Sticky Situation? Whitepages Caller ID to the Rescue!

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Last week, we described a situation where Whitepages Caller ID saved the day thanks to its power to identify unknown callers. Now we’d like to show you one of the many ways that call blocking comes in handy…

Ok, maybe he looked cute at the party over the weekend. Or she seemed really well versed on your favorite band. You had a nice chat, and even danced a couple of times. Digits were exchanged.

But in the light of day, you’ve got second thoughts. Maybe you just don’t want to keep in touch. Take a deep breath—you’re not bad person for feeling that way. So keep it easy, and use Whitepages Caller ID to finesse this sticky situation.

While we’d never advocate for a breakup over text or phone, in today’s tech times, sometimes it’s just better to trust your instincts and just drift quietly away by not responding to the other person’s texts or calls.

It’s the gentle way to give someone you’ve just met the hint that you’re not interested after all. And if you need to use a bit stronger medicine, simply set your Caller ID app to block that number’s calls and texts. He or she will see that you’re not responding, and you don’t have to get annoyed or interrupted over unwanted contact.

It’s just another way that Whitepages Caller ID keeps you in control of your communication. Mission accomplished!

Parents Know Who’s Calling With Whitepages Caller ID

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There are a lot of reasons why having caller ID on your mobile phone is simply a must. And I can’t think of any more important than receiving calls made on behalf of your kids. If you have children in after-school activities, then this situation may sound familiar…

Have you ever dropped your son and daughter off at school and gone on to accomplish the rest of your day’s work? You’ve got a well-understood schedule, so you know that your child will be in school until 3 p.m., and then they’ll stay for soccer practice until 4:30, which is when you’ll pick them up. But what happens when practice gets cancelled because Coach is sick?

Remember that phone tree you filled out at the start of the season? It’s the one you listed your cell phone number on because everyone knows that you have your Android on you at all times. Well today it’s going into full effect to alert you and the other parents that your little MVPs need to be picked up early. That’s a call you would absolutely want to take, but the likelihood of it coming from another parent’s cell phone is high. If you haven’t added their number to your phone, then they will ring through as an unknown number, and because of that, you may choose to ignore their call. Suddenly you’ve become the break in the phone tree and on top of that, you’re late to pick up your little one.

But what if you had the Whitepages Caller ID app installed on your phone? That unknown number would prepopulate with the name of the other player’s parent. You’d call the next parent on the phone tree list and be on time for pick-up. Everybody wins!

With the Whitepages Caller ID app for Android, you know who’s calling even if they’re not listed in your phone’s contacts list. On top of that, you can block specific numbers and receive spam alerts to ensure that you only take the calls from the people who matter most in your life. Download it free today and discover all the ways Caller ID makes every day easier.

Black History Month: Tech inventors who shaped the modern world

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As Black History Month comes to a close, we salute African-American inventors in the tech field. We wouldn’t be enjoying our gadgets and apps without these amazing innovators. This list of dreamers and scientists include a “godfather”, a “father” and two women, who, along with the rest of these high achievers, have helped shape our modern, digital, connected world.

James E. West

jameswestEver talked on the telephone—or sung Karaoke for that matter? Well, um, of course you have – and we can thank Dr. West for developing a microphone technology that’s used in over 90% of microphones in use today, including in telephones. A 40-year veteran of Bell Labs, he holds numerous patents, and also has dedicated himself to encourage more people of color to get involved in science-related fields.

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Granville T. Woods

granvillewoodsWoods’ first two electrical inventions dealt with sound transmission. In 1884 he was granted a patent for a telephone transmitter that improved on Alexander Graham Bell’s invention of a decade earlier, carrying sound more loudly, clearly and over a longer distance, which is still used in modern telephones. Months later, Woods patented a “telegraphony,” a combination telegraph and telephone, which could transmit both oral and signal messages; if a user did not know Morse code (used with the telegraph) one could flip a switch on the telegraph and speak. The message would then be heard and received as speech. Woods sold his patent to the American Bell Telephone Company.

 

Mark Dean

markdeanThis top tech computer engineer helped design the IBM personal computer. With IBM colleague and co-inventor Dennis Moeller, he helped develop the interior hardware that allows computers to connect to printers, monitors and other devices. Ironically, the man who helped make the PC popular is now using only tablets. He says, in a blog post: “These days, it’s becoming clear that innovation flourishes best not on devices but in the social spaces between them, where people and ideas meet and interact.”

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Shirley Ann Jackson

shirleyjacksonThe first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. from MIT (specializing in Physics), Dr. Jackson is currently the President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, one of the Top 50 universities in the U.S. (according to U.S. News & World Report).

While working at Bell Labs, she applied her knowledge of physics to make advances in telecommunications, including developments in solar cell, touch tone phones, and helped make Caller ID (something particularly close to us at WP with our Caller ID app), and Call Waiting.

 

Otis Boykin

otisboykinBoykin patented a type of resistor in 1959 that is still used today in radios, televisions and computers, which control the flow of electricity into components. This makes for products that are safer, longer lasting and cheaper. He also invented a control unit for the pacemaker. In all, Boykin was granted 28 patents for electronic devices: Some of them are still used in the military and in consumer products.

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Roy L. Clay

royclaySometimes called the “godfather of black Silicon Valley”, Clay helped launch Hewlett-Packard’s computer division in the late 1960s and helped break down barriers for African-Americans in technology. He has helped the next generation of black tech innovators with his commitment to  recruitment and development of talent.

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Dr. Philip Emeagwali

philipemeagwaliThe inventor of the world’s fastest computer, Emeagwali took knowledge gained from his study of nature and bees and applied the efficiency of their honeycomb structure to create powerful computer processing. Using this construction, in 1989, the “Father of the Internet” used 65,000 processors to build the world’s fastest computer, one that performs computations at 3.1 billion calculations per second.

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Valerie Thomas

valerietomasFrom 1964-1995, Thomas honed her skills at NASA, where she and her team developed the first satellite to send images from space (Landsat). She also worked on computer programs used for research on Haley’s Comet and the ozone hole. In the mid-’70s, she began experimenting with concave mirrors and finally patented a 3-D Illusion Transmitter in 1980. Today, NASA uses the technology, doctors use it for medical imaging, and when you watch your 3-D television, thank Valerie Thomas.

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John Henry Thompson

jhthomasThompson taught himself several computer programming languages as a young man. With a degree from MIT in Computer Science and Art, his goal was to merge art and technology. His most famous invention is Lingo: a scripting language that helps create visuals in computer programs. Lingo and other programs he pioneered are used in many programs and apps with interactive graphics, animation, sound, and video. Lingo has also been used to create the flash and shockwave programs that are now prevalent in video games, web design, animation, and graphics.

WhitePages for Android arrives!

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Today marks the launch of the new WhitePages for Android application. In recent weeks there has been an Android explosion, and Google Android-powered phones are now available from almost every major US wireless carrier. AdMob recently noted that 20% of the smartphone market is now Android phones – that’s up from 2% just 8 months ago!

So, it’s not surprising that we’ve gotten a lot of requests to take the People Search, Business Search and Reverse Phone number search found in many of our other applications and make them available for Android phones. The new WhitePages app includes all of these features and more for free — and complements the Top 10 grossing Caller ID app that we released for Android earlier this year.

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Out Now! WhitePages Mobile for BlackBerry App World

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It’s been very busy in the WhitePages Mobile group lately, and this time I think we’ve really outdone ourselves.   So, I wanted to give you an update on WhitePages Mobile for BlackBerry – now available in BlackBerry App World.

While we have seen tremendous success and uptake from our iPhone and Android apps as well as the newly relaunched m.WhitePages.com, we wanted to design something new with the power BlackBerry user in mind.  It’s our best and most featured-packed application yet.

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