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  • Real World Got You Down? IBM Invites You To A Virtual Forbidden City.

    Can’t afford a ticket to China to go visit the Forbidden City? Well, now all you need is your computer. IBM, which is a big believer in virtual worlds, and China’s Palace Museum have created an exact replica of the 178-acre Forbidden City. After working meticulously for three years to recreate every building and thousands of major artifacts, the virtual Forbidden City is now… Read More

  • IBM and AMD: "First to 22nm!" Intel: "Big whoop"

    Well! IBM and AMD are certainly proud of themselves today! They’ve been working on a 22nm SRAM cell, two generations ahead of the current 45nm process. The devices developed and manufactured by AMD, Freescale, IBM STMicroelectronics, Toshiba and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) were built in a traditional six-transistor design on a 300 mm wafer and had a memory… Read More

  • Jajah Launches Instant Chinese/English Voice Translation

    Jajah, a popular VoIP service provider, has released a new English/Chinese translation service called JAJAH.Babel just in time for the Olympic Games. The service, which was developed in conjunction with IBM, allows users to call a free number to get a near-instant translation of spoken sentences. The service isn’t meant for voice calls abroad – instead, it’s a handheld… Read More

  • IBM's "PENSIEVE" Project to Digitize Business Cards

    Take a look at the video above (which oddly reminds me of the early 90s) and you’ll see that IBM has taken a page from Evernote’s book. Its research labs have been working on a project codenamed “PENSIEVE” that promises to algorithmically construct digital address books from photographs of business cards and the people they represent. While not production ready for at… Read More

  • IBM And Second Life Announce Interoperability, But Bridging Virtual Worlds Is the Wrong Answer

    Virtual worlds like Second Life have a silo issue—they are virtual worlds unto themselves. Today, Linden Lab (which operates Second Life) and IBM announced that they have successfully bridged two virtual worlds, with avatars from Second Life successfully “teleporting” to an entirely different metaverse based on an OpenSim server. The two companies have been working together… Read More

  • Google Tops Reputation Survey in U.S.; No. 2 Worldwide. Do You Agree? Vote In The TechCrunch Reputation Poll.

    Which Companies Do You Trust Or Admire The Most?
    ( surveys) Who do you trust more, Google or Toyota? The answer might depend on where you live. In its annual corporate reputation survey of 60,000 people worldwide, the Reputation Institute finds that Google scores highest in the U.S., but is No. 2 worldwide after Toyota. On the global list, Ikea is No. 3, Johnson & Johnson is No. 5… Read More

  • The future of Moore's law: IBM's chief technologist weighs in

    Trouble ahead, captain! Before ten years is out, our pattern of reducing the size of semiconductors (for example, the move to 45nm from 65nm with Penryn) every two years or so is going to hit a brick wall. In a few more shrinks, we’ll be approaching 10nm, at which point quantum mechanics begin to take over and reality gets all wobbly. So what’s next? IBM’s chief technologist… Read More

  • Interesting: 3D chips with microscopic water cooling


    Chips these days are pretty much flat. And I’m not talking about tortilla chips. They call those silicon things wafers for a reason: all those little gates and channels are lying flat in a single layer. Chipmakers know that you can stack chips on top of each other and multiply your computing power due to the decreased distance the signal has to travel (I’m kind of at the edge of… Read More

  • Scoop: Job Cuts at PHP Startup Zend Could Be Aimed With An Eye Towards a Sale

    Israeli startup Zend Technologies has fired 25 percent of its R&D team (at least ten people), as well as others across the company, in an attempt to become cash flow positive, says a source close to the company. Zend offers its own distribution of PHP, the popular open-source scripting language for Web applications. It sells software and support services around that (just as Red Hat does… Read More

  • 1983: Byte Magazine reviews the very first Compaq clone PC – 28 pounds and portable!


    I’ll let the article do the talking here. Who doesn’t love this vintage computing stuff? I hardly understand most of it since I grew up with DOS, Windows 3.1 and Mac OS 6 more than anything else, but it’s great to take a trip to the deeper past every once in a while. My favorite part: The Compaq computer is designed to be portable, and although it weighs 28 pounds, it… Read More

  • IBM's Cognos now available through your BlackBerry


    This service, at least to me, seems to be geared towards a small market of the population, but I’m sure those of you who do you use Cognos will be happy to know that you’ll be able to access the IBM software from your BlackBerry. For those not in the know, Cognos allows your minions to “view real-time analytics on the state of your business.” IBM has also released… Read More

  • Video: Meet IBM's Newton

    This is a promotional video for a “home robot”, and it is awesome. You must watch this all the way through, and then you must comment below. Has anyone ever seen one of these? As always, you’re very welcome. Read More

  • IBM readies new smaller, water-cooled server series

    IBM may be out of the personal computer business it helped start, but it’s still making computers, mostly business servers. It plans this summer to launch a new data center server line called iDataPlex, which is aimed to compete with traditional rack servers. It’s aimed at Web 2.0 companies that need lots of processing power but don’t have a lot of space. They’re meant… Read More

  • IBM creates super-fast memory

    IBM has allegedly developed a new type of digital storage that could greatly increase the capacity of portable devices, while reducing their price. “Racetrack” memory, as this technology is called, uses spinning electrons to store more data and enables these systems to operate faster than regular hard drives. This technology is similar to flash memory in that it has no moving… Read More

  • IBM develops new memory that holds 100 times more data than current memory

    Thanks to IBM scientists—who says Intel does all the heavy lifting these days?—we may soon have portable devices that can hold more than 100 times more data than they currently do. The comparison that’s been thrown around is, imagine an iPod with a 500,000 song capacity. (The iPod classic holds 40,000 songs.) Nirvana, I agree. IBM’s calling the new type of memory… Read More

  • Amazon Web Services Gets Another Hiccup

    Amazon’s Web Services experienced another hiccup today. Early this morning, its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) went down for about an hour for at least some customers in the U.S. This follows a major outage of its S3 storage service in February. Companies big and small use EC2 as a virtual data center to run jobs on Amazon’s computers. Customers began reporting problems on the… Read More

  • Yahoo Search Wants to Be More Like Google, Embraces Hadoop

    Yahoo is following in Google’s footsteps again in search. Today, it is shifting a crucial part of its search engine to Hadoop, software that handles large-scale distributed computing tasks particularly well. Hadoop is an open-source implementation of Google’s MapReduce software and file system. It takes all the links on the Web found by a search engine’s crawlers and… Read More

  • IBM reduces Cell processor's power consumption, PS3 to benefit

    [photopress:cellpp.jpg,full,center] An international solid state circuit conference, which sounds super fun, has been going on this past week. One thing that we should care about is IBM’s announcement that it has figured out a way to shrink the Cell processor that’s used in the PS3, cutting its power consumption in half (or just about). Following the imaginary flow chart, less… Read More

  • OpenID Welcomes Microsoft, Google, Verisign and IBM

    As anticipated by TechCrunch UK in early January, OpenID is welcoming some big new partners to the club – Microsoft, Google, Verisign and IBM (TechCrunch UK anticipated all but Microsoft). Google has been dabbling with OpenID for some time with its Blogger platform (and Brad Fitzpatrick, the creator of OpenID, is now a Google employee). Yahoo also announced support for OpenID earlier… Read More

  • IBM Acquires Storage Company XIV For $350 Million

    IBM has acquired Israeli based data storage technology company XIV for what is believed to be $350 million. XIV’s main product Nextra is a storage system based on a grid of standard hardware components. XIV will become part of the IBM System Storage business unit of the IBM Systems and Technology Group. Andy Monshaw, general manager for IBM System Storage said that the acquisition of… Read More