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Use Nicknames With Siri And Google Now To Reach Contacts Faster

Both Google Now and Siri now support the use of nicknames for your contacts, so you can quickly get in touch with “mum”, “dad”, “the boss” or “maverick” more easily than ever. Here’s how to ditch those long-winded real names and get your nicknames set up instead on Android and iOS.

Telstra Offering Free Calls To LifeLine

Back in March, Vodafone decided to counter some of the negative publicity it was getting about its network performance by offering free calls to a heap of support services. Today, Telstra has partially followed Voda’s example by offering free calls to LifeLine from any Telstra mobile.

Thrutu For Android Lets You Do More Than Talk When You're On The Phone

If you can use Thrutu on your Android phone, it’s pretty neat. When you’re on a phone call, the app gives you a sliding drawer on top of your dialer to give you easy access to send pictures, contact info, location, etc. to the person you’re talking to. It’s quick and painless—just think about how many times you’ve tried to track down a phone number or explained directions on the phone, none of those situations would be as easy as just directly sending what you need.

Amaysim Phone Network Promises Amazing Prices (Using Optus' Network)

Mobile Virtual Network Operators are nothing new in Australia, but the newest one certainly seems to be offering a good deal. Amaysim (it’s supposed to be pronounced like “amazing”, apparently) has just launched in Australia, and promises contract-free connectivity with all national calls costing 15 cents per minute with no flagfall and SMS messages costing just 12 cents.

Ford Sync's "Do Not Disturb" Feature Can Block Calls, Texts While Driving

In MyFord-equipped cars, a “Do Not Disturb” button lets you block incoming calls and texts while driving. And since so many states are banning texting and calling while driving these days, it’ll save you from the inevitable fines.

Vodafone Now Charging Calls To 3 Customers Like Calls To Voda

Back in March when Vodafone and Three refreshed their postpaid pricing, they introduced free Vodafone to Vodafone and Three to Three calls, but not from one to the other. According to Whirlpool, that all changed back on June 7, with some customers calls from Vodafone to Three being marked V23 and not actually costing them anything.

Fear And Loathing On A Tech Support Call

A lot of people incurred the wrath of Hunter S. Thompson over his long career, and with this recently unearthed recording we can now add the “fools”, “bastards” and “idiots” who worked at his local electronics shop to that list.

Hands-On With Newber, The Location-Aware Call Redirector For Your iPhone

Think of Newber as sort of a location-aware GrandCentral call directing service that lives on your iPhone and can forward calls automatically to whatever landline is closest to your location. Other features, like being able to swap phones in the middle of a conversation, making and receiving calls from a “Newber” number and automatically sending all incoming calls to voicemail are super neat, but it’s missing a few features that the older and free-er GrandCentral service provides.

iPhone Fake Call App Bails You Out of Awkward Situations

Magic Tap, a 99-cent iPhone application, lets you send fake calls to yourself on command, just in case you ever need an excuse to get out of an awkward situation such as a horrible blind date, or having “that talk” with your girlfriend. To make this application more realistic, it lets you customise the caller’s name, number and photo I.D. to anyone you choose. However, keep this in mind: setting the caller I.D. to “Shakira” with a steamy photo of the diva probably wouldn’t be too convincing, so you better stick with using Jason Chen’s sexy mug instead. We’ve even provided one for you after the cut. [PC World]

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