Yahoo! certainly kicked off the week in grand style Monday with news of its Tumblr acquisition, but it had one more trick up its sleeve that we'll get to in a moment, along with Apple going on the offensive over government accusations that the company isn't paying its full share of taxes on income generated overseas. But first, there's a whole batch of updates, tweaks and elaborations to enjoy, which includes some analysis on how T-Mobile US could one day leapfrog Sprint for third place!
Google is making a big push for Hangouts to be your new best friend, but users of the company's free Voice service are discovering that enabling messaging on their Gmail account eliminates convenient access for the elder service.
With Google Voice, whenever someone calls your GVoice number, the call will automatically be routed to your selected phones in the Google Voice settings. This will not impact your regular phone number. If someone calls your old cell or home phone number, then it will ring as usual without going through the Google Voice service. However, if you activated Google voicemail on your cell phone, whenever someone calls your cell phone number and doesn’t get an answer, they will be directed to your GVoice voicemail instead of your cell provider’s voicemail system. Here's how to deactivate that.
The Monday following any holiday break is generally a less productive one as all of us attempt to get back into their normal weekday rituals, and yesterday was no exception. We found Cyber Monday a bit lacking this year, but hopefully you picked up something cool to shake the doldrums. If not, maybe our quick recap of the day's events will get your work week off to a better start...
Despite the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, it sure feels like a long week already here at MacLife.com. But fear not, because “hump day” has arrived, and with it a heaping helping of tech news you’re sure to want to peruse. So without further ado, let’s follow up on that iPad prototype sold on eBay, a couple of new app updates and more for this Wednesday, April 30, 2012.
Welcome to another thrilling rendition of Free App Friday. While the new Messages beta for OS X is what's on everyone's minds (and you can read Susie's first impressions about the beta app here), maybe there's some of you out there who don't want to text message with your Apple ID and would rather employ your Google Voice number instead. BigPhone Lite is a free Mac App that lets you utilize Google Voice from your computer. So now, when you're engrossed in an angry text fight, you don't have to get frustrated that you can't get your point across fast enough.
Technologies like Skype have been around for some time, letting us make calls from our computers. The iDevice revolution put VoIP calling in our pockets, but services like Skype are actually rather limited. Yes, you can Skype or fring on the 3G network now, but only to other members of the same service. Skype can call Skype and fring can call fring, or you can pay to make calls to numbers outside of their service. Not a bad deal if you're calling another country, but paying to use your iPhone data package you already paid for to call your buddy seems like a raw deal to us.
Not surprisingly, a couple apps have come up with an interesting alternate form of calling.
Since the official Google Voice app landed in the iOS App Store, there hasn’t been a lot of chatter from developers of third-party apps, which had long been the only way to use the service on your iPhone. One of the original Google Voice apps has returned after a lengthy hiatus with GV Mobile+ 2.0.
I prefer to read my voicemails, so I love Google Voice. But everybody already knows my iPhone’s number, and that’s the one that shows up in their caller ID. Is there another app that will transcribe my iPhone’s voicemail messages?