Today is the 39th anniversary of the first showing of “Star Wars.” Elsewhere in the world, Eric Schmidt tried to explain why he uses an iPhone. Here’s our quick look at the day in tech.
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The Windows Phone is all but dead
It looks like we won’t be seeing anymore Windows Phones. On Tuesday, Microsoft announced a restructuring plan that looks a lot like a towel hitting the floor.
As The Verge notes:
“Microsoft is signalling the end of its Nokia experiment today. After acquiring Nokia’s phone business for $7.2 billion two years ago, Microsoft wrote off $7.6 billion last year and cut 7,800 jobs to refocus its phone efforts. Microsoft is now writing off an additional $950 million today as part of its failed Nokia acquisition, and the company plans to cut a further 1,850 jobs. Most of the layoffs will affect employees at Microsoft’s Mobile division in Finland, with 1,350 job losses there and 500 globally. Around $200 million of the $950 million impairment charge is being used for severance payments.”
Schmidt makes a strange admission, weirder claim
Eric Schmidt, the Alphabet executive chairman, admits to using an iPhone 6s. Alphabet, of course, own’s Google Android.
Despite this, Schmidt told CNBC that a Samsung Galaxy S7 is his preferred device noting, “Samsung S7 is better. It has a better battery. And those of you who are iPhone users (know) I’m right.”
Really, do iPhones users know this?
According to research from Apteligent, apps runs slower in the summer months.
As AppleWorld explains:
“Why? Due to the science behind the propagation of radio waves. Increases in water vapor cause attenuation of the waves, especially at higher frequency bands. This means that the humid summer months will cause degradation in signal strength, and slight delays in data delivered to the handsets of consumers. The impact is pronounced in the data. “
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Today, May 25 is National Missing Children’s Day, National Wine Day, and Tap Dance Day.
The Card Not Present (CNP) Expo continues in Orlando, Florida.
Looking backwards: On this day in 1977, a small film was released call “Star Wars.” Kids know it as “Star Wars: A New Hope.”
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Have a few more minutes? Check out these other stories making news:
- This illustration of the entire Star Wars: Episode IV plot is over 400 feet long, The Verge
- Mossberg: Can Apple win the next tech war?, Re/Code
- Past Winners of the Scripps National Spelling Bee: Where They Are Now, Time
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