By Laurence Guihard-Joly
Last August hackers stole personal photos of young actress Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities from their smartphones and posted them online. Several months later, Sony Entertainment was hacked and the group responsible has routinely leaked troves of sensitive information, including everything from email threads to financial and salary details.
A similar intrusion at JPMorgan Chase late last year compromised the records of 76 million households and seven million business clients. The common thread between celebrity photo hacks and digital corporate invasions is the tools and tactics thieves use to purloin private pics and to steal more lucrative loot are the same – from spreading malware that can damage systems and compromise data to distributing “phishing” emails designed to trick people into sharing passwords and other sensitive info. Continue Reading »
By Jake Schlinkmann
How would you like to get a pizza at the push of just one button? Now imagine there’s an app for that and you’re a college student? Exactly, I thought so.
That app, in fact, is currently in development. It was one of my favorite entries at an IBM Bluemix hackathon held this month at my school, Florida Polytechnic University, and it won 2nd place.
The hackathon was hosted jointly by IBM and Flagship Solutions Group while being led by Tom Hull, Vice President and CIO of Florida Poly. My team was part of approximately 80 students forming 20 teams and individual entries confined to Aula Magna lecture hall for 24 manic hours alongside IBM Bluemix mentors. Continue Reading »
By Ying Li
In the same way ingredients connote flavors, colors and images can indicate moods and send messages.
This concept is driving new research here at IBM to better understand color relationships and their potential impact on everything from product design to classroom layouts.
Machines have been able to render different colors since the first color monitors. With a mix of code numbers for red, green, and blue, a computer knows that “0, 0, 0” equals black, that “255, 255, 0” is yellow, and so on. Other codes represent hue, saturation, and brightness of a color as well. Continue Reading »
By Angel Diaz
When I was a young guy growing up on a farm in Puerto Rico, I was a neophyte when it came to computer science and mathematics. I was so fortunate at an early age to be empowered by my mother to reach further. At 17, I left for college in America.
Back then, people growing up in less-developed places didn’t have much chance of succeeding in technology unless we left home and headed for major tech meccas such as Silicon Valley, New York and Boston.
But things are different today, thanks in part to cloud computing. This new approach to technology creates tremendous opportunities for young people everywhere to build services and mobile apps on ready-made cloud platforms–either as entrepreneurs or as employees of larger companies. Continue Reading »
Social sharing, mobile computing and the Internet of Things have made data compression a part of our every day lives. The process of compressing data is put to work every time a photo or video is shared across social media or a weather sensor reports a temperature change. Continue Reading »
By Stephen Garten and Scott Jacobs
Consumer consciousness is shifting and the line between charitable giving and consumption has begun to blur.
The shift began with cause-themed goods (think pink breast cancer awareness products), followed by a sharp rise in the popularity of one-for-one and social impact wares (i.e., TOMs slippers and Warby Parker glasses).
Campaigns like these have been successful because they make it easy for consumers to tap into their inherent philanthropic nature. The simplicity with which people can make an impact is revolutionary. Continue Reading »
Even with the popularity of crowd-sourced traffic apps, motorists know precious little about their everyday commute.
The lack of information about roadway and weather conditions is more than annoying, in some cases it’s killing us. In analyzing more than 2 million automotive accidents in the US, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that a
whopping 94% of the crashes were traced to driver issues (error in judgment, driver distraction, poor attention, inadequate surveillance). The World Health Organization (WHO) says 1.24 million people die every year in traffic accidents.
International automotive supplier Continental, has ambitious plans to lower that number to zero, using Big Data, cloud and IBM Watson. And it all starts with the introduction of the semi-automated vehicle next year, being jointly developed by Continental and IBM. Continue Reading »
By Jo Kenrick
In the classic film Field of Dreams, a strange voice in a cornfield whispers to an Iowa farmer: “If you build it, he will come.”
That’s pretty much all the prodding that Ray Kinsella needed to rush down to his local DIY store, pick up some supplies and erect an entire baseball field all by himself.
Now fast forward 25 years and change the setting to the UK, and I wouldn’t be surprised if that voice instead advised: “If you build it, hire a professional.”
As one of the leading home and garden retailers in the UK, we’ve carefully monitored a tremendous change in attitudes towards home improvement. Consumers still want beautiful homes, but many now lack basic skills or the desire to learn them. With today’s busy lifestyle, studies show that we just aren’t as handy as we used to be, opting instead to hire a tradesmen to do it for us. Continue Reading »