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Alexa and Siri Are Invading Your Hotel Room…And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

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(This post originally appeared on Forbes)Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they impact your business. Did you miss them?

1-- Your next hotel room may include a new facility: Alexa or Siri.

Alexa, can you buy me some space service? Marriott is currently checking Amazon's assistant along with Apple's Siri to see who works finest for its customers. Amazon has already had success in the hospitality market with Wynn hotels setting up 5,000 Echos last December. (Source: TechCrunch)Why this is very important for your

organisation: Big brands are taking virtual assistants seriously and constructing apps to improve customer support. Search for Alexa, Siri and others like them in your office in the next few years taking orders from you-- and possibly saving you labor costs.

2-- Apple is now most likely to reject your app if it has the word "totally free" in it.

Apple's iTunes Connect service has actually been "obstructing submissions to the App Shop or Mac App Store when app metadata consists of pricing info." (Source: VentureBeat)Why this is necessary for your

company: Apple's App Shop controls the marketplace for mobile apps, so it comes as not a surprise that they are wielding more power over app developers. If your app includes the word "totally free" in its name, you will now get an error message that states "Please remove any references to your app's cost from your app's name, including any referrals to your app being free or marked down."

3-- Ikea is delving into the smart house market.

The popular Swedish furnishings shop has actually announced that it will have its own smart lighting system called "Trådfri" ("cordless" in Swedish). The standard bulbs are dimmable LED lights that Ikea states will last for 25,000 hours. In addition, Ikea's line of wise lights includes a motion-controlled dimmer switch and "an entrance device that links to the Internet through an Ethernet connection and develops a local Trådfri network to connect regional bulbs." (Source: The Verge )Why this is crucial for

your service: Smart homes. Smart workplaces next. Think about purchasing these innovations to reduce utilities. Believe me, energy rates will rise at some point!

4-- Domino's wants to deliver European pizza in a brand-new way-- with a robot.

The pizza giant has announced that it is interacting with Starship Technologies to have sidewalk robots provide pizza in Hamburg, Germany. The robots are "a little under two feet tall, weigh about 40 pounds when empty and travel around four miles per hour-- strolling speed." (Source: Recode)Why this is necessary for your

company: Don Meij, Domino's Group CEO, said, "With our growth plans over the next 5 to Ten Years, we merely will not have adequate shipment motorists if we do not want to include to our fleet through efforts such as this." This is what chains are doing to be competitive and keep expenses down. How about you?

5-- You can now make ice cream with food waste.

Salt & & Straw, an ice cream organization based in Portland and with areas in Los Angeles and San Francisco, has actually announced that it will be crafting scrumptious ice cream with ingredients from uncommon sources: "rescued food" like bruised apples from a local distillery and overripe strawberries from a neighboring farm. Tyler Malek, co-founder of Salt & & Straw, said that the company wants to "prove that this food can be utilized, and inform our clients that it's possible to make something amazing and fun from something that was going to be wasted." Salt & & Straw's 4 Portland ice cream shops will be featuring an estimated 2,000 pounds of "rescued food" in the month of June. (Source: Quick Business)

Why this is important for your organisation:

This kind of marketing brings in the eco-conscious crowd. Does it taste excellent? Who cares. It's dazzling.

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