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IDG Contributor Network: Why Apple’s HomePod will not beat Amazon’s Echo or Google’s Assistant

Smart homes are big business right now, and Apple announced the HomePod in an effort to edge on the market territory currently occupied by Alexa, Assistant and Cortana. This highly anticipated announcement seems to have left many wanting, as their music-forward approach has left the home assistant functionalities by the wayside.Apple is marketing the HomePod as a central hub for HomeKit-supported smart home devices, but in reality they have fallen short of the brief. Its claim to “re-invent home music” with its exceptional audio quality courtesy of a Sonos speaker appears to be its only competitive attribute. The digital assistance, through Siri, is just not intelligent enough to effectively navigate basic queries and to add insult to injury, Apple have curtailed Siri’s functionality to an even greater extent with the HomePod, assumingly to compensate for greater capabilities in other aspects, which may or may not be the case.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, p
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IDG Contributor Network: Why Apple’s HomePod will not beat Amazon’s Echo or Google’s Assistant

Smart homes are big business right now, and Apple announced the HomePod in an effort to edge on the market territory currently occupied by Alexa, Assistant and Cortana. This highly anticipated announcement seems to have left many wanting, as their music-forward approach has left the home assistant functionalities by the wayside.Apple is marketing the HomePod as a central hub for HomeKit-supported smart home devices, but in reality they have fallen short of the brief. Its claim to “re-invent home music” with its exceptional audio quality courtesy of a Sonos speaker appears to be its only competitive attribute. The digital assistance, through Siri, is just not intelligent enough to effectively navigate basic queries and to add insult to injury, Apple have curtailed Siri’s functionality to an even greater extent with the HomePod, assumingly to compensate for greater capabilities in other aspects, which may or may not be the case.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, p
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IDG Contributor Network: How the right technology can create value for everyone

Few companies work well for all stakeholders when they first open their doors. The process of innovation necessary to reach this high hurdle often takes months, if not years. “Overnight Success” generally takes a long, long time to achieve. Is it even possible to make a profit, create savings for customers, and help your sales channel partners make money—all on day one of operations? The answer can be yes, with the right technology. But there’s a whole host of supporting factors to be considered by anyone attempting to produce that technology. Here’s how one company not only became profitable on day one, but is approaching $2B in gross sales since opening nine years ago.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
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IDG Contributor Network: Is shadow IT something CIOs should worry about?

Pervasiveness of shadow IT I talked to several CIOs in the #CIOChat recently about shadow IT.Their collective wisdom is shared in this post. The first thing that impressed me in this chat is that the CIOs know the numbers. CIOs shared what they had learned from Cisco, Gartner, and Brocade. Cisco found that shadow cloud use was greater than 15 times higher than estimated by CIOs. CIOs said that Gartner’s research found that more than 40 percent of IT spend is in fact shadow IT. And Brocade, which did a global survey of 200 CIOs, found that more than 80 percent had seen some form of unauthorized cloud/SaaS usage.Does the presence of shadow IT make a statement? I asked the CIOs whether the presence of shadow IT makes a statement about business/IT alignment. CIOs had a wide range of answers to this question. CIOs said that often the real problem is not shadow IT but why and how shadow IT emerged. CIOs suggest that in many cases, shadow IT is in fact a symptom of unmet needs. It can as w
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IDG Contributor Network: How artificial intelligence is shaping online retail in 2017

In just a few years, Artificial intelligence (AI) has successfully maneuvered itself into the daily vernacular of people worldwide. It takes countless shapes and forms, and has altered the way that we view the world and technological possibilities. There’s no way of telling just how much development will take place in the next decade. But, one of the places in which AI has been truly impressive has been the world of online retail. We’ve seen a huge surge of companies using AI to increase their bottom line while providing enriched customer experience. It’s been a win-win situation that continues to gain momentum. Shifting philosophies As if AI hasn’t already altered the way we perceive technology, through the unprecedented advancement of its learning algorithms, it’s also changing conventional (and relatively mundane) activities. For instance, grocery store checkout lines may soon be a thing of the past, if Amazon has its way. These sorts of ideas will change the way we perceive onl
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IDG Contributor Network: Will Blizzard release Overwatch for the Mac?

I’ve played World of Warcraft for years and years on my Macs, and I’ve always appreciated Blizzard’s longstanding commitment to releasing its games on the Mac. So I was quite unhappy when Blizzard opted not to release Overwatch for macOS.But some recent comments by a vice president at Blizzard seem to indicate that the company is at least keeping the door open for a Mac release of Overwatch.Mitchel Broussard reports for MacRumors: In a new Q&A video from Wired, Blizzard vice president Jeff Kaplan responded to a list of user questions on Twitter, all centered around the company’s popular first-person shooter Overwatch, which is currently available on PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4. Ahead of the game’s release, the company said that any development on Mac was not in the works and that focus would be on the other platforms.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
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IDG Contributor Network: The MP3 is dead: long live the MP3!

The MP3 is now confined to the dustbin of history.That appears to be the perspective of the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits when they announced that they terminated “Technicolor’s mp3 licensing program,” and various online writers have now pontificated about the death of the MP3. The Fraunhofer Institute developed the MP3 format back in the 1980s, and it is certainly true that MP3s have been supplanted by more modern codecs like the AAC family or what most laymen know as MP4s. And when is the last time you saw anyone use a dedicated MP3 player in favor of a smartphone?To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
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IDG Contributor Network: The MP3 is dead: long live the MP3!

The MP3 is now confined to the dustbin of history.That appears to be the perspective of the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits when they announced that they terminated “Technicolor’s mp3 licensing program,” and various online writers have now pontificated about the death of the MP3. The Fraunhofer Institute developed the MP3 format back in the 1980s, and it is certainly true that MP3s have been supplanted by more modern codecs like the AAC family or what most laymen know as MP4s. And when is the last time you saw anyone use a dedicated MP3 player in favor of a smartphone?To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
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IDG Contributor Network: The MP3 is dead: long live the MP3!

The MP3 is now confined to the dustbin of history.That appears to be the perspective of the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits when they announced that they terminated “Technicolor’s mp3 licensing program,” and various online writers have now pontificated about the death of the MP3. The Fraunhofer Institute developed the MP3 format back in the 1980s, and it is certainly true that MP3s have been supplanted by more modern codecs like the AAC family or what most laymen know as MP4s. And when is the last time you saw anyone use a dedicated MP3 player in favor of a smartphone?To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
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IDG Contributor Network: If it is worth doing, it is worth automating

Pete and Repeat were walking across a bridge. Pete fell in. Who was left? Repeat. Pete and Repeat were walking across a bridge. Pete fell in. Who was left? Repeat. Pete and Repeat… — Traditional joke from third gradeEndless repetition gets boring. If you find you are doing the same thing every day, you might consider automating it. I ran across an iPhone/iPad app called IFTTT, which stands for “If this, then that.” In a nutshell, it allows you to automate activities based on certain events. For example: Email me if it is going to rain today. Mail me the closing price of a stock. Send me a neat picture from NASA every morning. Email me yesterday’s airport delays. Send me my position on a leaderboard. None of these items alone are earth-shattering, but the ability to reduce the effort to get access to information is worthwhile. The examples above were all individually-focused items and, although they may make life a little more interesting, they were not game-changers for me. If the
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