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As we begin a new year, BBC Future has compiled 40 intriguing predictions made by scientists, politicians, journalists, bloggers and other assorted pundits in recent years about the shape of the world from 2013 to 2150.

BBC - Future - Technology - Tomorrow’s world: A guide to the next 150 years

As we begin a new year, BBC Future has compiled 40 intriguing predictions made by scientists, politicians, journalists, bloggers and other assorted pundits in recent years about the shape of the world from 2013 to 2150.

IBM: Mobile Retail Traffic Will More Than Double This Holiday Season | TechCrunch
IBM’s Coremetrics Benchmark is releasing data around holiday shopping  trends we can expect over the next few months. Big Blue says that  mobile retail traffic will more than double this holiday season.
During this year’s November holiday season, an unprecedented 15  percent of people in the U.S. logging onto a retailer’s web site are  expected to do so through a mobile device, says IBM. All online sales in  November will experience a growth of 12-15 percent over the same period  in 2010.
IBM reports that in October nearly 11 percent of people used a mobile  device to log onto a retailer’s site, up from 4.2 percent in October  2010. Additionally, mobile sales continue to increase, reaching a high  of 9.6 percent in October 2011, up from 3.4 percent in October 2010.
One of the new trends expected to take place is among Android users.  And for the first time, the growing number of Android users will  demonstrate similar levels of mobile shopping as iPhone users. These  October 2011 numbers show iPhone accounting for 4 percent of mobile  traffic and Android 3.5 percent. The iPad will also play a big role in  holiday shopping this season. In October, iPad conversion rates reached  6.8 percent as compared to the overall mobile device conversion rate of  3.6 percent.

IBM: Mobile Retail Traffic Will More Than Double This Holiday Season | TechCrunch

IBM’s Coremetrics Benchmark is releasing data around holiday shopping trends we can expect over the next few months. Big Blue says that mobile retail traffic will more than double this holiday season.

During this year’s November holiday season, an unprecedented 15 percent of people in the U.S. logging onto a retailer’s web site are expected to do so through a mobile device, says IBM. All online sales in November will experience a growth of 12-15 percent over the same period in 2010.

IBM reports that in October nearly 11 percent of people used a mobile device to log onto a retailer’s site, up from 4.2 percent in October 2010. Additionally, mobile sales continue to increase, reaching a high of 9.6 percent in October 2011, up from 3.4 percent in October 2010.

One of the new trends expected to take place is among Android users. And for the first time, the growing number of Android users will demonstrate similar levels of mobile shopping as iPhone users. These October 2011 numbers show iPhone accounting for 4 percent of mobile traffic and Android 3.5 percent. The iPad will also play a big role in holiday shopping this season. In October, iPad conversion rates reached 6.8 percent as compared to the overall mobile device conversion rate of 3.6 percent.

IBM Supercomputers Power Up Weather Forecasts

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has completed a nine-year, $180 million IBM supercomputer build-out for weather and climate prediction.


The two new systems, dubbed Stratus and Cirrus, will let NOAA run more complex models in an effort tol boost the nation’s watch and warning lead times for tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, tsunamis, and winter storms.

The two supercomputers run as primary and backup in tandem, and are both based on IBM Power 575 Systems. The main Stratus supercomputer will process gigabytes of weather data each day, including temperature, wind, atmospheric pressure, and satellite and oceanographic data.

The computers are capable of making 69.7 trillion calculations per second. NOAA said that’s the equivalent of one person with a calculator working for three million years.

via ibmfan:


Via: http://www.goodcleantech.com/

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Bucking the trend of high-tech competitors, International Business Machines Corp. posted a 12% increase in fourth-quarter profit and gave an upbeat outlook for 2009. Although facing “an extremely difficult economic environment,” IBM said it expects to continue to benefit from the growing profitability of its software and services businesses. Despite the global slowdown, customers are continuing to sign up for outsourcing and other services contracts, IBM said.