Gmail voice chat works, but it's limited

The new phone integration for Gmail chat is great for what it does. We'll see if it's ready to replace Skype or a real phone.Google added phone support to Gmail chat on Wednesday. It's like Skype, but it works within your Web...

Google Apps left out of voice chat update

Google Apps for Business users are the Charlie Brown of Gmail. When gmail.com users get all the best new features, we users of Google's private-label Gmail service peer into our Halloween bags and glumly proclaim, "I got a...

Google reportedly adding voice calling to Gmail

Google plans to upgrade its Gmail service to allow Gmail users to dial phone numbers in the US and Canada, according to reports. If true, this would heat up competition with Skype to the boiling point. The Gmail voice service would...

Rocker raises money for first album in Second Life

Keiko Takamura, a San Francisco indie rocker, raised some of the money to record her album and built a following by playing concerts in Second Life. She uses a broad array of other social media to find listeners and sell her music....

iPad assists poison control for BP oil spill victims

The director of the Louisiana Poison Center is using an iPad to help manage patients poisoned by the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Mark Ryan, director of the Louisiana Poison Center, uses the $30 LogMeIn Ignition application on...

Will Facebook Places sweep the competition off the map?

With Facebook rolling out its Places feature, what chance do other location-based services like Yelp, Foursquare, and Gowalla, have to survive?Facebook launched its Places service with a lot of fanfare on Wednesday. Once it rolls...

Email's too old-school for the class of 2014

Every summer, Wisconsin's Beloit College comes out with a list describing what the world looks like to incoming freshmen. This year's "Mindset List" shows the new young adults have swum in an ocean of digital and mobile technology...

Facebook reportedly launching location service Wednesday

Facebook is getting ready to announce its foray into location-based services, according to reports. Maybe they'll be able to answer the question, "What's the point?" I'm a Foursquare addict, I check in to locations regularly when I'm...

Boomerang, LetterMeLater let you send email to the future

It's occasionally useful to queue up an email for automatic sending in the future -- birthday greetings, early-morning mailing list updates, warnings to Doc Brown to wear his bulletproof vest. I've been playing with two tools that...

Jenny the dry-erase HOPA hoax

Stop me if you heard -- and believed -- this one: Pretty young woman gets revenge on her jerk boss by revealing his loutish workplace ways in a presentation on a dry-erase board. It's a great story of real-life revenge that everyone...

Google and Verizon got some net neutrality 'splainin to do

A net neutrality proposal from Google and Verizon smells fishy, like it might be a deal between two industry giants to keep out competition. In the words of the immortal Ricky Ricardo, they got some 'splainin to do. The two companies...

iPhone head faced "cultural differences" at Apple

The cause of the end of Mark Papermaster's short but tumultuous career at Apple ran far deeper than the recent antenna debacle, according to reports. Mark Papermaster, who came to Apple two years ago trailing a cloud of litigation...

Praising the good in Google Wave

Google Wave was a vast, ugly experiment, a one-man band of a collaboration tool that played piano, guitar and harmonica simultaneously with cymbals between its knees and a trained monkey keeping time on a garbage can lid. But it had...

5 reasons why people hate Apple

Every company has its opponents, but Apple really gets people worked up. Some people hate Apple a lot, more than they hate Nazis or Smurfs. They leave angry comments on Apple blogs. Based on my extensive observations of the species,...

Is Google doomed to always fail at social media?

Google is reportedly working on a blockbuster social networking product, after a string of failed attempts to get in on that market. But after so many failures, you have to wonder if Google culturally able to do social...

Apple investigating iPhone 3G software complaints

Users of old iPhone 3Gs are complaining about slowness and bugginess on their phones after upgrading to the latest operating system version. Now, Apple is looking into the problem. I wrote about my experiences upgrading my iPhone 3G...

Tips for posting iPhone 4 videos to YouTube

The iPhone 4 lets you easily share great, high-definition videos to YouTube. But there are a couple of gotchas to watch out for. After banging my head against the keyboard for a day trying to figure out why I couldn't get...

Is jailbreaking iPhones a business opportunity?

The U.S. government this week decided that jailbreaking iPhones doesn't violate copyright law. Does that mean we'll start to see businesses cropping up selling legally hacked, customized iPhones?The U.S. Copyright Office and Library...

The iPhone 4 goes to San Diego Comic-Con

With a convention center full of costume-clad fans, San Diego's annual Comic-Con is always a great opportunity to people-watch and take pictures. I dropped by Saturday to give the camera on my new iPhone 4 a good workout.The camera...

Blogging gets new life

Social media like Twitter and Facebook aren't killing blogging. Social media make blogging stronger. Cory Doctorow writes that blogging isn't dying, "it's just that other social media have taken over many of its functions."When...

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