Hangouts is finally assimilating Google Voice

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Google Voice and Hangouts are finally joining in digital matrimony, according to Android Police. Many users are now reporting the Hangouts app for Android is allowing them to send Voice SMS and voicemail. However, it looks like the integration of the two services remains a work in progress, as a number of bugs have been reported.

For example, while messages delivered to your Google Voice number will appear in Hangouts, replies will not. Android Police writes that there currently appears to be no way to select which Voice number you would like to use when writing a reply. Additionally, enabling Voice integration will redirect all your messages from Voice to Hangouts. The integration also poses problems with the Voice extension for…

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Google Street View does the ‘King Tut’

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After assembling a couch-eye view of the 12 World Cup stadiums in Brazil, Google is taking the world on a trip to Egypt. Beginning today, Street View tourists will be able to explore historical landmarks like the Pyramids of Giza, the necropolis of Saqqara, and the ancient city of Abu Mena. The company used its Trekker camera system to collate 360-degree images showcasing the grandeur of this ancient civilization. Make sure to check out how tourism has affected these monuments from the time of the pharaohs.

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Terry Crews will give you directions on Waze but won’t sing you ‘A Thousand Miles’

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Google-owned traffic navigation app Waze will soon allow users to be serenaded by the voice of Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Terry Crews, according to Variety. Best known for his role in White Chicks, the actor joins comedian Kevin Hart as the program’s second celebrity voice. To utilize Crews’ vocal talents, users will need to first update their Waze app before going to Settings, Sound, and then selecting “English US – Terry Crews” as their desired language. Variety writes that the partnership is a lead up to the season two premiere of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which is slated to air on 28th September.

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FishingBookers Helps You Book Fishing Trips

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Screen Shot 2014-09-09 at 11.40.34 PM This year’s Audience Choice at Disrupt SF has a WHALE of a tale to tell you. Called FishingBookers.com, this Belgrade-based company is streamlining the process of booking fishing boats. Yes. Really. Founded by Vukan Simic and Nemanja Cerovac, the startup won a pitch-off I attended in Montenegro this year and came all the way from Serbia to hang out on the show floor. When they heard… Read More

Net neutrality father Tim Wu loses primary race for New York lieutenant governor

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Tim Wu, a professor at Columbia Law School and freedom-of-information advocate who coined the phrase “net neutrality” back in 2003, lost his bid to become the next lieutenant governor of New York state tonight. According to the Associated Press, Kathy Hocul, a former Republican Congressman and Wu’s rival in the Democratic primary for the lieutenant governorship, drew over 60 percent of the tallied vote at the time of this post’s publication. The candidate at the top of Wu’s ticket, Zephyr Teachout, also lost her bid to replace sitting New York state governor Andrew Cuomo as the Democratic nominee in the upcoming November 4th general election.

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Artist cancels exhibition of nude pictures stolen from Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton

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Last week LA-based artist XVALA — real name Jeff Hamilton — announced he would display recently leaked naked pictures of celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton as part of an upcoming art show he titled “No Delete.” But now the artist has backtracked on his original decision, removing the pictures from his planned exhibit, and replacing them with life-size nude pictures of himself.

Hamilton said the public reaction to the leaked photos made him change his mind. “People were identifying with Jennifer Lawrence‘s and Kate Upton‘s victimization, much more than I had anticipated, which is powerfully persuasive.” Hamilton’s scheduled exhibit was to be part of his long-running “Fear Google” series, and was to be run at the Cory…

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RezGuru By TableGrabber Helps Restaurants Take A Smarter Approach To Pricing And Reservations

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tabblegrabber (7 of 8) TableGrabber aims to help restaurants fill their empty seats, and to that end, it’s launching a new platform today called RezGuru at the Disrupt SF startup battlefield. The goal, as laid out by co-founders (and siblings) Sonia and Pawan Marwaha, is to adjust things like pricing and reservation availability in a way that maximizes revenue. For example, a restaurant might be so crowded… Read More

Apple designed a custom typeface for the Apple Watch, just like Google did for Android

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Typefaces are a funny thing: to the untrained eye, they can be difficult to tell apart, yet they can make a world of difference in the design and usability of a product. Apple recently swapped Helvetica for Helvetica Neue in iOS and Lucida Grande for Helvetica Neue in OS X Yosemite — but for the Apple Watch, it went a little deeper.

The Watch features a new typeface that Apple designed in-house “to maximize legibility,” it says — a noble and important goal when you’re dealing with a particularly small display. Interestingly, Google’s Roboto was designed with some of the same goals in mind when it rolled out with Android 4.0 almost three years ago.

I almost immediately noticed similarities to Roboto when Apple showed the Watch on…

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Russia’s Webex, Webinar.ru, Secures $7.3M, Just Before Sanctions Bite

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Web-conferencing and video-conferencing software company Webinar.ru has raised $7.3 million in a Series A funding round led by Intel Capital and EBRD (the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development) and also included Flint Capital and previous investor VTB Capital. On an interesting note, this is the last investment of EBRD in a Russian company because of the sanctions on Russia right now. Read More

YouTurn Is Like Hyperlapse With Benefits

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YouTurn YouTurn is probably wincing that I compare their app to the extremely popular Hyperlapse. In my defense, there are similarities that simply must be noted — primarily that the app creates super-fast videos of events. However, YouTurn, who is showing their concept on the floor at TechCrunch Disrupt, has a slightly different angle and it revolves around taking road trips in your car and… Read More

Correction: Switzerland Now Has An Incredible Competitor

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apple0288 So here we are, in the hours after the official launch of the Apple Watch, and we need to address just what the watch means for Switzerland.
When I first saw the watch I literally thought that Jony Ive was right in regards to how – ahem – ruined the Swiss watch industry was. However, as I thought about what the Apple Watch was (and wasn’t) I’ve come to a more nuanced… Read More

Up Close And Personal With The iPhone 6 And 6 Plus On Video

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IMG_4234 Apple’s new iPhones are now a known quantity, but perhaps you haven’t yet had a chance to get a more intimate look at them. We had opportunity to try them out in person, and to run through all of the new hardware features and software functions they offer. Both the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus offer unique advantages and disadvantages with respect to one another, but ultimately… Read More

The Apple Watch is designed for everybody

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The Moto 360 is too aggressive. It’s too big. It’s too shiny. Its face is too large in comparison to its bezel. Its strap flops out from the edge of its case like a dog’s tongue on a hot day. That’s my opinion. Many will disagree with me, but I don’t care. I will never wear a Moto 360. I might wear an Apple Watch, though. I expect millions of others might too.

Let’s get one thing out of the way: the Apple Watch is not a pretty watch. A bulbous slab of metal, its case is a chunky blob with a square face and bulging sides. But while not conventionally attractive, it does achieve one extremely important goal: anonymity. However big it may be, the soft lines of the case seem to almost fade into insignificance, shifting focus to the strap…

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For Apple, one size no longer fits all

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It used to be so simple. Steve Jobs would take the stage and tell us all exactly what it is that we’ll desire and buy over the coming months. Choice was an unnecessary evil. There was just one iPad, one iPhone, and fewer customization options across the entire Mac line than you’d find on a single Dell PC order page. In one of his more humorous presentations, the Apple chief even poked fun at Microsoft’s tiered Windows pricing by detailing five “different” versions of Mac OS X Leopard, each…

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