Lulz Security (or LulzSec if you’re in a hurry) has decided to ask the masses what it should hack next. The group that cracked Sony Pictures, Nintendo, The US Senate, The Escapist, and more have set up a hotline where the community can suggest future targets. The number was posted to the group’s Twitter account yesterday and immediately received thousands of calls.
Sprint's HTO Evo 4G, the upcoming Epic 4G, and every other Sprint device is getting NextMail, a service that allows users to send a recorded voice message to up to 50 email addresses or text message addresses. Messages are sent with the push of a button (Direct Connect on a Nextel device, or Send on any other Sprint or Nextel phone).
"In today's business climate, companies need solutions that improve productivity, increase profitability, and enhance customer satisfaction," said Tom Roberts, vice president of Business Marketing, Sprint. "Historically available only on Nextel devices as an extension of Nextel Direct Connect, NextMail is an ideal solution for companies with highly mobile workers. Industries like construction, field services, distribution and many public sector entities will find NextMail to be a critical business tool to communicate with many people instantly, especially in places where typing isn't convenient, and to document thorough and accurate information."
NextMail runs $7.50 a month per user, or $20 a month per user for the Professional version. The Pro version adds the ability to include location information pulled from GPS, as well as attach pictures.
Google's innovative Google Voice service is still invite only, but under a new program students can get priority access. In a blog post, the Big G noted many of Google Voice's features are of particular use to students. Apparently, college students are particularly appreciative of the ability to access their voicemail via email, and get free text messages. Though, who isn't?
Google Voice allows users to choose a new phone number that can be forwarded to multiple lines. It offers features like voicemail transcription, call screening, and do not disturb mode just to name a few. Android phones have seamless integration with Google Voice, and there is an official app for Blackberry phones as well.
The new program is technically available to anyone with an email address that ends in .edu. Those signing up at the special student website should expect their invite to show up within 24 hours. So for students, there's no longer any reason to scrounge around online looking for an invite. You can get it right from the source.
No matter how innovative the big boys are, the minions lurking about in the ‘tubes’ keep on beating them to the punch on new, innovative features. In this case the big boy is Google Voice, which offers you a phone number along with a bag stuffed with nifty features like voicemail, voicemail transcription, custom greetings, free text-messaging, blocking unwanted callers, and call screening. The only drawback is you have to use Google Voice’s assigned number, which is a problem for us who have our identity intimately tied to an existing mobile number.
The hackers on the net didn’t let this slow them down, however, and a workaround came about pretty quickly. Keep your existing mobile number, just forward your unanswered calls to your Google Voice number. The process is pretty simple, in fact. You can find it explained in posts at TechnologyCrowd and Lifehacker.
Well hack no more. Google Voice has taken the hint and now offers a ‘lite’ version with this feature. According to The Official Google Blog if you sign up with your existing number you’ll get access Google Voice’s voicemail features. If you already have a Google Voice account the process of forwarding your voicemail from your mobile numbers has been simplified.