— updated 01.23.09
Since I got my Google Voice (GV) number I have been trying to figure out a way to utilize one of the best features of it with my iPhone, free text messages. Though as my mama always said, life is like a box of…wait wrong mama…there is no free lunch. Every SMS message that I forward from GV, either sent or received, I get charged by those rat bastards AT&T . I know there are applications such as TextPlus, Jelly SMS or AIM, but with those applications the other person must have the same app in order for the text to be sent and/or received, plus I have to recondition people to send me a text via whatever app that I am using or some other hokey method that most people wont care to use. Lest we forget, I am cool because Google Voice is by invite only, and I got one! I mean really who wants to download an app right away in an app store when I can get put on a waiting list for week. Also, how is Google to rule the world, if no one is willing to get their invite and NOT use the product I just waited a week to get and still dont know what to do with, but I digress. (more…)
I think most of the readers of this blog have a Google wave invite by this time, if they actually want one that is. I think most of you are much like me and haven’t done a whole lot with it yet either. There is a Google Wave guide written by Gina Trapani, ie LifeHacker, and it looks really good. She is selling an e-book for a very reasonable $6 but more importantly she has the whole book on-line for free so you can get a full look at it to see if you want it.
Google anounced via their blog early this morning that users can now send and receive SMS messages to via email. For example, you are sending a text message via your Google number to a friend. (more…)
Last night Google announced that calls to Canada using Google Voice are now free. Originally this was free via Grand Central, but Google has now extended the offering to Google Voice users as well. Though the service is only available in the US, you can at least call your Canadian brethren for free. While this is great news, I am still awaiting the GV mobile web app for iPhone.
Are you upset over the GV app denial? My guess is not as much as this guy. He shoots the phone 4 times then douses it in lighter fluid and set it a blaze. Very funny and worth the watch but is there something valuable we can learn from this?
I found this at the BBC and I hesitate to even mention it as it is usually just old news by time it hits an actual media outlet but….I didn’t actually know this so you can laugh at me in the comment section. Google while they have been crushing everyone in the search department still has had a number of competitors try and knock them down a peg. Cuil and the Microsoft one are the first ones that jump to mind. (more…)
Fret not my Google Voice compadres, Apple will not keep us down for long. In a previous post I mention that Google voice is still available for your iPhone, though you must jailbreak it in order to use download and install GV mobile. Once again, Google Voice is about to makes its way to the iPhone. (more…)
The folks over at TheAppleBlog have posted a couple of tips to make your user experience easier for those of you who have a Google Voice Account. Many folks were quite upset over the removal of GV Mobile from the App Store (BTW, ATT has more or less placed the blame at the steps of Apple), but some took solace that its still available via Cydia. (more…)
While doing a bit of poking around I found Google Wave. I apologize if I am late to the party on this one but things started to tie together for me today and it does deal with the more mobile computing.
So quickly what is Google Wave. As with all things Google it is on the web and accessed through a browser. They are touting it as a collaboration tool and it will definitely do this and I am hoping so much more. I have talked with some of you about what is next for communication, will it kill email? Twitter? Google wave is what is next I don’t know if it will kill email or twitter but it will be the next form of communication. It has an improved concept of email, IM, and blogging built in as well as doc sharing and file sharing.
What got me excited is (more…)