When it comes to education reform in the United States, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) is the term that is usually at the tip of the tongue of every policy maker, teacher, or school advocate. For its detractors, STEM is a buzzword for more standardized tests or a de-emphasis on humanities education. For its proponents, STEM signifies an increased dedication to making American schools globally competitive — preparing students for a job market that is becoming increasingly more reliant on science and technology skills.
One Montreal-based startup wants to give you a portable sound system that you can take to parties, to picnics, or only just as far as your living room. On Thursday, AmpMe announced the launch of a new free mobile app that syncs music across smartphones for a communal listening experience. By playing music together through multiple phones, the app is designed to produce that rich speaker-produced sound just through iOS and Android-supported phones and tablets.
IBM’s Watson is fast becoming the smartest cognitive computing system around. On Thursday, IBM announced that Watson expanded its set of cognitive APIs (application program interfaces) and tools available to developers who create apps and products using the supercomputer’s capabilities. The move further solidifies Watson’s reach in a number of industries from law to healthcare and education. The announcement was made at IBM’s forum on cognitive and artificial intelligence where the company announced that a new West Coast hub for Watson in San Francisco.
Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales thinks there’s “something really wrong with the web” and, as he wrote in a recent online “manifesto,” he wants “your help in fixing it.” For Wales, most social media networks treat users as commodities that can “be sold to advertisers,” while phone companies “spend huge amounts of money on” ads to sell users “what is essentially a commodity service.” Enter The People’s Operator. On Tuesday, Wales launched TPO, a charitable social network and phone service in the U.S.
At this stage, what can’t IBM’s Watson computer do? It has won “Jeopardy,” been used for cancer genomics research, and some of its culinary creations have made their way to the kitchens of everyone from the casual cook to the most experienced chef. Now, IBM’s cognitive computing system is learning Arabic. On Tuesday, IBM and Abu-Dhabi-based Mubadala Development Company announced that the supercomputer’s cloud-based cognitive capabilities will are coming to the Middle East and North Africa.
Who knew that the answer to fighting the trillion-dollar global counterfeit drug problem rested in a particle the size of a speck of dust? At least that’s what entrepreneur Dr. Hank Wuh is counting on with TruTag Technologies, one of the companies that falls under the larger umbrella of Skai Ventures, the tech-focused venture capital accelerator that he founded. The central idea behind the tech company are “TruTags” - invisible, edible barcodes that can be planted right onto medicine to verify that the pills and tablets you might consume are the real deal.
In a decision Monday, the Washington Court of Appeals ruled that anonymous reviewers on websites like lawyer review site Avvo.com are entitled to First Amendment protections. In the case, Florida-based divorce and family law attorney Deborah Thomson filed a defamation suit against a poster who published an anonymous negative review of her on the site. She asked the court to subpoena for information that could reveal the poster’s identity.