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Who Will Win the Battle Between Xbox One and PlayStation 4?

XboxoneSleepy.jpgThe holiday sales season is upon us, which means it's time for Wall Street and the electronics industry to start handicapping holiday sales. Initial data and analytics feedback indicates Microsoft's Xbox One may be lagging its rival Sony PlayStation 4, — and that could have big implications for Microsoft in the future.

Broken, Bound, Gagged: Customers Silenced About Defective Products

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Abusive relationships are hard to end, which may explain why so many customers run back again and again into the arms of companies that treat them with little respect. CMSWire.com spelled out the problem in a story last week on the risks of buying electronic devices on launch day.

In the rush to market products, manufacturers of everything from game consoles and computers to cameras and cell phones have turned loyal customers into consumer guinea pigs. And it's more insidious than you may think.

Will PrimeSense Acquisition Bring 3D Sensors To Apple's 2014 Lineup?

Apple finally confirmed this weekend that it acquired PrimeSense, the Israeli company that developed the Kinect 3D motion sensor for Microsoft. So what does the deal mean in practical terms?

Having miniaturized its sensors, 3D gesture tech will likely end up in future iPhones and iPads. Expect future generations of these products to offer advanced depth perception and perhaps face and feature recognition, as well as a new range of gestures available without touching the device.

Microsoft Introduces Simple External File Sharing for SharePoint Online

Microsoft has just added some new functionality to SharePoint Online that will enhance its ability to share information not just around the enterprise, but also outside the firewall. The new functionality should also help it combat the rise of file sharing applications.

Document Mgt Roll-Up: Xerox Simplifies Workflows, New Box Ecosystem

It’s been a busy week in the document management space. Xerox announced it has enhanced its workflow creation capabilities in DocuShare, and Box has created a new ecosystem for legal companies. Meanwhile, AvePoint upgraded its governance Service Pack, while Alfresco and Workshare have entered a new partnership.

Enabling Customization Increases SharePoint User Adoption

Enabling business users to customize SharePoint is good for companies. If that seems unlikely, a Dimensional Research report commissioned by Dell supports this claim. According to the report, almost all of those surveyed (98 percent) said customization by business users is desirable.

5 Major Differences Between Xbox One and PlayStation 4

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The tech pages have been buzzing with gaming news in recent weeks, thanks to new consoles from Microsoft and Sony. But if you're not a loyal fan, which one should you choose? 

These five factors — and some simple truths the manufacturers probably don't want you to know — could sway your buying decision.

Microsoft Enables Remote Office Apps Control Through Windows Phone 8

Microsoft has announced the release of a new app that lets you control Word, Excel and PowerPoint from a Windows 8 phone. The company called this the beginning of a move to push the productivity space to a “diverse society of devices.”

Sony's PlayStation 4 Launch Signals a New Era of Connectivity

ds4_controller.jpgWhile new tablets and smartphones launch monthly, game consoles arrive once every six or so years. Does Sony's new PlayStation 4 still have a place in our more portable world?

Its midnight launch saw thousands of Americans heading home with a box full of raw processing power that will be sitting under millions of TVs this holiday season. But what does the future hold for Playstation 4 and rival Xbox One? 

WebRTC Video Decision Delayed, Stalling Development

A closely followed Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) meeting in Vancouver last week took an anticlimactic and mysterious turn. Committee members failed to reach a consensus on an important component of the new web-based communications standards called WebRTC.

RTC stands for Real Time Communication. The stakes are high because several large technology vendors with large communications businesses went into the meeting jostling for position of their respective video streaming technologies.

Document Mgt Roll-Up: Document Capture is Still Big Business, Yahoo Enhances Mail

This week in the world of document management there have been a number of upgrades and releases, including the introduction of multi-tasking for Yahoo Mail and enhanced search from dtSearch. In addition,  new research shows document capture is still big business and Microsoft continued to extend the market reach of Office 365.

Microsoft Abandons Controversial Employee Review System

Microsoft is abandoning its controversial stack ranking employee review and compensation system, which encourages workers to compete rather than work collaboratively. The move comes just months before Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer plans to retire.

If you were cynical, you might think the review system and Ballmer's imminent departure are related. Is Ballmer unwilling to review his controversial 13-year tenure at the helm? Maybe, but it is probably pushing the analysis of this change a little too far.

Game Consoles, 3D Printers Top Holiday Shopping Lists

holidaypresents.jpgWith Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales looming, new super-powerful game consoles — the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One — appear to be the hot tickets this year.

But from affordable 3D printers to tiny and low-cost smart-TV adaptors, there's something for every budget in this most bountiful of selling seasons. 

Pivotal Launches Multi-Cloud Enterprise Platform-as-a-Service

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This morning, long before the developers attending re:Invent, Amazon Web Services (AWS) annual conference, open their eyes, EMC and VMWare spin-off Pivotal will make an alluring announcement. The news — Pivotal One, “the world’s first next-generation multi-cloud Enterprise PaaS” (Platform-as-a-Service) will open for business on Friday. Coincidence? I think not.

Microsoft Announces Tighter Office 365, Yammer Integration

As well as announcing upgrades to its Office Web Apps today, Microsoft announced deeper integration between Yammer and Office 365, which are designed to make it easier to work with external customers and partners.

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