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  • Designing New Mobile Experiences For The Music-Loving Generation Crunch Network

    Designing New Mobile Experiences For The Music-Loving Generation

    As music fans go mobile, music festivals are following suit. The kids in America are rocking out to T-Swift with a Natty Lite in one hand and a mobile phone open to native festival apps in the other. Schedules, venue maps, artists and vendors are all in the palm of partygoers hands. And festivals are even designing other features specifically to engage the throngs of eager event-goers… Read More

  • IBM’s Dr. John Kelly Is Bringing Watson To Disrupt SF

    IBM’s Dr. John Kelly Is Bringing Watson To Disrupt SF

    IBM’s Dr. John Kelly is joining the TechCrunch crew onstage at this year’s Disrupt SF. But he won’t be alone. Instead, Kelly is bringing Watson along with him. Watson is an IBM project that answers questions using artificial intelligence to accept and process natural language queries. It became known to the public for its exploits in the Jeopardy game show, if you recall. Read More

  • Vim On A Typewriter Will Endear You To Grizzled Unix Experts

    Vim On A Typewriter Will Endear You To Grizzled Unix Experts

    There have been many mechanical keyboard solutions in the past few years, most notably an IBM Selectric with serial out that let you klack away like Ada Lovelace directly into a printed email. However, the real Holy Grail has been the ability to transmit mechanical key presses directly to a computer using a few bits of electronics. Well, it’s been done and it’s glorious. An… Read More

  • Linux Foundation Launches Open Mainframe Project

    Linux Foundation Launches Open Mainframe Project

    It’s 2015 and you might think of the mainframe as a vestige of an earlier computing era, but these mega machines still play a role inside large institutions running intensive workloads. And as though to prove its ongoing utility, The Linux Foundation announced it was launching the Open Mainframe Project today, an open source endeavor devoted to helping companies using… Read More

  • IBM Teams With Canonical To Put Ubuntu Linux On Mainframes

    IBM Teams With Canonical To Put Ubuntu Linux On Mainframes

    You might not think that ‘Linux’ and ‘mainframe’ belong in the same sentence, but IBM has been putting various flavors of Linux on its mainframe computers for 15 years. Today IBM and Canonical announced that the two companies were teaming up to build one running Ubuntu Linux. The new unit is called the LinuxOne. The announcement comes as part of a broader strategy… Read More

  • IBM Buying Merge Healthcare For $1B To Bring Medical Image Analysis To Watson Health

    IBM Buying Merge Healthcare For $1B To Bring Medical Image Analysis To Watson Health

    IBM announced a huge deal today, agreeing to pay a billion dollars for Merge Healthcare, a medical imaging company it plans to fold into the Watson Health unit. Merge’s technology is in use in 7500 healthcare facilities in the US, according to information supplied by IBM. The firm processes billions of images such as x-rays, MRIs and CT scans with 30 billion images processed to-date… Read More

  • CVS Health Taps IBM’s Watson To Predict Patient Health Decline Before It Happens

    CVS Health Taps IBM’s Watson To Predict Patient Health Decline Before It Happens

    CVS and IBM have teamed up to stop chronic diseases patients from having a medical emergency before it gets to that point. The pharmacy will use Watson, IBM’s cognitive computing technology, to predict chronic disease patients in danger based on red flag behaviors. Read More

  • Software For The Full-Stack Era Crunch Network

    Software For The Full-Stack Era

    The history of software is dominated by companies that automated how the biggest companies in the world did business. IBM automated clerical tasks, SAP unified corporate financials, and Siebel digitized Rolodexes for relationship-driven salespeople. With that focus in mind, it’s no wonder that many of the world’s largest technology companies survive based on their ties to IT… Read More

  • IBM Acquires Database-As-A-Service Startup Compose

    IBM Acquires Database-As-A-Service Startup Compose

    IBM today announced that it has acquired Compose, the Y Combinator-backed database-as-a-service startup originally known as MongoHQ. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Compose had raised $6.4 million since it launched in 2010 — most of it in a Series A round in 2012 that was led by Trinity Ventures. Read More

  • Cazena Raises $20M Series B For Its Enterprise Big Data-As-A-Service Platform

    Cazena Raises $20M Series B For Its Enterprise Big Data-As-A-Service Platform

    Cazena, a new platform that wants to make it easier for enterprises to process their data, today announced that it has raised a $20 million Series B round led by Formation 8. Other participants include Andreessen Horowitz and North Bridge Venture Partners, who both also participated in the company’s $8 million series A round last October. Read More

  • IBM Drops 4% After Reporting Lackluster Q2 Revenue Of $20.8B

    IBM Drops 4% After Reporting Lackluster Q2 Revenue Of $20.8B

    Today following the end of regular trading, IBM reported its second-quarter financial performance, including revenue of $20.8 billion and adjusted earnings per share of $3.84. Using normal accounting methods, IBM had a slimmer $3.58 per-share profit. The street had expected the enterprise firm to generate $3.78 of adjusted per-share profit on revenue of $20.95 billion of revenue. According… Read More

  • One Year Later Apple And IBM Remain Oddest Couple In Tech

    One Year Later Apple And IBM Remain Oddest Couple In Tech

    It was just a year ago today, that Apple and IBM shocked the world when they announced a partnership. Apple, the consummate consumer company was teaming up with IBM, the quintessential buttoned-down corporation with an enterprise pedigree. It seemed to be the oddest of odd couples, but one year in and 32 apps later, the partnership seems to be flourishing and giving both companies… Read More

  • Tips For Finding Success As A Female Engineer Crunch Network

    Tips For Finding Success As A Female Engineer

    It was apparent from the first time I took a computer programming class in high school that it was one of the few subjects that really excited me. Initially, it was just an option I was trying out, but I soon knew that engineering was what I wanted to major in and pursue for my lifelong career. The thing I love most about engineering is that there are limitless opportunities to do meaningful… Read More

  • Box Joins The Establishment

    Box Joins The Establishment

    Box was once the intrepid upstart, but its recent announcements underscore the company’s growing maturity. By our measure, the publicly traded company is now clearly a member of the enterprise establishment. In the last few weeks, Box has formed close partnerships with the sort of companies its CEO Aaron Levie once made fun of — Microsoft and IBM. Yet these partnerships are… Read More

  • Box And IBM Ink Wide-Ranging Cloud Partnership

    Box And IBM Ink Wide-Ranging Cloud Partnership

    IBM is going Levie. This evening, Box and IBM announced a partnership that will see their technologies integrated, and their cloud products commingled. As part of the arrangement, Box will also offer its customers the ability to store their data on IBM’s cloud, which will have — I checked with the firm — 46 data centers around the world by the end of the year. The deal has… Read More

  • Apple Taps MobileIron To Help It Deploy iPad Apps Into The Enterprise

    Apple Taps MobileIron To Help It Deploy iPad Apps Into The Enterprise

    Apple is working with mobile device management shop MobileIron to help deploy applications into the enterprise. The collaborative effort is part of a larger enterprise push by Apple that has it working with IBM and a number of other firms that sell products into the enterprise. Read More

  • IBM Pours Researchers And Resources Into Apache Spark Project

    IBM Pours Researchers And Resources Into Apache Spark Project

    IBM today pledged it would devote 3500 researchers to the open source big data project, Apache Spark. It also announced that it was open sourcing its own IBM SystemML machine learning technology in a move designed to help push it to the forefront of big data and machine learning. These two technologies are part of the IBM transformation strategy that includes cloud, big data, analytics and… Read More

  • Piston Goes To Cisco, Blue Box to IBM As OpenStack Consolidation Accelerates

    Piston Goes To Cisco, Blue Box to IBM As OpenStack Consolidation Accelerates

    Cisco announced this morning it has purchased private cloud — and OpenStack — specialist Piston Cloud Computing. The acquisition comes on the heels of its Metacloud purchase last Fall, and the acquisition marks the latest OpenStack startup to get scooped up as the market consolidation continues. Meanwhile IBM grabbed the OpenStack private-cloud service Blue Box, another… Read More

  • As OpenStack Matures, IBM Wants A Piece Of The Action

    As OpenStack Matures, IBM Wants A Piece Of The Action

    IBM hasn’t been shy about its ambitions to transform into a cloud company, building up a broad portfolio of infrastructure, platform and software services. Part of that strategy has been to be intimately involved with OpenStack, the open source cloud platform. This week at the project’s biannual conference in Vancouver, IBM announced it was expanding its OpenStack… Read More

  • IBM’s Watson Wants To Help Pick A Therapist For You

    IBM’s Watson Wants To Help Pick A Therapist For You

    Gone are the days of physically taking yourself to a new therapist and hoping it’s a good match. IBM is working with text therapy startup Talkspace to help find the best therapist for you within its list of online counseling specialists. But it could also help the IBM Watson computer to make clinical decisions in the future. Talkspace is a text-based therapy platform that aims to… Read More

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