These days, Microsoft's co-founder has more on his mind than software sales figures or even his charitable work -- namely he wants to help solve the world's energy problems.
FORTUNE -- At WIRED's Disruptive by Design Business Conference today, Bill Gates discussed the current state of energy and potential technology replacements for oil and coal.
Gates suggested there's much more potential for nuclear energy, despite the recent disaster with Japan's Fukushima reactor. MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - May 3, 2011 12:16 PM ET
The first video shows a queue three city blocks long for Japan's post-tsunami launch
Earthquakes, a tsunami and a few nuclear meltdowns don't seem to have cooled the ardor of Japanese Apple (AAPL) enthusiasts for the iPad 2, which launched Thursday after a five week postponement.
The first customers took their place on line at 8 p.m. Wednesday and withstood a night of heavy rain, according to the Wall Street Journal. A MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 28, 2011 11:00 AM ET
Despite strong sales, iPad supplies and Japan's quake make Q2's report a hard one to call
Nobody, not even CFO Peter Oppenheimer, thinks that Apple (AAPL) earned as little as $4.90 per share on revenues of $22 billion last quarter -- the numbers he offered in January when he issued his guidance for the company's second fiscal quarter of 2011.
As usual in the Steve Jobs/Tim Cook era, the game at the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 20, 2011 8:31 AM ET
After offering Google Voice, the carrier now will let you make Market purchases against your monthly bill.
Joining AT&T (T) and T-Mobile (ahem), Sprint (S) will now allow Android users to buy Android Market items and have them charged to their monthly Sprint bill. This theoretically simplifies purchasing and removes the barrier to entry for paid Apps for some Android users. Google remarked:
We believe that Direct Carrier Billing is a key MORESeth Weintraub - Apr 13, 2011 4:00 PM ET
Paying whatever it takes to ramp up to a reported ship rate of 4 million iPads per month
Here's what Apple COO Tim Cook might call another "fantastic use" for the company's nearly $60 billion cash reserves.
According to a report Thursday in DigiTimes, the Taipei-based daily that is a rich source of electronics supply-chain rumors, Apple (AAPL) has agreed to absorb all the additional component costs created by the Japanese earthquake MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 31, 2011 10:53 AM ET
Customers began lining up in Australia two days before the scheduled launch
Alex Lee, 28, and Marius Eilertsen, 27, armed with folding chairs and blankets, took their places -- Nos. 1 and 2 -- in front of Apple's (AAPL) Sydney, Australia, retail store Wednesday at noon local time, 53 hours before the iPad 2 was scheduled to go on sale. By Thursday evening, the line of customers behind them extended down MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 24, 2011 10:30 AM ET
In a post-tsunami teardown, iSuppli identifies vulnerabilities in Apple's supply chain
Many analysts have tried to gauge the effect of Japan's troubles on Apple's (AAPL) supply-constrained iPad 2, but the report issued Thursday afternoon by iSuppli's Andrew Rassweiler is the most thorough we've seen. He identifies five key components:
NAND flash memory from Toshiba Corp.
DRAM (dynamic random access memory) from Elpida Memory Inc.
An electronic compass from AKM Semiconductor
The touch screen overlay glass MORE
Why did one of the world's fastest growing tech companies fall twice as fast as the market?
Boy. You leave town for one day and -- if you'll forgive an expression Elmore Leonard warns writers never to use -- all hell breaks loose.
Of course, with Japan's nuclear plants burning and the Dow dropping 242 points and change, you would expect Apple (AAPL) to take a hit. So some of its $15.42 MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 17, 2011 7:18 AM ET
Apple can only do so much for the beleaguered country
Although Apple claims that it's on track to deliver iPad 2s to the other 25 countries that were scheduled to get the new tablet on March 25, it has confirmed what it told All Things Digital's John Paczkowski earlier today: The company is postponing the launch in Japan while its people there focus on recovery.
"Our hearts go out to the people MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 15, 2011 2:45 PM ET
The tool is an easy registry creator to help victims and loved ones communicate during emergencies.
Natural disasters such as the EarthQuake/Tsunami in Japan last night disrupt traditional channels of communication. When homes are destroyed, cell communications towers toppled, and people taken to emergency rooms or worse, there is very little in the way of a full organized registry of people who may be missing.
For this, Google (GOOG) deploys its People Finder tool. People Finder is MORESeth Weintraub - Mar 11, 2011 9:15 AM ET
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