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Eight Key Personality Types For Innovation Teams

Bell Labs is historically one of the most productive R&D labs in history. A large number of the technologies we use today were invented there. Bell Labs scientists invented the facsimile machine, the first long-distance television transmission, the first binary digital computer, the transistor, the …

Innovation

How Microsoft Used an Office Move to Boost Collaboration

What type of office design is best for productivity and engagement? Today, this common question tends to have two distinct answers. On the one hand are the tech start-ups, who advocate for open office plans that emphasize chance encounters. Google’s new campus is designed to maximize chance …

In what contexts should messaging be the UI?

Kyle Samani Contributor<p>Kyle Samani is CEO of Pristine.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Rethinking the customer relationship in medtech<br>• Autonomous Cars Break Uber<p>The current messaging hype is overstated. There are certainly some interesting and unique opportunities for messaging as an interface, but I …

The pros and cons of using Amazon Alexa as a model for chatbots

Amazon Alexa is slowly becoming self-aware.<p>Well, not really. Amazon has added some new features, including the ability to read an entire book, start your Ford Fusion (still in beta), and unlock the doors of your house with a simple command. You can engage in a conversation, or even play a …

Chatbots

Why A.I. will never be truly useful

By now, we’ve all heard of Silicon Valley’s shiny new technology: Artificial intelligence and chatbots. They bring the promise of an industry-wide transformation that many believe will reach the scale of the personal computing industry or the commercial internet.<p>Funding in artificial intelligence …

Artificial Intelligence

Gartner Predicts $111B In IT Spend Will Shift To Cloud This Year Growing To $216B By 2020

• More than $1 trillion in IT spending will be directly or indirectly affected by the shift to the cloud during the next five years.<br>• Business Process Outsourcing spending will shift at a 43% rate to the cloud by 2020.<br>• Application software spending will shift at a 37% rate to the cloud by …

Outsourcing

Bursting the chatbot bubble

Chatbots seem to be climbing the proverbial peak of the tech hype curve with every passing day. Popular messaging apps have been attempting to outdo each other in terms of making their platforms open for bot development. Businesses are also rushing to embrace them, as evidenced by the interest they …

Chatbots

Lack Of Digital, Cloud Opportunities Is Actually Embarrassing For Employees, Survey Suggests

Is your organization still stuck in the 1990s? Do you feel it isn’t doing enough to get aboard the digital technology train? Is your job lacking the digital resources to really make things happen? Don’t fret, you are definitely not alone.<p>Many of today’s employees have high hopes for acquiring and …

Employee Engagement

The Way We Learn Today Is Just Wrong

Over 155 million Americans play video games, and spend upwards of 3 billion hours per week engrossed in a game.<p>The way we learn today is just wrong.<p>Learning needs to be less like memorization, and more like… Angry Birds.<p>Half of school dropouts name boredom as the No. 1 reason they left.<p>How do we …

These are the future tech products that Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt thinks will change the world

So what are the next big things that will change the world?<p>Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google parent company Alphabet, just gave his short list of the biggest game-changing tech innovations he expects in the next five to ten years.<p>Speaking at Alphabet's annual shareholders meeting on …

Customer experience is a huge business opportunity

For every dollar a UK business invests in customer experience, it can expect as much as $4 back, a new analysis by Avanade and Sitecore suggests. …

The world’s first free-form 3-D-printed house is a study in computer-generated curves.

Design consultancy WATG’s Urban Architecture Studio recently won first prize for the Freeform Home Design Challenge, a competition to design the …

GigJam, Microsoft's new collaboration app, is now available to everyone

Once invite-only, Redmond's latest Office add-on can be had by anyone with a Mac, iPhone, iPad or Windows PC.<p>Microsoft's latest Office component is now available to anyone and everyone.<p>GigJam, a collaboration app, was previously accessible just as an invite-only beta. But as of yesterday, the …

Microsoft Office

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Will Virtual Reality Change Your Life?

How a teenager created Oculus Rift in his parents' SoCal garage, sold it for $2 billion and may have launched a digital revolution<p>For decades, …

World's first 3D-printed office building completed in Dubai

We first reported on what's now dubbed the Office of the Future back in 2015. Taking up a footprint of 250 sq m (2,690 sq ft), the building is …

Google just threw a wrench into one of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's favorite projects

This week, Google announced a free version of Data Studio 360 for "individuals and small teams." It's a little shift that could shake up the market in a big way.<p>"One of the fundamental ideas behind Data Studio is that data should be easily accessible to anyone in an organization. We believe that as …

The Future Of Digital Workspaces Means More Meaningful Collaboration

Why do we work in offices? You could cite a handful of reasons, such as having a visible “headquarters” for your brand or maintaining more control over employee schedules, but when it comes down to it, offices exist to encourage collaboration. We have board rooms to host meetings, break rooms to …

The Workplace

Exploring Microsoft's vision for enterprise collaboration

By many estimates the largest provider of enterprise collaboration tools, Microsoft's view of how to deliver effective collaboration in a complex age …

The Dark Side of Collaboration

Collaboration has been a buzzword of management gurus for the last 30 years. Countless articles have extolled the virtue of bringing together diverse perspectives and knowledge to solve problems and make decisions. Only recently have thought leaders begun to recognize the dangerous dark side of …

Management

The Race to Make Virtual Reality an Actual (Business) Reality

<b>By Jeffrey M. O'Brien</b><p>Photographs by Bob Croslin for Fortune Magazine<p>April 27, 2016, 6:30 AM EDT<p><i>Big corporations are investing billions—but the</i> …

Logicalis US Calls 2016 the Start of the First ‘Digital Decade’ : Logicalis

<i>Solution Provider Defines the DNA of Digital Enablement, IDs Six Common Characteristics of Digitally Driven Organizations</i><p><b>NEW YORK,</b> <b>March 22</b><b>, 2016</b> – …

The Future

Your business needs a mobile app – ShoutEm makes it simple

Does your business need a mobile app, but you don’t know how to code? Thankfully, accelerating advancements in tech have delivered a robust market for app making software, and the influx of simple app creators is just getting started.<p>ShoutEm helps you design a quality app and promote your creation …

How to Play Android Games on a PC

Maybe you want to prop up your terrible <i>Clash of Clans</i> team by running an alternate account on your laptop. Maybe your addiction to <i>Candy Crush Saga</i> has grown to the point that your poor phone’s battery life just can’t hack the kind of binges you need nowadays to get your fix. Maybe you really just …

Android News

DSSD says Violin's right: SSD format is WRONG for flash memory

<b>Analysis</b> Upstart makes bold statement, dumps kit in our laps with puppy-dog eyesThe SSD format is wrong for flash memory storage arrays. That is the …

Violin

These are the most timeless songs ever according to Spotify data

Having a hit song doesn't guarantee it will be timeless. Just take a look at Spotify.<p>Data scientist Matt Daniels recently set out to discover the …

Hyperconvergence isn't about hardware: It's server-makers becoming software companies

Public cloud is supposed to be a mortal threat to enterprise hardware vendors, whose wares look clunky and costly compared to a …

Elasticity

Philips turns LEDs into an indoor GPS for supermarkets

Philips believes that the days of endlessly roaming around a store looking for the right kind of balsamic vinegar may soon be at an end. The company's lighting division has developed an indoor navigation system that enables your smartphone to direct you straight towards the Oils & Vinegars …