Tag Archive for development

The Economist explains: What APIs are

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A FEDERAL jury has handed Google a huge victory in its long-running battle with a rival, Oracle, over Google’s Android software. The two software giants have been at legal loggerheads for years over Oracle’s allegation that Google illegally copied parts of its software—specifically, 37 “Java APIs”—in its Android phones. Oracle has already announced it plans…

Product design: The replicator

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 Designing in the digital and physical worlds at the same time WHEN great designs are turned into products compromises are made. The beautifully sculpted “concept” cars that regularly appear at motor shows never get built, at least not in the form they left the design studio, because they are inevitably too difficult and expensive to…

Can IT keep up with big data?

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Though IT and its functions and responsibilities have changed over the years, there’s one area that remains consistent: IT primarily focuses on major enterprise applications and on large machines—whether they are mainframes or super servers. When IT deals with big data, the primary arena for it is, once again, large servers that are parallel processing…

Election Tech: Leadership is more powerful than technology

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Harper Reed-entrepreneur, programmer, and Obama’s former CTO-says winning organizations treat technology as a ‘first class citizen’ by empowering people and small teams to make smart decisions. The myth is powerful. Technology and big data helped Obama win a tight re-election campaign in 2012. Obama mastered social media in 2008, and by 2012 had such a…

Quantum computing: Now try this

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USING the rules of quantum mechanics to carry out computations far faster than any conventional machine can manage is an idea that goes back decades. It was proposed in the early 1980s, but was confined to the blackboards of theoreticians until the late 1990s, when experimentalists gave it life by building simple machines which proved…

The Economist explains: Why firms are piling into artificial intelligence

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SOMETIMES it is perceived as a figment of the far future. But artificial intelligence (AI) is today’s great obsession in Silicon Valley. Last year technology companies spent $8.5 billion on deals and investments in artificial intelligence, four times more than in 2010. Nearly all of the world’s technology giants, including Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon and…

Quantum computing: Harnessing weirdness

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Double, double, toil and trouble After a glorious 50 years, Moore’s law—which states that computer power doubles every two years at the same cost—is running out of steam. Tim Cross asks what might replace it IN 1971 a small company called Intel released the 4004, its first ever microprocessor. The chip, measuring 12 square millimetres,…