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Watson Can Now Identify The Attitude In Your Writing

Taking a break from treating cancer and making cocktails, IBM’s Watson is now turning its attention to how people write. The supercomputer has been trained to judge the tone in people’s written messages — and can even give feedback about how to change it.


IBM's New Chip Is Four Times As Powerful As Today's Best Silicon

IBM has announced that it’s designed a new kind of ultra-dense chip, which squeezes in four times as much computing power as the best silicon currently available.


IBM Can Now Squeeze A Record-Setting 220TB On A Cassette Tape

It’s assumed that once CDs killed off audio cassette tapes, the medium became extinct. But believe it or not, magnetic tape is still alive and well when it comes to data storage, mostly because it’s so cheap. And now that IBM has found a way to squeeze 220TB onto a single cartridge, hard drives will still have plenty of competition for years to come.


What's The Blockchain, And Why Does Bitcoin Depend On It?

It’s going to unshackle us from the oppressive dungeon of fiat currency! But also criminals and rogue cops use it to do nefarious drug stuff! Digital currency is often defined by its volatile hype cycle. And yet its most promising feature is incredibly mundane-sounding: a bookkeeping system called “the blockchain”.


Apple, Google, Microsoft To Appear At Government's Corporate Tax Avoidance Hearing Tomorrow

Governments always want to maximise the amount of money they bring in through taxation, and businesses naturally want to minimise their liabilities. In Australia, the problems around corporate tax are enough that a Senate investigation into the issue is gathering steam. Some of the largest tech companies in Australia will be appearing tomorrow to give evidence to a economics committee inquiry on corporate tax avoidance.


Is IBM Building Its Own Digital Currency?

Bitcoin may still be the fringe coinage of technophiles, but the idea behind the crypto-currency is rapidly marching towards mainstream.


This Cute Dino Toy Is Baby's First AI Pal/Overlord

Look at this little dinosaur toy. Is he cute? Yes. Fun? Definitely. The possible harbinger of humanity’s demise? Possibly. That’s because CogniToys aren’t not normal toys. Green Dino here is powered by IBM’s Watson supercomputer, which lets it learn and adapt to your child over time, kind of like a self-aware Furby.


IBM's Hulking New Mainframe Will Help You... Shop?

IBM’s new Z13 mainframe is a hulking silicon beast. It packs the “world’s fastest microprocessor”, is twice as fast as most commercial servers, packs 300 per cent more memory and will be used for… shopping.


Anyone Can Now Use IBM's Watson To Crunch Data For Free

You probably know IBM’s Watson platform best from its winning performance on Jeopardy. But the supercomputer is more than just a mechanism for IBM to publicly shame smart people. It’s arguably the most powerful natural-language supercomputer in the world, and thanks to a new public beta, its number-crunching abilities are open to all.


Your Old Laptop Batteries Could Be Repurposed To Power Lightbulbs

Every year, some 50 million lithium-ion laptop batteries find their way to the trash heap. IBM researchers in India have come up with a better idea. Many of those batteries still contain useable cells, which can be used to keep the lights on in homes without reliable access to the grid.


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