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Bill Gates is an awesome human being. He has played a huge role in changing the world on several occasions — literally, not figuratively — first by helping to make personal computing a reality at Microsoft and amassing a ridiculously huge personal fortune in the process, and then by using that ridiculously huge personal fortune to make the world a better place for people in need across the globe. And despite his long and storied career, he’s not done changing the world. Gates’s continued philanthropic efforts will change millions, even billions of lives for the better moving forward.
Compared to the average Samsung press conference, which might include singing, dancing, acrobatics, an orchestra and other spectacles, the electronics giant’s CES 2014 press event was pretty boring. In fact, if it wasn’t for director Michael Bay’s spectacular meltdown on stage during the event, there’s no way we would still be talking about it. For those who missed the show on Monday afternoon, Samsung invited Bay out on stage to discuss one of its new giant curved 4K TVs. The acclaimed director began having issues with the teleprompter almost immediately during his appearance, and after a few very awkward moments, he apologized and walked briskly offstage. Now, in a post on his blog, Bay discusses the meltdown for the first time. More →
Reddit’s annual Secret Santa had a surprise participant this year, and it was none other than Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. Reddit user NY1227 on Wednesday posted what will undoubtedly go down as one of the best Reddit Secret Santa Stories of all time. After 24-year-old Reddit user Rachael received her Secret Santa shipment, she quickly tore it open to discover that it contained a stuffed cow, a book on traveling and a card with a certificate. The cow, it turned out, was symbolic of a donation made to Heifner International on Rachael’s behalf. It didn’t click at first, but then Rachael discovered a photo with the card and certificate. That photo, seen above, showed Bill Gates holding her cow and certificate. More →
Bill Gates and late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs are among a small group of people who helped shape the technology industry over the past 40 years and in a new interview conducted by 60 Minutes’ Charlie Rose, the former reflects on his final visit with the latter. Gates recently sat down with 60 Minutes to discuss his work at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and although it didn’t air in CBS’ broadcast, the conversation veered off topic for a few moments as the Microsoft co-founder got emotional while recounting his last visit with friend and rival Steve Jobs in May 2011. No spoilers here — the unaired footage from the Gates interview follows below. More →
With analysts of all stripes predicting more doom for Apple (AAPL), you just knew that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak couldn’t resist getting in on the action. In an interview with Bloomberg this week, Wozniak says that it’s been a while since Apple has released a new product that has set the standard for the rest of the industry and that the company risks losing its “halo” if it doesn’t come out with something truly fresh and innovative soon. More →
Let’s say you’re a brilliant person who got canned from your previous job because you supposedly did a poor job of working well with others. Where would you go next? If you’re former Windows president Steven Sinofsky, the answer is obvious: You’d become a Harvard professor! On his Twitter feed Wednesday, Sinofsky announced that he was “excited to return” to teach at Harvard Business School this coming spring, just weeks after he stepped down from his job at Microsoft (MSFT). CNET notes that Sinofsky had previously served as a “visiting scholar” at Harvard Business School in the late ’90s, so going back there to teach some classes seems like a logical transition gig for the former Windows chief.
Google (GOOG) made a very important hire this past week when it decided to bring on famed futurist Ray Kurzweil as its new director of engineering. What makes the hire particularly intriguing is Kurzweil is equal parts brilliant and insane: He is a pioneer in fields such as speech recognition technology but he also thinks he will live forever after he uploads his consciousness onto a computer. After learning about the Kurzweil hire, I decided to take a peak back at my copy of The Singularity is Near, Kurzweil’s most famous futurist tome where he predicted that human beings would soon “transcend biology” and traverse the universe as immortal cyborgs. In no particular order, here are some of Kurzweil’s craziest predictions. More →
I have known Just Blaze since before I started Boy Genius Report, and we have battled back and forth on who has the latest gadgets ever since. For those of you who have been with us from the beginning, you’ll remember that Just was the first person I ever interviewed on the site, and my face was blurred in the video. Just is one of the top producers in the world, and he understands technology on a deep level, so I wanted to catch up with him to talk about where technology is, where it’s headed, and what was involved when we headed into the studio to make the theme song for The BGR Show. More →
Imagine if the Star Wars Kid could have had a real light saber, or if Chris Crocker could have had Britney Spears show up to comfort him in his time of sorrow or if Keyboard Cat could have a professional pianist teach him to play Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto? Per the Telegraph, it seems that Google (GOOG) is trying to make such wonderful dreams come true by opening up a new studio aimed at helping “some of the most popular YouTube posters make their videos look more professional.” More →
Sony Pictures is working on a deal to acquire the rights to Steve Jobs’s biography for a feature film, BGR sister site Deadline reported on Friday. The highly anticipated authorized biography Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacsson is due for release on October 24th, and Sony Pictures is reportedly making a substantial offer for the motion picture rights. ”I’m hearing the deal is $1 million against $3 million and that Mark Gordon will be the producer,” Mike Fleming wrote on Deadline. Sony Pictures is thought to be a good fit for the project following its work on business book turned feature film Moneyball and the Oscar-nominated The Social Network. If the studio manages to work out a deal, this would be only the second film to chronicle Jobs’s career, the first being Pirates Of Silicon Valley. More →
We recently caught up with singer and entertainer Sean Paul, who’s in the middle of promoting a brand new single, to check in with him about how technology influences his life and career. From his addiction to his iPad and how he uses GarageBand for music production, to Twitter, to how he recently dumped his iPhone to switch back to a BlackBerry… we covered it all. Check out the full video interview after the break.
BGR Interview is a series of interviews and conversations with executives, influencers, tastemakers and innovators, covering the mobile and consumer electronics industries.
BGR recently had a chance to catch up with actor, comedian, musician, producer, host, tech-lover, and now father, Nick Cannon, to see how tech has impacted his life and career. Nick is one of the most prominent Sidekick users around, so we wanted to find out if T-Mobile’s first Android-powered Sidekick managed to keep him reeled in. We also wanted to see how the advent of social media has impacted his life and career — Nick has over 2.5 million Twitter followers, and we’re sure many of you will recall his huge social campaign attempting to battle Eminem in a boxing ring for charity — and even what apps and games Nick and Mariah are planning to use with their new twins. Hit the jump for our interview.
BGR Interview is a series of interviews and conversations with executives, influencers, tastemakers and innovators, covering the mobile and consumer electronics industries. More →