Google+ Goes Bye-Bye…And Other Small Business Tech News T…


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

 1 — Google+ to shut down after a cover-up of a data-exposing bug.

A security bug that allowed third-party developers to access the user profile data of Google+, the search engine giant’s intended Facebook-killing-social network, was discovered and patched in March, but the company never told anyone. It turns out that 496,951 users’ full names, email addresses, birth dates, gender, profile photos, places lived, occupation and relationship status were potentially exposed, but Google claims it has no evidence the data was misused by the 438 apps that could have accessed it. The end result is that Google+ has become too much of a liability and the company will be shutting it down. (Source: Tech Crunch)

Why this is important for your business:

Wait, there were actually more than 10 people using Google+? Who knew? Per the Tech Crunch article Google admits that “This review crystallized what we’ve known for a while: that while our engineering teams have put a lot of effort and dedication into building Google+ over the years, it has not achieved broad consumer or developer adoption, and has seen limited user interaction with apps.” In the unlikely event that your business is using or considering using Google+ you’ll need to prepare for the end.

2 — 3D printing comes to Shopify.

Voodoo Manufacturing, a Brooklyn-based provider of 3D-printing production services, has just launched its new printing design app on e-commerce giant Shopify. Voodoo says it wants to make previously expensive 3D-printing capabilities available to small businesses with its 200 low-end machines that cost less than $5,000—so these smaller firms can have a production scale without increasing costs. (Source: Digiday)

Why this is important for your business:

According to the company’s blog, the Voodoo app will allow Shopify merchants to “create and customize items from our ever-expanding catalog of 3D printed products, and immediately list them for sale in their store.” Oh, and no 3D skills are necessary and here are some examples. My take is that companies selling online can potentially add unique products to their offerings…or at least some fun promotional giveaways.

3 — Intel’s 9th-gen processors bring 8 cores and a 5 GHz i9 chip.

Intel announced its 9th generation of desktop processors and is calling it the ‘world’s best gaming processor.’ The processors give users a big performance boost because Intel is adding more cores while still using a 14nm(++) process. The new i7 9700K has 8 cores and threads, while the first mainstream i9 desktop processor—called the i9 9900K—has 8 cores with 16 threads. The more affordable i5 model has the usual 6 cores. The chips operate on a new Z390 motherboard family. (Source: The Next Web)

Why this is important for your business:

Got all that?  Actually, this is what you need to know: the desktop is definitely not dead. Don’t stop buying them where it makes sense. “We’re really focused on three centers of gravity in the PC market,” Gregory Bryant, general manager of Intel’s Client Computing Group told Wired. “One of those is mobility. The second gravity well is gaming, and high-end creation and desktop experience. And the other one is commercial. Every one of those segments, every one of those gravity wells, has really diverse needs. We’re trying to build tailored products and platforms for every one of those segments, so people don’t have to compromise.”

4 — Report: people keep spending less and less time on Facebook.

A new report from Pivotal Research Group shows that Facebook usage—including Messenger and its related companies Instagram and WhatsApp—was down 3%, accounting for 14.3% of all digital consumption in August 2018 vs. 16.9% in August 2017 and 18.5% in August 2016. However, the number of Facebook users was up 7.2%. (Source: Fast Company)

Why this is important for your business:

Maybe Facebook is panicking, but you shouldn’t be. For starters, the company has been cleaning out fake accounts. Secondly, it’s possible that people might be on the beaches in August (more so than the prior year in these good economic times). Finally, where else are you going to go to find out how that guy from your 1982 high school class is holding up today? In other words: Facebook may be suffering its challenges and activity may be plateauing for a bit…but it’s still the best social media platform available for many small companies…probably yours too.

5 — Google Slides is adding live captions to its presentations, just like PowerPoint.  

In an effort to help hard-of-hearing audience members, Google has added live captions to its G Suite presentation app Google Slides. The feature uses a computer’s built-in microphone to automatically transcribe the speaker’s words and display them in real time as subtitles on the slide. The feature should improve the experience for anyone who understands written English better than spoken. Microsoft’s PowerPoint has offered a similar feature for over a year already. (Source: The Verge)

Why this is important for your business:

Where this could be particularly helpful is web presentations. People tend to keep the sound off when using their computers at work, so having subtitle capability might engage more audiences.

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