Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Google Earth 6.2 Released With A New Way Of Rendering Imagery

Google Earth is an application that provides a virtual globe, map and geographical information which you can use to travel the wold virtually, see images, 3D buildings, maps and more.


Google Earth 6.2 was released a few days ago and the most important change is a new way of rendering imagery which fixes an old bug that was causing a so-called "quilt effect". This effect was caused by images and photographs taken at different times or even days (and thus, different weather conditions, etc.) and made the Earth look like a mosaic from high altitude. Here's a screenshot (before / after):


The new version also comes with improved search which now uses Autocomplete, search layers as well as biking, transit and walking directions.

Google Earth 6.2 also comes with a new feature that lets you share a screenshot of your current view through Google+, but in my test, the Google log in didn't work under Ubuntu 11.10. If you know a fix for this, please let us know in the comments!

Download Google Earth

Google Earth 6.2 for Linux was released a couple of days after the initial Google Earth 6.2 release announcement, so if you've downloaded Google Earth as soon as 6.2 was announced, redownload to get the latest 6.2 version for Linux.

Download Google Earth for Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora or openSUSE (.deb, .rpm)
For Arch Linux, you can get the latest Google Earth 6.2 via AUR.


If the font looks broken under Ubuntu (like in the above screenshot), you can fix this issue by installing the 'msttcorefonts' package:

sudo apt-get install msttcorefonts
Then log out and log back in!
If the font bug persists, see
THIS thread on the Google Earth help forum (via chimerarevo.com).

The all New and Sturdy Casio Android G-shock Smartphone

The new Casio Android G-shock smart phone is another strong and ‘tough as nails’ smart phone from the house of Casio. It is mainly aimed for those who enjoy outdoor activities and like to live a rough and tough life without having to worry about the safety of their Smartphone.


The Striking Design of Casio Android G-shock Smartphone

Like all the earlier designs of the Casio phones, the G-shock Smartphone also displays the signature design of the watches from Casio. To give it a more interesting look, all the buttons of the G-shock smartphone are placed on the sides and near the corners of it. The rear side of this smart phone is given a tougher look with exposed screws and an attractive metal case back.

Some Key Resistant Qualities of the G-shock Smartphone

As the name suggests, Casio has emphasized more on the resistant quality, to make it a damage free unbreakable smartphone. Some of its highly featured resilient features are:

  • Water resistant capacity up to 1.0bar(10m)
  • Shock resistant capacity to 10 feet
  • Can resist pressure to 1.0bar
  • Contains a metal case back
  • Constructed by using plastic/resin

Therefore, with so many impervious attributes, this new G-shock smartphone from Casio is all set to deliver a shock to the customers. Ardent lovers of extreme sports would love to own this new Smartphone as it will allow them to carry it even while enjoying their sports activities.

As Casio is famous for producing durable wrist watches, so in order to mirror the quality and durability of their watches, Casio has tried to give this phone a look like their wrist watches. Although its price is still not disclosed, this new G-shock will definitely become one of the favorites among the prospective customers.

Debian 6.0 updated to 6.0.4 ...

The Debian Project aims to create a completely free operating system called Debian. This is the fourth update of Debian 6.0 codenamed "squeeze". It mainly has fixes for security issues along with a host of updates. Know more about Debian 6.0.4.


This update adds on corrections for security issues with the stable release, adding a few adjustments to solve serious problems. Some package updates are included which is recommended to be updated through an up-to-date Debian mirror after an installation.


  • Kernel updated to include various security fixes and to add support for various controllers and drivers

  • Security updates

  • Miscellaneous Bugfixes

  • Adds important corrections to the some of the packages

See Debian 6.0.4 announcement for the specifics....

Facebook IPO filing expected within weeks, could reach $100B valuation

Facebook is making plans to file papers for an initial public offering as early as next week with a valuation that is expected to range between $75 and $100 billion, a new report claims.

After putting off an IPO for years, the world's largest social networking website is nearly ready to submit its papers, people familiar with the matter revealed to The Wall Street Journal. The deal will likely raise as much as $10 billion dollars for the company, sources added.

Facebook is reportedly close to picking investment bank Morgan Stanley to arrange the deal as the "lead-left," the title reserved for the bank that takes the lead in a financial transaction, such as an IPO. That would come as a blow to Goldman Sachs, which had originally been favored for the role. Sources did say, however, that Goldman would likely play a significant role alongside its rival.

According to the report's sources, Facebook may file documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission as soon as next Wednesday, though they noted that company executives may also wait to file until a few weeks later.

The IPO is expected to take place between April and June. If Facebook does manage to raise $10 billion on the deal, that would give it the fourth-largest IPO for a U.S. company, behind Visa, General Motors and AT&T Wireless. The company would also supplant Google as the biggest U.S. internet offering. The search giant, which has come into increasing competition against Facebook, raised $1.9 billion when it went public in 2004.

With a $100 billion valuation, Facebook would be worth almost one-fourth of Apple's current market capitalization of $417 billion. By comparison, Google was worth $188 billion as of the close of market on Friday.

Facebook is believed to have managed $3.8 billion in revenue last year, according to research firm eMarketer. While the company's revenues might not yet reflect those of a $100 billion company, investors are likely to place a high value on the fact that the website has become a household name with its more than 800 million users, 500 million of which visit the site daily.

Tipsters said Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg, who was coached by late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, put off an IPO because of concern that it would adversely affect the company's culture. A former Facebook employee revealed last year that Zuckerberg had modeled his "aggressive" early management style after Jobs.

Facebook eventually ran up against a government regulation that would require the company to publicly disclose its financial information once it had more than 500 shareholders. As such, Zuckerberg reportedly decided that an IPO was a better option than releasing financial information while remaining private.

The IPO will take place within a difficult economic climate, but analysts expect it to attract plenty of interest.

"The excitement around Facebook is still enormous," Max Wolff, an analyst at GreenCrest Capital who specializes in researching companies going public, told the Journal.

Peter Falvey, co-head of the technology banking group at Morgan Keegan & Co., admitted that the recent IPO environment "hasn't been particularly strong," but he noted that, with "the recent stock market strength and maybe some green shoots in the economy, there could be a fortuitous window for Facebook."

Apple and Facebook have maintained a delicate friendship in recent years. Though a Facebook app was one of the first applications on the App Store when it launched in 2008, an official iPad version didn't arrive until a year and a half after Apple released its touchscreen tablet. Jobs said in 2010 that Facebook had demanded "onerous terms" for compatibility with Apple's Ping social music discovery service. According to one report, talks between the two companies went on for 18 months before eventually breaking down.

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One More SIRI Hacking

Hackers are continuing working on SIRI and they are discovering something new in it everyday. 


As for now, we meet with Lingual - a new jailbreak-only tweak, from Code Themed team, that allows translation from English to 30+ languages. The developers hope to include translation to English in a future update. We have not installed the tweak, but some people have reported that they have tested it and it works flawlessly, quickly pulling in results using Microsoft’s Bring Translate API as a backend. Its only limitation is that backend is not strong enough and sometimes fails to correctly translate phrases. But it is said that developers of Lingual cannot be held accountable for Bing’s shortcomings and they have done an important work in such a short period of time. This could prove a useful tool at your disposal.

To use the tweak say to SIRI: “translate [something] to [language]” or “what is [something] in [language]?” No icon will be added to your home screen and no settings are available for the tweak. Just install and talk to SIRI.

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Sunday, 29 January 2012

Featured Ubuntu Software Centre apps for January 2012



We’re back with a new edition of the featured apps in the Ubuntu Software Centre. The theme this month is going to be gaming, and for this we’ve carefully hand-picked and brought you 3 of the coolest, slickest games now available in Ubuntu. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!


Core Breach




CoreBreach is an anti-gravity racing game with combat-based gameplay. Its unique graphic style, with a cell-shaded look, sets up a very futuristic atmosphere with a wide range of choices for ships, race tracks and powerful weapons.

Its intuitive controls support common types of steering wheels and game pads to enjoy the full driving experience directly from your computer.


And Yet it Moves



And Yet It Moves is an award-winning physics-based platform game in which players rotate the game world at will to solve challenging puzzles. Tilting the world turns walls into floors, slides into platforms, and stacks of rocks into dangerous hazards.

Players navigate through a paper collage world created with colorful pieces of cardboard and set to distinctive music. With four different environments and unlockable modes, And Yet It Moves is a platformer that will provide gamers with endless challenges.


Oil Rush


scbutton-non-free-200pxOil Rush is a real-time naval strategy game based on group control. It combines the strategic challenge of a classical RTS with the sheer fun of Tower Defence.

Fight the naval war between furious armies across the boundless waters of the post-apocalyptic world. Pump the ever-so-precious black gold by oil rigs, capture platforms and destroy the enemy in the sea and in the air. Be ingenious to unlock super technologies and quick to send your squads straight into the heat of the battle!


Want your app to be featured next?

So are you a developer and would like your app to be featured in the Ubuntu Software Centre and available to millions of Ubuntu users? Well, nothing easier than that, then: head up to the Ubuntu App Developer site and get your app published in 6 easy steps ›.

We’re confident these cool games will keep you busy until the next featured apps post! ;-)

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Saturday, 28 January 2012

How Google’s New Privacy Policy Will Affect You


You’re on the way to a meeting. Traffic seems to be slowing. A text comes in: “You’re going to be late. Take the next exit for alternate route.” It’s from Google.

This is not Google’s version of Siri. It’s a result of the company’s push to use data it collects from you in novel ways that could be helpful, or unsettling.

“That’s not something I want my computer telling me. It’s creepy,” said Kurt Opsahl, senior staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit digital rights advocacy organization located in San Francisco.

“Google has always collected information. That hasn’t changed,” Opsahl said. “But information that was once siloed will now be co-mingled.”

Google’s new policy replaces more than 60 existing product-specific privacy documents, for services including Gmail , YouTube and Google Docs. Google says the unified terms will provide better search results and serve up ads that are more likely to be of interest. By combining your history across products, it will have more data to work with.

Connecting the dots

Further, Google will merge data from the products you use and then analyze it to make new assumptions. That example of getting a text when you are running late is from a Jan. 26 email that Google itself sent to users. If you have an Android phone, Google already knows your location. If you keep appointments in Google Calendar, it also knows where you are trying to go. By cross-referencing that data with its traffic information service, Google can send you that alert.

Opsahl also pointed out that there are many people who have more than one Google account, such as one they use for business and one for personal communication. If data from different accounts are pooled into one Google repository with your name on it, that could cause problems.

“If Google received a warrant to disclose documents, and your business and personal docs are intermingled — that’s a problem,” he said. “Some would like to say, “No, thank you” and keep their accounts separate.”

“Google should make it easy for people to set up and manage separate accounts if they wish to do so,” Opsahl said.

Trouble ahead

While the new policy doesn’t eliminate users’ ability to set up different accounts under different names, Google intends to use data such as search history, whom you contact most frequently and your location to serve you better without regard for the partitions you may have created. “In short, we’ll treat you as a single user across all our products,” Google said.

The policy change could create problems for those who go by different names. Google’s new text reads:

“We may use the name you provide for your Google Profile across all of the services we offer that require a Google Account. In addition, we may replace past names associated with your Google Account so that you are represented consistently across all our services.”

Google+  requires real names while YouTube does not. Starting March 1, your real name could appear across Google products. If you’re hardworking accountant Jim by day and posting your Glee-inspired musical renditions on YouTube by night, you might have some explaining to do.

Take it or leave it

But Google has taken an-all-or-nothing position. “If you continue to use Google services after March 1, you’ll be doing so under the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. If you’d prefer to close your Google Account, you can follow the instructions in our help center,” reads Google’s FAQ page. Google says it remains committed to its data liberation policy, meaning you can request a copy of all of your data to use elsewhere when you close your Google account.

To get a glimpse of what Google knows about you, visit your Dashboard. Login to Google, go to “Account Settings,” select “Products” and then “Login to dashboard.” You’ll see a listing of the products you use and your most recent activity for each, including the last Web page you visited, your top three contacts and how many Google docs you’ve created.

Imagine the ways that data could be used — is it a “beautifully simple, intuitive user experience,” as Google says, or just plain creepy?


Friday, 27 January 2012

Top 50 best free iPhone apps 2012 Part-I

Plenty of apps exist for transferring content between your computer and your device, but Dropbox is free and easier to use than most of its contemporaries. Dump files you want to sync in a folder on your computer and Dropbox for your device will enable you to access them, download them for offline viewing, and, in many cases, view them.
Pretty much from nowhere, Gorillacam arrived in December 2009 from the creators of the Gorillapod tripods. It mashes together a slew of features to hugely improve an iPhone's camera (timer, multi-shot, spirit-level, on-screen grid, 'press anywhere' capture), meaning you can bin a half-dozen standalone apps that offer similar things.
The prospect of Nike+ but better and for free might sound unlikely, but that's what RunKeeper provides. Previously split into 'pro' and 'free' versions, the developer now generously includes all the features in one free app.
That means you can spend no money, yet use your iPhone's GPS capabilities to track your jogging and cycling routes, and examine mapping and details of your pace and calories burned. Activities can be shared online, and treadmill runs and other exercise details can be entered manually.
Kindle's grabbed many 'electronic book' headlines, but an iPhone or iPod touch is a perfectly competent alternative - at least if you have the right app to hand. Stanza enables you to download books from various sources (many of which offer free titles), and you can transfer your own ePub, PDF or eReader titles from the free Stanza Desktop.
For anyone commuting by train, thetrainline is the free app to beat all others. Journey planning, offline results, timetables and a location-aware 'next train home' option are available via a clean, streamlined interface. The app's not quite as good as National Rail Enquiries, but it is very similar - and five quid cheaper.
It's imperfect and annoyingly lacks push notifications, but Skype is still an essential download. The interface is pleasingly simple and usable, enabling anyone with a Skype account to make free calls to other Skype users and cheap calls to anywhere in the world. If you're on Pay and Go, this is particularly handy, but the app also enables iPod touch users to utilise their devices for calls.
Although some aspects of cinema listings app Movies are disappointingly US-centric (notably regarding details on upcoming movies and DVDs), it succeeds where it matters. Select a film and the app figures out where you're located, lists nearby cinemas, and displays times your chosen film is showing. Efficiency can be further increased by pinning favourite cinemas to the top of the list.
Virtual pianos and guitars are all very well, but purely digital musical toys are more suited to Apple handhelds. TonePad is the best of them, using a grid-based interface that enables you to turn notes on and off and compose pleasing and harmonious loops; your creations can be edited, saved and uploaded to share with other users.
Thomson Reuters News Pro
There are many free news apps, but Reuters News Pro offers a breadth of coverage that makes it a winner. Preferences enable you to tailor the app's output to the UK, and the toolbar provides swift access to news, pictures, videos and stock markets coverage.
Twitter (formerly Tweetie)
Tweetie was the iPhone Twitter client that other iPhone Twitter clients wanted to be. Its combination of polished interface, plentiful options and multi-account support meant everyone loved it - apart from cheapskates, because Tweetie wasn't free. Now, however, it is, because Twitter bought it, rebranded it as Twitter, and set fire to the price tag.
In all honesty, Comics is a little awkward compared to using it on an iPad, but you won't find a better comics experience on an iPhone. The app is free, as are dozens of downloadable comics - and once you run out of those, many more are available to buy. Reading works on a frame-by-frame automated 'zoom' basis, and is surprisingly usable.
The Wikipedia website works fine on iPhones, but a dedicated app is a better bet. Wikipanion is a freebie which gives you quick access to article sections, in-article search, viewing options, bookmarking, and the ability to tweet about whatever odd fact you've just unearthed. Also, wonderfully, there are no ads.
Clients to access the popular Evernote service for storing notes and ideas online are available for so many platforms that we half expect a ZX Spectrum app to be announced tomorrow. On the iPhone, Evernote is efficient and usable, enabling you to rapidly scan your notes and also create new ones.
Now iBooks has arrived on the iPhone, you might wonder why you should bother with Amazon's Kindle. After all, the app's not as pretty as iBooks, nor is there an integrated store (you buy in Safari and sync purchases to the app). However, Kindle offers a massive selection of books compared to Apple's app and the reading experience is great.
Around Me
Around Me figures out where you are and lists local stuff - banks, bars, petrol stations and, er, Apple Retail Stores. The app's reliance on Google Maps info means there are gaps, but it's nonetheless handy to have installed when in unfamiliar surroundings, and the 'augmented reality' landscape mode is amusing, if flaky.
Once an ugly duckling, but now - as of version 3 - a social-network-aware swan, Facebook is a triumph. The revised grid-based 'home screens' provide speedy access to regularly visited sections (news feed, notifications, and so on) and pages, and the experience is such that it in many ways beats the browser version.
Dictionary.com - Dictionary & Thesaurus
A million definitions and 90,000 synonyms are available in the palm of your hand with this free, offline dictionary and thesaurus. The app is fast and efficient, includes phonetic and audio pronunciation of words, and its interface seems perfectly suited to the iPhone.
Air Video Free
Air Video Free can stream (and convert as necessary) video from any computer running the free Air Video Server. You only get access to a small number of items per folder or playlist, but some careful planning can get around that limitation.
Adobe Photoshop Express
If you're looking for Photoshop-style power, Photoshop Express won't impress. However, if you're after a quick, free, highly usable tool for making edits to your iPhone photos, Adobe's app is ideal. Use it for cropping, straightening, exposure adjustments, colour effects, sharpening and more.
iHandy Level Free
One of the tools from the excellent iHandy Carpenter toolkit app, iHandy Level Free turns your iPhone into a spirit level. By default, it'll show just how wonky your device's accelerometer is, but tap the calibrate button and you get an accurate and great-looking level.
Read It Later Free
Read It Later is an astonishingly handy service that enables you to save pages from the web, to read them later, typically bereft of advertising and other junk. The service is free, as is this app, which downloads stored articles for you to read offline.
PCalc Lite
"But I've already got a calculator on my device," you might argue. True, but now you can stash default Apple apps in a folder, it's easier to justify replacing them with something better - and PCalc Lite is without doubt the finest free calculator for iOS, with a great interface and plenty of options. You can also bolt-on features from the paid version via in-app purchases.
Having made a big splash on the iPad, iBooks has now arrived for Apple's smaller devices. Effectively iTunes for books, the app combines a reader and store, in Apple's typically usable and integrated fashion. Usefully, iBooks includes PDF support and bookmarks automatically sync across devices.
Red Laser
Now free, due to being snapped up by eBay, the Red Laser bar-code scanner is pretty accurate, even if you're still saddled with an iPhone 3G. It's great for checking prices while shopping, and also enables you to get your media collections into Delicious Library if you make use of AppleScript.
eBay Mobile
And the reason for eBay buying Red Laser? So it could roll the technology into its eBay app, making it even easier for you to sell your unwanted tat. Naturally, the app also enables you to search the world's biggest car boot, in order to buy future unwanted tat.

The New Range of Ice-Cream Sandwich Tablets from Coby

CES 2012 was the venue of Coby’s display of a whole new series of tablets. The clan of ice cream sandwich slates was launched for the first time here, were still trial products, but user experience differed a great deal between models.
It won’t be too wrong to say that The Coby Family will give a stiff competition to the other price-savvy models as these tablets are priced at quite a reasonable amount.
Adding to that, they are equipped with all the cutting-edge features and technologies which a budget tablet fan yearns for. Here is a list of the tablets that were displayed at CES 2012 with their respective facets:
1. Model MID9742
The MID9742 has a screen of 9.7 inches with excellent graphics. Though the software seemed not up to the mark, it is still quite reliable or so it seemed. It is priced around $275.
2. Model MID8042
This is perhaps not a very recommendable version. It crashed during simple navigation which is not something expected of a tablet packed with ARM a8 1GHz processor. The screen is 8 inches in size and the presence of ICS in this smaller form is quite impressive.
3. Model MID7042
The MID7042 with its 7 inch display looks more like an e-reader which has decided to hold onto a physical home button in spite of its obsolete position on Android’s convergence OS. The price of $150 is quite in sync with the screen size.
4. Model MID7014
The MID7014 has a similar 7 inch display. It is powered with Android Gingerbread, a mini –USB port which is quite unusual, a micro-SD slot and no HDMI output as found on the other tablets. This model is likely to be priced at $100.
The dates when all of Coby’s ice cream sandwich tablets will be launched have not been declared yet, but we expect it to happen soon enough.

The New Vostro V131 Notebook from Dell

The Vostro V131 that has been launched by Dell has been getting great reviews from both new users and the seasoned professionals.

This latest series from Dell is said to have an excellent exterior finish that is of red color and are prone to the fingerprints due to the shiny coating. Its interior is covered with a black coating making it quite attractive.

This laptop looks quite light and compact with a superior build, excellent quality and striking design.

dell vostro

Enhanced Features of the Vostro V131

This particular series is said to come with various connectivity options. The ports that are present in the left come with an HDMI slot, USB port, card reader and an effective heatsink. The user can find two slots of USB 3.0, VGA port, 3.5mm jack and an Ethernet port, and a power slot is found on the back.

At the bottom panel in the front are the stereo speakers, with notification LED’s. This particular laptop gets power from Intel Core i3, and has a 2330M processor that runs at 2.2GHz clock speed.

Other specifications of this wonderful machine includes 2GB RAM, 500GB HDD with integrated HD3000 Intel Graphics card. Other usual stuffs like Wi-Fi, integrated webcam, fingerprint reader and Bluetooth 3.0 are present in it and the OS is Windows 7 Professional version.

Weak Points of this Laptop

The Vostro V131 is also said to have some flaws. The hinge area is considered to be extremely fragile and one could find an impression on the screen’s other side if pressed lightly on the outside.

The LCD is found a bit wanting as it causes the pixels to smear even on a light touch. The keyboard has plenty of armrest. However, the Vostro V131 has still taken market by storm and has grabbed some great positive remarks from its users and is recommended to the new users.

Magic Jack plus : make long calls at affordable rates..

Magic Jack Gets Upgrades Now Called The MAGIC JACK PLUS

More and more people are dropping their home phone service provider, and switching to much more affordable phone services provided through VoIP networks. These VoIP networks use your high speed internet connection for making and receiving phone calls. One of these services is provided by a small device called the magic Jack Plus, the latest edition of the highly touted magic Jack.

magic-jack plus


What’s the difference between the magic Jack Plus and the magic Jack?

The first, and most relevant difference between the two devices is the magicJack Plus’s ability to function without a computer, thanks to its built in CPU and RAM. The previous edition of the magic Jack required it to be plugged into the USB port on a computer, and for that computer to be powered on. This was a major inconvenience as expressed by many users of the first device but it has been addressed here with the magic Jack Plus
Another complaint some users of the magic Jack had was that the call quality was less than ideal. Users sometimes complained of static, and echoes when on calls. The magic Jack Plus now includes Wide Band Voice Technology, also called HD Voice, which doubles the device’s codecs from 8 kHz to 16 kHz, substationally increasing the quality of the sound, while also reducing static. Echo Control technology is also new to the magic Jack Plus; this technology helps to eliminate echoes while talking. These two updates have helped magic Jack to deliver a call quality is now on par with that of landline phones.

How much does the magic Jack Plus cost?

The magic Jack Plus costs only $69.95. This initial purchase covers the magic Jack Plus device, its AC adapter power supply, an Ethernet cable, and a USB cable. This price also covers the first year of service. Upon the initial purchase, though, you can buy five years of service, at a discounted rate of only $99.95 which is $50 off the price for five years if you were to renew on a year-to-year basis. You service includes the ability to make unlimited local and long distance calls anywhere in the United States, or Canada.


Does somebody from the company need to set up the magic Jack Plus for me?

No. The magic Jack Plus can be set up in just a few minutes, with some easy-to-follow instructions that are included with the device. All you have to do is plug the magic Jack Plus into your computer to sign up for an account, activate the device, and get a phone number. The just plut it into your high speed modem or router with the included Ethernet cable, and into its included power supply. Next, plug your telephone into the magic Jack Plus unit, and you are ready to make calls.
You also have the choice of running the device through your computer, and using the softphone option which eliminates the need of having to use a telephone.

Is there any software installation required?

There is no software installation required. The device does not even need a computer to work! As stated above though it can work with a computer if desired and if you chose to do so it will require a minor software installation.


I travel a lot when I work, can I use the magic Jack Plus away from home?
Absolutely. One great feature of the magic Jack Plus is its ability to work with your computer. You can take your phone number with you wherever you travel. All you need to do is plug the device into the USB port on your computer or laptop, and be connected to the internet.

Can I make international calls with the magic Jack Plus?

Yes. You can call your friends in family outside of the U.S. and Canada, for an additional rate (per minute) that varies depending on which country you are calling.

Does the magic Jack Plus include any features I get from my current phone company?

Yes. The magic Jack Plus provides many of the same features you get from your current phone company. The device will give you call waiting, three-way calling, call forwarding, and voicemail, Caller ID, and a lot more. The phone company, though, does not provide the convenience of taking these features with you wherever you go, like the magic Jack Plus does.