WeiTang Lau

38 Flips | 1 Magazine | 2 Likes | 26 Followers | @weitanglau | Keep up with WeiTang Lau on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “WeiTang Lau”

How Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella did what Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates couldn’t

It's been an eventful couple of years.<p>Microsoft has grown its crucial cloud business, released Windows 10 to a much better reception than its loathed predecessor, launched a bunch of great apps for iPhone and Android, and generally made people like it a lot more.<p>But the real victory of Satya …

Everyone thought Mark Zuckerberg was crazy to buy a 13-person app for $1 billion — now Instagram looks like one of the most brilliant tech acquisitions ever made

What's more, Zuckerberg paid out the nose for it, shelling out $1 billion for an app that had 13 employees, zero revenue, and which most of the buttoned-up investors that would attend Facebook's IPO roadshow had probably never heard of.<p>The deal caused immediate concern. Some considered the deal a …

In Silicon Valley Now, It’s Almost Always Winner Takes All

In September, 2014, after investing in a ride-sharing company called Sidecar, Richard Branson declared that it was "early days and, like a lot of other commodity businesses, there is room for innovators on great customer experiences.” He added that he was not putting his money into a …

One Trick To Help Make Better PowerPoint Presentations | Inc.com

Anytime you need to give a PowerPoint presentation, you'll want to be sure that you are keeping your audience interested and engaged. This requires more than just showing slides on a screen and reading text aloud. In fact, relying on such a strategy will more than likely leave your viewers focused …

Microsoft's newest app turns anyone into a programmer

As software continues to eat the world, there's more demand than ever for mobile apps in every facet of our lives.<p>But while the consumer app market just keeps growing and growing, the number of business apps just isn't keeping pace. Meanwhile, users are stuck using their old legacy software, tied …

Microsoft’s New GigJam Collaboration App Deconstructs Tasks Into “Molecules Of Work”

Got a project? GigJam lets you share information on the fly–and hide what’s private–on computers, tablets, and phones.<p>Last November, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella hosted a small press event at the company’s Redmond, Wash. headquarters. The atmosphere was low-key, but the title–“Productivity: …

Samsung heir takes charge of foundations in succession step | Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Group [SAGR.UL] heir apparent Jay Y. Lee will take over from his father Lee Kun-hee as head of two key foundations, the conglomerate said on Friday, suggesting that a transfer of leadership is underway at South Korea’s largest conglomerate.<p>Jay Y. Lee, son of Samsung …

Microsoft’s New App Strategy: Turning Google Into A Dumb Pipe

Microsoft doesn’t just want its hands on every operating system. It also wants eyes in every cloud.<p>If you had made a list a couple of years ago of all the things you’d never expect Microsoft to do, it might have included a number of items.<p>Full-blown Office for iOS and Android? Sounds unlikely. Free …

Microsoft’s touch-friendly Office shows great potential for Windows 10 apps

After nearly two years of teasing, Microsoft finally released a preview version of its touch-optimized Office apps for Windows 10 yesterday. The software maker has been focusing on iOS and Android recently, having released better versions of Office for rival platforms than its own Windows Phone …

New to deep learning? Here are 4 easy lessons from Google

Image copyright Shutterstock / Max Krasnov.Google employs some of the world’s smartest researchers in deep learning and artificial intelligence, so …

iOS developers share their earnings, and the lessons they’ve learned along the way

If you write iOS apps and wonder how your earnings compare against those of other developers – or you have an idea for an app, and are wondering whether it’s worth pursuing – it can be tough to find any hard information. We hear occasional stories about hugely successful apps like Flappy Bird …

The remarkable eight years since Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone

<i>Smartphones existed before Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone on Jan. 9, 2007. But by upending existing technology platforms, application distribution, and carrier business models, he kickstarted a new era of computing whose impact is yet to be fully understood.</i><p><b>I knew one of the victims of the</b> …

Watch Steve Jobs' announcement of the first iPhone exactly 8 years later

Eight years ago, on Jan. 9, 2007, Steve Jobs climbed the stage during Apple's annual Macworld conference, and announced the first iPhone.<p>Starting off …

Steve Jobs

The cheat sheet to choosing a cloud backup service

<i>This sponsored post is produced in association with IDrive.</i><p>If the idea of losing a few terabytes of your data can bring on an apoplectic convulsion, cloud storage has probably crossed your mind. Third-party cloud backup has become a lot more popular because the convenience is so attractive and it …

How to train yourself to speak like a leader

When it comes to leadership, your voice matters. Deeper-voiced male politicians are more appealing to voters, and deeper-voiced male CEOs run larger companies, stay in charge longer, and make more money.<p>UCLA acoustic scientist Rosario Signorello has researched how to fine tune the vocal chords of …

Public Speaking

Nexus 6 review: Big and bold, but similar to Motorola’s other flagship phones

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Kevin C. Tofel / Gigaom<p>Google’s Nexus 6 is in a strange situation. Not only is this is the first Nexus phone to be …

Nexus 6 review: Google shows it can make a big-screen phone

Which is easier to juggle on your daily commute: a small smartphone and tablet together, or a 6-inch phone that merges features from both? Consumers once leaned toward the former, but many have lately changed their minds. The so-called phablet has come a long way since Samsung came out with the …

The Steve Jobs guide to manipulating people & getting what you want

Steve Jobs didn’t launch two of the most valuable companies in modern times by following the rules all the time.<p>Jobs faced many obstacles to get Apple, and later Pixar, off the ground. But Jobs had a unique way of crafting his own reality, a “distortion field” that could persuade people that his …

This is Qualcomm’s world and we’re all just living in it

Guess who puts the turbo in the Droid Turbo’s name<p>Qualcomm is the mobile industry’s equivalent of a god: omnipotent and omnipresent, yet invisible to the naked eye. The company that was founded on the premise of building "Quality Communications" can now be found inside every major smartphone in the …

Nexus 9 Review: Google’s First Lollipop Tablet Gets The Recipe Mostly Right

Google has a new Nexus tablet, and it’s made by HTC. The Taiwanese device maker has spent some time away from building tablets, so this return is significant not just because it’s a Nexus, one of Google’s stable of devices blessed with stock Android (and the first to ship with Android 5.0 …

Apple Beats On iPhone Sales, But iPads Aren't Looking So Great

Apple earnings for the third quarter of 2014 are out.<p>The big number everyone has been waiting for: iPhone sales, especially since these numbers reflect the first few weeks of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sales. This is Apple's most important and profitable business.<p>Apple sold 39.3 million iPhones last …

The Untold Story Of How Steve Jobs Reintroduced His Signature Design Style To Apple

Skeuomorphism is an ugly, confusing word.<p>According to Techopedia, its definition is, "a design principle in which design cues are taken from the physical world. "<p>Basically, remember how the Notes app on the iPhone used to look like a yellow legal pad or how the iBooks application on the iPad used …

How much do coders make? Check out this data from around the country

Advertisement<p>10 Comments<p>Credit: Maga/Shutterstock<p>iOS rules the roost and beats Android, Bay Area coders get paid the most, and Node.js developers are …

For the Nexus 6, Google needs the carriers

Selling a $649 smartphone is a lot different than selling a $349 one<p>Yesterday, Google officially announced the Nexus 6, the latest in its line of "pure" Android smartphones. The Nexus 6 carries the familiar Nexus badge and acts as the flagship device for the new Android 5.0 Lollipop platform. …

11 Tips And Tricks To Get The Most Out Of Your Android Phone

Since Android is an open platform, there's plenty of room for customization.<p>Beyond personalizing your phone, there are a few easy practices that can keep your phone neat and organized with plenty of battery life to last all day.<p>Here are some tips and tricks every Android user should know.

Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact review

Sony's displays take another step forward<p>The one major misstep with the Xperia Z2 was the outdoor performance of its display. As excellent as the newly upgraded panel was inside the house, it would become near useless the moment I stepped out into the sunlit street. The good news with the Xperia Z3 …

Google's Eric Schmidt: Steve Jobs is my hero

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The rivalry between Apple and Google is not for the faint of heart.<p>In fact, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said last week that the competition between the two companies is more "brutal" than ever, as the firms battle over mobile supremacy with their operating systems …

Silicon Valley

The Speed of the iPhone 6 Compared to Every Other iPhone

It's amazing to consider just how much the iPhone has changed from its original release in 2007 to its current iterations, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 …

iOS 8 Third-Party Keyboards Roundup

No longer are iOS users chained to the default keyboard. If a developer can build it (and get it through the App Store approval process), you can add it to your iPhone and iPad. Get ready for an onslaught of keyboard apps.<p>With the launch of iOS 8, you now have a plethora of apps that allow input in …

SwiftKey for iOS Review

Oh happy day, it’s here at last. For years, I’ve been frustrated by the iOS keyboard. It felt like the cramped and under-developed weak link in what was otherwise a mature and slick operating system. With iOS 8 comes support for third-party keyboards, and with that comes SwiftKey – in my opinion …