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McDonald’s Is Recruiting On Snapchat 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 — McDonald’s has a new way to find potential workers: on Snapchat.

The fast-food giant has announced that it will be filling 250,000 job openings in America by teaming up with the popular social media platform Snapchat. Those interested in applying to McDonald’s can send a “Snaplication” that includes a 10-second video of the user “wearing” a standard Golden Arches uniform via a Snapchat filter. (Source: Engadget)

Why this is important for your business:

The majority of Snapchat’s 300 million monthly users are Millennials. Perhaps you should be recruiting there too? 

2 — Soon you will be conducting job interviews through text messages.

A new startup called Canvas has recently developed a “text-based interviewing platform” that specifically appeals to Millennials who typically dislike standard phone interviews with recruiters. (Source: Quartz)

Why this is important for your business:

Again – this is another interesting way to reach potential Millennial employees.  Canvas allows interviewers to “reach out to applicants, who receive those pings as text messages and reply accordingly.” The platform also gives recruiters the option to “store custom screening questions and resources (like branding materials or benefits information)” and keeps a transcript of the text conversation that can be easily shared.

3 — Your startup can now use cryptocurrencies to raise money.

Bancor, a smart-token startup, recently raised nearly $150 million dollars in only three hours by receiving funds from anonymous investors on Ethereum. The startup had an ICO, or Initial Coin Offering, a new way of funding that involves the company issuing “tokens – a sort of mini-cryptocurrency.” (Source: Mashable)

Why this is important for your business:

Now companies are raising serious money with cryptocurrencies without government oversight and regulations. Could this be a source of financing for your business?

4 — Twitter’s Direct Message chatbots now have more button options.

The social media network recently unveiled three new buttons for companies to use when interacting with customers. (Source: VentureBeat)

Why this is important for your business:

These buttons can be used to “help people make purchases, link to websites, and trigger additional calls-to-action or conversational cues.” A Twitter spokesperson said, “Anyone can create an experience within Direct Messages, whether it’s a business or an organization, as long as you use our APIs or use a tool which is built on our APIs.” The new features for Direct Messages are available to developers now.

5 — A new app makes donating your business’s extra food easier than ever.

The nationwide network of food banks called Feeding America has officially launched a platform that provides a way for companies and restaurants to donate their excess food. (Source: Fast Company)

Why this is important for your business:

The app is called MealConnect, and it already has 2,500 users and has “facilitated 737,000 pickups and moved over 333 million pounds of food.” If you’re in the food and restaurant industry and looking to do something socially conscious, this seems like a great idea.

Apple’s New Customer Service Tools…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 — Apple has a new way for you to better serve your customers.

It’s called “Business Chat,” and it will be a part of the company’s popular iMessage app. Business Chat will help Apple compete against similar enterprise-related tools found on Facebook Messenger and Twitter. (Source: TechCrunch)

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Here Come Smartphone Barcodes…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 — Barclays will be bringing a barcode reader to your smartphone soon.

The British bank’s Barclaycard division is testing out a “Grab+Go” app that will eliminate the need to wait in long lines at the store by turning the user’s smartphone camera into a barcode reader. This “pocket checkout” works by having the shopper scan each item being purchased and then checking out via the smartphone app. (Source: Engadget)

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Amazon’s Wedding Plans 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 — Amazon has a new target: handcrafted wedding items.

With the summer wedding season soon to be in full swing, the ecommerce giant is looking to capitalize on that enormous potential market by announcing its very own “Wedding Shop.” The new shop will feature “sales of handcrafted items, including décor, invitations, gifts, jewelry, accessories and more.” (Source: TechCrunch)

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Apple Patents A Pizza Box…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 — Apple’s circular pizza box could disrupt the pizza industry.

The tech giant has a new campus that will be opening soon, and one of its coolest features is a special kind of pizza box that will be available at its employee cafeteria. The container is so original that Apple filed for the patent back in 2010, and the circular design includes “a series of holes that have been drilled into the lid of the box, allowing steamy air to escape and give the eater ease of mind that their pizza crust will not be soggy.” The pizza boxes can also be stored in a stack to minimize storage space and are made of environmentally friendly materials. (Source: Quartz)

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Intel’s Got a Big Problem, And Other Small Biz 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 – Intel has a big hacker problem on its hands.

Intel recently disclosed that its core CPUs (Central Processing Units) have a critical flaw that could allow an Intel-based computer to be taken over by a remote hacker even if the computers are powered off. This technology flaw appears in all seven generations of its CPUs from the past nine years, but Intel said that the vulnerable chip does not exist on Intel-based consumer PCs. (Source: ZDNet)

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Apple Macs Are No Longer Immune To Hacks…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 — Your Mac is no longer immune to malware attacks.

Check Point researchers have discovered an email-phishing campaign in Europe that is specifically targeting Mac users. The trojan is the first of its kind for Apple computers, and “it phishes for credentials by displaying full-screen alerts that claim there’s an urgent OS X update waiting to be installed.” Dok then accesses the victim’s system and grants administrator privileges to the cybercriminals so that they can install malware without being noticed. (Source: Forbes)

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