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Google Chrome stops working on some Windows PCs… and other small business tech news this week

by Ana Lopez
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Here are five things in technology that happened in the past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?

1 – Google Chrome stopped working properly on millions of Windows PCs this week.

According to recent reports, Google will stop providing security and technical support for Google Chrome on Windows 7 this week. While older versions of Chrome will continue to work, employees and business owners who currently use the browser on older versions of Windows should upgrade to it as soon as possible. Windows 10 or later to receive Chrome releases in the future. (Source: Subway)

Why this is important for your business:

Still sticking with Windows 7? Ah, the few…the proud. But come on, it’s time to upgrade. Not just to make sure your people can use Chrome, but also for security reasons. You’ve done a good job with it and I’m impressed. But it’s time to move on.

2 – The AI ​​industry is thriving during the ‘tech recession’.

As recession fears mount, companies are concerned about hiring talent, and many successful tech companies expect more layoffs and job losses in the coming months. However, the artificial intelligence space continues to see success and is expected to see annual growth of more than 21 percent and increase by $76.44 billion over the next two years. (Source: Venture beat)

Why this is important for your business:

One of the few bright spots in technology this year is AI. That’s because there is such a promise. And every software company is looking to AI to power new features and keep their subscribers happy. Don’t develop your own applications – ask your vendor what AI-driven features they include in the software you already own, and learn how to leverage them.

3 – Agencies plan to focus on TikTok in 2023, among others.

Experts predict that – along with a growth in social media usage – by 2023 there will be more focus on TikTok and other digital video and streaming platforms. According to expert forecasts, while agencies still primarily advertise on Facebook and Instagram, TikTok is expected to see an increase in ad spending, with many moving from merely testing the platform to investing money previously spent on other platforms. was used. (Source: DigiDay)

Why this is important for your business:

Reports like this make me think about my online ad spend in 2023. For now, I’m committed to Google and YouTube. But I read (and see) people getting more ROI from their TikTok spend. Perhaps this is something you should consider for your business.

4 – According to small business owners, these are the best printers for under $300.

Editors at The Huffington Post recently asked small business owners to share their picks of the best printers under $300. Choices include the Canon PIXMA MG3620 for small batch printing, the Canon Image CLASS MF455dw for reliable printing and faxing, the HP Deskjet 3755 for its easy setup and wireless capabilities, and the HP OfficeJet Pro 8025e for its compact size and simple setup. installation . You read about all the choices here. (Source: Huff Post)

Why this is important for your business:

Amazing that we still use printers, but we do. I found this piece helpful for customers looking to upgrade and replace these devices.

5 – Here are four emerging mobile apps for employees.

Tech website Computer World recently shared four mobile apps for employees to keep an eye on this year. Skedulo helps streamline workflow for employees who don’t sit at a desk, such as shop assistants and delivery drivers. 15Five allows employees to track their progress while being able to provide feedback to their supervisors. When I work is an easy-to-use app that streamlines team messaging, time tracking, and scheduling. finally, click on is a productivity app that streamlines workflows while delivering clear goals and data. (Source: Computer world)

Why this is important for your business:

I’m torn between using these apps or relying more on collaboration offerings from the big tech companies like Microsoft and Google. But people have their preferences and the user experience is important. If you’re looking to improve teamwork, collaboration and productivity within your group this year, especially if you have remote workers, it’s worth taking an hour to check out these applications.

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