That's a wrap on this year's Cyber Monday, which by all accounts appears to have been a bigger hit than Black Friday, which itself was overshadowed by so many retailers opening their doors for business on Thanksgiving this year. We actually didn't find too many amazing deals yesterday, but hopefully readers got a good start to the holiday buying season over the long weekend. Without further ado, here's a peek at some of the stories you might have missed while you were shopping online yesterday...
Whew! It's only Thursday, but it feels like we've already experienced a full week after hitting the ground running in Los Angeles on Monday and Tuesday at Adobe MAX 2013. There's been a number of notable product introductions over the last few days you might have missed, so here's a quick recap of a handful of those while we catch our breath.
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.
Just yesterday, Facebook announced its new social search engine, Graph Search. But as of yet, you're still probably on the waiting list to actually try out its features. Today, however, iPhone users have an all-new bit of functionality built into the Facebook Messenger iOS app. Calling your Facebook pals for free is now as simple as the press of a button--mostly.
Thanks to a Twitter leak, Skype fans are getting their first look at what their favorite VoIP chat service will look like when Windows 8 arrives in late October -- and we could use a bit of this flair on the Mac client!
About the only news making headlines this fine Monday are leaks and assumed preorder dates for the next iPhone. Frankly, we've kind of gotten bored with all that banter and maybe you are, too, so we're focusing on apps for today's news recap. Give it a whirl and see how you like it for this manic Monday, August 13, 2012!
Hey, so forget what we said this morning about a news recap earlier in the day -- we’re happy to announce that, starting Thursday, we’ll be back to pushing out three full news items each weekday morning, plus the very news recap you’re reading each evening to catch up with the rest of the day’s events. All because you, the loyal MacLife.com reader, deserve it! So without further ado, let’s blast off into the rest of today’s news for Wednesday, February 8, 2012.
Well, that was fast! On Monday night, Skype finally released their long-awaited native iPad app, only to “temporarily” remove it from the App Store almost as quickly as it appeared, “to ensure your best Skype experience.” Were you one of the lucky ones to grab it?
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.
If you were Microsoft, how would you spend $8.5 billion to acquire another company? Apparently, the house that Gates built figures a VoIP outfit like Skype makes sense, as the two companies announced the acquisition on Tuesday morning.