The Voice over IP market just got a little bit bigger. AOL has launched its VoIP service at a promotional rate of $29.99 a month for non-AOL users and $13.99 a month for AOL users. The service includes standard features found in most calling plans such as voicemail, 3-way calling, caller ID, call waiting and call forwarding. AOL’s new VoIP service also includes “advanced AOL features” such as AOL voicemail, AOL call alert and AOLbyPhone. The company is trying to offer competitive prices by bundling some its services with their VoIP package. What stands out in AOL’s package is that they provide enhanced 911 service, which delivers the caller’s address to dispatchers when in case of emergency. This is something other companies have not been able to implement or offer as an included service. AOL is promising to make VoIP easy to install and use just like the rest of its services so that mass-market consumers may take advantage of this technology.
On Friday, April 1, Google announced their “Infinity+1” plan for Gmail accounts. The first day, we lucky Gmail account holders gained about 1MB. The second day, the gains appeared to slow down somewhat. We weren’t holding our breath, considering the announcement was made on April Fool’s Day - and sounded pretty foolish to boot. Here are the details of the Google storage algorithm:
- Gmail is currently rising at 1/1000 MB every 25 seconds
- A 1MB increase takes a little over 6 hours and 56 minutes
- Every day storage increases by 3.456 MB
- By April 1, 2006, Gmail accounts will be up to about 3300MB
- It takes 289 days to increase 1 gigabyte
So is Google really going to just continue to increase storage infinitely? A look at the source code indicates that the madness will end when mailboxes reach 2075 gigs:
That only applies until it reaches 2075 MB. Check the source:
var CP = [
[ 1112331600000, 1025 ],
[ 1112439600000, 2050 ],
[ 1113062400000, 2075 ]
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Yagoohoo!gle brings you search results from the two most popular search engines on the web. It works nicely if you want to cover all your bases with your searches, although the results are displayed in a split-screen window (buy hey, no ads!). Use it with Firefox to open results in a new tab, and you are all set. Nifty.
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We told you about Gmail Drive before, but now that just about everyone has a Gmail account, we thought a reminder was in order. If you don’t need 2 GB of storage for email, why not take advantage of all that extra space Google provides? With Gmail Drive, you can move files to and from your Gmail web space through Windows Explorer. This is completely experimental and Google has blocked older versions of the Gmail Drive shell extension, so don’t expect this to last long. This version should still work with the new 2 GB update, as we have tried and succeeded.
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Okay, we couldn’t resist. While I don’t think I’ll be playing any April Fool’s jokes of my own this year, I know everybody likes to read about jokes played on others. Follow the link below to the Museum of Hoaxes to see the Top 100 April Fool’s Day Hoaxes of All Time. A fairly impressive list. Enjoy.
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In celebration of one year of service, Google plans to raise the capacity of its popular email service to 2GB. If 1GB was big enough then this is almost ridiculous, but it doesn’t stop there. After the company finishes upgrading all the users to 2GB it will be slowly adding more space. Google has stated that a few users have actually been close to reaching the 1GB cap and the company wants to stick to their motto of not deleting a single email. Google also took the opportunity to state that their email service will remain in the beta phase for now and that plans for new features could hold back an official release. If Yahoo!, MSN, and the rest had a hard enough time trying to keep up with free 1GB email offering, looks like they are they really have their work cut out for them now. Anybody want a Gmail invite? Click here.
On a side note, check out the Google Gulp! gag page.
(Thanks Bayyar & DrSeth!)
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This is by far the best application we have seen for Flickr. This photo browser starts off with you entering a tag; it then shows you some pictures related to that tag, which you may click so that they will show up on the magnified side of the screen. Here’s where the best part lies, move your mouse pointer to the sides and related tags appear that lead you to more great pictures relating to the ones you are viewing. Check it out.
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Michael Krax was paid $500 per bug and got a free Mozilla T-shirt for finding and submitting five Firefox bug reports to Mozilla. This shows how serious Mozilla is about perfecting their browser. Krax is the fifth person to receive a monetary award from Mozilla. We would settle for the T-shirt. Just goes to show: Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems, Mo’ Zilla!
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The 19-year old that created the 2003 W32.Blaster-B worm will not have to pay Microsoft almost half a million for the damages he caused after all. Instead, Microsoft has agreed to let the teen pay off his debt by performing 225 hours of community service. According to the court document filed, the community service cannot involve computers or the Internet. The teen had already been sentenced to 18 months in prison and has to do 100 hours of community service for creating the worm that led to tens of thousands of infected computers. Maybe now he can do something constructive with his time instead of thinking up ways to cause havoc and cause many companies a lot of money trying to fix the mess – not to mention the head aches and stress IT personnel had to endure because of the attacks.
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The Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity and Alpha Pi sorority at the University of Arizona are hosting the iPose Competition. Basically, you have members of ten different fraternities and sororities posing with iPod shuffles. Visitors can vote for who they think has the best pose, and the winners will walk away with iPod related prizes. The best part, though, is that for every vote cast 10 cents will be donated to tsunami relief efforts. The winners will be announced live at ASUA’s Spring Fling carnival on Friday, April 8th.
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