Google wants to become the go-to hub for people searching for restaurants or other local businesses. The search giant on Thursday announced new features to revamp business profiles on Google Maps and search. Those are the pages that give you a restaurant's rating, a snapshot at popular dishes and general information like store hours or the restaurant's phone number.Now, business owners will be able to customize the cover photo you see at the top of the profile. Owners will also get to pick a new "short name" URL that customers can use to share the business profile with other people. Businesses can also reward people who follow them on Google by offering them exclusive deals. And the businesses that are most responsive to customers and keep their profiles up to date will be able to earn badges and receive a "local favorite" distinction.Google is also offering store owners more options for window stickers, like one that says "Review us on Google," and another that says, "Follow us on … [Read more...] about Google courts local businesses with new profile features
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Welcome to phone season. Over the next few weeks, we expect to see some of the most notable phones of the year announced, with expected new iPhones and new Pixel phones joining recent top-notch models like the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. But getting a new phone means that you need to ditch the old one. And that's where the CNET 2019 directory of gadget trade-in providers comes in. We'll look at a few of the best trade-in options like ItsWorthMore and others where you can get top dollar for your devices.Every service is different, and their pricing changes by the day. They also assign values based on the condition of the device you're trading in, and even its color. That means you're going to have to shop around. Below our list of merchants is our basic FAQ of carriers, buyers and marketplaces, too.Disclaimer: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of these products and services offered by our partners. decluttr.com Smartphones: YesTablets: YesLaptops: … [Read more...] about Best cell phone trade-in options for iPhones and Android phones
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
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
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?