Real progress in artifical intelligence

  Finally, however, in the last decade ­Hinton and other researchers made some fundamental conceptual breakthroughs. In 2006, Hinton developed a more efficient way to teach individual layers of neurons. The first layer learns primitive features, like an edge in an image or the tiniest unit of speech sound. It does this by finding combinations …

How Microsoft extends the R&D model in India

Image by Marc_Smith via Flickr Navi Radjou has an interesting post on how Microsoft approaches it’s global R&D over at the Harvard Business blog, excerpt: Microsoft Reinvents Its Global R&D Model – Navi Radjou – HarvardBusiness.org What impressed me most about TEM is its staff members’ multidisciplinary backgrounds. In addition to computer scientists and engineers, …

Target Marketing | chrisbrogan.com

Image by CC Chapman via Flickr I found this fascinating quote today: Here are some things that are true: people don’t read. And when they pretend to read, they skim. Comprehension and context are at an all time low. We’re snackers, and it’s adding up. Where this hits us the worst is when communications professionals …

Gartenberg believes that Microsoft’s Zune is nothing to laugh at

 After the lackluster launch of the UMPC (Origami), a failure that had as much to do with the bulky form-factor as price, Microsoft is keying up another personal device for consumers.  Dubbed the Zune, most people have written it off already as an ‘also ran’ against Apple’s iPod.  Michael Gartenberg of Jupiter Research, however, seems …

Breezing through my Outlook Inbox with Speefiler

A few months back, I wrote about a slick Outlook add-in called Speedfiler (over at Download Squad). I had just started using it back in March, and instantly found it to be very useful in clearing my Inbox. I’ve tried many Outlook add-ins over the years, and ultimately I end up uninstalling them because of …

Rob Bushway does a video review of the Gateway convertible notebook

The Aircraft carrier of Tablet PCs, Gateway’s M280 is probably one of the most reasonably priced ink ready laptops available today.  I first got a glimpse of this behemouth when I saw Marc Orchant‘s Gateway late last year.  It is certainly a big, powerful tablet.  I don’t know if I’d ever go for it, but …

So, that’s how Bill Gates works

It is safe to assume that Bill G. would have a technologically advanced work environment, but still is cool to read and see what his office looks like in the recent issue of Fortune (here).  As you’d expect, the article is chock-full of Microsoftie stuff, from Outlook to Sharepoint, and from a Tri-screen mega desktop …

Tablet Enhancements for Outlook 3.0 beta is now available

Tablet PC users rejoice!  Josh Einstein has finally released a beta version of Tablet Enhancements for Outlook (TEO) 3.0 into the wild!  If you’re not familiar with the product, basically it enables Microsoft Outlook for tablet in a way that even Microsoft doesn’t.  I’ve just downloaded it , and haven’t installed, but it looks pretty …

Signs of trouble at Microsoft?

Late last night Microsoft announced that it would delay shipping the highly anticipated Vista operating systems for consumer use until after the holiday season.  That was pretty surprising, given that all indications were for Vista to be selling in time for Christmas ‘06.  Apparently this delay has also forced the hand of Steve Ballmer to …