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For the first time, scientists at IBM Research have demonstrated reliably storing three bits of data per cell, instead of one, in a technology known as "phase-change memory." The breakthrough lowers the cost of the memory, and has a wide array of uses across mobile and high-performance computing.
Bausch + Lomb, and IBM today announced a collaboration to develop the first app of its kind for iPhone and iPad for surgeons who perform cataract surgery. The innovative app will help surgeons streamline their workflow by delivering patient information and clinical insights as well as intraocular lens (IOL) options on a single, digital platform at the point of care.
IBM has allegedly started to cut down its workforce in the United States, in what is believed to be "massive" job cuts across many departments. Initially announced in January as layoffs affecting one department, the number of people facing the axe has increased significantly, with reports claiming the total number of people who will be laid off by the major IT provider could make up a third of the entire US workforce, and recent changes to IBM's severance policy are set to make the situation worse for those departing.
Today, IBM and the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA) introduced the SleepHealth app designed for iPhone and Apple Watch, alongside the patient-driven SleepHealth Mobile Study to help identify connections between sleep habits and health outcomes. The SleepHealth study uses Apple's ResearchKit framework to enable participants to participate in the research study directly through the SleepHealth app. SleepHealth is the first ResearchKit study to run on the IBM-powered Watson Health Cloud.
IBM is stepping up its Apple-related development efforts, as part of a wider array of announcements made at Mobile World Congress. Alongside strategic partnerships with VMware, GitHub, and other companies relating to IBM's cloud services, IBM has revealed it is also bringing Swift development to the cloud, by offering developers the Swift Package Catalog and Swift runtime, which could help with the production of enterprise apps.
IBM today announced it has delivered more than 100 IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps, as part of its partnership with Apple, to 14 industries and 65 individual professions. Specifically named as recipients of the apps are wealth advisors, flight attendants, first responders, nurses, and retail purchasers. Additionally, Apple and IBM are expanding the portfolio to new markets, including consumer products, automotive, aging, and chemicals and petroleum.
IBM is making it easier to build apps in Apple's Swift programming language, by releasing a free tool for coding in the browser. At the same time, Apple's senior software vice president Craig Federighi has offered reasons why Apple recently made Swift open source, as well as where he expects the language to be used by developers, and where Swift could potentially go further into the future after being opened up for use by anyone.
Although to veteran Mac users this will sound like a report from the Obvious Department, an IBM senior executive has revealed that Apple products -- both Macs and iOS devices -- are proving popular with IBM employees under a new employee-choice program, and that users of Apple products need much less help and service, are more productive, and while the up-front cost of Macs are higher than some competing platforms, "every Mac that we buy is making -- and saving -- IBM money."
Over the weekend, Apple CEO Tim Cook took a surprise visit to Turkey on Saturday to be present at the two Apple Stores in the country's largest city, Istanbul, to celebrate the arrival of the Apple Watch to the country. The Apple Watch Sport starts at 1,249 Turkish Lira (TRY), which translates to about $450 US at the current exchange rate. The company now has two stores in Istanbul, a flagship store at the Zorlu Center mall, and another at the Akasya Shopping Center.
The partnership between Apple and IBM that targets the enterprise sector continues a steady stream of new app releases, with 10 more announced on Tuesday that brings the total of the year-old partnership to 32 apps for specific industries. The latest batch include apps designed for managers, business travelers, the mortgage industry, government inspectors, and field technicians and professionals, among others.