Google is currently working on patenting a temporary electronic tattoo with Motorola that would be able to stick to the user’s throat. The patent, which was published last week, states that the tattoo would be able to communicate with smartphones, tablets, gaming devices, and various types of wearable technology such as Google Glass. It would work similar to a Bluetooth-style connection and would include a power source and microphone. Users would be able to communicate with their devices via voice commands without having to wear an earpiece or use the Google Glass headset.
Another possibility mentioned in the ten page patent document states that the temporary electronic tattoo could also be used as a lie detector. This would be done by including a galvanic skin response detector, which would able to detect the reactions of users. “Galvanic” is a term that is in reference to the way that some surfaces and skin are able to conduct electricity. Outside of these options, the document even mentions that possible uses could include making incoming and outgoing audio clearer, such as for use with a smartphone. Clearly, while there are many options available for the use of the technology, Google hasn’t chosen any option specifically prior to the patent filing.
Images attached to the patent filing depict the tattoo with a size similar to a postage stamp or a small band-aid. The documents also mention that in addition to being able to stick to the throat with the use of an adhesive, the tattoo could also be used on a collar or a band around the user’s neck. Although it remains unclear about how this upcoming temporary electronic tattoo will be used, there are already an array of possibilities that are being presented. As wearable technology such as Google Glass continue to evolve, there will be countless additional opportunities to make use of options such as the upcoming temporary electronic tattoo.
Earlier in the year, Google decided to run an overhaul on its Gmail service and create structure for how various types of emails are handled, such as promotional pitches, social media responses, and discussion group updates. The main inbox that Gmail users encounter during usage is reserved for their actual conversations with their contacts. There are also some ads that may look similar to emails, which are placed above the tabbed folders section. As the structure stands currently, any sort of email correspondence from companies that are promoting new services or deals will get sent straight to the “Promotions” tab.
However, there are some companies that are still trying to determine how the presence of the Promotions tab affects their marketing strategy. For companies that rely on email promotions, such as daily deal sites, it can be damaging because it means that users aren’t instantly seeing their promotional emails when they log into Gmail; they have to actually navigate to the Promotions tab in order have access to these deals. For other companies, it seems that the Promotions tab hasn’t negatively impacted their marketing strategies at all.
Companies such as Shutterfly, Expedia, and Constant Contact have said that they haven’t seen any noticeable changes in how Gmail’s Promotions tab affects the outcome of their marketing. Although Constant Contact did report that there were slight changes with the new Gmail update, the changes weren’t significant enough to drive them towards needing to change their marketing approach. It would seem that for most companies outside of the realm of ‘daily deals’ have not been negatively impacted by the new tabs, leaving many to wonder why experts had projected such poor results initially.
Google has recently started testing a “Sign in to Chrome” prompt that appears when users of Chrome sign into Gmail. Google has confirmed that this is a test for Gmail, but hasn’t provided any further details. A spokesperson for Google provided a statement claiming that the company is always experimenting with new features, but that they don’t have anything specific to share with the public currently.
It’s important to note that not everyone is seeing the new test prompt. In order for it to appear, users need to be using Chrome and must not be signed into the browser already. Even under these circumstances, the test prompt page for Gmail appears only once or twice per account since it is just an experiment.
Although Google isn’t doing anything wrong, people who are concerned about privacy may become concerned. Most internet users do not realize that they are providing Google with their local data when they click the option to “Sign in to Chrome.” Most people wouldn’t care, but there’s still the concern that they should be informed about what information they are providing to Google and how that information is being used. There are a lot of people who are now suggesting that Google should include an opt-in page to ensure that people are aware, even though this is just a test process.
While it is just a test page, it should be kept in mind that many of the options that Google has tested over the years have eventually been released and eventually gained the acceptance of its group of users. Even if people are mildly concerned about the current test page, it’s very likely that Google will release a final version ready for the public that may also acknowledge some of their fears about internet privacy.
Associate professor of music at Cornell University, Cynthia Turner, is now trying out Google Glass in the classroom during rehearsals and concerts. She won a contest to test out the new Google technology. She is now trying to figure out interesting ways that she can incorporate the technology into her daily life and the educational experience that she provides at the university. Her ideas so far have included streaming video from the Glass to give a view from the perspective of the conductor or musician during a concert and also using the Glass app to embed a condensed score.
Turner has already started keeping a blog of her explorations with the new technology. In one blog, she mentions that she believes that if Mozart was alive today, he would have been a classical rock star and probably the first in line to try out the new technology. She also mentions that computer assisted devices might have been able to make Beethoven a little happier and allowed him to accomplish even more. Being able to consider the use of Google Glass from a musician’s perspective certainly provides a little more insight into just how broad of an experience it can provide for anyone who uses the new technology.
According to the Cornell Chronicle, Turner is exploring the use of Google Glass with the help of Tyler Ehrlich. He’s from the upcoming graduating class of 2014 and is known to be a technology addict. Although Turner originally opted to try to use Glass to determine whether or not the technology would even be relevant in daily life, her blog seems to reflect that she is now deciding that Google Glass and its amazing technology could provide a vast array of experiences that were not previously possible.
Recently I’ve been seeing a lot about a company called HelloFax.
They are claiming that you can send a fax from Gmail for free.
So I went on to their service and checked it out and it looks like it’s actually $10 per month at a minimum if you want to send a fax from email.
Sending a fax for free involves using their online interface. Otherwise it’s $10/mo. For that price, you’re much better off using RingCentral who let’s you try it free for 30 days and if you use this link, it’s only $6.59 per month… way cheaper.
by Matt Gerchow
HelloFax Services provided by HelloFax, Inc.
428 Waller St
San Francisco, CA 94117
Have you ever wanted to send a fax through Gmail and avoid the inconvenience of finding a working fax machine? This website can make your life a lot easier and save you from the expense of paying for faxing services ever again.
Being successful in today’s business environment requires the ability to move information efficiently. Information has become a sort of currency and you need to excel in handling it. That is why people like you come to this website every day in order to find help setting up their Gmail fax. They need to get this done quickly and effectively.
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To get it going as quickly as possible…
by Matt Gerchow
Hi I’m Matt Gerchow, a small business owner and Internet Marketer.
I remember when I would have those last minute faxes that just had to get there, but I didn’t own a fax machine. I was always bugging the ladies in my apartment office. I hated being dependent on others for the occasional fax.
That all changed when I discovered how to send faxes from my gmail account. Now when I have to send that occasional fax, I just do it directly inside of Gmail…
Here is quick tutorial I made for you so you can do it too…
First, you’ll need a few things. A Gmail Account and an Online Fax Number.
Step 1 – Grab yourself a gmail account. (you probably already have one)
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Step 3 – Compose Email. Log into your Gmail just as you normally would and click on the Compose Email tab.
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Step 5 – Add Your Message. Your subject line functions as the message for the cover sheet of your fax. Type whatever cover page message you want in there. Then in the body of the email, type your fax and then attach any document(s) (scan, photo, pdf, word doc and more) that you want to fax.
Step 6 – Click Send. Yes, that’s really it.
You just sent your first Gmail fax!
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by Matt Gerchow
RingCentral Services Provided by RingCentral, Inc.
1400 Fashion Island Blvd, 7th Floor
San Mateo, CA 94404 – USA