IBM Watson cooks up some new dishes

When not busy helping to find new treatments for cancer, IBM Watson is helping to cook up a few new dishes as well.To show off Watson’s powers, IBM is training its cognitive computing system to suggest new combinations of ingredients that could help cooks to create new, and sometimes quite delicious, recipes. It does so by analyzing the chemical compounds in each ingredient.IBM joined Bon Appétit magazine to create a Web application called Chef Watson, now in beta, that offers lists of ingredients that can be used to create recipes. Bon Appétit is also working up a cookbook of the best Watson-based creations submitted by users.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 29 August 2014 | 4:10 pm

Apple will keep pushing for a sales ban on Samsung products

Apple will appeal a judge’s order this week that denied its request for a sales ban on Samsung products that were found to infringe its patents.A jury in California decided in May that Samsung infringed three of Apple’s patents and awarded the iPhone maker $119.6 million in damages.Apple had been looking for $2 billion in damages, so the award was far smaller than it had hoped, but it also asked the court to prevent Samsung from selling the infringing products, including its Galaxy S III smartphone, in the U.S.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 29 August 2014 | 2:00 pm

12 Key Strategies for Unlocking the Secrets of SharePoint User Adoption

For the past few months, I've been working with Clare Hastings of The Eventful Group, who has been faithfully transcribing a presentation I gave in Melbourne, Australia where I talked about a dozen lessons that I’ve learned about SharePoint User Adoption. The results of her efforts is a three-part blog series on the Share Conference blog. Here’s where you can find the posts: Part 1 covers the first four strategies: Remember that adoption is not the end game Focus on solutions that solve meaningful business problems Make it personal for each user Don’t get overwhelmed – you can prepare! Part 2 covers strategies five through eight:To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 29 August 2014 | 1:53 pm

Cisco has a big UCS launch coming

On Sept. 4, Cisco will launch “the most significant portfolio expansion” of its Unified Computing System (UCS) since the data center/cloud platform debuted in 2009. One of the things we’re expecting is the quietly announced 6324 Fabric Interconnect for a smaller scale “mini UCS” that curiously lacks connectivity to Cisco’s latest Application Centric Infrastructure fabric innovation.Here’s a link to register for the event.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 29 August 2014 | 1:24 pm

Appeals court denies Oracle request to restore $1.3 billion judgment against SAP

Oracle has failed to persuade a federal appeals court to restore US$1.3 billion judgment in its copyright-infringement lawsuit against SAP, but will have the options of taking a lesser amount of money or pursuing a new trial.The jury initially awarded the $1.3 billion to Oracle in 2010, but the judgment was subsequently vacated by U.S. District Court Judge Phyllis Hamilton, who had overseen the case. Hamilton found the jury overreached and said Oracle could accept a lower award of $272 million or seek a new trial.Oracle at first opted for a new trial, but then reached a settlement wherein SAP would pay out $306 million, with Oracle reserving the right to appeal Hamilton’s ruling overturning the $1.3 billion judgment.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 29 August 2014 | 1:00 pm

Boston's Bolt launches hardware companies

Watch the first episode in our new series Breakout Startups here. Tucked away in downtown Boston, Ben Einstein looks for the next multimillion-dollar idea. As the co-founder of Bolt, Einstein—who wouldn’t confirm or deny his relationship to Albert—is in charge of choosing hardware startups and launching them to success. Bolt includes office space and a complete machine shop with more than a million dollars of prototyping equipment that the startups can use. Bolt invests in about one company each month and has a portfolio of about a dozen.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 29 August 2014 | 11:30 am

Intel amps up desktop performance with its first 8-core PC chip

Intel is shipping its fastest PC processor to date and its first with eight cores.The Core i7-5960X Extreme Edition chip, announced Friday, is aimed at gaming and high-performance desktops. It is based on the Haswell microarchitecture, which is the basis for Intel’s latest Core chips, and priced at US$999 per chip in 1,000-unit quantities.The inclusion of eight cores and the latest throughput technologies allows for faster gaming, application performance and video transcoding and encoding, said Dan Bingham, an Intel marketing manager.Many of the performance gains will also come from support for DDR4 memory, which is not in PCs yet. Compared to DDR3, the new memory will provide 50 percent faster internal data transfers, while reducing the energy consumption between 30 percent and 40 percent.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 29 August 2014 | 11:10 am

IDC: Tablets sales growth to slow this year

Tablet shipments worldwide will continue to grow this year, but not as quickly as previously expected, according to a forecast released Friday.After four years of double- and triple-digit growth, worldwide tablet shipments this year will grow by just 6.5 percent over last year, according to IDC. The research firm had previously forecast 12.1 percent growth.The tablet market is maturing and long-term trends are becoming clearer, said Jean Philippe Bouchard, research director for tablets.More money is being spent on cheap laptops, smartphones or wearables, and people are keeping tablets longer than expected, Bouchard said.“We originally thought the [ownership cycle] was two years. We realized it was closer to three years,” he said.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 29 August 2014 | 10:50 am

How to lure tech talent with employee benefits, perks

Companies are vying for IT talent, and they’re using benefits and perks to help attract the best and brightest. So what are IT pros looking for?To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here(Insider Story)

Posted by on 29 August 2014 | 10:39 am

Emerging smartphone markets to soar as mature market growth slows, IDC says

IDC just released its 2014 smartphone growth forecast. Mature markets are expected to grow only 4.9%, while emerging markets will continue to soar at 32.4%. Some emerging markets are growing much faster than IDC average. ForbesIndia reports: “the market [in India] for smartphones grew by a whopping 300 percent last year… While only 10 percent of India’s 700 million-plus mobile phone users were using smartphones at the start of 2013, the figure shot up exponentially to 29 percent by Q1 2014.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 29 August 2014 | 10:33 am

Hands-on: Chrome beta gets guest mode and a new profile switcher

Google is changing how people switch between different user profiles and also moving guest mode from a hidden feature to a regular part of the browser, at least in beta.The latest beta build of Chrome moves user profiles from the upper left-hand corner of the browser to the right-hand side next to the minimize, maximize and close buttons. User profiles are designed to personalize your Chrome experience even if you're on a shared PC. Each profile contains a different set of browser cookies, logins, extensions and apps, browsing history, and bookmarks.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 29 August 2014 | 9:57 am

PC vendors fear an Osborne Effect from Windows 9

The Osborne Effect is one of those rules of business even non-B school graduates know all about. Announce a hot new product and watch the sales of the existing version shrivel up and die as consumers hold off for the new commodity.The name dates back to a computer company that effectively killed itself by announcing a new PC so good it killed sales of the existing products on the market, and then they couldn't get the new product out in time. So the PC industry knows this well.And the industry fears it will happen again. Microsoft is believed (but not confirmed) to release a public beta of Windows 9 on September 30, with a full release coming in Q2 of 2015. And we know Windows 7 sales will cease on October 31, leaving the slandered and maligned Windows 8 as the only OS on the market.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 29 August 2014 | 9:45 am

Can SDN usher in better IT security?

That software-defined networking (SDN) is a coming reality is starting to gain traction in IT security circles, with some vendors arguing it could lead to a level of interoperability in security largely missing at present.“SDN we see an as open network that gets people away from proprietary ways of defining networks,” says Kurt Roemer, chief security strategist at Citrix Systems, adding in the future, networks will be defined through more open dynamic “flows” rather than more vendor-dependent, IP-based relationships. Roemer even says he anticipates that the Linux Foundation’s OpenDaylight project, which is bringing vendors together to ensure openness in SDN products, could result in more secure networks.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 29 August 2014 | 9:27 am

Virtual Engineers Could Transform IT Outsourcing

Before Marcel Chiriac took over as CIO of Rompetrol two years ago, the European oil company's IT sourcing strategy had swung back and forth between total insourcing and total outsourcing. And both models failed.All of IT was handled in-house from 2004 until 2009. During that period, IT costs grew rapidly along with the size of the company. In an attempt to remedy the situation, the management team decided to outsource all of IT to a single company for a flat multibillion-dollar fee. It was a from-the-frying-pan-into-the-fire shift as the outsourcing provider overcharged for work beyond the contract scope and subcontracted Rompetrol's IT support to more than 100 other IT suppliers adding complexity to the environment.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 29 August 2014 | 8:57 am

The care and feeding of a rockstar developer

Whether you're a hiring company, an educator, or a developer, find out what you're up against in the war for programming talent(infoworld.com)To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here(Insider Story)

Posted by on 29 August 2014 | 8:55 am

The Hybrid WAN requires paradise by the dashboard lights

One of the iconic singers of the late 70s was a guy who called himself “Meat Loaf.” In one of his more notable songs he sings “though it’s cold and lonely in the deep dark night, I can see paradise by the dashboard lights.” Some might think he was talking about being with a lady in his car, but I offer an alternative view. I believe he was talking about how cold and lonely it is for network managers who are in the data center late at night trying to troubleshoot WAN problems. However, with a good dashboard that lights up problems, that network manager could eventually find paradise.I was recently interviewing a Cisco Sales Engineer that I’ve know for a while about the concept of the hybrid WAN, and it seems Cisco recently came out with a new version of PfR (v3) to make moving to a next-generation WAN easier, with an improved dashboard as a key feature. If you’re not familiar with PfR, it can be thought of an as an advanced, application-driven routing protocol that is ideal for hybrid WANs.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 29 August 2014 | 8:25 am

Nokia's navigation service Here comes to Samsung smartwatch and Galaxy

Samsung has partnered with Nokia to bring navigation service Here to its new smartwatch and Galaxy Android phones.Here is a Nokia subsidiary that provides navigation, mapping and location services comparable with Google and Apple Maps.Here will be available on Samsung’s Tizen devices including the Gear S, a curved smartwatch that was announced this week, Nokia said.On the Gear, Here will power an app called Navigator, offering turn-by-turn navigation as well as public transit routing. The app works stand-alone and map data can be stored on the device to use for offline navigation, Nokia said. However, Navigator can also pair with Here’s Android app to let users calculate routes on their phones and send them to their smartwatch, it added.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 29 August 2014 | 8:10 am

The must-have utilities for your iPad office

Editor's Choice: Must-have productivity iPad apps "Image by PixabayBeyond the holy trinity of iPad office productivity apps -- those for textual documents, spreadsheets, and presentations -- are lots of iPad specialty apps. Some are so broadly useful that they should be on nearly everyone's business iPad. Our picks for those follow.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 29 August 2014 | 8:00 am

As smartphone screen sizes max out, stylish designs expected at IFA

New smartphones expected to bow at the IFA show in Berlin next week will likely show that makers are taking a step back from larger screen sizes and emphasizing better design.The Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy Note 4 is one of the most anticipated launches, expected for Sept. 3 ahead of the public show opening.Over time, the Note’s screen size has increased from 5.3 inches to 5.5 inches to 5.7 inches on last year’s Note 3. This year the company is expected to forgo the customary bump in size and instead stick with a 5.7-inch screen on the Note, but boost resolution to 2560 by 1440 pixels.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 29 August 2014 | 7:55 am

IDG Contributor Network: Want Gigabit Internet? A fistful of cities can now give it to you

At my home, I’d consigned Gigabit Internet to my back burner as a bucket-list wish. It’s something I’d like to see popup in my suburban pad in this lifetime — but I’ve not been betting on it.My ISP is barely able to provide enough bandwidth for a stable Slingbox stream, so the idea that the duopolistic price-gougers are going to come along and actually provide an increase in value for my sixty-or-so bucks is not something I’ve been holding my breath over.Slingbox is a device for personal, point-to-point streaming media, independent of Netflix and its ilk. It needs low latency and as much bandwidth as possible.However, I may be wrong about the wait. There’s a surprising number of cities where you can order Gigabit Internet right now, or very soon.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 29 August 2014 | 7:37 am

Fujitsu to deploy thousands of contactless cash machines for Spanish bank

Fujitsu is set to manufacture 8,500 contactless bank machines for Spain’s CaixaBank, a move that may help move the technology to the mainstream.The machines use NFC (near field communication) contactless readers to allow users to withdraw cash with smartphones or wearable devices.“CaixaBank is the world’s first financial entity to add this revolutionary technology to its cashpoints, allowing customers to withdraw cash without having to insert their card,” the bank said in a statement. It first announced contactless ATMs (automated teller machines) in a limited deployment in 2012.Contactless technology makes withdrawing cash 30 percent faster compared to conventional methods, according to the bank.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 29 August 2014 | 7:35 am

How IBM Serves Up Data to Tennis Fans at U.S. Open

NEW YORK CITY - There is a festival atmosphere here at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament as hundreds of thousands of fans gather to see tennis stars and up-and-comers alike vie for prize at the last Grand Slam competition of the tennis year.However, as the crowds revel, deep in the windowless heart of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, a team of IBM IT professionals — surrounded by wall-to-wall arrays of computers and digital displays — is monitoring and maintaining the mobile, cloud and analytics technologies that are transforming the tournament experience for both on-site fans and viewers at home.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 29 August 2014 | 6:32 am

Why Russian hackers are beating us

Russian hackers like the ones who breached the computer systems of JP Morgan Chase and at least four other banks win because they think strategically like the best chess players, an expert says."Russians are more intelligent than Americans," Tom Kellermann, chief cyber-security officer for Trend Micro, said. "They're more intelligent because they think through every action they take to a point where it's incredibly strategic.[Ukraine says Russia is attacking critical infrastructure]To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 29 August 2014 | 6:27 am

Heading back to school? Try these 11 terrific tech tools.

The digital generation is heading off to school again -- and as we do every year, we've picked out some gadgets and apps that'll help with studying, relaxing and just plain being a student.We've made our selections with a budget in mind: Our priciest item lists for $130, while the lowest-priced accessory comes two for $10. Check the usual online suppliers, though, because most are available at a discount.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 29 August 2014 | 6:25 am

Mozilla presses forward with new revenue plan, debuts ads in Firefox preview

Mozilla has added small advertisements to the new tab page of Firefox's roughest-edged build, the channel dubbed "Nightly" because it is updated each evening.The ads, which Mozilla's calls "sponsored tiles," were first discussed by Mozilla in February, but the initiative was criticized by Firefox users. The company, however, defended the in-browser ad project, saying it was important to find other revenue sources besides its long-standing deals with search providers like Google. In May, Mozilla reiterated support for the ads but also promised users that Firefox would not become "a mess of logos."To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 29 August 2014 | 6:23 am