Where will the reach of the Internet invade next? Those of us who love our television programs are increasingly watching them with our mobile devices in hand. We use them to find our information related to things we've seen, and connect on our favorite social networks like Facebook and Twitter.
Shows like AMCs The Walking Dead really play things up in the social sphere, asking fans to create or comment on different hashtags for each episode, then discussing them on the air. This extra interaction is often happening during the advertisements, and the "second screen" trend is changing the way people view TV in surprising ways. See more about TV going social in the below infographic from Confused.com.
Google has been killing some of it underperforming projects of late, but yesterday brought a much-welcomed surprised.
The search giant took the dust and cobwebs off GrandCentral, a service it bought for about $50 million in July 2007 that's been in stealth mode ever since, and re-launched it as Google Voice.
The service is a godsend for anyone who constantly juggles multiple phones (and numbers), SMS inboxes, and voicemail. Carrying the slogan "one number for life," Google Voice puts together a string of VoIP-related services that are currently available at numerous startups, but few, if any, are as comprehensive as this, as Om Malik points out in a glowing endorsement.
The free service assigns users a number that can be used as their catch-all for voice, text, and voicemail. SMS messages can be sent, received, and forwarded to whatever wireless phone you might be using at the time. Phone calls can be made online or via your mobile or landline phone if you still have one of those. And voicemail transcripts are available on Google Voice's clean website that Om compares to Gmail or they can be sent to your email account. Conference calls can also be initiated by dragging phone... Read more