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Here's Everything From Today's Windows 10 Devices Event

Despite leaks, Microsoft still surprised.<p>Microsoft held a live event to reveal new additions to its Windows 10 device line-up today. News of a new …

AI Is About To Go Mainstream And Reshape The Workplace

Michael Yamnitsky Contributor<p>Michael Yamnitsky is venture partner at NYC-based venture fund Work-Bench.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>The next generational shift in enterprise infrastructure has arrived<br>• Why Startups Will Dominate The AI-Powered Apps Landscape<p>Much like the evolution of systems …

The 9 most important things from Google's Nexus event

There weren't many surprises in Google's event today — everything from detailed phone specs to news of a Spotify Chromecast deal leaked in the past few weeks. But the company announced a hard date for its Android Marshmallow release, and it offered some much-needed hardware refreshes, including two …

Facebook at Work is Coming - New Images Show How it Will Work

In the second half of last year, Facebook announced it was working on a new project called 'Facebook at Work'. The concept is exactly as it sounds - …

Employment

Oculus VP: 'Our number one goal is to make developers successful'

<i>2015 is the year of virtual reality</i>. That's been the consistent messaging coming out of Oculus VR's executive leadership since early this year. And with this week's announcement of a $99 Gear VR headset -- a mobile VR solution co-produced with Samsung -- and the promise of a retail Rift headset …

Ready Player One

Android Wear smartwatches come to the iPhone

In a nondescript conference room at Google’s headquarters a few weeks ago, I paired my iPhone to a smartwatch running Android for the first time. I was there to ask Jeff Chang, the lead product manager for Wear, how he’d managed to get Android watches working with iOS and how much they could do …

Facebook Launches M, Its Bold Answer to Siri and Cortana

Today, a few hundred Bay Area Facebook users will open their Messenger apps to discover M, a new virtual assistant. Facebook will prompt them to test …

Chatbots

Here are the five most over-hyped technologies of 2015, according to Gartner

Research firm Gartner has long promoted an analytical concept called the “hype cycle.”<p>Basically, the notion is that in the world of technology, people tend to get over-excited about new thingies, and then are disappointed when the new thingies don’t change the world in the blink of an eye.<p>But after …

Enabling Agile for Distributed Teams

Agile development is a cornerstone of any technology-driven business these days, and PGi is no exception. When I joined PGi, I came on board as a new …

BYOD May Be Killing Collaboration

BYOD is often espoused as a victory for the user, a story of empowerment for the newly flexible, tech-savvy workforce. It speaks to catering to …

Windows 10 review

Looking back at Windows 8, it’s easy to see where Microsoft went wrong. It was a giant bet on touch-based computing, but it made using a PC with a keyboard and mouse awkward, frustrating, and outright confusing. In our original review, I wrote that there was a “risk of alienating users and creating …

The essential toolkit for working remotely anywhere in the world

When transitioning to a fully remote position, you inevitably learn a few lessons the hard way.<p>The digital nomad movement is a burgeoning cultural …

3 Technology Trends Driving Modern Workstyles

People work differently.<p>The things that motivate you and drive your productivity may do nothing for your colleagues. And especially given the influx …

IBM Watson can analyze the tone of a message

IBM researchers have created the IBM Watson Tone Analyzer, a supercomputer application which can read a message and judge the tone conveyed in the message.<p>This is the kind of task that a human can do naturally, but that takes a lot more intelligence than a computer can usually deliver.<p>But Rama …

Amazon Echo Proves The Viability Of Voice-Based Home Computing

Voice-powered interfaces are the way forward. For me to make such a pronouncement is kind of ridiculous, as I’ve been an incredibly slow adopter of features like Google Now and Siri, based on the belief that using any kind of voice-powered computing platform in public is downright awkward even when …

PGi’s New Survey Reveals the Latest Global Telework Stats - PGi Blog | PGi the Global Leader in Audio and Web Conferencing

Related Articles<p>Flexible work is on the rise all over the globe. Knowledge workers the world over are increasingly wanting—if not demanding—the …

The Workplace

The next Apple Watch could have a FaceTime camera

The Apple Watch is barely two months old, but details are already starting to come out about what's planned for the next model. <i>9to5Mac</i> reports that Apple is currently planning to put a camera for video chatting on the top bezel of the Watch. It may also gain more independence from the iPhone by …

Oculus reveals its consumer Rift VR headset

Three long years after Oculus unveiled its VR headset to the world, it now finally has one ready for consumers. Say hello to the Rift headset that you can actually buy. It features two OLED screens that promises clarity, low-persistence flickering and a wide field of view. It also has a tracking …

Immersive video collaboration is around the corner

Here’s a question for you: Why isn’t video conferencing bigger? I don’t know about you, but the webinars and so on that I’m invited to consist of …

All the news from Apple's WWDC 2015 Keynote

Didn't watch Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2015 Keynote? That's ok. We've compiled everything you need to know here.<p>The Keynote for …

Internet Whisperer Mary Meeker On The Trends Driving Our Virtual Existence

The Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner lays it out in 197 slides.<p>Long known as one of the greatest interpreters of consumers’ and businesses’ activities on the Internet, Mary Meeker is at it again.<p>Today, Meeker, a partner at the A-list Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins …

Everything Google announced at I/O 2015

Today was a pretty big day for Google. At its annual I/O developer conference, the company unveiled Android M, Android Pay, Brillo, Google Photos, and more.<p>For your convenience, here’s a list of everything Google announced during its opening keynote. Google I/O is a two-day conference, so check …

Why Millennials Like Deskphones

They may love their FaceTime, but there's something to be said for an object representing job stability.

These Are The New Rules of Work

Forget everything you’ve always known about work. The rules have changed.<p>Work is increasingly both everywhere and nowhere–more deeply embedded in our lives than ever before, but disappearing as a discrete activity.<p>The old rules of work applied to an economy of factories and offices, a world of …

Oculus Rift goes mainstream early 2016

Quarter one 2016. It's the answer to a question we've asked basically every time we've spoken with Oculus VR since 2012: "When does the consumer version of the Rift come out?" Aside from that revelation, we're also getting our first look at the final design of the headset, but that's it! No word on …

Virtual Reality

What to expect from Microsoft's most important event of the year

For Microsoft, 2015 is a year of adjustment. While the software giant focuses its efforts across multiple platforms, Windows is gearing up for big changes. That change will be on full show at Microsoft’s Build developers conference on Wednesday, and it’s a key moment for the company to prove it’s …

Computers That Know How You Feel Will Soon Be Everywhere

Sometime next summer, you’ll be able to watch a horror series that is exactly as scary as you want it to be—no more, no less. You’ll pull up the …

Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft is making HoloLens games — and attacking virtual reality’s momentum

Microsoft has made some moves to ensure the future of games on its Xbox and HoloLens platforms.<p>John Needham has left his position as the head of Fable developer Lionhead Studios to oversee the development of Microsoft’s games for Xbox and HoloLens (as Engadget first spotted), the head-mounted …

The Wild, Weird Future of Meetings

Related Articles<p>Augmented reality. Virtual reality. Holographic computing. Dynamic morphing geometry.<p>These aren’t terms from science fiction. They …

Augmented And Virtual Reality To Hit $150 Billion, Disrupting Mobile By 2020

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Tim Merel is the managing director of</i> <i>Digi-Capital.</i><p>Virtual reality and augmented reality are exciting – Google Glass coming and going, Facebook’s $2 billion for Oculus, Google’s $542 million into Magic Leap, not to mention Microsoft’s HoloLens. There are amazing early-stage platforms …