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Hewlett-Packard announces the plan to split the company in two

Hewlett-Packard has officially announced its intention to split into two separate companies. Hewlett-Packard Enterprise will focus on products and services for businesses with Meg Whitman as CEO, thus maintaining the role she has in the current company. HP Inc. will be the company that will focus on personal computers and printers with Dion Weisler as CEO and Meg Whitman as chairman of the board.
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Mayo Clinic will use the IBM Watson system for medical research

IBM and Mayo Clinic have announced a project to use the Watson cognitive computing system in medical research in order to find more quickly the most appropriate clinical trials, especially for cancer patients. Those tests that provide patients suffering from various forms of cancer access to new types of treatments. The use of Watson is also expected to be extended to clinical trials concerning other types of diseases.
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IBM launches Watson Discovery Advisor to help researchers

IBM announced Watson Discovery Advisor, a cloud service that uses the technology of the Watson artificial intelligence system devoted to research. The purpose is to assist researchers in testing their hypotheses and draw conclusions to accelerate their work. Watson’s ability to analyze massive amounts of data will find patterns and connections very quickly.
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Google presents Mesa, a super data warehousing system

Google has published a paper about Mesa, its new data warehousing system, used specifically to handle its online advertising business data. It’s a system used to create reports and analyzes for the company mangers. Due to the enormous amounts of data managed globally by Google, it’s a very complex system, requiring something more than other systems created by Google over the years.
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IBM unveils the SyNAPSE project chip that emulates a brain

IBM has revealed its new neurosynaptic chip, which reproduces at least partially the brain’s synapses. It’s the culmination of six years of development in collaboration with DARPA in the SyNAPSE (Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics) project. The chip called TrueNorth was produced with the 28nm process, contains 5.4 billion transistors and the innovative element is that it contains 4096 neurosynaptic cores with one million neurons and 256 million synapses but at the same time consumes only 70 mW during its operations.
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A test of a D-Wave Two quantum computer gives disappointing results

According to a study published in the journal “Science”, the quantum computer model D-Wave Two doesn’t seem to bring real benefits in terms of performance compared to classical computers. The article rekindled the controversy started since the introduction of this quantum computer by its manufacturer D-Wave Systems.
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