- The Top Mobile Recording Apps Available On The Market Today - Donklephant
- Google Voice VoIP calls will be live for everyone by next week - Android Police
- Slack Announces 10 Mil Active Users, Google VoIP Nears Release and More News - CMSWire
Posted: 10 Nov 2019 07:35 AM PST
There are various reasons you might want to record a phone call. Perhaps you're interviewing job candidates and you want to revisit their answers.
Maybe you run a podcast and you want to interview guests over the phone. Or you may want to record calls for training within your organization.
But what are the best mobile recording apps available now? Read on to find out.
KeKu works for both Android and iPhone, and provides calling services as well as being a recording app. It offers a great way to record calls for training.
You will need a subscription but it's only $4.99 per month. Set up the feature to automatically record your calls. Keku archives your recordings for three months.
It also means you can record international calls and run several phone lines from one phone. Keku also warns the other caller that you're recording the call.
2. Call Recorder ACR
Call Recorder ACR works on Android devices. You can record automatically or manually start a recording by shaking your phone.
But unlike other apps, it gives you four formats to choose from – AMR, 3GP, MP4, and WAV. The paid version lets you save recordings to Dropbox or Google Drive.
You'll also need the pro version if you want to download recordings.
3. TapeACall and TapeACall Lite
This is another app that offers versions for Android and iPhone. Choose between recording the call you will make or hit record in the middle of a call.
Share recordings using Facebook, email, SMS, or Twitter. It costs $24.99 per year, but it's available in 28 languages, which makes it more accessible. TapeACall also stores recordings for up to a year.
The app will only record incoming calls for some mobile providers. But like Keku and Call Recorder ACR, it has an unlimited recording length.
4. Cube Call Recorder ACR
This Android app is a great option if you need to record calls from VoIP services. That means you can record discussions on Skype, Telegram, Slack, WhatsApp, Facebook, etc.
It's free and doesn't display ads. The only downside is the VoIP feature doesn't work with all devices. But as it's a free app, you can install it to see if your device is supported.
Points to Remember
If you're recording a phone call, you need to let the other person know they're being recorded. Outside the US, the laws about recording calls vary, so get consent from your caller.
Inside the US, laws also vary. In some states, you don't need consent. But if you're in a state that doesn't, and you're speaking to someone in a state that does? You'll need their consent first.
Make sure you're up to date with issues around compliance.
Choose the Best Mobile Recording Apps
Make sure you research the options when you're looking at mobile recording apps. If you're on iPhone, you need to know the app you want has an Apple version.
Weigh up the features on offer. If you need to store recordings, choose an app with an archive function.
Why not check out our tech articles for more reviews?
Posted: 24 Jan 2019 12:00 AM PST
Google took a long, long break from Google Voice a while back. After letting the app fall into disrepair, Google expressed a renewed commitment to Voice in 2017. It has since announced a handful of feature updates, including VoIP calling in 2018. However, that feature never actually rolled out to everyone. Google's Scott Johnston says it's almost time, though.
We know that some Voice users got VoIP calling as far back as September. Like far too many Google features lately, this is a server-side change and not controlled by an app update. For some unknown reason, Google has dragged its feet rolling it out to everyone. According to Johnston, things are back on track and the VoIP calling feature will be live for all users by next week.
There's an important distinction to keep in mind here. Google Voice hasn't had VoIP calls before; although it had many VoIP-like capabilities, Voice has always worked over a traditional phone line connection. When you get the update, you'll be able to place calls on your Voice number via a mobile data or WiFi connection.
Posted: 06 Feb 2019 12:00 AM PST
Everything these days is about Slack. With an IPO widely expected before the summer, figures and performance matter. Among the most important gauges of usefulness is the Daily Active Users (DAU) statistic, and Slack has never been shy about sharing that information. The latest number is encouraging, according to a statement from Slack, "With our fifth birthday just around the corner, Slack now has more than 10 million DAUs around the world, further solidifying our leadership position."
The company said growth is being driven by demand at all levels as teams across enterprises look for transparency across the whole organization. The statement notes that the demand for Slack is a response to the experience of work increasingly connecting employees whether inside the building or at remote locations. To enable that work, Slack has spent a lot of time developing integrations with other platforms and applications. "Slack brings people, data and applications into a single place where people can effectively work together, find important information and get more out of the software they use every day through integrations with Slack. In addition to the more than 1,500 apps in our directory, and integration partnerships with companies including Google, Workday, Salesforce, ServiceNow and Atlassian, there are hundreds of thousands of customer-created custom Slack applications and integrations in active use," the statement reads.
If there are 10 million DAUs, even more encouraging is the fact that the number of paid customers worldwide has grown by more than 50 percent over the past year and now tops 85,000. Slack says this covers organizations of all sizes from micro-companies with only 10 employees to organization with over 10,000.
That said, this is a very competitive area of tech and there are a number of other options including Microsoft Teams, Google Hangouts and Facebook's Workplace. It is not entirely clear how many organizations are using Teams, for example, but as of March 2018 Microsoft claimed 200,000 organizations and that was before the fermium version was launched. It is also is part of Office 365, which has an estimated 130 million users, while Workplace by Facebook has access to the entire Facebook user-base.
However, with an IPO coming up Slack really has to impress, and announcing 10 million DAUs is a good way to do that.
Google VoIP Nears Release
It's not the only competitive area of the digital workplace — voice communications are one of the hot technologies at the moment. So much so that last year, Google announced that it was putting VoIP for the Google Voice app into beta testing. Based on a tweet from Google's Scott Johnson, it seems that they are very close to a full public release.
The tweet explained that VoIP is being disseminated now to Google Voice, and the rollout is expected to be finished within the coming weeks.
The update will give Google Voice users the option of making and taking calls over wi-fi and mobile data. The beta test, which opened last September, also allowed users to make and take calls using mobile carrier forwarding.
In a blog post when the early adopter program was launched, Google explained that with the release G Suite users are given a phone number that isn't tied to a device, so you can place and receive calls from any device, anywhere. The idea was that with Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat, your organization can standardize on Google as the single partner for all your communication needs.
Among the additions the beta program offered was:
This is Google's first foray into VoIP and offers a major improvement to telephone communications for digital workplace users. It's not the only offering in the VoIP space so expect more soon.
Zuckerberg Confirms Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger Integration
Meanwhile, recent reports in the New York Times suggested that Facebook is looking at pulling Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram into a single platform. During the recent earnings call from Facebook, CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed they will, in fact, be pulled together — but that this is not likely to happen until at least next year.
Zuckerberg explained during the call that pulling the two together will make it easier to send messages across these apps, the real value, however, is that it will provide more secure end-to-end encryption. Of the three apps, only WhatsApp has this kind of security so the move will greatly enhance security across Messenger and Instagram.
But while the company shared insights on its plan to merge the apps and explained why it wants to combine the 'underlying infrastructure,' it won't happen until 2020. "We're really early in thinking through this. There's a lot more we need to figure out before we finalize the plan," Zuckerberg said during the call.
At an event in Brussels, Nick Clegg, the former British deputy prime minister, who joined Facebook as head of global policy and communications late last year was asked about the reports in the The New York Times. He offered a number of reasons as to why it made sense, but echoed Zuckerberg as he insisted that it is too early yet to go into it in any great detail. This is definitely an announcement to watch and wait for.
Nuxeo Strengthens AI Offering
Nuxeo released LTS 2019, which delivers the latest features and functionality to the low-code Nuxeo Platform. The release comes with major enhancements in areas such as artificial intelligence (AI), integration to leading productivity and creative applications, and extended content connectivity options. "The improvements we've made in AI and other areas enable us to deliver the industry's most modern and extensible content services platform, but they're only the beginning. With a move to a continuous delivery mechanism in 2019, we're striving to ensure that new features will be rolled out even faster than ever before," Chris McLaughlin, chief product and marketing officer at Nuxeo, said in a statement about the release.
One of the really interesting upgrades here is the strengthening of the AI framework. The update includes a streamlined pipeline that makes building and training AI models much more accessible. Users will be able to employ custom data models as well as train third-party AI engines (i.e., Google Vision, Amazon Rekognition or Amazon Comprehend).
The upgrade also offers Office 365 Integration as well as advanced metadata management capabilities, deep AI functionality, powerful search, permissions management and more — all while transparently editing files from within the Office 365 suite.
Workjam Buys Peerio
Finally, WorkJam, announced it completed the acquisition of Peerio Technologies, which develops employee communication software in the shape of a secure messaging and file sharing technology platform.
With this acquisition, WorkJam is enhancing its existing team communication and workstream collaboration capabilities with secure live chat enabling teams to connect and collaborate more effectively than ever before. In addition, the secure document and content sharing capabilities will enable teams to stay productive by making it easier to share documents in a centralized workspace.Peerio was founded in 2014, in 2017, Peerio rebuilt its platform to add greater flexibility and improved functionality. When Peerio was released in 2015, the reception was overwhelmingly positive. Wired called it "one of the most full-featured end-to-end encryption tools out there." The Peerio service will be closing July 15, 2019.
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