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Monthly Archives: June 2009

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The Sony rumor that just won’t die has reared its potentially beautiful head again: a PSP phone may be in the works. The latest back room rumblings come courtesy of Japan’s Nikkei Business Daily, which says Sony is about to open up a new department that will explore a “cell phone-game gear hybrid,” according to Reuters. Sony’s secret department could begin work as early as July, and so far the PlayStation maker is declining to comment on the rumors.

The obvious target of Sony’s rumored plan is Apple’s iPhone. Since the introduction of the iPhone 3G, gaming has been front and center in Apple’s iPhone-iTunes App Store ecosystem. Seven of Apple’s top ten iPhone applications are games, and mainstream game publishers have for some time been incorporating the iPhone into their plans. Even the iPhone – read more

One number for all your calls and SMS

Call screening – Announce and screen callers

Listen in – Listen before taking a call

Block calls – Keep unwanted callers at bay

SMS – Send, receive, and store SMS

Place calls – Call US numbers for free

Taking calls – Answer on any of your phones

Phone routing – Phones ring based on who calls

Forwarding phones – Add phones and decide which ring

Voicemail as easy as email, with transcripts

Voicemail transcripts – Read what your voicemail says

Listen to voicemail – Check online or from your phone

Notifications – Receive voicemails via email or SMS

Personalize greeting – Vary greetings by caller

Share voicemail – Forward or download voicemails

More cool things you can do with Google Voice

Conference calling – Join people into a single call

Call record – Record calls and store them online

Call switch – Switch phones during a call

Mobile site – View your inbox from your mobile

GOOG-411 – Check directory assistance

Manage groups – Set preferences by group

and more Read More

Google Voice is a service that gives you one number for all your phones, voicemail that is easy as email, and many enhanced calling features like call blocking and screening, voicemail transcripts, call conferencing, international calls, and more.

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Google Voice is currently available for GrandCentral users only, but will be open to new users soon. In the meantime, please leave us your email address and we’ll notify you as soon as Google Voice becomes available. To learn more about Google Voice, check out our feature videos – register get it today

Hurry phone numbers are by invitation only: read more

Are you an avid Apple aficionado? Then for sure you didn’t miss out on the latest browser that the company released. According to Apple, Safari 4 is faster than the other browsers available today. It is about eight times faster than IE8 and three times faster than Firefox when it comes to loading HTML Web pages. Mac and Windows users can’t wait to check out if such claim is really true. So, only after three days upon release, Apple has already recorded more than 11 million downloads. As you can see, such is their keenness to try it out for themselves.

Aside from being faster, what else does Safari 4 have to offer? It includes Top Sites making it easier to locate important and previously visited pages. Other features included are Full History Search, Google Suggest, Full Page Zoom, and Cover Flow. Safari also has HTML 5 support for offline technologies. Another thing that makes it really credible to use is the fact that it’s the first to pass the Web Standards Project’s Acid3 test.

If you want to try out Safari 4, you can download it for free at Apple’s website.

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Vonage price increase

Re: Account # lookingfornewservice

Dear XXX,

At Vonage, we’re committed to providing our valued customers with the best experience possible through meaningful updates to our services. To ensure that we continue to deliver top-notch service and quality, we will modify two of our existing fees as follows:

The Emergency 911 Cost Recovery will become the Emergency 911 Service Fee, which ensures we maintain nationwide E911 service in compliance with FCC regulations. Our customers’ safety in an emergency is our primary concern and this update allows us to continue delivering reliable emergency services.

The Regulatory Recovery Fee will become the Regulatory and Compliance Fee, which covers our regulatory-related and legal compliance expenses. For example, this fee pays for charges associated with benefits like procedures to ensure customer privacy, identity theft protection measures and phone number porting.

These fees will each increase from $0.99 to $1.49, effective July 15, 2009. This change allows Vonage to maintain our commitment to safety, innovation and customer service.

If you have any questions, call 1-VONAGE-HELP and speak to a customer service representative. We’re always available, 24 hours a day, everyday.

Thank you for your business,

Vonage

Some iPhone app developers blog about the process of developing their apps. Some even make videos. One development company – Ten23 Software – has gone much further.

The company has created an entire 37 page guide to the development process (below), decisions they made and what they learned during the creation of their PhotoKast app. Their hope is that the document might provide insights for other developers when they start out on iPhone App development projects.

We get hundreds of iPhone apps submitted for review to Mashable (Mashable reviews) every week, but Photokast’s creators are unique in that they spent time to help others faced with the same task. The app itself is fun, too: it serves up photos from your area, asks you to rate them and spreads the most popular pics to more users. – read more

Open Cirrus, the joint collaboration on cloud computing research formed by Yahoo, Intel and HP last year, has added three new international research organizations to join the open source test bed for cloud computing research.

The new research organizations that are joining Open Cirrus, include the Russian Academy of Sciences, South Korea’s Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute and MIMOS, a strategic research and development organization under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation in Malaysia.

Launched in July 2008, Open Cirrus was created by the three tech giants to promote open collaboration among industry, academia and governments by removing the financial and logistical barriers to research in data-intensive, Internet-scale computing. The test bed, which has more than 50 research projects currently underway, simulates a real-life, global, Internet-scale environment and lets researchers test applications and measure the performance of applications and services that are built to run on large-scale cloud systems.

As we wrote last year, the Open Cirrus is a way for Yahoo to get its foot in the cloud computing space and a channel for Intel and HP to further their position as leaders in cloud computing technology. — read more

Earlier today at the Clift Hotel in San Francisco, we convened a group of journalists, partners and customers for a discussion on Google Apps in the enterprise. We’re pleased to report that the “state of the cloud” is strong, and we’ve taken a number of steps to make it stronger.
At the event we discussed the growth of our business, introduced some new customers, and announced a feature that makes switching to Apps even easier. The Clift was a particularly appropriate venue because it’s a member of the Morgans Hotel Group, which is deploying Google Apps to its 1,750 employees. JohnsonDiversey, a global provider of commercial cleaning and hygiene products and solutions, has also gone Google. Choosing Apps helped …read more

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New iphone 3Gs

The Fastest iPhone Ever

The first thing you’ll notice about iPhone 3G S is how quickly you can launch applications. Web pages render in a fraction of the time, and you can view email attachments faster. Improved performance and updated 3D graphics deliver an incredible gaming experience, too. In fact, everything you do on iPhone 3G S is up to 2x faster and more responsive than iPhone 3G.

New Features include:

Video – Now you can shoot video, edit it, and share it
3-Megapixel Camera –
Voice Control – Voice Control recognizes the names in your Contacts
Cut, Copy & Paste –  words and photos between applications
Landscape Keyboard
Messages
New Search
Internet Tethering

and more…