News in Short: Voice in Gmail calls hit one million on first day, iTunes U downloads hits 300 million


Voice in Gmail use hits one million on first day

Users of the aptly named Voice in Gmail made more than one million calls in the service’s first day. The service allows users to call landlines and cellphones from their Gmail accounts. The service is available in both Canada and the U.S., but Canadians can’t buy long distance credits while the U.S. can. Long distance rates range from 2 cents to 98 cents per minute.

iTunes U downloads hits three million

In just over three years, iTunes U downloads have topped 300 million. It has become one of the world’s most popular online educational catalogs: over 800 universities throughout the world have active iTunes U sites, and nearly half of these institutions distribute their content publicly on the iTunes Store. 

“iTunes U makes it easy for people to discover and learn with content from many of the world’s top institutions,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of Internet Services. “With such a wide selection of educational material, we’re providing iTunes users with an incredible way to learn on their computer, iPhone, iPod or iPad.”

And just for fun, check out this quote from Apple’s press release, which must have been written by Jesus, because who else could claim such grandeur notions with such unwavering authority?

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple is reinventing the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.