Free calls to landlines and mobiles with Gmail
Google can't sit still can they? They seem to have the line of thinking that, if you throw enough shit at a wall, some of it is bound to stick. However, it's still shit on a wall.
After the failure of Google Wave and the nonplussed reaction to Buzz, Google are now getting into the free phone calls business via Gmail. This basically puts it in direct competition with Skype. You could already have computer-to-computer voice and video chat, but this new service allows you to make calls to home and mobile phones.
For the time being, Google have only rolled this out in the US and Canada but it will almost certainly roll this out around the rest of the world in no time.
"If you’re not a US based user - or if you’re using Google Apps for your school or business - then you won’t see it quite yet," reads an announcement on the Google blog. "We’re working on making this available more broadly - so stay tuned!"
Here's a little video to watch, just in case your brain can't possibly fathom how you could ring a mobile telephone from a computer.