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Microsoft Is Dropping Passwords…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 — Microsoft is dropping passwords for good.

Do you hate remembering passwords? So does Microsoft, apparently, since it has announced a new Authenticator app that does away with passwords completely. The Authenticator app is available on iOS and Android now. (Source: Ars Technica). My company, The Marks Group PC, is a Microsoft partner.

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An Amazon Hacking Threat And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

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1 — If you sell on Amazon, you may be a popular target of hackers.

The ecommerce giant has run into difficulties recently with many of its merchants being scammed by cybercriminals. Amazon sellers whose accounts are dormant are particularly at risk because the hackers can steal their passwords and sell fake goods without them being aware of it. Active sellers should also be concerned as some criminals are changing bank deposit information so that they can steal thousands of dollars. (Source: PYMNTS) Read More…

These Employees Want To Be Implanted With Microchips…And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

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1 — A Swedish startup has a new way to keep track of its workers – implanted microchips.

A Swedish startup called Epicenter is now offering its employees the choice to have “microchips the size of grains of rice” implanted in their hands so that they can perform tasks without an ID badge. According to the company, the injected microchips are “so popular that Epicenter workers stage monthly events where attendees have the option of being ‘chipped’ for free,” and approximately 150 employees have the microchips currently. (Source: CNBC) 

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Alexa and Siri Are Invading Your Hotel Room…And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

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1 – Your next hotel room may come with a new amenity: Alexa or Siri.

Alexa, can you order me some room service? Marriott is currently testing Amazon’s assistant as well as Apple’s Siri to see who works best for its customers.  Amazon has already had success in the hospitality market with Wynn hotels installing 5,000 Echos last December. (Source: TechCrunch)

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Your Apple Account May Have Been Hacked…And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

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1—Hackers might be holding up to 300 million Apple accounts hostage.

Another week, another possible data breach – this time by music fans. A hacker group called Turkish Crime Family is demanding “$75,000 in crypto-currency or $100,000 in iTunes gift cards” or they will delete the information they have: 300 million Apple accounts. Apple claims that there have not been any breaches and that the “list of email addresses and passwords appears to have been obtained from previously compromised third-party services.” (Source: Forbes)

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Google Gives Your Battery More Life…And Other Small Business Tech Stories This Week

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1 – Chrome’s latest update should help extend your laptop’s battery life.

Google has announced that the popular browser’s newest update, Chrome 57, will help prevent battery drain and subsequent performance issues by throttling background tabs that are using up too much power. (Source: Forbes)

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Here Come The Robot Lawyers And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

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1 — A “robot lawyer” is offering to help refugees claim asylum.

The chatbot that made a splash last summer by overturning 160,000 parking tickets is back again, but now it is helping provide free legal aid to refugees. Through a simple-to-use chat interface on Facebook Messenger, “DoNotPay” can “help refugees fill in an immigration application in the US and Canada.” (Source: The Guardian)

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