The Five Biggest Things In Tech You Missed This Week: 1/9/16


(This post originally appeared on Forbes)

Here are five things that happened in the world of technology this past week and why they’re important for your business (and mine). Did you miss them?

1 – The Consumer Electronics Show dominates the news with new announcements.

From The StreetThe overall theme of CES seemed to be the big push into the connected everything, from wearables to home appliances to cars to whatever you can dream of, whereas the conference itself was largely a snooze in terms of major announcements until Wednesday when Netflix, MobileEye, Broadcom, Facebook-owned Oculus and a host of others made the news.

Why this is important for your business:

Though there was no major, head-turning breakthroughs revealed at this year’s show, it’s obvious that big companies are investing heavily in driverless cars, drones and the Internet of Things and many of the products revealed will have have appeal to many businesses over the next decade.

2 – Twitter is reportedly considering a 10,000-character limit for tweets.

From ReCodeTwitter is building a new feature that will allow users to tweet things longer than the traditional 140-character limit, and the company is targeting a launch date toward the end of Q1, according to multiple sources familiar with the company’s plans. Twitter is currently considering a 10,000 character limit, according to these sources. That’s the same character limit the company uses for its Direct Messages product, so it isn’t a complete surprise.

Why this is important for your business;

The days of the 140 character tweet, so unique to Twitter, seem to be coming to an end. If your business relies on Twitter for marketing, communications or customer service the expanded character limit will have a significant impact on how you’re using the service.

3 – Apple shares tumble on a report of an iPhone output cut.

From Deutsche WelleApple shares lost 2.5 percent amid a general market upswing on Wall Street Tuesday, after the Japanese business daily Nikkei reported the company was expected to cut iPhone production by 30 percent. As inventories of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus had piled up at retailers in markets ranging from China and Japan to Europe and the United States, production would be scaled back to let dealers go through their current stock, Nikkei reported.

Why this is important for your business:

Among other concerns in the economy this week, Apple’s news is an ominous warning for the thousands of businesses that contribute to the iPhone industry – from indirect parts and distribution to retail and app development. The iPhone surely isn’t going away, but if your business depends on revenues from the iPhone a fall off in demand could have an impact on you.

4 – Amazon Web Services starts 2016 with three price cuts.

From Information Week: Amazon Web Services started the new year with a round of price reductions on popular EC2 instance types. The C4, M4, and R3 were all reduced 5%, effective Jan. 1, for On-demand, Reserved, and Dedicated host instances.

Why this is important for your business:

Look for Amazon’s competitors, such as Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud and Rackspace, to match these price cuts. As many of us move to managed services, many of the managed services we use outsource their hosting to these big players and a price decrease will lower their core costs…and ultimately ours. Look for this declining price trend to further motivate even more businesses to move their data and applications to the cloud.

5 – Updates for Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 ends this week

Per Kim Komando: As of Tuesday, January 12, Microsoft is no longer releasing security updates for Internet Explorer version 8, 9 and 10. If you’re running one of those versions, you’ll be wide open to any flaws that hackers find in the future.

Why this is important for your business:

If your employees are still using these older versions of Internet Explorer you’re exposing yourself to significant security risks and you’ll get little help from Microsoft. So turn those automatic updates on and make sure everyone’s using the latest and greatest.

And finally, the Periodic Table fills up the seventh row with four new super-heavy elements.

My goodness, there are seven rows?  I never made it past the first two in high school!


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