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Devs Will Get to Put IBM's Watson Through Its Paces
November 14, 2013
IBM plans to open up its Watson cognitive platform, allowing developers to access it in the cloud starting next year. The technology is based on its Watson supercomputer. Participants will build apps incorporating Watson's cognitive computing intelligence. A cognitive computing system is "capable of continually learning and refining itself through human/computer interaction," said IBM's Rob High.
Metacloud's Steve Curry: We Need a Better Cloud Storage Model
November 12, 2013
The popularity of cloud storage is growing rapidly, and few would deny that open source technology is driving individual and business users to the clouds in droves. Yet enterprise adoption decisions are often hindered by competing technologies for public and private clouds. Often, it is less a question of open or closed source and more an issue of service and cost.
Devs Bright-Eyed and Bushy-Tailed for Glass Hackathon
November 08, 2013
Google has invited developers to a hackathon that will give them a chance to learn more about the Google Glass platform. The company sent invitations on Wednesday to an event scheduled for Nov. 19 and 20 at Google's San Francisco Basecamp, where eager developers will hear about the next phase of the Glass Developer Platform. Google will be reaching out to more developers in the coming months.
Prophets of Doom Prod Apple to Reveal Its True Self
November 07, 2013
Apple has delivered a delightful mix of products and profits this year, all the while facing skepticism from various quarters over its strategies, plans and abilities to take over the world -- especially the part with low-end, cheap markets. Apple also has been caught up in the scrutiny of tech companies that work with various law enforcement agencies to turn over customer data.
Motorola Launches 'Have It Your Way' Smartphone Project
October 29, 2013
Motorola's making a big splash with the launch of Project Ara, an ambitious, open source hardware initiative that allows consumers to customize their entire phone, down to the specific components and display. Ara's approach centers around an endoskeleton, or "endo," that is the core frame holding the other components together. Consumers will be able to swap modules however they like.
JFrog's Fred Simon: It's All About Developer Freedom and Faster Build Time
October 29, 2013
For software developers, success is being able to maximize their chosen programming language to speed up build time. Almost as important is being able to speed up product distribution. In order to accomplish those goals, software developers need a better distribution system and access to other developers' code to build in compatibility and integration.
New Relic Analytics Aims to Speed IT Problem Solving
October 28, 2013
New Relic last week previewed Rubicon, a new software analytics tool that aims to let companies use live application data to provide clear, actionable business insights across an organization. "This isn't analyzing consumer data, sales data or anything like that," noted tech analyst Jim McGregor. "It's just analyzing how an IT system is running in terms of resources and data it's using."
Cost Control, Security Top Federal IT Managers' Worry Lists
October 25, 2013
The tough political bargaining over the federal budget underscored by the recent government shutdown portends a continuing emphasis on keeping the cost of government under control. As federal agencies resume full operations after the budget and debt ceiling hiatus, it is clear that the goal of getting more for less" will continue to be a major theme for the IT specialists managing federal budgets.
A Hacker by Any Other Name Might Have Escaped Data Seizure
October 24, 2013
The United States District Court for the District of Idaho has ordered the seizure of data from the computers of white hat hacking firm South Fork Security in response to a lawsuit brought by Battelle. Battelle alleges Southfork's cofounder, Corey Thuen, copied an application called "Sophia" that he helped develop while working at Battelle, and then planned to sell it as an open source product.
Fall Roundup
October 24, 2013
There's a lot going on right now that bodes well for next year. It's amazing to even say this in October, but the evidence I've seen points to a busy new year. Companies are spending money on marketing and sales like they have not in several years. Venture capitalists are putting their capital to work, and some emerging companies are telling me they didn't actually need the cash they've taken.
Obduction Comes Out of the Myst
October 23, 2013
Way back in 1993, a little exploratory puzzle mystery game called Myst was released for the Mac. It took off to become one of the best-selling -- and moodiest -- games ever, expanding to a variety of other platforms. The creators followed up with Riven, and now, 20 years after Myst, they are using Kickstarter to launch a new indie-developed game, Obduction.
Consumers Urged to Wait for Healthcare Website to Heal Itself
October 23, 2013
The only upside for the Obama administration in the troubled launch of the health insurance marketplace is that it is still early days for the program. On Oct. 1, the government rolled out its vehicle for providing health insurance to persons currently without coverage. The rollout featured the launch of HealthCare.gov -- a website where consumers can purchase a policy online.
Devs Can Get New One-Armed Robot on the Cheap
October 22, 2013
Unbounded Robotics unveiled the UBR-1 on Monday, a $35,000 platform designed to provide engineers with functional robot hardware to aid development of apps for the device. The company is a spinoff of Willow Garage, which launched the PR2, a $400,000 robot that in addition to functioning in manufacturing and service environments, could do the laundry, file paperwork or open the door.
Cloud Providers Vie for a Government Edge
October 18, 2013
While the federal market for cloud technologies promises to be a prime opportunity for vendors, it is becoming clear that providers cannot expect the phone to ring with orders from federal agencies. Instead, vendors will have to make investments in product development, marketing and other activities related to the IT requirements of federal agencies.
Oracle Unleashes the Mother of All Security Patches
October 17, 2013
Oracle has released a whopper of a critical patch update for October, with 127 security fixes across several of the company's products. Of these, 51 are fixes for Java SE, and all but one of those will allow remote exploitation of a computer without authentication. Oracle recommends the patch be applied as soon as possible, as many of the vulnerabilities cross product family lines.
Ahrendts Pick Bodes Well for a Fresh Apple Store Experience
October 17, 2013
I never would have imagined that I would jump on the bandwagon for the CEO of a British luxury fashion company, but here I am preparing to gush over Angela Ahrendts, who will take over Apple's retail store operations in early 2014. Apple CEO Tim Cook made the announcement Monday, and the first thing that came to mind was that the massively male executive team at Apple was finally choosing a woman.
Post-M&A, It's Time to Sync Up Your Channel Marketing Content
October 16, 2013
In the world of small business, mergers and acquisitions are a dime a dozen. For marketing organizations, however, they can cost a lot more in terms of the effort required to communicate them effectively. M&As mean integrating two separate brands into a unified message -- one that must then be collated into hundreds of pieces of collateral and distributed to a broad range of global constituents.
MediaFire's Derek Labian: Cloud Storage Is an Everyday Need
October 15, 2013
Security and privacy concerns may be far outweighed for many users by the convenience and appeal of the cloud, but users need to view cloud access as more than just another storage utility on the desktop. That's according to Derek Labian, CEO of cloud storage service MediaFire. Instead, cloud users need to focus on cloud performance and application functionality, Labian suggests.
Budget Impasse Creates Rocky Terrain for IT Contractors
October 15, 2013
The impact of the government budget impasse on federal IT operations is likely to be minimal if the duration is relatively short. However, as the suspension of federal agency operations enters its third week, federal IT vendors are finding themselves in an increasingly precarious position. Even if the impasse is resolved in the next week, the issue of federal budget politics is still unnerving for the long term.
Amazon Sweetens the Deal for App Developers
October 10, 2013
Amazon this week unveiled a new program designed to draw third-party developers to the company's platform. Known as "Appstore Developer Select," the program offers incentives such as promotional boosts to developers that optimize their apps or games for the Amazon Appstore and the Fire OS mobile operating system on which the company's Kindle Fire devices run.

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