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?
If you use Google Voice, you need Google’s Voice app. It’s split into four tabs: Inbox, Dialer, Contacts, and Settings. You’ll spend most of your time using the Inbox tab, where you can see incoming calls and messages, complete with a preview of your SMS or voicemail transcription (voicemails can also be played back within the app). Dedicated folders for Starred messages, History, Voicemail, Text, Placed, Received, or Missed calls, and Spam match what you’ll find on google.com/voice.
Google answered the prayers of many iPhone users by releasing a native iOS app for Google Voice after being denied entry to the App Store over a year ago. The free official app, while lacking many preference settings found on paid third-party offerings, is otherwise slicker in every way.
The heavens parted and the gods smiled upon tech fans this Tuesday, November 16. No, we’re not talking about The Beatles finally landing on iTunes (although that was also pretty cool) -- Apple has finally blessed the official Google Voice app for the iPhone, and you can download it for free right now.
Back when it was nothing but a small, tiny speck of the internet, Google launched its over-the-air voice calling service called Grand Central. The service was supposed to provide tools and features that you might otherwise have to pay for, like unlimited voicemail, unlimited nationwide calling, unlimited texting and voicemail transcription, but for absolutely free. The service took off, and now Google's VoIP service is a hit. Everyone and their grandmother has the feature enabled on their mobile phones because of its easy set up, whether they're using a smartphone or dumb phone, iPhone or Android phone.
But what if there was more from Google Voice than its advertised features? We've got 14 awesome tips and tricks to get Google Voice working like a boss, and more than just another free phone-over-the-internet service. Read on for tips on how to do things like send free text messages, block calls, and set up different voice messages for different people.
It’s been a wild ride for native Google Voice apps on the iPhone: After getting booted out of the App Store more than a year ago for reportedly “duplicating existing functionality,” they’re back with a vengeance this month -- and if the rumors are true, an official app from Google may soon join the fray.