January 21 – 27, 2013

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This week’s headline story: IBM Predicts Cognitive Computers Are the Wave of the Future

AIAt the start of each year, IBM selects a new innovation that has the potential to change the world. This year IBM chose cognitive computers as the next big thing! Cognitive computers will be designed to mimic the human senses of touch, sight, hearing, taste and smell. Cognitive computers will be able to learn and adapt. Bernie Meyerson, IBM vice president of innovation, predicts that Moore’s Law, which states that processors essentially double in power every two years, will exhaust itself over the next few generations of processors. Cognitive computers will emerge within the next five years to drive computer performance where Moore’s law leaves off. Cognitive computers will perform better than today’s computers because they learn, they adapt, they sense — and because of their own intelligence they don’t require the same level of detailed programming. Read the interview with Meyerson yourself by clicking the link in the show notes.

IBM Predicts Cognitive Systems As New Computing Wave [investors.com]

and elsewhere in Tech News.

  • A recently installed undersea fiber cable bundle is now in use between Venezuela and Cuba. The $70 million, 994-mile Internet cable has been operational since August, but has so far been utilized only by the Cuban government. It’s not clear when, or if, Cuban citizens will see any benefit. Cuba, which has so far withheld Internet access from its citizens, sits roughly 100 miles off the Florida coast, and is unable to connect to the Internet through the US due to the embargo.

    Cuba confirms Alba-1 fiber hook-up to Venezuela, internet remains on lockdown [Engadget]

  • The days of unlocking cell phones to run on unauthorized carriers may be over. An edict from the Library of Congress makes it illegal to unlock phones purchased after January 26. Offenders may be liable under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which prohibits the “circumvention” of copy protection schemes.

    Unlocking new cell phones to become illegal on Saturday [Ars Technica]

  • The White House Office of Science Technology and Policy has announced the National Day of Civic Hacking on June 1 and 2. It’s calling the holiday “an opportunity for software developers, technologists, and entrepreneurs to unleash their can-do American spirit by collaboratively harnessing publicly-released data and code to create innovative solutions for problems that affect Americans.”

    White House announces ‘National Day of Civic Hacking’ [PCWorld]

  • A bipartisan group of senators is poised to introduce a high-skilled immigration bill that would significantly increase the number of H-1B visas available to skilled foreign-born workers. The bill, if passed, would provide opportunities for foreign engineers and computer programmers to claim abundant unfilled positions in the U.S. that tech companies, including Microsoft and Intel, have complained that they struggle to fill.

    Bipartisan group of senators to introduce high-skilled immigration bill [The Hill]

  • Corning has developed a process for manufacturing thin flexible glass that can be rolled on tubes like paper in lengths measured in hundreds of yards. The process is the first major step in bringing flexible glass to affordable consumer products such as cell phones and electronic bracelets. The next step in bringing flexible glass to the mass market is to build a production machine that can transfer the flexible glass from spools to existing production line equipment built to handle traditional hard and brittle glass. Corning is working on just such a machine.

    Glass That Bends the Rules of Manufacturing [MIT Tech Review]

and in Information Security news this week…

  • A “cyber 9/11” is an imminent threat to the U.S. says Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. She believes a coordinated terrorist cyberattack could effectively shut down the country, and more needs to be done to prepare. The statement was made in hopes of getting Congress to pass a cybersecurity bill, prior to President Obama needing to sign an executive order.

    Homeland Security Warns Cyber 9/11 Could Shut Down US [NewsFactor]

and in Tech Industry news…

and finally….

  • It’s the death of an operating system. Nokia’s Symbian OS which was once the leader of mobile handset operating systems, has been installed on its last device. The Nokia 808 PureView was the last Symbian device from Nokia.

    Nokia 808 PureView: officially the last Symbian phone [Engadget]

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