Microsoft to cut 18,000 jobs
LOS ANGELES — Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its 39-year history Thursday, outlining plans to cut 18,000 jobs in a move that marked the CEO’s sharpest pivot yet away from his predecessor’s drive for the company to make its own devices.
Although some cuts had been expected ever since Microsoft acquired Nokia’s mobile-device unit, the number amounted to 14 percent of the Microsoft workforce — about twice what analysts had estimated.
Amazon rolls out ‘Netflix-for-books’ style service
NEW YORK — Amazon is rolling out a new subscription service that will allow unlimited access to thousands of electronic books and audiobooks for $9.99 a month in the online giant’s latest effort to attract more users.
The largest U.S. e-commerce site said Friday that the Kindle Unlimited service will give users the ability to read as much as they want from more than 600,000 Kindle titles such as “The Hunger Games” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” They can also listen as much as they like to thousands of Audible audiobooks, including “Water for Elephants.”
Time Waster - ‘Glitch Lab’
“Glitch Lab” is a fun little pixel platformer with minimal graphics where you have to figure out what glitch will allow you complete the level. Sometimes it’s pretty easy, and sometimes you can be led astray.
You play a little figure trying to get from one door to another. Each level has a different glitch you need to exploit in order to win. It forces you to look beyond just your little sprite and take in the entire environment while you’re playing and think outside the level. Games are played with forced-perspective, color dynamics and in-game physics. The game also riffs on other gaming conventions, in that there are little coins to collect, but you are told that they are meaningless. Sometimes the environment can kill you, and then sometimes it won’t - you have to figure out when it will.
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Inventor pushes solar panels for roads, highways
SPOKANE, Wash. — The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren’t meant for rooftops. They are meant for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways.
Brusaw, an electrical engineer, says the hexagon-shaped panels can withstand the wear and tear that comes from inclement weather and vehicles, big and small, to generate electricity.
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