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  • How to Create an “Abandoned” Shelf in Goodreads for the Books You’ve Quit
    on June 26, 2017 at 8:04 pm

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  • Windows 10 quick tips: How to protect your privacy
    by Preston Gralla on June 26, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    There has been some concern that Windows 10 gathers far too much private information from users. Whether you think Microsoft's operating system crosses the privacy line, or just want to make sure you protect as much of your personal life as possible, we're here to help. Here's how to protect your privacy in just a few minutes.[[NOTE: The Windows 10 Anniversary Update and Windows Creators Update have made some changes in these areas. Where there are differences, we have added information on how users should proceed if they have installed the Update.]]To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • How to Create Quick Actions for the Abode Home Security System
    on June 26, 2017 at 7:00 pm

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  • IDG Contributor Network: Highest paying tech skills and certifications in 2017: there are some surprises
    by David Foote on June 26, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Getting compensation right has been a nagging problem with tech professionals for a very long time. I’ve spent a few columns exploring aspects of why employers will pay their tech workers extra cash for a skill or certification when they're already paying them a salary and annual bonus.Let’s summarize.First, there’s constant market price volatility due to rapid shifts in labor supply and demand and it takes a lot of effort to respond accordingly. Then there are countless variations in the jobs tech pros are asked to perform as the average employer requires more and more hybrid tech-business experience with industry knowledge, specific solution aptitude, soft skills and niche experience with a certain kinds of customers or particular products and services. It’s no longer good enough for workers to demonstrate proven expertise on a single platform: employers reward experience spanning multiple tech platforms, domains, programming languages, tools and systems.To read this article […]

  • Geek Trivia: The Nintendo Character Kirby Is Named After A Real Life?
    on June 26, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    The Nintendo Character Kirby Is Named After A Real Life? Politician Dog Comic Artist LawyerThink you know the answer? […]

  • How to Add Philips Hue Widgets to Your Android Home Screen
    on June 26, 2017 at 4:34 pm

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  • 11 ways Apple’s iPhone changed the enterprise
    by Jonny Evans on June 26, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Ten years since Apple’s iPhone went on sale, here are eleven ways the device has profoundly transformed the enterprise.The BYOD moment The popularity of iPhone drove enterprise everywhere to permit employees to bring their own devices to work. Employees loved the power of the iPhone and while competitors have sought to fill the same space, fragmentation and poor security mean Apple’s platform continues to dominate enterprise mobility and the company is carving itself a strong position in the future of enterprise IT.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • What Is Intel’s New Core i9 CPU Series?
    on June 26, 2017 at 2:24 pm

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  • A full 10 years later, the iPhone still dominates ... for now
    by John Brandon on June 26, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Steve Jobs would be proud of this one.Ten years after the iPhone debuted, on June 28 of 2007, the smartphone that started it all is still going strong. From the latest sales figures I’ve seen, the phone has sold well over 1 billion units worldwide. Statista claims there are 2.2 million apps in the app store.My own fascination with the “Jesus phone” (as it was called) started on launch day. I was one of those people who happened to obtain one from Apple on the day of release, then wrote about it that same week. I remember what things were like back then. The Palm Pre was still around; Nokia still dominated. Most models by companies like Samsung and BlackBerry were still big and bulky, running a proprietary interface. (The T-Mobile G1 running Android didn’t come out until 2009.)To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • What Is installd, and Why Is It Running on My Mac?
    on June 26, 2017 at 1:13 pm

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  • Memo to IT: You do know that a mobile phone is still a phone, right?
    by Evan Schuman on June 26, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Technologists have always been drawn to bright and shiny objects. That's why mobile development has focused on geolocation, streaming video, biometrics and impressive app gymnastics. But the core of the mobile phone — at it's heart, it is a telephone, capable of making voice calls — has generally been ignored. As Zappos has discovered, that can be very bad for business.What the retailer figured out is that texts, emails and other customer communications are far less effective at closing sales than what Alexander Graham Bell thought up. This is one of those surprising conclusions that, if you think about, shouldn't be surprising at all. Texting and email force the customer to type everything they are saying, instead of just talking about it.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • How to Prioritize Your Preferred Wi-Fi Networks on a Chromebook
    on June 26, 2017 at 1:00 pm

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  • How to Stop Facebook from Automatically Translating Posts
    on June 26, 2017 at 12:00 pm

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  • How to Freeze and Unfreeze Rows and Columns in Excel
    on June 26, 2017 at 11:23 am

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  • What Is ReFS (the Resilient File System) on Windows?
    on June 26, 2017 at 10:40 am

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  • How to cure ‘corporate amnesia’ with knowledge management software
    by Jake Widman on June 26, 2017 at 10:00 am

    If only HP knew what HP knows, we would be three times more productive.—Lew Platt, former CEO of Hewlett-PackardTo read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here(Insider Story) […]

  • Please, PLEASE tell us he's not in sales (or IT)
    by Sharky on June 26, 2017 at 10:00 am

    This company adopts one of those employee incentive programs where, if you come up with an idea that increases revenue, you'll get a percentage of the increased profits for the next year, reports an IT pilot fish on the inside."At our next meeting, everyone went around the table with their ideas," fish says. "Barney's was this: 'We will mark all of our products up by 100 percent, then we will offer our customers a 50 percent discount. That way they'll think they're getting a deal when they will be buying things for 50 percent more than their original price.'"I said, 'So you want to mark a $1 item up 100 percent to $2, then give a 50 percent discount dropping the price to $1? The price is staying the same.'To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • When does support end for... Microsoft Office 2007?
    by Gregg Keizer on June 26, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Businesses that remain wedded to Office 2007 have just over three months to drop Office 2007's applications and switch to a newer suite, such as Office 2016.Office 2007's support expires Oct. 10. After that date, Microsoft will no longer supply patches for security vulnerabilities or fixes for other bugs, nor will it provide company-assisted technical support, whether free or paid, such as by-phone consultations or trouble-shooting.Initially, Office 2007 support was set to end in April -- at the same time Windows Vista was put to pasture -- but in 2012 Microsoft extended the productivity suite's support by six months. The reason for the extra time: a little-known provision in the company's support policy that guarantees at least two years of "mainstream" support after the launch of a product's successor (in this case, Office 2010).To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • How to Replace a String With a MySQL Query
    on June 26, 2017 at 9:00 am

    This is a really stupid article, and the only reason I’m writing it is in the hopes that I’ll finally stop forgetting the syntax and having to google which order the MySQL REPLACE function’s arguments are supposed to go.Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • Geek Trivia: The Animal With The Largest Tested Working Memory Is A?
    on June 25, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    The Animal With The Largest Tested Working Memory Is A? Crow Gorilla Dolphin DogThink you know the answer? […]

  • How to Clean and Renovate a Used Model M Keyboard
    on June 25, 2017 at 10:40 am

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  • Geek Trivia: The Largest Butterfly In The U.S. And Canada Is The?
    on June 24, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    The Largest Butterfly In The U.S. And Canada Is The? Giant White Zebra Longwing Alexandra's Birdwing Giant SwallowtailThink you know the answer? […]

  • How to Turn Your iPhone or iPad Into the Ultimate Gaming Machine
    on June 24, 2017 at 10:40 am

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  • Why total bans on remote work don't remotely work
    by Mike Elgan on June 24, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Are remote workers more productive? Or are they just slacking off?Three years ago, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer famously banned employees from working remotely. Earlier this year, IBM did the same thing, forcing remote workers to start showing up at the office.The most popular justifications for such a policy are efficiency and collaboration — especially collaboration. The idea that employees from various groups should randomly encounter each other, brainstorm and collaborate is practically a Silicon Valley religion.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • 6 useful R functions you might not know
    by Sharon Machlis on June 23, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    Almost every R user knows about popular packages like dplyr and ggplot2. But with 10,000+ packages on CRAN and yet more on GitHub, it's not always easy to unearth libraries with great R functions. One of the best way to find cool, new-to-you R code is to see what other useRs have discovered. So, I'm sharing a few of my discoveries -- and hope you'll share some of yours in return (contact info below).Choose a ColorBrewer palette from an interactive app. Need a color scheme for a map or app? ColorBrewer is well known as a source for pre-configured palettes, and the RColorBrewer package imports those into R. But it's not always easy to remember what's available. The tmaptools package's palette_explorer creates an interactive application that shows you the possibilities.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • How to Set Apple Maps to Avoid Tolls and Highways
    on June 23, 2017 at 8:04 pm

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  • How Nightstand Mode Works on the Apple Watch
    on June 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm

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  • Geek Trivia: The Loudest Sound In Recorded History Was The Result Of A?
    on June 23, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    The Loudest Sound In Recorded History Was The Result Of A? Rock Concert Nuclear Explosion Sonic Boom Volcanic ExplosionThink you know the answer? […]

  • How to Delete a Trackr Device From Your Account
    on June 23, 2017 at 4:34 pm

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  • Great R packages for data import, wrangling and visualization
    by Sharon Machlis on June 23, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    One of the great things about R is the thousands of packages users have written to solve specific problems in various disciplines -- analyzing everything from weather or financial data to the human genome -- not to mention analyzing computer security-breach data.[ Need to learn R or brush up on basics? Download our free Beginner's Guide to R or the Advanced Beginner's Guide to R ] Some tasks are common to almost all users, though, regardless of subject area: data import, data wrangling and data visualization. The table below show my favorite go-to packages for one of these three tasks (plus a few miscellaneous ones tossed in). The package names in the table are clickable if you want more information. To find out more about a package once you've installed it, type help(package = "packagename") in your R console (of course substituting the actual package name ).To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • iPad Pro vs. iPad mini 4 vs. iPad: Which one should you buy?
    by Jason Snell, Oscar Raymundo on June 23, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Update 6-22-2017: This article has been updated to include information about the new 2017 iPad, as well as the upgrades to the iPad Pro line.So you’re in the market for a new iPad. Excellent choice—I couldn’t live without mine. It’s my companion when I’m catching up on news and email in the morning over tea, reading a comic book in the evening to unwind, or watching a movie while traveling on a plane.But these days, picking an iPad can be tricky. Apple currently sells four different models of iPad, with prices ranging from $329 to $1229. There are size, storage, color, and connectivity options to consider. All in all, there are 60 different variations of iPad from which to choose. So which iPad is right for you? Read on.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • How to Change the Colors of Directories and Files in the ls Command
    on June 23, 2017 at 2:24 pm

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  • 8 reasons why you should strengthen your iOS passcode today
    by Jonny Evans on June 23, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Every enterprise IT manager knows the ghastly truth: the biggest security weaknesses in any system are the humans using it. So, if you are one of the nearly one-in-ten iOS users (or even the one-in-three Android users) who don’t use a passcode, if you happen to be one of the many who use the same passcode for everything, or even one of the 15 percent of users who still insist on using any of these ten passcodes, then this article is for you. It’s time to toughen up. Here’s why:To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • Echo Show Ships on Wednesday, Buy 2 and Get a $100 Discount Right Now - Deal Alert
    by DealPost Team on June 23, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    The newly-announced Echo Show is available for pre-order in black or white and the shipping date is finally right around the corner: Wednesday, June 28. If you're interested, there are two things you need to know. Right now if you buy two of them and enter the code SHOW2PACK at checkout, you'll activate a $100 discount. So you'll get two new Echo Shows for the price of two standard Echos. Go in on this deal with a friend, or buy a few for yourself (they work very well in multiple rooms). The other thing you should know is that by selecting Prime 2-day shipping, Amazon will actually have the Echo Show on your doorstep the very day it's released. Echo Show brings you everything you love about Alexa, and now she can show you things. Amazon has announced an integration with some of the big names in wireless security cams, so you can simply say "Alexa, show me the front door camera". Echo Show should make a good kitchen assistant as well -- just ask for a recipe. You can watch news […]

  • How to Force Quit Applications on Your Mac When They’re Not Responding
    on June 23, 2017 at 1:13 pm

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  • Microsoft: No, it's not an audit
    by Gregg Keizer on June 23, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Microsoft is asserting that enterprise customers have the wrong idea about the asset management investigations its partners tout as a way to save money on software licensing."There is a misperception around Software Asset Management and Compliance Audits," Patama Chantaruck, the general manager for Microsoft's software asset management & compliance group, claimed in a post to a company blog last month that included the phrase "myth-busting" in its title.Chantaruck was vague about what the "misperception" was, but implied that customers conflated the two different programs when she offered definitions of each, Software Asset Management, which goes by SAM, and licensing audits.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • And that's why he's the specialist
    by Sharky on June 23, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Mainframe support pilot fish gets a call from his boss: A customer at a remote site says the mainframe is spewing out dump after dump of what looks like an opcode exception -- something that just isn't supposed to happen."So I barreled down the interstate to a customer 80 miles away that I had never met before," says fish. "I was confronted by the hardware guys telling me 'You've got a software problem.'"Now, I always got along great with my hardware guys, but sometimes they had a bit of a limited field of vision -- if it wasn't smoking, on fire or otherwise physically busted, they didn't think it was their issue."First fish looks at one of the memory dumps. Sure enough, it looks like opcode errors, meaning that some machine-language instructions have stopped working. How is that possible?To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • Windows 10 Redstone: A guide to the builds
    by Preston Gralla on June 22, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    Microsoft never sleeps. Even before the Windows 10 Creators Update was rolled out, the company began work on the next major update to Windows 10, code-named Redstone 3. As it did with the Creators Update, Microsoft has been releasing a series of public preview builds to members of Microsoft's Insider Program.What follows is a list of every preview build of Redstone 3, starting with the most recent. For each build, we've included the date of its release and a link to Microsoft's announcement about it. We've also kept the list of all the preview builds that led up to Creators Update, which are below the builds of Redstone 3.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • Q&A: DisruptDC co-founder sees the need for a government/tech nexus
    by Sandra Gittlen on June 22, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    On the same day tech leaders took part in the inaugural summit of the White House’s American Technology Council, former Apple manager Sarah Bonk, who spent more than 14 years at the company, helped launch DisruptDC, a nonprofit, nonpartisan alliance of business leaders she co-founded to improve government and elections.DisruptDC’s president and CEO, Charles Kolb, served in the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations and was longtime leader of the Committee for Economic Development. He plans to advance reform at the federal, state and local levels by making elections competitive, aligning incentives in policymaking and upgrading government with modern technology. The alliance sees dysfunction in government as bad for business and the overall economy.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • How IT should prep for Apple's public OS betas
    by Ryan Faas on June 22, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    As has become Apple's standard practice in recent years, the company will soon roll out public betas of iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra. Both are expected to arrive by the end of June.Public betas can be useful for Apple and other tech companies. They accelerate feedback and can ensure that bugs — including ones that internal testing might not spot — get fixed before the final version of an operating system ships. And because public betas are exciting for early adopters who want to play with new features of an upcoming upgrade before everyone else, they tend to generate useful buzz.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • Is Chrome OS right for you? A 3-question quiz to find out
    by JR Raphael on June 22, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Google's Chrome OS is one of the world's most misunderstood computing platforms. Chromebooks are foundationally different from traditional PCs, after all -- and consequently, there are a lot of misconceptions about how they work and what they can and cannot do.Since people are always asking me whether a Chromebook might be right for their needs, I thought I'd put together a quick guide to help any such wonderers figure it out. Whether it's you or someone you know who's curious, the following three questions should help shed some light on what the platform's all about and for whom it makes sense.1. Do you spend most of your time using the web and web-centric services? Think carefully here, as the answer might surprise you: What do you do most often on a computer?To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • Dimension Data puts its muscle behind Apple in the enterprise
    by Jonny Evans on June 22, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Yet another big cheese in enterprise IT has climbed aboard the Apple wagon, with Dimension Data joining IBM, Deloitte, Cisco, SAP, JAMF, and others in offering services to help big business pick Apple’s for their mobile enterprise.Enterprise ready "We understand our clients need a strategic approach to mobility – one that merges the world's best user experience through Apple devices with full enterprise capabilities," said Joe Manuele, Dimension Data Group Executive, Customer Experience and Collaboration, announcing the deal in June.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • Amazon Prime Gets You 50% off Razer Wildcat Controller for Xbox One, Windows 10 PC - Deal Alert
    by DealPost Team on June 22, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    The Razer Wildcat controller is compatible with both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. An elite level controller developed for tournament play with feedback from the best eSports athletes, it features four additional fully-programmable buttons for a personalized layout, a well thought out ergonomic shape and weight, reduced trigger travel distance for rapid fire, and much more. If you're an Amazon Prime member, the typical list price has been reduced generously to just $74.99. If you're not a Prime member but still want this deal, Amazon's 30 day Prime free trial (signup page here) is quick to activate and gets you all of the same benefits with no financial commitment required (unless you decide to keep it). See this deal now on Amazon.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • Not the disaster recovery we were expecting
    by Sharky on June 22, 2017 at 10:00 am

    IT pilot fish working for a city government keeps getting complaints from people in the Public Works department that something's seriously wrong with their documents."The Public Works director, his assistant and another part-time employee told me that every time they make changes to a document, they have to keep re-saving their work," says fish. "They also have to combine all of their work into yet another saved and current complete document."I asked the Public Works director to start at the beginning. Are you sharing this file off the server? 'Yes,' came his curt and snarky reply."OK, which file or folder is your document in? 'It's right here.'To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • Beyond MDM: Today's EMM suites add sophisticated capabilities
    by Bob Violino on June 22, 2017 at 10:00 am

    The global workforce is more mobile than ever. And for many organizations that are trying to control the burgeoning mobile device and app environment, deploying enterprise mobility management (EMM) systems has become standard operating procedure.“Mobility continues to transform how employees undertake work, and EMM technology is an important component in the successful execution of digital transformation initiatives,” says Adam Holtby, research analyst for enterprise mobility and productivity at Ovum.Originally called mobile device management (MDM) software, EMM products continue to evolve and now offer features that go well beyond device management, Holtby says. “Being able to manage a broad device estate via EMM is a compelling proposition for organizations,” he says. “Next-generation policy-management capabilities and the ability to derive meaningful context about not only the devices being used by an employee base, but also about the employees themselves, can be […]

  • Lenovo's new workstation is 'Tiny' but packs a punch
    by Marc Ferranti on June 21, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Windows users who work in tight spaces and are looking for a small form factor workstation with multiple display ports and solid processing power have a new contender to check out: the new ThinkStation P320 Tiny.The workstation lives up to its name: At 1.4x7.1x7.2 inches, it's the smallest workstation on the market that is ISV (independent software vendor) certified, according to Rob Herman, the general manager of Lenovo's workstation business unit.The ISV certification is important. "We don't consider a machine to be a workstation unless it has ISV certification," according to Lloyd Cohen, an analyst with IDC.The U.S. government uses the same definition for workstations and for non-government users, software certifications mean that you can run CAD and CAM programs, for example, without worrying about crashing, Cohen noted. That's important if you're working on a complex design.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • FAQ: Microsoft drafts new Windows Server upgrade blueprint
    by Gregg Keizer on June 21, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    Last week, Microsoft declared changes to how it will deal out upgrades for Windows Server, a move prompted, one analyst said, by customers' calls for a set release schedule -- just as enterprises made the case for reliable Windows 10 and Office 365 release dates.Microsoft, not surprisingly, couched it differently, with a manager calling the decision necessary so businesses can "innovat[e] quickly" by leveraging "new operating system capabilities at a faster pace."Whatever the ultimate motive for the modifications, the result should be familiar to IT administrators dabbling in Windows 10 or on top of recent news about Office 365. That doesn't mean there aren't questions. And answers.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • 60% off iClever Travel Power Strip with Surge Protector and 4 USB Ports - Deal Alert
    by DealPost Team on June 21, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    iClever's BoostStrip IC-BS01 travel power strip turns one solitary outlet in the airport, hotel, train or plane into 2 surge protected AC outlets and 4 USB ports. Equipped with iClever’s SmartID technology, this power strip offers a max 24W/4.8A USB output while it recognizes your device and safely optimizes max output. The typical list price of the BoostStrip is $49.99, but right now it's currently discounted 60% to just $19.99 on Amazon, where it's averaging 4.5 stars from over 100 reviewers. See this deal on Amazon. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • 23% off Panasonic ErgoFit In-Ear Comfort Fit Earbuds - Deal Alert
    by DealPost Team on June 21, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    If you believe the reviewers on Amazon, you may not find a better sounding pair of earbuds at this price point, which at the current 23% discount is just $7.68. The ErgoFit earbuds from Panasonic are designed to fit comfortably and securely in your ear, isolating outside noise while delivering great sound with a wider frequency range than most comparable buds. The earbuds come in various colors and features a generous 3.6 ft. cord that easily fits through or around your clothes, coats and bags. The ErgoFit earbuds average 4.5 stars from over 48,000 people on Amazon (read reviews) which lends some credibility to Panasonic's claim that the earbuds deliver dynamic, crystal clear sound while successfully blocking ambient noise. Its typical list price has been reduced 23% to just $7.68.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • 12 ways you’ll use Apple’s ARKit in your enterprise
    by Jonny Evans on June 21, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Enterprises pondering a push into augmented and virtual reality will need to embrace Apple’s ARKit, if only to access the hundreds of millions of already deployed devices capable of accessing these next-generation experiences. Of course, many see AR and VR as niche products only suitable for gaming, but these technologies have so much more potential. Here are 12 ways you might use ARKit in your enterprise.Virtual stores IKEA’s recent news that it will be an Apple flagship ARKit partner means you’ll be able to use your iPhone and an IKEA app to place items from its catalog around your home. The Swedish furniture manufacturer isn’t the only one looking to introduce solutions like these. Converse, Gap, Adidas, Lowes and others are developing ways to use AR and VR tech to try, explore and choose items from their stores. It’s not at all pushing the envelope to imagine Apple’s retail stores also providing some form of VR presence. In real estate, you can also anticipate […]