(This post originally appeared on Forbes)

Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?

1 — Apple is reportedly planning to release a cheaper MacBook.

A report in 9to5Mac says that Apple is planning to release a new, cheaper MacBook Air in the second quarter of this year. It’s not yet known whether the new MacBook Air, which will cost less than its current $999, will feature a major redesign or will look similar to existing models but with upgraded internal hardware. (Source: Business Insider)

Why this is important for your business:

People love the MacBook, but many of my clients opt for Windows laptops because they tend to be less expensive.  If Apple is responding with a more affordable MacBook option I bet it will be a hit among small businesses.

2 — Walmart is about to open a technology research center in Plano’s Granite Park.

On April 5, Walmart will open an emerging technologies office in a Common Desk shared space in Plano, Texas to work on new systems designed to improve store operations. The company, which already employs 2,000 technologists in Silicon Valley, believes there’s plenty of talent to tap in Texas. (Source: Dallas News)

Why this is important for your business:

The big question is why would a giant retailer have a “technology research center?” It’s because to be a successful business you need technology, and to successfully implement technology (inventory, automation, ecommerce, barcoding) you have to invest in people.  That’s why.

3 – How Domino’s used technology to woo millennials and beat rival Pizza Hut.

Domino’s Pizza is using several digital innovations to attract millennial customers—things such as an app to track a pizza while en route to a customer; a Siri-like voice recognition system, nicknamed Dom; and the ability to order on just about any digital device and platform. By doing this, the company has managed to bring in more than 60% of its business through digital channels and convinced a generation of ‘digital native’ pizza lovers that it really does understand their needs. (Source: Detroit Free Press)

Why this is important for your business:

Read this article a few times because it can teach us all something: we have to change, be innovative and rely on technology if we want to go after the giant market of Millennials.

 4 — WordPress now powers 30% of websites.

Data from web technology survey firm W3Techs shows that WordPress now powers 30% of the Web—which is a 5% increase since November 2015 when WordPress powered 25% of websites. Especially noteworthy is the fact that this figure relates to the entire Web, regardless of whether a website uses a content management system (CMS) or not. (Source: Venture Beat)

Why this is important for your business:

I often get asked what is the best platform for hosting a website and for blogging. I frequently recommend WordPress.  Looks like I’m not alone.

5 – Google is extending search capabilities to iMessage and other browser apps on iOS

This week, Google announced a couple of integrations to extend Google Search functionality to more apps on iOS. (Source: Search Engine Land)

Why this is important for your business:

The integrations include extensions for iMessage and browser apps such as Safari. The new iMessage extension allows users to search Google and share results with those they’re chatting with in that app. The other update adds the ability to find related results and articles when reading an article in any browser on the iPhone.  Great stuff if your business uses Apple technologies.

Bonus:  Do you have a problem connecting your Bluetooth devices to other devices?

Check out my recent Tech Check and you’ll get some answers!



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