IBM Snags Clearleap Video Service As It Continues To Pick Off Strategic Cloud Properties

Video camera prepared to record. This morning IBM announced it was acquiring Clearleap, a company that gives it enterprise-grade video content management services in the cloud, and which adds another layer to its burgeoning cloud strategy.
IBM would not disclose the purchase price.
Clearleap, whose customers include HBO, The History Channel, Time Warner Cable and Verizon (the parent company of TechCrunch) provides… Read More

Thanksgiving Online Sales To Top $1.7B, 26% Of Purchases Made On Mobile

15837827765_eef3775691_k Thanksgiving is now in full swing in the U.S., and while many are focused on food and football, some are turning their attention online to kick off their holiday shopping. Adobe, which has tracked 100 million visits to some 4,500 retail sites so far today (including 80% of all online transactions from the top 100 U.S. retailers), says that over $1 billion has been spent so far online, and… Read More

IBM Wants to Help Professional Sports Teams Enter The Digital Age

Fenway Park at twilight. Say what you will about IBM, they are constantly trying new ways to generate business, and their latest initiative involves helping professional sports team modernize stadium operations and update the way they interact with fans. The project is two-fold. The first part is the Sports and Entertainment Global Consortium, a group of companies coming together to drive infrastructure updates… Read More

IBM Will Acquire The Weather Company’s Digital Business

hurricane earth IBM announced this morning it’s acquiring The Weather Company, the parent company to the The Weather Channel, as well as the company’s B2B, mobile and web properties, in a deal that’s being valued at more than $2 billion, according to a report from The Wall St. Journal. The companies are not disclosing the financial terms, however. The deal will see The Weather Company… Read More

A Date With Chef Watson

Watson_093 Watson, IBM’s supercomputer best known for winning Jeopardy in 2011, is now a chef, too. IBM pinged a bunch of the world’s top chefs, then added a dash of their knowledge and a large clump of all the cooking, food and chemical compound data they could pull from the ether to make Chef Watson, a supercomputer program that aims to give us weird and wonderful recipes beyond what… Read More

IBM’s Watson Won’t Be Replacing Humans Any Time Soon

Alex Wilhelm and John Kelly from IBM Watson at TechCrunch Disrupt SF There is little doubt that IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence system is an incredible piece of technology, It’s capable of searching across vast repositories of unstructured digital data and returning answers remarkably quickly. But it won’t be replacing humans anytime soon, Dr. John Kelly who leads the Watson team at IBM told TechCrunch’s Alex Wilhelm today at… Read More

New IBM Tool Wants To Bring Shadow IT Under Control

Woman holding mobile phone with cloud apps flying out of it. This morning IBM introduced a new tool called IBM Cloud Security Enforcer, whose purpose as you might guess is helping IT to root out unauthorized cloud apps inside organizations. The use of cloud apps outside of IT’s purview has sometimes called Shadow IT because the cloud enables users to provision their own tools. This tends to make IT admins a bit crazy, knowing that people are… Read More

IBM Buys StrongLoop To Add Node.js API Development To Its Cloud Platform

ibm-earnings IBM has today made another acquisition to expand its business in cloud services — specifically in the area of enterprise app development. It has acquired StrongLoop, a startup based in San Mateo that builds application development software for enterprises using the open source JavaScript programming language Node.js. This in turn enables enterprises to build mobile and cloud-based… Read More

IBM Watson Health Begins To Take Shape

Surgeon with finger poised over tablet. IBM doesn’t build new units lightly, but last April it launched IBM Watson Health. Since that time the company has been busy buying companies including Merge Healthcare, forging partnerships with the likes of Apple, CVS and Johnson and Johnson, hiring a new General Manager and purchasing the unit’s new headquarters in Cambridge, MA.
That’s quite a bit of action in… Read More

Designing New Mobile Experiences For The Music-Loving Generation

Apple-music As music fans go mobile, music festivals are following suit. The kids in America are rocking out to T-Swift with a Natty Lite in one hand and a mobile phone open to native festival apps in the other. Schedules, venue maps, artists and vendors are all in the palm of partygoers hands. And festivals are even designing other features specifically to engage the throngs of eager event-goers,… Read More