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

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Here are five tech events that happened in the past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?

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

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

Why it matters to your business:

Still hooked on Windows 7? Ah, the rare… the proud. But come on, it’s time to update. If it’s not just to make sure your coworkers can use Chrome, but also for security reasons. You gave him a good trick and I’m impressed. But it’s time to move on.

2 – The AI ​​industry is booming in the midst of the “tech recession”.

As recession fears grow, companies are worried about hiring talent, with many successful tech companies anticipating more layoffs and job cuts in the coming months. However, the artificial intelligence space continues to see success and is expected to grow at an annual growth rate of over 21% and soar $76.44 billion over the next two years. (Source: VentureBeat)

Why it matters to your business:

AI is one of the few bright spots in technology this year. It is because there is such a promise. And every software publisher is turning to AI to deliver new features and satisfy their subscribers. Do not develop your own applications. Ask your vendor what AI-powered features are included in the software you already have, and learn how to take advantage of them.

3 – Agencies plan to focus on TikTok – among other channels – in 2023.

Experts predict that alongside a growth in social media usage, 2023 will see an increased focus on TikTok and other digital video and streaming platforms. Experts predict that while agencies still spend advertising primarily on Facebook and Instagram, TikTok is expected to see an increase in ad spend, with many shifting from simply testing the platform to investing previously used money. for other platforms. (Source: DigiDay)

Why it matters to your business:

Reports like these have me rethinking my online ad spend in 2023. For now, I’m focused on Google and YouTube. But I read (and see) that people are getting more ROI from their TikTok spending. This may be something you should consider for your business.

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

Huffington Post editors recently asked small business owners to share their picks for 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 easy setup. . You can read about all the choices here. (Source: Huff Post)

Why it matters to your business:

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

5 – Here are four mobile applications for future employees.

Tech website Computer World recently shared four employee mobile apps to watch this year. Skedulo helps streamline workflow for workers whose jobs don’t require them to sit behind a desk, such as retailers and delivery people. 15Five allows employees to track their progress while allowing them to provide feedback to their supervisors. When I Work is an easy-to-use app that streamlines team messaging, time tracking, and scheduling. Finally, ClickUp is a productivity app that streamlines workflows while providing clear goals and data. (Source: IT World)

Why it matters to your business:

I’m torn between using these apps or relying more on collaboration offerings from 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 in your group this year — especially if you have remote workers — it’s worth taking an hour and reviewing these apps.

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