My first 24 hours with the Moto 360 and Android Wear for iOS

og unnamedFollowing up on my recent post, Wearable tech, Google finally released an iOS-native version of its Android Wear app on Monday, enabling iPhone users to use smartwatches like the Moto 360. Of course, I grabbed the app the instant it became available and my first impressions are basically, “Wow. This is great – I’ve got a functional, stylish smartwatch for less than half the price of the Apple Watch.”

Here are some of my initial thoughts so far…

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True visual voicemail

From Engadget: Apple reportedly wants to turn Siri into your receptionist

imgresThe long-and-the-short of this story is that Apple is investigating the idea of introducing transcribed voicemail messages to your mobile device, something Google Voice has been doing for a few years now. I’ve been using it for ages (once you install GV, it will walk you through the process of supplanting Apple’s built-in voicemail capability with its own) and, though it’s a bit dodgy in its transcribing capabilities, has long been a function I can’t live without.

The simple fact of the matter is that it’s much more convenient to be able to read the message a person left rather than have to play it back – particularly when it’s a long one.

This report actually comes at a good time, as a) Google Voice has been neglected for a long time, lacking UI updates, feature improvements, etc. and b) I use iOS’ speech-to-text function all the time and find it to be pretty good, so it would probably be a step up from Google’s offering.

Until then, though, don’t hesitate to install Google Voice on your iOS and start enjoying transcribed voicemails right now.

Download Google Voice for iOS here.


Heard of Periscope? Maybe you have – it’s the latest whiz bang tool that all of the cool kids are talking about these days. Twitter released it for iOS in March (and subsequently released an Android version a couple of months later). Described as a “live video streaming platform,” Periscope is a low-to-no friction way for anybody with a smartphone to stream live video wherever they are.

9885733_origThink about that for a moment: it’s not recording video on your phone for later upload to Facebook. It’s not a one-to-one video call between you and another specific person. It’s you live broadcasting your life at that very moment for anybody out there to watch. It’s sort of a mobile version of (gamers are probably the only ones who will get that reference).

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