Google [URL="http://googlevoiceblog.blogspot.com/2010/08/make-and-receive-calls-in-gmail.html"]announced[/URL] today that Gmail users can now make free calls from a computer to a phone. The service will be free for calls in North America until at least the end of the year. [ATTACH=right]16893[/ATTACH] Until now users could call other Gmail users' computers for free, but now the service is expanded to phones, including international calls at rates as low as two cents a minute. This is another step forward for Gmail and certainly an attempt at competing with other leading Internet telephony providers like Skype. Gmail's international rates appear comparable to Skype's, which start at 2.1 cents …
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News Story Android Shmandroid, Who Cares?
It's a cell phone for crying out loud. Do you get it? A cell phone. You know, you make and receive phone calls on it. It's a telephone that you carry around in your pocket. Who gives a rip whether it's equipped with a web browser, a file editor or an ice cream dispenser; it's a telephone. People who care about the operating system or applet X on a cell phone are either under the age of 18 or don't have anything better to do with their time. I don't really care that my cell phone uses some version of …
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News Story Are You Ready for a Thing Called Pre?
According to multiple sources, the Palm Pre is set to launch on June 6th, which happens to be the 65th anniversary of [URL="http://www.army.mil/d-day/"]D-Day invasion[/URL]. I guess we can call this the Pre-Day invasion. Instead of storming the beaches of Normandy to take on Nazi Germany, Palm will be taking on the mighty, mighty Apple Corp., and its Juggernaut iPhone. At [URL="http://www.infosyncworld.com/news/n/10282.html"]$200[/URL] (after $100 rebate with two year agreement), it has a similar price tag to the current 8GB iPhone. But can it really take on the iPhone or even compete with the [URL="http://www.rim.net/"]BlackBerry[/URL], which itself has been giving Apple a …
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News Story Grand Central Relaunching as Google Voice
I was one of the lucky ones who was able to get in on the phone management service [URL="http://www.grandcentral.com/"]Grand Central[/URL] when it was still in beta. [URL="http://googlevoiceblog.blogspot.com/"]Google announced[/URL] late last night that its relaunching the service as Google Voice and is available to current customers as a private beta. I, for one, welcome our new call management overlords. For those unfamiliar, Grand Central is a call forwarding service on steroids. It assigns you a phone number with your local area code that you can give it out to every contact you have. Then connect your home, cell, and work numbers …
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