#212 Bill Gates Leaves Microsoft

Bill Gates is stepping down from the board at Microsoft, effective today. Not only do we with him well in this other efforts but I also find today’s date ironic that he would announce it today…

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#203 Leading Up To Worlds 2019

What a crazy week it’s been, let’s catch up with the latest news and happenings. Plus, how in the world did both IG and SKT get knocked out at the semifinals stage at Worlds 2019, when they are the defending world champions?

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#67 What’s The Best Way To Play Pokemon GO?

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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation spends $200M on toilet technology

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates unveiled a futuristic toilet Tuesday that doesn’t need water or sewers and uses chemicals to turn human waste into fertilizer. It is the brainchild of research projects funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the world’s biggest private philanthropy organization. There are multiple designs of the toilet but all work by separating liquid and solid waste. “The current toilet simply sends the waste away in the water, whereas these toilets don’t have the sewer,” Gates said. “They take both the liquids and solids and do chemical work on it, including burning it in most cases.”

Sony’s new noise-canceling headphones are great traveling companions

Looking at the qBoseSony WH-1000XM3, a pair of wireless/wired cans that truly outshine everything else. These $349 headphones come with a USB cable, audio cable, international audio adapter, and a compact case that holds the whole thing in a tight package. The headphones also support Bluetooth and will automatically swap to wired mode when you insert the headphone cable. The WH-1000XM3s support full noise cancellation that turns even the noisiest situation into a blissful escape. An ambient audio feature lets you listen to external sounds at the touch of a button and there is even a “Quick Attention” feature that turns the headphones down instantly when you need to speak to someone. Sony touts 30 hours battery life on one charge, a claim […] still going strong.

This Taiwanese grandpa shows the best way to play Pokémon Go is with 11 phones

A 70-year-old man in Taiwan has gone viral for playing Pokémon Go with 11 phones attached to his bicycle. Chen San-yuan has made headlines internationally for the strange setup. Chen also keeps external batteries and charging cables on him so he can enjoy up to 20 hours of battery life per phone. Since first getting caught on social media and going viral in August, Chen has upgraded to a waist mount, so he can travel with his 11 phones on foot. His neighbor also commented on how Chen’s unique approach to catching pokémon has turned their street into a tourist attraction.

It looks like there’s a problem with the hitbox for new Overwatch hero Ashe

As u/DarkyPaky discovered, the latest addition to Overwatch might need a hit box adjustment, as hers is currently very noticeably oversized. It appears that not only does the hitbox for Ashe’s head include her wide-brimmed hat, but it also seems to extend above her visible model entirely. Ashe has one of the smaller character models in the game, but as it stands she might well be one of the easiest to land a headshot on right now – a problem for a hero with only 200 points of health.

The best weapon in ‘Just Cause 4’ is Mother Nature

Just Cause 4 arrives at the end of a busy season of open world games. Fortunately, the series has always done things differently from the likes of Assassin’s Creed, Read Dead Redemption, Far Cry and the rest. It’s the game that coaxes you into causing destruction and explosions, offering a shamelessly hard-boiled physics playground for you cut loose inside. During a lengthy playtime session last week with what appears to be very close to the final game, Just Cause 4 begs to be live-streamed, clipped and shared on Twitch, Twitter, Reddit, Discord and everywhere else.

Fortnite hits concurrent player count of 8.3 million

Fortnite launched in South Korea this week, complete with a new set of challenges. This week saw the introduction of Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode in South Korea, where players were encouraged to play at PC Bang cafes to complete PC Bang challenges. Epic Games Korea gave an interview where its spokesperson, Sung Chul Park, stated that Fortnite now has 8.3 million concurrent players worldwide. Yep. You heard us: 8.3 million people playing Fortnite simultaneously.

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Bill Gates Invests Millions of Dollars for His Very Own Smart City in Arizona

A Smart City by Bill Gates

How great it would be if we have our very own city, right? Microsoft’s co-founder, Bill Gates, invested millions of dollars to make a futuristic city in Arizona.

An eighty-dollar investment was made by a group which is associated with a Gates investment company.

The said “city” will be designed around high-speed networks, autonomous vehicles, high-speed digital networks. Additional perks are data centers, new manufacturing technologies and autonomous logistic hubs.

Although it’s unclear how much former Microsoft CEO Gates, who owns Belmont’s parent company Cascade Investment, will be involved in the effort.

The real investment group who is leading the project said that the smart city will have an estimated 182,000 population.

Arizona has a reputation as being a technology-friendly state. Building a city full of advanced technologies is a great idea for the place.

The investment is the latest example of excitement surrounding rebuilding cities from the ground up with a digital mind-set.

 

Fast Track: Learn the Most Wanted Skills of 2018 for Free

Two influential leaders of our time, Bill Gates and the late Steve Jobs didn’t finish school – something that they could have done easily today through MOOC or Massive Open Online Courses. In some ways, MOOC, fueled by the Internet is correspondence school on steroids – leveled up and made affordable or free. It is a great equalizer because you can study the most wanted core and soft skills (and get certified for it) in practically any field from home. Some classes are conducted in real time, across different time zones. However, about 90% of courses give you the freedom to learn anywhere, anytime.

Staying Relevant in a Brave New World

LinkedIn, Indeed and Upwork have identified most wanted skills that have sharply veered from the usual customer service and marketing skills that dominated the past years. 2018 and beyond sees man pitted against bots and AI. Predicted also is greater collaboration among and between teams physically apart and working online through the cloud, making it necessary to acquire new skills for a cross-cultural workforce.

What is MOOC?

 “Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are free online courses available for anyone to enroll. MOOCs provide an affordable and flexible way to learn new skills, advance your career and deliver quality educational experiences at scale.”

– Mooc.org

MOOCs like EDX, Coursera, Udemy, Udacity, Skillshare, and CodeAcademy offer a wide range of courses in popular fields like computer science, management, business and other technical courses like programming, design, graphics, gaming, and animation. Those who prefer to be grounded on the basics can start with Alison and GFCLearn. Khan Academy is heavy on Math, Coding and even offers a Pixar course for free! LinkedIn has thrown in its hat and has acquired Lynda.com, a popular site specializing in technical subjects. Latitudeu.com, a leader in LMS or learning management systems offers must-take courses for those who are applying for their first job or re-inventing themselves to remain relevant.

Getting a Master’s from top Universities like Harvard, MIT, Oxford, Berkeley, Wharton, Johns Hopkins and other Ivy League Schools is now a distinct possibility. In fact, the area of study is so wide that MOOCs can prepare you for practically anything – from language proficiency test preparation like IELTS, TOEFL to highly in-demand  Apps Development, Microsoft, Programming Languages (JAVA, C, SQL, Python), Quickbooks, Maya, Adobe and other certifications. And just to prove that it is up-to-date, you can even study about Supply Chains/Logistics, Bitcoin, Blockchain, and Robotics!

Courseware, Delivery, and Quality Assurance

Typically, each course, whether fundamental or advanced has a very good industry-relevant and updated curriculum. Lecturers are from both the academe and industry. They are so skilled that even canned video becomes interactive with downloadable lessons, exercises, tests, assignments, and in some cases, projects. It can be tough and you can’t proceed to the next topic or level without passing the current one. Quality assurance is built-in every step of the way. The caveat is that “garbage in, garbage out” so to make learning meaningful, you must engage and focus.

When teachers go live, these sessions are recorded for viewing at a more convenient time. Tools like Zoom, Google Hangout, and Skype make it interactive with screen sharing, file sharing, messaging, video, and options for recording. Most of the lessons are offered free or on “audit” only which means that you pay only if you need a proof of accomplishment (e.g. certificate). Other courses are offered in clusters and you pay for the more advanced classes.

Job Preparation

Before you get hired or contracted to work independently, companies in the words of the actress Sally Field, “must really, really like you!” Indeed, Glassdoor, Upwork, LinkedIn and Monster put prime importance on soft skills. EDX, one of the leading MOOCs, through the Rochester Institute of Technology, offers 3 reasonably-priced courses targeted to teach you:

Good to have skills – something oddly reassuring in a flux of changing paradigms. A brave new world indeed!

Bill Gates upbeat on Windows 8

Microsoft top honcho and one of the world’s wealthiest individuals, Bill Gates, said that their still unreleased Windows 8 is “a very exciting new product” and “a very big deal” for the company.

According to the Associated Press, Gates is very pleased with what the developers at Microsoft have done for their next operating system.

This is the biggest endeavor that Microsoft has done in more than a decade placing all their money, time and dedication to the mobile market.

Gates added, “Hardware partners are doing great things to take advantage of the features. It’ll be a big deal.”

The Windows 8 platform will be released next month together with a new version of the Internet Explorer.

The Windows 8 is set to be the first ever operating system that can run smartphones, desktops and tablets.

This latest operating system is set to change the way how individuals interact with their computers.

Microsoft has seen a huge rise in their business. Though they have been delving in computer services business for big corporations and gaming consoles, their biggest business is the operating system business which started their climb to the top.

Are you excited with the impending release of the Windows 8 platform?

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