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IBM, SoftBank team up to tech Watson Japanese

IBM, SoftBank team up to tech Watson Japanese

IBM’s Watson knows quite a bit — enough to compete on Jeopardy. A brilliant database of info, Watson isn’t so great at other languages. To help with learning Japanese, IBM has enlisted the help of SoftBank to train Watson in Japanese. The aim of this partnership is to bring Watson to a new enterprise space; beyond that, IBM and SoftBank either don’t specifically know what they will do with Watson, or just aren’t saying. What they do know is that Watson needs to learn the native tongue before anything else.

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IBM: Christmas big for online shopping, iOS destroys Android again

IBM: Christmas big for online shopping, iOS destroys Android again

Christmas means a lot of things to a lot of people, but one undercurrent is noticeable: shopping. Though most stores are shut for the day, we can still go online, and we’ve likely got a series of gift cards in-hand which give us license to buy. In our mobile world, location doesn’t matter much, either. Great apps from retailers mean the mobile shopping experience is often better than on the desktop, and the latest numbers from IBM reflect as much, showing mobile shopping traffic is on the rise.

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IBM and NVIDIA give US supercomputers a brain boost

IBM and NVIDIA give US supercomputers a brain boost

US supercomputers are having to grow up, with a wider set of tasks the machines at Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge National Laboratories are being asked to do by the researchers, national security teams, and others given access to them demanding a change in architecture in order to keep them flexible. IBM and NVIDIA are upgrading two supercomputers - Sierra at Lawrence Livermore, and Summit at Oak Ridge - using IBM's support for the open-source OpenPOWER standard, increasing the interconnect speed of the CPU and GPU processors responsible for doing all the heavy-duty crunching. In fact, so the companies claim, there'll be as much as a tenfold cut in processing time for real-world applications.

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AppleCare for Enterprise site goes live

AppleCare for Enterprise site goes live

Apple and IBM partnered up this past summer on a big enterprise effort, and as part of that an AppleCare for Enterprise site has gone live, indicating that the service is now available to applicable customers. Apple details what users can expect, with everything from always-available phone support to the promised onsite repairs and device coverage. No information is provided on the pricing of such (those interested are directed to get in contact for a quote), but we've got all the details for you after the jump.

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IBM SyNAPSE: The neuron-inspired future of computing

IBM SyNAPSE: The neuron-inspired future of computing

A computer chip that thinks like a neuron in the human brain and sips a fraction of the power of traditional processors could finally open the door to cognitive computing, IBM researchers claim today. Dubbed IBM SyNAPSE, the groundbreaking chip squeezes a million "programmable neurons" and 256 million "programmable synapses" into something the size of a postage stamp, but which could one day allow for advanced digital versions of human senses.

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Apple and IBM create MobileFirst to tackle enterprise

Apple and IBM create MobileFirst to tackle enterprise

Apple and IBM have teamed up to “transform enterprise mobility” via apps. The two companies will combine their efforts, and bring a new class of enterprise-focussed apps designed to “redefine the way work will get done”.

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Lenovo says strike in China is IBM’s problem

Lenovo says strike in China is IBM’s problem

In January, IBM and Lenovo entered into a deal that would see Lenovo buying the low-end x86 server business from IBM. The deal meant that Lenovo would also be acquiring manufacturing facilities in China along with a number of new employees. Over the last week or so about 1000 workers at one of the facilities that Lenovo would get in the purchase have been on strike.

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IBM wants Watson in a smartphone with app challenge

IBM wants Watson in a smartphone with app challenge

IBM is throwing open the cognitive computing power of Watson to mobile developers, setting up a new challenge to create apps that take advantage of the supercomputer's natural language processing, machine-learning, and ability to process huge qualities of data in seconds. The IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge, which will be accepting entries over the next three months, is looking for the best consumer and enterprise applications for the supercomputer that beat Jeopardy, as it tries to encourage adoption of its APIs.

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AT&T and IBM team on Smart Cities with see-everything IoT tech

AT&T and IBM team on Smart Cities with see-everything IoT tech

AT&T and IBM are teaming up for the Internet of Things (IoT) on a huge scale, planning to outfit smart cities with cameras, roads, utility meters, and more that can all intercommunicate as residents and cars move around them. The "global alliance" will see AT&T and IBM first look at gathering and crunching Big Data from cities and utilities, potentially integrating news of traffic jams, parking lot congestion, where police and other emergency services are located, and even social media reports from those living or working in the city to dynamically shape urban planning.

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IBM scores DARPA contract to develop self-destructing VAPR

IBM scores DARPA contract to develop self-destructing VAPR

IBM has been in the news frequently this month, the latest of which involves a new contract with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency -- better known as DARPA -- to bring its Vanishing Programmable Resources (VAPR) to reality, making self-destructing electronics a variable technology.

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IBM’s Watson supercomputer uses social media to profile users

IBM’s Watson supercomputer uses social media to profile users

IBM's Watson supercomputer has been tasked with profiling users from one side of the Internet to the other, using information it gathers from social media accounts to learn about individuals. This information can then be used by service providers and similar to best reach out to customers and potential customers, and could also be used by advertisers.

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Twitter acquires 900 IBM patents

Twitter acquires 900 IBM patents

Late last year, Twitter was on the receiving end of a letter from IBM claiming the microblogging website was infringing on three of its vast trove of patents. IBM proposed an amicable "business resolution" to the budding legal dispute -- teaspoon of honey and all that -- and it seems such a resolution has been struck, with Twitter acquiring more than 900 of the company's patents.

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