Feb 11, 2015

IBM brings Watson supercomputer to Japan via SoftBank

IBM announced plans Tuesday to bring its Watson supercomputer to Japan with mobile telecom group SoftBank, in a deal aimed at developing new applications for robotics and other services. “IBM is teaching Watson to speak, and think, in Japanese, one of most difficult languages ...

Oct 21, 2014

U.S. stocks end higher despite drag from IBM

U.S. stocks ended higher on Monday on investor hopes for a strong earnings season, but IBM’s disappointing results limited gains. Earnings reports from Halliburton, Gannett Co., and others, helped ease the worries over global growth and falling commodity prices that last week helped drive ...

Apple, IBM put aside differences with landmark deal

Jul 16, 2014

Apple, IBM put aside differences with landmark deal

Apple Inc. and International Business Machines Corp. are putting aside a rivalry started at the dawn of the personal-computing era to get more businesses to embrace iPhones and iPads. The deal unveiled yesterday gives Apple access to an IBM sales force that will recommend ...

May 9, 2014

IBM Japan did not abuse tax consolidation rules, court rules

The Tokyo District Court on Friday endorsed the IBM Japan group’s complaint against back taxes ordered by the National Tax Agency for abusing tax consolidation regulations. If the decision becomes final, IBM Japan is expected to receive a tax refund of some ¥120 billion ...

Are supercomputers worth their super price tags?

Feb 12, 2012

Are supercomputers worth their super price tags?

by Tomoko Otake

“Why do we have to aim for the world’s No. 1 — what’s wrong with being the world’s No. 2?” Ever since that short question about Japan’s vaunted K computer was posed live on national television in November 2009, Japan’s policymakers have been haunted ...