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The robot that takes your job should pay taxes, says Bill Gates

Robots are taking human jobs. But Bill Gates believes that governments should tax companies’ use of them, as a way to at least temporarily slow the spread of automation and to fund other types of employment.<p>It’s a striking position from the world’s richest man and a self-described techno-optimist …

Bill Gates

Machines for creative enablement (not human replacement)

The information we publish on the web pales in comparison to the totality of information inside our heads. Companies like Jelly and Quora have jumped …

Steve Jobs’s worst decision was promoting Tim Cook

In January 2000, after running Microsoft for 25 years, Bill Gates handed the reins of CEO to Steve Ballmer. Ballmer went on to run Microsoft for the next 14 years. If you think the job of a CEO is to increase sales, then Ballmer did a spectacular job; he tripled Microsoft’s sales to $78 billion and …

Business Strategy

Leo Beranek, Acoustics Designer and Internet Pioneer, Dies at 102

Leo L. Beranek, an engineer whose company designed the acoustics for the United Nations and concert halls at Lincoln Center and Tanglewood, then built the direct precursor to the internet under contract to the Defense Department, died on Oct. 10 at his home in Westwood, Mass. He was 102.<p>His death …

The Arts

Remembering David Bunnell (1947-2016), The Maverick Who Helped Invent Tech Media

The founder of PC Magazine, PC World, and Macworld was an entrepreneur who thought like a social activist.<p>In 1973, a former schoolteacher named David Bunnell got a $110-a-week job as a technical writer for a tiny Albuquerque-based maker of calculators called Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry …

What it's like to take an exclusive ride in a BMW art car

Back in August, I went to the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles to witness the prestigious BMW art car collection being installed. Within the first few minutes, I was allowed to break the biggest rule of art car handling: no one sits inside the car.<p>Holding my breath, I sat behind the wheel …

Art

My 30 Years at PCMag, Part One - CPUs & Components - Products

I began writing for <i>PC Magazine</i> in August 1986 and have continued uninterrupted for 30 years. This is a good time to reflect on exactly what happened …

Today in Apple history: Apple ships its first OS

<b>July 20, 1978:</b> Apple DOS makes its debut on the Apple II, giving Apple its first official operating system.<p>A command line interface with green text prompts on a black background, Apple DOS looks incredibly primitive next to today’s graphical user interfaces. Nonetheless, for Apple users this was …

Command-line

The best emulators for old-school gaming

As the battle for superiority between console gamers and PC gamers continues, the world of emulators serves as bridge between communities. These …

How Apple obsessive John Gruber built Daring Fireball, the world’s most powerful one-man media company

Since 2002, Gruber has owned a chunk of the conversation about Apple — and he does it all solo.<p>More than a decade ago, as Apple was starting to transition from Microsoft’s also-ran PC rival to a globally dominant consumer hardware company, John Gruber was making a big leap of his own. After …

Y Combinator's Xerox Alto: restoring the legendary 1970s GUI computer

Alan Kay recently gave his 1970's Xerox Alto to Y Combinator and I'm helping with the restoration of this legendary system. The Alto was the first …

Silicon Valley

The teenager obsessed with retro Apple tech

<b>Fifteen-year-old Alex Jason owns a vast collection of vintage Apple devices which he now plans to exhibit near his home in the US state of Maine.</b><p>Alex started collecting his "orchard" at the age of 10 and says he has around 1,000 items, stored in the basement of his family home.<p>He is currently …

Lawn Mowing

Here's All the Tricks to Avoid Getting the Worst Seat on Airlines

Airlines are developing clever news ways of extracting more money from passengers. They include fees for pillows, baggage check and phone …

Postscript: Bill Campbell, 1940-2016

In the brief history of modern Silicon Valley, Bill Campbell, who died yesterday, at the age of seventy-five, is a giant. His various titles—Columbia football coach, Apple executive, co-founder of Go Corp., Intuit C.E.O., chairman of Apple, chairman of the Columbia University board—do not convey …

Mark Zuckerberg is the ultimate startup bro in this wild 2005 interview

"I think Facebook is an online directory for colleges," said Mark Zuckerberg in 2005, sitting on a dingy couch, clad in a white T-shirt and gym shorts, and holding a red Solo cup filled with beer. "A lot of people are focused on taking over the world. I really just want to see everyone focused on …

Udemy has redesigned its entire platform

Udemy has completely redesigned its course taking experience on the Web so users can focus on the experience of learning rather than simply absorbing content.<p>Courses are now comprised of smaller video snippets organized into sections, which can be played full-screen. New controls let students …

Big Discovery: Finding Kenner's Unreleased Large

It is hard to imagine that during the heyday of <i>Star Wars</i> following release of the film in 1977, that there could be any product considered by Kenner …

Star Wars

What to Look for in OS X Crash Reporter When Diagnosing a Crash

Crash reports are nearly impossible for most of us to understand, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make sense of them. Over on MacIssues, they point …

Star Wars relives its own history through vintage Kenner toy ads

<i>Star Wars</i>represented more than a breakthrough in special effects or even in motion picture marketing when it first captured America’s heart back in …

'Inventor of email' Ray Tomlinson dies

Ray Tomlinson, who created computer-to-computer electronic mail and selected the accompanying '@' symbol, has died aged 74.<p>Tomlinson was widely …

How to use your iPhone's share button like a pro

One of the best features of your iPhone or iPad that you're probably not using is the share menu.<p>You know it — it's the strip of apps that appear …

Here’s How To Free Up RAM And Improve Performance On Your iPhone

iOS usually does a good job of memory management, and allocates RAM to apps when they need it, suspends apps not in use, and frees up RAM when you …

Why are some of the Web's ugliest sites also the most popular?

If you’ve been on the Web in the past decade, you’ll likely have visited Reddit, Craigslist, Wikipedia, 4Chan, Hacker News, or The Drudge Report at some point. While these sites are all vastly different, they have two things in common: they’re all extremely popular among their audiences and they …

UI Design

Bill Gates Admits He Was a Nightmare Boss

This is what the Microsoft founder would think about if he were stranded on a desert island.<p>Microsoft chief <b>Bill Gates</b>, the college dropout turned world’s richest man, admits that his own tireless work ethic made him one of the world’s most difficult men to work for.<p>“I was quite fanatical about …

Bill Gates

Fully Operational Fandom

Barrie Ho has been a fan of <i>Star Wars</i> most of his life. He saw <i>A New Hope</i> in theaters in 1977, and the <i>Star Wars</i> universe has inspired Ho ever since, …

Bringing 'The Force Awakens' to Life: a Q&A with Anovos CEO Joe Salcedo

The head of the only replica company with an official Lucasfilm license on running the 'Star Wars' cosplay game.<p>Cosplay is the next level of fandom. …

Museum opens doors to largest collection of pinball, arcade games for one weekend only

For kids of a certain age — say, 35 and up — it’s the stuff dreams are made of: more than 900 vintage pinball and arcade games, with almost no …

How to turn your PC or Mac into a lean, mean retro gaming machine

Before the IBM PC changed the computer world forever, for many the pinnacle of personal computing was the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64 and the …

Arcade game rental service will deliver 'Donkey Kong' to your door

There's no doubt that the old arcade machines of the '80s carry a certain amount of cachet, but they're also a lot of work to find and refurbish, and they're generally not too cheap either. If you're out in California, there's a new company that's trying to make it easier to have a cabinet in your …

Museum launches World Video Game Hall of Fame

The Strong – a Rochester, New York-based museum dedicated to the “history and exploration of play” – announced that it will establish the World Video Game Hall of Fame. This new hall will honor electronic games, a broad category that includes console, handheld, mobile, computer, and classic arcade …