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Google won’t pull controversial Saudi Arabian app from Play store - The Verge

Posted: 03 Mar 2019 12:50 PM PST

Google says that it won't pull Absher, a controversial government app from Saudi Arabia, from its app store, telling California representative Jackie Speier that it did not violate its policies, and that it would remain up, according to Business Insider.

The app allows Saudi users to access government services, letting them apply for jobs or permits, pay fines, renew licenses, or to report crimes. However, it also allows Saudi men to track female dependents and control their movement.

A recent report from Insider outlined how Saudi men could use the app to control female dependents, as it can be used to revoke travel privileges, keep tabs on their location, and send SMS messages with updates about their whereabouts. Following the publication of the report, human rights groups such as Amnesty International have criticized both companies for hosting the app. At the same time, Speier and a group of fellow representatives sent a letter to the CEOs of Google and Apple, asking them to pull the app from their respective stores.

Business Insider reports that Google has responded to the congressional letter, and that the app remains in Google's storefront. In a statement to BI, Speier called the response "deeply unsatisfactory," and that she plans to follow up with the issue with her colleagues. Last month, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that he will look into the issue during an interview with NPR, but has yet to say whether or not it will reject the app from the App Store.

Google My Business Launches New Tools for Service Businesses - Small Business Trends

Posted: 10 Feb 2019 12:00 AM PST

Google My Business has launched a new tool that allows service businesses to share their service areas and information about their business via Google Maps and Search.

New Google My Business Update

By configuring their service area by adding the towns, cities and postal codes they cover, the new Google for Business feature means businesses without physical office space can provide more accurate information to customers.

Such geographical information can be modified and added to as a business grows or changes location.

Reaching out to customers in a certain area or multiple areas can be challenging for small businesses that are mobile and don't have one specific location.

The new Google My Business tool is designed to help small, services-based businesses that often operate from a van, such as plumbers, electricians and gardeners, to reach out and engage with customers more efficiently in specific areas.

In a blog about the new tool, Tom Pritchard, SMB Product Lead for Google My Business, describes how the feature could help serviced-based, mobile small businesses that aren't rooted to one location.

"Let's say you've started your own business. The office you've leased is a 22 by 14-foot sprinter van. Every day, you find a new challenge in a new location across the areas you serve. You might be a plumber or an electrician or a landscaper, but above all you're a business owner.

"We've recently made a few updates to Google My Business, so you can now share your service areas and information about your business via Google Maps and Search—so you can get found and tap into the many people searching for businesses like yours everyday," writes Pritchard.

Existing Google My Business users are now able to edit their business information from the Google My Business dashboard. The 'service area' and 'storefront address' tabs can now be edited separately so that small businesses that don't have a permanent physical address can clear the 'storefront address' tab easily.

The new update to Google My Business is aimed at helping mobile, services businesses connect with customers within their service areas with greater ease and proficiency.

The new tool for service businesses follows the launch of the new Google My Business app in November 2018, which allows small businesses to engage with customers who find them on the search engines from a Business Profile location.

Service businesses can sign up for Google My Business online and take advantage of the new tool to help them be found by customers looking for their services in their area here.

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Samsung Galaxy S10 vs. Google Pixel 3 - Business Insider

Posted: 03 Mar 2019 03:31 AM PST

Samsung's new lineup of Galaxy S10 phones have given Android users a lot more to think about.

The Galaxy S10 phones, which start rolling out on March 8th, come with a whole slew of top-of-the-line features that put it in the running for anyone who's considering buying a new Android device. The Galaxy S10 comes with four cameras, an in-display fingerprint unlock, reverse wireless charging, and even a traditional headphone jack.

But before you go out and purchase the newest Galaxy S phone, you may want to consider whether it's the best phone to suit your smartphone needs. Google released its Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL in October, and the device has been praised for its top-of-the-line camera, which includes two camera lenses for selfies.

Here's how the Samsung Galaxy S10 and the Google Pixel 3 stack up:

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