Top 5 in Tech: Watson Apps Coming in 2014

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This week’s top 5 list includes cloud security announcements from Amazon's AWS re:Invent conference and the world's highest performance GPU accelerator ever built. We've also got the best Windows 8.1 deployment tools and new MongoDB certifications.

However, my favorite news item this week is IBM's announcement to open up the powerful Watson artificial intelligence technology to the app developers community. What this means for the new year is Watson-powered apps for healthcare, finance, education and a whole lot more. Watson's cognitive abilities are now in the hands of the innovators of the world. I for one am looking forward to what 2014 will bring!

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5. Deploying Windows: Best 3 Windows 8.1 Deployment Tools

A mention of company-wide deployment makes most IT admins cringe. They envision a time consuming, laborious process that doesn't seem to have an end. However, today there are a number of Windows deployment tools available. William Van Winkle shares his top 3 picks that can help you get the job done in record time.

4. Tesla K40: Nvidia Intros New Tesla Accelerator & IBM Partnership

This week at the Supercomputing Conference in Denver, Colorado Nvidia introduced Tesla K40. The brand new GPU accelerator provides twice the memory and 40% higher performance than the previous Tesla K20X. Kevin Parrish outlines what the world’s highest performance accelerator has to offer.

3. Watson's AI: IBM Gives Devs Access to Watosn's Artificial Intelligence

IBM's artificial intelligence computer, Watson, keeps getting smarter. And the supercomputer is finally ready to share its cognitive abilities with the world. Bill Oliver reports on IBM's recent announcement to open up Watson technology to the software developer community. Be on the lookout for Watson-powered apps as soon as next year.

2. AWS Security: Cloud Security Recap from AWS re:Invent 2013

For cloud users, security remains the top concern and no one knows this as well as Amazon. This year’s AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, Nevada included a heavy focus on security with the announcement of Security Assertion Markup Languages (SAML). Dan Sullivan shares his recap of the event’s cloud security highlights from Amazon and third party vendors.

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