Google Releases Free Phone Calls Over Gmail

So here’s the whole idea: using GMail, you can now make free phone calls to the U.S and Canada via your Gmail account online. Basically, the service uses your laptop’s microphone to send awesome call quality (I just tested it myself) to anyone that you’re calling. And you can call internationally too, by adding (cheap!) amounts of money to your account, like 2 cents per-minute to Paris.

What’s The Catch?

There really isn’t one. Except one:

If you don’t have a Google Voice account, Gmail will use a random number in storage to make that call. If your friend calls you back, he/she gets a message saying that they were called with Gmail .But since I have a Voice account, I wouldn’t care at all.

So…The Verdict?

A great idea. Pretty cool. Alright, it’s awesome. Google’s caveman video of how it works is after the cut.

Source: Gmail Blog

New Leak: Motorola Quench XT5 with specs and photos

The guys at phone blog Cellpassion received the above image of the dubbed Motorola Quench XT5, along with specs and such. There’snot much on to report here, except to say that the Quench Xt5 has a trackball and dedicated talk/end keys. Other  than that, here’s what the tipster had to say about the specs:

  • OS: Android 2.1 (Éclair)
  • 3.2-inch HVGA display
  • 5 megapixel camera with flash
  • camera
  • 256 MB RAM/512 MB ROM
  • Band/Modes: WCDMA 900/1900/2100, GSM 850/900/1800/1900, HSDPA 7.2 Mbps (Category 7/8), EDGE Class 12
  • Weight: 114 g
  • Dimensions: 56 x 114 x 13 mm
  • Display: 3.2″ 480×320 HVGA 262k
  • Battery: 1270 mAh
  • GSM Talktime: 8.2 hours
  • GSM Standby Time: 23.3 days
  • WCDMA Talktime: 6.4 hours
  • WCDMA Standby Time: 22.7 days
  • Others: FM radio, DivX video playback

Source: Cellpassion

Pellegrino Limonata Review: Save My Tastebuds, Please

Imagine this: going to the market (in this case, my Mom) and buying some groceries for tonight’s gourmet dinner. My Mother being a true chef and all, we don’t have to worry about what we’ll eat for dinner because we either create something new, or just have a classic Italian, Haitian, French, American, or anything-else-you-can-come-up-with dish (ceviche is tonight!).

Then one day she brought Sanpellegrino Limonata home (that was 2 days ago). And I’ve had 3 cans of it (I’m having one now while typing this review).

And I must quickly say it’s not worth it. Thing of a lemon soda, except too much lemon and not enough sugar but with tons of gas. Then imagine the packaging looking extremely polished, then getting disappointed. It’s like getting a Lemon Mac (that issue where new iMac screens a few months back had a yellow hue, which Mark Wilson, someone who’s been a great help to me, also had problems with).

So pretty much, that’s that in my opinion. This soft drink sucks.

Sony Alpha A33 and A55 feature translucent mirrors, 1080p HD recording, and extras

Both the Sony Alpha A33 and A55 use the new Translucent Mirror Technology with continuous phase-detect autofocus while shooting at up to 10 frames-per-second (7fps on the A33), and recording full AVCHD 1080p HD video.

There is also talk of the new sensors used in each DSLR; the 16.2 and 14.2 Exmor APS HD CMOS sensors for the A55 and A33, respectively. Both of these high-end bad-boy DSLRs come with articulated, 920k-dot, 3-inch LCD screens, with 3D panoramas and automated HDR shot creation. Lastly, $750 is the pricing set for the A55 in October and $650 for the A33 in September.

All in all, if you don’t want a Canon Rebel or Nikon D-Series camera, Sony’s new Alphas are pretty cool to look at and use. Problem is I’m a Nikon man.

For now at least. Sony’s promo vid for the new A55 and A33 is found after the cut.

Source: CNET

Dell Streak on AT&T review

The Dell Streak — early name the Dell Mini 5 — has had its release with a ton of press coverage. One reason being that it was Dell’s first go at an Android tablet. Two, for the sake of it, it is an actually good looking Android tablet. A 5-inch WVGA screen with Gorilla Glass, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 5 megapixel camera on the back with a VGA front-facing, Wi-Fi/3G HSPA+/Bluetooth combo, a user-replaceable battery, along with a 16GB microSD card in our review unit which we tortured with tests for over the course of a week.

So how did the 5-inch Dell Streak Android 1.6 tablet fare?

T-Mobile G2 HSPA+ Android phone photographed (aka HTC Vision?)

So the HTC Vision (known to T-Mobile as the G2, successor to the first ever Android phone, the G1) was recently seen in one of the best photo-shoots of a leaked device this entire month. Mr. BlurryCam didn’t dare try a shot at this one!

In the meantime, there’s an awesoome-looking QWERTY, dedicated camera button, screen size of 3.7 to 4.0 inches, and a lot of awesome 1GHz power with HSPA+ “4G speeds” provided by T-Mobile.

Maybe I’d get one….

Via: BGR