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Pizza is Selling Like Hotcakes on Facebook…And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

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

1 — Americans love ordering pizza on Facebook.

In an effort to evolve to better serve their customers while also offering them more convenience, many restaurants are now letting patrons pay for their food using their Facebook and Amazon accounts. Some pizza chains, like Papa John’s, are even adopting new ordering methods, such as chat bots, voice-activated devices, and social networks. (Source: Bloomberg)

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How Google Will End Those Annoying Pop-Up Ads…And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

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1 — Google launches an initiative to tell websites they serve annoying ads.

Nobody likes pop-up ads, and Google has launched a new initiative that could reduce their numbers. In the next few weeks, it will begin telling websites whether they serve ads that people tend to find annoying. Those websites can then visit their Ad Experience Report for more info and screenshots of the advertisements in question. (Source: engadget)

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The Church of England Now Accepts Credit Cards…And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

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1 — LET US PAY! The Church of England lets worshippers opt for contactless card payments.

To facilitate donations from worshippers who don’t carry cash, 40 churches in the Church of England are offering an alternative to collection plates: passing a hand-held payment device around the pews. “Tap and pay” churchgoers will now be able to choose one of three common donation amounts or use the option of keying in a different amount– up to £30.  (Source: The Sun)

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Amazon Says Pet Translators Are Coming Soon…And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

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1 — Amazon says pet translators will be on sale soon.

In a report backed by Amazon, a futurist says he believes AI devices capable of interpreting animals’ sounds and body movements could be available in less than 10 years. (Source: The Guardian)

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A Radio Station Travels Back In Time…And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

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1 — A ransomware attack has caused a public radio station to travel back in time.

After suffering a ransomware attack on June 15, San Francisco’s KQED radio station was forced to cut off all Internet-connected devices, tools and machinery and has had to resort to using a stopwatch to time broadcast segments. One reporter was even forced to “plug one of the still-working computers into an old ink-jet printer, print out copies of the script and drop one off in a box at the center of the newsroom, where everyone can find it.” (Source: San Francisco Chronicle)

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Real-Time PowerPoint Translations….And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

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

1 — You can now add real-time captions to your PowerPoint presentations.

Called the Presentation Translator, the tool lets you include “real-time captions to a live presentation in a wide variety of languages, using the power of machine learning.” After downloading the add-in to PowerPoint 2013 or 2016 on Windows, users can “speak in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish, and listeners can see content translated into one of more than 60 different languages.” (Source: VentureBeat) (My company, The Marks Group PC, is a Microsoft Partner.)

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Alexa’s Getting Better And Better…And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

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1 — Alexa has more skills than ever before, while Samsung is planning its own smart speaker.

Amazon’s popular digital voice assistant now has 15,000 skills available to users and has added 5,000 more since February this year. In other news, Samsung is planning to release its own smart speaker, which will feature its Bixby voice assistant. (Sources: TechCrunch and Mashable)

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