5 Biggest Things In Tech You Missed This Week: 1/30/16

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(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 – Apple shares plunge on lower iPhone sales and its future outlook.

From Fox BusinessApple Inc forecast its first revenue drop in 13 years and reported the slowest-ever increase in iPhone shipments as the critical Chinese market showed signs of weakening, suggesting the technology company’s period of exponential growth may be ending. The slowdown comes as Wall Street analysts worry the company does not have another blockbuster product to replace the iPhone. Apple does not report Watch sales, but it does not appear to have the makings of being a hit on the same level as the iPhone a year after launch.

Why this is important for your business:

There’s no need to panic – yet. Apple still had a very profitable quarter and remains one of the country’s most innovative tech companies. Apple is one of the country’s largest and most profitable companies and has been a bellweather in the tech industry. Its declining sales (and valuation) affects the stock market and the U.S. economy. Innovation and tech entrepreneurship is impacted when a leading company goes through rocky times. Hopefully the company will turn things around as more declines impacts small businesses who rely on them for products and partnership opportunities.

2 – Google will start marking non-encrypted websites with a scarlet letter.

From MotherboardThe rationale is that on every website served over HTTP the data exchanged between the site’s server and the user is in the clear, meaning anyone with the ability to snoop on the connection, be it a hacker at a coffee shop or a repressive government, could steal passwords, private messages, or other sensitive information. But HTTPS doesn’t just protect user data, it also ensures that the user is really connecting to the right site and not an imposter one. This is important because setting up a fake version of a website users normally trust is a favorite tactic of hackers and malicious actors. HTTPS also ensures that a malicious third party can’t hijack the connection and insert malware or censor information.

Why this is important for your business:

Talk to your webmaster and make sure your site is properly encdrypted. If not, future visitors will see a red flag and may be motivated to stay away. And that will hurt your business.

3 – Microsoft Office Online now supports real-time coauthoring for Box, Dropbox, Sharefile, and Egnyte files.

From Microsoft’s Office BlogIn addition to Dropbox, we’re offering all CSPP partners the opportunity to tightly integrate with Office for iOS. This integration lets users designate these partner cloud services as “places” in Office, just as they can with Microsoft OneDrive and Dropbox. Users can now browse for PowerPoint, Word and Excel files on their favorite cloud service right from within an Office app. They can open, edit or create in these apps with confidence that their files will be updated right in the cloud. Users can also open Office files from their cloud storage app in Office, then save any changes directly back to the cloud. We’ll follow with other mobile platforms later this year.

Why this is important for your business:

Before, Microsoft users were forced to use Microsoft technology and services. But, with the company’s new CEO firmly in control, things have changed for the better. Microsoft has opened up their applications to enable business users more integration and flexibility with others. And that means more productivity and choices. Good for them. And good for us.

4 – Facebook is now ready to broadcast live video on its iPhone app.

From Wired: The feature, which should already be in effect for US iPhone owners, with worldwide expansion coming over the coming weeks, should be familiar to anyone who’s watched a livestream before, be it on Periscope, Meerkat, or from a celebrity’s Facebook account. A new icon now appears under your status update, showing an upper body with a double halo over the head, which apparently translates to “Live Video.” Write a short description of what your audience is going to see, and start filming. You can see the names of friends who are watching, and they can comment on just how deftly you’re scrambling those eggs.

Why this is important for your business:

Video is not just for kids and games. Businesses will be using this technology to train, educate and deliver information. And now Facebook, where you are probably very active (like many small businesses) is giving the ability to stream video like Periscope, Meerkat and others.

5 – Tech salaries had their biggest year-over-year leap in 2015.

From DiceAverage technology salaries in the U.S. saw the biggest year-over-year leap ever, up 7.7 percent to $96,370 annually, according to the annual salary survey by Dice. Bonuses and contract rates also rose from 2014, and tech salaries in seven metro areas reached six-figures for the first time since the survey began more than a decade ago. The wage hikes paint a picture of an overall solid environment for technology professionals with 62 percent earning higher salaries in 2015. Almost half of respondents reported a salary increase as a result of upward mobility at the same company, with 38 percent receiving a merit increase and 10 percent receiving an internal promotion. The second most common reason for a rise in salary was a result of the professional changing employers (23%).

Why this is important for your business:

Your tech people are going to cost you more in 2016. Make sure that’s in your budget.

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