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About Kerry Doyle

Kerry Doyle has covered business and technology issues for over a decade, first as a technician at the fabled PCWeek Labs and a reporter for PCWeek magazine, then as senior editor at ZDNet.com. He has contributed content to organizations as diverse as IDG/ComputerWorld, Monitor Group, Harvard Business School, and Global Knowledge. As a freelance journalist, he provides cogent analyses of the newest trends in technology, from nanotech to the cloud, with a focus on issues relevant to both enterprise leaders and SMB owners. Used with the permission of http://thenetwork.cisco.com/.

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Personal assistants have come a long way. No longer limited to performing simple office chores or helping with personal tasks, today a virtual assistant (VA) can be located anywhere in the U.S. or off-shore in remote locations. A virtual service can consist of specialists in a certain area and increasingly comes in the form of […]

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In terms of the smart home, ambient intelligent devices quietly pay attention to the actions of end users in certain environments—learning what people do, how they respond, and their interests—to make intuitive and data-based guesses regarding what users want and which action to perform. These can be as simple as turning on a light or […]

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Ultimately, the key to unlocking the smart home market may hinge on how devices interconnect and the standards agreed to by the various companies and vendors. What may be even more promising is that consumers will help to resolve the standardization issue by the choices they make with their wallets. In many ways, the automated […]

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The traditional office workspace is being disrupted. New technology innovations are changing work values and creating new approaches to business. Millennials (18-29 years of age) represent the newest plugged-in generation to enter the workforce and because they understand and often use the new technology at their fingertips, these workers take a decidedly different approach to […]

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Beacons are tiny transmitters that offer the potential for richer, more useful and more interactive experiences in a variety of different venues, from travel and entertainment to transportation and healthcare. A number of companies have installed beacon technology and launched pilot programs to determine their effectiveness—and users’ willingness to participate. However, according to a recent BI […]

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These multimodal interfaces are changing how humans and machines work together and offering unforeseen possibilities for wearable technology, voice-activated or gesture-based computing and emotions analytics. Parallel advancements in robotics, genetics, nanotechnology and machine-based deep learning are laying the groundwork for the next generation of intelligent machines. Increasingly, interfaces have the ability to capture and translate […]

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In our current hyper-connected economy, digital technologies are improving every aspect of business through the use of smart systems in the production and distribution for all manner of physical goods. The technologies that enable these new processes incorporate cloud services, sensors, Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication and the Internet of Everything (IoE). As this automated, machine-connected world […]

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In the current mobile manufacturing competition, device makers strive to give users a distinct product with unique features. So is it possible to imagine a common, ubiquitous device? That is, a mobile handset virtually the same as every other? Distinguished not by ‘bells & whistles’ and physical features, but by its cloud-based, personalized profile, services […]

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