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Oops! A Microsoft Patch Bricks Computers…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 — Cloud companies consider Intel rivals after security flaws found, and Microsoft says chip fix may significantly slow some computers

Some of Intel Corp’s data center customers, who have thousands of computers running cloud networks, may start using its competitors’ microchips to build new infrastructure after the discovery of the Meltdown and Spectre security flaws affecting most chips. Meanwhile, Microsoft gave its first assessment of the global problem, saying Intel downplayed the fact that the fixes for the security flaws in most processors may significantly slow down certain servers and harm the performance of some PCs.  (Source: Fox Business and Bloomberg)

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Small Business Tech Check: Why The Marks Group Uses The Tech It Uses

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Is your company’s technology up to speed or out of date? What’s hot and what’s not? What technologies are other businesses using that you should be considering?

That’s the purpose of Tech Check. Each week, we’ll do a quick survey of a small business to see what technology it’s–using because we’re all interested in keeping up with the Jones’s, right? How do you compare? Read More…

Criminals Are Saying Bye-Bye to Bitcoin …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 — The criminal underworld is dropping bitcoin for another currency.

Bitcoin’s earliest and most avid fans—criminals—are now opting for a different virtual currency. Privacy coins such as monero, designed to avoid tracking, are being used more in recent months because law enforcers have adopted software tools to monitor people using bitcoin. (Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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Apple May Be Purposely Slowing Down Your iPhone…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 might be slowing down old iPhones to preserve battery life.

Reddit users noticed recently that Apple appeared to be slowing down old iPhones that have low-capacity batteries. It seems Apple is throttling processor speeds when a battery capacity deteriorates over time. The company denies doing this to get people to buy new phones but instead says it’s addressing an issue with devices containing older lithium-ion batteries that results in unexpected shutdowns. (Source: The Verge)

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Apple’s iMac Pro Now Available for ONLY $4,999…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 iMac Pro arrives December 14, starting at $4,999.

This week, Apple’s iMac Pro became available and features some unique internal specs and a big price tag. Starting at $4,999, the new desktop—a form factor once considered an at-home computer starter kit—includes up to an 18-core Xeon processor, 128GB of memory, and 4TB of storage. (Source: TechCrunch)

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Bots Are Stealing Christmas…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 — Holiday bots are stealing Christmas.

‘Toy bots’ are scooping up the hottest toys this holiday season and selling them on secondary websites at higher prices. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer of New York is asking retailers to crack down on these cyber scammers and wrote a letter to the National Retail Federation and the Retail Industry Leaders Association suggesting they investigate the bot issue on their members’ websites—in an attempt to ensure parents get fair access to popular merchandise for their kids. (Source: USA Today)

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Two Views on Net Neutrality…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 — How America rolling back net neutrality will affect the rest of the world.

According to internet law experts in Canada, America’s proposed net neutrality regulations could seriously hamper innovation and the growth of new businesses all over the world. The biggest impact will be on businesses attempting to break into the large U.S. market. If a two-tier internet is put in place, it could allow internet service providers to pick and choose which sites and applications get preferential treatment. (Source: Vice.com)

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