Google fax in 6 easy steps…great!


By Matt Gerchow

By Matt Gerchow

Do you need to send a fax from Gmail?

This is the right place!  You can be setup in the next few minutes.

Here’s what you need to send faxes from Gmail.

1. Gmail account.    Virtual email from Google.
2. Online fax number.   Virtual phone number for sending and receiving documents.

Google Fax in Six Easy Steps

Step 1.    Sign up for an email address with Gmail.

Step 2.    Select an internet based fax company to process your faxes.

RingCentral lets you try it free for 30-days with no commitments.

Make sure you enter your gmail account when they ask for an email account.

So on to step 3…

Step 3.    Once you are logged into your Gmail account, go ahead and click the Compose Email button over on the top left.

Step 4.    Where you would normally enter the To: email, you enter the persons fax number followed the extension…like this:

Sample Fax Email

Step 5. Add anything you want on the cover sheet within the subject of the email. Then attach whichever document, file or picture you want to send as a fax.

You can also type in the body of the email… like this.


Step 6. Go ahead and click the Send button and your all set. That’s it!

Good enough, your first Google fax is out!

Oh, there’s one more thing. You may have heard that you can send or receive faxes for free. That may be possible using two different services, or from letting them put ads on your fax. It just gives off the wrong impression from the very start.

Don’t do that!

Faxing like a real business is only a few bucks a month, especially when you compare it to the cost of having a second phone line, a fax machine, paper, toner and everything else.

When a service comes out that DOES send and receive for free, I will be the first to tell you about it.

Google Fax

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Google Glass Now Welcoming Developers

googleglasspicGoogle recently revealed its new Glass Development Kit at a Glass hackathon event. The event was designated to welcome developers to start creating new apps for its Google Glass technology. The development kit will provide developers with access to elements of Glass that were previously unavailable. Developers will now be able to create Glass apps that will be able to work offline, in total real time, and still make use of the Google Glass GPS and hardware.

Google’s senior developer advocate addressed the group present at the event, sharing that even though Google hasn’t made it easier to install apps on Glass, statistics have shown that around 83 percent of all Glass owners have at least one app installed. Having access to the be able to use on a daily basis for work or personal endeavors. Previously, developers were only allowed to develop Glass apps with the Mirror API, which didn’t have as many programming options available.

There were also several companies present at the Glass hackathon event. The goal was to provide a demo for some of the apps that they had built with early access to the new development kit. One Glass app known as Word Lens allows for users to translate printed words as they view them, replacing them with words from the targeted language. Although the app wasn’t perfect and may not work with all fonts, it demonstrated the amount of potential and array of options that are available to those who are utilizing Glass and also making use of the new development kit in the future. Glass owners will be able to install new apps created from the development kit as early as today.

How to Speed up Gmail Message Delivery

gmailSome users have reported that their Gmail runs very slowly or doesn’t allow them to view attachments. More often than not, this isn’t an issue associated with the network connection, but rather an issue with other programs that may be running at the same time or even browser extensions. More specifically, some antivirus and security programs have been known to slow Gmail down. If security software has always been used on the computer, then it may be a sign that something else is responsible for the hiccups in Gmail; however, if the antivirus or security software is a new addition, it may be a good idea to turn it off temporarily and check how this affects the connection.

Using browser extensions and add-ons have also been known to slow down Gmail and hinder its proper function. If users have installed any new browser extensions lately, they should disable Cialis them according to order of installation and check to see if the mail process speeds up. It is fairly common for users to discover that they need to disable a new browser extension or replace it with a more updated version. Assuming these options don’t work, users may also want to consider clearing the browser cache.

Checking the task manager is another means of figuring out why Gmail is running slow. Depending on the browser that is in use, there may be other programs running on the computer that are absorbing all of the memory needed for the email process. Users can force close any suspected programs that may be conflicting with Gmail and check for an improvement in speed. Typically, users that follow one or more of these suggestions find that their Gmail speed increases dramatically and greatly impacts the overall performance of the email process.

Gmail App Gets an iPad Upgrade

gmailforipadA new Gmail for iPad upgrade has been released to Apple users. Although the app originally had a slow start and gained a lot of questionable feedback, it seems to have finally managed to harness the full power of the iPad. The greatest feature that has been added to the app is the navigation panel on the left size, as well as a series of views that can be used to provide streamlined, efficient email interaction. Although the Gmail app lacks the functionality to connect accounts other than Google accounts, it’s a great option for loyal Gmail users.

For those who use Gmail as their only email service, the Gmail app is the most highly recommended option. It provides access to many of the features of Gmail that cannot typically be accessed from the regular can try out the navigation tools in landscape mode and then use the full screen mode in portrait for a more elegant effect. Google has also updated the app to match up more noticeably with the theme of iOS 7. Although the changes are subtle, they make the app feel more customized to the user experience and almost make it feel like this is a completely different app from the original Gmail for iPad app released previously.

This is also an ideal option for those who rely on Gmail on a regular basis for business and personal use. Being able to access Gmail more effectively from the app on iPad ensures that users never have to miss out on an email or scramble for Gmail access on their other devices due to the app glitching out. There have not been any bugs reported on the app thus far, making it a stable upgrade to the Gmail experience.

Apple Issues Mavericks Update for Gmail

Icon-GmailApple’s latest OS X 10.9 Mavericks update was released in the past few days to address problems that some people were experiencing with their mail. The company released a free patch to address and fix the problems that were related to the Apple Mail app, as well as Gmail accounts. Some of the most common issues reported included unread message tallies disappearing and some mail being unintentionally duplicated. Other issues associated with Gmail prior to the update included an issue that prevented users from being able to move, delete, and archive messages if they have their own custom settings. The latest patch brings additional improvements to stability and compatibility, which should provide users with a more consistent and reliable Gmail experience during usage.

Although the update has been working for some people, it has brought its own share of issues and problems. There are many individuals who are trying to determine if accepting the Mavericks update to fix their Apple Mail and Gmail accounts is worth some of the other technical issues that are present with the release of the new patch. However, reports show that most people have ultimately opted to make use of the update because they rely greatly on email as a method of communication.

As a whole, the update does manage to bring life back to Gmail for Apple users, who previously found themselves unable to fully access the functions that most users rely upon for communication. Currently, it is unknown if there will be further patches in the future to address some of the other glitches that are present with the Mavericks update. There have been claims that there are Mavericks patches on the way for options such as iBooks and Safari, though nothing else has been slated for updates to Gmail or Apple Mail.

Improve Your Productivity with Gmail

Super_Gmail_Logo1If you’re one of the many people who deal with a hectic schedule and rely greatly on the use of your email for communication, you may want to consider learning how to utilize Gmail more towards your own advantage. Here’s some tips you can use to make your Gmail experience more efficient and gain more free time to pursue your goals.

Allow Gmail to prioritize your inbox
The amount of time that is spent trying to sort through email to find the most important information usually outweighs the amount of time spent reading those important emails. The best way to ensure that your time in your inbox is spent more efficiently is to allow for Gmail to automatically prioritize your inbox for you instead.

Get a professional email address
Having a professional email address can be crucial for individuals who are seeking to provide the best impression for their business endeavors. Making use of Google Apps for Business provides users with a customized email and many other perks for a low, affordable price.

Learn how to send fax
The ability to send fax from your Gmail account is one of the most convenient options available when you need to send documents securely and quickly. Gmail’s ability to combine seamlessly with the internet fax industry ensures that you will never have to deal with the hassle of using a traditional fax machine ever again.

Send pre-written responses
If you tend to receive a lot of the same inquiries on a regular basis, you may want to consider making use of the canned responses feature provided with Gmail. This option can save you a lot of time by ensuring that you don’t have to use your free time writing personalized messages to answer some of those more frequently asked questions.

Gmail Involved in Email Showdown

gmailAlthough there have been claims for years that the end of email is imminent, it would seem that it is actually a mode of communication that will continue to last throughout the next few decades. That topic aside, there are many people who wonder which company provides the best free email service. Gmail is obviously one of the most popular options, but most would consider that there is still competition from options such as Yahoo!, Outlook, AOL,, and Hushmail. For this reason, some people would consider it difficult to determine which option may be the best.

Generally speaking, if someone isn’t using Gmail, then they’re likely to be using Outlook instead. People tend to choose email providers based on their own needs, whether they are using their email address for personal matters, business matters, or both. For this reason, even though Gmail and Outlook may have the highest competition, a lot of their users may not even be using these providers platforms to their full potential. Gmail is the most preferential, however, because it provides a wide array of different functions and options, such as faxing directly from the users email account.

As email continues to be a long lasting form of communication, there is going to be a more obvious showdown between email providers. Gmail is going to likely take center stage during this showdown since Google works almost endlessly to ensure that the company provides the strongest products and platforms for its users. As time progresses, it’s very possible that some email providers will become less popular or even almost non-existent in terms of competition. If Google continues to evolve Gmail to include more reliable features and make the email experience more convenient for its users, it will have no problem maintaining a lead in the industry, even if Outlook remains as competition.

Security Leader Metasploit DNS Registrar Hacked by Fax

faxmachineexploitedKDMS Team, a pro-Palestinian group of hackers, recently hacked the website of leading net security firm, Metasploit. The group carried out the attack using a fax machine. The hack itself was based on a DNS redirect, which occurs when an attacker changes the records used to tell web browsers what server is located behind the related web address. In the case of the Metasploit hack, the redirect was accomplished by faxing a faked redirect request to Metasploit’s registrar, Metasploit’s parent company, Rapid7, has already stated that it is investigating the situation and has also released apologies for the service disruption.

After the hijack, another hacker known as somewhat new presence on Twitter, it seemed very suspicious that it would know and follow accounts that have not been active for such a long period of time. Th3 J35ter also claims to have identified the actual identities of the people within the KDMS team, including a Facebook page of one of the members.

The Metasploit hack is a prime example of various exploits that are possible via the use of fax technology, though commonly not targeted. Under most hacking scenarios, any exploits and attacks that are used are generally not achieved by use of fax because hackers tend to target other types of technology and code due to their mainstream usage and popularity. However, the Metasploit hack is also a clear reminder that exploits can be achieved, even with the use of fax, and that this is one technology that continues to be relevant on a precautionary level.

Google Involved in J2 Globals Online Fax Monopoly?

faxonlineJ2 Global Communications, a company known mainly for internet fax services, has often been associated with pushing the boundaries of what is usually acceptable in the online market. However, now their business practices have recently begun to gain more attention and may have the potential to pull down Google’s reputation as well. In order to create an illusion of choice for potential consumers, J2 Global has operated under numerous names, including,,,,, and As a result, they effectively manage to control around 90% of the internet fax market. The company screens everything as if it was actually separate companies and then sets varying prices as it sees suitable.

Google becomes involved by the amount of internet traffic that is brought to J2’s websites based on their search engine. Whenever someone searches for “online faxing” via Google, most of the results that they are provided with come from J2 companies and websites. Technically, these practices are prohibited by Google AdWords ‘double serving policy’ which states that multiple ads that are provided by accounts owned by the same corporate entity are not allowed when they are caused by the same keyword. Simply searching “online faxing” reveals that this policy is obviously in violation.

Although most people wouldn’t consider this to be a huge issue, the fact of the matter is that Google has built most of its reputation on providing reliable search results; and they did this long before they started releasing innovative technology and products. It is not directly obvious if Google is aware of the practices being used by J2 Global Communications or if they have yet to realize that the majority of their results are provided by companies providing the illusion of choice. However, most would agree that Google has a responsibility to focus on allowing a fair market to its users.

Google Glass Apps Reveal Analytics, Faxes Instantly

googleglassA Wichita mobile and web developer has found a new functionality for Google Glass; the ability to fax. Although Chad Smith develops apps on a regular basis, he claims that he found some particular humor in developing an app for Google Glass that would allow individuals to fax more easily from the device. He uses it regularly at work. Smith initially believed Glass to be quite limited and viewed it as a high-end camera, driving him to develop apps that would make the device more useful and provide it with more functionality.

In regards to faxing, Smith uses a virtual fax number that allows him to receive a document from his doctor’s office. He can then read each page of the fax by using Google Glass or he can choose to take a picture of the documents with the device and then send them to another fax number, making the faxing experience far more convenient and efficient than it would be normally. However, Smith has also developed many other apps that allow him to improve the efficiency and experience that he has while using Google Glass.

One app allows him to check some of the most important statistics associated with Google Analytics, such as the amount of page views or visitors per day. This can be crucial since he needs to review data for clients sites on a regular basis while he is in meetings. An app for Google AdSense allows for Smith to check the amount of income that has been earned from ads being featured on clients websites. Additionally, an app developed for Whois Lookup ensures that he is able to check whether domain names are available and whether or not they can be purchased immediately; a function that is very important to many clients that he meets with for work. For many, it’s just another example that the sky is truly the limit when dealing with the functionalities of Google Glass.

Google's Nexus 5 Phone Already a Success

nexus5Although it has just been announced recently, Google’s Nexus 5 phone is already seeming to start off as a hit success among many loyal Google users and smartphone users alike. Unlocked versions of the phone are available at $349 for 16 GB or$399 for 32 GB. Individuals who are seeking to have a 2-year contract with T-Mobile or Sprint can get the phone for $49.55. The phone works with all GSM carriers around the world. Most are considering that the Nexus 5 is one of the most affordable smartphones offered to date with innovative features and Google’s latest technology.

The phone features a 4.95 inch 1080p touch screen and comes loaded with the new Android 4.4 KitKat operating system. It is the first Google phone to include this newly released operating system and there are a lot of people who are hopeful that it will solve the common fragmentation issues that have become common with each release. Nexus 5 supports high-speed LTE and also includes an 8 MP rear facing camera that features an HDR+ setting. In comparison to the Nexus 4, Nexus 5 is lighter but touts a slightly longer length.

The new KitKat operating system makes this phone far more efficient in comparison to previous models. There is an amazing voice search feature which allows users to search from any home screen by simply saying “OK Google.” Users can also make a phone call, get directions, or launch apps via the use of the voice search. Google claims that there’s a talk time of around 17 hours, 300 hours standby time, and up to 7 hours of Internet use with LTE. They also plan on releasing a wireless charger for the phone in the future. Overall, Nexus 5 is easily a reliable phone that should make a strong impression on smartphone users.