Apple has bad news for some Mac owners… and other tech news for small businesses – –

Apple has bad news for some Mac owners… and other tech news for small businesses – –

Here are five tech events that happened in the past week and how they’re affecting your business. Did you miss them?

1 —Apple has bad news for some Mac owners.

Apple revealed this week that the new macOS Monterey won’t work on all existing Macs. Unlike older Apple devices like watches, iPads, and iPhones, not all Macs running the most recent version of macOS will support the latest update that launches this fall. Some of the Macs that will support the new system include iMacs from late 2015, iMac Pro from 2017, to name a few. Early 2015 MacBooks, late 2013 and mid 2014 MacBook Pros, mid 2014 and early 2014 MacBook Airs, and mid / late 2014 and early 2015 iMacs will not support the system. (Source: ZDNet)

Why this is important for your business:

I know you pushed it off, but now it seems like it’s time to budget for upgrading / replacing your Apple devices across your business if they were purchased before 2016.

2 – Facebook offers “extra money” to creators who distribute more.

Instagram is developing new tools that will help creators make more money on the social media platform. By achieving certain goals, influencers will be able to get additional payouts and earn bonuses by selling a specific number of badges on their feed. Facebook will offer bonuses through its “Stars Challenges” where creators are rewarded for meeting specific streaming criteria as well as other predetermined tasks. (Source: Engadget)

Why this is important for your business:

This is an income opportunity for business founders and also for small business owners who like to post a lot of content on Facebook. If you feel like you are in this category, then dive in.

3 —US PC shipments soared 73% in the first quarter as Apple fell from first place.

According to a new report from Canalys, PC shipments in the United States have increased 73% compared to the same period last year, which represents 34 million PCs in total. Apple also had a successful quarter – with a 36% sales increase – but was overtaken by HP’s 122.6% growth, which totaled 11 million units sold. The study pointed out that the first quarter is generally a weak time for Apple devices, but HP’s growth is still impressive. Other companies with an impressive first quarter include Samsung with 116% growth and Lenovo with 92.8% growth. (Source: Tech Crunch)

Why this is important for your business:

Some of those sales are linked to the supply slowdown caused by the pandemic in 2020 – so people are catching up. A portion of those sales are also to people and businesses purchasing hardware ahead of possible supply chain and chip availability issues. I also interpret this data as the result of many small businesses, large businesses and individuals taking the money they accumulated during the pandemic and investing in technology.

4 – Vivaldi has added messaging, calendar, RSS feed and translation tools to its privacy-focused browser.

Vivaldi shared a vital web browser update last week. With its new version 4.0, users can expect to see beta models of Vivaldi Feed Reader, Calendar and Mail, as well as a translation tool. The update is already available on Android, Linux, Mac and Windows devices. The new translation functionality is integrated directly into the browser, and in order to keep privacy at the forefront, all activities performed through the translation functionality will be protected from third parties on the company’s servers located in Iceland. (Source: Yahoo Finance)

Why this is important for your business:

Not a big fan of Edge, Chrome or Safari? You might want to consider the very powerful emerging browser called Vivaldi. It has built-in emails and other media, a different interface, and many other features that you may like more than the standard offerings. People love it.

5 — This former McDonald’s CEO warns that the $ 15 minimum wage is directly contributing to the automated push of the fast food industry.

Ed Rensi, former CEO of McDonald’s, warns that the push for a minimum wage of $ 15 is a direct factor as to why the restaurant industry is shifting to automation at a rapid pace. In May, McDonald’s announced that it plans to change the starting hourly wage to $ 15-20 per hour for shift supervisors and from $ 11 to $ 17 per hour for crew. The announcement also included a plan to hire 10,000 employees over the summer. Rensi, however, said McDonald’s will have to cut costs somewhere to balance rising wages and likely should do so by adopting new technology. (Source: Fox company)

Why this is important for your business:

Higher wages + more regulations + increased employee demands can only add to one thing: replacing people with technology. This is happening and not just at McDonalds. I have many clients – large and small – who invest in hardware, software, robotic arms, internal drones, artificial intelligence, and other technologies in order to downsize and increase productivity. Can you blame them?


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