Make phone calls from Gmail Video
Make phone calls from Gmail Video Transcript
It's Thursday, August 26th. I'm Mark Licea and it's time to get loaded. GMail is letting users make voice calls. Anyone with GMail can call any phone number in the US for free. You can also link your GMail and Google Voice accounts. You won't need a Google Voice account unless you want to make international calls, but if your accounts are linked, then your inbox will be notified when someone calls. Calls made in the US and Canada are free through the end of the year and calls made to outside countries will cost 2 cents a minute. The service should be up and running today. If you want streaming Netflix on your iPhone or iPod, you can have it. The app is available for free now and if you have a Netflix account then you can stream movies over Wi-Fi and 3G and manage your Instant Queue right from your device. Craigslist is being asked to discontinue their adult services section. Attorney generals in 17 stats are saying that the adult services section is recognized as prostitution ads including trafficking children. Craigslist says they support the attorneys general in ending child trafficking. The site's founder, Craig Newmark, says they are doing more than any other site to help filter out underaged prostitution. Apple released a security update for Mac OS10. The update fixes vulnerabilities in the current OSX so if you haven't updated yet, you can do so by using Software Update. And Windows 7 will have a new feature that lets you play between your handheld and a console. Microsoft says they're working on phone to console real time, although it won't be available at launch. What they will have at launch is something called companion-type gaming where you play a level on your phone to unlock a special weapon or feature or level for the console version of that game. Those are your headlines for today. I'm Mark Licea with CNET.com and you've just been loaded.
Gmail users are getting the ability to make voice calls to traditional phone numbers directly from their Gmail inboxes, and those calls will be free to numbers in the U.S. and Canada.
Google launches a Facebook-like service in Gmail, YouTube helps block your children from searching for porn and violence, and Netflix is going to stream at 1080p but not anytime soon.
A slew of Android tablets is on the way; push notification is coming to Twitter soon; and Craigslist self-censors its Adult Services section.
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Samsung Galaxy Tab pricing shows up on Amazon UK, and it's well over a thousand dollars U.S., presumably to force you toward subsidized prices so you'll end up paying the same amount or more for with-contract tablets. Which ... seriously? No. Also, Craigslist says the adult services section is gone for good, and Google's music service appears to be imminent--much to Spotify's demise--er, dismay.
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On today's show, a rousing discussion of scandal, sex, and giving cover to wrongdoers. And that's just Oracle hiring Mark Hurd. In other tech news, Craigslist gets rid of its adult services section in the most passive-aggressive manner possible. Google Buzz costs the Goog $8.5 million, the Nokia N8 costs roughly the same, and we decide to eat the bear.