technology
Why These ‘Revolutionary’ ’80s Gadgets Totally Failed

Besides bad hair, pleated jeans, and 21 Jump Street, the ‘80s brought us a remarkable technological revolution. Nintendo changed the living room forever with the introduction of the NES in 1985. IBM, Apple, and the Commodore 64 ushered the personal PC into our lives. Even the internet breathed a few gasps of air with NFSNet and the rise of the teen hacker. Read More >>

politics
IBM Remains Spineless as 31 More Companies Oppose Trump’s Muslim Ban

The list of companies opposing President Trump’s discriminatory Muslim travel ban has grown. Late yesterday, 31 companies added their names to an amicus brief opposing the ban, claiming that it hurts business. The total is now 127 companies, but there’s still one high profile tech company that hasn’t grown a backbone: IBM. Read More >>

security
‘You Are Giving False Information’: Malware Developer Sends Correction to IBM Blog

There might be no honour among thieves, but there’s certainly plenty of pride, as a disgruntled malware developer recently proved by reaching out to an IBM security advisor over a “completely out of date” blog post. Read More >>

transport
If You Don’t Like the Idea of Google Driving Your Car, Maybe You’ll Trust IBM?

IBM’s Watson can make drinks, detect sarcasm, and beat you at game shows. The world’s most famous computer already acts so much more like a human than most people I know. Now transportation startup Local Motors is putting Watson behind the wheel. Read More >>

war
The US’ Nuclear Arsenal is Powered by a 1970s IBM and Floppy Disks

In a news release talking about how it plans to tackle the problem of ageing computer systems, the US government auditor has struck terror into the world in a new and exciting way -- by revealing its nuclear weapons are controlled by 1970s IBM computers that boot code from 8-inch floppy disks. Read More >>

computers
There’s Now a Real Quantum Computer That Anyone Can Use Remotely

For decades, quantum computing has been the preserve of research labs. But now IBM has made its working prototype quantum computer accessible via the internet — and literally anyone can use it. Read More >>

computers
This Supercomputer Mimics a Human Brain Using Just 2.5 Watts of Power

IBM and the US government teamed up to develop a new supercomputer for use on US national security missions. It makes decisions like a human brain, and uses less power than a hearing aid. Read More >>

computers
RIP Andrew Grove: Here’s Why He Was So Important For Modern Technology

Andrew Grove, the former boss of Intel, has died aged 79. He was one of the key developers of the modern computer hardware we know and use and depend upon for our every interaction today, leading the engineering team that took it from memory producer to the processor superpower it is today. Read More >>

robots
The Latest Job for IBM’s Watson is as a Hotel Concierge

Next time you check in at a Hilton, your welcome may be even more automated than usual. That’s because the hotel chain has been working with IBM to create a robotic concierge that it calls Connie. Read More >>

ces 2016
IBM’s Watson Will Morph Polite Pepper Into an Ultra-Intelligent Evil Genius

Pepper is super cute and remarkably well-mannered... for now. But that IBM just announced that the talking, emotion-reading robot will interface with Watson, lil Pep could turn into a smiling, evil robotic mastermind; adorable leader of the human-enslaving resistance. Read More >>

guts
IBM is Shrinking Transistors With Rows of Tiny Carbon Nanotubes

In the semiconductor industry, size matters — and those in the know worry that transistors can't be made any smaller. But a team of IBM scientists has now published research showing how carbon nanotubes could help. Read More >>

environment
IBM’s Watson Could Hold the Key to Fighting Beijing’s Brutal Pollution

The same company that made Jeopardy!-conquering Watson will use similar tech to help fight air pollution in Beijing. In the future, that artificial intelligence could lead to cleaner air for the long haul, everywhere. Read More >>

computers
IBM’s Watson Can Now Identify the Attitude in Your Writing

Taking a break from treating cancer and making cocktails, IBM’s Watson is now turning its attention to how people write. The supercomputer has been trained to judge the tone in people’s written messages — and can even give feedback about how to change it. Read More >>

guts
IBM’s New Chip is Four Times as Powerful as Today’s Best Silicon

IBM has announced that it’s designed a new kind of ultra-dense chip, which squeezes in four times as much computing power as the best silicon currently available. Read More >>

storage
IBM Can Now Squeeze a Record-Setting 220TB On a Cassette Tape

It’s assumed that once CDs killed off audio cassette tapes, the medium became extinct. But believe it or not, magnetic tape is still alive and well when it comes to data storage, mostly because it’s so cheap. And now that IBM has found a way to squeeze 220 terabytes onto a single cartridge, hard drives will still have plenty of competition for years to come. Read More >>