Tag: Microsoft

In Tech: Dish techs fix iPhones, Best Buy gets Oculus VR

When Dish technicians aren’t busy installing satellite TV services in people’s homes, they’ll be making house calls to replace iPhone batteries and broken screens. The new program represents Dish’s latest effort to diversify its business as it faces a decline in TV subscribers — currently at 13.9 million, down 1 percent from a year ago. Technicians are also being trained to set up Wi-Fi networks and smart-home systems. Dish will charge $75 for a battery replacement and $135 to $185 for a screen repair, depending on the iPhone model. Multiple repairs on the same visit are cheaper because the...

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In Tech: Light field VR camera, automatic Windows upgrades

Recording live-action scenes for virtual-reality devices has been limited by the fact that cameras are stuck in one position and headset wearers can’t lean their heads over to get a different view. That’ll change with a new camera called Immerge from startup Lytro. The spherical head unit includes hundreds of tiny cameras that measure light coming in from every direction, a technique known as light field photography. The camera will allow viewers to do things like lean to their left or right within about a cubic meter of space (1.3 cubic yards) to look around real-life objects rendered in...

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Gates Foundation Focuses on Ending Malaria

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Philanthropist Bill Gates says he wants to end malaria in his lifetime and will give more money toward that goal, part of his broader fight against tropical diseases that are getting unusual public attention because of the Ebola epidemic. In an interview with The Associated Press and in a speech Sunday at a global health conference in New Orleans, the Microsoft co-founder said his Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation would increase its malaria program budget by 30 percent, to more than $200 million per year. That’s on top of the foundation’s other donations to the...

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Satya Nadella to head Microsoft; Bill Gates leaves chair role

Microsoft has named Satya Nadella, an executive in charge of the company’s small, but growing business of delivering software and services over the Internet, as its new CEO. Company founder Bill Gates is leaving the chairman role for a new role as technology adviser. The software company announced Tuesday that Nadella will replace Steve Ballmer, who said in August that he would leave the company within 12 months. Nadella will become only the third leader in the software giant’s 38-year history, after Gates and Ballmer. Board member John Thompson will serve as Microsoft’s new chairman. Nadella, who is 46...

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