is worth about 20,000 apples, but weighs about the same as one. Interesting right? These are great things for mentioning at dinner parties, over apples maybe. Check out the full graphic after the jump for more tasty tidbits.

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How Patent Wars Are Stifling Innovation [Infographic]

We all know that patent trolling is a pretty annoying and increasingly serious problem because they waste money that could be used to fund innovation, but what does that really mean? This infographic from MBA Online explains the depth of the situation pretty well. In recent business acquisitions, companies have found themselves paying hundreds of thousands of dollars per patent that comes along with the purchased company. If that's not enough, your average smartphone can require upwards of 200,000 patents. Really? Does your smartphone really do 200,000, unique, creative, patent-worthy things? Even considering internal processes? Probably not, although it would be pretty sweet if it did.

Full infographic after the jump.

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