In the second quarter of 2017, twenty-four of the largest American companies are holding on to a whopping $1.01 trillion in cash reserves, up 1.63% from the first quarter, according to analysis of second quarter earnings reports by Bank of America. The biggest amount of money is created and kept by technology firms like Alphabet, Apple or Microsoft.
The biggest names in tech, including Google, Amazon, and Apple, spent more this quarter attempting to influence the U.S. government than ever before, according to public lobbying records. The tech giants spent more than $15 million lobbying between April 1 and June 30, with Google topping the list at $5.93 million.
Microsoft wants to connect two million rural Americans to high-speed wireless broadband by 2022, and it will get started with 12 pilot projects over the next year. The company is also offering free access to its intellectual property to help the rest of rural America get connected.
Windows 10 introduces additional features designed specifically for K - 12 educators and students, alongside other education news today from Microsoft.
For education, Microsoft HoloLens will help make incredible leaps forward in productivity, collaboration, and innovation. See how Microsoft HoloLens transforms the way we teach anatomy and our understanding of the human body as we help to prepare the next generation of doctors.
Microsoft is launching an Education Edition of the insanely popular game Minecraft. This version of the world-building and resource-management game will allow teachers to use Minecraft in a range of different subjects, including math and science.
Yvonne Thomas, director of global programs at Microsoft, recently sat down with Devex Impact Associate Editor Adva Saldinger to discuss the role of technology as an enabler for education and employment opportunities, especially for youth.
Despite their young ages, they all have impressive scientific accomplishments under their belts. But they also admit that society hasn't created a world where their academic interest is easily accessible for students like them.
Bill Gates believes that by 2030, online courses can bring wildly better education to anyone with a smartphone or tablet.