Cycling legend Lance Armstrong is having a busy week. He crashed during stage five of the Tour of California and also defended himself against allegations of drug use during the Tour de France. On a bit more optimistic note, Lance's new commercials for Radio Shack — the cycling team he rides for — came out this week. In the spots, Lance gives some lessons on cell phone etiquette, which include: "No man over the age of 30 will ever use emoticons — no colon parentheses smiley faces . . ."
The spots are super funny so it's no surprise that Christopher Guest of Waiting For Guffman and Best In Show fame directed them. See what Lance has to say about voice mails in the second commercial when you read more
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Woohoo! I was just notified that I was approved for a hot "invite only" Google Voice phone number! If you haven't checked out Google Voice yet, you should. It's literally the only phone number you'll ever need for the rest of your life. Not only will it ring from any number you assign to it, but it's got some pretty amazing features like Internet-based voicemail, caller ID, and the best part: custom phone numbers! Is 555-GEEK already taken? Check out an overview of Google Voice below and tell me: did you sign up for Google Voice?
Alright, I'll admit it, my BlackBerry is cool, but its voicemail isn't nearly as cool as the iPhone's. Well Verizon has just launched a Visual Voice Mail application that offers similar features to what the iPhone has. Currently available for the LG Voyager Refresh, it will soon be supported on the BlackBerry. The application will allow users to view caller- and voicemail info. With Visual Voice Mail, you'll also be able to listen to voicemail messages in any order and easily erase or archive directly from your screen!
I'm sure you all know and love eVite for sending quick and easy invitations. But I've come across an interesting situation with some of my non-tech-savvy pals: they can go days (even weeks) without checking their email, causing them to miss out on fun evenings cause they didn't get the notice! Can you imagine?! But I still love 'em, so I try to figure out ways to work with them, and not against them. Which brings me to my new fave invite service that's friendly to techies and nontechies alike: PhoneVite.
PhoneVite allows you to batch-send invites, updates, messages, and reminders by voice message to your recipients' phones, and even lets them send an RSVP or message back. To learn how to get started with PhoneVite just read more
File this under Sigh: An 80-year-old man whose wife died in 2005 has been calling her number every day since, just to hear her say her name on his voice mail recording. I'm in a virtual puddle over here.
Anyway, after a while, the carrier, Verizon, upgraded the service and it was lost — but don't worry, they got wind of it and restored the message for the man. He says, very simply, “I’m glad they rescued it. . . I’m very happy.”
So if you're feeling a little worn-out and overwhelmed by all our wedding coverage on IDoSugar and details, details, details — take a break and read this story and remember what it's supposed to be all about.
Online-only series seem to be all the rage for TV networks these days, and ABC is the latest to jump into the ring with "Voicemail." The series consists of short episodes — most just a minute long — based on messages left for Mike, a twentysomething living your standard slacker-dude life. It's sort of a live-action version of Amy's Answering Machine, inspired by a decade of voicemails saved by creator Michael Wilde.
In the six episodes posted so far, we've seen Mike forget to pick up his grandma at the airport, get beaten up by a girl playing football, and dig through the dumpster to find the discarded dream-interpretation book in which a female friend (girlfriend?) has tucked surprise concert tickets. Yeah, the whole twentysomething-burnout premise is a little played out at this point, but a few of the episodes are pretty funny, and because they're so short, it's easy to get hooked. New episodes will be posted every Wednesday through mid-June. To see one of the episodes, in which Mike tears his apartment apart looking for the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants video he rented, read more