Connect with us

Business News

Google Meet Goes Free, Microsoft Flags Double Spaces…And Other Small Business Tech News

Avatar

Published

on

Spread the love

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

1 — Google Meet is going free as it guns for Zoom and aims to fend off Microsoft Teams.   

Google announced this past week that it is going to begin making their video conferencing platform— Meet—  free, as a way to stay competitive with video conference giants Zoom and Microsoft Teams. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Google Meet has received an influx of new users who are now having to work from home. Google plans to implement the feature slowly to more users in order to make sure that all goes smoothly. Users with a G Suite account will be able to opt-in for alerts in order to be notified of when they can start using Meet. (Source: ZDNet)

Why this is important for your business:

There will be many changes to our workplaces in the future because of the Coronavirus pandemic and one of them will be the increased use of video conferencing and collaboration systems. Zoom has been getting all the attention, but its rivals – Google, Microsoft, GoToMeeting, Citrix and others – are going to compete aggressively for your attention with free deals and other incentives.

2 — Microsoft Word now flags double spaces as errors, ending the great space debate.

Microsoft Word will now highlight when a user puts two spaces after a punctuation mark, flagging it as an error and ending the confusion surrounding this practice in the past. Now— when users are typing— if they accidentally— or intentionally—  put two spaces after a punctuation, Microsoft Word will provide the option to fix the double space to a single. Microsoft began troubleshooting the new update through Word’s desktop version and also been providing recommendations using the Word app Editor feature. (Source: The Verge)

Why this is important for your business:

To double space or not to double space? That’s been an age old question and now Microsoft is taking a stand. Get ready for lots of new grammatical errors in your company’s communications (as if there aren’t a lot already!).

3 —National Business League rolled out a $1.8 million platform to connect black businesses with technology amid COVID-19.

This past week, the National Business League Inc. — also known as NBL— is going to utilize their new 1.8 million user platform to help minimize the divide that exists digitally due to the COVID-19 pandemic among black-owned small businesses. (Source: Black Enterprise)

Why this is important for your business:

If you’re a black-owned company then pay attention: NBL rolled out their newest technology platform along with many other initiatives to help businesses like yours, which will include the creation of a new mobile app and website. NBL plans to utilize social media platforms, online virtual entrepreneurial and educational training, live streaming, and additional services to help the gap among black-owned businesses that exists regarding technology.

4 —Without cloud computing, businesses would now be in even deeper trouble.    

According to Canalys—  an analyst firm— $107 billion were spent on cloud-computing services all over the world last year. That amount is 37% more than in 2018. It is predicted that public cloud services will rise to 17% this year, totaling $266.4 billion. With the COVID-19 pandemic changing the way businesses run and employees work, the investment in cloud computing has allowed the transition to working from home happen relatively smoothly for many companies. If the Coronavirus had hit in 2010, businesses would have been in even bigger trouble, with only $6,300 a year being spent on cloud computing during that time. (Source: ZDNet)

Why this is important for your business:

If you’re not convinced that leveraging cloud is a good thing to do, the Coronavirus pandemic should have convinced you that the cloud is now and essential thing to do. Even if you have desktop or older applications, you can still move them to a managed server environment. The important takeaway is that you need to have a cloud strategy for your small business going forward.

Read entire article @ Forbes

 

Leave your vote

0 points
Upvote Downvote

Total votes: 0

Upvotes: 0

Upvotes percentage: 0.000000%

Downvotes: 0

Downvotes percentage: 0.000000%

Continue Reading
Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Specify Instagram App ID and Instagram App Secret in Super Socializer > Social Login section in admin panel for Instagram Login to work

Business News

Google’s Advertising Platform Is Blocking Articles About Racism

Avatar

Published

on

By

Spread the love

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year, the Atlantic decided to recirculate King’s famous “Letter From Birmingham Jail,” which the magazine had run in its August 1963 issue and republished, in print and online, in 2018. Several hours later, the publication’s staff noticed that Google’s Ad Exchange platform, which serves many of the ads on the Atlantic’s website, had “demonetized” the page containing the letter under its “dangerous or derogatory content” policy. In other words: As part of its efforts to protect advertisers from offensive internet content with which they would not want their products to be associated, Ad Exchange had locked out one of the most important texts of the civil rights movement.

Google controls more than 30 percent of the digital ads market. A big chunk of that business happens through Ad Exchange, a marketplace for buying and selling advertising space across the web. According to its publisher policies, Google does not monetize, or allow advertising on, “dangerous or derogatory content” that disparages people on the basis of a characteristic that is associated with systemic discrimination—race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, etc. As the policy outlines, this might look like “promoting hate groups” or “encouraging others to believe that a person or group is inhuman.” Because of the scale of Google’s ad-serving business, however, it can’t enforce this policy on the front lines by hand, so instead the company uses an algorithm that, in part, scans for offensive keywords in articles. But the system doesn’t always take context into consideration. Several mainstream publishers, including Slate, have had articles demonetized under this policy when covering race and LGBTQ issues.

Read the entire article @ Slate.com

Continue Reading

Business News

Google adds ‘Black-owned’ business attribute to local listings

Avatar

Published

on

By

Spread the love

Verified Google My Business profile owners in the U.S. can now add a Black-owned business attribute to their listings.

Business attributes are highlighted as icons when customers view a business’ profile on mobile, as shown below.

Why we care

Google said it has seen “a surge in online searches for Black-owned businesses” in recent months — a period in which the Black Lives Matter movement gained momentum. Distinguishing Black-owned businesses in local search may help those businesses attract visibility in Search and Maps and gain customers.

“With this attribute, our goal is to make Search and Maps more inclusive and help support Black-owned businesses when they need it most,” Jewel Burks, head of Google for Startups U.S. said in Thursday’s announcement.

Google is also adding the new attribute to its digital skills training program Grow with Digital Coaches, an initiative designed to help Black and Latinx small businesses reach new customers.

Want to read the entire article @ Search Engine Land? Click here and subscribe!

Continue Reading

Business News

Support for Black-owned businesses skyrocketed to historic levels in the last 2 months, according to a new Yelp report

Avatar

Published

on

By

Spread the love

Interest in supporting Black-owned businesses has never been so high, according to a Yelp report released on Wednesday.

Search activity for Black-owned businesses on Yelp increased by 7,043% in the last two months compared to the same period in 2019. Yelp users searched for Black-owned businesses over 2.5 million times between May 25 to July 10. In 2019, there were around 35,000 similar searches during the same period.

Justin Norman, Yelp’s vice president of data science, told Business Insider in an email that Yelp has never seen such a significant increase in support for Black-owned businesses.

Read more @ Business Insider

Continue Reading

Trending

Hey there!

Forgot password?

Don't have an account? Register

Forgot your password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Close
of

    Processing files…