Posts tagged with: google voice
  • by | March 18, 2014 5:49 PM

    It's been clear for a while now that big changes are coming to Google Voice. We've complained in the past about how the feature set seemed a bit frozen, like Google had given up on making improvements to the existing service. But if Voice as we knew it was dying, what would it become? Much of the focus has looked to bundling Voice up within Hangouts; we saw phone calls come to Hangouts on iOS, and Google's been talking about its goal towards full integration with Hangouts since last fall. But just when would the other shoe drop; when's stand-alone Voice going to be gone for good? The ...

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  • by | March 17, 2014 1:31 PM

    Come back from lunch to find that you're unable to touch base with all your friends on Google Hangouts? You're not alone. A disruption is currently affecting a number of Google services, and Google has confirmed that an investigation is underway. Google's own status page for its various apps and services shows reported disruptions for Talk and Hangouts, which is probably how most of you are noticing this outage, but that's not the extent of it. Google also mentions issues affecting Sheets, and while it doesn't show up here, we've personally experienced error messages coming from some other ...

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  • by | November 11, 2013 7:10 AM

    Google Voice is a service that started life under the name "GrandCentral" back in 2005. It was purchased by Google in 2007 and would later become what we now know as Google Voice in 2009. For those who may not know, GrandCentral was introduced to solve a singular problem that was becoming more relevant in the technological age: how to call someone. I know, it sounds silly, right? Just just pick up the phone and dial. Ah yes, but what number do you call? During the day, you'll be able to reach me at my desk job -- unless I'm at lunch or in a meeting. Around 6pm you'll have to call me on my ...

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  • by | November 1, 2013 4:32 PM

    If you've found yourself frustrated by all the disparate messaging apps you need to keep up with on your Android phone, yesterday's Android 4.4 launch probably came as great news to you, integrating text messages sent through your wireless carrier with your chats in Google's Hangouts app. For others, though, it didn't go quite far enough, and users of Google Voice were left a little let-down, with Voice SMS not getting the same Hangouts support. Why can't two Google services just play nicely together? Luckily, rather than leave us hanging, Google's Nikhyl Singhal took to Google+ to explain ...

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  • by | October 21, 2013 4:15 AM

    There's no secret that Google plans to consolidate as much of their projects as they can. Some of us find Google Hangouts to be more of a convoluted solution than anything, but that doesn't mean that it's not better to have everything in one place, than to be jumping around apps for services that are similar to each other. As a result the company has now updated their iOS app, and the changes are quite significant. You can now make phone calls directly from the app to USA & Canada numbers at no charge, and Internationally for a fee. The service actually makes your current Google Voice ...

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  • by | August 26, 2013 11:30 AM

    In the summer of 2007, I had a problem - and the problem was too many phones. As I revealed in a collaborative piece last week, I've always been a two-device kinda guy. That peculiar habit started well before that blistering summer season six years ago, but it was only then that the problems that came along with it became truly unbearable. The number-one issue I encountered with carrying too many phones was, perhaps predictably, too many phone numbers. To be sure I was consistently reachable, friends and family either had to maintain two separate phone numbers for me, or I had to forward ...

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  • by | July 15, 2013 10:15 AM

    The introduction of a consumer-centric smartphone greatly changed the landscape of mobile communication. Prior to the smartphone, voice calling was still largely the primary form of communication, the quickest and easiest way to get in touch or stay in touch while on the go. Of course, the introduction of SMS (simple message service), which allowed cell phone users to send 160 character messages back and forth, changed that. And email-enabled BlackBerrys and PDAs also changed the course for mobile communication once again. But the eventual introduction of the modern smartphone is what ...

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  • by | November 2, 2012 4:33 PM

    The venerable phone number has been around, in some form or another, for over a century. Beginning as short two- or three-digit codes given orally to an operator or entered via turns of a wall telephone's crank, phone numbers have grown to lengthy proportions over a century of exploding growth in person-to-person calling. Today, dialing an old friend (or saving the "digits" of a new friend) in America means entering a string of numbers at least ten digits long. Depending on factors like region and international dialing code, numbers can be even longer. That's a lot of numerals to keep in a ...

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  • by | August 6, 2012 12:38 PM

    I give out my phone number freely, all over the world. I put it on my Facebook profile. I give it to people I'm only going to talk to once in my life. I throw it in my email signature, on scripts or notebooks I'm using, and on business cards I pass out to all and sundry. And this is my personal phone number I'm talking about, not some office line or a demo phone I tote around for fun. It's a direct link to me. Lets get this out of the way now: no, I'm not putting my digits here in this post, or in the comments. I may be reckless, but I'm not stupid. For most people, treating something as ...

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  • by | May 17, 2012 2:37 PM

    Earlier this month, Verizon Wireless announced that it was targeting a date sometime in 2013 for delivery of a new service to its customers. The new feature isn't a high-speed data option or device upgrade policy, but something much more mundane or critical, depending on your perspective: an SMS-to-911 backbone. Developed in partnership with TeleCommunication Systems, the system will allow customers in the United States to send SMS text messages to emergency-response call centers. This is something that's been in the works for a very long time, and it makes a lot of sense: I've talked ...

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