G.E. Looks for the Next Digital Disruption

SAN RAMON, Calif. — When Sharoda Paul finished a postdoctoral fellowship last year at the Palo Alto Research Center, she did what most of her peers do — considered a job at a big Silicon Valley company, in her case, Google. But instead, Ms. Paul, a 31-year-old expert in social computing, went to work for General Electric. Ms. Paul is… Read more →

The Promise in Deep-Learning Programs

The advances have led to widespread enthusiasm among researchers who design software to perform human activities like seeing, listening and thinking. They offer the promise of machines that converse with humans and perform tasks like driving cars and working in factories, raising the specter of automated robots that could replace human workers. The technology, called deep learning, has already been… Read more →

RFID-laiden Scrabble board costs $32,000

If you happen to have an extra $32,000 lying around, it appears that you can build a custom, RFID-enabled Scrabble board. Yes, that’s an RFID tag on every tile and an RFID antenna on every square… along with some cool lighting. That’s what Mind Sports International (MSI) did as part of an upcoming event in Prague…. Read more →

Linux Foundation UEFI Secure Boot key for Windows 8 PCs delays explained

The Linux Foundation is sorry to report that its project for making Linux easy to boot with Windows 8 Secure Boot still isn’t finished. James Bottomley, Parallels’ CTO of server virtualization, well-known Linux kernel maintainer, and the man behind the Linux Foundation’s efforts to create an easy way to install and boot Linux on Windows… Read more →

Is public cloud angst an illusion?

Despite a lot of reported nervousness about relying on public cloud services for applications and data, there are estimates that at least 30% of Amazon Web Services’ customers are large enterprises. This may be a quiet movement. That’s the word from GigaOm’s Barb Darrow, who recently spoke with various cloud industry leaders, concluding there is… Read more →

Why the smart engineer is a lazy engineer

All the best engineers are lazy. It’s not that they don’t want to do the work, it’s that they realise getting a good job done now can save plenty of time in the future. It’s that innate laziness that drives innovation, finding a solution that gets what you want with the least effort, because it’s… Read more →

For Gamers, One Big Thing and Many Smaller

For better and for worse, many video game players are drawn to novelty. The biggest change Nintendo has introduced with the Wii U is a touch-screen controller, called the GamePad, that resembles an iPad with thumbsticks and buttons. In the games that are included in the Nintendo Land anthology that comes with the $350 deluxe edition Wii U — the… Read more →

Banned on Wall St.: Facebook, Twitter and Gmail

Minh Uong For young Wall Street employees who live their lives through social media, working at a big bank can feel as if the plug has been pulled. Most financial firms ban Facebook, Twitter and Gmail, and block most music and video streaming sites. Working on Wall Street is “a full life commitment, and without access to social media or… Read more →

Daily Report: Using Apps to Lure Shoppers Into Stores

Retailers are using apps to try to lure shoppers away from the Internet and back to stores, Stephanie Clifford and Claire Cain Miller report on Friday in The New York Times. As bait, retailers are using technological tools that will make shopping on the busiest day of the year a little more sane — and give shoppers an edge over… Read more →