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Microsoft Enters Metaverse With Mesh for Teams and Dynamics 365 Connected Spaces

Microsoft's announcement of its two new metaverse apps comes on the heels of Facebook announcing a name change to Meta, a sign that it sees building out the metaverse as the key to its future success. "It's a hot topic, so Microsoft jumped on the attention that Meta-the-company has been getting," ob...


The Dilithium Crystals Might Be Melting

For those born after the mini-computer era (co-terminus with the original Star Trek), dilithium is the fuel used to power a warp core propulsion system needed for interstellar travel. Dilithium is both naturally occurring and rare, and when it melts, from overuse of the warp core, the starship is ba...

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Apple Privacy Rule Cost Tech Titans Estimated $9.85 Billion in Revenue

During Facebook's most recent earnings call, Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Meta Platforms, which operates Facebook, acknowledged that Apple's actions had created some "headwinds" for the social network which, by some estimates, depends on targeted advertising for 98 percent of its reve...


How Qualcomm Can Seize the Smartwatch Market From Apple

Qualcomm, which owns the dominant hardware platform for non-Apple smartwatches, has articulated a plan to replace the Apple Watch at the top of the smartwatch segment. Let's talk about the Apple vs. Qualcomm smartwatch war for 2022. Then we'll close with the product of the week -- a new printer from...

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Facebook Reveals Name Change to Meta, Vision to Prioritize the Metaverse

Social media giant Facebook has a new name -- Meta. "From now on, we're going to be the metaverse first, not Facebook first," CEO Mark Zuckerberg said at the company's Connect 2021 conference when announcing the corporate name change. The new name reflects his view for the company's vision of the me... answers questions about electric vehicle ownership Event Addresses FAQs, Concerns About EV Ownership

Misconceptions and poor inventory are confusing potential electric vehicle buyers. Education and marketing are needed to repair those problems. Online car-shopping marketplace went virtual on Thursday to help shoppers explore electric vehicle ownership. The website maintains a charged colle...

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Amazon Rolls Out Alexa for Senior Living and Healthcare Providers

Designed specifically for the needs of senior living communities and healthcare facilities, Amazon explained that Alexa Smart Properties simplifies deploying and managing Alexa-enabled devices at scale, helping properties offer customized experiences for residents and patients, and increase care tea...

CRM’s Pressing Platform Problems

A new Forrester survey commissioned by Capgemini, Salesforce, and MuleSoft reveals companies face the same recurring customer experience (CX) struggles. They lack an integrated single source of truth for customer data and are strapped with subpar personalization capabilities.

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Report Argues Antitrust Bill Would Hurt Consumers, Stymie Innovation

A proposed law barring high-tech companies from favoring their own products over those of their competitors -- a practice called self-preferencing -- would harm consumers, competition and innovation, according to a report released Monday by The Schumpeter Project on Competition Policy at the Informa...

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Google vs. Apple Smartphones: Similar Capabilities, Polar Opposites in Strategic Execution

Apple's strategy is all about status and making you stand out as an Apple user, while Google's strategy is more about features and what you can do with its phones. In effect, Apple is more about form, appearance, and ease of use, while Google is more about function. Let's contrast Apple and Google s...

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Cove High-Tech Neckband Aims To Ease Stress, Improve Sleep

Everyday stress at work and home sometimes seems like a health issue you just have to tolerate. But doing nothing to relieve routine stress usually winds up causing sleep and illness problems as well. Now, a wellness technology company has a wearable device that just might bring more good vibes your...

Sift discovers cybercrime fraud ring Proxy Phantom

New Cyber Theft Group Uses Revitalized Tricks To Target Online Merchants

A new fraud ring called Proxy Phantom is using sophisticated credential stuffing attack methods to take over customer accounts for U.S.-based e-commerce merchants. The latest research from digital trust and safety firm Sift demonstrates fraudsters' relentless innovation and reinforces retailers' nee...

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Microsoft Bing, Yandex Create New Search Protocol

Called IndexNow, the protocol uses an API to allow websites to easily notify search engines whenever content is created, updated, or deleted. Once the search engines are notified of updates they can quickly crawl and reflect the website changes in their index and search results.

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Apple Unveils New Muscular MacBooks, Refreshes AirPods, Adds $5 Music Service

Two new processors were also unveiled by Apple. The M1 Pro supports up to a 10-core CPU and 16-core GPU, as well as up to 32 GB of unified memory. The M1 Max supports a 10-core CPU, up to 32-core GPU, and 64GB of unified memory. Apple claims that the new Macs can get up 21 hours of battery life.


Fixing Customer Service Will Require Better Tech

This is not good. A new report commissioned by Replicant tells a story of customers frustrated when service fails or is way too slow. That's not new -- and Replicant is not the only vendor to ring the alarm. For many years Oracle has reminded vendors that one bad service encounter is enough to make ...

BlackBerry and AWS will develop and market BlackBerry's Intelligent Vehicle Data Platform, IVY

BlackBerry IVY and the Future of Electric Vehicles

BlackBerry's automotive initiatives are increasingly focused on electric vehicles that need help to reach their full potential. Last week the company highlighted the coming experience with EVs. I found the description compelling and worth covering here because it will make a massive difference. We'l...

Canonical Launches Ubuntu 21.10 With Few Surprises

Canonical has released Ubuntu 21.10, Impish Indri. The new version of its flagship OS has a heavy focus on cloud-native, AI/ML, and Ubuntu developers on Windows. This is not a major distro upgrade. Nonetheless, Ubuntu 21.10 does play catch up with the latest Wayland improvements and GNOME 40 -- fina...

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Cloud Security Holes Are Invites for Ransomware: Report

While migration to the cloud is at an all-time high, so is the growth of ransomware peddlers. Veritas Technologies surveyed more than 2,000 global IT leaders whose organizations have undertaken pandemic-led digital transformation. The study found the majority are severely vulnerable to ransomware at...

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Tile Product Line Refresh Heats Up Competition in Smart Tracker Market

Item tracker maker Tile refreshed its product line Tuesday and announced it will be introducing a new ultra-wideband product in 2022. "With a longer finding range, louder ring and voice-enabled finding through Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, we're making it even easier for people to quickly find ...

Enterprises Embrace Open Source To Tackle Growing Data Management Challenges

Linux Foundation Research and SODA Foundation have released study results on new data and storage trends for enterprise. The 2021 Data and Storage Trends Report reveals enterprise use of data and storage as it relates to cloud services and workloads in the era of cloud native, edge, IoT and 5G. Data...

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