Kodak follows the Ektra with a tablet thanks to new license agreement

Why it matters to you

Just because something has the Kodak name on it doesn’t mean it was actually designed by the historic camera company, and its new tablet is no exception.

After introducing a smartphone at the end of 2016, Kodak’s next venture will be into tablets — sort of. On Thursday, February 16, the Eastman Kodak Company announced that it would license the Kodak name to Archos, a European company, for tablets.

The company has licensed its brand name to several different products since filing for bankruptcy back in 2012. The Kodak Ektra smartphone, for example, is designed and manufactured by the Bullitt Group. By licensing their brand name, the company puts its stamp on products that may not have otherwise come to light, or at least not with the trusted Kodak name on it.

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The upcoming tablet is expected to use an 8-megapixel camera and 3G for sharing those photos. The Kodak-branded tablet will also come preloaded with several photo and video apps. The tablet will use a “chic design with the latest technologies,” the company says.

While specific details were limited with the new brand license announcement, Archos expects to bring the tablet to market before this summer.

”We are excited to be adding Archos to our portfolio of brand licensees,” said Brian Cruz, vice president and general manager of Kodak’s Consumer Products Group. “Archos has a strong track record in the computer tablet sector. The French brand was the first to introduce a Google Android tablet in 2009 and is recognized as a key player in the European tablet market with broad retail presence.”

Kodak’s range of branded products that don’t actually come from the company ranges from printers to camera accessories, flashlights to eyeglass lenses. According to its website, each product Kodak licenses from other companies is vetted to adhere to Kodak’s standards even though they don’t come from the company’s development team.

Kodak says the brand license is for the European tablet market. It’s unclear if the branded tablet will also make it’s way outside of Europe.

Need help navigating Snapchat? Snap’s official video guide has you covered

Why it matters to you

Snapchat has never offered much in the way of tips on how to use its app. But that’s changing now it has to explain its product to investors, meaning its opening up like never before.

Snapchat is popular but still a pain to navigate for new users — and even some of its hardcore fans don’t know it as well as they think they do.

If you’re having trouble discerning stories from geofilters, help is at hand in the form of the official product guide from Snapchat parent company Snap Inc. However, the newly released clip isn’t actually aimed at users, which is odd seeing as it provides a solid step-by-step overview to the app. Instead, the video is for potential investors Snapchat is hoping will help it raise an estimated $3 billion when it goes public next month. You can view the clip, along with its other presentational roadshow items, here.

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The company also recently provided a handy breakdown of its various functions in its initial public offering filing. But the colourful, close to 9-minute video is even better. It’s not just a marketing gimmick either, the clip is the closest the secretive company has ever come to officially explaining its product. Until now, it kept a cool distance, leaving it up to its (predominantly) young user base to figure out all of its weird and wonderful features.

The clip takes you through seven key sections relating to the app and the features they contain, including “camera,” “making a snap,” “creative tools,” “sending a snap,” “adding friends,” “chat,” “storytelling,” and “Memories.” The video’s minimal style sees an animated hand guide the viewer through each function. Not only does the explainer help you to understand what the most important aspects of the app are, but also shows you what its icons mean, and how its touch gestures work.

Before you know it you’ll have your own Bitmoji, be chatting with friends, and sharing stories on a regular basis. Alongside the product overview, Snap has also released two other videos geared toward investors, among them a 35-minute clip that lays down its history, future goals, and internal workings.

‘Lightseekers’ puts the action back into action figures

Aren't these guys cute?
Aren’t these guys cute?

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Lightseekers, the role-playing game from Play Fusion and TOMY that seeks to bring video game action into the real world, has made the transition from Kickstarter to store shelves. 

On Saturday, at the New York Toy Fair, the makers announced that the game will get Toys “R” Us distribution, with pre-sales starting in April.

The game has come a long way since Play Fusion first showed it to us in October. Back then, the action figures were so unfinished, they wouldn’t let us photograph them.

Now, this video/real-world/augmented reality mashup looks ready for action.

The brains of this operation are in the Fusion Core.

The brains of this operation are in the Fusion Core.

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Combining video games and action figures that look like something out of a steroids version of Pokémon and augmented reality, Lightseekers features 7-inch-tall, fully articulated action figures. Each one accepts a tiny, plug-in computer, called the Fusion Core, that adds Bluetooth, intelligence, vibration motors and speakers. 

These action figures actually figure into the action.

These action figures actually figure into the action.

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The Bluetooth is used to communicate with your computer so that each action figure can interact with the Lightseekers video game. If, for instance, you change the physical weapon on the figure, it changes on screen as well. Even the weapons have some intelligence, remembering progress that can then be shared with other characters that use the weapon.

Lightseekers integrates augmented reality, too.

Lightseekers integrates augmented reality, too.

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The Lightseekers universe will also include 386 trading cards that include an augmented reality component that players can activate by holding the cards in front of their computer’s forward-facing camera. Characters can be virtually swiped from the card into the video game.

Yes, it looks like Whack-A-Mole to us, too.

Yes, it looks like Whack-A-Mole to us, too.

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If kids get bored with the video game, they can use the characters as controllers, using the physical characters like joysticks to control their avatars through a flying obstacle course. Play Fusion also showed us how buttons on the back of the action figures can be used to play an on-screen game of whack-a-mole.

When the sets go on sale in April, Lightseekers will list for $69.99 for the starter kit (one figure, one Fusion Core, a weapon and six trading cards) and accessories will start at $14.99.

Co-founder conflict

Here’s how it felt in the weeks before I resigned from my last startup: I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t eat. Resting pulse at 120. I had reached a point where I couldn’t agree with my co-founder over the future of the company. I had to step away from the startup for which I shed blood, sweat and tears. I didn’t want to do it, but I reached a point, physically and mentally, where I couldn’t handle the stress anymore.

This is the first public post in which I’ve ever talked about it, but through advising hundreds of startups, I’ve learned that my story is not uncommon.

Every co-founder situation is different, but one common problem that keeps popping up revolves around how the founders engage in conflict: either not enough, or far too much.

Being successful will mask co-founder problems

Founder drama happens even in situations where you wouldn’t expect it to crop up. Success will cover up many sins. When things are going up and to the right, things might be going wrong underneath and you won’t be aware of it. It’s the black ice of startups. It’s dangerous because every startup will hit the skids sooner or later. You can’t count on good times forever — winter is coming.

Posterous, the startup I co-founded in 2008, grew 10X yearly and became a top 200 Quantcast website in that time. But by the end of 2010, growth had flatlined. When things were going well, we were too busy keeping the site online to have anything to disagree about.

I learned the hard way that if you haven’t prepared for conflict in your co-founder relationship, you’ll be at each other’s throats right at the moment when you most need to be working well together.

We learned history is not enough —  you’ve got to maintain it like any relationship.

The mistake that my co-founder and I made was in avoiding the dynamics of our co-founder marriage altogether. We rarely spoke directly and honestly with one another. We didn’t stop to reflect on what he needed or I needed. We never sought professional support to ensure the health of our partnership. When the honeymoon ended, there was no healthy foundation to support the company.

During my time as a partner at Y Combinator, we always looked closely at how well co-founders knew each other before they started. Most people think of good co-founding pairs in purely functional terms: a business person paired with a technical person. This is deeper than that, because when conflict does arise (and it always does), if you have nothing in common other than the startup, you’ll struggle to find common ground at the worst of times. It’s necessary for founders to have something in common, but not sufficient in and of itself.

In my case, I had known my co-founder for more than eight years, and we had been friends since college. We had history, but we learned history is not enough —  you’ve got to maintain it like any relationship. It isn’t enough that you’ve been friends for years. It matters what your relationship is like now.

Avoiding conflict

With hindsight, I now realize my rift with my co-founder was entirely preventable. We stopped spending time together because we were avoiding conflict. I wanted so much for us to succeed, and I wanted so much for us to be great co-founders (and to maintain the narrative that we were close and had a good partnership) that I skipped the hard work that it takes to get that relationship and do our best work: embracing conflict and resolving it. It’s a problem that I’ve recognized over and over again in founders with whom I’ve worked both as an advisor and investor.

If you haven’t spent time together outside of work, ask yourself why? If you see your co-founder coming down the hall, do you alter your course to avoid them? Do you try to keep your interactions at a minimum? If so, that’s a clear sign you’re avoiding conflict by just avoiding them, period. That’s just not going to work.

Founders sometimes take the avoidance route to an extreme. One recently told me that he decided to talk to his co-founder only once monthly, claiming it to be the only valid way forward. This was a pretty extreme case of avoidant behavior! I told them they had to either radically spend 10X more time working through issues and resolving them, or prepare to split.

Successful co-founders actually embrace conflict.

It’s the same script all over again: Co-founder conflict is bad, so if we minimize how often it happens, that’s the best possible case. It’s a trap!

My executive coach, Cameron Yarbrough, points out that this is usually the moment the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse show up: defensiveness, criticism, contempt and stonewalling. When psychologist John Gottman (author of the Four Horseman concept) identifies those behaviors in marital relationships, he’s able to predict relationship failure with uncanny accuracy. The same thing holds true for co-founders.

Successful co-founders actually embrace conflict, and are constantly in the process of resolving it. If you can’t argue and arrive at the best solution, you’re not doing the work to actually have a real, healthy working relationship.

You have to actually lean into the conflict and come out with a solution that makes sense, over and over again. If you find yourself avoiding it, then you have to consciously expend effort to fight that default behavior.

Don’t agree on something? Don’t leave the room until you have a resolution.

An hour is not enough? Cancel your weekend, go on a hike and figure it out.

In these situations, there’s nothing more important than for you and your co-founders to do the work and come out of it stronger.

Too much conflict? Establish boundaries

Of course, fighting all the time is no good either. It’s a recipe for a frayed relationship sooner or later. When founders are in a situation where they are fighting about everything all the time, it usually means that their individual roles are not well-defined enough. Two hacker founders refuse to give up ground over an architectural decision,  product-oriented founders with similar skill sets fight over direction and so on.

Here’s the best way to handle it: Make a list of all of the areas needed for your business. Then figure out who is best at each part, and assign one person to it. If someone’s better at sales, they should own that. Likewise for DevOps or any other specific task that is core to your business. That person is officially the owner of that thing. Everyone agrees to hear each other out when a decision comes up, but once the owner decides, all debate is over. Everyone moves on. You can’t debate things forever, and co-founders need to be able to trust each other.

Embracing conflict, fighting fair

If this is your first company, this might be the first time you’ve had to make decisions at this stage. What does it actually mean to embrace conflict? What is fighting fair?

Embrace conflict instead of abandoning yourself. Some founders know what they want, and know what’s right, but give up before the fight even starts. If this sounds like you, don’t feel bad about it — that was me too. I’ve always valued harmony in my interactions with everyone I work with. But with time, and, again, sometimes the hard way, I’ve learned you can’t sacrifice what you know to be right in order to get to that harmony early. You’ve got to fight. Don’t swallow your words. If you have a point, make sure you are heard.

It’s not aggression either. You shouldn’t bulldog your way to a decision. The loudest in the room shouldn’t necessarily and automatically be the one who wins. This is actually conflict avoidance of a different stripe — one that doesn’t give any space to any competing idea at all. You may be sure you’re right, but in a fair and balanced conflict, there’s no downside to listening first and letting the other side know you hear them.

Co-founders need to be able to trust each other.

Fighting fair is collaborative and data-based. One concrete thing before you start to work through conflict is to always remind yourselves: You’re on the same team.

Everyone in the room wants to win, and all of you want to make this company successful. With that, you’re ready to go talk about the problem as a process, where different viewpoints are aired and evaluated directly. You fail at this only when you try to skip to the end, either by giving up before you begin (self-abandonment) or asserting you’re right before anyone even gets to get a word in edgewise.

One concrete way to get more direct experience with this is what’s called a T-Group, which is a technique developed for the Stanford GSB’s Interpersonal Dynamics program to train people in precisely this kind of fighting fair. Nonprofit InnerSpace regularly hosts them, and many founders describe the experience as being extremely valuable.

Get help

Some of you reading this will have been through all of the exercises above, and more. For those of you who are at the end of your rope with your co-founders, I have one final piece of advice: Get help!

Talk to your most trusted friends, investors and mentors. Startups are crazy things, after all. You’re trying to do something nobody else has done, and it can feel very lonely, like you’re the only one who has ever had this problem. Trust me, it helps to get outside of your head and talk through what you’re seeing with other founders and friends.

Don’t be afraid to bring in the pros. Be open to getting professional help, either individually (to help you respond to the ongoing conflict) or as a group (similar to how a marriage counselor can save a marriage). I can’t recommend executive coaching enough for founders, especially when a company-killing conflict is on the line. You have employees and customers who depend on you to make the right call, and you owe it to them to make sure you do. Athletes have coaches and trainers who help them get to peak performance. Knowledge work can be just as demanding, and I’ve seen many founders find their partnerships saved this way.

Co-founder disputes are the No. 1 early startup killer, but it doesn’t have to be that way

Co-founder disputes have historically been one of the top reasons startups fail at the earliest possible stage. Most that do fail do so because conflict (either too much or too little) is left unresolved for too long; with these tools, you’ll at least be a little more prepared against that possibility.

Embrace the conflict — just the right amount — and you’ll get through this, too.

Thanks to my executive coach, Cameron Yarbrough, for reading drafts of this.

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How to recover lost contacts on an iPhone

Contacts are an important part of your iPhone, especially if you’re constantly making calls, sending emails, or texting friends and family. You may have one long contact list, or one that’s been meticulously organized and sorted to make navigation easier. Contacts are so integral to staying in touch with others that it’s hard to imagine not having that convenient, easy-to-reach list of everyone you’ll ever need to reach out to.

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In fact, it’s so convenient, few of us remember phone numbers or email addresses in our heads anymore. This isn’t usually an issue, but it can become a problem when a particular contact, or multiple contacts, are accidentally deleted or lost during the sync process, or when restoring from a backup. It’s an unfortunate situation to be in, but one that’s easily rectified if you know how to recover lost contacts on an iPhone. Thankfully, you only need to use iCloud to do so.

Recovering contacts using iCloud

This is the go-to method for retrieving lost contact information — as well as other things like Reminders and Calendar events — and it comes directly from Apple. All you need is a computer, your Apple ID and password, and a bit of time.

Restore contacts using iCloud.com

  1. Go to iCloud.com and sign in with your aforementioned Apple ID and password.
  2. Once signed in, click the Settings icon.
  3. Scroll down to the Advanced section and click Restore Contacts.
  4. You’ll be shown a list of previously made archives. Find the date of an archive that should still have your contacts list intact and click Restore.
  5. Click Restore again to confirm and begin the restoration process. Once it’s done, an email will be sent to the address tied to your Apple ID.

It should be noted that doing this will replace the contacts currently on your iPhone, as opposed to just adding the ones that are missing. If you added new contacts prior to this process, they’ll be lost. Thankfully, your current contacts list will be archived before the restore is applied, so you can retrieve them following these same steps.

To do so, follow the first three steps of this article, but instead of choosing an archive from a previous date, pick the archive made the same day you performed your restoration. You can also do this if you accidentally restore your contact using the wrong archive.

A big apartment management company is suing Airbnb

Oh, how the tables can turn. After suing San Francisco, New York City and Anaheim, Airbnb has found itself on the other side of a lawsuit. Apartment Investment & Management Company (Aimco), which owns or manages about 50,000 properties, is suing Airbnb, saying that the company is deliberately incentivizing people to breach their leases, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Aimco, which filed the lawsuit in California and Florida state courts, is seeking monetary damages as well as court orders to stop Airbnb from enabling people to breach their leases. Aimco’s beef with Airbnb is that its platform brings people with “unvetted personal histories” (sound familiar?) with “no vested interest in maintaining a peaceful community atmosphere” inside their buildings.

“It is not acceptable to us that Airbnb actively promotes and profits from deliberate breaches of our leases, and does so in utter disregard of the disrespectful and unsafe situations created for our full-time residents and their families,” Aimco CEO Terry Considine said in a statement. “We are asking the courts to compensate Aimco for our losses and to enjoin Airbnb from participation in further illegal activity at our properties so that our law-abiding residents can enjoy a high quality living experience.”

The lawsuit comes after Aimco says it notified Airbnb in August, October and December of last year that some of the listings on Airbnb were in violation of Aimco’s lease agreements, Aimco wrote in a statement.

But Airbnb, being Airbnb, is of course going to fight this, saying that it is an “attack on the middle class by powerful interests” that “is wholly without merit,” an Airbnb spokesperson told The WSJ.

Airbnb has tried to appease landlords by offering to give them a cut of the revenue, but it’s not clear how well that initiative is going. Depending on how this case turns out, landlords down the road could feel either more or less inclined to take legal action against Airbnb.

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Microsoft Seeks Global Cybersecurity Accord

Microsoft has called on governments around the world to create a “digital Geneva Convention” as a way to normalize international cybersecurity rules and protect civilian use of the Internet.

President Brad Smith, who is also Microsoft’s chief legal officer, addressed the issue at the annual RSA conference held earlier this week in San Francisco, saying that governments — with the assistance of technology companies in the role of NGOs — need to establish international rules to protect civilians from cyberthreats during peacetime.

“The tech sector plays a unique role as the Internet’s first responders, and we therefore should commit ourselves to collective action that will make the Internet a safer place, affirming a role as a neutral Switzerland that assists customers everywhere and retains the world’s trust,” Smith wrote in an appeal posted online.

Digital Geneva Convention

Economic Damage

Seventy four percent of the world’s businesses expect to be hacked every year, with the economic losses from cybercrime averaging US$3 trillion per year, according to Microsoft.

Cyberattacks historically have focused on military and economic espionage, Smith noted. However, the 2014 attack on Sony was considered revenge against the company for the unflattering depiction of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in a film.

While cyberattacks in 2015 involved nation-states going after companies’ intellectual property, attacks in 2016 targeted various Democratic party and government institutions in the U.S., threatening the democratic process itself.

Microsoft spends more than $1 billion a year combating cybersecurity threats, Smith said, chiefly to guard against phishing schemes launched via email.

In response to increased nation-state attacks, Microsoft since last summer has taken down 60 domains in 49 countries, spread out across six continents, he pointed out. Officials from 20 countries around the world in 2015 recommended cybersecurity norms for nation-states designed to promote and open, secure, stable accessible and peaceful information and communications technology environment, Smith noted. The U.S. in China that year reached an agreement to refrain from conducting or supporting cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property. The group of 20 later affirmed the same principle.

Microsoft has collaborated with rival firms, including Google and Amazon, to combat cloud abuse, including spam and phishing sites, he said.

Institutional Threat

Microsoft is not alone in promoting cybersecurity cooperation among government institutions.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center earlier this week announced a new Democracy and Cybersecurity project, designed to address growing alarm about the impact of cyberattacks on democratic institutions.

The organization has urged the U.S. Congress to update federal data protection laws, and to establish a data protection agency designed to address the increased risks of identity theft and data breaches, said Marc Rotenberg, executive director of EPIC.

“Increasingly, we see a closer connection between cybersecurity and the protection of democratic institutions,” he told the E-Commerce Times. “EPIC is pursuing open government cases, Hill outreach and engagement with experts.”

The organization has filed two Freedom of Information Act requests in connection with the 2016 presidential election, when the Russian government undertook a campaign to influence the outcome in now President Donald Trump’s favor, based on the findings of all of the major U.S. intelligence agencies. The attacks included the release of hacked data from the Democratic National Committee and other related organizations linked to the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Microsoft’s effort to promote a global body laudable, but it would be too limited in scope to make much of a dent in the cybersecurity problem, suggested Ed Cabrera, chief cybersecurity officer at Trend Micro.

“A Geneva convention for cybersecurity … only addresses a small subset of the malicious activity that impacts consumers and enterprises on a daily basis,” he told the E-Commerce Times. “A much larger threat to global cybersecurity are [attacks] that emanate from cybercriminal undergrounds.

What is needed is a global cybersecurity strategy that “leverages the power of public-private partnerships,” Cabrera said. Such an effort could disrupt, degrade and deny the ability of cybercriminals to leverage their attacks.

A Department of Homeland Security spokesperson declined to comment on Microsoft’s proposal.

David Jones is a freelance writer based in Essex County, New Jersey. He has written for Reuters, Bloomberg, Crain’s New York Business and The New York Times.

Apple’s latest ad campaign uses giant tweets to convince you to buy an iPad Pro

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Is Apple trying to tell us something? 

The tech giant’s latest iPad Pro ads heavily feature Twitter — but nope, Apple isn’t buying the social network. 

The ads all feature giant print-outs of tweets. The tweets seem to be from regular Twitter users who are either skeptical about getting an iPad or frustrated with their old laptops and Wi-Fi. 

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Rumors swirled back in October that Apple or Google would make a bid for Twitter, which was reportedly seeking a buyer. 

Since then, others have argued that it’s unlikely Apple would want to take on Twitter, which loses money and comes with a lot of baggage (alt-right Nazi trolls, anyone?). 

But hey, maybe these ads are a sign. At least Apple likes Twitter when its tweets are glued to poster board. 

Weekly Rewind: Facebook vs. YouTube, animal-free pork, a Google Chromecast deal

A lot can happen in a week when it comes to tech. The constant onslaught of news makes it nigh impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of this week’s top 10 tech stories, from the return of the Nokia 3310 to how we can prevent AI from stealing our jobs — it’s all here.

Nokia announces the return of the legendary 3310

Readers of a certain age might recall the Nokia 3310, the 2000-era cell phone successor to the popular Nokia 3210. By today’s standards, it wasn’t particularly noteworthy. True to mobile handsets of its time, it featured physical number buttons, a tiny monochrome screen, and a durably bulbous design. This didn’t stop it from breaking sales records, however. With 126 million units sold worldwide, it’s one of the most successful phones ever made. And that goodwill is the reason why Nokia celebrated the 3310 with a live video tribute on Wednesday.

Read the full story here.

Toyota hits a green milestone with its 10 millionth hybrid sale

Sales of Toyota’s hybrid cars show no sign of hitting the brakes as the Japanese car giant announced this week that it’s now sold more than 10 million of its environmentally friendly motors worldwide. The company reached the milestone at the end of January, nearly 20 years after it first deployed the technology in the Coaster Hybrid EV minibus in August, 1997.

Read the full story here.

The workplace of the future tracks your every move, whether you like it or not

Access control is nothing new in the office world, where keys slowly migrated over to smart key cards. However, several new startups now aim to give employers a more vivid picture of their office environment by tracking everything their employees do — save for visiting the restroom — via smart sensors and new technologies. One of the most sophisticated companies in this brave new world is Enlighted, an IoT company whose goal is no less than “redefining smart buildings.”

Read the full story here.

How to record calls on your iPhone

In a time when our smartphones can help order pizzas, hail cabs, and detect heartbeats, you’d think it’d be easy to record a simple phone call. Sadly, it’s not. Despite what you may think, recording a call isn’t as easy as merely pressing a button on your iPhone, so in order to get it done you’ll need to install an app. There are tons of these littered across the Apple App Store and the web, and while many of them promise crystal-clear quality at a nonexistent price tag, very few live up to the claims. To help you pinpoint the right app for your needs, we’ve scoured the internet in search of the best call recorders and offered up a quick overview of our favorites in the paragraphs below. Just try not to forget about the whole legality thing.

More: Store your Skype calls for later reference with these free and paid tools

Editor’s Note: There are federal and state laws pertaining to the recording of phone calls. As a general rule of thumb, though, you shouldn’t run into any legal trouble if you capture both parties verbally consenting to the recording. Some states require that only one party consent, however, feel free to check your state or local laws if you need further clarification.

Record an incoming call using Google Voice

Surprisingly, Google Voice will record incoming calls for the stellar price of zero dollars. The only setbacks are that Google doesn’t allow you to record outgoing calls — only incoming ones — and you have to port your phone number over to Google to get access to the recording feature. This makes it rather inconvenient if you’re hoping to record any conversations that you yourself need to initiate, or if you like your current carrier.

Pro tip: The website GetHuman is a great workaround for recording customer service calls. The site allows you to notify a specific company that you’d like a rep to contact you.

To start recording incoming calls with Google Voice, you first need to set up an account. This is extremely easy — just head to voice.google.com and follow instructions. Once your account is up and running, the next step is to enable call recording so you can actually record and automatically save your conversation as an MP3 file.

Step 1: Navigate to the main Google Voice homepage.

Step 2: Click the gear icon in the upper-right and select Settings from the resulting drop-down menu.

Google Voice Settings

Step 3: Select the Calls tab and check the box directly beside Enable Recording, near the bottom of the page.

Google Voice Call Options

Once you do this, you can record incoming calls by pressing the number “4” on your phone’s keypad during the call. Doing so will trigger an automated voice notifying both parties that the call is being recorded. To stop recording, simply press “4” again or end the call as you would normally. After you stop recording, Google will automatically save the conversation to your Inbox, which is where all your recordings can be found, listened to, or downloaded.

If you want to listen to your recorded phone calls on your iPhone, you’ll need to download the Google Voice app.

  1. Launch the Google Voice app as you would normally.
  2. At the top left of the app, Tap Menu in the top-left corner of the app.
  3. Select Recorded.
  4. Find the call you want to listen to, and touch the recording to open it.
  5. Tap the play icon in the bottom-left corner.