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IBM is planning to invest a whopping $3 billion over the next four years on a new Internet of Things (IoT) division that will focus on the enterprise. In addition, IBM said it's building a cloud-based open platform designed to help clients and ecosystem partners build IoT solutions. The open platform will help its clients and partners integrate data from a wide range of IoT and traditional sources, ultimately allowing them to design and produce a whole new generation of connected devices that are better optimized for IoT. "Our knowledge of the world grows with every connected sensor and device,... Read more...
Hot on the heels of its announcement that a Chinese tech company will be making Power8-style processors, IBM is taking further steps to publicly ally with China. IBM’s CEO and Chairperson Virginia Rometty attended the China Development Forum this week, where she discussed IBM’s stance on doing business with Chinese tech companies. “If you’re a country, as China is, of 1.3 billion people you would want an IT industry as well, Rometty said, according to Reuters. She went on to say that, where other companies might be frightened by the prospect, IBM considers it a “great opportunity.” (Image credit:... Read more...
IBM's X-Force Application Security Research Team has discovered a severe bug that plagues the Dropbox SDK on Android, which apps can use to interact with the cloud storage service. Dubbed 'DroppedIn', unauthorized apps have been able to access a rogue Dropbox account, potentially allowing an attacker to grab data off of your device for their later perusal. The bug affects SDK version 1.5.4 through 1.6.1, and has been fixed as of 1.6.2. As serious as this bug is, it's nice to know that Dropbox wasted no time in fixing it. Security Intelligence notes that Dropbox responded to IBM's email about the... Read more...
Although IBM appears to be on the verge of major jobs cut, details are slim.  Forbes columnist Robert Cringely reported last week that about 26 percent of IBM’s existing workforce of 431,000 employees would receive unwelcome phone calls from their managers this week. According to the report, cuts would likely be complete by the end of February as part of the reorganization project codenamed Project Chrome. But while additional stories following the initial Forbes report of over 100,000 employee layoffs have run pretty much unchecked for the past few days, IBM is offering... Read more...
Watson made a name for itself when IBM paraded the artificially intelligent computer system on Jeopardy and pitted it against the game show's two biggest winners of all-time -- Ken Jennings, who holds the record for the longest winning streak, and Brad Rutter, the all-time money winner. The supercomputer vanquished its human and flesh opponents, but more importantly, it introduced the world to IBM's impressive technology. Oh, and by the way, you can tap into that big brain of Watson's, for a price. IBM announced that Watson Analystics, a breakthrough natural language-based cognitive service that... Read more...
IBM can celebrate inking a lucrative contract with Deutsche Lufthansa AG to deliver IT infrastructure services for the company and the its Group affiliates. It's a seven year contract worth 1 billion euros (over $1.2 billion in U.S.currency), subject to the approval of the Lufthansa Supervisory Board and antitrust authorities. Assuming the deal gets finalized, IBM's first order of business will be to optimize the airline's IT processes to increase efficiency. That alone is expected to generate an estimated cost savings by of an average of approximately 70 million euros (around $87.7 million) annually... Read more...
In an effort to give the U.S. a leg up when it comes to supercomputers, the Department of Energy announced its plans to build two GPU-powered supercomputers that will bring the world closer to exascale computing. The DOE is awarding $325 million to build “Summit” for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee and “Sierra” at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California while an additional $100 million will go into research for “extreme scale supercomputing” technology. The supercomputers are expected to be installed in 2017 using next-generation... Read more...
Technically speaking, IBM stuck a fork in Lotus 1-2-3 over a year ago when it announced the once popular spreadsheet's EOL (End of Life). IBM picked June 11, 2013 as the last day it would market the most sought after spreadsheet program of the mid-1980s, but also vowed to continue supporting the program up through September 30, 2014, or last Tuesday. That day has come and gone, officially marking the end of an impressive 31-year run. Think about that for a moment -- this software's been available and supported for over three decades dating back to when computers in the home were the exception,... Read more...
Lenovo is already the world's top PC maker in terms of shipments and sales, and once it closes the deal with IBM for its server division, the Chinese company will become the third largest player in the global x86 server market. No small deal, Lenovo is paying IBM $2.1 billion to increase its standing in a market that's worth $42.1 billion. "With the close of the x86 acquisition, Lenovo will add a world-class business that extends our capabilities in enterprise hardware and services, immediately making us a strong number three in the global server market," said Yang Yuanqing, chairman and CEO of... Read more...
The Federal Communications Commission has been considering the implementation of new neutrality rules in an attempt to determine how internet service providers should manage web traffic on their networks. The outcry against the FCC and the concept of “fast lanes,” in addition to treating IPSs more like public utility companies, continues to grow with many network companies and equipment manufacturers going so far as to tell U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker how these policies could hurt the internet and U.S. economy. The latest group to join the protests and outcry are 33 companies... Read more...
Emulating the behavior of a human brain is one of the toughest challenges scientists and engineers have ever faced. A major reason for that is the sheer amount of computational power our brains possess. Feel dumb because you turned the coffee machine on and forgot to add the water? Don't fret - your brain is still an amazingly complex thing. Today's computers, and especially supercomputers, offer an incredible level of performance, but they operate in a far stricter way than our brains, with its many neurons, do. They can, and have emulated the human brain to a great extent in the past, but it's... Read more...
Uh oh, BlackBerry -- with some help from IBM, it looks like Apple is making a play for the enterprise market with its mobile devices. Starting this fall, IBM is planning to partner exclusively with Apple to sell iPhone and iPad devices pre-loaded with native applications developed from the ground up specifically for enterprise customers. The initiative is called IBM MobileFirst for iOS. It combines IBM's big data and analytic capabilities with Apple's consumer experience, along with its hardware and software integration and developer platform. The two envision creating apps that will transform... Read more...
Say it loud and clear with us: "Seven nanometers." That's pretty much a pipe dream right now, both in terms of how far removed we are from that achievement -- 7nm represents a chip technology that's three generations away -- and the technological hurdles required to get there. Nevertheless, IBM wants to make sure we get there, and help accelerate the process, the company announced plans to invest a hearty $3 billion over the next 5 years into chip R&D efforts. IBM's investment will be split into two broad research and early stage development programs, both of which are intended to push the... Read more...
We often joke about the machines that humans build coming back to rule the planet, but you have to wonder if IBM's Watson isn't scheming in a way that mere mortals can only hope to comprehend. IBM's Watson group has acquired a new company this week, which will enable Watson to become even smarter than it already is. The new acquisition is Cognea, which is said to be an artificial intelligence outfit focusing on "cognitive computing and conversational AI." To date, Cognea has partnered with HP, NASA, and others for virtual assistant program. Specifically, Cognea offers "virtual assistants that relate... Read more...
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