So it is that Facebook is again putting its very deep pockets to work, adding a new clutch of patents from Microsoft to an earlier trove it acquired from IBM. The message to Yahoo and beyond is clear: Do you want to get into a spending war with a company whose deep pockets are about to get a lot deeper? In other words, there's a lot … Read more
Ten years from now, range anxiety for electric cars could be a thing of the past.
IBM today announced two partners for a project aimed at building a lithium air battery able to propel an electric car 500 miles. Scientists from Asahi Kasei and Central Glass with expertise in membranes and electrolyte chemistries will join IBM researchers on the initiative.
Called the Battery 500 Project, the goal is to design an "air-breathing" battery that will use oxygen from the air to drive a new type of battery chemical reaction and, in the process, deliver a big jump in … Read more
IBM's first quarter was a mixed bag relative to expectations.
Big Blue reported first quarter earnings of $3.1 billion, or $2.61 a share, on revenue of $24.7 billion, a tally that was flat from a year ago. Non-GAAP earnings were $2.78 a share. Wall Street was looking for earnings of $2.65 a share on revenue of $24.77 billion.
The company raised its 2012 earnings outlook to $14.27 a share from at least $14.16 a share. Non-GAAP earnings will hit at least $15 a share, up from IBM's previous outlook of $14.85 a share.
Wall Street was looking for earnings of $14.94 a share for 2012. … Read more
To a computer company like IBM, plug-in electric vehicles just look like more nodes on the network.
IBM tomorrow is expected to announce a demonstration project with Honda and California utility Pacific Gas & Electric to charge a fleet of Honda Fit EVs without disrupting the grid.
The smart-charging project will also test smartphone and Web-based apps for consumers, giving them an estimate of charge time and location of charging stations.
The power grid as a whole has the capacity to accommodate millions of plug-in vehicles, say experts. But if there's a concentration of electric cars charging at once, … Read more
IBM on Wednesday launched a new family of data center building blocks called PureSystems. The aim is offer integrated systems that have expertise to automate maintenance, anticipate computing requirements, and scale servers, storage, and networking resources as needed.
The idea of an integrated system isn't unique, but IBM's twist is that it will be more flexible with PureSystems -- four supported operating systems and five virtualization hypervisors -- and build in knowhow from its research team and services engagements.
"These systems operate with a single pane of glass, support multiple architectures, OSes, and hypervisors all with cloud … Read more
File this under the bizarre but potentially life-saving category of new tech: an intelligent floor that knows who is doing what on a given surface, and can alert police or first responders in the event of an intrusion or medical emergency.
IBM, which filed for a patent describing such a system in February 2009, is now, just more than three years later, the proud holder of said patent. What it does with it remains to be seen, but the initial vision is clear.
From the patent abstract, IBM reports on an approach that "uses an electronic multitouch floor covering that has numerous sensors to identify shapes."… Read more
While you might be enjoying eating various confections of bunny this weekend, IBM's CEO, Virginia Rometty, has to wear casual business attire and mix with men for whom she is an unwelcome species.
For Rometty's company, you see, sponsors the U.S. Masters. The U.S. Masters tournament is played at the charming Augusta National Golf Club. And the Augusta National Golf Club hasn't -- as far as we know-- invited Rometty to join.
It's not that Augusta has anything against IBM's fine CEOs. The last four have all been offered club membership. It's … Read more
IBM and Astron, a Netherlands-based astronomy organization, plan to develop an exascale computer system that will form the backbone of the largest and most sensitive radio telescope.
This exascale system will be designed for low-power usage and plug into the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA). SKA will be built out with the help of astronomers from more than 20 countries. The telescope will have millions of antennas and have a collection area of about one square kilometer. SKA will also be able to scan the width of the continental United States.
Under a 5-year, 32.9 million euro ($43.9 … Read more
Electronic files containing the names, Social Security numbers, and other private data about 800,000 California adults and children were there one minute. And the next, they were gone.
Four computer storage devices containing data from California's Department of Child Services were lost during transport between Boulder, Colo., and Sacramento, Calif., earlier this month, the Associated Press reported earlier today. The data was brought to an offsite location to test the department's ability to cope with a disaster and included a test of whether the data could be managed remotely.
The test itself was apparently successful, with IBM … Read more
In an effort to better protect itself from litigious competitors, Facebook has acquired a large collection of patents from IBM.
Citing an anonymous source, Bloomberg reported today that the two companies struck a deal that will give the social-networking giant 750 of IBM's patents, which cover "software and networking" technologies.
An IBM spokesperson declined to comment on or confirm the report. A Facebook spokesman confirmed the deal, but would not comment on the volume or specifics of the patent collection.
The deal comes at a time when Facebook is under fire from Web giant Yahoo, which last … Read more