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Apple Patents A Pizza Box...And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

Gene Marks

Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?
1 — Apple’s circular pizza box could disrupt the pizza industry.
The tech giant has a new campus that will be opening soon, and one of its coolest features is a special kind of pizza box that will be available at its employee cafeteria. The container is so original that Apple filed for the patent back in 2010, and the circular design includes “a series of holes that have been drilled into the lid of the box, allowing steamy air to escape and give the eater ease of mind that their pizza crust will not be soggy.” The pizza boxes can also be stored in a stack to minimize storage space and are made of environmentally friendly materials. (Source: Quartz)
Why this is important for your business:
Even if you own a pizza shop and don’t use Apple products, you may still be paying the tech company every time you put a pie in the box. Pizza shop owners may enjoy this new design. The rest of us should remember that there’s always innovation to be found from the most unlikely of sources.
2 — Special earbuds can now translate in real time.
Bragi’s Dash Pro “ear computers” will have an updated operating system that uses the iTranslate app to provide real-time translation in over 90 languages. There are two models currently available: the $329 version from the company’s website and the $500 version tailored by hearing aid manufacturer Starkey (which includes an audiologist making an exact impression of the ear canal so that the final product fits the listener perfectly).

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