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CEO of Windows Phone's developer criticizes Microsoft for letting down its loyal customers - Xinhua

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SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- The boss of one of the Windows Phone's best developers has slammed U.S. software giant Microsoft for destroying the dreams of loyal customers of the platform, media reports said Saturday. CEO of Windows Phone's developer criticizes Microsoft for letting down its loyal customers. "Microsoft has done a lot of bad things with Windows Phone, from a commercial point of view, the way they treated very loyal developers like Game Troopers and how the company tried to attract others. The CEO of Game Troopers, which is known for its creations of popular iOS and Android games such as Tiny Troopers and Overkill series years ago, said Microsoft's mobile strategy was entirely wrong and basically destroyed every chance of its mobile push to succeed.

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A smart city in Arizona desert

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Tech billionaire Bill Gates has invested in a huge patch of land west of Phoenix, Arizona, with the intention of building a new smart city. An investment firm run by Gates is hopping on the thriving smart city trend and recently paid $80 million to acquire 25,000 acres of land in Arizona with plans to build a technologically-integrated community from the ground up. Sadly, Arcosanti’s ambitious goal of demonstrating the efficiency of a smartly planned city never quite came to pass. Only time will tell if the new city from the Microsoft founder will be an inclusive, holistically planned community or just a test ground for Microsoft products.

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Microsoft’s Cloud Business Could Get Bigger After This Move

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Microsoft is moving into a highly lucrative niche within the cloud computing market that could help it cut Amazon's lead. Its latest cloud computing product could help it further gain on Amazon by targeting the fast-growing government cloud market that could be worth an estimated $28.8 billion in the next five years. In fact, AWS doesn't offer its full range of services on the government cloud platform, and Microsoft could take advantage of this by deploying in-demand solutions such as blockchain. Microsoft is targeting key government customers such as the Department of Defense, the intelligence community, and other partners who need to work with secret data.

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Bill Gates-backed startup Sunlight Payments helps track grant money for philanthropic projects

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Sunlight Payments is working with Pathfinder International, a non-governmental organization that has a presence in 19 countries and focuses on women’s reproductive health, to test a system that electronically tracks grants and payments. Traditionally, when donors wire or transfer money to other organizations as part of a philanthropic project, they lose the ability to track where exactly the money ends up. This one, which included Gates, focused on how to increase transparency when transferring money for philanthropic projects. ” The donor could invite the organization it’s working with into the bucket and authorize them to use the money for certain purposes.

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Here Are the Best Tech Deals Right Now

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Amazon is selling Sony’s XBR65X900E, a 65-inch television, for $1,498 instead of its regular price of $1,998. Get a 55-inch Samsung Ultra HD TV for $900, a $300 discount on its regular price. Here Are the Best Tech Deals Right Now. The MSI GTX 1080 gaming laptop that is regularly $2,800 at Amazon is now $2,500. At Best Buy, you can get the Asus two-in-one hybrid for $1,149, a $150 savings. If you buy three second-generation Echo devices at Amazon, you can get a $50 discount with the code ECHO3PACK.

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Surface Laptop review: It's a lot better than I expected - Neowin

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Surface Laptop review: It's a lot better than I expected. Indeed, the Surface Laptop does come in four colors, and it's the only Surface device to be made available in more than one. When I did choose to upgrade the Surface Laptop to Windows 10 Pro, it gave me a bunch of issues. For the majority of the time that I've been using the Laptop, I used it with Windows 10 S, and then for the last week or so, I've used Pro.

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Bill Gates praises Andhra for using tech to help farmers

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Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates has lauded the Andhra Pradesh government for using technology to help farmers in the state. Bill Gates praises Andhra for using tech to help farmers. " Gates, who landed in Visakhapatnam on Friday, visited the exhibition stalls in the summit along with Andhra Pradesh chief minister. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu was also present in the summit.

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The New Stock Gems: Which Top IPOs Are The Next Googles And Ciscos?

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Yet sharp-eyed investors can still find jewels among new IPO stocks . Though new to the stock market, these companies have shown strong fundamentals, giving investors confidence in their business strategy. While it may be tempting to buy shares of a promising new company on the first day of trading, it's usually best to wait for the stock to establish a trading range. If the stock has strong demand, it shouldn't fall below 16. And when the stock rises past 20, an investor can buy shares on the breakout to new highs.

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What’s next for Microsoft’s .Net CLR

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What’s next for Microsoft’s . The goal of the CLR is to run . Serving as Microsoft’s counterpart to the JVM of the Java world, the CLR provides code management of . One imminent improvement involves Span<T>, pronounced “span of tee,” a new type that will offer language and framework features for achieving safer, more-performant, low-level code.

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Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg Redefine American Philanthropy – Observer

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Earlier this week, Gates pledged $100 million of his personal funds to support research to cure Alzheimer’s disease. Gates is an anomaly in the philanthropy world for the amount of publicity he receives, and so is Mark Zuckerberg, the millennial tech billionaire 29 years his junior. Arts and educational institutions are mainly publicly funded, so there’s not as much a need for philanthropy. The combined size of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation takes up half of the total assets of the 10 largest foundations in the U.S. Vogel said that this unconventional approach to philanthropy is quite unique to America, due to the country’s tradition of private donors heavily funding social causes, education, arts and healthcare.

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