Watson, IBM’s next-gen Supercomputer to appear on Jeopardy

IBM’s next supercomputer, named Watson after their founder, Thomas J Watson, is the next step in attempting to have computers come closer to the human’s mind ability to reason and understand meaning(s) in words.

Watson is advanced enough that it is scheduled to appear on Jeopardy as early as this Fall.

A successful Watson could mean a future 2nd place for Google should someone else (IBM?) implement a search engine based on its technology.

Watch the IBM-produced video for some more insight, although it focuses on how it might perform on Jeopardy.

Invisible SHIELD protects your gadget all around, not just the screen

invisible shieldHave you ever stopped and counted how many gadgets you have? I bet it’s more than you think. Some of them are probably pretty pricey so I’m sure you’d like to protect them as much as possible.

Now protecting your touchscreen device without affecting its touch ability can be tricky or at least can diminish its sensitivity. And you may not like gadget protectors that add to the gadget’s weight and size.

This is where Zagg’s invisibleSHIELD comes in – it’s a tough but clear screen protector that goes around the entire device and keeps it free from scratches, blemishes, etc. It comes with a squeegee and solution to apply the Shield, and if you decide against it, you pull it back off without damaging your phone.

It also has the advantage of being able to protect the screen of your device without interfering with any touch sensitivity. It’s strikes a nice balance of protecting your device while not interfering with the look and feel of it.

Devices supported include iPods & iPhones, PDAs, Laptops, Cameras and more. Even if your device isn’t supported, you may be able to buy an Invisible Shield skin for another device that is very similar in dimensions, but it’s best to talk to the vendor first.

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Price: prices range from $10 and up. As a GfG reader, you can get a 15% off discount with the coupon code of GizmosGeeks242.
(Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)

7 Free Software Apps to Protect your Laptop

One of our great readers sent in this set of 7 pieces of free software that you can, and in most cases should, use to protect your PC laptop. Most of these also apply to your desktop as well.

I happen to use most of these and recommend them as well. At a minimum, you should be using antivirus, a firewall and backups.

Review: Cyber Clean – The Ironically Slime-Looking Cleaning Compound

cyber clean keyboardYou may have seen this product, Cyber Clean, on TV and we got our hands on some of the light-flourescent-green colored silly putty like blob to test it out.

How It Works:
Take the Cyber Clean blob and press it (don’t rub) to the surface you want to clean. Cyber Clean molds to the surface you apply it to, after which you peel it off the surface. It encapsulates the dirt and bacteria into its self.

Does It Work?
In particular, Cyber Clean likes to use the example of the disgusting keyboard that traps a lot more dirt, food particles and bacteria than you can imagine. And yes, Cyber Clean definitely picks up the dust and particles on the keyboard and in between the keys. However, it’s not so elastic and ‘smart’ to get to the particles that have fallen beneath the keys. There’s no question that this is a better method than the paper towel and household cleaner that I’ve used in the past – it picks up a great deal more and is much faster.

USB 3.0 (SuperSpeed) is Fast! What to Expect and When

usb 3.0 superspeed logoAlthough the specs for USB 3.0 were nailed down in late 2008, production of devices that support or run USB 3.0 have really only now started showing up. Here’s a bit of insight as to what you can expect in the next 2 years.

At CES, a few manufacturers showed off their USB 3.0 wares. In particular, a few like Gigabyte and Asus have motherboards with USB 3.0 ports, while laptop makers HP, Asus and others joined the party, and of course external hard-drive makers like Western Digital and Seagate had their new gadgets with USB 3.0.

CES 2010: Lenovo U1 Hybrid Netbook/Tablet – Tablet Detaches From Netbook Shell

lenovo u1 hybrid netbook tabletLenovo is showing off their intriguing new tablet, the U1 Hybrid, that also doubles as a netbook. By itself, it is a 1.5lb, 8h4 multi-touch tablet running Linux, but dock it in its clamshell with keyboard and it instantly becomes a Windows 7 netbook.

Has a Snapdragon CPU, and 3g and WiFi for Net access. Available in the 2nd half of this year.

Uh-oh Apple, you’re getting pipped in the tablet department – you better have something amazing to show off.

Dell SX2210T Multi-Touch LCD Monitor with Webcam

A standalone touch screen monitor has been on every geek’s wish list, but how about a multi-touch monitor?! The Dell SX2210T is sexy, multi-touch and affordable. This is a 1920 x 1080 21.5-inch panel, with HDMI and DVI inputs along with an integrated two megapixel (2Mp) webcam and microphone. It has a 1,000:1 contrast ratio and 2ms response time.

The Dell SX2210T has touch and multitouch features like panning, zooming, flicking, scrolling, etc. which come to life on a Windows 7 system. You can use either your finger(s) or a stylus to operate the touch screen features. Many of the touch features are customizable and many of those options can be accessed from the monitor’s control panel.

Unfortunatlely, not all of the touch screen options work with all versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7, so pay attention to those details in the product specs before you shell out for what otherwise looks like a beautiful monitor.

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Price: $399.00
(Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)

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