Over the past few weeks, you’ve been inundated with news about Thanksgiving, Christmas and Black Friday sales events. It can be overwhelming, but thanks to IBM’s new Watson Trend app, you can begin planning your shopping excursions based on which items you need to pick up first, before anything on your list sells out. More →
IBM, at one time a Windows PC heavyweight, is now deploying Macs internally and is seeing a precipitous drop in helpdesk calls. More →
Following up on Apple and IBM’s landmark 2014 deal to jointly create iOS apps and introduce more iPhones and iPads into the enterprise, the two companies earlier this year struck a similar deal whereby IBM agreed to deploy at least 50,000 Macs to employees across the company by the end of the year.
So far, just a few months into the program, IBM employees seem to be enjoying their Macs, and notably, are experiencing way fewer problems on it than their PC counterparts. What’s more, IBM is finding that supporting the Mac is much cheaper than supporting PCs.
It’s becoming increasingly clear that by looking at a patient’s DNA data with help of modern computers, physicians will be able to better adapt treatments for all sorts of complex diseases. A new Reuters report reveals that cancer treatments might soon see huge improvements with help of one such computer, IBM’s Watson, which is a machine you might already be familiar with.
Watson beat two Jeopardy! champions in 2011. Now, 14 cancer institutes from the U.S. and Canada will use the supercomputer in an effort to create personalized cancer treatments derived from DNA analyses. More →
At the conclusion of this year’s WWDC, I remarked that the Apple of 2014 was starkly different from the Apple which had showed itself at events in prior years. For the first time, Apple had let its guard down with iOS, inviting developers to build third-party keyboards, invade the Notification Center drop-down screen, and talk openly about the changes in iOS 8. Refreshing doesn’t even begin to describe it.
But, as they say, actions speak a lot louder than words on a Keynote slide. This week’s blockbuster deal between one of the most influential outfits in consumer electronics (Apple) and an absolute behemoth in the enterprise space (IBM) speaks volumes about the former’s willingness to look beyond Cupertino for solutions. Pundits have been wondering where Apple’s next revenue hike would come from, and as it turns out, it may arrive from solutions created in conjunction with companies it used to call rivals. More →
Apple and IBM used to be the bitterest of arch-rivals in the personal computer market in the ’80s but now they’re teaming up to help bring iOS to more enterprise customers than ever before. Re/code reports that Apple and IBM have agreed to an exclusive new partnership that will “help companies deploy wireless devices and business-specific applications to run on them” using iOS as the primary platform. More →
IBM’s famous Watson supercomputer might be able to pummel the competition at Jeopardy, but the intelligent computer isn’t exactly a champion when it comes to generating revenue. In a recent report from The Wall Street Journal, the paper says that IBM CEO Virginia Rometty projected on a conference call this past October that Watson will generate $1 billion in revenue annually by 2018, and $10 billion in total sales over the next 10 years. On the same call, however, Rometty said that Watson’s cumulative revenue as of October 2013 was just $100 million despite the fact that the company has spent the past three years trying to turn Watson into a moneymaker. WSJ says that IBM remains confident that Waston will become one of its most important innovations ever, though, and current use cases include using Watson to power customer service systems and as the brains for various cloud-based apps and services.
Remember how excited many in the tech world were when a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers unveiled new legislation that would curb the power of patent trolls? Well it doesn’t take long for good ideas to die in Washington and The Washington Post reports that a key part of the proposed legislation has already been cut due in large part to lobbying from tech giants Microsoft and IBM. Apparently the two companies were particularly upset by a provision that would have made it much easier to invalidate low-quality software patents and they succeeded in getting the House Judiciary Committee to scrap it from the reform bill. More →
The days of IBM’s Watson supercomputer being satisfied with being a Jeopardy champion are over. IBM announced on Thursday that it is creating a cloud-based open platform for Watson that it hopes will “enable a worldwide community of software application providers to build a new generation of apps infused with Watson’s cognitive computing intelligence.” Among the many apps that IBM’s platform partners are launching alongside the Watson platform are Fluid, an online retail app that “calls upon Watson’s ability to understand the nuances of human language and uncover answers from Big Data,” and Welltok, a health application that will let consumers have “conversations” with Watson and let it develop a series of health itineraries to meet their needs. IBM’s press release follows below. More →
IBM spoke of shrinking its intelligent supercomputer Watson down to smartphone size last summer, and now it appears that the company is getting close to achieving that goal. Watson, which gained notoriety by famously trouncing two champions on Jeopardy, will not initially come to smartphones as a stand-alone app like Siri or Google Now, though it could eventually give both services a run for their money. Instead, IBM will partner with a number of companies including ANZ Bank, Nielsen, Celcom, IHS, and Royal Bank of Canada, Forbes reports to have Watson power customer service systems for these companies. Watson will initially be accessible though Web chats, email, smartphone apps and SMS, and voice recognition functionality is expected to come in future versions of the offering. Apps that include this new “Ask Watson” feature are expected to begin rolling out in the next few months.