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IBM's Vision for Watson in Healthcare

IBM's Vision for Watson in Healthcare

Ed. Note: This is the third installment in a three-part report exploring IBM's so far two-year project to create the ultimate diagnostic and individualized treatment engine for lung, breast, and blood cancer patients using its unique Watson natural language cognitive engine. The first part defined the challenge and discussed why the Watson team has taken it on. The second part looked at what Watson is and the complexity of the challenges it is designed to meet. Healthcare is a natural fit for Watson, says Watson Project CTO, IBM Fellow, & VP Rob High, because it is experiencing “this enormous flood of... more »
Breaking Analysis: EMC VMware Lays out the Pivotal Initiative – EMC’s Silver Lining Playbook: EMC Owns 69% - VMware Transfers 500 Employees

Breaking Analysis: EMC VMware Lays out the Pivotal Initiative – EMC’s Silver Lining Playbook: EMC Owns 69% - VMware Transfers 500 Employees

There is an old saying "there is a silver lining in everything."  Well Joe Tucci and team found it, with the Pivotal Intiative spin out. One thing about Joe Tucci that I’ve come to admire in my interactions with him is his competitiveness. Joe Tucci is a competitor.  EMC is a company that keeps on reinventing themselves and making the right moves at the right time.  Now he is finding the silver lining in his portfolio and creating another VMware – it’s called Pivotal Initiative. Today in New York City, top industry analysts from Wall Street to Silicon Valley are with EMC and... more »
Lenovo Wants to Repeat History With BlackBerry

Lenovo Wants to Repeat History With BlackBerry

Will Lenovo really end up buying BlackBerry? We can't say for sure, but it's fair to say that such a move is looking a lot more likely following comments by CEO Yang Yuanqing to French media earlier this week. Speaking to the newspaper Les Echos, Yuanqing agreed that acquiring BlackBerry "could make sense", although he indicated that he need to analyze the company and market conditions before making any move. Yianqing's comments saw shares in BlackBerry jump by 14.1% as investors looked to position themselves ahead of any deal. However, a spokersperson for Lenovo later told Bloomberg that people shouldn't jump to... more »
Nokia's Grim Future in Supporting Windows Phone

Nokia's Grim Future in Supporting Windows Phone

In today’s mobile news roundup: Nokia threatened by Microsoft Surface phone; Samsung ready for high Galaxy SIV demand; Google Now may soon land on iOS devices; Nokia Lumia 928 coming to Verizon in April; and Deezer coming to iOS and Android devices. Nokia threatened by Microsoft Surface phone When Microsoft unveiled the Surface tablet, the next topic of interest was the possibility of Microsoft making its own smartphone, shifting focus to Microsoft's most dedicated mobile partner, Nokia. Nokia has completely retooled its business to make Windows Phone-based smartphones, and if Microsoft decides to make it’s own smartphone running on Window Phone, that could... more »
Google Wants To Help Hacked Sites

Google Wants To Help Hacked Sites

There's been a spate of high-profile hacks over the last month or so, with big names including Facebook, Twitter, Apple and Evernote all falling victim to malware. It might not be clear who is responsible for these attacks or how exactly they got away with it, but if there's one thing we can take home from all of this it's that no website should consider itself "safe" from attack. While the likes of Apple and Facebook steal the headlines whenever they fall victim to a hack, these companies rarely suffer any long-term damage. Security breaches are nearly always spotted within hours,... more »
Smartest of the Ambient Apps at SXSW 2013

Smartest of the Ambient Apps at SXSW 2013

Last year, ambient-aware mobile app Highlight took the spotlight at SXSW.   Such omniscient apps have ignited a revolution in social media, thanks to the added dimension of mobility.  We're so impressed with the potential of ambient awareness that we were on the lookout for the next iteration of this trend, enhanced with a layer of intelligence. Here's a recap on ambient-intelligent apps that made their mark on SXSW this year. Speeker . This app is available for both iOS and Android devices.  It allows you to discover the latest happenings in your current location or near you, share photos and videos to people around you using... more »
IBM Big Data Analytics Brings New Hope for Victims of Traumatic Brain Injury

IBM Big Data Analytics Brings New Hope for Victims of Traumatic Brain Injury

More than 1.7 million people in the United States suffer traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year from causes ranging from concussions to bullet wounds according to the Centers for Disease Control. Of those, about 52,000 die, 275,000 are hospitalized, and 1.367 million are treated and released from an emergency department. TBI is a contributing factor in nearly one-third of injury-related deaths. A significant number of these patients die or suffer serious brain injury while in the hospital due to sudden rises in pressure in the brain. Today these patients are continuously monitored for changes in vital signs, but nurses are... more »
Daily Roundup: Mozilla Shuns iOS, Pinterest Traffic Analytics and More

Daily Roundup: Mozilla Shuns iOS, Pinterest Traffic Analytics and More

Today’s most notable consumer tech updates include the launch of a new Pinterest feature for site owners, a bold revelation from Mozilla at SxSW, and the introduction of apps for Google Glass at the same event. SiliconAngle’s Kristin Feledy provided a full summary of the news on this morning’s NewsDesk segment (full video below). Pinterest Analytics Pinterest, the pinboard-themed social network that recently closed a $200 million round of funding, announced the availability of a new service that enables users with verified websites to see how people engage their site. The cloud dashboard visualizes the popularity of individual submissions, and displays statistics such... more »
Pull Up to My Bumper: EMC Backs Up its Services Strategy

Pull Up to My Bumper: EMC Backs Up its Services Strategy

The magic of software is its ability to become smarter over time, achieving new efficiencies and overall making our lives easier.  Software services is the glue that can bring together the disparate components of the datacenter, humming along harmoniously.  Yes, the services-model seems to solve a lot of problems for IT -- except for a few sour notes, one being the lack of attention paid to backup.  According to analyst firm Wikibon, backup remains a "weak link in the goal to transform IT services." There's been several attempts to shift the backup paradigm, most notably from Jim McNiel, chief at FalconStor, who has... more »
SwiftStack Steps Up to the Software-Defined Storage Party with Series A Funding

SwiftStack Steps Up to the Software-Defined Storage Party with Series A Funding

San Francisco-based SwiftStack has announced they have raised a total of $6.1 Million dollars in Series A funding. The round was led by Mayfield fund with participation from Storm Ventures and UMC Capital. The company had previously kicked things off with $1.5 million in seed funding. With the investments the company will be supporting growth of its sales team, expansion of operations and advanced development of its next generation software-defined storage solution. “SwiftStack is a great addition to our portfolio, which has included highly successful storage companies such as 3PAR and StorSimple. The company is uniquely positioned to be a frontrunner... more »

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