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A look back at 2016 — and forward to 2017

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Cloud-based communications to grow next year: survey

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The cloud isn’t only for computing and data. Communications in the cloud is taking off, too. Fast growth is expected in 4 main areas: cloud-based PBX, mobile applications, unified communications (UC) and contact-center services.

To measure this, No Jitter Research recently surveyed 255 enterprise communications pros and released its findings in a report, The State of Cloud Communications. Here’s your solution-provider summary:

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6 notable books of 2016 for your holiday gifting and reading

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Check out 6 coolest compute devices of 2016 (part 2)

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Check out 6 coolest compute devices of 2016 (part 1)

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PC technology has never been better. Today’s devices are thin and light, and very powerful. Solution providers, your clients have never had so many cool choices.

With 2016 winding down, here’s our pick of the half-dozen coolest devices introduced this past year:

 

HP Elite x3

What it is: Mobile 3-in-1 device combining features and functionality of a phablet, laptop and desktop.

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6 top enterprise IT predictions for the coming new year

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Merged reality: the new tech Microsoft & Intel say your clients will want

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Your clients have already heard about virtual reality (VR), but how about reality that’s “mixed” or “merged”?

If not, you’ll need to help them. Merged reality is a big concept now being promoted by Microsoft and partners including Intel, Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo.

Merged reality blends physical and virtual worlds. For example, you might augment a real brick-and-mortar office with virtual objects such as floating displays, maps, even avatars. To see and interact with these virtual objects in a real office, you’d need to wear a mixed-reality headset.

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Your 2017 forecast for what’s coming in robotics, speech, more

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8 security threats for 2017 you need to worry about now

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Think you’ve got your clients’ security taken care of? Think again. Several older cyber threats will still be with us next year. And several new ones are likely to emerge.

That’s according to cybersecurity supplier Trend Micro, which just released a report, “The Next Tier,” predicting the top security threats for 2017.

Raimund Genes, Trend Micro’s CTO, says: “Next year will take the cybersecurity industry into new territory.”

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