Can you spot tech's next big thing? Check out ten hot new ideas, fresh from the Demo show, that could impact the way you work and play.
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Unless you're well-heeled enough for a state-of-the-art "telepresence" system (the term even sounds expensive), conference calls generally stink in terms of quality. But Voxeet used Demo to debut a new high-definition, 3-D "natural conferencing" software suite that had ears literally perking up during the conference. If its demo was any indication, the sound wasn't just crystal clear. You didn't have people noise-cancelling each other, and you could hear someone speaking from your right or your left, depending on where you moved their avatars, giving a lifelike in-the-same-room presence to the callers.
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.