Bill Gates

December 11, 2015  10:00 AM

Bristol boffins show that smartphone chargers are taking the p*ss – and so is Bill Gates

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Bill Gates, Microsoft, smartphone

Downtime knows it is talking to the faithful in recounting tales of mobile phone batteries that never last long enough and always run out of power at the most inopportune moments. But now, "boffins" (for it is always they) may have come up with a solution. Or, to be more precise, a way to use your...

November 21, 2013  2:26 PM

Bill Gates invests in high tech condoms

WAshford Profile: WAshford
Bill Gates, Condom, Vijayaraghavan

Good to know Bill Gates is spending the fortune generated by his software empire wisely by investing in high-tech condoms.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which aims at tackling health problems in developing countries, has awarded £62,000 to UK scientists at...

September 26, 2013  12:57 PM

Ctrl-Alt-Delete “Not my fault, guv” says Bill Gates

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Bill Gates, Control-Alt-Delete, IBM, Microsoft, Windows

How many different ways have your contorted your fingers over the years, to find the best way to hit Ctrl-Alt-Delete - that perfect encapsulation of how to make computers much harder to use than they need to be.

Well if you've cursed Microsoft founder Bill Gates for forcing you to...

August 23, 2013  3:13 PM

Bye Bye Ballmer!

jscott1 Profile: jscott1
Bill Gates, Microsoft, Steve Ballmer

We all knew the day would come but, now it looms, it seems like it has come all too soon...

He may not be as creepy as John Chambers, as geeky as Bill Gates, or have the religious following of Steve Jobs, but there is no doubt Steve Ballmer will go...

July 25, 2012  10:52 AM

Microsoft boat – the hottest party in town

jscott1 Profile: jscott1
Bill Gates, London, Microsoft, Olympic, Steve Ballmer, Yacht

With the Olympics just days away, London will not just be flooded with athletes, but also the rich and famous, who somehow managed to score tickets in the lottery - convenient hey? 

March 22, 2011  2:59 PM

Timing can make a 650K difference

WAshford Profile: WAshford
Bill Gates, Microsoft

The difference between successful and really successful Microsoft shareholders is $650,000 and knowing just when to sell.

If someone bought 100 shares at the offering price of $21 in 1986 and sat on the investment for 25 years, it would be worth $750,000, which is not too shabby.

January 18, 2008  3:13 PM

Bill Gates celebrity-studded retirement plans spoof video

rfroley Profile: rfroley
Bill Gates, goodbye, Keynote, Microsoft, retirement, spoof, Video

If, like Downtime, you've been laid up with a succession of winter colds, flus and noroviruses, you may have missed your chance to see Bill Gates' spoof retirement plans video, screened at CES 2008. Well, now you can catch up with the rest of the world and watch George Clooney, Al Gore, Hillary...

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