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The Affordable Care Act, often referred to as “Obamacare,” has enacted major changes for healthcare providers since it was enacted at the start of President Obama’s first term. Perhaps the two biggest changes to the system have been the “individual mandate,” requiring that all Americans maintain health insurance coverage, and the opening of health care exchanges in each state.

SaaS – or Software as a Service – platforms are all the rage. Essentially a business model where software is licensed and distributed from a central location, SaaS companies can now be found in telecoms, human resources, and more. Here are four that are blazing trails right now:

Remittance fees – the charges applied to international monetary transfers – are a pain. Sums of money that have already been earned can take a serious knock when transfer services get their hands on them. Luckily, new app Kwiksy is taking power away from transfer vendors.

Fraud – especially card fraud – is a major blight on societies across the world. With the world economy taking a global hit worth tens of billions, new businesses may be the answer to help boost card protection.

While social media can be a powerful way for businesses to interact with audiences, there are many costly mistakes that can be made in this area. Hardly a week goes by without hearing about a scandal or faux pas made by a company on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Many mistakes, of course, never reach the media but they can still harm the bottom line of your business.

If there ever was a storybook group of hackers that helped humanity by getting information from companies illegally and sharing it, they certainly did not exist in the 21st century as a dominating force. Instead, companies that work in the cloud and with data have been constantly hit with malware and cyber attacks by hackers that want money and power.

Facebook opens up Instant Articles to all publishers. If you don’t know, Instant Articles are Facebook’s new way to natively load articles within the app using an adapted RSS feed. These native articles, which have a lightning bolt in the top right corner, load in half a second—10x faster than if user was to click out to a website.

Sometimes, revolutions in technology are easy to understand, even the first time you hear about them. The smartphone — it’s a phone as powerful as a computer. Bluetooth — it’s a way to wirelessly connect your devices. The search engine — allows you to type a search query instead of digging through directories.

Where do you go if you want to buy a bumper pack of Fujifilm Instant Film, a latex sports girdle, or party game Cards Against Humanity? These are, in fact, some of the best sellers on the world’s leading e-commerce site, Amazon.

If you are a small business owner and are concerned about productivity, then you are not alone. The realities of modern technology have created a highly distracting environment for workers while making oversight more difficult for managers. A recent study found that 37 percent of employees constantly surf the internet while at work. That number may or may not surprise you based on your own experience.