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6 things small business owners need to know in tech this week

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  1. It looks like Amazon is going to make it easier for small businesses to move their products into the company’s logistics network. The company has become a freight forwarder in China. Amazon already owns fleets of trucks and drones, this is its first foray into the $350 billion shipping sector.
  1. There has been a bunch of studies released recently that too much screen time before bed can mess with your circadian rhythms and make it harder to fall asleep. Many of us are guilty of madly doing a few last tasks on the iPad, laptop or mobile before bed – or mindlessly scrolling social media – so Apple is launching Night Shift, a feature which uses your device’s clock and location to figure out when the sunsets and automatically shift the display colors to warmer shades which are easier on the eyes. When you wake, the feature transitions back.
  1. Tech which could decide the next US President. The US is in an election year which, as Xero President, Russ Fujioka, pointed out recently in Entrepreneur: “many of the big influences on the US small business market will come from macro-economic conditions and technological changes”.  TechRepublic reported this week that not even the US’s presidential run is immune from tech advances, it went as far as to list 4 technologies that will decide the next US president. The list includes cloud-based software, data and mobility.
  1. What retail needs. Digital marketer Brian Solis this week penned a blog which examines the future of retail. He highlighted that for e-commerce and e-tail businesses to truly move into the future and provide a better customer experience, they need to “stop iterating and start innovating”. A big part of this he explains, is thinking about how technology can enhance the customer journey. His 11 point plan to reimagine retail is here.
  1. Goldman Sachs reckons virtual reality is going to be bigger than TV in 10 years. In a research note, the investment banking firm said if the technology is rapidly adopted the VR market will generate $110 billion dollars compared to TVs $99 billion in a decade. But don’t think we’ll all be walking around with big bulky headsets on, as Business Insider reported, headsets will likely look more like a pair of sunglasses.
  1. With such bold predictions, companies like Google, Microsoft and Facebook are having strong cracks at the VR market. As Re/Code reported this week, the search giant has opened a new VR division to take on Facebook’s Oculus. Let the innovation battle begin.


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