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IBM Announces 4Q16, Full Year 2016 Financial Results

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IBM announced its full year 2016 and 4Q2016 earnings this afternoon.

The topline:

  • Diluted EPS from continuing operations: GAAP of $4.73; Operating (non-GAAP) of $5.01
  • Revenue from continuing operations of $21.8 billion
  • Strategic imperatives revenue for full-year 2016 of $32.8 billion up 13 percent (up 14 percent adjusting for currency) represents 41 percent of IBM revenue
  • Cloud revenue of $13.7 billion for full-year 2016, up 35 percent
    • — Cloud as-a-service annual exit run rate of $8.6 billion at year end, up 61 percent year to year (up 63 percent adjusting for currency)
  • 2017 EPS Expectations: GAAP of at least $11.95; Operating (non-GAAP) of at least $13.80

IBM CEO and Chairman Ginni Rometty had this to say about the quarter and years’ results:

“In 2016, our strategic imperatives grew to represent more than 40 percent of our total revenue and we have established ourselves as the industry’s leading cognitive solutions and cloud platform company,” said Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and chief executive officer.  “IBM Watson is the world’s leading AI platform for business, and emerging solutions such as IBM Blockchain are enabling new levels of trust in transactions of every kind.  More and more clients are choosing the IBM Cloud because of its differentiated capabilities, which are helping to transform industries, such as financial services, airlines and retail.”

You can see the full details here.

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January 19, 2017 at 3:22 pm

Adios, Yahoo!

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I missed that seemingly glorious NCAA championship football game last evening, being the cord cutter I am.

Why you don’t put a national championship game on the broadcast network instead of ESPN…well, I know why, but I refuse to be held hostage.

The recap I saw clearly showed it was quite the remarkable game. Congrats, Clemson, on ending your 35-year title drought.

Meanwhile, back at the SEC ranch, there was a sneaky 8-K filing which indicated after the Verizon sale closes, that Yahoo!’s remaining business would be renamed Altaba, Inc., and that CEO Marissa Mayer and Yahoo! co-founder David Filo would be resigning from the board.

Geez, that’s it? An 8-K filing with the SEC?!!

No fireworks. No goodbye drinks.

Shouldn’t we at least have a wake or a funeral or something?

For those of us who were early inhabitants of cyberspace, it’s easy to forget that in the mid 90s, Yahoo! was the phone book of the Internet. You wanted to know how to find a web site, you went to Yahoo!

There was no Google. Google didn’t even exist.

I know, mind blowing, right? Put that in in your millennial pipe and smoke it.

As to the name change, here’s what Mashable had to say:

Think of it this way: Years ago, someone planted a seed and called it “Yahoo Inc.” It grew into a big ol’ tree with some fruit hanging off of it. Verizon comes along with a basket and says, “Hey, I want to buy that fruit.” It can take all that fruit, including a really nice-looking tidbit that is the Yahoo brand, but the tree is still called Yahoo Inc. So, the farmer goes to the, uh, Securities and Exchange Commission (just roll with us) and says, “Hey, I’m selling all of my fruit to Verizon, and they can bake it into a new pie called Yahoo, but I need to change the name of this tree to Altaba. Cool?”
– via Mashable

Here’s hoping that Verizon’s new fruit basket doesn’t rot!

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January 10, 2017 at 8:50 am

IBM Inventors Receive Record-Breaking 8K+ U.S. Patents In 2016

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IBM today announced that it broke the U.S. patent record with 8,088 patents granted to its inventors in 2016, marking the 24th consecutive year of innovation leadership.

IBM’s 2016 patent output covers a diverse range of inventions in artificial intelligence and cognitive computing, cognitive health, cloud, cybersecurity and other strategic growth areas for the company.

IBM inventors were granted more than 22 patents per day in 2016, enabling the company to become the first to surpass 8,000 patents in a single year. IBM researchers, engineers, and designers generated more than 2,700 patents for inventions related to AI, cognitive computing and cloud computing.

More than 8,500 IBM inventors residing in 47 states and territories and 47 countries are responsible for IBM’s record-setting 2016 patent tally. IBM inventors based in New York received over 2,700 patents, while IBMers based in California and Texas were granted over 1,000 patents each.

The United States is home to more than half of IBM’s $5.4 billion annual investment in research and development. This substantial commitment to unlocking new technologies is what has long propelled IBM into new markets, allowing it to create value for clients and opportunity for its employees, including the 25,000 Americans the company has pledged to hire over the next four years.

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January 9, 2017 at 10:05 am

IBM And Illumina Partner On Genomic Data

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IBM Watson Health and Illumina, Inc. have announced a major partnership to expand access to genome data interpretation by integrating Watson for Genomics into Illumina’s BaseSpace®Sequence Hub and tumor sequencing process. The collaboration is designed to help standardize and simplify genomic data interpretation.

By adding Watson for Genomics to Illumina’s next-generation sequencing platform, researchers who use Illumina’s cancer genome sequencing panel will have rapid access to information to help interpret the broad array of variant data produced by TruSight Tumor 170. Illumina’s TruSight® Tumor 170 is a solid tumor profiling panel designed to detect a comprehensive set of variants across 170 genes.

In a matter of minutes, Watson for Genomics will read the genetic alteration files produced by TruSight Tumor 170, comb professional guidelines, medical literature, clinical trials compendia, and other sources of knowledge to provide information for each genomic alteration, and produce a report for use by researchers — a process that typically takes scientists more than one week to complete.

Watson for Genomics ingests data from approximately 10,000 scientific articles and 100 new clinical trials every month. The Watson for Genomics software will be available to support Illumina’s TruSight Tumor 170 assay early in 2017.

Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide and a growing body of research shows that analyzing the genomic basis of a tumor can be important for understanding the individual patient’s disease, a major aspect of precision medicine.

However, the output of next generation sequencing panels requires sophisticated analyses to help identify the mutations responsible for cancer growth and correlate that information with potential standard and experimental treatment options. This is where Watson is expected to help.

“To enable precision cancer medicine on a large scale, we need new tools to overcome the data barriers of genomic research,” said Francis deSouza, President and CEO of Illumina.. “With a comprehensive assay of Illumina and the power of Watson, we hope to deliver a rapid turnaround of the genomic alteration results.”

Genome sequencing has increased in recent years following two decades of research demonstrating the promise of precision medicine. However, access to these advances has been limited by the significant time and expense required to interpret the genomic data.

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January 9, 2017 at 9:12 am

Now On The Tee…The Twitter And PGA Tour Twosome

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Seeing as it’s going to be arctic cold throughout much of the U.S. this weekend, for golf fans frozne out of the course it could be a good time to become situationally aware of a new deal between Twitter and the PGA Tour.

According to VentureBeat, Twitter has signed a deal to broadcast more than 70 hours of live PGA Tour Golf coverage from 31 tournaments throughout the remaining 2016-2017 season.

Twitter will become the exclusive global platform to broadcast golf coverage, which will generally include up to 90 minutes of the early Thursday and Friday morning hours from PGA Tour Live’s “over-the-top”) OTT subscription.

Twitter viewers will be able to access pre-play analysis, interviews, and live competition from the first two holes of each day’s PGA Tour Live Marquee Groups.

This builds on Twitter’s NFL partnership to stream Thursday night NFL games in full this season.

Twitter golf coverage starts at the CareerBuilder Challenge on January 19th, and will continue through the season-ending Tour Championship in September of this year.

Written by turbotodd

January 6, 2017 at 2:56 pm

Posted in 2016, golf, pga tour, twitter

Panasonic, IBM Partner On Digital Concierge

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Panasonic and IBM have announced their work together on a digital concierge service to enhance consumer experiences and expectations while traveling.

Today’s consumers expect a seamless, easy and personalized travel experience, and a hotel’s digital capabilities and amenities can impact a traveler’s decision about where they book a stay.

So, Panasonic and IBM are introducing a creative and immersive experience that not only benefits the consumer, but also allows hotels to upgrade traveler experiences in the competitive hospitality market.

The Panasonic Digital Concierge applies Watson and IBM cloud to a digital mirror design for hotels and other hospitality industry customers.

Using the digital mirror, hotel guest will be able to have a spoken dialogue with Panasonic’s Digital Concierge to quickly obtain a host of information about the hotel and its services, entertainment and shopping opportunities, transportation, weather, and other topics related to their stay.

Panasonic and IBM will also partner to extend their collaboration to applications for the Panasonic-developed LinkRay. This technology enables users to automatically receive content from digital signage or light source by merely pointing a LinkRay app-equipped mobile device at such a source.

Integrated with hospitality applications in customers’ mobile phones, this enables a whole range of new opportunities to enhance consumer experiences around location based services and content consumption through the cloud.

The Panasonic Concierge is on display at CES 2017 in IBM’s Client Center at the Venetian Hotel. Additionally, this week at CES, Panasonic announced the introduction of the Panasonic Cognitive Infotainment platform with IBM Watson, which is on display at CES 2017 in the new Chrysler Portal Virtual Concept at the Panasonic booth, as well as IBM’s Client Center at the Venetian Hotel.

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January 6, 2017 at 9:01 am

What Up At CES?

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The 2017 Consumer Electronics Show is on the verge of kicking into full gear, and for the umpteenth year in a row, I won’t be there.

Despite my penchant for showing up at trade shows and conferences and wandering the aisles aimlessly in search of the next new thing, I’ve never made it to CES, and I’m starting to have a complex about it.

But that doesn’t stop me from watching the announcements from afar, trying to decipher if there’s any technologies out there that may be absent from my life that I so desperately can’t do without.

Obviously, the traditional CES course of events has been dramatically altered by our cloud-enabled, IoT and smartphone convergent world. That is to say, it’s am event no longer largely about bigger and better TVs and their associated devices (DVRs, new sound systems, etc.)

Much is pushing down into the smaller form factor — stopping, for the time being, I suspect, at smart watches and fitness devices, and maybe a few smart ear buds. But I expect it won’t be long before nanodevices start showing up on the CES scene.

So what are the emergent memes for 2017? I would have to expect more AI capabilities will permeate many of these devices.

The “smart assistant” sector is exploding, what with Amazon’s “Alexa” family of voice-powered smart assistants, and Google’s move into the space with “Google Home” (My hometown Best Buy sold out 200+ Google Homes in the two finals days before Christmas, so I expect smart assistants go right up to the top of the list in terms of new desired devices).

Lenovo’s moving into the smart assistant space with its own “Smart Assistant,” one modeled on Amazon’s Echo and that uses the underlying Alexa technology and phone app. Amazon everywhere, including now Lenovo.

Perusing early CES coverage from CNET, The Verge, and others, it seems that a whole slew of new laptops and notebooks have been announced. Allow me to stifle my enthusiasm.

The only one of those that looked interesting to me was the new Acer Predator 21X, a gaming laptop that weighs 17 pounds and has a 21-inch screen. Put that in your backpack and lug it around Manhattan all day. And don’t forget to take out a second mortgage to cover the $8,999 cost.

If you’re hankerin’ for a smart watch, Chinese telco provider ZTE’s throwing its smart watch into the ring, one expected to run Google’s Android Wear software, but that device won’t be available until later in the year, and thus far details are thin.

If you’re feeling self-conscious about that really bad haircut you got for $10 from your cosmetology-aspiring second cousin, there’s the Kerastase Hair Coach smart hairbrush.

It includes “3-axis load cells” to let you know if you’re brushing too hard, an accelerometer and gyroscope to help you count those brush strokes, and a microphone that helps identify your hair type….or, just provides an assist as you break out into full-on Tom Cruise/Bob Seger singing mode in your undies, a la “Risky Business.”

Of course, if you’re gonna go full-on Tom Cruise, you need some cool shades, and if there aren’t any Ray Bans about, maybe try the new Osterhout Design Group’s R-8 and R-9 AR/VR smart glasses, which are based on ODG’s 50 degree Field of View (FOV) and the Project Horizon platform. They range in price from $1,000 to $1,799, and will be targeting markets including sports, gaming, navigation, and education.

These new glasses will use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chip, which is making its debut at CES 2017 and generally being used for heavy image processing tasks in mobile devices (including ODG’s smart glasses).

So you thought it was funny to watch people play Pokemon Go at your local park with their smartphones? Wait until they’ve got a pair of these R-8s about, circumnavigating trees and kid’s swings and cyclists with the greatest of ease.

Pokemon better get ready to up its game. That is, of course, assuming anyone’s still playing it.

You see why it’s so hard to get excited about a trade show I’ve never attended but always wanted to??!

Written by turbotodd

January 4, 2017 at 10:53 am

Posted in 2016, AR, CES, VR

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