Social networks, being still relatively new entities, are constantly trying out new features in pursuit of new revenue streams, while eliminating any avenue that is ultimately proven fruitless in this endeavor. For an example of the latter, see Facebook's recent decision to end support for Blackberry devices and for an example of the former, there's the social network's new mobile video discovery tab called Facebook Live, which began rolling out to users today.
NVIDIA's GTC launches this week. This is a huge conference and it has doubled in size since the inaugural event in 2012. There are five big announcements at the show this week, each more interesting than the last. Let's cover the highlights of each, which take us in huge bounds to a future where what we think is real increasingly won't be and computers will increasingly do things that only humans could do before.
In a groundbreaking deal for both sides, it was announced April 5 that Twitter has secured a deal with the National Football League to stream ten of their Thursday Night Football games online.
As the Oculus Rift makes headlines for snagging big-time consumer interest, the annual investment in augmented and virtual reality companies has hit an all-time high.
While it may have taken some time for organizations to realize the full impact of being more customer-centric, including the empowerment of their employees with the right tools, the good news in the report is that 84 percent of respondents say their organization have experienced a trend toward customers wanting a more individualized experience and 70 percent have experienced this trend from employees. The not so good news is that fewer than 20 percent give their organization an A in its ability to offer those experiences.
Network service provider Brocade recently made a move to step up its Wi-Fi operations, purchasing Ruckus Wireless for around $1.2 billion in a mix of cash and stock. It was a move that met with mixed reaction from the market, and one that may not offer much value for Brocade for a while.
Banks have a lot more to lose than money if a security measure fails. These financial institutions strive to create a relationship built on trust with their customers, and it's not one easily broken. Consumers think about changing banks as they do about moving: it's a big hassle that no one wants to deal with. But will do it without hesitation if they feel their bank has violated trust.
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