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The most important small business tech trends for 2014

The new year has already begun, but have you made any updates in your small business' technology? If not, you might be costing your business money. After all, technology can help your employees operate more efficiently. That, in turn, could make your small business more profitable in 2014. SmallBusinessComputing.com recently had a look at a few of the more interesting business-technology trends for 2014. It's worth exploring these to find out how you can boost your business's productivity levels this current year.

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Download these business apps today

It’s difficult to run a successful small business today. The competition is intense. And consumers are still hesitant to spend too many of their dollars. Your small business, then, needs any advantage it can get. Fortunately, there are lots of apps designed to assist you to grow and maintain your small business. And the Orlando Business Journal recently ran a feature story highlighting several of the most powerful apps for your small business.

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Tech sector remains a profitable one

This past holiday season demonstrated once again how popular tablets, smartphones and laptops are with consumers. It’s of little wonder, then, that a recent story in USA Today predicted that 2014 will see big profits for technology companies. The same story predicts that tech companies will remain among the most profitable U.S. businesses. Again, this isn’t much of a surprise.

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Tech of the future? Think simplicity

Technology is quite powerful today. Yet it's often quite complicated as well. It can be overwhelming for consumers and employees alike to understand the powerful technology available to them. There is great news, though. The Christian Science Monitor recently predicted that technology is about to get less difficult.

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Tech can stop credit-card fraud

Retailer target did not have its best holiday shopping season ever. Hackers were able to acquire information on 40 million customers who used their credit cards at the retailer’s stores in November and December. Now the company faces lawsuits and negative press. But a recent report from CBS Minnesota provides hope: According to the story, technology might soon make such credit-card hacks far less common.

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Some of the biggest tech failures of 2013

The past year wasn't without its major tech disasters. And the Telegraph newspaper wasn't shy about showcasing them. In its year-end look at the biggest tech failures of 2013, the Telegraph focused on three miscues that truly showed how tech can backfire when it's not properly tested or monitored.

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Tech companies not happy with NSA spying

We all know the NSA has generated negative headlines for its spying programs. But have these headlines damaged business in the United States? The leaders of the country's largest tech firms believe so. They told Pres. Obama all about it during a recent meeting at the White House. The Washington Post reported on the meeting. And the general opinion from the tech leaders? The NSA program has the potential to further slow the country's already slow economic recovery.

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The $38 tablet is here

Sometimes a cheap tablet acts just like a cheap tablet. At least that is the case with the new Datawind Ubislate 7Ci, an Android tablet that's on sale now for the low, low price of $38. Time Magazine recently evaluated the tablet. It's message? Business owners and consumers should not expect much for $38.

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In India, Datawind Tablet is terrible. Obsolete OS, WhatsApp doesn't work due Timezone problem & no Play Store so cannot download ... Read More
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Will tech make hospitals obsolete?

Will technology one day make hospitals obsolete? It sounds impossible. But according to a recent report from CBS Atlanta, an international study on technology and health discovered that a majority of people across the globe believe that traditional hospitals will become obsolete thanks to tech advances.

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What does the future hold? Ask IBM

Each year, IBM releases its technology predictions for the next five years. It's an anticipated happening, and this year Forbes columnist Greg Satell had a look at many of the tech innovator's major predictions. What will the next five years hold for technology? Here's a short look at what might happen, as determined by IBM.

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Is the end ready for Windows 8?

Don't like Windows 8? You're certainly not alone. Computer users around the world grumble that Windows 8 is too complicated. You may be receiving some good news soon. As per the tech press, there are plenty of rumors that Microsoft might soon be trashing Windows 8. As InfoWorld writer Woody Leonhard writes in a recent column, the company might possibly replace the hated operating system with a trio of new systems.

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Using tech to create happier workers

New technology has made workplaces more efficient. It’s easy, for example, for workers to use video conferencing tech to hold meetings with their fellow workers around the world. But new tech can also leave employees feeling isolated. Not surprisingly, new communication technology has eliminated much of the face-to-face aspect of the business world. But Natalie Burg, writing for tech provider Unify, says that tech doesn’t need to make the workplace a less human place. It’s all up to companies to deploy their technology the right way.

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Digital comics are hot

Tablets are hot, and the marketplace for these mobile devices has become a crowded one. Ethan Gach, a columnist for Forbes, recently wrote that Walmart alone sold more than 1.4 million tablets during its November Black Friday sales event. But retailers are certainly not the only ones profiting from the tablet boom: As Gach writes, so are comic book publishers.

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Tech letting retailers snoop on their shoppers


Think the nation's biggest retailers don't know exactly what you like to purchase and exactly how much you typically spend on a shopping trip? Think again. As outlined by a recent story in the Wall Street Journal -- one that is both intriguing or horrifying, depending on your perspective -- retailers are banking on technology to keep tabs on your shopping exploits.

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Do you really need to make that call while in the shower?

Has tech completely invaded our lives? You only need to consider two new items to answer that question: One is a shower curtain that allows you to play music and answer phone calls while you’re sudsing up. The second is a pair of snow gloves that let you make phone calls and listen to your favorite tunes without taking a break from clearing your front walk of last night’s snowfall.

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Quirks and Annoyances in Chrome

by Randy Spangler

Some quirks were introduced and some annoyances were fixed with recent updates to the Chrome browser.

The first thing I noticed yesterday was that the arrows on the Chrome scrollbar (on both the horizontal and vertical plane) are now AWOL. Gone. Vamoose. Nada. I didn't really notice is so much using my mouse with a scroll wheel, but as soon as I got onto my laptop and had to use the touchpad, my normal mode of putting the pointer on the down arrow and tapping it to scroll down through a webpage was gone. I looked it up (kind of an odd thing to Google, even though Google is what caused it to happen) and I found out that an update to Chrome caused it to disappear.

An annoyance removed also happened on Tuesday with Beta 32 release. Have you ever had your browser start up after a patch-induced reboot and after it opens all of the tabs that were previously active, you get an annoying audio, or worse yet, two audios, and you cannot figure out which tab is playing? Well, Chrome added a little icon at the right edge of the tab to show if the tab is hosting a video, and audio or a webcam. Check out this article from CNET.
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Can Samsung dominate the business market?

Samsung's smartphone business is thriving. The company ranks as the top-seller of smartphones to consumers across the globe. But there's one area in which Samsung hasn't climbed to the top: Selling their devices to businesses and executives.

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Government tech failures all too common

The federal government’s long-awaited Healthcare.gov website was a disaster, with consumers throughout the country complaining that they couldn’t log onto the site. Is anyone surprised at this? You shouldn’t be. The federal government has a long reputation for being inept when it comes to unveiling new technology.

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Is U.S. tech output starting to lag?

Here's some bad news straight from InformationWeek: Evidently the United States is no longer a leader in the world of technology. In fact, the country is starting to become a laggard, as per InformationWeek commentator Kevin Coleman.

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The limits of new technology

Whenever a new technology debuts -- whether it's a new way to connect with family and friends or a way to make cars get better mileage -- we get excited. We ponder how this tech can change our lives and the planet. Predictably, though, the same thing happens: This new technology has its use, but it doesn't alter our world significantly.

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