The Best Cheap Windows Laptops …And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

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

1 – These are the best cheap Windows laptops for 2022, according to the Engadget editorial team.

The editorial team of technology news and reviews website Engadget recently published their picks for the best cheap Windows laptops for this year. Top picks include the Acer Aspire 5 series ($460 at Adorama) for display, processing and storage, the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 ($485 at Walmart) chosen for its portability and long battery life, and the Surface Laptop Go 2. (starting at $600) for its design, light weight, multiple USB ports, and more. (Source: Engadget)

Why this is important for your business:

How long do laptops keep? My timeline is three years and then I replace regardless of how things are going. That’s because I know after three years you’re living off the money from the house. And it’s basically guaranteed that when your device crashes, it will crash at exactly the wrong time. Engadget’s options above may be “cheap,” but some of them are perfectly capable of handling your or your employees’ workload for that length of time.

2 – Startup company Ambi Robotics secured $32 million to implement its item sorting robots in warehouses.

Supply chain automation hardware startup Ambi Robotics recently announced that it has raised $32 million. The new funding comes shortly after the startup raised another $23 million. The company’s CEO shared that the new funding will be used to help grow operations, customer support, and engineering teams, as well as implement and install technology in an effort to expand the company’s product portfolio. . (Source: Tech Crunch)

Why this is important for your business:

Automation on the shop floor continues to increase productivity and reduce payroll and offerings from companies like Ambi are becoming more affordable for even the smallest businesses. Ambi’s products, such as AmbiSort, are, according to the company, “an end-to-end solution that combines robotic picking, item analysis and quality control with a ‘soft touch’ end effector that sorts boxes, flats, plastic bags and other deformable elements or rigid articles.”

3 – RC Mowers has introduced its autonomous mowing robot that addresses longstanding job challenges in the landscaping industry.

A leading manufacturer of robotic lawnmowers, RC Mowers, announced last week that it has launched a fleet of autonomous mowing robots. The new line will help landscape contractors reduce labor requirements and help grow their businesses, all while managing fewer employees and improving overall mowing profitability. (Source: Yahoo Finance)

Why this is important for your business:

While we’re still talking about robots, I couldn’t resist including this story because it’s not the factory floor that benefits from robotic technology. As the cost of autonomous mowers like those made by RC Mowers becomes more affordable, I hope to see countless landscapers and contractors make use of these machines instead of employing workers they can’t find anyway. Do you want to see how they work? Look at this video.

4 – Get ready for the next big thing on Mac and iPad Pro.

Recent reports revealed that Apple plans to introduce new iPads and Macs with a version of the company’s new M2 processing chip. (Source: Computer World)

Why this is important for your business:

Mac users brace yourself. The new processor is likely to result in iPads that have higher capabilities than previous iPad Pros and higher performance overall. The new hardware will include updated versions of the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros, which will launch next month. Hmm… maybe not wait three years for the next update?

5 – Square has added niche commerce tools to its terminal for retail and appointments.

Square is launching two new business features in Square Terminal. (Source: Pymnts)

Why this is important for your business:

The company says the new features will help streamline the process for online merchants to sell their services and products around the world. The new features, known as Square Appointments and Square for Retail, will allow businesses to process customer purchases almost anywhere, allowing sellers to navigate customer demand from more locations. “Square for Retail in Square Terminal helped me simplify and condense everything so I can use all the features I need on one device,” an Alabama gift shop owner told Pymnts. “I can use Square Terminal as an additional checkout to make sure I’m giving my customers a great experience anywhere, whether I’m selling in my physical store or at local markets on the go.”


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