20 Innovations for 2015: IBM’s SyNAPSE Chip


Computers are pretty good at some things, like number crunching and logic, but terrible at others that are easy for our brains, like understanding images or conversation. And even when researchers train software to do things like recognise faces or cats, as Google has done, it requires hundreds or thousands of computers, consuming vast amounts […]

‘Big step’ for Apple as IBM MobileFirst iOS solutions announced

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Apple and IBM today announced the first wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions. The two firms announced their strategic partnership in July, with IBM’s two-year-old MobileFirst strategy in need of continued momentum after its SoftLayer acquisition and $1 billion expansion provided a springboard of sorts. Meanwhile Apple, who has traditionally focused on consumers and […]

In Memoriam-Fred Macchio


MACCHIO, Frederick A., (Fred) Frederick A. Macchio (Fred) 76, passed away on December 4, 2014 with his family by his side. He is survived by his wife Maureen of 51 years, his children, and their spouses, along with grandchildren, and his beloved great-grand children. Fred willed his body to UT Southwestern Medical School. The Memorial […]

Open Letter to IBM Retirees Using Towers Watson OneExchange

Fellow IBM retirees: It’s insurance-enrollment time again, and I approached OneExchange today about why some of my meds had disappeared from their database since last year and about why my chosen pharmacy was no longer connected to me. OneExchange told me that they didn’t do web support (and that there was no web helpdesk), but that […]

The Census Bureau is Hiring!


The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring Field Representatives in the Dallas Metro Area to support the 2015 American Housing Survey (AHS). The job consists of interviewing selected households using a laptop computer at their homes or over the phone. If interested in a Field Representative job, please contact the American Housing Survey toll-free Recruiting line […]

3 Breakthroughs Unleash Artificial Intelligence


A few months ago I made the trek to the sylvan campus of the IBM research labs in Yorktown Heights, New York, to catch an early glimpse of the fast-arriving, long-overdue future of artificial intelligence. This was the home of Watson, the electronic genius that conquered Jeopardy! in 2011. The original Watson is still here—it’s […]

IBM Won’t Give Exact EPS Goal after Ditching Forecast

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International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) doesn’t plan to lock itself into another precise earnings forecast after ditching its long-held goal for 2015 profit. Chief Financial Officer Martin Schroeter said IBM is unlikely to put in place another “absolute” earnings-per-share roadmap. He said there’s still value in laying out the complex company’s strategy for investors. “We […]

In Memoriam-Fritz Aldrine


Fritz Joseph Aldrine was born September 1, 1939 in Topeka, Kansas and passed away on October 23, 2014 at his home in Dallas as he wished. Fritz was a devoted son to Edgar Aldrine and Lorene Schulmeister, stepfathers Lloyd Anspaugh and Bob Cushing, all of whom preceded him in death, as well as a devoted […]

Computer History Museum Web Site

The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California has a huge collection of computers going back to the dawn of the computer age. It includes computers like UNIVAC, Digital Equipment PDP and Vax’s, Cray Supercomputers, components from SAGE and computers from Control Data, Philco, Fairchild, IBM, Altair and many more. The web site is located at […]

IBM’s first cloud data centre in India to focus on private services for SMEs

BANGALORE: IBM is setting up its first cloud data centre in India to gain a bigger share of the cloud computing market in the country. The company has built a 30,000 square foot data centre facility in Airoli, on the outskirts of Mumbai. The new Mumbai IBM Cloud Center is part of a 15 cloud […]