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Earlier this week, Google’s DeepMind team published a paper describing AlphaZero, a new generic reinforcement learning algorithm that has done some remarkable things. First, in about eight hours, it taught itself to beat AlphaGo, a human-trained AI system that beat the best human Go players in the world. It also taught itself chess and Shogi (known as Japanese chess) in about four hours and beat the best human-trained AI systems at those games. How did AlphaZero teach itself? The rules of the games were programmed into the system. Then, AlphaZero started to play itself. The more it played itself, the better it became. Over a few hours, it learned to play the games better than the games had ever been played. Perfect Information It is extremely important to understand that AlphaZero is not thinking like humans think, and it is not capable of general-knowledge decision-m... (more)

Seven Days to SYS-CON's iPhone Developer Summit

We now have 7 days until the SYS-CON iPhone Developer Summit in New York's Roosevelt Hotel. During the now TWO-day event, there will be nine presenters as well as exhibitors such as Sybase. Each day this week I will let you know some information of a few of our speakers... Getting Started Programming with Objective-C and the iPhone - Julio Barros - Consultant, E-String Technologies Developing for the iPhone and iPod touch is exciting and the amount of information can be overwhelming at times. Objective-C is a simple superset of C and XCode is powerful and comprehensive. Cocoa Touch frameworks are new but based on mature elegant technology with roots in Mac OS X and NextStep. Well talk about tips and strategies to best learn your way around Objective-C, Cocoa Touch and the XCode development tools. Speaker Bio: Julio Barros has been developing iPhone software since the ... (more)

Ulitzer Launches Apple iPad New Media Site

iPad on Ulitzer Ulitzer.com, the first revolutionary "new media" platform in the world, announced today that a new  Ulitzer topic site, iPad (http://ipad.ulitzer.com), was launched today to provide the most comprehensive breaking news and blog coverage of iPad. iPad could potentially be the miracle which the newspaper industry is waiting for. Launch time authors and contributors to the new Ulitzer topic include: Maureen O'Gara, Bob Gourley, Salvatore Genovese, Wilson Kerr, Brandon Watson, Aditya Banerjee, Scott McKain, Bryan O'Rourke, Charles Jolley, Jeremy Geelan, Yeshim Deniz, and Elizabeth White. Ulitzer Live! New-Media Conference & Expo The first "Ulitzer New-Media Power Panel" took place at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California. Streamed live to 60,000 viewers via SYS-CON.TV, the panel was moderated by Jeremy Geelan. Geelan's guests in ... (more)

iPhone and Increasing Mobile Device Functionality

I believe that we really do live in a Mobile World, which is driven by the latest and greatest Smartphone’s around. Lets face it, the majority of us love our gadgets and the more powerful the better! So to investigate my thoughts, against a larger community, I recently used the LinkedIn Poll facility. Here are the results I found, that reinforce what I thought. For those Enterprise Mobile Device users, it seems that over 92% look at the trend of increasing functionality on their devices as important. In fact 71% feel that increasing mobile device enterprise functionality is essential. Remember these devices are now more powerful that the early desktop PC's and give the mobile user the benefit to many functions, that in turn can give them the competitive edge in this critical economic climate.     If we focus on the iPhone business community especially, the key fea... (more)

Why Microsoft Should Finally Buy Citrix

DISCLAIMER: This is long and the opinions are mine. I’ve written a good bit here about the various ways Microsoft and Citrix overlap in the hypervisor space, ranging from topics like shared code base through competition for the desktop space. To me, these two players have always been the underdogs battling for the right to go head-to-head against VMware in the main enterprise (and now cloud) virtual data center event. I’ve long said here that I think Microsoft is in the best position to make that move, but to be honest, Citrix currently has better technology. In other words, Microsoft has a better strategic play, Citrix a better tactical play. The announcements that came of out Synergy last week prove that. Citrix knows what it’s doing and they know how to build virtualization products to compete with VMware. As has been asked many times before, here and elsewhere:... (more)

The iPad Will Be the Best Thing to Happen to Desktop Virtualization & VDI

iPad on Ulitzer Regardless of what it was designed for and despite all it's limitations, I expect the iPad to be the best thing to happen for Desktop Virtualization in 2010. No it's not always the best Thin Client but as a sales, marketing and awareness enabler it won't be beat, here's why: Purple Cow effect - Seth Godin, the new media marketing guru defined the Purple Cow as something remarkable. Something that stands out from the crowd and worth noting. A great example is the screen shot of Windows 7 on the iPad. This picture was replicated and written about in hundreds of articles and  blogs... because it was remarkable. The Gizmodo post alone now has over 62,000 views and 520 comments. Early adopters will show friends & colleagues - The iPhone started the new phenomena of showing off your latest cool or useful app. Everyone with an iPad and Citrix Receiver will... (more)

Will iPad Succeed?

Will iPad succeed? We will know the answer to this question in few months time but I would like to put my neck out and apply one of my theories about why such devices succeed example – iPhone, iPod, Blackberry, Palm, Walkman etc. For any new device to become very popular – it needs to satisfy at least one and possibly both the following criteria (elegant design is not one of them): Does it have a new and very responsive user interaction mechanism suitable for the form factor on the device? Does it allow user to perform one important task very effectively which was not easy to do with any of existing devices? Here is list of successful devices: iPhone: Responsive finger touch + Internet surfing experience (history of iPhone) iPod: Click wheel + Ability to easily buy individual song (history of iPod) Blackberry: QWERTY keyboard, side scroll wheel & trackball + Email ... (more)

Sybase Study Reveals U.S. Consumers' Reasons for Using Apple iPad

iPad on Ulitzer Just over one week away from the launch of the Apple iPad, Sybase has announced the results of a survey on mobile device usage, commissioned by Sybase and conducted by Zogby International. The survey, which was compiled from an online survey of 2443 adults with a mobile phone, 770 of which own smart phones, uncovered that the #1 reason U.S. consumers would use a device such as the Apple iPad is for working on the go. The Apple iPad is the first computer designed purely for hand-held mode. It's not a tablet with a touchscreen. It's not a Windows PC that happens to be mobile...It's a custom designed purpose built device designed to view the web and operate applications purely by using the screen...Oh and what a device! Developers are excited by the iPad and the mood amongst a recent group that I met with, was that this could be the start of a new app 'g... (more)

SAP and Sybase Announces Next Wave of Mobile Apps

November 9, was an exciting day in Mobility as SAP and Sybase at SAPPHIRE and TechEd in Madrid announced a New Wave of SAP Mobile Apps built on SUP, that will be available on iOS, Blackberry, Android and Windows Mobile... SAP Electronic Medical Record SAP Citizen Connect SAP Strategy Management SAP BusinessObjects Mobile SAP Transport Notification & Status SAP Transport Tendering SAP GRC Access Approver SAP GRC Policy Survey “SAP’s strong momentum in bringing to market waves of mobile apps is driven by tremendous customer demand to unwire their enterprise,” said Dr. Raj Nathan, executive vice president, Sybase, and head of Mobile Applications, SAP. “Not only does SAP see this market opportunity, we have a rapidly expanding network of partners in the mobile space that continue to grow with us. We foresee SAP partners contributing 80 percent of mobile application devel... (more)

SAP / INE and Afaria

At Mobile World Congress last week in Barcelona, I had the great fortune to interview... Jose Antonio Perea Yustres, Head of Innovation and Mobility, Instituto Nacional de Estadística (INE) Instituto Nacional de Estadística (INE) is the national statistics institute for Spain. Affiliated with the Ministry of Economy and Tax, INE performs largescale statistical operations including demographic, social and economic census In this interview I find out... How INE use mobile devices and what were their key challenges in supporting them How INE made the decision to use Afaria What are the business and strategic benefits of deploying Afaria as INE's mobile device management solution How Afaria has helped INE to control their total cost of ownership? Check out my interview here Please follow me on Twitter @ithain ... (more)

Global Messaging and Sybase 365

At Mobile World Congress last week in Barcelona, I had the great fortune to interview... Howard Stevens, Senior Vice President, Global Messaging Solutions, Sybase 365 Sybase 365 addresses three core markets (1) Operator Services, (2) Enterprise Services and (3) Mobile Commerce. Howard is responsible for both Operator Services and Enterprise Services. In this interview I find out... What the biggest challenges facing Sybase 365 customers today If there is a great deal of difference regionally in Sybase 365's key markets How does Sybase 365 help their customers address their challenges What announcements Sybase 365 made at MWC 2012 Check out my interview here Please follow me on Twitter @ithain ... (more)