Microsoft Word Now Does Voice Transcription…And Other Small Business Tech News

By Gene Marks

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

1 — Microsoft launched a new transcription feature for Word. 

This past week, Microsoft released an Office 365 feature named Transcribe in Word. The new feature will allow individuals to transcribe audio in real time through Azure’s artificial intelligence. Although the tool is presently limited to Word’s online platform, their long term goal is to roll it into other 365 tools. With this feature, users will be able to upload various audio files to be transcribed or record a conversation straight to Word and have it transcribed immediately with the option to playback and edit the recordings. (Source: Silicon Republic)

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Cannabis Markets Outside of North America to Keep an Eye On

By Andrew Ward 

Canada and the U.S. currently generate a majority of the cannabis industry’s revenue. While both countries are significant factors as the market matures, other nations will take up a share as well.

For example, Mexico, New Zealand and several other countries are considering adult use legalization, and could assume their place in the global market.

Several cannabis industry experts told Benzinga that several regions and nations are already ones to keep an eye on when tracking the global marijuana growth.

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Xiaomi’s under-display camera tech will ship in smartphones next year

By Jon Porter

Xiaomi intends to start mass-producing smartphones equipped with its under-display camera technology next year, the company announced today. This is technically the third generation of the technology Xiaomi has developed, the company says, although the first and second versions it produced have yet to find their way into a mass-market consumer device. Xiaomi showed off the technology compared to a more traditional hole-punch notch in a video posted to its YouTube channel.

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5 Questions With Legacy Canadian Cannabis Farmer Marc Geen

By Warren Bobrow

Founded by fourth-generation farmer, Marc Geen, SpeakEasy is built on the same agricultural principles of the family’s farming legacy. They are about to make history cultivating one of the largest outdoor cannabis harvests in Canada this September and expect to harvest 70,000 kg of sun-grown cannabis at a projected $0.04 a gram this fall, with the same methods and climate Canada is world-renowned for. 

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Will 5G Networks Move To Open RAN?

By Bob O’Donnell

It is not an easy task to make sense of 5G wireless networks. Not only are there a wide variety of complicated individual pieces needed to create a network, there’s also the manner by which those pieces interconnect, the software used to control them, the standards and protocols they need to support, and, well, yeah…it’s a lot.

Of course, most people don’t really have to worry about how a wireless network of any kind works, as long as it does what it’s supposed to do. However, if you want to make sense of the growing applications for 5G and what may or may not be possible at any given time or place, then you should understand at least some of the basic principles behind how it works.

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The ‘rising stocks are ignoring the terrible economy’ crowd is missing the clear reasons for the market’s surge

By Neil Dutta

Mr. Market has turned into everyone’s favorite punching bag, a heartless fellow utterly divorced from economic reality. This bashing of the stock market as divorced from reality has been par for the course over the past few weeks.

The Wall Street Journal recently noted, “Although the stock market has erased its losses suffered during the pandemic, the economy appears to be telling a different story.” 

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Australian mining giant eyes Afghan mineral wealth


KABUL: An Australian billionaire is looking to invest in Afghanistan’s mining sector, which is rich in untapped minerals and worth an estimated $1 trillion, a government official told Arab News on Saturday.

It follows a video phone call between Andrew Forrest, head of Fortescue Metals Group, and President Ashraf Ghani earlier this month, with the two discussing the potential opportunities for the mining sector in the war-ravaged country.

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Microsoft Is Killing Off Internet Explorer…And Other Small Business Tech News

By Gene Marks

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

1 — Microsoft is killing off their 25-year-old browser, Internet Explorer.

Microsoft announced this past week that they will be getting rid of Internet Explorer on August 17th, 2021. According to the announcement, the web app for Microsoft Teams will stop supporting the most recent version of the browser— Internet Explorer 11—this coming November, while the rest of the services apps in 365 will stop supporting it next year. Microsoft Edge will replace Explorer and will have more features than Explorer since it will rely on Chromium software which was created by Google for their Chrome browser.

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From The NBA To Cannabis: How Al Harrington Is Changing The Industry For People Of Color

By Iris Dorbian

Al Harrington is a trailblazer. At a time when it seems that yet another professional athlete is making a foray into the cannabis landscape with product launches or endorsements, Harrington preceded them years earlier with his own milestone: In 2011, the former NBA player founded Viola, a medical marijuana operation he named in honor of his grandmother after he saw how the plant treated her glaucoma. However, becoming an entrepreneur in an industry that was legal in only a few markets was a challenge for Harrington, now 40. Compounding the problems were Harrington’s lack of experience running a company as well as the fact he was entering a sector where white men predominate, and women and people of color are marginalized.

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