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Apple Releases Full Page Welcome to IBM 30 Years Ago Yesterday

Apple Releases Full Page Welcome to IBM 30 Years Ago Yesterday

I certainly would have posted about this particular advertisement yesterday, the 30th anniversary of the first IBM PC to the day, but that'd just be rude - and technically this advertisement was released 30 years ago yesterday PLUS two weeks. Today IBM has had 24 hours of glory, and it's time to re-reveal how kind Apple was in welcoming them in to the big show. Each time this anniversary comes around I and we like to consider how the situation has changed and what it meant to the computing world when this ad was released in the very young personal tech world of 1981.

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IBM PC Turns 30 Years Old and We Reminisce About The Very First

IBM PC Turns 30 Years Old and We Reminisce About The Very First

Thirty years ago, the IBM PC was born, and consumers were treated to what for many was the beginning of a new era in home electronics. It was August 12th, 1981 - not the first time anyone had owned their first personal computer, as the MITS Altair 8800 had already been released in 1975, the Apple II and Commodore PET had been released in 1977, RadioShack had a "Model 1" somewhere in there, and the first Ataris (800 and 400) had been released in 1979. All of this was punched directly in the nose by what everyone in the computing business in the time would agree was the most trusted and perhaps the most important tech group in the world - thirty years ago to the day.

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IBM / NCSA Petascale Supercomputer “Blue Waters” Project Abandoned

IBM / NCSA Petascale Supercomputer “Blue Waters” Project Abandoned

Both the University of Illinois' National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and IBM have cited unforeseen costs and greater than expected complexities amongst reasons for abandoning plans to create a petaflop-speed supercomputer this Monday. A petaflop, for those wondering, is a measure of the processing speed of a computer, that being a thousand trillion floating point operations per second - a computer with such speed capabilities being news in and of itself. Having started the project back in 2008, IBM reports today that it has terminated its four-year "Blue Waters" contract estimated at about $208 million USD, previously expected to have been delivered inside 2011.

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Google buys 1,030 IBM patents to strengthen IP catalog

Google buys 1,030 IBM patents to strengthen IP catalog

Google has confirmed it snapped up a bundle of IBM patents, in a move that is believed to be defensive against the growing number of IP-based lawsuits. The 1,030 patents acquired cover a broad range of technologies, SEO by the Sea reports, including memory and microprocessor chip fabrication/architecture, server and router design, and software programming such as relational databases, object oriented programming and more.

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Nintendo Wii U: Miyamoto talks multiscreen as specs emerge

Nintendo Wii U: Miyamoto talks multiscreen as specs emerge

Nintendo's new Wii U console launched to mixed reactions, some loving the idea of a sizable tablet-style controller, and others longing for the simple days of a Wiimote. We found the new controller curiously compelling in our hands-on play at E3 2011 yesterday, and now Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto has been laying out some of the design and gameplay decisions in a new Iwata Asks feature. Meanwhile, hardware specs for the Wii U are gradually becoming clear.

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Post-PC is Over! (If You Want It)

Post-PC is Over! (If You Want It)

Welcome to the future, the one past Dr Frink's vision for computers so large and so expensive that only the five richest kings of Europe would own them. This is a misquote, in so many words, of Thomas John Watson, Sr., president of IBM from 1914 until 1956, a period of some earth-shattering growth. Of course Watson, in his infinite wisdom as the world's greatest salesman, could never have predicted an environment such as the one we live in today where Post-PC doesn't mean that the stationary computer is gone, it means that the PC plays an inalienable role in a much bigger scheme of form factors, interfaces, and ways of connecting these devices via digital means.

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The Five Technologies That Impacted My Life

The Five Technologies That Impacted My Life

Late last year several of SlashGear’s distinguished columnists wrote a similar column highlighting some of the key technologies that shaped their life. I thought it would be great to bring this series back and write a similar column on my own personal technological pilgrimage. Many of these are more representations of a more fundamental element of computing that has broadened my horizon and got me to where I am today.

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IBM describes child-monitoring bear that keeps them from playing too rough

IBM describes child-monitoring bear that keeps them from playing too rough

If you hang out with young kids for very long you will quickly realize that in the mind of a toddler everything they see belongs to them. If you don’t give a toddler what they want, one of two things will commonly happen. They will scream and cry or they will punch you to get what they want. It can be hard to tech a kid that they need to not play rough with their pals.

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IBM and Nuance – “Dr. Watson is on his way”

IBM and Nuance – “Dr. Watson is on his way”

This week IBM's Watson has been going up against Jeopardy champs in the Jeopardy challenge. Now, IBM has announced that it will collaborate with Nuance to apply Watson's advanced analytics to the healthcare industry. The initiative will combine IBM's Deep Question Answering (QA), Natural Language Processing, and Machine Learning capabilities with Nuance's speech recognition technology and Clinical Language Understanding solutions. They hope to assist doctors in making patient diagnoses, by helping them to process large amounts of information more quickly.

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