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Alex Wiesen
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For those of you with friends and loved ones affected by the floods in India, we'd like to help you reach out and connect for free through Hangouts, Google Voice, and Project Fi.

We're offering free calls to destinations across India, to landlines in Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Andhra Pradesh.

#hangoutsupdate   #chennairains   #chennaimicro
 
Chennai in India has been ravaged by floods. The least we can do is help families stay in touch. We are making all calls to mobile phones in India on Hangouts free. We are also making calls to landlines in Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Andhra Pradesh free.
#hangoutsupdate #chennairains #chennaimicro 
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Awhile ago we were lucky enough to have Randall Munroe, author of the webcomic xkcd and the "What If?" book, speak at Google. He's mentioned Google Voice several times in his comics, so I asked him what his favorite feature was, and he mentioned the sometimes hilariously inaccurate voicemail transcription feature.

So, for Randall Munroe, I am very sorry to have failed you.

For everyone else, I hope you love the new voicemail transcription as much as I do. And thanks to everyone who helped us make this possible -- your voicemail donations were critical to the effort!
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I'm going to miss the old ones. They were amazing. 
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Our deepest sympathies for the people affected by the earthquake in Nepal. We're making calls to Nepal only 1c a minute for the next week using Google Voice, Hangouts (including Hangouts Dialer), and Gmail. And remember, from Nepal (and everywhere else we offer service), calls to the US and Canada are free, and are only 1c to India.

You can read more about what Google is doing in response to the Nepal earthquake below.
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That's very respectable. That and the People Finder are really great tools for mitigating fear in a disaster.

Now Google needs to finish the robots that acquired to save people.
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Logitech's first MX mouse, the MX Revolution, had an awesome feature -- the scroll wheel would automatically switch to a "free spinning" mode if you flicked it hard, letting you glide through long files quickly and smoothly. It was my favorite mouse.

It was a great feature for those of us who read long files (like say, code) but I think either too many users found it confusing (it was controlled by software on your machine which could break) or it was too expensive, or both, because after the Revolution, Logitech never included the feature again on any of their followup MX mice. They all had the ability to toggle the wheel into a free spinning mode, but it was a mechanical toggle. This might not seem like a big thing, but as people's MX Revolutions died (including mine) prices for the discontinued model started to shoot up on eBay. I considered buying one but it was like $200 and used at the time.

The MX Master is the first mouse they've released since the Revolution to bring back the adaptive scroll wheel. If you code, or work on long documents, you should give it a spin. (See what I did there?)
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My MX Master should be in my hand by Friday.
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Access to natural daylight has long been one of the biggest limiting factors in building design - some solutions involve reflecting real daylight from the outdoors, but until now no solution has be...
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I had the privilege of listening to Makana during a special trip to Maui earlier this month, and was blown away with the "heart" and spirit of Aloha that his music has. If you have an opportunity to hear him perform live, run, don't walk.

This is one of his older albums, and it has a lot of the songs I liked best from his live performance -- check it out.
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Clearly I need to bring my family to Japan for this. :)
When Studio Ghibli fans visit Japan, they typically make a beeline for the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka. But there's another spot that should be on any fan's list. Make that every fan's list.
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OMG! I want to visit 💜
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Hi everyone,

The launch of Hangouts 4.0 on Android is going to be an amazing one for Google Voice users.

Being able to use group SMS has been a top feature request for Google Voice users for years, and we're happy to announce the first part of this feature is launching shortly across Hangouts, enabling you to receive and reply to group SMS messages from your Google Voice number, if you've integrated Google Voice messaging with Hangouts. You'll be able to receive and reply to group SMS messages not only in Hangouts on Android, but also in Hangouts on the web and iOS as well. Starting a new group MMS (compose) isn't part of today's launch but we're working to bring it to our users in a future release.

In order to roll this out we need to wait for Google Hangouts 4.0 on Android to be fully released to everyone. After that's happened we'll turn on this feature across Android, web and iOS. I know many of you are eagerly awaiting this launch -- don't worry if you get the latest Hangouts 4.0 and this hasn't started working yet, it's coming within days!
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+Alex Wiesen  Google Hangouts v5.0 = "Widget no longer available."   FAIL!!!!!!
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The Google Voice team would love to hear your feedback -- log in to www.google.com/voice and let us know what you're thinking. Or if you prefer, go to our forums and read about our survey there: https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/voice/5m5V4s37NGs.

A few minutes of your time will help us learn what matters most to you and how we can improve. Thanks!
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Hi Alex!  How might I get someone to fix what seems to be an issue with my Google Voice account?

Google Voice will NOT allow me to submit my request to port my ATT mobile number to Google Voice. 

Is there somewhere else I should post?  Is there a number I should call?

See my GV Forum thread:  https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/voice/0Fqpwfdwv1k
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[This post is from me personally and is not an official message from Google proper.]

It's taken a lot of hard work and we've had some crazy ideas, but today we've announced something that I'm incredibly proud to have been a part of, Project Fi.

Project Fi is Google's way of exploring the communications space and trying new ways to bring innovation to the carrier ecosystem. I like to think of it as Project If -- asking "What if?" and seeing where that will take us.

To start, we're saying "What if your phone could use more than one carrier network and switch between them seamlessly to get the best coverage?" And "What if you could use WiFi like a network and switch seamlessly there too?" And "What if you only paid for what you use?"

To me, Project Fi is about challenging ourselves to question how things work and try new and different things. How can we make communication and the carrier experience better for everyone? What are the ideas that will grab hold and resonate with users and change the way we think of mobile communications?

This is just the beginning of the journey, but I'm incredibly excited by what we'll be able to try.
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In California we are switching to the "unlimited water plan" use unlimited amounts of water for only 39.99 mo!. Hey be a pig! Who ever heard of such non sense as paying for what you use! screw that! I want unlimited water for free...
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Nicely done T-Mobile! Of course, Google Voice beat you to market on this important user audience back in 2012 with Google Voice for Pets. :)

http://googlevoiceblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/google-voice-expands-to-new-markets.html
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Strangely enough, the quasi-pet lizard in our back yard has not signed up for either service. Another unserved demographic!
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Fascinating!
Indian food is something of an anomaly, but not for the reasons you might think.
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The science of cooking!
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I talk to people, push buttons on a machine, and sometimes push buttons on a machine in order to talk to people.
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  • Google
    Tech Lead Manager, 2011 - present
  • Sciforma Corporation
    Principal Engineer, 2002 - 2011
  • Scitor Corporation
    Senior Software Developer, 1995 - 2002
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I work on Google Voice and other stuff.
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I'm a pretty serious PC and video gamer, parent, piano player, and in my spare time I create platforms and products.
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According to my four year old, I'm her best Dad EVER.
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  • Stanford University
    Computer Science, 1991 - 1999
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