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Google’s New AI Will Beat You at Video Games

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Google has created artificial intelligence software that can play video games better than you. The project originated in DeepMind Technologies, a machine-learning startup that Google acquired in 2014 for $500 million. Of course, Google didn’t blow a cool half-billion on a company whose sole goal is building software capable of playing retro Atari games with the speed and skill of an over-caffeinated 15-year-old; in theory, a system capable of mastering a game like Pong on its own can also learn… continue…

IBM Thinks Data Can Improve Football Stadiums

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IBM has spent years highlighting its data-analytics capabilities in the context of professional sports. At the U.S. Open tennis tournament, for example, it sets up “digital walls” that display players’ chances of winning, among other data points. But now Big Blue plans on taking its sports relationship to a whole new level. According to Bloomberg, IBM is weaving its products into the infrastructure of an under-construction stadium in Atlanta. Not only will IBM technology manage essential services such as security… continue…

Linux Kernel’s Biggest Backers: Corporations

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Corporations love Linux. That’s the conclusion of a new report released by the Linux Foundation, which suggested that some 11,800 individual developers from 1,200 companies have contributed to the kernel over the past decade. “The Linux kernel, thus, has become a common resource developed on a massive scale by companies which are fierce competitors in other areas,” the report summarized. Intel is the top corporate developer by number of contributed changes to the kernel, followed by Red Hat, Linaro, Samsung,… continue…

Good Economy Equals Tech Pros Jumping Jobs

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IT professionals seem to feel more comfortable about their economic security these days, and a lot of them are looking around for new jobs, increasing competition among employers for tech pros. According to a new survey, conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Randstad Technology, some 41 percent of U.S. IT workers said they’re likely to seek new employment opportunities over the next 12 months, while 52 percent said they were confident in their ability to find a new… continue…

IBM Layoff Rumors Fly Fast and Furious

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Rumors are flying fast and furious that IBM will lay off more than 100,000 workers sometime in the next few weeks. But news sources are reporting that the cuts will more likely be on the level of 10,000 jobs. The original report of mega-layoffs came from Robert X. Cringely, a self-described “Silicon Valley iconoclast,” who wrote in Forbes about an IBM reorganization codenamed Project Chrome. In Cringely’s telling, Project Chrome will result in the layoffs of 26 percent of IBM’s… continue…

In Silicon Valley, Some Giants Are Hiring

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What’s New This Quarter In Silicon Valley, everyone wants to be associated with the Next Big Thing. “In the Bay Area, I’m finding that SaaS and e-commerce based companies seem to be defining the current hiring status quo for other local companies and industries,” said Alyssa Seidman, recruiting director for recruiting firm Randstad Technologies. “They tend to have the most progressive environments and the ability to attract and afford the best talent.” That means companies in other industries, such as… continue…

Apple’s New iPads Face a Challenging Market

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Apple has kicked off production on its next generation of iPads, according to a new report from Bloomberg. In addition to a new version of the full-sized iPad, Apple reportedly has a refresh of the 7.9-inch iPad Mini in the works. Bloomberg’s anonymous sources believe the devices will arrive on store shelves by the end of 2014, where they will join a new iPhone (which Apple could unveil Sept. 9) and the long-rumored “iWatch.” Click here to find iOS-developer jobs.… continue…

IBM Trying to Make a ‘Human’ Computer Chip

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While even a modestly powered processor can crunch numbers at speeds much greater than anything possible by the human brain, our grey matter possesses unique abilities that have (at least so far) eluded all attempts to replicate in silicon, such as intuitive leaps and creativity. A machine can calculate Pi to the millionth digit, but if you want a truly off-the-wall solution to a perplexing conundrum, you’ll need a human being (preferably jacked up on a lot of caffeine). After… continue…

How IBM’s Apple Deal Could Affect You

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Apple and IBM have joined in a global partnership that will see Big Blue pushing iOS devices to its enterprise customers, while Apple focuses on the creation of industry-specific native apps. In addition, IBM will tweak its cloud services, including analytics and IT security, for iOS. Apple, which already has a significant presence in the enterprise, will build a business-centric AppleCare service-and-support hub. Both tech firms will, presumably, profit. Click here to find mobile development jobs. “For the first time… continue…

How Would You Respond If Watson Did Your Performance Review?

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An Oxford University study titled The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerisation? concludes than nearly half of American jobs are at risk of being computerized within two decades. Positions that were once thought immune to the trend could be taken over by computers and robots.­ The first of these professions are in logistics, transportation and administrative support. Jobs like engineering, creativity and social intelligence could potentially be automated in the longer term. Click here to find robotics-related… continue…