The ThinkPad is 25 years old. The first ThinkPad may not have been the first laptop, but it was the first with a colour display. Along the way, there's been a swathe of pioneering innovations -- the first CD and DVD, the first Wi-Fi, the first laptop into space. To celebrate
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As cool as they sound, quantum computers will probably not be best suited for designing websites or making pretty word processors. Instead, their quirky bits may one day be used to solve special algorithms, for artificial intelligence applications, or to model things that actually follow the wild rules of quantum physics. One day.
The Star Wars movies may get all the big headlines, but theatres are far from the only place the franchise is expanding. Official online video content has been growing in recent years and that continues today with the launch of a brand new show -- one that highlights the power of Star Wars beyond just storytelling.
The amount of data you can squeeze onto a hard drive continues to grow by leaps and bounds, with Seagate announcing a 60TB SSD late last year. But thanks to IBM and Sony, tape might still reign supreme when you need to archive massive amounts of data, as the companies have jointly developed a new kind of tape that can reportedly hold 201-gigabits, or roughly 25GB, per 645mm2.
Earlier this week, David Kenny, IBM Senior Vice President for Watson and Cloud, told the US Congress that Americans have nothing to fear from artificial intelligence, and that the prospects of technological unemployment and the rise of an "AI overlord" are pernicious myths. The remarks were as self-serving as they were reckless, revealing the startling degree to which IBM is willing to forfeit the future for the sake of the present.
Video: In the age of Siri, we take for granted how far speech recognition technology has come. But a quick glance back at 1986, when IBM introduced its voice recognition software, shows that we've travelled light years since the earliest version of this game-changing software. And it's even more fun in satire form.
Tech titans like SpaceX's Elon Musk, Apple's Tim Cook and IBM's Gini Rometty have all met with President Trump during his first two months in office. But it was always under a cloud of suspicion about the true motives of tech's biggest names. We now have a hint about Phase II of Operation Tech Oligarchy.
Besides bad hair, pleated jeans and 21 Jump Street, the '80s brought us a remarkable technological revolution. Nintendo changed the living room forever with the introduction of the NES in 1985. IBM, Apple and the Commodore 64 ushered the personal PC into our lives. Even the internet breathed a few gasps of air with NFSNet and the rise of the teen hacker.
IBM CEO Ginni Rometty has taken some major heat from her employees for continuing to advise US President Trump, and that seems likely to continue in the near future. Rometty recently sent out a new internal memo defending her collaboration with the Trump administration, and like every IBM statement to come before it, the whole thing is pretty weak.
The list of companies opposing President Trump's discriminatory Muslim travel ban has grown. Yesterday, 31 companies added their names to an amicus brief opposing the ban, claiming that it hurts business. The total is now 127 companies, but there's still one high profile tech company that hasn't spoken out: IBM.