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IBM and Lightbend Announce Initiative to Build New Platform for Cognitive Development

by Michael Redlich on  Jun 28, 2017

IBM has announced a strategic investment in reactive pioneer and Scala language custodian, Lightbend. The two companies will collaborate to build a new platform for cognitive development. Mark Brewer, CEO at Lightbend spoke exclusively to InfoQ about this collaboration.

Microsoft Adds Support for Additional Blockchain Protocols in Azure

by Kent Weare on  Jun 04, 2017

In advance of the Coindesk Consensus 2017 conference, Microsoft announced additional blockchain protocol support in Azure. These new investments include support for more complex blockchain and distributed ledger network deployments, including HyperLedger Fabric, R3 Corda, Quorum, Chain Core and BlockApps.

Google, IBM and Lyft Open-Source Microservice Service-Mesh Istio

by Abel Avram on  May 27, 2017

Google, IBM and Lyft have open sourced Istio (Greek word for “sail”), a framework for managing, securing and monitoring microservices.

IBM Unveils Its Most Powerful Quantum Processor Yet for Business and Science

by Sergio De Simone on  May 19, 2017

IBM has announced a new feat in its race towards building ever more powerful quantum processors. Indeed, its new 16 and 17 qubit processors are its most powerful yet, IBM researchers claim.

IBM Open Sources Their API Microgateway

by Margot Krouwer on  May 02, 2017

IBM has recently announced that they’ve open sourced their API Microgateway. This means that any developer/business can now take advantage of this software in their own computing projects at no cost.

Hyperledger Steering Committee Approves First Ethereum Project

by Kent Weare on  Apr 23, 2017

In a recent blog post on the Hyperledger project website, Brian Behlendorf, executive director of the Hyperledger project, announced that the Hyperledger Technical Steering Committee has approved a proposal, submitted by Monax and Intel, to incubate the first Ethereum derived project called Burrow, a permissionable smart contract machine.

Using Deep Learning Technologies IBM Reaches a New Milestone in Speech Recognition

by Srini Penchikala on  Mar 31, 2017

The research team at IBM recently announced they've reached a new industry record at 5.5%, using the SWITCHBOARD linguistic corpus. This brings us closer to what's considered to be the human error rate, 5.1%. They used deep learning technologies and acoustic models to accomplish this milestone.

IBM Launches Blockchain as a Service

by Kent Weare on  Mar 30, 2017 1

At the company’s recent InterConnect conference, IBM announced the release of IBM Blockchain as a Service. This service is based upon the Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Fabric version 1.0 and runs on IBM’s high security network which is underpinned by LinuxONE. Previously, the Hyperledger Fabric was in an incubator state and has since been promoted to an active state.

IBM QISKit Aims to Enable Cloud-Based Quantum Computation

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 11, 2017

The Quantum Experience team at IBM has started to open source their quantum software QISKit, writes quantum computing and information scientist Jay Gambetta. QISKit allows developers to explore IBM cloud-enabled quantum processor using Python.

Building the Hyperconnected Future on Blockchains Paper Released at World Government Summit

by Kent Weare on  Mar 04, 2017

At the recent World Government Summit, Hexayurt Capital and ConsenSys released a paper called “Building the Hyperconnected Future on Blockchains.” The purpose of the paper was to provide an Internet of Agreements (IoA) strategy and roadmap for the next wave of innovation in order to drive Globalization 2.0.

IBM Announces Kitura 1.0 and Bluemix Runtime for Swift 3

by Sergio De Simone on  Oct 04, 2016 2

Just a few days after Swift 3 official announcement, IBM has released version 1.0 of its open source, server-side Kitura framework along with the IBM Bluemix Runtime for Swift 3. InfoQ has spoken with IBM’s Chris Bailey about the status of Swift on the server.

Oracle Shares Their Strategy for Java EE with the JCP Executive Committee

by Abraham Marín Pérez on  Sep 11, 2016 1

Anil Gaur, Oracle Group Vice President with responsibility for Java EE and WebLogic Server, was invited to speak at the last JCP Executive Committee meeting to shed some light on the future of Java EE. The core of his message was that enterprise programming is changing, and that Oracle wants to adapt to it. However, questions from the EC members indicated that the plan is still unclear.

IBM Launches Cloud Services for Blockchain Deployments

by Kent Weare on  Aug 20, 2016

IBM recently announced a cloud service for organizations looking to adopt blockchain technologies. The service is underpinned by the IBM LinuxONE platform which hosts a series of underlying services for blockchain processing. IBM is positioning this platform for organizations in regulated industries which require secure environments for testing and running blockchain projects.

Java EE Vendors and the London JUG Announce New MicroProfile

by Abraham Marín Pérez on  Jul 15, 2016

During the last DevNation Conference, Red Hat, IBM, Tomitribe, Payara, and the London Java Community announced the creation of the MicroProfile, a new initiative to try and leverage Java EE technologies to create a vendor-neutral microservices framework. The goal is to have a first public version by September 2016, allowing developers to create portable microservices in Java more easily.

IBM Pushes Swift for the Cloud with Swift Runtime, Package Catalog, and More

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 24, 2016

After introducing their Swift sandbox, IBM have recently announced their next step to support Swift in the cloud by previewing IBM Swift runtime, Swift Package Catalog, and open-sourcing Kitura, a framework for Web app development.

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