"Tell me" offers suggestions rather than asking you to be specific
Microsoft is making a move to aid users when it comes to finding important features and options they may want to use when it comes to the Word Web App. A brand new "Tell Me" feature has been implemented that aims to act as a kind of virtual assistant for those needing a little extra help when it comes to Word.
No matter where the fates might take us, this much is certain: As we travel down life’s path, most of us take photos along the way and most of us will suck at it. To remove redeye, dust and other unwanted bits of reality from our pictures, many turn to expensive image editors like Photoshop. Others prefer to go the free route and get their GIMP on. If either of these options feel like they’re more image editor than you need, you might want to consider Phoenix Image Editor, our Chrome Web App of the Week.
Why is Google Voice an essential web app for any smartphone power user? Well, on a fundamental level, it's convenient to say the least--it allows you to synch all of your phones to a single number, which is extremely useful if you swap handsets often. There are, however, many more features you can utilize to really customize your Google Voice experience. Read on to learn more.
Google Wave may not have lasted long as an official web app, but the search giant announced today that it intends to use the existing code to design a fully functional application that can be hosted by anyone who wants it. The service will lose its integration with Gmail, but will still give active Wave participants a place to use and modify new and existing Wave’s after the service shuts down at the end of the year.
In many ways Wave might stand a better chance of reaching its full potential as a community open source project than as a neglected Google product. At the very least it takes the sting away from those who used the service extensively before they found out it was being given the axe.
Google announced today that in the first 24 hours of availability, Gmail users placed over 1 million calls. That's very impressive considering many accounts still do not have access to the feature, which is being rolled out gradually. The new VoIP service allows US users to make calls to any number in the US or Canada. International rates are low as well. It just goes to show you what can happen if you integrate a new feature into Gmail.
This early success indicates that users are prepared to make real use of VoIP services. When Google added Buzz to Gmail, many decried the pollution of their sacred Gmail interface with all the Buzz information. If you get the notice that the Gmail call feature has been turned on for your account, you might as well try it. Everyone else is.
Hunch is a newly relaunched site that aims to offer users a personalized list of recommendations based on a brief questionnaire. Users log in with their Facebook or Twitter account, then answer around 20 questions to evaluate the user's tastes. Hunch then generates recommendations for movies, restaurants, music, books, products, and much more.
Hunch uses your seemingly random answers to build a profile based on what it has learned about other people. Some of the recommendations are also based on who is in your social circle, thus the Facebook and Twitter login. Most users find the recommendations eerily accurate. Some might feel discomfort at divulging this information to Hunch, but it's really not much different than what Facebook and Google already know about you.
Have you used Hunch? Let us know how good or bad the results were.
Are you ready to rock? I should hope so. I'm giving your hands a rest and your ears a workout this week, for none of the apps in the ol' "freeware roundup" this time around are actually downloadable. That's right. Zero. After you read this, you will spend the course of your week installing absolutely nothing.
So what, then, am I profiling in this roundup? Dust? Nope. Rock. Every single Web app in this collection is specifically geared toward an audio pursuit of some kind. I'll show you apps you can use--through the comfort of whatever browser you'd like--to both create music and find new music to jam to. If you want to go worldly, I'll show you how to find the latest music streams from all over the world.
That's not all, however, for not everything audio-related has to involve music. The other two cool Web apps in this week's roundup center on audio usability. One lets you edit files online as if you were rocking an offline audio editor, and the other lets you craft up a message to your friends that will be read by one of those lovely, synthetic computer voices we've all come to know and love.
So that's that. It's audio week in the Freeware Files--even though you won't have to download a single executable to reap the benefits of these awesome finds!
With no end in sight for Apple's ridiculously long review of the Google Voice app for the iPhone, the search engine heavyweight decided to single-handedly break the deadlock. A web-based Google Voice app for the iPhone and Palm's Web OS platform is Google's repartee to Apple's delaying tactics. The HTML 5 app can be accessed from the phone's browser. This being an HTML 5 app, it is more advanced than the existing browser-based version for mobile phones.
The two companies have been on the warpath ever since last July, when Google claimed that Apple had refused to admit its Google Voice app to the App Store. Although Apple had categorically denied rejecting the app back then, Google Voice is yet to earn its approval.
“You can make calls from your phone that show your Google Voice number as the caller ID. You can also listen to voicemail and read voicemail transcripts, send and receive text messages for free, and take advantage of the low international call rates offered by Google Voice,” Google announced on the official Google Mobile blog.
Anyone can master the art of an RSS feed. But what do you do when you're a connoisseur of a ton of different topics? You might very well have check a list of RSS feeds that numbers in the tens, if not hundreds of items--and those are just the direct links you pull down from sites you've already frequented. Aside from running through Google News items based on a bunch of topics, or adding yourself to a site like popurls, there's no picture-perfect way to get an up-to-date, scrolling list of news for a ton of different categories at once.
At least, not until now.
This week's top Web App choice combines the usefulness of a site like popurls with the constantly updated environment of a Web app like Twitterfall. It's an excellent way to quickly customize and scan as many news categories as your screen can fit, featuring constant updates so you don't miss a second of any breaking news on your multitude of beats. In short, the site Lazyfeed is the perfect reason why you should look into getting a second monitor this holiday season--if you're a news junkie, that is.
We’ve decided to add on to our “of the Week” series by featuring a resourceful and easy-to-use web application at the end of the week. This week, we’d like to introduce you to BackupURL, a web service that allows you to create a copy of any text-heavy website you desire and share it without the fear that it will go offline.
BackupURL stores a cached copy of your webpage and its text to a ready-to-share page, which is accessible from an already shortened link. This service is great for students who are afraid their research material and resources will go offline, or professionals who want to hold on to those important blocks of text.