Google Chrome will stop working on some Windows PCs… and more tech news for small businesses this week

Here are five things that happened in technology last week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?

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

According to recent reports, Google will end 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 currently using the browser on older versions of Windows should upgrade to Windows 10 or later as soon as possible to get future versions of Chrome. (Source: Metro)

Why it matters to your business:

Still stuck with Windows 7? Ah, a few … proud ones. But come on, it’s time to upgrade. This is not just to make sure their employees can use Chrome, but also for security reasons. You did a good job on it and I’m impressed. But it’s time to move on.

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

With recession fears growing, companies are reluctant to hire talent, with many successful tech companies predicting more layoffs and job cuts in the coming months. However, the AI ​​field continues to thrive and is expected to grow at an annual growth rate of more than 21% over the next two years and generate $76.44 billion. (Source: Venture Beat)

Why it matters to your business:

One of the few bright spots in technology this year is artificial intelligence. Because there is such a promise. And all software companies are turning to artificial intelligence to create new features and satisfy their subscribers. Don’t develop your own software – ask your vendor what AI-enabled features they already have in the software you already have and learn how to use them.

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

Along with the rise in social media usage, experts predict an increased focus on TikTok and other digital video and streaming platforms in 2023. While agencies will continue to primarily spend advertising on Facebook and Instagram, TikTok’s ad spending is expected to increase, with many simply switching to investing the money they used before testing the platform on other platforms, experts said. (Source: DigiDay)

Why it matters to your business:

Reports like this make me rethink my online advertising spend in 2023. For now, I’m sticking to Google and YouTube. But I’ve read (and see) that people get more ROI than they spend on TikTok. This may be something you should consider for your business.

4 – These are the best printers 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. Options include the Canon PIXMA MG3620 for small batch printing, the Canon Image CLASS MF455dw for reliable printing and faxing, the HP Deskjet 3755 for ease of setup and wireless capabilities, and the HP OfficeJet Pro 8025e for compact size and easy setup. You can read about all the options here. (Source: Huff Post)

Why it matters to your business:

It’s surprising that we still use printers, but we do. I found this article helpful for customers looking to upgrade and replace these devices.

5 – Four new mobile applications for employees.

Computer World Tech website recently shared four employee mobile apps to watch this year. Skedulo helps streamline workflow for non-desk workers such as retail and delivery workers. 15Five allows employees to track their progress by giving feedback to their supervisors. When I Work is an easy-to-use app that makes team messaging, time tracking, and scheduling easy. Ultimately, Clic is productivity software that streamlines workflow while providing clear goals and information. (Source: Computer World)

Why it matters to your business:

I’m torn between using these apps or relying more on collaborative offerings from big tech companies like Microsoft and Google. But people have their preferences and user experience is important. If you’re looking to improve teamwork, collaboration, and productivity in your team this year, especially if you have remote workers, these apps are worth an hour to review.

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