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IBM's Watson Retrofitted By Columbia, Out-Diagnoses Dr. House

Trak Lord | Super Computing | Thu, Mar 24 2011 1:00 PM CDT
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Well not really. Or rather, not yet.

Columbia doctors want to use Watson to diagnose patients, so they've been testing "him" for almost a year to see how the trivia super computer stacks up in medical problem-solving.

The project is led by Herbert Chase, a professor of clinical medicine in the Department of Biomedical Informatics. Through a series of tests, questions, inquiries, and experiments, Chase hopes to retrofit the knowledge bot with an understanding of diagnostic medicine.

"It's been impossible for probably 20 or 30 years for a human to process the information required to practice medicine at the highest, evidence-based, guideline-based level,"

Chase said in the Columbia news release.

Evidently, the minute "trouble" that Watson had with some of the JEOPARDY! questions is a bonus for the researchers. During the popular game show, contestants got a live feed of Watson's logic processing in reference to the posed question (answer?). There were often two or three wrong answers with probability factors accompanying each possibility. The stakes are a much higher in medicine, as well as the vast amount of information available. Try entering in "headache" as a symptom in any web-based diagnosis site and you'll get hits on everything from Hangover to Brain Tumor.

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Crysis 2 launched, console gamers in love, PC gamers overlook the last 3 letters in Crysis

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Wed, Mar 23 2011 8:00 PM CDT

Crysis 2 has launched and has gotten some huge attention because of it's multi-platform release. It has been released on Xbox 360 and PS3 and of course for PC. Console gamers have bragged that it's some of the best graphics ever on consoles while PC gamers are saying the original (with mods) looks better.

The game (on PC) does not include any intricate detail adjustments apart from different "modes" of graphics. It's quite disappointing as things like motion blur on a high-refresh screen just look ridiculous. The game however has gotten some good talk about the single player campaign and the multiplayer has actually been 'dumb-fun' for me. It's an obvious Call of Duty clone, but in a world of Call of Duty clones, it stands apart.

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Microsoft release Windows Phone 7 updates, includes copy and paste

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Wed, Mar 23 2011 6:38 PM CDT

Better late than never is what Microsoft are probably thinking with this update for Windows 7. For the life of me, I don't understand how all of these features were not included in the stock release of WP7. But, who cares now, right? The release is here and has plenty of goodies to keep WP7 owners happy.

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The biggest feature change is Copy & Paste, this was a huge debacle with the Apple iPhone when it came out and Microsoft have sorted this out quick smart in comparison. Below is a list of the full changelog.

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HP Press Release Takes a Stab At Oracle

Trak Lord | Business, Financial & Legal | Wed, Mar 23 2011 2:35 PM CDT

You'd think Oracle would have seen this coming.

HP Supports Customers Despite Oracle's Anti-customer Actions

Amid plummeting SPARC server market share, Oracle seeks to force customers to buy their servers

PALO ALTO, Calif., March 23, 2011

HP today reiterated that it will continue the development and innovation of Itanium-based Integrity server platforms with its HP-UX operating system using a roadmap that extends more than 10 years.

In addition, HP will continue to support customers running existing versions of Oracle software on Itanium-based Integrity servers, both existing and future platforms, during the same timeframe. Last year, HP launched the industry's most modern mission-critical architecture in more than a decade. This constitutes the longest published roadmap of any UNIX vendor in the industry.

"Oracle continues to show a pattern of anti-customer behavior as they move to shore up their failing Sun server business," said Dave Donatelli, executive vice president and general manager, Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking, HP. "HP believes in fair and honest competition. Competition is good for customers, innovation and the marketplace. We are shocked that Oracle would put enterprises and governments at risk while costing them hundreds of millions of dollars in lost productivity in a shameless gambit to limit fair competition."

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Firefox 4 Is Out: Join The Party

Trak Lord | Software | Wed, Mar 23 2011 2:23 PM CDT
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You probably saw it on our Download of the Day, but just in case you were suspicious of what 9 million users and counting have confidently downloaded, here are some initial observations from using Firefox 4 all day today to write the last few posts.

Upon downloading, I was greeted with a wonderfully and aesthetically pleasing tutorial set-up (not that I really needed it, I just watched it because I was curious). If you're just now getting on the Firefox Train (like, if you were born in the late 1990's), it's a helpful introduction. You can also totally join the party by being part of Mozilla's Twitter Party feature, in which your Twitter Avatar is somehow algorithm'd into a pixellated version of their well-known browser logo. There's even a nifty search function once you've tweeted the #fx4 hashtag to see your tweet amongst the 67,000 others.

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What I've Noticed So Far

Overall, very pleased. I used to use Firefox (and I still do for some sites)

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Blizzard Execs Celebrate 20th Anniversary, Play StarCraft II At NASDAQ

Trak Lord | Gaming | Wed, Mar 23 2011 1:20 PM CDT
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Earlier this month, Blizzard Execs Mike Morhaime, Frank Pearce and Allen Adham celebrated the anniversary of the iconic gaming powerhouse they had founded 20 years ago by ringing the closing bell at NASDAQ in New York on March 7. There's a lot to celebrate for the company that originally brought us "The Death & Return of Superman" and is now the proud father of their 7 year old baby, the 5 million large MMORPG, World of Warcraft. How exactly, you might ask, does such a team rejoice in their financial success and fame? By playing StarCraft II on those giant NASDAQ displays, of course.

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JEALOUS.

If you were lucky enough to be in Times Square that morning, you would have been treated to 7-story cinematics projected on the NASDAQ tower from popular Activision Blizzard titles like World of Warcraft: Cataclysm and StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. It was like The Today Show, but instead of Al Roker "predicting" the weather (you're outside already Al. How hard can it be?), it was a 7-story-high to-scale Deathwing forecasting Awesome. With a chance of Awesome. I know there's a Blizzard / "wintry mix" joke in here somewhere.

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Android App Augments Your 3DS Reality

Trak Lord | Gaming | Wed, Mar 23 2011 12:12 PM CDT
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The Nintendo 3DS launches in a few short days, and with it comes the wonderful augmented reality experiences, already demoed at GDC 2011 and the Nintendo Pods available in a major city near you. One of the downsides to the AR games and experiences in the Nintendo 3DS is relying on those AR cards that the player has to carry around with them if he or she wishes to shoot a dragon with arrows or hold an adorably "uncanny valley" cat or dog in hand.

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An enterprising individual named Andrew Wilson has developed an Android App (am I allowed to call it an "app" anymore?) that has screenshots of all six AR Cards that come with the 3DS. Players will be able to launch their 3DS AR experiences using only their Android phone, making the augmented reality fun far more portable and accessible. Even better, you can download the app for your Android Tablet as well, making the AR models even bigger!

Here's hoping Nintendo lets this one go- it's not as though people will be able to access the games without a 3DS anyway.

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CITA 2011, NVIDIA and Jabra show off new products

Sean Kalinich | Mobile Devices | Wed, Mar 23 2011 6:16 AM CDT

CITA had its mobile focus event yesterday and like CES unveiled it is a small part of a much larger event. The event was held at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando, FL and was a Luau Themed affair.

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After you got around all of the finery (if you could call it that) there were several vendors there that had some impressive products for the mobile world. One of these was NVIDIA. After the launch of the first Tegra 2 device at CES they have been hard at work getting a couple of additional devices ready. One of these is an Android based tablet that will be pushed out by T-mobile.

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This will have 32GB of storage with room for an additional SD card (the cheap way to go as we were told). We also heard that NVIDIA plans to have the first quad core (ARM based) tablets and phones coming out very soon.

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AMD employees Mike Wolfe as new CIO

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Tue, Mar 22 2011 8:30 PM CDT

AMD have announced they've hired Mike Wolfe as AMD's chief information officer. Wolfe brings more than 30 years of engineering and information technology experience as well as being vice president of IT for product development and engineering at HP for the past five years.

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Wolfe will be responsible for managing AMD's global technology infrastructure and will report to Thomas Seifert whom is senior vice president and chief financial officer and interim CEO.

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