Good news, IE users: Media flunked IQ test, not you
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Good news, IE users: Media flunked IQ test, not you

Good news, IE users: Media flunked IQ test, not you

[Update, 10:50 a.m.: The people behind “AptiQuant” now admit the study was a hoax, saying it “was all meant to be a lighthearted joke.” They say their real business is a comparison shopping website.]

Keep in mind all these news reports last week a few examine displaying customers of Microsoft’s Web Explorer browser scoring considerably decrease on IQ checks than customers of different browsers? And customers of the Opera browser registering common IQ scores off the charts?

Yeah, effectively, um … nevermind.

As reported by Computer Business Review this morning, the “psychometric consulting firm” that issued the studies, AptiQuant of Vancouver, B.C., seems to have concocted its website partly by copying materials from an precise firm, Paris-based Central Test, which is disclaiming any involvement with AptiQuant or the examine.

Evaluate the AptiQuant about page to the Central Test about page.

Extra proof: AptiQuant’s web site was registered on July 14, lower than a month in the past, regardless of the corporate’s assertion that it was based in 2006. This morning I known as the telephone quantity related to AptiQuant’s area registration, however the man who answered began talking one other language after I recognized myself as a reporter, and he finally hung up after we weren’t in a position to talk.

Information shops that reported on the examine — together with the BBC, Business Insider, CNN and plenty of others — at the moment are reporting it was a hoax.

For what it’s value, I noticed the studies concerning the examine final week, however the knowledge appeared slightly odd to me. I used to be engaged on different tales and didn’t have time to get a actuality verify on the outcomes, so I didn’t submit. As I noted in this post over the weekend, AptiQuant’s surprise over the eye that the examine acquired was clearly disingenuous, and I stored getting error messages after I tried to make use of AptiQuant’s on-line contact kind, irrespective of which browser I used to be in.

That stated, finally I wasn’t skeptical sufficient concerning the examine, both, regardless that I didn’t chew fairly as blindly as others did.

Right here’s the actual query: Who’s behind this, and what had been they attempting to perform? AptiQuant lists an tackle of 498 Richards St. in Vancouver, B.C. on-line maps, it’s not clear to me what’s there. Any of our buddies in Vancouver need to drop by and tell us?

Replace: Of their post acknowledging the hoax, the folks behind AptiQuant say they run a procuring comparability web site, and the tackle listed within the examine outcomes can also be faux.

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