IT Blogwatch

Watson: No problemo.

IBM (NYSE:IBM) is putting its resident game show champ -- a computer named Watson -- back to work. Not on another game show, this time Watson is on an important mission: Assisting armed service personnel transition back to civilian life.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers pack their gear and return home.

Filling in for our humble blogwatcher Richi Jennings, is a humbler Stephen Glasskeys.

July 28, 2014 5:58 AM EDT
Paramount

Google: Resistance is futile.

If you are a gamer, odds are good you've heard of Twitch. For those that don't know, Twitch is the go-to destination for watching live streaming videogame play online. It also happens to consume a higher percentage of Internet bandwidth than Hulu or Facebook. Bandwidth? Enter Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), which has reportedly decided to purchase Twitch for one beeeelion dollars.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers welcome their new primary colored overlord.

July 25, 2014 6:06 AM EDT
Sense

Sense: A Kickstarter hit -- after a screwball pitch.

Sense is a new device that monitors sleep patterns, receiving over $350,000 in startup funds on Kickstarter. But this dreamy success story may take a turn for the worse: parent company Hello Inc., also received VC funding for Sense prior to "Kickstarting." This is surprising news -- and the stuff bad dreams are made of -- for some Kickstarter investors.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers wake up grumpy.

July 24, 2014 6:15 AM EDT
James Duncan Davidson (cc:by) flickr.com/oreilly

Fire Phone reviews: Is Jeff Bezos fired up or steaming mad?

Reviews are in for the Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) Fire Phone. How are prospective perceptions of dynamic perspective? (Try saying that three times fast.) Is this phone going to catch the world on fire, or sputter and die out? Read on and find out!

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers join the fire brigade.

July 23, 2014 6:08 AM EDT
MGM

iPhone: Reminds me of a Gibson.

Have you ever wanted to be able to magically hack mobile phones like hackers do in the movies? If recent claims are true that security holes, backdoors, and packet sniffers are present in every iPhone, iPad, or other iOS device -- you can!

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers hack the planet.

July 22, 2014 6:06 AM EDT
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In-app purchases: Like stealing candy from a baby.

Silent sentinel, tireless champion, (and BFF!) of consumers everywhere -- the European Commission -- has put its foot down once again. Its notion that an anything-is-OK-as-long-as-I-make-a-buck attitude regarding in-app purchases -- especially those labelled "free" on the Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) app stores -- is now especially irksome to our Brussels-based friends.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers start uninstalling apps.

July 21, 2014 6:12 AM EDT

Chrome Beta download: You are about to participate in a great adventure.

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) brings beta browser, with DirectWrite support. Beta 37 should quell complaints that Windows font rendering is slow and blurry. The ancient Graphics Device Interface (GDI) calls have finally been replaced -- by using the outer limits of DirectWrite.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers initially eulogize: GDI API RIP.

July 18, 2014 6:10 AM EDT
Caroline Doudet

Il Giardino in Cap-Ferret gags French blogger Caroline Doudet.

A French bar got fed up of its lousy reviews, so it fixed its food and service. No, wait, the other thing: It took a food blogger to court, to shut her up. Classy. Why did the "diva" restaurant owner pick on this particular blogger? Because her review ranked highest, that's why. Yes, your L33T SEO-skills can now get you fined in France. C'est conneries!

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers affect the Streisand effect.

July 17, 2014 6:11 AM EDT

Tim loves Ginni. Ginni loves Tim. (But no tongues.)

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and IBM (NYSE:IBM) are climbing into bed together. Better serving big customers is the aim of the game. And you'll see why 2015 will be like 1984.

Good thing? Bad thing? In IT Blogwatch, bloggers can't agree.

July 16, 2014 6:07 AM EDT

KGI's Ming Chi Kuo dares to utter the D-word (again).

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is said to be having trouble making the iPhone 6 phablet. As a result, we're told, the release date for the bigger, 5.5-inch version will be delayed until at least mid-November (perhaps later).

If the Apple rumors are turning to delays, it must be July. [Factcheck: Wrong picture? -Ed.]

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers break out the popcorn.

July 15, 2014 6:10 AM EDT
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