Cognitive Computing Is India’s Future, Says IBM President

Global tech giant IBM on Thursday said working on cognitive computing that helps in decision making is the future for India, which is already a leader in information technology.

Cognitive Computing Is India’s Future, Says IBM President

“As a country, India has been digitising and digitising the world. The foundation is in place. Digital is the foundation. India’s next path is to now make the world cognitive. That would be the difference maker,” its chairwoman, president and chief executive Ginni Rometty said at the annual NILF in Mumbai.

This should involve building abilities on natural language processing, machine learning, deep learning, image and vision, she said.

“You are a country of developers, which is why I say cognitive is India’s future,” she said, adding that by 2020 the country will be home to the largest developer population in the world and 3 million programmers will be helping develop at least ten percent of the apps this year.

She asked for a wise use of technologies in such a way that the industry “guides” the technology safely and also made a pitch for transparency and openness.

The company’s artificial intelligence platform Watson will be touching the lives of 1 billion people across the world including 200 million people each in the fields of healthcare and education.

Giving out details of the efforts that have gone into building its healthcare platform, she said Watson can be very helpful in a country like India which has only 1 oncologist for 1,600 cancer patients.

Rometty said she has met PM Modi thrice till now and has come out feeling positive after each of those meetings and added that the potential held by the country is “unparalleled”.

“This is a moment historic change and you have to embrace it. Build a future around cognitive. I think no country has a more important role to play than India,” she said.

Best laptop deals for Black Friday 2016 including HP, Apple, Lenovo, Asus and Microsoft Surface Book

Welcome to the very best Black Friday laptop deals around.

Now that Windows 10 is over a year old and the shininess has worn off, retailers are desperate to get rid of laptop stock – that’s good for you!

The deals team has been scouring the web for the very best latop deals.

On this page we’re listing all of the best laptop deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2016, whether you’re after an Ultrabook as your main computer or a trendy new 2-in-1 hybrid. Plus, don’t forget to check out our main Black Friday deals page.

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  • Dell – hot deals on laptops and tablets

Best laptop deals for Black Friday 2016

Dell: save 12% on all Dell laptops and computers with the code SAVE12 until the end of the Black Friday weekend this includes TechRadar’s favourite laptop – the Dell XPS 13

Apple MacBook Pro: The brand new MacBook Pro has had its price cut in time for Black Friday. An Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM and a 256GB hard drive makes this a brilliant laptop at a fantastic price – now only £1,349 from John Lewis

Lenovo Ideapad 310: John Lewis has dropped the price of this excellent laptop by £100. It comes with an Intel Core i3 processor, 8GB RAM and a huge 1TB hard drive – get it for only £249.95

Microsoft Surface Book: Get Microsoft’s amazing laptop with the Arc Touch Mouse, Surface Pen stylus and a classy carry case this Black Friday and save yourself a nice £400 – now £1399 from John Lewis

Lenovo Ideapad 100S: Less than £100 for a laptop? You’ve got to love Black Friday! This 11.6-inch laptop comes with an Intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM and Windows 10 – now just £99.95 at Amazon

HP 15-ba042na: This great 15.6-ingch laptop from HP has dropped its price by £130.99 – a saving of 30%. It comes with an AMD Quad-Core processor, 8GB of RAM, a massive 2TB hard drive and AMD Radeon graphics – only £299 from Amazon

ASUS Zenbook Flip: Get this elegant 13.3-inch laptop that converts into a tablet-like device for an amazing £200 off of its usual asking price. An Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD and Windows 10 power this device – now just £599.99 from Amazon

Asus Chromebook Flip: Pick up this convertable Chromebook which doubles as a laptop and a tablet – now just £249.99 at PC World

Microsoft Surface Pro 4: Pick up Microsoft’s awesome computing marvel from just £699 at Amazon

Lenovo IdeaPad 500: Pick up the IdeaPad 500 laptop at Amazon for just £371

Asus Transformer Book: Get this laptop/tablet hybrid for just £220.25 at Amazon

Acer Chromebook: get the 11.6-inch Acer Chromebook for £10 cheaper than the in-store price, now down to £139.99 for Black Friday at Currys

Acer Chromebook R: Get the touchscreen Acer Chromebook R for a low-cost laptop/tablet hybrid experience, now £199.99 at Currys

Lenovo IdeaPad 510S: Get this fast laptop with a saving of £70.99 – it comes with an Intel Core i5 CPU, 256GB SSD, Windows 10 and 6 hours battery life and it’s down to £549 at Currys

Lenovo IdeaPad 510: Get the slightly cheaper version of the above laptop, with Intel Core i3 CPU and a 1TB HDD – now £299 for Black Friday at Currys

Google Chrome to Help Save Laptop Battery Life by Pausing Flash Content


Google on Thursday announced that it has teamed-up with Adobe to update its Chrome browser for PCs with the aim of making the user’s experience with Flash move power-efficient, meant to help derive better battery life on laptops.

The feature introduced by the company will detect all the Flash content on a Web-page and would only play the ones which according to Google are “central” to the Web-page. In case the feature fails to recognise some flash content the user feels is important and pauses it, Google says users can just click on the content option to resume playback.

Google explains on its blog post introducing the new feature. “When you’re on a Web-page that runs Flash, we’ll intelligently pause content (like Flash animations) that aren’t central to the Web-page, while keeping central content (like a video) playing without interruption. If we accidentally pause something you were interested in, you can just click it to resume playback. This update significantly reduces power consumption, allowing you to surf the web longer before having to hunt for a power outlet.”

google_chrome_flash_pause_update_blog.pngThe Mountain View giant says that this function would be enabled by default on the Chrome browser’s latest desktop beta channel release starting Thursday. The update would arrive to the general release of Google Chrome too in the future. Users can also manually enable it by navigating to Chrome’s content settings page and by selecting “Detect and run important plugin content.” Until now, the browser only had the option either to allow all plugins on a Web-page or to stop all the plugins for all the pages.

The firm also teased “more power improvements” will arrive in the coming months.

Last month Google uploaded the remaining Chrome for Android source code to its Chromium repository, letting any developer build an open source browser based on Chrome for Android. This would also result in improved and new Android browsers from third-party developers.

Microsoft's Project Spartan Browser Seen for First Time in New Windows 10 Build

Project Spartan, the much anticipated replacement for Internet Explorer, has been released to beta testers for the first time in a new preview build of the upcoming Windows 10 operating system. Microsoft officially announced it would retire Internet Explorer, which has been a mainstay of Windows for nearly twenty years, at its Windows 10: The Next Chapter event in January.

Project Spartan introduces deep integration with Microsoft’s Cortana voice assistant and OneDrive syncing framework, support for stylii including the ability to create and share custom annotations on Web pages, and a user-friendly reader mode that eliminates distractions such as animations on Web pages. While Cortana will only be available in the US for this build, it will roll out globally by the final release. “Web Notes” can be shared via social networks or stored in a user’s OneNote workbook.

Project Spartan also features a brand new page rendering engine called Edge, and its interface has been built from the ground up. Not all features are fully implemented in the first preview. Microsoft warns that the current incarnation of Project Spartan is not final, but is soliciting real-world user feedback.

Developers and eager fans who have signed up for the “fast ring” of Microsoft’s Windows Insider programme will be able to download and install build 10049, which includes the new Project Spartan browser. The new browser will supplant Internet Explorer and will be highly visible on the desktop and in the touch-friendly launcher UI.

Microsoft has not yet announced what its new browser’s final name will be. The company has indicated that while Internet Explorer will not be a very visible part ofWindows 10, it is also not going away entirely. Businesses that require backwards compatibility, especially those that have resisted upgrading from older versions of Windows, will be able to use IE on Windows 10 for the forseeable future.

Windows 10 is expected to be released late in the third quarter or early in the fourth quarter of 2015. The new operating system will be available as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and 8 users. It is largely seen as an attempt by Microsoft to tone down the radical departure it made in Windows 8 a new touch-friendly tiled interface that alienated desktop and laptop users. The software giant will also be hoping to once and for all unify the Windows experience across touch-based and non-touch devices ranging in size from smartphones to desktops.

IBM to Invest $3 Billion in New Internet of Things Unit


International Business Machines Corp said on Tuesday it will invest $3 billion over the next four years in a new ‘Internet of Things’ unit, aiming to sell its expertise in gathering and making sense of the surge in real-time data.

The Armonk, New York-based technology company said its services will be based remotely in the cloud, and offer companies ways to make use of the new and multiplying sources of data such as building sensors, smartphones and home appliances to enhance their own products.

For its first major partnership, IBM said a unit of the Weather Co will move its weather data services onto IBM’s cloud, so that customers can use the data in tandem with IBM’s analytics tools.

As a result, IBM is hoping that companies will be able to combine live weather forecasting with a range of business data, so companies can quickly adapt to customer buying patterns or supply chain issues connected to the weather.

For example, insurance companies could send messages to policyholders in certain areas when hailstorms are approaching and tell them safe places to park, saving money all round.

Or retail stores could compare weather forecasts with past data to predict surges or drop-offs in customer buying due to extreme weather, and to adjust staffing and supply chain logistics accordingly.

IBM said it was already working with some large companies, such as German tire maker Continental AG and jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney to help them use data in their processes.

Focusing on the cloud is part of IBM’s gradual shift away from its traditional hardware and consulting business. The company is targeting $40 billion in annual revenue from the cloud, big data, security and other growth areas by 2018, which should be about 45 percent of its total revenue at that time, based on analysts’ growth estimates.

Microsoft Surface 3 With 10.8-Inch Display, Windows 8.1 Launched

Microsoft on Tuesday unveiled a low-cost version of its Surface tablet computer, cutting the screen size of the device which starts at $499.

The Microsoft Surface 3 will cost less than the $799 starting price for the Surface Pro 3introduced last year, but will also have a less powerful processor and lack some other features. The tablet is also being called the thinnest and lightest Surface ever, weighing 622 grams and sporting a 8.7mm thickness.

The new Microsoft tablet comes with a 10.8-inch full-HD display, making it smaller than the earlier 12-inch screen versions of Surface, and gives Microsoft a new tablet that aims to compete with Apple’s iPad Air. The firm will also be launching a Microsoft Surface 3 (4G LTE) variant. Both run Windows 8.1, with a free upgrade to Windows 10.

Two built-in storage models will be available, with the 64GB model featuring 2GB of RAM, and the 128GB model featuring 4GB of RAM.
“Surface 3 brings what customers love about Surface Pro 3 to more people, delivering the premium design and productivity of Surface in a more affordable device,” saidPanos Panay, who heads the Surface division for Microsoft.

The Surface 3 features a full-size USB 3.0 port, a Mini DisplayPort and a microSD card reader. The Surface 3 will have an optional dock with four USB ports, Ethernet jack, and a Mini DisplayPort. Microsoft touts the Surface as a tablet that can replace a laptop.

Also new is the Surface 3 Type Cover. The Surface 3 will also include a free one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal, including full versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote as well as 1TB of OneDrive storage. It also supports the Surface Pen.

Pre-order is available starting Tuesday in the US through Microsoft Stores, and select retailers, and it will be on sale beginning May 5, with availability in 26 markets by May 7.

With sales topping $1 billion for the first time in the last quarter of 2014, analysts said the tablet appeared to be swinging to profitability.