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IBM’s Watson to face ‘Jeopardy’ champs

IBM and Jeopardy!Watson, a program powered by an IBM Power7 server, will face “Jeopardy” standouts Ken Jennings (left) and Brad Rutter in a competition scheduled to air February 14-16. Two matches will be played over three consecutive days.

Watson is named after company founder Thomas J. Watson and optimized to quickly analyze clues for complex language such as subtle meaning, irony, and riddles, IBM said in a statement announcing the contest.

Jennings won more than $2.5 million during his record 72 consecutive “Jeopardy” wins, and Rutter is the show’s biggest winner with more than $3.2 million. The computer program took and passed the same contestant test that humans take to qualify to be on the show and has competed in more than 50 “sparring games” against former Jeopardy Tournament of Champions contestants.

source: zdnet, CNET

 
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Posted by on 25/12/2010 in IT

 

Microsoft Security Essentials 2 in pictures

493097-540-379The second version of Microsoft Security Essentials changes plumage to gray, and adds in both better heuristic detections and deeper hooks into the Windows firewall. by zdnet

 
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Posted by on 25/12/2010 in IT

 

ASUS O!Play Mini player ditches the USB 3.0 but keeps the 1080p

play-mini-2010-12-24The O!Play HD2 may be the first media device to support USB 3.0, but we’re guessing that hasn’t exactly inspired too many of you to run out and buy the things — assuming you can actually find one for sale. Maybe a slimmer, shaplier form factor would do the trick. That’s the new O!Play Mini, a much more petite entry into the series that makes do with a single USB 2.0 connector along with an SD/MMC/MS/XD card reader up front. Around back are optical audio and an HDMI 1.3 connector, through which it will pump 1080p video and up to 7.1 audio in Dolby Digital AC3, DTS 2.0+, even TrueHD and DTS-HD, plus a variety of other formats. There are also RCA outputs if you prefer your digital steam in audio. File format support looks pretty legendary, including all the usuals plus less commonly supported extensions like MKV, MTS, OGG, and FLAC, even RighTxT subtitles. No word on price or availability yet, but with the HD2 clocking in at $129.99 we wouldn’t be surprised to see this slotting in somewhere under $100. by engadget

 
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Posted by on 25/12/2010 in IT

 

JBL’s AirPlay-enabled On Air Wireless speaker dock hits the FCC

12-21-10onairwire1JBL was one of the first companies besides iHome and Denon / Marantz to announce support for Apple’s AirPlay technology, so it’s no surprise that the company’s On Air Wireless speaker dock just hit the FCC, complete with its manual — we’ve been hearing that AirPlay will be all over the place at CES 2011. The On Air Wireless seems like a fancier riff on JBL’s On Air line of speaker docks and alarm clocks — it features that familiar swoopy-loop design but adds in a large color LCD display that displays album artwork while streaming music. Looking at the manual, the display also makes WiFi setup and configuration a little easier, which is nice. All in all, it looks promising, but we’ll see what price and availability looks like when we get to CES. by engadget

 
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Posted by on 23/12/2010 in IT

 

Bang & Olufsen adds WiFi to Beo6 remote control, doesn’t think to mention it

beo6-on-table-600It wasn’t easy, but we finally managed to spot a few differences between the old Beo5 remote control and Bang & Olufsen’s new Beo6 that just appeared on B&O’s pages. To start with, the hyperbolic product page for the controller is a word-for-word copy of the old, only with each instance of a “5” replaced with a “6.” The user guide doesn’t provide much assistance either stating that the “Beo6 is fully compatible with Beo5” right down to using the exact same menus and controls. So what’s new? Well, the new “wireless setup” chapter seems to be a clue indicating that the Beo6 can connect to your WiFi network to enable 2-way control with other Bang & Olufsen products supporting 2-way communication — naturally, these aren’t listed and any configuration of the controller will have to be done by a B&O retailer. We did manage to dig up an old article from BeoWorld claiming that the Beo6 would feature a touch (not pressure like the Beo5) sensitive widescreen display to show information like cover art and tag data just as soon as B&O’s BeoSound 4 Encore and BeoSound 5 could support it. While this kind of product perplexity would be a knock against any other mainstream consumer electronic remote, B&O owners can rest easy knowing that their man servant will sort it all out. by engadget

 
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Posted by on 23/12/2010 in IT

 

AirFlick allows streaming of arbitrary media, DVDs, even screencasting to the Apple TV

appletv-2010-12-22If you’ve run out of things to do with your Apple TV and have been using it as a hockey puck now that the lakes are getting solid, you’d better go dig it out of the snowbank. Following up on her iOS AirPlay hacks, Erica Sadun has released an alpha version of a tool called AirFlick which enables the playback of any ‘ol media files on an Apple TV. That’s demonstrated in a video below. Things aren’t perfect yet but already others are having a field day with the tool, the folks at TUAW figuring out how to not only stream whole DVDs to an Apple TV but their entire desktop image too by simply providing a VLC screen:// URL into the player. The quality looks a little iffy and, as you can see in the video below, it’s not entirely error-free. But, if you have the smallest little bit of patience, it’s sure worth a shot, eh? by engadget

 
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Posted by on 23/12/2010 in IT

 

Panasonic’s Sanyo and PEW buyout official: subsidiaries for life

10x0729iub23fpanasCongratulations, Panasonic, you’re now the adoptive father of two companies, Sanyo and Panasonic Electric Works. We know, the plan’s been all but confirmed since July, but it’s nice to see the deal go through and all the necessary paperwork signed. Both now-wholly-owned subsidiaries (through a share exchange that commenced today) are scheduled to be de-listed from the Tokyo Stock Exchange on March 29th, 2011, and after that… well, independence was fun while it lasted, eh chaps? by engadget

 
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Posted by on 23/12/2010 in IT

 
 
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