Computer

Ready for extreme weather? IBM – yes, IBM – can help

Publication: NBC News   Date: August 9, 2012   View Article

On June 28, if anyone in the greater Washington D.C. area ran a weather-modeling service called Deep Thunder, they would have known a derecho windstorm was about to rip trees from the ground, knock out power and leave millions of people stifling in relentlessly sticky heat.

No one did.

As a result, millions of people suffered for days on end as utilities scrambled to restore electricity. Many businesses were idled through the Fourth of July holiday. Untold millions in wages and revenue were lost. At least 13 people died.

Your feet may soon be your password

Publication: NBC News   Date: July 23, 2012   View Article

Shoes outfitted with high-tech soles that can confirm a person’s identity in just a few steps may soon serve as our keycards and computer passwords, and could even let doctors know when we show signs of dementia.

They work by combing physical and behavioral biometrics — measurements of a foot’s shape and person’s gait, for example.

Tap other people’s brains to make decisions

Publication: msnbc.com   Date: May 8, 2012   View Article

Researchers are working on a new software tool that will allow us to tap other people’s brains as we try to make sense of information online.

In the United States, we collectively spend 70 billion hours a year trying to mentally process the data we collect as we surf the Web and try to decide things such as what new gadget to buy or where to go on vacation.

‘Gigabit’ ideas wanted for superfast Internet

Publication: msnbc.com   Date: March 1, 2012   View Article

What would you do if had if you had an Internet Service that could download a 2-hour movie in about 5 seconds?

You could, of course, watch a bunch of movies. City officials and investors in Chattanooga, Tenn., hope you have some other creative business ideas that take advantage of its 1-gigabit-per second Internet.

Code-cracking quantum computers leap closer to reality

Publication: msnbc.com   Date: February 28, 2012   View Article

Real-world computers that can speedily crack even the most secure codes are within grasp thanks to recent advances that will allow for so-called fault-tolerant quantum computers, according to an expert in the field.

Quantum computers differ from classical, or regular, computers at the most basic unit of information. In classical computing, the basic unit of information is a bit: either a 1 or 0.

Research shows you’ll want to tweet this post

Publication: msnbc.com   Date: February 8, 2012   View Article

This is a blog post about the sexy social media technology Twitter. It mentions Justin Bieber. You’ll want to tweet it. At least, my editors hope you do. My job might depend on it.

The Internet and social media have altered the face of journalism. Few media companies can survive selling ads in traditional newspapers and magazines that readers will see as they flip pages in search of content that tickles their fancy.

Steve Jobs: The second greatest innovator of all time?

Publication: msnbc.com   Date: January 26, 2012   View Article

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs ranks behind only Thomas Edison as the world’s greatest innovator of all time in a survey released today on young Americans’ attitudes about invention and innovation.

Jobs’ innovations include the iPhone and iPad, the popular gadgets that are helping to revolutionize how we communicate with each other and sent Apple’s stock to a record high Wednesday.

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