Microsoft founder Bill Gates reveals one of the biggest mistake of all time – India Today

The greatest mistake ever is the whatever mismanagement I engaged in that caused Microsoft not to be what Android is, Android is the standard non-Apple phone form platform, said Bill Gates.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Bill Gates recently attended an event hosted for the founders of Village Global.
  • Billl Gates said that one of his biggest mistakes was to allow Google to develop Android.
  • Bill Gates also shared his views on work-life balance and tips to making a company successful.

Android and iOS are two of the most widely used mobile operating systems right now. While iOS is restricted to iPhones, Android today is running on virtually almost every smartphone that isn’t an iPhone – making it one of the most widely used mobile operating systems in the world right now. While some of you might think that the mobile OS world doesn’t exist beyond the iOS and Android but not so long ago, Microsoft had its own mobile OS running on the Windows phones. But the market never took off and the Redmond, Washington based tech giant in 2017 announced end of support for Windows 10 Mobile. This was a big blow for Microsoft — a company that has been ruling the personal computer universe since…well…forever.

So, it came as no surprise when Microsoft founder Bill Gates revealed that one of his biggest mistakes (and perhaps even the greatest regrets) of all times was to allow Google to develop Android, which as describes as “the standard non-Apple phone form platform”.

“You know, in the software world, in particular for platforms, these are winner-take-all markets. So, you know, the greatest mistake ever is the whatever mismanagement I engaged in that caused Microsoft not to be what Android is, [meaning] Android is the standard non-Apple phone form platform. That was a natural thing for Microsoft to win,” Gates said in a statement to Eventbrite CEO Julia Hartz at an event hosted for the founders of by the venture capital firm Village Global, as reported by TechCrunch.

Apart from talking about his biggest regret, Gates also talked about work-life balance. But in case you were hoping to get few tips from the billionaire philanthropist on getting your own life in order, don’t bother as Gates doesn’t believe in the concept of work-life balance or taking vacations. “For my particular makeup – and it really is true that I didn’t believe in weekends; I didn’t believe in vacations,” he told Hartz.

“I have a fairly hardcore view that there should be a very large sacrifice made during those, those early years, particularly if you’re trying to do some engineering things that you have to get the feasibility,” he added.
Interestingly, the Microsoft also shared a key tip for making a startup a grand success. Gates in his conversation with Hartz said during the initial years of a company it is essential to have a team that is “pretty maniacal about the company”.

“But yes, it is nice if during those first several years, you have a team that has chosen to be pretty maniacal about the company, and how far that goes, you should have a mutual understanding, so you’re not one person expecting one thing, and another person expecting another thing,” he added.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e & Galaxy Tab A 10.1 Launched In India – iGyaan Network

Samsung has silently launched two new Android tablets in India, both of which cater to an entirely different audience. The two newly launched devices include the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 and the Galaxy Tab S5e, out of which, the former is targeted to the mid range segment while the latter is targeted to premium segment. 

Galaxy Tab S5e Design and Features

Galaxy Tab S5e FrontThe Galaxy Tab S5e has an attractive design with thin bezels around the display and a sleek side profile. The tablet measures 245 x 160 x 5.5 mm and tips the scale at 400 grams. It features a 10.5 inch Super AMOLED display that has a 16:10 aspect ratio. The display panel has a resolution of 2560 x 1600 px and a pixel density of 287 ppi. The bezel above the display houses an f/2.0 aperture equipped 8 MP selfie camera that has a pixel size of 1.12 ultra micron. Galaxy Tab S5e Rear

The right side of the Galaxy Tab S5e houses the SIM card slot, volume rockers, and the power button which doubles as a fingerprint scanner. The device has a total of four speakers, out of which two sit on top and two on the bottom. The rear of the tablet is occupied by a 13 MP camera, Samsung branding and AKG logo. AKG is an Austrian company that is famous for its headphones and microphones. The company is now owned by Samsung and the logo behind the Galaxy Tab S5e conveys that the device has an admirable audio output. The tablet can also capture 2160p videos at 30fps from the rear camera and 1080p videos at 30fps from the front shooter.

 Galaxy Tab S5e is kitted with the Snapdragon 670 SoC which is comprised of Adreno 612 GPU and an Octa-Core CPU. In terms of connectivity, the tablet supports 4G VoLTE, 802.11 ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0 and a bottom mounted USB Type-C port for charging and data syncing. The device is powered by a mammoth 7,040 mAh battery that also supports fast charging. It runs on Android 9.0 pie which is skinned with Samsung’s One UI. In terms of memory and storage, the tablet has 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of ROM. Besides, it also supports memory expansion up to 512 GB via a microSD card. 

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 Design and Feature

Similar to the Galaxy Tab S5e, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 also features a large screen display on the front and a metal unibody which provides an elegant look. Speaking of dimensions, the tablet measures 245 x 149 x 7.5 mm and weighs 470 g. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 a 10.1 inch LCD display that has a resolution of 1920 x 1200 px and a pixel density of 224 ppi. 

For photography, it features a 5 MP front facing selfie camera and an 8 MP rear camera. Both the front and rear camera can also shoot 1080p videos @ 30fps. Connectivity options on the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, 3.5 mm audio jack and a bottom mounted USB Type C port. The tablet is powered by a large 6150 mAh battery which is claimed to provide a battery backup of 13 hours.

Under the hoods, the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 packs the Exynos 7904 SoC which is also featured on the Samsung Galaxy M30 and Galaxy A30. The chipset consists of an Octa Core CPU and Mali G71 MP2 GPU. The tablet has 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of inbuilt storage which is further expandable upto 512 GB via a microSD card. 

Screen

10.1 inch, LCD

1920 x 1200 px 

224 ppi

Front Camera

5 MP

f/2.2

Rear camera

8 MP

f/2.0

Battery 6150 mAh
SoC

Exynos 7904

Octa Core

Mali-G71 MP2

Connectivity

802.11 Wi-Fi

Bluetooth 5.0

GPS

USB Type C

4G VoLTE

OS

Android 9

One UI

Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e, Galaxy Tab A 10.1 Price, Availability and Colours

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Both the Galaxy Tab S5e and Galaxy Tab A 10.1 are offered in three colour options which include Black, Gold and Silver. The two tablets are offered in Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + LTE variant for which the prices are as follows:

  • Galaxy Tab A 10.1 Wi-Fi- Rs 14,999
  • Galaxy Tab A 10.1 Wi-Fi + LTE- Rs 19,999
  • Galaxy Tab S5e Wi-Fi- Rs 35,999
  • Galaxy Tab S5e Wi-Fi + LTE- Rs 39,999

The high end S5e is now available for purchase on Samsung India website while the Tab A 10.1 is currently listed as ‘notify me’.

 

Microsoft Partners NASA to Get Kids Interested in Space – NDTV News

Microsoft’s education arm and NASA have come together to create online lessons to get school students interested about space.

The eight online lesson plans range from titles such as Designing Astro Socks to protect astronauts’ feet in microgravity to designing one’s own space station, CNET reported on Friday. 

The curriculum includes 3D design challenges, Virtual Reality (VR) experiences and data analysis lessons. 

Most of the courses would require three or four 50-minute time commitments and would cost around $2 to $3 (roughly Rs. 140 to Rs. 210) per student. 

The partnership between the companies was a result of a meeting at the International Society for Technology Educators Conference in 2018, according to Karon Weber, Partner Director at the Microsoft Education Workshop, the report said. 

The course is also intended to create exposure to Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) modules by asking students to detect seasons from biome images. 

Students would require Windows 10 and a Microsoft Office subscription to finish the class. 

In 2018, Microsoft teamed with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) to bring similar lesson plans.


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Locals stunned by bizarre creature washed up on Victorian beach – New Zealand Herald

A Victorian local was surprised when they stumbled across a bizarre-looking creature while walking along a beach in the state’s southeast.

Cosy Seaside Escape posted photos of the strange-looking marine animal to Facebook after it “came out to sunbake” on Golden Beach in the state’s Gippsland region over the weekend.

The odd-looking animal is actually a catshark.

This species of shark usually stays on the ocean floor eating small fish, though some species are able to live in very shallow waters for lengthy periods, news.com.au reports.

Despite their creepy appearance, catsharks aren’t harmful to humans.

Many social media users were delighted by seeing the “amazing” shark up close.

“That is incredible — nature at its best,” one person said.

One added: “That’s very cool.”

However, some social media users weren’t so impressed.

“Aw hell no,” one person said.

Another wrote: “I’m not sure if this is a good thing. someone else spotted another one of these beached only a couple of weeks ago. What’s going on in the deep sea that they are surfacing?”

Catsharks get their name from their eyes, which look eerily similar to those of household cats.

A catshark washed up on Golden Beach in Gippsland. Photo / Facebook
A catshark washed up on Golden Beach in Gippsland. Photo / Facebook

Certain species of this shark also glow in the dark, which is used to communicate with others.

Research published in the nature journal Scientific Reports in 2016 found two species of shark, the chain catshark and the swell shark, absorbed the blue light of the ocean and re-emitted it at lower energy wavelengths, which resulted in the fish glowing bright green.

Lead author of the research, Dr David Gruber, said he was aware of this process called biofluorescence in coral but was unaware it may be found in sharks as well.

“It is kind of like out of a sci-fi novel,” he said.

“In 2014 we were studying biofluorescence in coral, and we accidentally got photobombed by a green fluorescent eel, and so we went on an expedition and found 180 species of biofluorescent fish.”

Dr Gruber and his team found catsharks and swell sharks lived about 500 metres below the surface of the water, where sunlight produces a blue light.

An unidentified pigment in the shark’s skin re-emits the animal as bright green.

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OnePlus TV to be announced soon, here’s what you can expect – Livemint

Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus might announce its smart TV sooner than you think. CEO Pete Lau last year announced its plans to enter the smart TV space. The company was expected to give us a heads up about the same at its flagship launch event in May, but it decide to stay mum about it instead.

A recent leak, however, by tipster Ishan Agarwal suggests that OnePlus TV’s launch is right around the corner. “Have some good news for you all: The OnePlus TV is not very far away, at least according to one source. The launch might be soon, so stay tuned. I have very high expectations from it, what about you?” Agarwal said in a tweet.

Agarwal believes it wouldn’t sport an OLED panel like other premium TVs.

OnePlus, a company that started off as a sub-brand of Oppo that built high-end smartphones at a reasonable price, in said in it’s eyeing a connected future with the new TV.

“I dream about a time when technology is truly seamless, an effortless part of your life without being the focus. As other consumer electronics have evolved and improved our lives, televisions have remained conventional and cumbersome,” said Lau.

He hinted at developing an AI-assistant for the smart TV, which might be armed with high quality hardware, a seamless user experience and a minimalistic design.

However, he didn’t mention any specifications of the OnePlus TV at the time. It wouldn’t be surprising at if it came with a 4K display with HDR and an in-house AI-assistant similar to Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, only with a more visual element.

Shroud mind blown after opponent perfectly counters his gold shield in Apex Legends – Dexerto

Twitch star Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek was left stunned after an enemy left mid-elimination, robbing him of a free boost to his shield in Apex Legends.

As one of the most popular channels on the livestreaming platform, viewers flock to shroud’s stream as he showcases his incredible gaming skills on a daily basis.

However, despite his usually cool, calm, and collected attitude, even he isn’t immune from running into in-game situations that cause frustrations and a not-safe-for-work outburst.

Shroud

shroud regualrly attracts thousands of viewers to watch him dominate in battle royale titles.

During his June 22 stream, the former CS:GO pro was doing what he does best – winning games of Apex Legends. However, as he was on the path to another win, he tried to earn his free shield boost by using Octane’s finisher while using a gold (level 4) shield.

“What?” exclaimed shroud, disappointed that after finishing the move, his gold shield hadn’t in fact refilled at all. “Oh, he left the game. That’s horseshit.”

I didn’t get my boy, my boy – are you fucking me?” he added, upon realizing he’d have to recharge his shield another way, “that’s so lame.”

Shroud didn’t even leave his annoyance with the situation there, however, as he explained what had just happened to teammate Tyler ‘Skadoodle’ Latham. The streamer continued on: “Dude, that’s such bullshit,” before turning his attention to another group of players and bagging a few more kills.

The frustration didn’t affect the outcome of shroud’s game in any way as he and his partners powered their way to yet another victory.

However, with Apex Legends Season 2 just around the corner, it could well be something that Respawn considers fixing so that players are still rewarded for choosing to use a finisher, rather than being punished because the enemy took the easy way out.

Microsoft rolls out new Windows Terminal for Windows 10 – Hindustan Times

Microsoft has released a new Windows Terminal through the Windows Store today. The Windows Terminal is a central location to access the traditional cmd line, PowerShell, and Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).

According to The Verge, the new Windows Terminal app includes support for multiple tabs, themes, and customisation for developers, and more. However, you will need to edit a JSON file for access to all customisation options.

It will also support full GPU-based text rendering and emoji. This is the first of the several preview releases promised by Microsoft and the Windows Terminal 1.0 is likely to arrive in the Microsoft Store this winter.

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Jun 23, 2019 16:14 IST

OnePlus 7 Pro camera update: Improves HDR, color contrast and more – CNET

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The OnePlus 7 Pro.


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The OnePlus 7 Pro‘s high-end specs and great value earned itself CNET’s Editors Choice. Now, roughly a month later after its May launch, OnePlus released a limited-edition Almond variant and rolled out an update for the phone’s triple-rear camera. The update, listed as 9.5.7GM21AA, improves clarity and noise reduction. Most of all, the camera cranks up colors and saturation levels, especially with the wide-angle camera.

OnePlus’ complete list of camera improvements in the latest update.


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At times this can make images look surreal and less true-to-life, so I hope OnePlus doesn’t lean too much in this direction as updates continue. (Samsung Galaxy phones, for example, used to do this but has scaled back in recent years.) Having said that, people tend to prefer high-contrast and more saturated colors over photos that depict 100% color accuracy, as other outlets and even OnePlus found in blind tests.

Thankfully, the update doesn’t punch up colors to a point that it goes overboard. Though other improvements are slight in some situations, photos taken with the OnePlus 7 Pro still look sharp and vibrant overall. To see the changes for yourself, check out the photos below (pictures taken before the update are on the left, and after the update are on the right). 

In addition to its cameras, the OnePlus 7 Pro has a smooth 90Hz display, a novel pop-up selfie camera and fast processing speeds. Its $669 (£649, or about AU$815) starting price (6GB of RAM/128GB) is about $80 less than its closest Samsung Galaxy S10E and iPhone XR rivals, which boast comparable hardware. For more information, read CNET’s OnePlus 7 Pro review and OnePlus 7 review.






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Slightly improved clarity with telephoto


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OnePlus reports that it improved the clarity of the telephoto lens. I did notice some more details and crisper outlines when using the telephoto camera, but the change is slight. What is more apparent, again, is the boost in colors. In the last image, when I zoomed 10x, you can see that the orange and black in the text and banner is more saturated.

Punchier portrait photos


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Colors in portrait pictures once again look livelier and pop out more with the update. You can see here that after the update, skin tone is warmer and doesn’t look washed out. Reds and pinks (in the CNET sign and in the hair) are also brightened up. The blurred bokeh effect remains the same.

Nightscape and low light’s slight improvement


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Though I can discern some barely there differences between these two pictures (for example, the white balance in the painting in the second picture), I didn’t notice any huge changes to the Nightscape images taken after the update. Clarity and color didn’t outright improve from what I can see with the naked eye, but I was still impressed by how much light and detail the OnePlus 7 Pro captured.