How Do YOU Feel About Chatbots?

Now that chatbots have been gaining in popularity, what exactly is a chatbot and what does it do? According to Scott Carey, writing for Techworld: “Before chatbots, there were just bots — based on software designed to automate a specific task. A chatbot is built on the same premise; however, it delivers this task around […]

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Regulatory Issues In Europe for U.S. Tech Companies

For quite a while, the European Commission has been rather tough in regulating large  American companies doing business in Europe and penalizing them when their practices are deemed unacceptable — sometimes, billions of dollars in fines as well as changes in business activities. As Kelly Couturier  recently noted for the New York Times: ” The […]

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Are Microsoft and Minecraft a Good Fit?

Mojang, the maker of the highly popular Minecraft video game, has reached an agreement to be acquired by Microsoft. The purchase price is $2.5 billion. The deal is important to both Mojang and Microsoft, the maker of Xbox. As Mojang posted at its Web site: “Yes, we’re being bought by Microsoft. Yes, the deal is […]

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New Adobe Software: Not for Sale

Until recently, Adobe software was SOLD to customers and downloaded or installed from a CD. The customer bought the product (typically for hundreds of dollars as part of a software bundle) and owned that version forever. However, the Adobe pricing model for its new CC (Creative Cloud)  version can only be RENTED. It cannot be […]

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How’s Windows 8 Doing After Its Launch?

As we wrote in late October, Microsoft has a lot riding on its new Windows 8 operating system. The company has a huge financial investment on the line, as well as its reputation as an industry leader and innovator. So, should Microsoft be concerned that early results are “sagging”? Steven Jones and Shira Ovide report […]

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Nintendo and the Evolving World of Video Gaming

It was less than a decade ago (November 2006) when Nintendo revolutionized the video game marketplace with its interactive — and highly successful — Wii. But, the landscape has gotten a lot more competitive since then, especially since Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect introduction. As Nick Winfield reports for the New York Times: “Nintendo’s enemies have arrived […]

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Marketing Laptops in a Complex Market Space

What is a laptop computer? This used to be a straightforward question to answer: a portable personal computer. But, today the way laptops are marketed and bought is rapidly changing. As Walter Mossberg reports for the Wall Street Journal: “Just when you thought it was safe to shop for a new laptop, a fresh problem […]

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Where Are Future Technology Sales: Hardware Or Software?

Knowledge@Wharton makes a very interesting observation about the future of technology: “In recent weeks, Amazon.com, Microsoft, and Apple have all held splashy events to tout their newest tablets — the Kindle Fire HD, the Surface, and the iPad Mini. But even as Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos talked up the specs of the new Kindle Fire, […]

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Microsoft Bets the House on Windows 8

To some, it’s hard to believe that Microsoft was once the world’s most valuable company. In fact, in inflation-adjusted dollars, Microsoft’s total market value of $616 billion in 1999 is still the record (yes, even higher than Apple today, in real dollars). However, Microsoft’s current market value is less than $240 billion. Although Microsoft is […]

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