Apple is launching new Macs… and other tech news for small businesses this week

1— The Apple M2 and up to seven new Mac models will be released this year.

Apple Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman previously mentioned the 13-inch MacBook Pro announcement, but he recently predicted that seven new Mac models will be released in 2022.all powered by Apple silicon processors. Still, Gurman’s predictions are just educated guesses of which only a few are confirmed, one being the redesigned 13-inch MacBook Pro. (Source: Techradar)

Why it matters to your business:

If your business is an Apple store, this might be the year to upgrade. Keep an eye out for company announcements.

2— Retailers are taking theft into their own hands with online readers.

To help identify stolen products sold online, many retail stores are ditching bulky security tags for virtually invisible metal strips. The strips are attached to tags on online orders that track products through their supply chain. 15 percent of retailers have already adopted the use of these. Although some customers are concerned about privacy issues, retail security experts point out that the technology isn’t sophisticated enough to track clothing on its own. This new way of tracking shoplifters may be the solution to solving retail theft. (Source: NBC News)

Why it matters to your business:

With the increase in theft and shoplifting over the past year, every retailer needs to take a close look at the security they have in place for their inventory. Metal strips may be the answer, along with more security cameras and training for staff.

3— As investors punish Shopify, other competitors are expected to grow their sales the most through 2023.

Shares of Shopify have fallen 26% in the past two trading sessions, despite the company reporting results ahead of the analyst’s revenue and earnings forecast. According to Barron’s Market Watch, if a company’s sales outlook for the next month bothers investors, the stock may tumble. There are still plenty of e-commerce platforms to watch out for. This story lists funds that invest in e-commerce platforms and may give you some options. (Source: Market Observatory)

Why it matters to your business:

Regardless of what Wall Street may think, Shopify remains a solid platform to consider for any e-commerce business. However, there are a bunch of new competitors to evaluate as well.

4— These are the 9 best payroll services for small businesses in 2022 according to Forbes.

All nine payroll services received a rating of 3.5/5 or better on the Forbes Advisor Rating, including Paychex Flex, Justworks, and Gusto, along with many other great options. Advisors rated these companies on four factorspricing, criteria, third-party reviews and expected analysis. Each platform varies, but all work virtually the samemanage direct deposit as well as process paycheques, taxes and reports. (Source: Forbes)

Why it matters to your business:

A great summary if you’re considering trying out – or replacing – your payroll platform. As a CPA, my advice to our clients is to always outsource your payroll. Given the complexity and resources required, this is not something you should do yourself.

5— Chrome makes it easy to remember passwords and sensitive information.

Google is testing a new feature that lets you manually save passwords and add helpful notes to remember those passwords. The feature is currently being tested in Chrome Canary Feature 101 where users can enter useful information such as answers to your security questions, emails and dates, all stored in the password manager. This feature should be used by Microsoft as it is based on Chromium. (Source: Techradar)

Why it matters to your business:

It can be a small but powerful improvement to your business security. The good news is that your employees can benefit from it, whether they use Chrome or Microsoft Edge.

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