Once Again, Google Extends Their Free VoIP Calling In Gmail

It seems that almost every year now, when the free VoIP service in Google’s Gmail app ends for the desktops, they just renew it for another year. See this old LM post for an example. And of course the usual requirements are the same: a microphone (if not already built-in your laptop), an internet connection and that’s all (adding a Google Voice number is optional, but I recommend it).

Microsoft May Have Switched Out Windows Phone Head Andy Lees

According to AllThingsD, their head guru, Andy Lees, has been switched out for what seems to be the most probable choice — Terry Myerson, head of engineering, who will be taking over many of Andy’s roles in the development of Windows Phone. This is mostly all to be expected — it has been said that internally and externally Windows Phone isn’t doing as well as it should.

webOS lives on through open-source, new hardware like tablets could be produced

It’s official. Meg Whitmann has saved webOS by cutting the losses and making it open-source. New tablets could be produced, along with software upgrades, however smartphones are probably not in the cards. In an exclusive interview with The Verge, Meg Whittman stated, “The answer to that is yes but what I can’t tell you is whether that will be in 2012 or not,” and that “But we will use webOS in new hardware, but it’s just going to take us a little longer to reorganize the team in a quite different direction than we’ve been taking it in the past.” Is this good news? Yes. Was it expected? No. Do I label this as “FTW’?

Darn yes. Finally a corporate decision that makes sense by HP. ViaHPThe Verge

Spotify Radio now separates, becomes an official app

So, the radio feature in Spotify has been separated and is now a Spotify Radio application. You can switch, stop, and skip between all your favorite tracks and make your own radio stations. Spotify out of the blue has just made a direct competitor to Pandora. And with that, check out Spotty’s source link to see what else they had to say about this “new” addition to their massive music service. Via: Spotify

Google’s Currents is their new magazine/news app, and then some


It’s a direct Flipboard competitor, but Google’s Currents is formidable. The app, available for Android and iOS, allows you to have a swipeable, graphics-heavy way to read material from content providers like AllThingsD, PBS, Huffington Post and Fast Company, as well public Google+ feeds and RSS (even import your Google Reader feeds). It’s also tightly integrated with Google+, making it an instant product of use among the millions of Google+ users. The only con of the service is that it’s U.S. only for now, but at least you’re closer to having that perfect digital magazine of everything you never knew you wanted. Via: Google Mobile Blog

Twitter Updates Their Web, iOS, And Android Apps

This is quite a nice set of tweaks from Twitter. First they’ve gotten some important things straight on their web client, iOS app, and as well as their Android app. Twitter is now defined via four new categories: “Home”, “Connect, “Discover”, and “Me”, each doing exactly what you expect of them to make the service so much easier and faster to use. The web version will be updated in the next few weeks for every Twitter user, however the iOS and Android versions are already updated and ready for download on their respective app stores. Check  out the video below and the source link for some of Twitter’s input on the new design. Via: Twitter Blog

Xbox Live iOS app now surprisingly available

Who would expect Microsoft to publish an official Xbox Live app for iOS? Well, it’s not that surprising as they already produce apps for platforms other than Windows Phone 7+, like Android, and that for them, they’ll get the market share any way they can. So, the app is free, and that’s about that — it works just like its Windows Phone variant. Via: Major Nelson, App Store

Verizon 4G LTE is down nationwide — insert “sadface” here

For quite  a few hours now I haven’t had access to 4G LTE data speeds and I became weary (to sound dramatic and exciting, of course). Strangely enough, Verizon has issued a statement just in time, acknowledging a nationwide outage, which they are currently working (hopefully feverishly) to fix:

Verizon Wireless engineers have been working to resolve an issue with 4G LTE service that is affecting some customers’ 4G devices. 3G data and voice devices are unaffected. All customers’ voice calls and text messages continue to go through. In the past 24 hours, some 4GLTE customers have reported their devices are operating on 3G data service where they would normally get 4G. Some have reported no issues, others that data access is either intermittent or unavailable. We are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

Thankfully, since most 4G LTE devices have a 3G data mode for texts, data, and voice, then you’re saved, as I have been But nonetheless, get it back to working condition Verizon. The world is dull without 4G LTE available at every whim to those who have access to it. Via: VZW (Twitter)