Harriet Green, Global Head of Watson IoT (left) and Ilse Aigner, Bavarian State Minister of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology. Photo by IBM.

Internet of Things gets more attention

As the Internet of Things starts to gain interest from consumers, companies are starting to invest more time and resources into it. IBM just announced a new US$200 million global headquarters for its Watson Internet of Things business in Munich, Germany. “We have reached a tipping point with IoT innovation: We now have over 6,000 … continue reading

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IBM Watson, Topcoder bring AI capabilities to more than 1 million developers

In order to help developers tap into the true potential of artificial intelligence and cognitive computing capabilities, Topcoder (a global software development community) and IBM are partnering to allow a larger number of developers to have access to Watson services and speech APIs. Specifically, this partnership allows IBM to expand the number of developers working … continue reading

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IBM wants a piece of the drone development industry

IBM sees a huge opportunity in the drone industry, and it wants to be a part of it. While the company and its software development services aren’t specifically targeted at drones, IBM believes developers can use its tools in their drone application development efforts. “We want to make developers aware of the things we can … continue reading

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Guiding Eyes moves to IBM Cloud to continue mission of serving the blind

A person who is blind is ultimately putting his or her life in the hands of a service dog. That is why the nonprofit organization Guiding Eyes for the Blind has a mission to put the right dog with the right person. In order to find that perfect dog, there are both structured and unstructured … continue reading

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IBM aims to help developers put blockchain code to work

IBM wants to help developers explore the use of blockchains in the enterprise. The company is making a number of announcements to help developers create and manage blockchain networks, as well as making about 44,000 lines of code available to the Linux Foundation’s open-source Hyperledger Project in order to enable developers to build secure distributed … continue reading

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Microsoft pulls Android’s ‘Hey Cortana,’ Amazon’s EC2 Container Registry, and Microsoft’s Coding4Fun—SD Times news digest: Dec. 22, 2015

Cortana has been pulled out from the Google Play Store because saying “Hey Cortana” was causing problems for the microphone of several Android devices. The saying was interfering with Google Now’s “Ok Google” feature, according to Android Community. It’s not determined yet if the microphone problems are the sole cause of the removal of the … continue reading

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IBM announces new cloud data services

IBM wants to help businesses get more value from their data, so it announced the IBM Insight Cloud Services today at its Insight conference in Las Vegas. The new cloud service is designed to provide better insights into complex datasets. “Insight Cloud Services help clients create actionable insights from the noisy reality of the world,” … continue reading

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Razer’s OSVR development kit now available, Mozilla announces OSS award program, and IBM’s Spark-as-a-Service—SD Times news digest: Oct. 26, 2015

Razer has announced its open-source virtual reality (OSVR) kit is now available for preorder. The OSVR kit is a head-mounted virtual reality display that features a faceplate module, a mainboard with integrated sensors, a display module, an optics module, an head-mounted display mechanical module, and a belt box module. According to the company, there was … continue reading

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SD Times news digest: Oct. 28, 2014 –New Azure services at TechEd Europe, IBM Cloud OpenStack and data services and WebRTC on IE

Microsoft announces more Azure updates at TechEd Europe Little more than a week following its Azure press event, Microsoft introduced new services including Azure Batch, Azure Operational Insights and Azure Automation at theTechEd Europe conference in Barcelona, Spain. According to a blog post from Microsoft Azure product marketing director Vibhor Kapoor, Azure Batch delivers job … continue reading

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SD Times news digest: October 22, 2014—CodinGame’s Platinum Rift coding challenge and IBM & Microsoft’s enterprise cloud partnership

Platinum Rift: CodinGame’s newest challenge CodinGame, a gamification coding platform provider, has announced a new challenge for programmers, giving them the opportunity to have their coding talents noticed by high-profile technology companies. Platinum Rift is a three-week multiplayer artificial intelligence challenge aiming to reveal programming skills through hands-on programming in languages such as Java, C, … continue reading

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