Giants to meet with Bumgarner’s reps, but desire to build trumps desire to win in 2020

first_imgSAN DIEGO — The pursuit of free agent starting pitchers is fast and furious.The Philadelphia Phillies’ five-year, $118 million deal with free agent right-hander Zack Wheeler became official on Monday just hours before the Washington Nationals announced a record-setting seven-year, $245 million pact with World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg.So where does that leave Madison Bumgarner?Before the left-hander makes a decision on his future, the San Francisco Giants will have a chance to meet with …last_img

Google Voice Competitor Ribbit Mobile Launches iPhone App (500 Invites)

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#voice#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Ribbit Mobile, which offers a set of VoIP services that is very similar to Google Voice, just launched its first iPhone app (iTunes link). The app allows users to check their voicemail, read voicemail transcriptions, forward voicemails by email and create a to-call list based on these messages. It uses the iPhone’s native phone app to make calls and the default SMS app to send text messages.Ribbit also gave us 500 invites to hand out to our readers. If you would like to get one, just read on to find out how to claim it.In terms of features, Ribbit Mobile, which launched in November, compares very well to Google Voice. While the interface takes some getting used to, the ability to make and receive calls from Ribbit’s website through the Flash-based interface is extremely useful while traveling, for example. For a more detailed look at Ribbit Mobile, have a look at our in-depth review from November.Focus on Voicemail Your voicemail inbox is the central focus of the app, and the way the app handles these is exemplary. Once you click on a message in the inbox, the app switches to a new view that displays details about the call: name of caller, number, date and time. Here you can also listen to the message and read the transcript. (Ribbit offers both automatic and manual transcriptions.) From here, a small bar at the bottom of the app also allows you to respond to the message by phone, SMS or recorded voicemail. In addition, you can add the caller to your to-call list and forward transcripts and audio by email.Playing it SafeGiven that Apple didn’t allow the Google Voice app into the store, Ribbit clearly played it safe with this app. While it provides access to all the service’s voicemail features, the app doesn’t replicate any of the phone’s calling or SMS features. The app also doesn’t allow you to access your Ribbit Mobile address book. Sadly, this also means that you can’t use your Ribbit phone number to make calls, and that the caller ID will always show your iPhone’s number. In the current version it’s also not possible to see a list of missed calls that didn’t result in a voicemail. You can, however, choose to receive alerts for missed calls and new voicemails by SMS, email and instant message. You can set your alert preferences in the app and through the service’s web interface.We understand that Ribbit probably had to remove quite a few features to stay on Apple’s good side, but the result of this is that the app misses quite a few essential features. Hopefully – now that Ribbit managed to get this castrated version of the app approved – the Ribbit team will soon be able add more of the missing features into the app.InvitesRibbit Mobile is still an invite-only service. If you would like to give it a try, just head over to Ribbit’s sign-up page and use the following invite code: RWW09 Related Posts last_img read more

Meghalaya NGO objects to ‘overloaded’ Bhutan trucks

first_imgAfter driving into revised traffic rules in Assam, trucks from Bhutan carrying boulders and stone chips to Bangladesh via the northeast have now run into an NGO in Meghalaya.The Anti-Corruption and Human Development Organisation has urged the authorities in Meghalaya to ban the plying of the “overloaded” trucks from Bhutan as their movement has “damaged the already-damaged roads in the State”.Export via northeastBhutan exports stones to Bangladesh using the land route through Assam and Meghalaya as per the South Asian Free Trade Area agreement among SAARC countries allowing a third country to be used as transit. SAARC expands to South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation and its members are Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.Each Bhutan truck is supposed to carry 18 tonnes of load from Gelephu on the India-Bhutan border to Dalu on Meghalaya-Bangladesh border covering 321 km. But Bhutanese traders have admitted the trucks carry “a bit more” to offset the “extra expenditure” on transportation.The Meghalaya organisation based at Chibinang in West Garo Hills district, said that convoys of overloaded Bhutan trucks have been causing more damage to an arterial road that was already in a dilapidated state.Ishraful Hoque, the organisation’s president said the road to the check point on the border with Bangladesh had been repaired some time ago, but have begun peeling off because of the trucks that are allegedly driven at a high speed.last_img read more