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IBM wants to bring machine learning to the mainframe

IBM wants to bring machine learning to its traditional mainframe customers, and eventually to any technology with large data stores hidden behind a company firewall in what IBM calls a “private cloud.”<p>Yes mainframes, those ginormous computing machines from an earlier age, are still running inside …

Five technologies that will change how we live

1. Biotech<p>Since the early 2000s, the cost of sequencing a human genome — determining the precise order of nucleotides within DNA molecules that …

L.A. gets more capital as Fika Ventures raises $40 million debut fund

Investors are seemingly growing more excited about L.A. by the day. The newest sign comes via a $40 million fund that L.A.-based Fika Ventures is announcing today.<p>That’s none too shabby for a venture firm that was founded just last year.<p>Fika was created by TX Zhuo, formerly a managing partner at …

Venture Capital

China’s Artificial-Intelligence Boom

The country’s universities and tech giants are starting to surpass American ones when it comes to researching and implementing AI.<p>Each winter, hundreds of AI researchers from around the world convene at the annual meeting of the Association of the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. Last year, …

Woman uses body paint to turn regular people into superheroes

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes but rarely do they come in body paint.<p>Lianne Moseley is changing that with her incredible works of art, where she …

Facebook Ads Are About to Get a Lot More Annoying

On Friday, Facebook announced a major update to the way its mobile users see ads.<p>The social media company officially launched its Canvas platform, …

12 very real air travel terms every frequent flyer knows

Everyone loves to fly. It's an easy, relaxing, hassle-free way to travel.<p>Just kidding! It's usually a nightmare gauntlet of long lines and pat-downs, …

Amphibians and Reptiles

A selection of portraits from Photo Ark, a project to document the world's animals before they disappear.

Zoology

General Relativity: 100 Years Old And Still Full Of Surprises

Dark energy, gravitational waves, and black holes may be just the beginning<p>In 1913, Albert Einstein had stalled in his efforts to construct his general theory of relativity. He pleaded with his friend Marcel Grossmann for a mathematical boost: “Grossmann, you’ve got to help me, otherwise I’ll go …

Physics

PlayStation 4’s 3.00 update goes live tomorrow — here’s what’s different

Sony is sprucing up its PlayStation 4 with a major update, and now we know more about what to expect.<p>The 3.00 system update for PS4 hits the system tomorrow, according to Sony’s PlayStation blog. We’ve previously covered this update, but now the company has shown off many of the new features in …

Machine learning startup Context Relevant raises $21M in series B funding

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Context Relevant, a Seattle-based startup that promises to create accurate predictive models in a hurry, even across large …

Foursquare Gets $15M And Licensing Deal From Microsoft To Power Location Context For Windows And Mobile

Today, Foursquare is announcing that it has received $15 million in funding as a result of a partnership with Microsoft. The deal will see Foursquare contributing to the Bing platform’s location and context layers on both Windows 8 and Windows Phone.<p>The funding will be rolled into Foursquare’s …

Apple hires sleep research expert Roy J.E.M Raymann from Philips for iWatch team

Joining a longlist of Apple executives and new hires thought to be working on Apple’s highly anticipated iWatch project, the company has recently picked up Roy J.E.M Raymann from Philips Research, an expert on sleep research with extensive experience in wearables, sensors, and non-pharmacological …

Bill Gates’ new job could be as big a deal for Microsoft as its new CEO

Microsoft’s announcement that Satya Nadella will be the company’s third CEO is big news. But perhaps equally important is that Bill Gates resigning as chairman and taking a daily role at the company.<p>Gates recently told Bloomberg TV that he intended to spend the rest of his life working full-time on …

Bill Gates

Cleveland Kidnaps Suspect Will Plead Not Guilty, Lawyer Says

Saying that their client is not a "monster," attorneys for Ariel Castro have told Cleveland's WKYC-TV that the man accused of kidnapping three young women, holding them captive and repeatedly raping them over the course of about a decade will plead not guilty to all charges if he is indicted by a …

The Social Media Advertising Ecosystem Explained

How can you solve this problem? Social media offers a solution.<p>Social networks like Facebook and Twitter are daily destinations for millions of consumers. Increasingly, their ad products offer targeting according to specific demographics, social connections, interests, and habits.<p>In a <b>new report</b> …

Digital Advertising