When it comes to cloud services and software-as-a-service (SaaS), we're all familiar with the usual cloud providers. But for small businesses and larger enterprises, there's a huge world of opportunity and available resources beyond those best-known cloud storage and cloud computing services: Google, Dropbox, Salesforce, Amazon and Microsoft. In this guide to services for business, we're looking at 24 incredibly valuable services that solve real-world business problems. A few of you may have heard about before. Many may be new to you. All are capable of providing nearly instant benefit -- without you having to make any infrastructure investment whatsoever. CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of these products and services featured on this page.With that, let's get started with our first cloud-based service... 1. Approval DonkeyCloud-based approval workflows Free version: Up to three workflowsPlus program: $13 per monthHow many times has a project come to … [Read more...] about Best cloud services for small businesses
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Some Google Pixel owners can now use the company's Duplex service to do their talking, just as Google promised last month.The search giant's human-sounding artificial intelligence call service is available to a "small group" of Pixel owners in "select cities," VentureBeat reported Wednesday. It started limited beta testing in June. Google confirmed the accuracy of its statement to VentureBeat, but declined to add any further details. A spokesperson told VentureBeat: "We're currently ramping up the ability to book restaurant reservations through the Google Assistant over the phone using Duplex technology ... To help deliver a good experience to Pixel users and to businesses, we're starting with a slow rollout … and will expand to more Pixel users as we continue to ramp up."VentureBeat notes that New York, Atlanta, Phoenix and San Francisco were previously announced as the pilot locations. The 'Not Pink' Pixel 3 under a macro lens 26 Photos VentureBeat shows Duplex -- … [Read more...] about Google Duplex rolls out to small number of Pixel owners
There’s just something about this phone. From the moment I laid eyes on this thing, it just kind of made me happy. It’s small and adorable like a newborn puppy, and despite how petite it appears it photos, it looks and feels even smaller in person. And I’m not the only one that had this reaction. When I brought it into the office, people crowded around marveled. One person cooed at it, another said, “it’s perfect,” while a third remarked that this is the exact sort of thing they’d wished someone would make for years. From a crowd of tech bloggers, even I was taken aback with its reception. Size alone isn’t what makes this handset remarkable. In part what makes the device exciting is that it’s the rebirth of Palm, the same company that made big ‘ole PDAs and the ill-fated Palm Pre. Maybe more interestingly, Palm’s new phone also envisions an entirely different way of using and living with tech. For something so small, … [Read more...] about Palm’s Ultra Tiny Phone Is an Absolute Snack
Phone in the bathroom? Check. Phone by the hammock? Check. Phone beneath the dinner table? Check. And that was only a few of the spots where telephones could be found at the White House and Johnson's ranch. PhotoQuest/Bettmann/Getty/Wikimedia Commons U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson took the oath of office on Nov. 22, 1963, following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Within 24 hours, President Johnson ordered a dramatic increase in the number of telephones in the White House communications system, report Stephen Smith and Kate Ellis of American RadioWorks. Johnson had phones installed absolutely everywhere — beneath dining tables, coffee tables and end tables, in bathrooms and on window sills, according to Johnson aide James Jones' oral history for the LBJ Presidential Library. Johnson basically built a wired mobile phone network, using phones as call-relay points, so he would never have to end a call. The White House has seen odder things. Legend has it Chester … [Read more...] about Ridiculous History: LBJ Talked on the Phone More Than a Teenager
The tech world is aflutter with rumors that Google co-founder Sergey Brin is working on a private dirigible airship. Universal History Archive/Kim Kulish/Getty Images Airships and dirigibles might seem like things from centuries past, but there are growing signs that lighter-than-air transportation may turn out to be the wave of the future. Both the Guardian and Bloomberg recently reported, for example, that Google co-founder Sergey Brin is building a giant airship in a hangar at a northern California airfield. According to the Guardian account, the craft's price tag is in the $100-to-$150 million range, and it could end up being nearly 656 feet (200 meters) long, which would make it the world's largest aircraft. The Guardian reported that the airship is intended to transport food and supplies on humanitarian missions, and also to serve as a personal flying yacht for the billionaire. Google's parent company Alphabet, which took over Moffett Federal Airfield in 2015, revealed in its … [Read more...] about Could Google’s Sergey Brin Help Speed Along the Coming Airship Revolution?