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

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

1– Charge card theft keeps increasing and up.

Didn’t the brand-new chip cards put an end to this? Apparently not. A report from Javelin Method & & Research study has found that stolen card data increased 40 percent in 2015. The factor? Criminals are relocating to ecommerce. “Right now the environment is more tough than it’s ever been,” Al Pascual, research director and head of scams and security at Javelin, informed Bloomberg. “And things will get even worse before they improve.” (Source: Bloomberg)Why this is very important for your service

: If you’re offering online, be aware of the tools utilized by wrongdoers and deal with an excellent IT security company to make sure your consumers’ deals are as secured as much as they can be. Credit card companies will typically assume the liability, however a website with weak security will repel clients. If that doesn’t work, call Batman.

2– Cisco has introduced a brand-new gizmo that will transform offices into digital structures.

Called “The Cisco Catalyst Digital Buildings Series Switch,” the product will permit digital structures to handle lighting, cooling, badge recognition and other parts through a protected and quiet system. (Source: VentureBeat)Why this is essential for your service

: In the coming years most structures, huge and little, will be equipped with this type of technology, and the structures that do not will be less appealing to prospective lessors. If you’re in genuine estate, this will be a necessary investment. If you’re trying to find space, concentrate on the buildings that use these functions so you can save money on energy and security costs.

3– A British online grocer is developing a robot that will not bruise bananas.

This brand-new robotic arm will make product packaging sensitive items safer and more effective. The robot’s hand is “dexterous sufficient not to bruise bananas, crack eggs or fumble when it chooses up a sack of citrus.” (Source: TechCrunch)Why this is crucial for your company

: If your processes procedures need delicate, this arm may might applicable for other parts of your manufacturing and assembly. If you’re a grocer, the advantages seem apparent. Now if only we could teach it to change an infant’s diaper …

4– Dropbox is practically now working anywhere.

The company just released a new system that will allow for the collaboration of documents throughout both Macs and Windows desktops. Dropbox also launched a Google Docs equivalent for sharing documents and presentations. (Source: Engadget)Why this is necessary for your
business: I’m a big fan of Dropbox, and my business uses the service to immediately sync, store and share files throughout the web. I’m uncertain why any small company, even freelancers on the go, would not be using a tool like this and with these improvements, Dropbox is now incredibly competitive– if not ahead of– similar products like Microsoft One Own or Google Drive.

5– Starbucks introduces voice ordering.

Oh, so that’s why the barista never ever gets my order. I have to utilize my voice! Just kidding– Starbucks’ brand-new voice buying app is offered on both the iPhone and Amazon’s Alexa, so now customers don’t have to exert the energy to in fact type. The Android service will arrive later in 2017. (Source: Fortune Publication)

Why this is necessary for your organisation:

Voice-ordering coffee on a smartphone or through Alexa isn’t going to alter your service much. When clients get utilized to placing their orders this method, they’re soon going to expect to be able to do the very same at their other favorite sellers, merchants, restaurants and services … like yours. So watch thoroughly.