Uber Says Cars Will Soon Be Flying, A Tinder For Professionals And Other Small Biz News This Week

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(This post originally appeared on Forbes)

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

1 – Uber has a busy week.

The company this week delivered beer via driverless truck, is rolling out surge pricing for its food delivery service and announced its vision to introduce flying carsin the next decade.

Why this is important for your business:

For two reasons. One: driverless trucks and even flying cars may be an important part of how you transport goods and people in the future, and Uber is taking these technologies very, very seriously. Two: surge pricing is a model that innovative companies like Uber are using to maximize gross profits on every job – and so should you.

2 – A new app is kind of like Tinder…for professionals.

OK – it’s not a hookup app…but it’s close. DineHero promises to help you find other like-minded professionals to eat with so that you can network and make friends. (Source: DineHero).
Why this is important for your business:

If your business relies on professional networking, yet you find it hard to make connections, this app will let you find people with shared interests or backgrounds and set up a professional date.

3 – You can now track your checked baggage in real time if you fly Delta.

Delta Air Lines released a new feature on its app that uses Radio Frequency ID tags to track and give a location for your baggage in real time. (Source: Quartz)

Why this is important for your business:

Two reasons. One: lost baggage means lost productivity, and this technology will help solve that problem, which makes Delta particularly more attractive to business flyers. Second: this is a great example of how RFID technology is being put to practical use – imagine how it can be used to track your own inventory or people.

4 – Yelp is now making it easier to manage your online reviews.

The company has partnered with review management platform ReviewPush so that you can monitor, engage, analyze, trend and benchmark customer reviews faster and easier. Another benefit of the partnership is that you can monitor your Google, Facebook and Yelp reviews all in one place. (Source: PR Newswire)
Why this is important for your business:

Many small businesses rely on Yelp for new customers, and a poor review can have a significant impact on sales. This tool will help you keep better track of your reviews so you can respond and resolve any issues quickly.

5 – A GIF-making startup now has 100 million daily users who send 1 billion GIFS each day.

Giphy now integrates with Twitter, Facebook Messenger, Slack and other social networks and services and claims it has two-thirds as many users as Snapchat.

Why this is important for your business:

I use Giphy and love it. Why? I include funny, pithy, dumb and memorable GIFS sometimes in my emails and text messages to clients and employees, and my messages get noticed more. I also have a lot of time on my hands. (Source: Forbes)

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