tech in the spotlight
Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 28, 2013 03:22 PM
It’s been more than two years since IBM’s Watson made its hit TV debut on Jeopardy! And now, Watson is the latest “cognitive, expert personal shopper” developed by an early stage partner in the IBM Watson Developers Cloud, digital shopping company Fluid.
Their Watson-powered app—the Fluid Expert Personal Shopper—marries Watson’s transformational cognitive computing that provides dialogue-driven assistance with product recommendations and content, letting consumers make queries using Watson’s natural language processing (NLP).
But, “Watson’s natural language capabilities are not what make it special,” Brooke Aguilar, VP Global Business Development at Fluid told brandchannel. “The big differentiator is that Watson is a learning machine and one that quickly learns from and adapts with each interaction. In the context of digital shopping this presents a tremendous opportunity for Fluid to give consumers highly engaging and rich shopping experiences that are personalized and become more so with continued use.”Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on November 14, 2013 09:14 AM
GM could see exit of CEO Dan Akerson next year, Reuters says.
Crocs considers ways to go private.
Snapchat becomes one of most sought-after tech businesses after reportedly turning down $3 billion buyout from Facebook.
AT&T creates mystery of locked, used iPhones.
Alitalia prepares restructuring aimed at getting more resources out of Air France.
American Airlines and US Airways set up major-airport route grab with their merger as deal cruises through courts.
Ateliers Pleyel stops piano production in France.
Baidu faces suits over video piracy.
Boeing sees unionists reject new labor deal for 777X production.
Burberry is weighed down by beauty business.
Cisco tells of big revenue dropoff in emerging markets.
Cracker Barrel shareholders reject activist's third bid to be on board.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 11, 2013 03:53 PM
IBM may have made a TV star of Watson, but can he rock? GE's brilliant Brilliant Machines campaign touting the power of the Industrial Internet has spawned Compressorhead—a band of robots that will be performing live in New York's Union Square on Tuesday, Nov. 12. The indie band with its own Facebook and Twitter presence was conceived in partnership with BBDO New York. Now they're being brought to life in a free concert scheduled to run from 1:00 p.m. through 8:00 p.m.
Hailing from Germany (as GE's blog post quipped, "Move over, Kraftwerk"), Compressorhead is comprised of three 5 foot tall humanoids—drummer Stickboy, bassist Bones and lead/rhythm Fingers—rendered from scrap metal, with heavy metal music such as Pantera covers via Midi, and moves aided by electro-pneumatics.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 31, 2012 06:32 PM
Air New Zealand in-flight video promotes Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" in latest marketing tie-in for the movie.
ABC News files motion to dismiss "pink slime" suit.
Apple signals Tim Cook era with management shakeup, reports R&D spending up 40% in 2012 (although it was still outspent by Microsoft), plans to open up to 35 stores next year, confirms iPad mini built-in speakers.
Honda targets Japanese women with pink "She's" car.
Barclays faces two new U.S. probes.
Caesars packs up casino in Macau.
Campbell hires new CMO to reach Millennials.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on April 19, 2012 11:14 AM
While Apple's Siri chats with iPhone-happy celebs and Microsoft brings voice-recognition to Windows Phone via Bing, AT&T has been in the speech recognition business for more than a decade (dating back to the Bell Labs days) with AT&T Watson, which it's now opening to other mobile developers with APIs being released in June.
Not to be confused with IBM's Jeopardy! champ of the same name, AT&T's voice recognition tool transcribes spoken words into text on the fly. In the video above, AT&T highlights how it's making Watson accessible to other developers, who can integrate this technology into their own mobile apps — including in-car connected systems, as AT&T talked up at CES this past January.
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Posted by Shirley Brady on October 25, 2011 06:30 PM
The IBM board of directors today elected Virginia "Ginni" Rometty president and CEO of the company, effective January 1, 2012. She succeeds IBM chairman, president and chief executive officer Samuel J. Palmisano, who retires as IBM's traditional age of 60 and will remain chairman of the board.
"Ginni Rometty has successfully led several of IBM's most important businesses over the past decade—from the formation of IBM Global Business Services to the build-out of our Growth Markets Unit," Palmisano said in a statement. "But she is more than a superb operational executive. With every leadership role, she has strengthened our ability to integrate IBM's capabilities for our clients. She has spurred us to keep pace with the needs and aspirations of our clients by deepening our expertise and industry knowledge. Ginni's long-term strategic thinking and client focus are seen in our growth initiatives, from cloud computing and analytics to the commercialization of Watson. She brings to the role of CEO a unique combination of vision, client focus, unrelenting drive, and passion for IBMers and the company's future. I know the board agrees with me that Ginni is the ideal CEO to lead IBM into its second century."Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on May 23, 2011 09:00 AM
Amazon "gives away" Lady Gaga's new album for 99 cents.
AOL shuts down India portal.
Apple rumored to be planning a store in NYC's Grand Central and a curved glass iPhone.
Barnes & Noble's Nook "crushes" Amazon's Kindle in the glossy magazine department.
Cisco accused of aiding Chinese crackdown on dissidents.
Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean 4 scores fourth biggest global weekend opening.
Ellen DeGeneres boycotts Twitpic in wake of Twitter app's photo agency deal.
Ford plans in-car driver health monitoring with Medtronic.
Foursquare and Groupon reportedly in partnership talks.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on May 3, 2011 06:00 PM
Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose named NBA MVP.
Pac-10 signs $3 billion, 12-year deal with FOX and ESPN, the richest ever for a college conference, and plans its own TV network under looming Pac-12 name.
Pfizer weighs break-up.
Apple revamps iMac line.
BlackBerry and Microsoft team up to battle Google search.
BP to pay $85 million for 2006 Alaska oil spill.
CBS picks 60 Minutes reporter Scott Pelley as Katie Couric replacement.Continue reading...