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Alexa, Get Me A Latte…And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

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(This post originally appeared on Forbes)Here are 5 things in technology that occurred this previous week and how they impact your business. Did you miss them?

1-- Credit card theft keeps increasing and up.

Didn't the brand-new chip cards put an end to this? Obviously not. A report from Javelin Technique & & Research study has found that taken card data increased 40 percent in 2015. The reason? Lawbreakers are moving to ecommerce. "Right now the environment is more difficult than it's ever been," Al Pascual, research study director and head of scams and security at Javelin, told Bloomberg. "And things will become worse before they improve." (Source: Bloomberg)Why this is essential for your organisation

: If you're offering online, be mindful of the tools used by wrongdoers and deal with a good IT security firm to make sure your customers' transactions are as secured as much as they can be. Credit card companies will generally presume the liability, but a website with weak security will repel customers. If that does not work, call Batman.

2-- Cisco has introduced a brand-new gizmo that will change workplaces into digital structures.

Called "The Cisco Driver Digital Buildings Series Switch," the item will enable digital buildings to handle lighting, air conditioning, badge identification and other components through a safe and quiet system. (Source: VentureBeat)Why this is very important for your service

: In the coming years most buildings, big and little, will be equipped with this kind of technology, and the structures that don't will be less appealing to potential lessors. If you're in property, this will be a required investment. If you're searching for area, focus on the structures that provide these functions so you can save on energy and security expenses.

3-- A British online grocer is establishing a robot that will not bruise bananas.

This new robotic arm will make product packaging sensitive products safer and more effective. The robot's hand is "dexterous sufficient not to bruise bananas, fracture eggs or fumble when it gets a sack of citrus." (Source: TechCrunch)Why this is very important for your service

: If your processes need sensitive handling, this arm might apply for other parts of your production and assembly too. If you're a grocer, the advantages appear apparent. Now if only we might teach it to alter an infant's diaper ...

4-- Dropbox is practically now working anywhere.

The company simply introduced a brand-new system that will permit the partnership of documents throughout both Macs and Windows desktops. Dropbox likewise launched a Google Docs equivalent for sharing documents and discussions. (Source: Engadget)Why this is essential for your
company: I'm a substantial fan of Dropbox, and my business uses the service to automatically sync, store and share files throughout the web. I'm not exactly sure why any small company, even freelancers on the go, would not be utilizing a tool like this and with these improvements, Dropbox is now exceptionally competitive-- if not ahead of-- similar products like Microsoft One Drive or Google Drive.

5-- Starbucks launches voice buying.

Oh, so that's why the barista never ever gets my order. I have to utilize my voice! Just kidding-- Starbucks' new voice buying app is readily available on both the iPhone and Amazon's Alexa, so now consumers don't have to exert the energy to actually type. The Android service will get here later in 2017. (Source: Fortune Magazine)

Why this is necessary for your company:

Voice-ordering coffee on a smartphone or through Alexa isn't going to alter your organisation much. But when clients get used to putting their orders this way, they're soon going to expect to be able to do the very same at their other favorite sellers, merchants, dining establishments and companies ... like yours. Watch carefully.

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