An IBM employee organization has confirmed that IBM has laid off more than 1000 workers across the country. The layoffs all came this week alone and more may be coming. IBM offers no official comments on the layoffs. The data on the number of workers cut comes via the IBM worker union Alliance@IBM/CWA Local 1701.
IBM scientists have set three new records in the realm of quantum computing, the company announced today at the Annual Physical Society meeting in Boston. Significant advances were achieved by the team in developing a quantum computing system that's stable enough to be scalable, bringing it one step closer to reality for practical computation.
Happy Valentine's Day, tech world, we're starting the day off right with some leaks of the newest system released by RIM, BlackBerry 10 in all its glory. Then the iPad 3 tips continue to flow - iPad 3 with 4G LTE, a teeny tiny iPad Mini, and there's a big tip about an iPad 8-inch iteration which, when combined with the other iDevices, would form Voltron. Meanwhile Google's Motorola buy is paving the way for future Nexus confusion.
All the high-end space projects and space travel that go on at NASA require some serious computing power. For a lot of years NASA has operated IBM Z9 mainframe computers. NASA describes the Z9 mainframe as reliable, highly available, secure, and powerful. These machines were used mostly for transaction oriented needs that required lots of input and output such as reading and writing data from storage devices.
The technology world is always marching on, and a big push is to make things like computers and storage systems smaller, faster, and higher capacity. That can get to be very tricky though with processes used for microprocessors and other tech already working at the nanometer level. IBM has created a new method of storing data, creating a storage device that needs an amazingly tiny number of atoms.
I guess it's a sign of the technology times when a report surfaces about the patents landed by the biggest tech firms in the world and the first thing that jumps to mind is how much patent trolling that will allow. Data from IFI Claims Patent Services has been published that shows which firms in the tech world landed the most patents in 2011. IBM held the top place spot for 2011, for the 19th year in a row.
This week its become apparent that Google is continuing to work with IBM to build up their patent portfolio so that they can avoid as many 2011-esque litigations as possible through the new year. As SEO by the Sea notes, IBM worked with Google this past September and July to move patents from one portfolio to the other, while this past week (the last one in 2011) showed Google acquiring another 188 granted patents and 29 published pending patent applications from IBM. Patents in this deal contain such names as blade servers, data caching, server load balancing, instant messaging applications, video conferencing, and a whole lot more.
IBM's sale of its PC business to Lenovo in 2004 was an attempt to curry favor with the Chinese government, the CEO behind the deal has revealed, in the hope that ministerial approval would add up to increased enterprise adoption of IBM's remaining businesses. Samuel J. Palmisano, who stepped down as IBM CEO this weekend, oped for Lenovo rather than Dell and others in order to aid the Chinese "national goal" of global expansion for its corporations, the NYTimes reports.
IBM has released its sixth-annual Five in Five predictions of the top five technologies that will become commonplace within the next five years. The predictions include self-powered homes through recycling kinetic energy, the replacement of passwords with biometric data, and mind-controlled devices that obey your thoughts.
You would think with all the buzz and cult following that Apple generates it's brand value would be leading in the rankings, but that's not the case. According to consulting firm Interbrand's recently released top 100 Global Brands list, Apple is actually ranked number 8, behind Microsoft, Google, and Intel. And this is an improvement from its previous year's ranking.