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Apple’s New iPads Face a Challenging Market

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Apple iPad
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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Brain
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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Watson is Coming to NY
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…

Analytics-Driven Cities: Hype, or the Future?

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Can you make a city smarter? Despite the hype attached to so-called “Big Data,” many cities haven’t yet rushed to embrace the idea of analyzing massive data sets to holistically improve city services. But change on that front could be underway, with Minneapolis, Minn., and Montpellier, France, working with IBM on analytics platforms capable of boosting efficiencies in transportation, water management and emergency services. Click here to find analytics jobs. Minneapolis is using cloud-based pattern discovery to better track metrics… continue…

IBM Working to Make Artificial Intelligence More ‘Natural’

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IBM Watson
Tech companies have spent the past few years experimenting with virtual assistants. Apple’s Siri, for example, allows an iOS user to ask questions and receive spoken answers in return; Google Now also focuses on voice activation, although it tends to present useful information as visuals on “cards” rather than talking back; Microsoft’s Cortana, available with Windows Phone, does its best to learn the user’s personality and respond to needs as they arise. But IBM wants to take things one step… continue…

An ‘Arms Race’ Is Building Over Artificial Intelligence

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Artificial Intelligence
There’s an arms race of sorts under way among tech companies as they apply artificial intelligence to an array of problems and potential markets. Advanced computer processing capacity has cleared the way to teach machines capabilities previously held only by human experts, things like diagnosing diseases and translating languages. Meantime, computer scientists are exploring a host of new capabilities. Among them: knowing what customers want, even before they know they want it, according to the San Jose Mercury News. Click… continue…

Developers: IBM’s App-Building Garage Awaits

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BlueMix
IBM plans on opening its first collaborative “BlueMix Garage” in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood, where it will sit within Galvanize, a “campus” where startups can share space, participate in events and workshops, and network with one another. On paper, the potential benefits of IBM’s arrangement seem obvious: By plugging into one of the hottest startup scenes in the country, and offering a series of classes and mentoring, Big Blue can spark interest in developing for its nascent cloud… continue…

Raleigh Employers Look for Software Developers

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Raleigh
What’s New This Quarter It’s been a tumultuous time for Research Triangle-based employees of both Lenovo and IBM as the two companies work to forge a future that will be profitable for both. After a seventh straight quarterly sales decline, IBM expected to post about $1 billion in “workforce-rebalancing” costs during the first quarter. (A similar plan in 2013 led to some 3,300 layoffs in North America, including hundreds in North Carolina.) Lee Conrad, national coordinator for the employee organization… continue…

Why User Experience Designers Are More Valued Than Ever

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IBM will pump $100 million into consulting services designed to help improve clients’ user experience design (UX). As part of that initiative, Big Blue will open 10 “Interactive Experience” labs at locations around the world, including London, Melbourne, Mexico City, New York, Shanghai, and Tokyo. “There’s no longer any real distinction between business strategy and the design of the user experience,” Bridget van Kralingen, senior vice president of IBM Global Business Services, wrote in a statement. “The last best experience… continue…