Stories by Joab Jackson

IBM drills into the energy industry for cognitive computing advances

Finding new sources of oil underground is an expensive and risky undertaking. Now IBM is working with energy company Repsol to look for ways in which new cognitive computing techniques could help reduce the uncertainty and improve production.

BitYota cloud data warehouse gets a boost from Microsoft Azure

Hoping to enlarge its pool of corporate customers to include the enterprise market, startup BitYota will soon offer its data warehouse service on the Microsoft Azure cloud, thanks to a partnership between the two companies.

HTML5 finalized, finally

After nearly eight years of work, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has finalized the HTML5 standard, bringing the basic Web technology firmly into the era of mobile devices and cloud-driven rich Internet applications.

IBM sends Cognos, SPSS to the Cloud

Two of IBM's most popular analysis products, the Cognos Business Intelligence and the SPSS predictive analytics package, are headed for the Cloud, the latest in an ongoing push by IBM to port its vast software portfolio to the Cloud.

Microsoft opens Office 365 to programmers

Extending Office 365 functionality to third-party developers, Microsoft has exposed a set of application programming interfaces (APIs) so other companies can add features and capabilities to the online productivity service.

Suse enterprise Linux can take your system back in time

The newest enterprise edition of the Suse Linux distribution allows administrators to go back in time, for instance, to immediately before they made that fatal system-crippling mistake.

Big Data digest: Rise of the think-bots

It turns out that a vital missing ingredient in the long-sought after goal of getting machines to think like humans -- artificial intelligence -- has been lots and lots of data.

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Amazon builds sales, but losses pile up

Amazon.com continued to increase its sales last quarter but losses also mounted, to the growing consternation of investors.

Canonical celebrates Cloud freedoms with new Ubuntu

Canonical continues to aggressively equip its flagship Ubuntu Linux server software with more tools to help users build and run clouds.

Progress builds up developer chops with Telerik buy

In a move to muscle up in the app dev space, platform services provider Progress Software is in the process of acquiring development software vendor Telerik for US$262.5 million.

IBM and Microsoft pledge to make their Clouds compatible

Although fierce rivals in the market for Cloud computing services, IBM and Microsoft have pledged to make their technologies interoperable in the Cloud for the sake of their users.

Lufthansa leaves the computing to IBM

Getting out of the business of designing and running computer systems, German airline Deutsche Lufthansa AG is selling its IT services division to IBM and having Big Blue run its internal IT operations.

Kii offers an on-ramp to the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is a nascent market, so any help an organization can get setting up its own cloud-connected swarm of devices could provide it with an edge over competitors.

Microsoft (hearts) Linux, for Azure's sake

Microsoft now loves Linux.

Ask Watson or Siri: Artificial intelligence is as elusive as ever

In 1966, some Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers reckoned that they could develop computer vision as a summer project, perhaps even get a few smart undergrads to complete the task.