Bill Gates Secret Santa

Bill Gates takes on a new role… as Secret Santa

By on December 19, 2013 at 8:55 AM.

Bill Gates takes on a new role… as Secret Santa

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 →

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Bill Gates Interview Steve Jobs

Bill Gates recounts final visit with Steve Jobs in emotional interview [video]

By on May 13, 2013 at 9:20 AM.

Bill Gates recounts final visit with Steve Jobs in emotional interview [video]

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 →

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Steve Wozniak Apple Criticism

Woz worries Apple is in danger of becoming uncool

By on February 20, 2013 at 2:41 PM.

Woz worries Apple is in danger of becoming uncool

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 →

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Former Microsoft Executive Sinofsky

Exiled Windows chief Sinofsky lands Harvard teaching job

By on December 19, 2012 at 7:05 PM.

Exiled Windows chief Sinofsky lands Harvard teaching job

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.

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Ray Kurzweil Predictions

A guide to all the insane predictions made by Google’s new engineering director

By on December 18, 2012 at 3:09 PM.

A guide to all the insane predictions made by Google’s new engineering director

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 →

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The BGR Show – Inside the making of The BGR Show theme song with Just Blaze

The BGR Show – Inside the making of The BGR Show theme song with Just Blaze

By on July 26, 2012 at 11:03 AM.

The BGR Show — Just Blaze music production

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 ShowMore →

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New Google studio aims to turn YouTube celebrities into actual stars

New Google studio aims to turn YouTube celebrities into actual stars

By on July 25, 2012 at 8:00 PM.

Google YouTube Studio London

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 →

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Sony Pictures close to deal for feature film rights to Steve Jobs biography

Sony Pictures close to deal for feature film rights to Steve Jobs biography

By on October 7, 2011 at 7:00 PM.

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 →

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BGR Interview: Sean Paul [video]

BGR Interview: Sean Paul [video]

By on July 15, 2011 at 2:50 PM.

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.

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BGR Interview: Nick Cannon

BGR Interview: Nick Cannon

By on May 13, 2011 at 10:37 AM.

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 →

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Bill Gates no longer world’s richest man

Bill Gates no longer world’s richest man

By on March 8, 2011 at 3:26 PM.

When Forbes publishes its 2011 list of billionaires on Wednesday, William Henry Gates III will not be at the top. This is by design, however — the world’s richest man title may have been lost after, but a far more important title remains: the world’s top philanthropist. Gates is not new to this title according to the Global Philanthropy Group, and it finally cost him his spot as the world’s wealthiest man last year. Gates has reportedly given away a third of his wealth at this point, and the majority of this astonishing sum has gone to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. When Forbes’ list is published on Wednesday, Carlos Slim will sit at the top again with approximately $60 billion, up from his 2010 sum of $53.5 billion. Gates will occupy the No.2 spot with $49 billion followed by Warren Buffet, another renowned philanthropist, who is now worth roughly $47 billion. According to David Lincoln, director of global valuations at wealth research firm Wealth-X, Gates would currently be worth $88 billion had he not given away any money. More →

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Steve Jobs was almost knighted in 2009; robbed of honor by Prime Minister

Steve Jobs was almost knighted in 2009; robbed of honor by Prime Minister

By on March 1, 2011 at 9:16 AM.

Sir Steven of Cupertino? According to a report in The Telegraph on Tuesday, Steve Jobs was almost given an honorary knighthood in 2009. The legendary Apple founder and CEO was to be honored for introducing products such as the iPhone and iPod, which revolutionized the industry. “Apple has been the only major global company to create stunning consumer products because it has always taken design as the key component of everything it has produced,” British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said at the time. “No other CEO has consistently shown such a commitment.” But Jobs reportedly refused to speak at the Labour Party conference, and former Prime Minister Brown is said to have blocked the knighthood as a result. Jobs’ appearance at the conference would have been a major score for Brown, and according to the report, he took Jobs’ refusal personally. More →

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