With support from IBM Research and Nokia Research Center, the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland created an experimental system that enables people in multiple locations to interact and collaborate with avatars and objects in a single, virtual meeting. Objects and avatars are located in a “virtual” space that mirrors the corresponding physical room.
Cisco will extend its reach to additional cities and business partners around the world to explore how information and communications technology (ICT) can help address urban climate change and energy challenges.
The net addition of customers for August was 5.259 million, better than previous month, July being the month with the slowest rate of net addition of customers in 2009, only 4.553 million. The month with fastest rate of net addition of customers in 2009 was February, with 6.751 million customers.
AT&T and Intel announced plans to bring the power and cost savings of enhanced remote PC tech support to small and midsize businesses, offering them helpdesk capabilities more typically found in much larger enterprises.
IBM scientists have been able to image the “anatomy” – or chemical structure – inside a molecule with unprecedented resolution, using a complex technique known as noncontact atomic force microscopy. The results push the exploration of using molecules and atoms at the smallest scale and could greatly impact the field of nanotechnology, which seeks to understand and control some of the smallest objects known to mankind.
Scientists at IBM Research and the California Institute of Technology announced a scientific advancement that could be a major breakthrough in enabling the semiconductor industry to pack more power and speed into tiny computer chips, while making them more energy efficient and less expensive to manufacture.
The 33rd edition of the TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers is still led by Roadrunner and Jaguar, but shows that two of the top 10 positions are claimed by new systems in Germany. The latest listing also includes a brand-new player, an IBM BlueGene/P system at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia, ranked at No. 14.
IBM announced new System z software to enable companies to drive down IT costs while increasing business flexibility and improving service. The company plans to release approximately 30 new software technology enhancements in 2009 that extend the advantages of using System z as a platform for developing, deploying and running applications and business data.
May 1, 2009 marks the official 40-year anniversary of AMD’s founding by Jerry Sanders and seven co-founders in 1969. As part of the year-long anniversary celebration, AMD is holding a series of contests in the U.S. and Canada as a gesture of thanks to the dedicated customers who have been, and continue to be, key to AMD’s critical presence in the processor industry.
The Bluetooth SIG formally adopted Bluetooth Core Specification Version 3.0 High Speed (HS), or Bluetooth 3.0.
The city of Reggio Emilia, Italy, has entered into a strategic initiative with IBM with the aim of creating a Smart City.
Sun and Oracle announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Oracle will acquire Sun common stock for $9.50 per share in cash. The transaction is valued at approximately $7.4 billion, or $5.6 billion net of Sun’s cash and debt.
Yahoo! announced it has expanded its partnerships with top U.S. universities to advance cloud computing research.
Rackable Systems, a provider of servers and storage products for medium to large-scale data centers, announced its agreement to acquire substantially all the assets of Silicon Graphics (SGI) for approximately $25 million in cash, subject to adjustment in certain circumstances, plus the assumption of certain liabilities associated with the acquired assets.
Intel introduced 17 enterprise-class processors, led by the Intel Xeon processor 5500 series. They are Intel’s most revolutionary server processors since addressing the market with the Intel Pentium Pro processor almost 15 years ago.
Skype announced that its application, Skype for iPhone, is available on the Apple App Store. The app also adds Skype calling and instant messaging to any second generation iPod touch with a compatible headset and microphone.
Google announced an update to Mars in Google Earth, the 3D mapping tool for the Red Planet.
The German research center Forschungszentrum Juelich has selected IBM to develop the first supercomputer in Europe capable of one Petaflop, or one thousand trillion operations per second.
The worldwide mobile phone market experienced an unusual downturn in the normally robust fourth quarter of 2008. According to IDC’s Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped a total of 289.0 million units, 12.6% lower than the 330.8 million units shipped during 4Q07. For the full year 2008, vendors shipped a total of 1.18 billion units worldwide, 3.5% greater than the 1.14 billion units shipped during 2007.
Autodesk has announced the release of AutoCAD 2010 software. The company also announced the 2010 AutoCAD family of discipline-specific software and AutoCAD LT 2010 software for professional drafting and detailing.
HTC unveiled its latest handset – the HTC Dream, the first Android-powered mobile phone released in Singapore and Australia.
Garmin and ASUS announced a strategic alliance that will leverage the companies´ navigation and mobile telephony expertise to design, manufacture and distribute co-branded location-centric mobile phones.
Google announced the launch of ocean in Google Earth, a new feature that enables users of Google Earth to dive beneath the water surface, explore 3D underwater terrain and browse ocean-related content contributed by leaders in ocean science and advocacy.
Although it was supposed to be released in December 2008, Windows 7 beta came up on the market a couple of months later. When we first lay hands on the installation files, the first important question was: Will Windows 7 demand more PC resources than the former Vista?
IBM Research scientists, in collaboration with the Center for Probing the Nanoscale at Stanford University, have demonstrated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with volume resolution 100 million times finer than conventional MRI.