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McDonald’s To Use AI For Your Next Drive-Thru Purchase…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 will use AI to automatically tweak drive-thru menus.

McDonald’s just announced it is buying machine learning startup Dynamic Yield for $300 million and will be using the company’s artificial intelligence (AI) at more than 1,000 of its restaurants’ drive-thru windows in the next 3 months. The system will monitor factors like the weather, time, local events, traffic levels at the restaurant and on nearby roads, historical sales data, and currently popular items as well as what customers are ordering to optimize menu displays at the drive-thrus. (Source: engadget)

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Apple Drops The Price On Several Expensive Mac Upgrades…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 dropped the price on several expensive Mac upgrades.

This week, Apple lowered the cost of SSD (Solid State Drive) upgrades for the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini—as well as the 2013 Mac Pro RAM. Users can now upgrade the base model MacBook Air to the 1.5TB SSD for $1,100, which is $100 less than before. For the MacBook Air with 256GB, upgrading to the 1.5TB SSD will also cost $100 less, or $900 total. Upgrading the base Mac mini to 2TB will cost $1,400, which is $200 less than previously listed. (Source: engadget)

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Microsoft: Windows 10 Will Auto-Uninstall Buggy Updates…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: Windows 10 can now automatically uninstall buggy updates.

If you have automatically downloaded Windows 10 updates that aren’t compatible with your device, there’s no need to worry. The company says Windows 10 can now remove “problematic updates” without requiring user interaction—a feature that aims to address updates with more severe incompatibility issues, specifically ones that prevent a Windows 10 PC from starting up. The OS will try to address the failure by uninstalling recently installed updates, but this ‘last resort’ will only be taken when all other automatic recovery attempts have failed. (Source: ZDNet)

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Facebook’s Workplace App Targets Slack, Microsoft Teams…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 — Facebook’s Workplace reaches 2M paid users and is targeting SMBs.

Used by some of the world’s largest organizations, Workplace by Facebook has now amassed two million paid users, according to data just released by the company. When launching Workplace in late 2016, Facebook envisioned it as a corporate version of its consumer social network—a way to drive employee engagement, communication and collaboration. Since then, 150 companies have deployed Workplace to more than 10,000 users, and organizations such as Nestlé, Starbucks and Walmart have rolled it out to more 100,000 workers. (Source: Computer World)

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Any US-China trade deal should be taken with a grain of salt

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Doing business in China or even competing against Chinese companies is difficult enough for large corporations. But for smaller companies it has been historically harder. Over the past two decades, I’ve sat and listened to many of my clients — owners of small and medium-sized companies — complain about this.

Many of these allegations have proven true. As part of the country’s aggressive growth plans, the Chinese government has had its hand in helping many of its homegrown companies gain market share by propping up their finances while they sell products at a loss.

The Chinese government has been accused of manipulating markets, playing games with its currency and creating artificial barriers for companies attempting to sell their products there. Read More…

Target’s Online Marketplace To Compete With Amazon…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 — Target takes exclusive approach for new online marketplace.

According to a new CNBC report, Target is slowly, cautiously opening up its website to third-party sellers with an invitation-only Target+ initiative. The company is being very selective about who it invites and has been testing the waters with companies who were chosen based on ‘what people are searching for,’ according to Target’s marketing and digital boss. These include sporting goods retailer Mizuno, educational toy maker Kaplan, and keyboard giant Casio. (Source: CNET)

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Businesses refusing to sell to Trump supporters may want to think twice

(This post originally appeared on The Guardian)

A business owner in Ohio made news this week because he refused to sell his products and services to supporters of Donald Trump. Was that a good idea? I’m sure you can guess the answer.

“Joe”, the owner of Joe’s Music, a 15-year-old small musical instrument and accessory shop that also provides lessons in Willoughby, Ohio, made the declaration in a recent Facebook post.

“Dear Trump sympathizers,” he wrote. “I am truly sorry, however I feel unclean and dirty accepting money from you. Please, politely shop somewhere else. Sorry, I would rather starve and close the store than participate in wrongdoing.” He also posted a sign on his shop’s front door with a similar message, basically telling the president’s supporters to stay away.

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