Bill Gates is a lot of things but he’s not a professional actor. Perhaps that’s why he’s going to be playing himself and not a character on hit network TV show The Big Bang Theory next month. According to a report, Gates’ gues…More...
Microsoft’s co-founder and former CEO has decided to build a smart city in Arizona. He’s spending $80 million for this purpose. The money will be invested in this planned smart city that’s going to be based outside Phoenix, Arizona. The money will be poured in through a group controlled by Gates’ investment firm Cascade Investment. The smart city is going to be spread on nearly 25,000 acres of land.
When it’s built out, the smart city is going to be comparable in square miles and projection population to Tempe.
The smart city is going to have 3,400 acres of open space and 470 acres will be dedicated for public schools. 3,800 acres will be reserved for industrial, office, and retail space. Some 80,000 homes will be built in this smart city.
The city will be equipped with data centers, high-speed networks, self-driving cars, automatic logistics hub, and new manufacturing technologies. It’s designed to be a city of the future. The idea is to be “transform a raw, blank slate into a purpose-built edge city built around a flexible infrastructure model.”
The idea of building smart cities around technologies of the future is nothing new and it won’t be surprising if more of such developments are launched in the coming years.
Microsoft co-founder and ex-CEO Bill Gates has announced a $100 million personal commitment to fight Alzheimer’s. He will be investing money into the Dementia Discovery Fund which seeks to discover treatments for this disease. This contribution isn’t being made by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation which already runs countless philanthropic projects across the globe. Gates will provide this $100 million himself.
Bill Gates will first invest $50 million in the Dementia Discovery Fund. It’s a venture capital fund that seeks to bring together industry and government to try and find treatments for this brain-wasting disease.
He will follow up that investment with an additional $50 million which will be provided to the startup ventures that are working in Alzheimer’s research.
As people live longer, the number of people suffering from this disease and other forms of dementia continues to rise. It takes a growing emotional and financial toll on people suffering from this disease.
“It’s a huge problem, a growing problem, and the scale of the tragedy – even for the people who stay alive – is very high,” Gates told Reuters in an interview.
Even though there has been decades of scientific research on Alzheimer’s, there’s no treatment to slow the progression of the disease. Existing drugs can only ease some of the symptoms.
Gates is optimistic that with focused and well-funded innovation treatments can be found, even if it may take a decade to reach them.
Of all the people in the world, you’d expect Microsoft co-founder and ex-CEO Bill Gates to use a smartphone powered by his company’s platform. However, it seems like the demise of the mobile iteration of Windows has caught up to the tech leader and iconic philanthropist. Bill Gates has switched to the dark side. He’s using an Android smartphone now.
Gates himself confirmed this during an interview on Fox News. After confirming that he has switched to an Android device, Gates did add that this smartphone has “lots of Microsoft software” on it.
Gates hasn’t revealed exactly which Android smartphone he’s using, so it’s unclear whether he’s grabbed one of those awesome Samsung flagships or has opted for another model from the myriad of Android OEMs.
Since his smartphone has a lot of Microsoft software on it, perhaps it’s the Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition. The company itself has been selling this edition of the Galaxy S8 in the United States for the last couple of months.
Now that he’s opened himself up to accepting Android, does that mean that one day we might see an iPhone in his hand? That’s unlikely. iPhones and iPods were famously banned at his home and there appears to be no change in that policy so far.More...
We’ve all found ourselves in situations when we’re mashing Ctrl-Alt-Del on the keyboard when our Windows PC freezes. We know it by heart and it’s normally the first fix we try when something goes wrong, nevermind the fact that it’s an awkward operation that requires you to use both hands. Microsoft co-founder and former CEO Bill Gates has never been a fan of Ctrl-Alt-Del and turns out, he still doesn’t like it.
Gates called this a “mistake” back in 2013. He always wanted a single button for this function but “the guy who did the IBM keyboard design didn’t want to give us our single button,” he said back then.
For those who are unaware, Ctrl-Alt-Del is a force quit function on Windows. It’s used when the OS freezes. The function also comes in handy when you want to call up the Task Manager or just want to reboot the system.
Speaking at a Bloomberg business forum, Gates maintains that this function should have been easier. “The IBM PC hardware keyboard only had one way that it could get a guaranteed interrupt generated,” he explained when asked about the function.
“So, clearly the people involved, they should have put another key on it to make that work. A lot of machines these days do have that as a more obvious function,” he added.
It seems like if Gates was ever able to travel back in time, he would make sure that this was a single-key function. That’s not going to be possible, though, and the rest, as they say, is history.More...
Microsoft co-founder and ex-CEO Bill Gates has long been considered to be the richest person in the world. He’s certainly one of the richest men alive right now but he has only held the spot formally since 2013. It appears that he now has to make way for another tech titan to claim the spot from him. Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is now the richest man on this planet.
Bill Gates had a net worth of around $90 billion at the close of markets yesterday. However, as Bloomberg reports, a surge in Amazon’s stock price has pushed Bezos to the top of the list. The surge in the company’s stock price is due to its earnings report that’s due later today.
Bezos was close behind Gates at the close of markets yesterday with a net worth of $89 billion. Amazon’s stock has surged around $15 this morning while Microsoft’s shares have declined slightly, the surged pushed Bezos over the $90 billion mark. This has led to a shuffle at the top and if the price holds, Bezos may extend his lead further as the world’s richest man.
Bezos is now the sixth man ever to be considered the world’s richest person over the last three decades. He has finally made it to the very top of the list after almost 20 years have passed since he originally joined the “Three Comma Club.”
Since the net worth of these tech titans is significantly tied to their holdings in the companies that they started, any shift could bring about a change at the very top. It’s not like Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos are both sitting on $90 billion in cash, each.