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Microsoft’s Build conference turns "2.0"

My home in lower Manhattan is without power, but I’m sitting in Building 92 on the Microsoft campus, attending the company’s Windows-focused Build conference.  I’ve left the storm behind for a calmer environment. And I’m finding that to be a metaphor for this year’s Build event, versus last year’s. I’ve left the storm behind for a calmer environment. And I’m… Read more →

Logitech’s ConferenceCam brings HD video conferencing down to branch office prices

Logitech’s ConferenceCam BCC950, pictured above, has a street price of about $200. Video conferencing has always been something of a luxury for small and medium-sized businesses. True enterprise-grade video conferencing hardware has always been a significant expense, and many if not all of the major solutions avaliable require buy-in to proprietary systems, much like it is with VOIP-based PBX systems…. Read more →

Microsoft’s Build conference turns "2.0"

My home in lower Manhattan is without power, but I’m sitting in Building 92 on the Microsoft campus, attending the company’s Windows-focused Build conference.  I’ve left the storm behind for a calmer environment. And I’m finding that to be a metaphor for this year’s Build event, versus last year’s. I’ve left the storm behind for a calmer environment. And I’m… Read more →

Acer postpones Windows RT tablets until at least next year

It looks like at least one of Microsoft‘s major OEM partners isn’t as keen to jump on the Windows RT bandwagon. Acer is reportedly holding off releasing any of its own Windows RT-based tablets until the second quarter of calendar year 2013 at the very earliest, according to Reuters. Most of Acer president Jim Wong’s comments to the international news… Read more →

Android 4.2’s four best new features

Say hi to Android 4.2, aka Jelly Bean mark 2. When Google announced its new Nexus tablet and smartphone line, the search giant also announced, almost in passing, that there’s a new version of Android on its way: Android 4.2. While Android 4.2 isn’t a major upgrade, it does bring significant improvements to the popular, open-source mobile operating system. Android… Read more →

I.B.M.’s Watson Goes to Medical School

Next up for Watson, I.B.M.’s clever question-answering computer? A stint as a medical student at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. The collaboration, announced on Tuesday, includes a bit of controlled crowdsourcing, with the Cleveland clinicians and medical school students answering Watson’s questions and correcting its mistakes. “Hopefully, we can contribute to the training… Read more →

I.B.M.’s Watson Goes to Medical School

Next up for Watson, I.B.M.’s clever question-answering computer? A stint as a medical student at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. The collaboration, announced on Tuesday, includes a bit of controlled crowdsourcing, with the Cleveland clinicians and medical school students answering Watson’s questions and correcting its mistakes. “Hopefully, we can contribute to the training… Read more →

I.B.M.’s Watson Goes to Medical School

Next up for Watson, I.B.M.’s clever question-answering computer? A stint as a medical student at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. The collaboration, announced on Tuesday, includes a bit of controlled crowdsourcing, with the Cleveland clinicians and medical school students answering Watson’s questions and correcting its mistakes. “Hopefully, we can contribute to the training… Read more →

Google Introduces New Emergency Resources in Response to Sandy

Google has scrambled to post online resources for people who want information about the deadly storm Sandy, including maps showing evacuation routes and shelters and a new service that sends emergency alerts to Google users. On Monday night, the company introduced the new service, public alerts, to show warnings about natural disasters and emergencies based on information from government agencies like… Read more →

Android 4.2’s four best new features

Say hi to Android 4.2, aka Jelly Bean mark 2. When Google announced its new Nexus tablet and smartphone line, the search giant also announced, almost in passing, that there’s a new version of Android on its way: Android 4.2. While Android 4.2 isn’t a major upgrade, it does bring significant improvements to the popular, open-source mobile operating system. Android… Read more →

Microsoft delivers Windows Phone 8 software development kit

After a couple of delays, Microsoft finally has made available to the public the Windows Phone 8 software development kit (SDK) — a day after launching its next-generation smartphone platform. Microsoft made the SDK, along with a free version of Visual Studio Express 2012 and Blend 5, available to MSDN subscribers and to the public for download on October 30…. Read more →

Seagate bumps first fiscal quarter earnings release due to Sandy

This might not come as much of a surprise given the extreme weather conditions on the Eastern Seaboard, but Seagate is postponing its first fiscal quarter earnings announcement. The hard drive maker originally scheduled its financial results and quarterly conference call for Tuesday. But the Cupertino, Calif.-based company issued a brief statement this morning that it will be bumping that… Read more →