Happy Thursday to you, Austin technology fans. Here’s hoping your work week has gone well so far, and that you are hanging in for the final push toward the weekend.
As we long for Friday to arrive, here’s a look at some of the tech-related stories making waves and generating buzz around the Interwebs today:
Look out, Bill Gates: Jeff Bezos is passing you
When we think about wealth, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates usually comes to mind. Gates has been the richest person on Earth pretty much for decades. But now, Bloomberg News reports, it looks like Gates has been surpassed by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Thanks to a surge in Amazon’s share price this morning, the e-commerce guru’s net worth jumped above the $90 billion mark. With Microsoft’s stock slipping slightly, that appears to have pushed Bezos past Gates for No. 1 on the wealth list. It’s a remarkable climb from when Bezos founded Amazon way back in 1994.
As you might recall, this comes as Bezos’ Amazon is in the middle of trying to acquire Austin-based Whole Foods Market in a deal valued at $13.7 billion. Ahead of that planned buyout, Whole Foods on Wednesday issued what could be its final earnings report as a publicly traded company. The grocer reported a dip in profits and same-store sales.
To alleviate work stress, just play some ‘Halo’
When we feel stressed and tired at work, a lot of us try to sneak out for a walk, or duck into a break room for a few minutes. But as CNet reports, some new research from the the University of Central Florida contends that spending a few minutes casually playing video games might be more restorative than just taking a few quiet minutes away from your desk. According to the study: "Playing a casual video game even briefly can restore individuals' affective abilities, making it a suitable activity to restore mood in response to stress." So, tell your boss you had no choice but to expense some new gaming consoles for the office.
Goodbye, and good riddance, to Adobe Flash
As we told you in Wednesday's Tech Crawl on 512tech, Adobe has announced that it will phase out its Flash plugin, which is used to display videos and other graphics, by the end of 2020.
Frankly, it seems like not too many people will miss it. Jack Moore over at Mashable sums up the feelings of many, calling Flash “the best malware vector the world has even seen.”
Moore writes: “You see, those wishing to trick us into downloading garbage adware (or worse) have long cherished Flash. Its constant need of updates and Swiss cheese approach to security represent a wonderland of opportunities for the bad guys to slide right into our computers."
So, we’re thinking that puts him into the “glad it’s going away” camp.
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