Redmond made waves this spring by announcing a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8 users, and at this point most people who actively want the upgrade have taken advantage. That’s not stopping Microsoft from trying to “convince” more users to upgrade to the latest version. They’ve pushed Windows 10 as a “Recommended Update,” and some users who didn’t want the upgrade ended up with it anyway.It’s clear that Microsoft really, really wants you to install and use Windows 10. And as a site, we think that you should. But, as PC World editor Brad Chacos pointed out recently, Microsoft plans to make money off this upgrade. Here are a few built-in money making schemes that you might’ve missed.Windows 10 is a massive ad for Windows StoreWhen you buy a game on Steam, or grab a discounted copy of Photoshop on Amazon, Microsoft does not get a cut, despite the fact that you’ll use Windows to run the software. Apple and Google, … [Read more...] about Windows 10 may be free, but it’s crammed with tricks that make Microsoft money
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South Korea is already a world leader in robotics.We know this because last year a team from the country bagged top prize in DARPA’s highly valued Robotics Challenge event. And because it’s top of the global charts in terms of robot density. And because it came up with Drinky, the remarkable imbibing robot that can comfortably drink any human under the table.Determined not to rest on its high-tech laurels, the Asian nation is set to pump 500 billion won (about $445 million) into its robotics industry over the next five years, the South Korean trade ministry revealed on Tuesday.A big chunk of the funding will help to finance corporate R&D centers for nurturing new talent and to help develop next-generation robotic technology by 2020, Yonhap News reported.Research from the International Data Corporation (IDC) published earlier this year suggested the global robotics industry would be worth around $135 billion in 2019 – almost double that of … [Read more...] about South Korea is about to spend big money on making better robots
Famous for making esoteric and complex subjects accessible to the masses, Author Michael Lewis’ books have frequently appeared on best-seller lists. That sort of popularity, of course, tends to draw interest from Hollywood, and several of his works have received screen adaptations, including The Blind Side (2009) and Moneyball (2011), an exposé on Oakland Athletics’ General Manager Billy Beane’s revolutionary approach to the business of baseball that starred Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill. Today, we got our first look at the trailer for the latest Lewis book-to-film adaptation: The Big Short . The source material chronicles the story of a small group of very smart people who foresaw the 2008 housing and credit crisis before almost anyone else, and profited enormously from an economic meltdown that wrought financial ruin upon millions. By discovering just how profligate and unscrupulous America’s major financial … [Read more...] about The Big Short trailer showcases big stars, big money, and big heartache
A federal court in Seattle this week upheld Microsoft's claim that Motorola Mobility refused to license its standard essential patents at a fair and reasonable cost, resulting in an award to Microsoft of US$14.5 million in damages, according to media reports.Microsoft claimed that the license fees Motorola Mobility initially demanded for its patents were exorbitant and not in keeping with its promise to standards-setters to charge reasonable and nondiscriminatory terms.This court decision followed a win last year by Microsoft in a related suit, which also took place in the U.S. District Court in Seattle. In that case, the judge found that Motorola had requested license fees for wireless and video patents used in the Xbox game console that were far too high -- clocking in at 2.25 percent of the product price.Though it received only half of what it had requested in damages this time around, Microsoft said it was pleased with its victory."This is a landmark win for all who want products … [Read more...] about MS Win in Moto Patent Case Could Mean Big Money
An offer made earlier this month to pay whistle blowers US$1 million for reporting companies using unlicensed software has met little or no public outcry, unlike lawsuits initiated by the music industry against illegal music downloaders.The Business Software Alliance (BSA), a global organization representing leading software manufacturers, is intensifying efforts to battle software piracy in the workplace by increasing its current rewards incentive from $200,000 to $1 million from July to October.The announcement launched the organization's new nationwide radio and Internet advertising campaignentitled, "Blow the Whistle." The campaign encourages employees or former employees to report employers who they suspect are running unlicensed software products.However, some lawyers prominent in intellectual property litigation warn that the promise of big cash payouts will prompt some employees to go on witch hunts within their companies and could pose added security risks to confidential … [Read more...] about Spying in the Workplace: Big Money?
The U.S. government spends tens of billions of dollars each year just to make sure that computer and data processing systems keep functioning on a day-to-day basis. With so much investment allocated for operations and maintenance of legacy systems, it makes sense that far fewer dollars are available for cutting-edge information technology investment -- also known as "development, modernization and enhancement" spending.In fact, O&M spending has been gaining, while DME investments have been shrinking."It's difficult to measure exactly, but from a historic perspective, legacy spending has actually increased as a percentage of total IT spending in recent years -- from about 68 percent to more than 75 percent," said Shawn McCarthy, research director at IDC Government Insights.Projected 2016 federal IT spending is roughly US$78 billion, reflecting modest growth for the third year in a row. About $20 billion will be allocated for innovative investments as part of the DME component -- a … [Read more...] about Feds Put Big Money Into IT Innovations
Open source hardware startup Ouya looked to kickstart funding of its Android-based game console, and the effort has resulted in more than nine times the amount it sought.Ouya had asked to backers to pledge US$950,000 through the Kickstarter website, and the total climbed to nearly $8.6 million as of Thursday, the day the campaign was scheduled to end.In addition to individual pledges, the company has gotten support from large game publishers including Square Enix, the developer of the "Final Fantasy" series, and Namco Bandai, the developer of the "Soul Calibur" franchise. Last month, Ouya also announced a partnership to provide content from the OnLive game streaming service.With the money all but in the bank, Ouya reportedly plans to launch the console in April of next year, and has begun taking pre-orders via its website.The system could also change what has been the traditional dynamic for video games since the days of the Atari in the late 1970s."The TV/Console combination is a … [Read more...] about Oh Yeah! Ouya Raises Big Money for Open Source Game Console
The money is pouring into Pebble's Kickstarter campaign, launched Tuesday, for its new smartwatch, Pebble Time.Within hours, upwards of 27,000 supporters had pledged more than US$5.6 million. The project's goal was to raise a mere $500,000.The strength of the response highlights the enthusiastic fan base Pebble has built over the years."Pebble's no stranger when it comes to wildly successful Kickstarter campaigns, with its first-gen watch currently seated second among the sites most-funded projects," said Ryan Martin, an IoT and wearable technologies analyst at 451 Research."Pebble Time appears to be yet another blockbuster for the California-based wearables upstart -- one that could easily top the Kickstarter funding list when pledging closes at the end of March," he told TechNewsWorld. Pebble Time has a color e-paper display, offers up to seven days' batter life, and sports a new timeline interface that serves up information -- notifications, emails, calendars, alarms, news -- … [Read more...] about Pebble Makes Big Ripples on Kickstarter
Child's play just got a whole lot more serious on the Net as two more big-name companies intensify their efforts to transform little Web surfers' parents into big online spenders.Consolidated Stores Corp. (NYSE: CNS) weighed in with its announcement that its KB Toys division is teaming with BrainPlay.com, Inc. to form a major new e-commerce toy site, kbtoys.com.The move comes as online toy retailer eToys (Nasdaq: ETYS) goes public Thursday with an offering at $20 a share, jacked up from $12 to $14 a share on Wednesday. The 8.32 million shares are expected to raise about $166 million (US$).And just two weeks ago, Toys "R" Us, which has lagged in developing a strong Web presence, promised to change that with an $80 million investment supporting a new online unit to be based in Silicon Valley. Toy Industry Slow to Go Cyber Though the toy industry has been slow to build e-commerce when compared with, say, books and music, that's expected to change quickly as major players strive to gain … [Read more...] about “Littlest” Net Surfers Mean Big Money
The battle between Napster and the recording industry is still a David versus Goliath proposition. But with a steady diet of venture capital flowing into Napster and its cousins, David is laying on some serious muscle -- and getting harder to cheer for every day.This week, the Wall Street Journal reported that venture capital (VC) firms are beginning to take a closer look at so-called "P-to-P," or peer-to-peer technology, encouraging speculation that the maverick industry may become the next darling of the financiers.First content sites came and went. Then business-to-consumer and business-to-business sites flitted in and out of fashion. Now the "can't-lose" luster of Internet services firms is beginning to crack and peel.So P-to-P is in ascendancy, at least among some of the more cutting edge funding firms ensconced in startup havens like Silicon Valley. That means the debate over whether Napster survives is now about much, much more than shipping digitized music between dorm room … [Read more...] about Will Big Money Spoil Napster?