IBM’s Watson Joins Cancer War; Google to Train 1 Million Africans

Posted April 12th, 2016 at 11:33 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

FILE - A photo taken by Feature Photo Service for IBM shows Leanne LeBlanc, IBM Watson project manager, looking at analytics of healthcare data at Watson headquarters in New York City, April 13, 2015. (AP)

FILE – A photo taken by Feature Photo Service for IBM shows Leanne LeBlanc, IBM Watson project manager, looking at analytics of healthcare data at Watson headquarters in New York City, April 13, 2015. (AP)

IBM Watson Enlists in War on Cancer

IBM’s artificial intelligence system, also known as Watson, is being fed nearly 14,000 pages of all kinds of cancer topics to create a mobile app that can offer personalized advice to cancer patients. The effort is a partnership between IBM and the American Cancer Society.

Google to Give Training to 1 Million Africans to Boost Jobs

Google’s training programs will target one million Africans next year in a push to improve digital skills. A company statement said 300,000 will be trained in South Africa, where 35 percent of young people aged 15-34 are unemployed. Another 400,000 will be trained in Nigeria, 200,000 in Kenya, and 100,000 from other Sub-Saharan African countries.

Microsoft’s Blue Screen of Death Is Getting an Update

How many times have you seen it? You’re happily typing away when you are suddenly greeted by the notorious Blue Screen of Death that effectively tells you your computer just had a heart attack. Well, now Microsoft is updating this charming feature this summer with code you can scan to get more information and a tech support page for help.

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Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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