It’s hard to believe that a sign with « Apple + IBM » on it once verged on sacrilegious, but it’s becoming an increasingly common sight as two technology titans realize it’s better to be friends than enemies.
IBM [fortune-stock symbol= »IBM »] CEO Ginni Rometty and Apple [fortune-stock symbol= »AAPL »] CEO Tim Cook stood on stage together this morning at IBM’s Watson headquarters in New York City to announce a new partnership with Japan Post Group that aims to, ultimately, address the enormous accessibility challenges facing the world’s growing population over age 65.
Rometty and Cook silently flanked Japan Post Group president and CEO Taizo Nishimuro, himself nearly 80 years old, as he spoke for more than 20 uninterrupted minutes about Japan’s rapidly aging population and how IBM’s apps and services, and Apple’s iPads and iPhones, would help better connect the country’s senior citizens to society.
“Japan is home to the fastest-aging society in…
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