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 DVR took the trend started by the VCR to another level. Providing the same time-shifting and programming choice capabilities as the VCR, the DVR was easier to program and eliminated the need to rewind a tape to find the show you wanted to watch. The first DVRs were introduced in 1998 by TiVo (whose name has practically become a synonym for their use) and ReplayTV. They've raised what we demand from our TV service to another level and put pressure on networks and advertisers to meet our new standards.
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.
InformationWeek Tech Digest, Nov. 10, 2014Just 30% of respondents to our new survey say their companies are very or extremely effective at identifying critical data and analyzing it to make decisions, down from 42% in 2013. What gives?