Every so often, a device comes along that changes the way we live our daily lives and things are never the same again. With today's digital technology, such devices may come more frequently than in the past, but our list revolutionary gadgets extends back two centuries.
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The pocket-sized digital assistant put your contact lists, to-do lists and calendars in your pocket in 1996. The Palm is yet another example of a device that not only did something new, but also created the expectation that other devices would be able to do the same. The company stumbled in its attempt to catch up with the burgeoning smartphone market and has recently been acquired by HP with an outcome that remains to be seen. But Palm owners still speak lovingly of them, earning the device a spot on our list.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.