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Google wins patent for ringback adverts

Google wins patent for ringback adverts

Google has just been granted a patent from the USPTO that replaces ringback tones with adverts. The idea is to replace the ringback sound you hear when you're calling someone and waiting for them to pick up. The ringback sound that you'd normally have to listen to anyways while you're waiting is replaced by an audio advertisement.

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Google Voice adds Google+ Circles

Google Voice adds Google+ Circles

Google continues to expand the reach of its social network and announced today that it is integrating Google+ Circles into Google Voice, its free VoIP PBX-type of voice calling and voice message management service. The integration allows you to assign different answering rules for each of your Circles.

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Google Voice in pre-launch Euro testing

Google Voice in pre-launch Euro testing

Google has confirmed that its Google Voice service is currently in testing in Europe, though has blamed legislative hurdles as well as engineering issues for not yet publicly launching the VoIP service. European Director of Business Development, Jens Redmer, announced the dogfooding at the European Pirate Summit event in Cologne, Germany today, TNW reports, saying that he himself was trialling the service and was making particular use of the voicemail transcription.

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Google Voice Added to Takeout Service via Data Liberation Front

Google Voice Added to Takeout Service via Data Liberation Front

Today marks the first time that Google Voice data is available for download by you via Google Takeout, this adding to the ever-expanding ranks of Google-run services whose data you the users have contributed to on Google Takeout, a service which allows you keep that data for your own. In an internet-only ad spot, a group of Data Liberation Front users sit in a group and cycle through several different physical carriers of data, these being symbolic of the data you're about to have access to on Google Takeout.

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Google Launches Voice Search and Search by Image on Desktop

Google Launches Voice Search and Search by Image on Desktop

What Google has revealed at their Inside Search event on June 14th, 2011 in San Francisco is, amongst many other neat items, are Voice Search and Search by Image on Desktop. While similar items have been possible in the past on Android, this is the first time they've been available to the home user. They're also improved significantly in the following ways: more phrases, better understanding, and quicker results (and more accurate, too.) The results are impressive, the results perfectly accurate on stage. Will this functionality work in practice? We can't wait!

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Jasper Transducer Cell Speaks Your Language

Jasper Transducer Cell Speaks Your Language

Have a look at what amounts to a really odd concept and a surprisingly radical new look at how a mobile phone aught to be shaped. The official name that the designer of this product has chosen is "Transducer Mobile Phone Concept" - true to conceptual industrial design form, of course. As the designer's name is Jasper Hou and he's added his name as a brand on the device, we're going to go ahead and keep calling it the Jasper Transducer.

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Sprint adding Google Voice Integration to all devices [Video]

Sprint adding Google Voice Integration to all devices [Video]

The Integrated Google Voice functionality announced alongside the Sprint Nexus S 4G will be available to all Sprint CDMA handsets, regardless of whether or not they run Android. The carrier has signed a deal with Google that will see them offer subscribers the opportunity to use their Sprint number with Google Voice, no porting required, as well as using Google's voicemail transcription service.

Video demo after the cut

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