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  • IBM And Apple Enterprise Partnership Reaches 100 App Goal

    IBM And Apple Enterprise Partnership Reaches 100 App Goal

    IBM and Apple announced today that they had reached the 100 app milestone in their mobile app partnership. The 100 apps cover the gamut of 60 professional roles across 14 industries and include iPhone, iPad, iPad Pro, Apple Watch and even Apple TV apps, Katharyn White, Vice President of IBM and Apple Partnership for IBM Global Business Services told TechCrunch. Verticals include government… Read More

  • IBM Snags Clearleap Video Service As It Continues To Pick Off Strategic Cloud Properties

    IBM Snags Clearleap Video Service As It Continues To Pick Off Strategic Cloud Properties

    This morning IBM announced it was acquiring Clearleap, a company that gives it enterprise-grade video content management services in the cloud, and which adds another layer to its burgeoning cloud strategy. IBM would not disclose the purchase price. Clearleap, whose customers include HBO, The History Channel, Time Warner Cable and Verizon (the parent company of TechCrunch) provides… Read More

  • WTF
    IBM Asks Women In Tech To Hack Hair Dryers, Women Tweet Back To Tell IBM It’s Not The 1950s

    IBM Asks Women In Tech To Hack Hair Dryers, Women Tweet Back To Tell IBM It’s Not The 1950s

    Looks like IBM needs to reengineer what it thinks about women. A tweet went out on IBM’s official Twitter feed asking women in tech to, I kid you not, “Join the #HackAHairDryer experiment.” Not hack computer software, math problems or something of social impact – a beauty product. According to IBM’s Twitter account, that’s “what matters in… Read More

  • Human Code Project Hack Aims To Demystify Code

    Human Code Project Hack Aims To Demystify Code

    Meet Roslyn Scott and Dalton Scott, a mother and son team who just demoed a neat idea for making code more accessible, here at the Disrupt London 2015 hackathon. Their hack, called the Human Code Project, uses several IBM Watson APIs, including its Natural Language Classifier, to power a search interface for translating JavaScript code terms into plain English. Read More

  • Thanksgiving/Black Friday Online Sales Hit $4.5B, 34% Of Purchases Made On Mobile

    Thanksgiving/Black Friday Online Sales Hit $4.5B, 34% Of Purchases Made On Mobile

    The first two days of the holiday sales period have netted $4.45 billion in U.S. online purchases, with mobile devices — led by smartphones — accounting for a record $1.5 billion of that amount, with $2.72 billion spent on BlackFriday and $1.73 billion on Thanksgiving. The figures come from Adobe, which has been tracking some 4,500 sites, including 80% of the top 100… Read More

  • Thanksgiving Online Sales Top $1.7B, 26% Of Purchases Made On Mobile

    Thanksgiving Online Sales Top $1.7B, 26% Of Purchases Made On Mobile

    Thanksgiving is now in full swing in the U.S., and while many are focused on food and football, some are turning their attention online to kick off their holiday shopping. Adobe, which tracked over 100 million visits to some 4,500 retail sites so far today (including 80% of all online transactions from the top 100 U.S. retailers), says that over $1 billion has been spent so far online… Read More

  • IBM Wants to Help Professional Sports Teams Enter The Digital Age

    IBM Wants to Help Professional Sports Teams Enter The Digital Age

    Say what you will about IBM, they are constantly trying new ways to generate business, and their latest initiative involves helping professional sports team modernize stadium operations and update the way they interact with fans. The project is two-fold. The first part is the Sports and Entertainment Global Consortium, a group of companies coming together to drive infrastructure updates… Read More

  • IBM’s Shopping Spree Continues As It Buys Cloud Brokerage Firm Gravitant

    IBM’s Shopping Spree Continues As It Buys Cloud Brokerage Firm Gravitant

    IBM could have a shopping problem. It’s become the company that can’t say no as it scoops up properties to prop up its cloud strategy. Last week it was The Weather Company. Last month it was Cleversafe and today it was cloud brokerage firm, Gravitant. With Gravitant, it gets cloud brokerage, which helps companies manage cloud purchases across multiple suppliers. IBM plans to fold… Read More

  • IBM Will Acquire The Weather Company’s Digital Business

    IBM Will Acquire The Weather Company’s Digital Business

    IBM announced this morning it’s acquiring The Weather Company, the parent company to the The Weather Channel, as well as the company’s B2B, mobile and web properties. The deal is being valued at more than $2 billion, according to a report from The Wall St. Journal. The companies are not disclosing the financial terms, however. The deal will see The Weather Company licensing… Read More

  • IBM Slips 4% On Disappointing Q3 Revenue Of $19.3B, Lower Full-Year Profit Forecast

    IBM Slips 4% On Disappointing Q3 Revenue Of $19.3B, Lower Full-Year Profit Forecast

    Today following the bell, IBM reported its third-quarter financial performance, including revenue of $19.3 billion and earnings per share of $3.34, using adjusted techniques. Analysts had expected IBM to earn an adjusted $3.30 per share, off revenue of $19.6 billion. The company’s shares, off a fraction in regular trading, are down in after-hours trading, following its mixed earnings report. Read More

  • Google Goes After Microsoft And IBM By Making Google Apps For Work Free While Customers Still Under Competitor’s Contract

    Google Goes After Microsoft And IBM By Making Google Apps For Work Free While Customers Still Under Competitor’s Contract

    To acquire more Google Apps for Work customers, Google just announced a new promotion that’s a huge shot across Microsoft’s bow. The company says that it will give interested customers access to Google Apps for Work for free, while they’re still under an enterprise agreement (EA) with another provider. While Google didn’t call out Microsoft or IBM by name when making… Read More

  • IBM Acquires Cleversafe To Accelerate Hybrid Cloud Storage Strategy

    IBM Acquires Cleversafe To Accelerate Hybrid Cloud Storage Strategy

    This morning IBM announced plans to acquire Cleversafe, a Chicago-based data storage vendor. The move appears to be a way to shore up IBM’s hybrid cloud storage chops. Terms of the deal were not available. Cleversafe was founded in 2004, and was well ahead of its time when it came to anticipating the big data revolution. According to its website, the company foresaw the coming data… Read More

  • IBM’s Watson Won’t Be Replacing Humans Any Time Soon

    IBM’s Watson Won’t Be Replacing Humans Any Time Soon

    There is little doubt that IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence system is an incredible piece of technology, It’s capable of searching across vast repositories of unstructured digital data and returning answers remarkably quickly. But it won’t be replacing humans anytime soon, Dr. John Kelly who leads the Watson team at IBM told TechCrunch’s Alex Wilhelm today at… Read More

  • New IBM Tool Wants To Bring Shadow IT Under Control

    New IBM Tool Wants To Bring Shadow IT Under Control

    This morning IBM introduced a new tool called IBM Cloud Security Enforcer, whose purpose as you might guess is helping IT to root out unauthorized cloud apps inside organizations. The use of cloud apps outside of IT’s purview has sometimes called Shadow IT because the cloud enables users to provision their own tools. This tends to make IT admins a bit crazy, knowing that people are… Read More

  • IBM Buys StrongLoop To Add Node.js API Development To Its Cloud Platform

    IBM Buys StrongLoop To Add Node.js API Development To Its Cloud Platform

    IBM has today made another acquisition to expand its business in cloud services — specifically in the area of enterprise app development. It has acquired StrongLoop, a startup based in San Mateo that builds application development software for enterprises using the open source JavaScript programming language Node.js. This in turn enables enterprises to build mobile and cloud-based… Read More

  • IBM Watson Health Begins To Take Shape

    IBM Watson Health Begins To Take Shape

    IBM doesn’t build new units lightly, but last April it launched IBM Watson Health. Since that time the company has been busy buying companies including Merge Healthcare, forging partnerships with the likes of Apple, CVS and Johnson and Johnson, hiring a new General Manager and purchasing the unit’s new headquarters in Cambridge, MA. That’s quite a bit of action in… Read More

  • 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

  • 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

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