Social networks face obstacles in road to e-commerce domination

Social networking companies have made no secret of their desire to convince people to purchase things discovered in ads, photos, and other content shared to their services. But the big social players are finding that more difficult than expected, even with the added sales activity from the holiday shopping season. Over the last year, Facebook, Twitter,… Continue reading Social networks face obstacles in road to e-commerce domination

Facing threat of extinction: How pro services can compete in the age of AI

Alastair is president at Huddle. The professional service industry — any third-party consultancy or support service that helps businesses operate better — is massive. In the United States the professional service industry is comprised of almost 20 million people, which is roughly 13 percent of the total American workforce. Those 13 percent are in grave danger, finding themselves… Continue reading Facing threat of extinction: How pro services can compete in the age of AI

IDG Contributor Network: An API-powered shopping season

The day after Thanksgiving, also known as Black Friday, marks the opening of the holiday shopping season. As usual, stores witnessed stampedes of shoppers chasing early morning bargains, and online shopping sites got hit as early as midnight by cybershoppers trying to snatch the best deals. And it’s only the start, with this Monday, Cyber… Continue reading IDG Contributor Network: An API-powered shopping season

Exploring Apple’s growing interest in VR content

While it’s no surprise that the presence of virtual reality is weaving its way into many sectors of tech, we’re still left waiting to find out how it’ll unfold when it comes to Apple. Google, Samsung, Sony, and Facebook have all shared their VR plans, but Apple is remaining silent. Well, mostly silent anyway. Yesterday, Apple confirmed… Continue reading Exploring Apple’s growing interest in VR content

This food quality startup ruined Thanksgiving by analyzing turkey products

There are many ways for tech companies to ruin Thanksgiving dinner. Facebook could send a push notification to all your relatives to remind them about petty arguments had over the last year. Apple could release a novelty ringtone no-one but your creepy uncle will enjoy. Someone might ask you to explain Snapchat. Or they could… Continue reading This food quality startup ruined Thanksgiving by analyzing turkey products

Amazon Books should be the future of brick-and-mortar retail chains

Earlier this month, Amazon opened a bookstore in a mall that used to house a Barnes & Noble. Much has been written about this foray into the physical realm: It’s been called a potential library of the future; Amazon itself has been called the Darth Vader of the books business; and some have wondered about the… Continue reading Amazon Books should be the future of brick-and-mortar retail chains

HP Enterprise will maximize opportunities as Azure reseller

Hewlett Packard Enterprise may have abandoned the public cloud, but that isn’t stopping it from trying to be an enterprise cloud provider of some variety. Its latest strategy, which dovetails with earlier plans to focus on private and managed clouds, is to partner with Microsoft and become an Azure reseller. HP Enterprise still has a lot… Continue reading HP Enterprise will maximize opportunities as Azure reseller