Too busy to keep up with the tech news? Here are some of the more interesting stories from CNET for Thursday, August 18.
The world's largest computer maker following IBM's trajectory and is getting more into the analytical software business.
IBM is producing thethat are meant to perform like a human brain. The chips are expected to power computers with processors that mimic the human brain's cognition, perception, and action abilities. CNET's Daniel Terdiman wrote late last night: "While it's too early to say exactly what kind of applications will be powered by the new chips, (project leader Dharmendra) Modha suggested that they will likely tackle some of the thorniest problems in computing. Among those he foresees are programs that could analyze financial markets with extreme precision and attention; that could monitor global water supplies and track and report information on things such as wave height, ocean tides, water temperature, and even issue tsunami warnings; and those that could allow a supermarket worker to instantly sense when produce has gone bad."
Here's a scoop: Smartphone makerto launch a music service for BlackBerry Messenger, sources tell CNET. The BBM service is an instant message service that lets cell phone users chat instantly over the Internet.
A new Apple patent hints at an, which will help users navigate unfamiliar terrain. That's just one of 20 new patents awarded to Apple today. Others include a multitouch display and MagSafe for a future iPad.
You can now see weather. Rain or shine, the weather layer allows people to see cloud cover and current weather conditions on Google Maps.
The online note-taking service, a Mac drawing app.
You can erase your search history, but supercookies might still be lurking. Major Webs ites such as MSN.com and Hulu.com have been using this method to track people's online activities, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Cell phone use could reduce, study says.
AT&T will get rid of its 1,000 text message plan for new customers. It's new unlimited text messaging service will cost more. "The vast majority of our customers prefer unlimited plans," an AT&T spokesmanin a phone conversation today. "And with text messaging growing, the number of people interested in these plans will keep growing."