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

Here are five things in technology that happened last 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, this week Google will stop providing security and technical support for Google Chrome on Windows 7. 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 as soon as possible or later to receive future releases of Chrome. (Source: Metro)

Why this is important for your business:

Still stuck with Windows 7? Ah, the rare ones…the proud ones. But come on, it’s time to upgrade. If not only to ensure your people can use Chrome, but also for security reasons. You gave it a good ride and I’m impressed. But it’s time to move on.

2 – The artificial intelligence industry is booming in a “tech recession”.

With fears of a recession mounting, companies are worried about hiring talent, and many successful tech companies are predicting more layoffs and job cuts in the coming months. However, the AI ​​space continues to see success and is expected to see an annual growth rate of over 21 percent and climb to $76.44 billion in the next two years. (Source: Venture Beat)

Why this is important for your business:

One of the few bright spots in technology this year is AI. This is because there is such a promise. And every software company is looking to AI to power new features and make their subscribers happy. Don’t develop your own apps – ask your vendor what AI-powered features they include in the software you already own and learn how to take advantage of it.

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

Experts predict that – with the growth of social media use – 2023 will see an increased focus on TikTok and other digital video and streaming platforms. According to experts’ predictions, although agencies still spend primarily on Facebook and Instagram advertising, TikTok is expected to see an increase in ad spending as many switch from simply testing the platform to investing money in it that was previously used for other platforms. (Source: DigiDay)

Why this is important for your business:

Reports like this make me rethink my online advertising spend in 2023. For now, I’m committed to Google and YouTube. But I read (and see) how people are getting more ROI from their spending on TikTok. Maybe this is something you should consider for your business.

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

The editors of The Huffington Post recently asked small business owners to share their picks for the best printers that cost less than $300. Selections include the Canon PIXMA MG3620 for small batch printing, the Canon Image CLASS MF455dw for reliable printing and faxing, the HP Deskjet 3755 for easy setup and wireless capabilities, and the HP OfficeJet Pro 8025e for its compact size and easy setup. You can read about all the selections here. (Source: Huff Post)

Why this is important for your business:

It’s amazing that we still use printers, but we do. I find this section useful for customers looking to upgrade and replace these devices.

5 – Here are four mobile apps for up-and-coming employees.

Tech website Computer World recently shared four mobile apps for employees to look out for this year. Skedulo helps streamline workflow for workers whose jobs don’t require sitting at a desk, such as retail workers and delivery workers. 15Five allows employees to track their progress while allowing them to send feedback to their supervisors. When I Work is an easy-to-use app that simplifies team messaging, time tracking, and scheduling. Ultimately, ClickUp is a productivity app that streamlines workflow while providing clear goals and data. (Source: Computer World)

Why this is important for 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 user experience is important. If you’re looking to improve teamwork, collaboration, and productivity within your group this year—especially if you have remote workers—it’s worth taking an hour to check out these apps.

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