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Google Voice on Your Pixel

I've had a Google Fi Pixel for a few months now, but one of my key use cases of any mobile phone is reachability. With DialPad my phone can ring either in the app or to the phone, depending how I have it set up, but I tend to prefer the app, as I'm usually in WiFi or LTE environments. With GoogleVoice, you can't set a Google Fi number up as a destination. But there is a way around it.

Go into the Hangouts app and turn it on to receive calls. Set up Hangouts to ring accept incoming calls on your Pixel. Now your calls to your GoogleVoice number will ring on the Pixel. What I can't do is send SMS's or originate calls from Google Voice on my Pixel so it's still not perfect but at least the calls to me can now be answered on the Pixel...I'll take that as a half victory.


The COMUNICANO for Thursday February 23 2017

 
 
FEBRUARY 23 - ISSUE #29
Andy Abramson
 
 
Getting Quoted…and getting quoted regularly are two different things. So far this year I’ve been quoted three times. Last year over 40. Like the number of exits Comunicano has been involved in, now 42, this isn’t luck, chance or accidental. It’s all about having insight, perspective and opinion on subjects, and having the ability to articulate the answer so it’s reporter educational and friendly. 
So the first story about the fastest way through some airports, CLEAR, has my quote, but the background provided to the reporter is there too…that’s how you GET QUOTED…There’s also news about Amazon getting in some hot water, Facebook trying to play nice, faster mobile in the USA, Twitter getting more “personal”, Lyft adding more cities and more news you need to know, so now onto the news in today’s COMUNICANO.

Travel Watch
Now you can go through MSP airport security with a fingerprint or iris scan
Norwegian Air steps up transatlantic pressure with $65 fares| Reuters
Media Watch
Facebook Is Trying To Smooth Over Relationships With The Media
Amazon Watch
What 'Chime' is it? Amazon sued over name of its new online conferencing technology
Amazon resists US demands to hand over Echo audio in murder case
Ridesharing Watch
Google’s Waze Plans Expansion of Ride-Sharing Service
Lyft launches in 54 new cities, while Uber does damage control
Wireless Watch
T-Mobile Continues to Boost Capacity for Customers with LTE-U Launching in Spring 2017
GE, Intel, AT&T team up to put cameras, mics in San Diego
Why I am not going to buy a cellphone
Odds & Ends
Google's Perspective API Opens Up Its Troll-Fighting AI
Twitter tweaks direct messages for brands so they sound more human
How Peter Thiel’s Palantir Helped the NSA Spy on the Whole World
How leaders of 9 billion-dollar companies stay productive

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The Comunicano for Wednesday February 22 2017

 
 
FEBRUARY 22 - ISSUE #28
Andy Abramson
 
 
UPS, like Amazon, is fascinated with what flying drones can do for their business. For normally silent UPS, their efforts with drones seem to be “taking off” in Florida the way Uber is testing driverless cars in Arizona. We lift off today with three items about UPS and their lofty ideas surrounding drones….those stories and a lot, lot more are all in today’s COMUNICANO.

UPS tests drone deliveries, eyes future price changes
UPS Tests Residential Delivery Via Drone Launched From atop Package Car
SportsTech Watch
Exclusive: Facebook in talks to live stream one MLB game per week - sources
Amazon Watch
Move over, Amazon: Here comes Walmart
Amazon plans to sell beer and wine at its new high-tech convenience store
Wireless Watch
Verizon offers taste of 5G as it expands network trials
Some subscribers of Project Fi are getting access to VoLTE on T-Mobile's network
Odds & Ends
Israeli glass tech can help car windows show ads
An AI Hedge Fund Created a New Currency to Make Wall Street Work Like Open Source
Apple has kept Steve Jobs promises with its new HQ

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The Comunicano for Monday February 20 2017

 

 
 
FEBRUARY 20 - ISSUE #26
Andy Abramson

For a Presidents’s Day holiday Monday, there’s a lot of interesting news out there to read. 
 
I was debating putting the Uber Sexual Harassment story in the Comunicano at all, as the news coverage is so widespread, but given how fast they have responded and the actions taken, it deserves amplification….
Right or wrong, give Uber credit for responding to a crisis over a weekend as fast as they did. Now the key is to make the actions they take PUBLIC, not keep things too quiet, which is often the case in crisis management. 
As we tell our crisis management clients. “Bad news travels fast and far. Good news doesn’t travel at all.” Uber needs to make sure whatever they do to correct things has to travel

There’s a lot more to read, including some sports news involving Intel’s Slam Dunk, YouTube, the FCC and FM, Snap, Second Hand car buying…All that and a LOT, LOT MORE, in today’s COMUNICANO.

Reflecting on one very, very strange year at Uber by Susan J. Fowler
Uber CEO responds to claims of workplace sexism
Media Watch
The FCC wants you to be able to listen to FM radio from your smartphone
YouTube to stop 30-second unskippable ads
Shopping Watch
Snapchat Spectacles: Where to Buy Online
Connected car in the second-hand lot? Don't buy it if you're not hack-savvy
Retail Watch
New data highlights Amazon Australia threat
The impact of voice-activated virtual assistants on retail
Drone Watch
2017 NBA Dunk Contest: How Aaron Gordon's Drone Dunk Went Awry
Intel Slam Dunk Drone, hidden communications.
Intel + Sports | For the Win
Hype Watch
These University of Washington professors are teaching a course on bullshit
AT&T completes its first "flying COW" test flight
It's Time To Take AI Seriously
New York's City-Funded Tech Hub Looks Like a Prison Built by Ikea
Money Watch
High-flying Portland startup snags $15.5M, set to add dozens of jobs
Apple buys Israel's facial recognition firm RealFace
Odds & Ends
Microsoft Accelerates HoloLens V3 Development, Sidesteps V2
Twelve ways to make yourself a Gmail genius
Developer Prep for TADHack-mini Orlando

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Another Day, Another Conferencing App

It seems like just about every day someone is releasing a new conferencing app.

Today it's Phrase, who have come out with a browser based free (for now) conferencing service. It works fairly easily and reminds me a lot of GetARoom from client Temasys, pioneers in the Embedded Real Time Communications space who produced the proof of concept over two years ago using WebRTC entirely.

Phrase_io_–_Free_video_conferencing_and_screen_sharing

To use Phrase you simply do this...

  1. Go to Phrase's web site.
  2. Create a name for your call.
  3. Click start a conference
  4. Share the link
  5. Have up to 100 people on the voice or video call
  6. Use the side features pull out to chat or raise your hand.
  7. Use the top toggles to mute or toggle on the video camera
  8. Monitor performance right on screen in the lower right hand corner.

You can do other things too with Phrase. You can go full screen and of course even, hang up, all from within the browser..

Phrase is another example of Embedded Real Time Communications, built upon WebRTC. As WebRTC proliferates, we can expect to see more services like this come along. Give it a spin and let me know what you think...

 


The Comunicano for Friday February 17 2017

 
Last night I dined out using Feastly for the first time. It was the way to book seats at a “pop up” dinners across the USA. The dinner was the debut of former Herringbone LA chef Jason Witzl, who is in the process of opening up his own Cal-Ital place, Ellie’s, in DTLA. Not only was Feastly a cool app/service experience end to end, but the communal dining experience made it easy to make new friends, hang with old friends, eat very well and of course BYOB. 

Alexa-can you come with me? So many times i wanted to take Alexa with me, so while Telzio had voice enabled access to my Amazon Echo first via their mobile app, almost a full year or so ago, there wasn’t a lot of use. Well the game just changed as Rain Labs has launched Reverb with apps for the Mac, iOS and Android. It’s all made possible by Amazon Voice Service.  As I wrote on the Xceptional Blog a few days ago, Amazon keeps looking more and more like a telco/information services competitor to AT&T, Verizon, H-P and more….
So with that, let’s dive into the news in today’s extended edition of Comunicano.

Facebook just changed its mission, because the old one was broken
Here are the details of Uber's disastrous public Q&A session with drivers on Facebook
App Watch
Messaging Tech Expert: The Year Messaging (Actually) Matches its Hype
White House Staff Are Using A "Secure" App That’s Really Not So Secure
23 Must-Have Alexa Skills for Your Small Business
Money Watch
Uber Gives Restless Employees a Way to Cash Out
Airbnb buys Montreal-based Luxury Retreats to bolster high-end vacation offerings
Verizon acquires Portland startup Skyward, a maker of drone management software
Daimler’s MyTaxi acquires Greek rival Taxibeat for undisclosed amount
Soundtrack Your Brand has raised $22 million for B2B music streaming
Apple Watch
Apple Vowed to Revolutionize Television. An Inside Look at Why It Hasn’t - Bloomberg
Apple may cut the (charging) cord completely with the iPhone 8
Cool Things
The Piaggio Gita Is a Futuristic Helper Bot From the Makers of the Vespa
A breakthrough in Alphabet’s balloon-based internet project means it might actually work
Private Astronaut Taxis by SpaceX, Boeing May Not Be Ready by 2019
Where is Zealandia? Geologists say they have discovered eighth continent
Odds & Ends
AT&T’s new, new unlimited data plan eliminates an annoying requirement
Jack Dorsey: Twitter Lacked 'Focus And Discipline' For Growth

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The Comunicano for Wednesday February 15 2017

 
 
FEBRUARY 15 - ISSUE #23
Andy Abramson
HUMPDAY…….and there’s tons of NEW and that makes NEWSsurrounding new services releases that are making the rounds today from the likes of Facebook, Signal, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft. They all have decided to unleash new “stuff” that changes the way we consume, communicate, create and deliver information today, and after a wave of non-news of late, it’s nice to see NEW back in the NEWS..

Let’s start with Facebook,
which is going to become a bit more “annoying” as they start with sound on within their video news content. Their claim is more people prefer that, but thankfully there are ways to turn the audio offMicrosoft makes its biggest move to take on Gmail with a more complete Outlook Premium offer…In some cases I’ve included the official announcement as well as a news item about what’s new, in an effort to provide deeper transparency and insight. 
After all that, there’s a few perspectives on the new data plan wars happening in the USA that’s waging between the mobile operators that will help you decide what plan and what changes are right for YOU….That and more are all in today’s COMUNICANO.

New Release Watch
New Ways to Watch Facebook Video from the Facebook Newsroom
Facebook is launching an app for Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV
Outlook.com Premium Comes Out of Preview
Introducing Cloud Spanner: a global database service for mission-critical applications
Signal Adds Video Calls, Better Quality---And a New Privacy Tradeoff
Video calls for Signal now in public beta
Yahoo Mail now syncs photos across devices and IDs who's calling on the phone
Yahoo Mail Update: Never Guess Who’s Calling or...
Dataplan Watch
Expect T-Mobile to Continue Inflicting Pain on Verizon and AT&T
Experts warn businesses not to over-buy on unlimited data plans
Your complete guide to choosing an unlimited data plan
Unlimited plans comparison: Verizon vs. AT&T vs. Sprint vs. T-Mobile
Odds & Ends
This sick Valentine's day ad shows people getting naughty with their phones
How To Create A Killer Logo-Two Experts Weigh In

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Amazon Chimes Into Conference Calling

In a world full of conference and video conferencing apps largely dominated by Zoom, Go To Meeting, WebEx and UberConference, Amazon has entered the fray with Chime, an AWS powered service. While you can page through the features and pricing that ranges from free to $15.00 a month for the most part Amazon has copied all the features you would expect from the leaders, with the underlying promise that the reliability will be rock solid as it runs entirely on AWS.

For now the service has many of the features of the competition, including room device access much like Zoom and BlueJeans feels much like a "Me Too, Me Also" service, with the only differentiators being a feature that lets anyone mute anyone on a call, and the Amazon name. Now, if they find a way to connect to Fire devices, blend in a really nice PTZ camera and connect to the Amazon Echo, that would be something that makes the service "me different.

PC Magazine and others contend this is also a play against Skype For Business calling chime a "powerful swing." I'm not so sure as currently there's no PSTN in or out like Skype, but there is the ability to call into a conference call.  

The WSJ reminded me that Chime is largely "built on technology Amazon acquired when it bought the San Francisco startup Biba Systems Inc."

The bigger question to me surrounds Amazon going into competition against companies that run their apps business on AWS, as this the second move by Amazon to actually become an apps supplying company. Previously they rolled out an email, contacts and calendar platform called WorkMail that has not exactly set the world on Fire (um no pun intended) and are likely working on some type of Slack competitor.

 


The Comunicano for Monday February 6 2017

 

 
 
FEBRUARY 6 - ISSUE #16
Andy Abramson
A massive :Thank You All" to the team at Revue for your kind words this past week.

Before we jump into the news we have to smile! High praise indeed!
The Super Bowl was one of the best games ever, and for the advertisers who took options on overtime commercials, a big win that way for them on price versus audience delivery. The ads and the halftime show with drones certainly were big hits in Houston and around the world.  What’s more, it was the first ever to be seen in VR (virtual reality). Now that’s COOL!!

We’ll lead off with some non-game coverage and then jump into more news as the commercials are certainly stirring up a lot of online commentary. Then we’ll follow with a bunch of news nuggets on Apple, and more on Artificial Intelligence, the FCC, VC’s, insight on Microsoft Edge and WebRTC, plus a bunch of other news you need to know including a nice peek into the new in flight Wi-Fi speeds for those who fly.

That’s all in today’s overtime sized COMUNICANO!
Bowl Watch
2017 Super Bowl becomes first VR UHD-enabled Big Game
Super Bowl 2017 ads navigate fraught political landscape
All the ads that ran during the Super Bowl, in order
Netflix's 'Stranger Things' generated the most Super Bowl ad tweets, according to Amobee
Verizon is trolling their competitors on Twitter and T-Mobile is standing up for themselves
Airbnb follows Super Bowl ad with call to house 100K in need
Google Home's Super Bowl Ad Exposes a Big Flaw
Intel powered the drones during Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl halftime show
Amazon Echo spot ‘primes’ Super Bowl audience for drone delivery in the US
Apple Watch
Apple's Trump Card Inside Your New MacBook Pro
AI Watch
5 everyday products and services ripe for AI domination
Why You Need to Use AI in Email Marketing Now
When Trump Tweets, This Bot Makes Money
Friends & Enemies
Microsoft and the WebRTC Edge Case
Here’s Exactly How the Internet Is Now Under Threat
VC’s are not your friends, they’re frenemies
The Univision blackout isn't about Latinos' access to news — it's about money
Agreement on roaming wholesale caps: impact on competition and European end-users
Odds & Ends
Uber's getting serious about its flying car business
Hiring tip: don’t interview like the NFL
Gogo 2Ku connectivity impresses on Delta east coast flight
This 17-hour flight is now the longest in the world

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