Phone Amego is a clever little menu-bar app that integrates your iPhone--or other Bluetooth phone--with your Mac and with the Google Voice service. At its most basic, Phone Amego provides onscreen caller ID (a small window on your Mac displays incoming callers, and you close the window to send the call to voice mail, or you can program it with AppleScript to respond when you speak the name) and enables you to call contacts from your Address Book with just a couple of clicks. There are also basics like a call log, timer, and a hot key for answering calls. … Read more
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Warning: contains strong language (that will be bleeped by the time you hear this), but we frankly couldn't help ourselves when we saw the stuff the RIAA and MPAA want to do to your computers, border guards, the FBI, and Homeland Security. It ain't good. Also, Twitter makes developers mad again, and we are definitely not number 1 in broadband. And it hurts.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) … Read more
Besides the wheel, fire, and air conditioning during the month of August, caller ID is on the short list of life-changing inventions. Though its one hang-up (no pun intended) is that its directory of phone numbers, which is attached to names and readily available for landline phones, has not been carried over to mobile phones. Instead, mobile-phone users get numbers only.
One company that's helping to change that is PhoneTell, which is launching at Monday's TechCrunch Disrupt conference in New York. Formerly CallSpark (which debuted at last year's DemoFall) PhoneTell aims to help you figure out who'… Read more
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You might have heard about online "phishing" scams designed to steal money from unsuspecting Web users, but now criminals are using another type of scam called "vishing" to commit the same crimes.
Last week, the Federal Trade Commission filed lawsuits against two telemarketing firms in Florida and a company claiming to sell extended automobile warranties for violating the Do Not Call registry and fraud for selling bogus warranties for between $2,000 and $3,000 a pop. Since 2007, the companies supposedly made 1 billion calls and generated more than $10 billion.
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A service launched on Tuesday lets cell phone users unmask the Caller ID on anonymous calls.
TrapCall, which is offered by TelTech Systems, reveals the phone numbers of and, in some cases, the names and addresses of blocked Caller IDs. Toms River, N.J.-based TelTech is also the company behind the controversial SpoofCard, an Internet calling-card service that allows users to place calls in which originating caller numbers appear to be something completely different--like the White House switchboard.
Cell phone users have long been able to shield their originating number from display by dialing *67 before placing a … Read more
Yet another Verizon Wireless announcement today is the introduction of City ID, an enhanced mobile caller ID that displays the city and state of incoming calls. It'll be available first on all LG Voyager phones, but Verizon hopes to roll it out to more of its phones soon. An application from Cequint, City ID lets customers know a little more information about those frustrating "unknown numbers." But as with a lot of these services, it'll cost you. The City ID application will be free for 15 days for Voyager customers, but after that it's $1.… Read more
We've all seen unrecognizable numbers pop up on our cell phone screens, but to answer or not to answer? It's probably a marketer or a wrong number, but there's always that slim chance it's the Pulitzer committee, Google human resources, or that one true love who dumped you but finally decided he made a giant mistake.
Enter Privus Mobile. The new downloadable caller ID service for smartphones provides names and numbers of incoming callers--and not just for those stored in the phone's contact list.
Many times, you'll receive a call from a number that … Read more
Do you block your phone number from appearing on Caller ID? If so, don't count on it. At The Last HOPE hacker conference, Kevin Mitnick, arguably the most famous hacker of all, demonstrated how call blocking can be hacked, and the hidden phone number exposed.
The hack starts with a VoIP telephone number. Mitnick uses Flowroute as his provider, but he told me afterwards that the same thing can also be accomplished with a few other VoIP providers.
He starts by forwarding calls to an Asterisk server that he maintains.