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Soon You Can Port Your Phone Number to Google Voice for $20

Mashable.comJust saw this on Mashable.com, going to make Google Voice even better! Google Voice users, this is big: You might already be able to port your own phone number into the service. Google just unleashed a test program a few hours ago.

According to Google, this ability to port your own inbound phone number is currently in a test phase that’s available to certain users (such as us — we were lucky enough to be among the chosen few).

With a few clicks, you can have people call the regular phone number that you’ve been using all these years, without having to teach them to call a different number just so you can use Google Voice and all its Gmail-like features. Simply go to Phone, Settings, and if you see “change/port” next to your phone number, you’re in luck. Click that and you’ll soon be done.

Easy enough, except for that $20 charge you’ll have to pay to make it happen. Keep in mind that if you do select that option and pay your $20, whichever landline or cellphone provider you were paying to use that phone number before might want to charge you an early termination fee. Buyer beware.

On the other hand, this long-awaited feature will make it a lot easier for new users of Google Voice to adapt to the service. It’ll be simple to just drop your old service automatically by paying the $20 and importing that number to Google Voice.

Too bad this capability was not available a couple of years ago when I first started using the free Google Voice service, and told everyone in my address book about my new phone number. Now, I like that my chosen Google Voice number so much, there’s not an old number I’d rather port.

Gmail Now Lets You Save Attachments to the Desktop via Drag-and-Drop

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Saving dozens of e-mail file attachments to your computer just became a hell of a lot easier.

Google has added a new feature to Gmail: the ability to save file attachments by simply dragging-and-dropping them onto the desktop. If you hover over the file icon or the “Download” link for any attachment, you’ll notice the new text prompting you to drag the file to your desktop to save.

We just tried out the new feature, and we have to tell you: It’s really as simple as it sounds. There is one caveat to saving file attachments via drag-and-drop, though: The feature is only available in Google Chrome.

Google Waves Goodbye

Google WaveThe news is out, Google has decided to stop developing Google Wave as a standalone product.
From the official Google Blog:
We have always pursued innovative projects because we want to drive breakthroughs in computer science that dramatically improve our users’ lives. Last year at Google I/O, when we launched our developer preview of Google Wave, a web app for real time communication and collaboration, it set a high bar for what was possible in a web browser. We showed character-by-character live typing, and the ability to drag-and-drop files from the desktop, even “playback” the history of changes—all within a browser. Developers in the audience stood and cheered. Some even waved their laptops.

We were equally jazzed about Google Wave internally, even though we weren’t quite sure how users would respond to this radically different kind of communication. The use cases we’ve seen show the power of this technology: sharing images and other media in real time; improving spell-checking by understanding not just an individual word, but also the context of each word; and enabling third-party developers to build new tools like consumer gadgets for travel, or robots to check code.

But despite these wins, and numerous loyal fans, Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked. We don’t plan to continue developing Wave as a standalone product, but we will maintain the site at least through the end of the year and extend the technology for use in other Google projects. The central parts of the code, as well as the protocols that have driven many of Wave’s innovations, like drag-and-drop and character-by-character live typing, are already available as open source, so customers and partners can continue the innovation we began. In addition, we will work on tools so that users can easily “liberate” their content from Wave.

Wave has taught us a lot, and we are proud of the team for the ways in which they have pushed the boundaries of computer science. We are excited about what they will develop next as we continue to create innovations with the potential to advance technology and the wider web.

Add Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn Info to Your Gmail Contacts

Mashable.com has an article on a new Google Apps gadget, just installed it, worked great! Relationship manager Gist has just launched the Gist Gadget for the Google Apps Marketplace. The Gist Gadget basically lets you find out way more about the people in your inbox, directly from Gmail. Read the rest at mashable.com

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Google Apps – Streamline the way you do business

GoogleAppsGoogle Apps for Business is a suite of applications from Google that allow small businesses to receive email, share calendars, store, share and collaborate on documents, upload internal training videos and presentations, all in a secure web based environment. Tired of managing documents, templates, contracts, calendars, contacts, presentations etc… the old fashioned way? Copying them from one machine to another, storing them on a “thumb drive” then copying them over to an employees computer or sending them as an email attachment when they need them? Worrying if your team is all using the newest version of a contract, showing clients the latest presentation or sending out correspondence on the old letterhead? Google Apps will solve all those problems and more! Contact MacWin Local Mobile Marketing to get a free quote on:

  • Domain configuration, setting up Google Apps to work with and receive email for your domain
  • User account creation and provisioning
  • Initial setup of folder structure
  • Full data migration
  • Training covering:
    • Day to day administration tasks
    • Creating and sharing new folders
    • Uploading documents and files, videos
    • Creating Google Sites

Freshbooks – Web based time tracking and billing software

I use Freshbooks for all my time Tracking and Invoicing needs. It’s free, easy to use, web based, flexible and customizable. Freshbooks describes it’s services as “The fastest way to track your time and invoice your clients. Send, track and collect payments quickly. Great for teams, freelancers and service providers. Streamline your business through recurring invoices. Set up auto-billing to automatically charge your client’s credit card.” To access the web application and sign up for a free account go to: http://www.freshbooks.com/?ref=6eff94cb68674-1

PDF to Word – The Most Accurate PDF to Word Converter

With PDF-to-Word conversion technology, you can quickly and easily create editable DOC/RTF files, making it a cinch to re-use PDF content in applications like Microsoft Word, Excel, OpenOffice, and WordPerfect. Best of all, it’s entirely free! Click here to access the web based application: http://www.pdftoword.com/

Gmail – The best web based email by far

Gmail web based emailWith Google’s approach to email the sky is the limit. Gmail includes excellent spam protection, phishing warnings and virus scanning; ultimate organization, conversation view, POP3 access and 8 GB of inbox storage that continues to grow every day. Additionally with Gmail you can chat, post documents and spreadsheets online, customize your homepage, get mobile access, check your RSS feeds, be notified every time you receive a new message and your account never expires.

Gmail provides some of the best email organization on the Internet. Their pride and joy feature is the “conversation” interface. Instead of having a list of back and forth emails between you and a friend or co–worker all replies and sent messages are filtered into one line of inbox with a corresponding number of messages in that conversation. Gmail’s security includes spam, virus and phishing protection. All spam is filtered into a spam folder that allows you to separate the good from the bad, all incoming and outgoing messages are scanned for known viruses, and suspicious messages that look like phishing scams are flagged with a big red banner across the top of the message. Additionally, you can report both spam and phishing attempts to Google. To sign up for a free account go to http://www.gmail.com

Google Voice

Google Voice is a web based application that you gives you a local phone number of your choice, or you can port your existing number to it, which can call up to six phones simultaneously. When a person calls the Google Voice number, the user’s home, work, and mobile phones all can ring simultaneously. The user can set up the service so specific phones ring for different callers or groups of callers, or so some callers go straight to voice mail. Google transcribes voice mails after they’re left, too, e-mailing it to the Google Voice user or letting them read and listen to the message through a Gmail-like interface.  You can send and receive text messages directly from the Google Voice website. On the whole, it is a nice service of which everyone will want to have an account (just like Gmail), especially since it is free. Google Voice also has Android and BlackBerry based applications, iPhone users can now use Google Voice through Google’s iPhone web based portal. In order to get a Google Voice number, you need to request an invitation. Go to the Google Voice invitation page and submit your email address. Some time later, you will receive an email requesting you to register.

Remember the Milk – To do list

Remember the Milk allows users to create multiple task lists. Added tasks can be edited to include (or not) various fields. Locations can be added, and an integrated Google Maps feature allows users to save commonly used locations. Tasks can also be organized by tags. Tasks can be postponed and Remember the Milk will inform users of the number of times that that task has been postponed. Remember the Milk also has iPhone, Android and BlackBerry based apps that sync directly with your online account. You can access it here http://www.rememberthemilk.com