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Watson Becomes Available for App Developers

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Watson, the IBM supercomputer that won $1 million playing Jeopardy in 2011, is now becoming available to app developers. The system that was built for Jeopardy was not your everyday PC. With 2,880 cores and 16 TB of RAM running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11, it cost roughly $3 million. Its processing speed can read a million books a second, approximately 500 GB of data. On the day of the TV show, it had 200 million pages of structured and… continue…

IBM and Colleges Partner on Security, Big Data

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IBM is partnering with colleges and universities to prepare workers for the jobs it needs filled, especially in areas like cybersecurity and Big Data. The company provides technology and materials to the schools, and students come out trained and comfortable with its tools. Another eleven schools recently joined Big Blue’s Cyber Security Innovation Program: Fordham University, Georgia Institute of Technology, San Jose State University, Southern Methodist University, Technische Universitat Darmstadt in Germany, Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore, Universidad Cenfotec in Costa… continue…

IBM Wants to Make Watson the Next Big App Platform

IBM is attempting to transform Watson from a supercomputing star into an app platform for third-party developers. continue…

IBM Plans Hundreds of Hires in Austin

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IBM has opened a design studio in Austin and plans to add hundreds of jobs over the next five years. The company’s General Manager of Design Phil Gilbert called the studio “a broad ambitious new approach to re-imagining how we design our products and solutions.” He said the goal is to “modernize enterprise software for today’s users, who demand great design everywhere, at home and at work.” For years, workers used to consumer products at home have wondered why their… continue…

IBM Facing a Tough Battle for Federal Contracts

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Despite FedRAMP approval and other big-ticket initiatives, IBM faces a fiercer fight for federal IT contracts. continue…

IBM’s Project Neo Aims to Make Visualization Easy

The project is just one of several competing efforts to render data analytics more accessible to everyday workers. continue…

Wearable Electronics Could Spark Healthcare IT Concerns

Watches and bracelets feeding tons of healthcare data to the cloud could raise questions about privacy and security. continue…

Food Lion Parent Outsourcing Some Tech Jobs to IBM

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Supermarket chain Food Lion’s parent company, Delhaize America, is outsourcing its data center operations to IBM, according to the Salisbury Post. A spokesperson for the company said that a total of 58 Delhaize employees will be affected — half in its Salisbury, North Carolina, headquarters and half in Scarborough, Maine. An internal memo said Delhaize is also considering outsourcing its network services, help desk, and desktop support functions by the end of 2013, but the company has not yet finalized… continue…

When Will IT Giants Start Dumping Hardware Divisions?

IBM, Oracle, HP and other firms face anemic server and PC sales, with no salvation in sight. How long until they dump hardware entirely? continue…

IBM Making Watson Show Its (Medical) Work

IBM’s WatsonPaths and Watson EMR Assistant are new tools designed to make healthcare analytics more transparent for medical experts. continue…