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 Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PS3 and Nintendo Wii owe their existence to the debut in 1977 of the Atari 2600. There were other video gaming systems for home use before that, but they were dedicated units that were hardwired to play only one or two games -- basically, arcade machines for the home. The 2600 introduced the idea of a single machine that could play multiple games (then stored on cartridges) and led to the $20 billion industry we know today.
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?