A few days ago, IBM announced that it has produced for the first time a fully integrated silicon photonic chips. This is the prototype of a transceiver to be used in data centers to get transmissions up to 100 Gb/s. The aim is to increase the transfer speed of large volumes of data in cloud and Big Data applications, those which require an exchange of information very high and require specific technologies.
In recent years the range of really tiny and very cheap computers has increased tremendously. A few days ago, a fundraiser started for one of these called C.H.I.P. that immediately had an incredible success. Next Thing Co. is a company based in Oakland, California, USA, which aims to offer a PC for just $9. To do this it needed to raise $50,000 and while I’m writing $943.501 were already pledged. The fundraiser will continue until June 6, 2015.
A few weeks after announcing the creation of its business unit Watson Health to use its cognitive computing system in the medical field, IBM has announced new partnerships in this initiative. Fourteen cancer institutes will work together with IBM to achieve progress particularly in the field of genomics and offer their patients more personalized treatments.
Google announced the Patent Purchase Promotion, an experimental initiative to fight the phenomenon of patent trolling, the use of patents for the sole purpose of restricting competition and to obtain money through lawsuits or through agreements following threats of such actions. In this case, Google asked holders of American patents willing to sell them to submit their requests with the price. That’s meant to prevent them from ending up in the hands of patent trolls.
Nokia announced that it reached an agreement to buy Alcatel-Lucent for 15.6 billion Euros (about $16.6 billion) in a share exchange. In the end Alcatel-Lucent’s shareholders will own 33.5% of the combined share capital while Nokia’s shareholders will own the remaining 66.5%. The company involved is the “true” Nokia, not the Devices & Services unit sold to Microsoft in 2013.