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In tech news this week, we have IBM announcing a new type of computer chip that works like the human brain, the end of the potential Sprint/T-Mobile hookup, and a Google Chrome extension that gives new meaning to the term, “head in the clouds”.


Depending on your point of view and devotion level to dystopian science fiction, the announcement of IBM’s new TrueNorth computer chip is easy very cool or very scary. IBM says that TrueNorth is designed to work like the human brain. This means that, while traditional computer chips work through mathematical algorithms, the new IBM chip will be able to make real-time deductions of its environment and situation and make decisions based on ambiguity and the current context. If everything works out as planned, this could revolutionize computing as we know it. Or it could be the beginning of our future computer overlords.


I guess we’ll never see the touching ceremony where Sprint presents T-Mobile with a red rose. Sprint’s courtship of T-Mobile ended this week, basically when they realized that the government would probably never let it happen. As a T-Mobile customer, I’m pretty glad it didn’t happen. Of course, T-Mobile is still attracting potential suitors, with some European businesses making googly eyes at the wireless carrier.


I like big clouds and I cannot lie, you other writers can’t deny. Yep, the silliest and possibly funniest Google Chrome extension made its way onto our browsers here at Aberdeen this week and probably dropped productivity a good bit. Enable Cloud to Butt Plus on your Chrome browser and every site that you’ll have a whole new perspective on sites that you visit that use the word “cloud”. It sound silly, and it is, but it turned out to be pretty funny. It certainly changed how we look at some of our cloud based research.

That’s it for this week in tech. Now it’s time to get off your cloud.

For more information on cloud computing (don’t read with Cloud to Butt enabled), check out Aberdeen’s research.

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