jueves, 16 de diciembre de 2010

Como usar GMail como el eje de tus comunicaciones

Muy recomendable artículo de Lifehacker para usuarios de GMail, y que quieran aprovechar todo el poderío de esta herramienta, como administradora del resto de sus servicios de comunicaciones :)

How to Use Gmail as Your Central, Universal Communications Hub

All your communication is split between multiple services and inboxes—between your phone and your computer. Here's how to turn Gmail into the central hub of all your SMS messages, phone calls, instant messages, voicemail, and more.

Not only are our communications spread over multiple inboxes, but a lot of times, it's hard to refer back to those inboxes later. You have to know where you received a message, then go searching in the right place. What's more, the longer you let SMS messages build up, the slower your phone becomes; the more voicemails you leave in your inbox, the more difficult it becomes to sift through them from your phone. Luckily, just like you archive old emails in Gmail, you can archive your text messages, voicemail, and other communications in Gmail, so every communication you have is stored in one central location for easy access later.

This method relies heavily on Gmail and Google Voice (which is thankfully available for iOS now), so if you don't have an account already, go ahead and set one up. We'll mainly be using Voice to forward SMS messages and voicemails to Gmail. Coupled with a few other hidden Gmail features, we'll set up Gmail as a universal communication hub from which you can send, receive, and organize all your email, text messages, and voicemail, and set it up so you can view them all on one page. By the end of this guide, you'll have set up your Gmail inbox to look something like this (click to enlarge):

How to Use Gmail as Your Central, Universal Communications Hub

...creating an all-inclusive inbox for all your communication.

Setting Up the Services

First, we'll have to set up Gmail and Google Voice to send all of our messages to our Gmail inbox, and set them up with labels so we can organize them. You'll want a Google Voice account with your own number from which you send and receive calls to get the most out of this, so if you haven't done so yet, you'll want to set that up now. Then tweak the following settings to get everything forwarded to Gmail.

SMS Messages

SMS Messages are one of the biggest text-based forms of communication that most of us don't carry out regularly on our computer—unlike emails, IMs, Twitter or Facebook messages, and so on. That means they'll take the most work to migrate into your Gmail, depending on the services you use.

If you Use Google Voice

How to Use Gmail as Your Central, Universal Communications HubIf you use Google Voice for all your SMS messaging, you're in luck, because it's just a matter of checking a few boxes. Just head into the Voicemail & Text section of your Google Voice Settings. Under Text Forwarding, check the box that says "Forward text messages to my email". Now, whenever someone sends an SMS message to your Google Voice number, you'll get it as an email in Gmail.

Alone, this is awesome, since you can reply to text messages right from your email. That means if you're at your computer, you no longer need to resort to typing on your phone's tiny keyboard to send text messages to your friends. Note that you can't initiate messages to new numbers through your email this way, but you could always head to the Google Voice webapp on the rare occasions you may need to do that.

Next, we'll want to automatically apply a label to incoming SMS messages, which we'll use later to create our unified inbox. Just head into Gmail's settings and create a new filter for messages matching From: txt.voice.google.com. You can also have them skip the inbox and get marked as read, if you're still using a more traditional SMS method (like the Google Voice app on your iOS or Android phone).

How to Use Gmail as Your Central, Universal Communications Hub

If you Don't Use Google Voice

How to Use Gmail as Your Central, Universal Communications HubIf you're on an Android phone and you haven't yet switched over to Google Voice for all your SMS communications, a wonderful app called SMS Backup+ will automatically back up all your SMS messages to Gmail. Just head into the Market, download the (free) app, and open up the settings. We've gone through the nuances of this application before, so I won't get into it here, but it's a nice alternative if you aren't using Voice as your main number yet.

If you use this app, you can't send and receive SMS messages from your email directly like you can with Google Voice. However, you can still send them from Gmail's web interface by enabling a lab called "Text Messaging (SMS) in Chat" that will let you send SMS messages from Chat in Gmail. It sends them from a number your friends won't recognize, though it'll show your email address at the end, and their replies will show up in Chat for you.

How to Use Gmail as Your Central, Universal Communications Hub


We're going to use Google Voice to forward our voicemails to Gmail. Just head to theVoicemail & Text section of your Google Voice Settings and, under Voicemail Notifications, check the box next to "Email the message to" and add your Gmail address to the dropdown. To automatically add a labe, you'll need to create a new filter in Gmail matching From: voice-noreply@google.com and Subject: voicemail. Gmail reserves the "Voicemail" label for a Google Talk feature, so you'll have to use something else (I just use "Voice Mails"). It doesn't matter what it is, because when we create our unified inbox later, we'll have the chance to give the voicemail pane whatever header we want.

How to Use Gmail as Your Central, Universal Communications Hub

Next, head into Gmail Labs and add the "Google Voice Player in Mail" lab in Gmail. Now, you'll be able to listen to voicemails right from the email notification in the Gmail web interface, which will work great with our unified inbox.

How to Use Gmail as Your Central, Universal Communications Hub

Phone Calls

How to Use Gmail as Your Central, Universal Communications HubTo integrate phone calls with the Gmail web interface, head into Google Voice's settings and check the box labeled Google Chat. Now, when people call your Google Voice number, you can forward those messages to the Gmail web interface just like you would forward it to a cell phone. From the call window, you can also view your recent calls, which is handy. If you want to initiate a call from Gmail, just open up the Chat gadget and hit "Call Phone".

How to Use Gmail as Your Central, Universal Communications HubIf you'd like to record a call and save it in your Gmail, you can do that with Voice too. If you're at your desk when a call comes in, you can answer it from the Gmail Web Interface and hit the record button to record a call. If you're on your cell phone, just hit "4" on your dialpad on any incoming call (sorry, you can't record outgoing calls), and the recording will show up in your Google Voice inbox.

How to Use Gmail as Your Central, Universal Communications HubYou can't get these recordings automatically forwarded to Gmail, but since you're in control of what you record, it's pretty easy to remember to email them to yourself. Just navigate to the recording in the Google Voice webapp, hit "more" and then hit "Email". You can email it to yourself and apply a label just like you do voicemails or SMS messages for later reference.

Chats and Instant Messages

Gmail already has a great built-in feature that will log your Google Talk and AIM instant messages for you. Just head into the Chat section of Gmail's Settings and select "Save Chat History". Now, any Google Talk conversations you have (whether through the Gmail web interface or through an external client like Pidgin or Adium) will be saved in the "Chats" section of Gmail. If you're signed into AIM, it will also log those chats for you, as long as you are using the Gmail web interface to chat.

How to Use Gmail as Your Central, Universal Communications Hub

Facebook, Twitter, and Everything Else

Those are all the more complicated setups. Many other services, like Facebook and Twitter, have built-in forwarding tools so you can throw all those into your Gmail too if you want. For example, to forward Facebook Wall Posts, Messages, or anything else to your Gmail, just head to the Notifications tab of Facebook's Account Settings and check the boxes for everything you want archived in your email. If you want direct messages from Twitter forwarded to your email, you can do so from Twitter's settings: just go to the Notices tab and check "Email when I receive a new direct message". You can see the pattern here—anything that allows you to forward messages to your email can also fall into your "one unified inbox" with a few checkboxes (and Gmail filters, as described above).

How to Use Gmail as Your Central, Universal Communications Hub

Setting Up the Unified Inbox

To put it all together, we're going to use Gmail's awesome Multiple Inboxes feature, available in Gmail Labs. After enabling it, you'll still see your main email inbox in the Mail view, but with extra panes that we're going to use to show our SMS messages, voicemail, and chats (and whatever else you'd like).

How to Use Gmail as Your Central, Universal Communications Hub

To configure it, head into Gmail's Settings and click on the new Multiple Inboxes tab to configure it. For the first pane, type label:sms-messages as the search query, "SMS Messages" for the panel title. Of course, replace the label with whatever label you used for SMS messages. Do the same thing for the voicemail pane, and if you'd like a chat pane too, you can use the search query is:chat. I like to put my panels on the right side of the inbox, but you can also put them at the top or bottom of the Mail view—whichever works best for you.

How to Use Gmail as Your Central, Universal Communications Hub

Click on the image for a closer look at the Multiple Inboxes view.

Now, your Gmail inbox is far more than just email. You can send and receive SMS messages, listen to voicemails, make and record calls, and chat all right from the Gmail web interface. Furthermore, you can see and quickly access all your old SMS messages, voicemails and chats right from your main mail view, so you don't need to worry about deleting them from your phone. Of course, this setup is only limited to your imagination, since nearly every web service allows you to forward notifications to your email, so if you think of other services you'd add to your Gmail hub, tell us about them in the comments.

Fuente: http://lifehacker.com/5713726/how-to-use-gmail-as-your-central-universal-communications-hub

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“How do you know?”: lo nuevo de James L. Brooks

La noticia es viejita, pero la película está pronta a estrenarse en nuestro país…

Owen y Reese juntos en Filme de Brooks

El famoso productor de “The Simpson”, James L. Brooks, está estrenando nuevo proyecto para el 17 de diciembre de 2010 y será un filme que contará con artistas de alto cálibre como Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson,Paul Rudd y Jack Nicholson. ¿Su nombre? “How do you know?” y será unacomedia romántica con tintes humorístisco donde los protagonistas se lucirán de manera íncreible.

Rudd será un ejecutivo cuya empresa está siendo investigada por el FBI y Wilson un mujeriego jugador de baseball que tienen algo en común: el interés por el personaje de Reese Witherspoon, una mujer aún no sabe qué hacer de su vida. Jack Nicholson dará vida al padre de Rudd, un hombre un tanto árisco y malvado, que sin dudas será el personaje más esperado por ver dentro de la filme.

Mientras esperamos que llegue diciembre para ver qué nos ofrece Brooks que por lo general ofrece grandes productos, son conformamos con el tráiler.

Vía: SéptimoArte | Foto: Owenation

Fuente: http://extracine.com/2010/08/lo-nuevo-de-james-l-brooks

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Gizmodo Shooting Challenge: Artísticas Pixel-mutaciones

Hay alguna técnica que no se le ocurra a ésta gente? Que bien! Como siempre, con tiempo, disfruten del talento…

81 Purposeful Pixelmutations

81 Purposeful PixelmutationsPixelation used to be the bane of digital photographers. But now, with seemingly endless megapixels sharpening our shots, the pixel can be used purposefully to make an entirely new statement (that has nothing to do with obscuring one's junk).


Lead Shot - Don't Ask Don't Tell

I have been following the "don't ask don't tell", and wikileaks issues pretty closely and as soon as i saw the subject of this weeks challenge I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I set up the flag on my fireplace and got my wife and a friend to pose for me. I used 2 SB-600 on stands with white umbrellas on either side of the camera.
F5.6, 24mm, 1/200
-Morgan Shevett


Behind the Lens

81 Purposeful PixelmutationsImmediately after reading the new challenge I got the idea to put the camera as the central object in the picture. Then by "pixelmutating" everything but the camera and the hands, you create an effect which keeps them looking natural, but also a bit surreal and moving forward out of the picture. KODAK Easyshare Z1015 IS, f/3.5, 1/6 sec, ISO-800
-Peter Proost


Lemons and Cranberries

81 Purposeful PixelmutationsLemons and Cranberries. Canon T2i, ISO 400, 39mm, 0EV, f/5, 1/60.
-Diego Jimenez


Sweet Fluid Effects

81 Purposeful PixelmutationsI setup a coffee mug on the edge of my window ledge, and tried desperately to capture water falling out of the mug as the mug itself fell over the edge from the deluge. After about 15 separate tries, I had made a complete mess of the floor (despite a towel and a wash-bucket to catch the spray) and the paint had begun to peel off the window. While I did manage to capture a few images of the mug mid-fall, this one lent itself best to 'pixelmutation' as it had the most interesting contrast in the water.

As for the gear-setup, I used a Canon Digital Rebel XTi with a Canon 2.8L 24-70mm lens mounted on a Manfrotto tripod. The shot itself was 1/640 sec with a 3.5 aperture at 400 ISO. To get it, I triggered burst-shots with a wired-remote trigger as I poured the water. Post-production work was done with a combination of Lightroom 3 and Photoshop CS5.
-James Rand


Digital Delivery

81 Purposeful PixelmutationsI mounted my Nikon D90 and Nikon 35-70 f2.8 lens on a tripod because I wanted to make an exposure using just Christmas lights and a small lamp (off camera) of my wife and I smiling at our now-pixelmutated 5-month-old son. Shutter was triggered with a remote timer. 40mm, ISO 400, f 5.0, 1/8 sec.
-Mac Mirabile


Light, Shadow

81 Purposeful PixelmutationsUsually when i have a LOT to do, my brain tries everything to get distracted to avoid thinking about how much i have to do. This time, when I saw a shadow of something behind my desk, i immediately thought of the challenge and how awesome could a pixelated shadow look like. So i ran around the house looking for a subject and a lamp, and, here I am, sending you my photo :)

The lightbulb (28W halogen) visible is the only light source for the scene, apart from some daylight creeping in through the curtains. Two shots were taken, one with the bird, one without, so to have the wall without the shadow for editing. Postproduction done in pixelmator - best image editing app EVAH! Nikon D3100 with a nikkor 18-105mm lens set to 58mm, f/8 with VR on. Mounted on a tripod, exposed for 1/13 at ISO 400.
-Marek Bączyński


8-bit Kicks

81 Purposeful Pixelmutations
This is my First Gizmodo photo shoot contest, I've been wanting to do one for a while but just never had the time to try my hand at it. I'm not sure why I choose to shoot sneakers, I guess its because i have so many pairs but I took roughly 50 shots before I finally settled on this one affectionately known as 8bit kicks. Hopefully, I can contribute more often it was a lot of fun! Canon T2i, EFS 15 - 85mm , ISO 1600
-Akira Lewis


WINNER - Digital Library

81 Purposeful Pixelmutations
First time submission for the challenge. I recently got the Kindle, and this made me realize that books were one of the last things in my life that I've gone digital with, so I wanted to capture that. I love reading, and the shelf is actually hand made by my grandfather, so it's weird to think I won't use it for books for too much longer.

I just played around with shutter speeds and aperture until something looked half decent. Cropped out all the background garbage so you only see the books. Decided to highlight each book individually and pixelmutate them. I wanted to use big cells for the mutation part just to make the books absolutely unrecognizable. Took some time to actually pixelmutate everything (1.5 hrs roughly) but I'm quite happy with the results. Nikon D60, 1/25th of a second, f3.5, ISO 1250
-Robert Faulkner

The winner was a really tough call this week! Entries like Light, Shadow were incredibly clever while entries like Fluid Effects were technical masterpieces. But for me, today, Digital Library wins it. Name your favorites in the comments and find the full-size shots on flickr.

Gallery 1 (one-page view)

Gallery 2 (one-page view)

See more pretty photos at my site Life, Panoramic. Today, we're featuring photos from Cordillera Real.

Fuente: http://gizmodo.com/5713390/81-purposeful-pixelmutations

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