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Google Duo integration now available in Phone, Contacts and Messages apps (for some phones)

Google is making it easier for users to make video calls using its own video calling app – Duo. Starting this week, owners of select Android smartphones will be able to make Duo calls right from their device’s Android Phone, Contacts, and Android Messages apps. From within the phone app, you’ll be able to initiate […]

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Google Duo deep integration coming to the Pixel’s dialer and Messages apps

Google has been going after Facetime and WhatsApp with its own solution called Duo – an app that is free to use and enables one-on-one video and voice calls. Duo relies on your phone number, allows you to reach people in your phone’s contact list, boasts end-to-end encryption and has a unique feature called Knock […]

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Spotify voice controls are coming to all Google Assistant-powered devices

Music enthusiasts who love using Spotify will be happy to know that the app’s voice commands will soon work with any device that supports the Google Assistant. Google’s virtual assistant can be activated on (almost) any smartphone/tablet/etc which runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow or higher. So far, voice commands for Spotify were only available on the […]

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You can now send money through PayPal in Skype chats

Skype this week announced it was adding PayPal integration to its Android and iOS mobile apps. The partnership will allow users to simply send money to each other while chatting on Skype on their smartphone. The new “Send Money” feature is available only for personal use, so you won’t be able to employ it to […]

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You can now initiate Duo calls from the Allo chat app

If you’re familiar with Google’s Allo and Duo messaging services, you probably know they are pretty much separate entities. Allo is a messaging service that allows users to exchange messages, as well as share media and stickers, while Duo is simply a video calling app. And despite Google launching the two services at the same […]

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Google Now open API on its way

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Do you use Google Now?  Do you wish that your apps were Google Now aware?  Earlier this year Google announced a list of companies it partnered with to grow Google Now outside of core Google apps. The list of companies involved is huge but it is not inclusive. If you use Pandora or Lyft it’s great. What if Lyft isn’t available in your area?  What if you’re a Spotify customer?  Today an announcement at SXSW by Aparna Chennapragada, remedy Director of Product Management for Google Now, esophagitis
was made making full third party Google Now integration a reality. The pilot program is expanding and will include a full open API that app developers can use to tie into Google Now directly.

One of the biggest gains with this announcement has to do with the Android notification shade. More information displaying as Google Now cards means more space opened up in the notification area. The per app cards will be shown based on app usage patterns along with Google’s own special Now sauce. As of now, tablets
no major timeline for the API’s release has been scheduled. It is, however, on its way.




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Google Voice just got real

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In the vast world of car chargers out there, it may get a little overwhelming when trying to pick one out for yourself. “Why is this one more expensive than that one?” “What features am I losing if I go with the cheaper option?” We’ve all come across these questions before, and that may be where Lumsing comes in.

For quite some time now, Lumsing has offered quality products at an inexpensive price point. This car charger is no exception. Let’s take a look and see whether you should invest in the Lumsing car charger or not.

Build

The Dual USB Car Charger comes in either black or white, and both offer a smooth feeling plastic body. The top of the device has some Lumsing branding on it, while not causing too much of an eye sore. It actually blends in quite well. The reverse side is completely blank, so it’s easy to hide the branding if you so choose.

At the bottom near the USB ports reads the port labeling. This is what is a little odd about the charger. The USB ports and labels are backwards. The port that is above the corresponding label is the correct port. For instance, in the picture below, the right-most port is actually the 2,400mA port… not the 1,000mA one. Weird, right? It doesn’t alter the performance of the charger in any way, but it’s still a bit confusing.

Above the port labels is a small blue light that shines when there is power running through the charger. We find this helpful when making sure the charger is off when we’re not using it. It’s just an easy way to tell.

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Performance

Car chargers are one of those “either it works or it doesn’t” products. This one works. It charges quickly, and that’s really all you can ask for in a car charger. And don’t worry… you can use both ports simultaneously.

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Should I buy?

It depends. This is a wonderfully built car charger that looks sleek. However, one of our gripes is that it doesn’t include a USB cord. So if you don’t have a spare one lying around, you may want to opt for one that has a cord included. The car charger doesn’t include a USB cord, but it makes up for that by its low price tag.

You can pick up the Lumsing Dual USB Car Charger from Amazon for only $7.99. We’d say that’s a pretty good deal considering the quality of this product.

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Google Voice was such a cool idea when it first came on the scene. You could make calls, case
and send text messages from your computer back when most people were still working off desktop machines. Immediately, ask
questions arose about whether Google was going to make a go at the mobile market. How was Google Voice going to disrupt the big carriers (before the word ‘disrupt’ was cliche)? If Google got into mobile, would that mean phones would be free? Free voice calls? Free texting? Free data?!?

Well, it didn’t really happen that way. The powers that be wouldn’t allow Google to have control over all that, and internet advertising, and search (add email, maps, mobile OS, and RSS to that list – R.I.P. Google Reader).

But unlike Google Wave, Google Reader, and Orkut, Google Voice stuck around. It’s been chugging along for years, slowly building up steam and a loyal following.

Flash-forward to about a month ago when Google updated their Hangouts app and Google Voice was the main attraction.google voice

Google Hangouts was integrated with Google Voice. You could finally make and receive calls with your Google Voice number from the Hangouts app using megabytes from your data plan instead of minutes from your voice plan. You could also use your Google Voice account to send and receive SMS messages from inside Hangouts.

So cool!

But, noticeably missing was MMS. Poor, lonely MMS was left out. We knew it wasn’t a Hangouts issue, so it must have been a Google Voice issue, or perhaps a carrier issue.

Well now the wait is over. In a recent post on Google+, Alex Wiesen, Tech Lead Manager for Google Voice, shared the following news,

We’ve been working with nearly 100 different North American carriers to enable this feature — including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Bell Canada, Rogers, Telus, and many more — and starting today all these integrations are live. So enjoy those incoming pics, say goodbye to fomo (fear of missing out), and stay tuned for more Google Voice messaging improvements!

That’s right, MMS is alive and well on Google Voice inside in the Hangouts app for nearly 100 different carriers, but not Verizon. What’s up with that, Big V?

It will be interesting to see what else Google has in store for Hangout and Google Voice. Will they continue to improve separately, or will they be so integrated that they become one in the same? Time will tell.

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Google Voice just got real

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Google Voice was such a cool idea when it first came on the scene. You could make calls, and send text messages from your computer back when most people were still working off desktop machines. Immediately, questions arose about whether Google was going to make a go at the mobile market. How was Google Voice going to disrupt the big carriers (before the word ‘disrupt’ was cliche)? If Google got into mobile, would that mean phones would be free? Free voice calls? Free texting? Free data?!?

Well, it didn’t really happen that way. The powers that be wouldn’t allow Google to have control over all that, and internet advertising, and search (add email, maps, mobile OS, and RSS to that list – R.I.P. Google Reader).

But unlike Google Wave, Google Reader, and Orkut, Google Voice stuck around. It’s been chugging along for years, slowly building up steam and a loyal following.

Flash-forward to about a month ago when Google updated their Hangouts app and Google Voice was the main attraction.google voice

Google Hangouts was integrated with Google Voice. You could finally make and receive calls with your Google Voice number from the Hangouts app using megabytes from your data plan instead of minutes from your voice plan. You could also use your Google Voice account to send and receive SMS messages from inside Hangouts.

So cool!

But, noticeably missing was MMS. Poor, lonely MMS was left out. We knew it wasn’t a Hangouts issue, so it must have been a Google Voice issue, or perhaps a carrier issue.

Well now the wait is over. In a recent post on Google+, Alex Wiesen, Tech Lead Manager for Google Voice, shared the following news,

We’ve been working with nearly 100 different North American carriers to enable this feature — including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Bell Canada, Rogers, Telus, and many more — and starting today all these integrations are live. So enjoy those incoming pics, say goodbye to fomo (fear of missing out), and stay tuned for more Google Voice messaging improvements!

That’s right, MMS is alive and well on Google Voice inside in the Hangouts app for nearly 100 different carriers, but not Verizon. What’s up with that, Big V?

It will be interesting to see what else Google has in store for Hangout and Google Voice. Will they continue to improve separately, or will they be so integrated that they become one in the same? Time will tell.

Source [Google+]


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