Amazon’s Founder Jeff Bezos to outrank Bill Gates as the World’s richest man

I sell books.” versus “I sell whatever the fuck I want.”

He finally made it to the top, Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com is now on the way to outrank Bill Gates, Microsoft’s founder as the World’s richest man.

With a net worth of $ 90 billion, Jeff Bezos made his fortune and entered the private club of the World richest billionaires thanks to the Amazon’ stock option.  Right now, Bezos owns 17 % of share. Amazon is valued at $ 500 billion

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Shares of the online retailer rose 1.8 percent to $1,071.31 as of 9:30 a.m. in New York, giving Bezos, who owns about 17 percent of the e-commerce giant, a net worth of more than $90 billion, surpassing Gates’ $89 billion.

Gates, 61, has held the top spot since May 2013, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires index. But Bezos is set out to outrank him in the upcoming months with stock analyst James Cakmak predicting that Amazon shares could double to $2,000 if its recent acquisition of Whole Foods is approved by regulators.

That would make Amazon “the first trillion-dollar company,” Cakmak told CNBC Thursday. Indeed, Amazon’s market capitalization surpassed the $500 billion mark for the first time Wednesday, putting it in fourth place behind No. 1-ranked Apple, No. 2-ranked Google and No. 3-ranked Microsoft.

Bezos, who started Amazon 22 years ago selling books out of a garage, currently owns about 80 million shares of the company.

Amazon is slated to report its second-quarter earnings after the bell Thursday, and better-than-expected results could solidify Bezos’ top spot among the world’s billionaires.

Unlike Gates, Bezos hasn’t been big on philanthropy despite his riches, instead spending much of his personal wealth and free time on his space exploration company, Blue Origin.

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Windows Vista. The End of an Era

It’s an end of an era that started in summer 2001.

Microsoft finally bids a farewell to Windows Vista, an operating system that was released ten years ago and ended up being targeted by a ton criticisms from both consumers and professionals alike.

Microsoft ended support for Windows Vista (“You will remember it as Longhorn”).

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Windows Vista is an operating system that could have been a revolution for Microsoft is they were listening to the consumers instead of being obsessed of keeping hold of Windows’s monopoly that the company was enjoying for more than ten years.

Originally code-named Windows Longhorn, Windows Vista breathed life all a way back in July 2001, a month before Microsoft would wrap up Windows XP.  It was an ambition product that spiraled out of control. The operating system would have included a WinFS storage system that would search for your files on your ever-increasing hard drive and retrieve them up as quickly as possible.  WinFS was scrapped midway through the development process.

Windows Vista was so resource hog that you current 2005 era computer would experience difficulties and program crashes. You really needed to buy a new Windows Vista capable PC to enjoy a better experience.

Windows Vista arrived at the moment when Apple was poised to take the world by storm with the release of the iPhone. As a result, Microsoft missed the chance to enter the smartphone arena and compete with iOS and Android in time.

While it’s easy to point out the bad parts of Windows Vista, its release did many good things for Windows. A new search interface provided a strong foundation for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10, and many of the Start menu changes and design choices that still exist in Windows 10 today. Microsoft had much bigger ambitions with Vista that failed, but the fundamentals certainly pushed Windows forward in design, functionality, and security.

So long Windows Vista.

This is an updated copy to correct some typos.

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A look back to the original iPhone Prototypes. Circa 2005/2006

June 29. The 10th anniversary of the iPhone.

June 29 marked the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone. Introduced by Steve Jobs in January 2007, iPhone went on sale and changed the smartphone landscape forever.

While the hype is building up around the upcoming iPhone 8, let’s take a trip  down a memory lane with the original iPhone prototypes. Apple employee Ken Kocienda took to Twitter to offer a look back at the first Apple smartphone, that quite frankly looked like a Palm devices.

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As you can see in the pictures above, the devices are far cry from anything we’d see from the today’s smartphones. It’s a hint that how technology was dancing forward.

That first Apple phone boasted some impressive specs for its time, but today seems almost laughable. A 3.5-inch display at just 320×480, 128 MB of memory, and a 2.0 MP camera — not to mention a default storage size of just 4 GB.

“I kept those devices in my desk drawer for years,” . “When I left Apple, returning this hardware was tough, like saying goodbye to old friends.”

— Ken Kocienda

Kocienda, who just left Apple in early May, was with the company for an impressive 16 years, working on human interface design and (according to his own tweets) was involved in the development of the software keyboard that the iPhone became so well known for.

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You can download the iOS 11 Public Beta but at your own risk!

Earlier this month, Apple announced a major revamp of its popular operating system. For the iPhone, it’s the brand new iOS 11. For the Mac, it’s the High Sierra in its 10.13 iteration.

While the focus is not on the Mac as the High Sierra is still listed as “coming soon”, Apple right now begin seeding the next version of iOS 11 in its beta form. Just as a reminder, the beta is at your own risk. You can download it, tinker with it and sends bug reports to Apple.

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Last year, I began moving away from my Android and Windows devices with acquisition of iPod Touch 5th generation (which I bought back in 2016) and a second-hand iPad 2 mini back in March 2017.  Apple has a very bright future and I thought it was a time to move on. (Even Mondi Ess jumped into the Apple bandwagon), so another reason to get an iPhone 6 S as quickly as possible.

iOS 11 is certainly more feature-heavy. It contains an all-new Control Center, notifications work differently, drag and drop, and there’s a new Files app. There are also a number of iPad-specific improvements, such as a new dock that allows you to fit many more apps on it, and a new way of implementing Slideover and Split View. In fact, you can now combine Split View and Slideover to show three apps on the screen at once.

There are also some photo editing improvements. You can now trim live photos, and when you take a screenshot, you’ll be able to tap a thumbnail to go to a screen where you can crop it or write on it.

You can sign up for Apple’s Public Beta Program here, or if it’s still too early for you, you can wait a couple of weeks until the next build is out. The updates will be generally available this fall, likely at the end of September.

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How to Get $ 5 Free Gift From Windows Store (but conditions apply)

I’m not a huge fan of Windows Store, despite I use Windows 10 as my primary operating system.  When it comes to digital downloads, I use audible.com to purchase audiobooks, kobo.com to purchase e-books and I’m looking forward for purchasing goodies on Apple Store and Steam to get apps + games.

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Microsoft right now is offering a $ 5 gifts you can spend on Windows Store. Just buy a cheapest book out there. Let’s say a one-dollar book and you are good to go for the 4 remaining bucks.

But there are some caveats:

1- You must own a Windows 10 devices. So forget about reading e-books on Androids, Kindle or Kobo readers.

2- You must have the latest version of Windows 10. The Creator Update.  Microsoft Edge gains e-book capabilities in this Creator Build.

3- You must live in the USA.  And not elsewhere.

4- Redeem the code quickly.  Unlike Audible which uses subscription-based or credits, you have to redeem the code before 30 of June.

5- It’s a limited offer. So hurry up.

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iPhone 5 and 5C won’t support iOS 11. Put the blame on the 64-bit architecture (Sofiane’s Editorial)

I’m speaking about the iOS 11.

When the next iteration of the world’s most popular smartphone operating system from Apple will hit the market, along the side iPhone 8,  this fall, many of the older iDevices won’t support it.

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I’m speaking about the iPhone 5 and 5C and the iPad 4. The reason is about the architecture.  When iPhone 5 was released in 2012, and the 5C in 2013, the core application ran on the 32 bit architecture. Which was quite fine. But moving to A7 processors, Apple finally made the jump into the 64 bit architecture.

Two different worlds will collide. As a result, because the iOS 11 is the most advanced operating system, it seems natural that older devices that dated all way back early 2010s won’t work.

However, good news for the owners of iPhone 5 and 5C and iPad 4, you can still appropriate the goodies of iOS 10 as the OS runs smoothly on these iDevices.

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Boeing wants to take Pilots out of the cockpit. Fully autonomous plane on the way ? (Sofiane’s Editorial)

When Tesla introduced the self-driving mode in its line of cars, they called it “Autopilot”.  The “Autopilot” is term that is quite frequent in the aviation and it has been used in that field ever since. But the American manufacturer  is going even further, this time, Boeing wants to replace the pilot skills and makes its line of airplanes fully autonomous.

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Well, the technology is not yet ready for the primetime as Boeing is holding a briefing ahead of Paris Airshow to details its plan for the fully autonomous cruising plane for the cockpit free run entirely by computers. Existing autopilot technology will handle the taxing and take off process. And Boeing’s goal is to get the technology up to the strict aviation safety standards.

It is said that Boeing will go through a battery of simulations this summer with hopes of taking its tech to a real-life planes as early as next year.

However, what keep the manufacturer’s fear in check is pilot error is one of the leading causes of modern plane crashes. And Boeing knows its technology needs to be bulletproof for people to buy it.

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