WhatsApp uses your phone number as your identity, although aside from an SMS message during initial setup, no messages are actually sent via SMS. One of the only complaints I had with WhatsApp was I could not complete the setup using my Google Voice number, you know the only phone number I actually use or give out. This dramatically limited the usefulness of WhatsApp as no one could find me, and if I started a conversation I first had to identify myself.
I contacted WhatsApp support recently, and while they state that using a Google Voice number is not officially supported there is an easy way to make it work.
I successfully configured WhatsApp for Android to work with my Google Voice number, I suspect it should work the same on iOS and Blackberry.
Here are the steps
1. Install WhatsApp 2. When prompted for a phone number enter your Google Voice number 3. Allow the automatic confirmation process to fail (5 minutes on Android), while that is happening you will receive a text with a 3 digit code in your Google Voice account hang on to that 4. On the manual confirmation screen use the code received in your Google Voice account (if that does not work use the "call me" option to receive a call on your Google Voice number with a code.
That’s it, you should now have WhatsApp configured to use with your Google Voice number.
Making Two Factor Authentication (even) easier
Thu, Aug 7th 2014 7:01a Mitch Cohen If you pay attention to the news you know you should be protecting your accounts with strong unique passwords, and two factor authentication wherever it is supported. Two factor authentication improves your security by requiring (as the name implies) as second piece of information to authenticate which is usually a number generated by an app on your phone or received via text or email. A while ago I posted this tip to make two factor authentication a little easier, now I want to follow that [read] Keywords: email
Nominations are Open for the IBM Mail Next Design Advisory Program
Wed, May 28th 2014 6:03a Mitch Cohen Interested in IBM Mail Next? Want a voice in shaping the product? Nominate yourself to participate in the Design Advisory Program for Mail Next.
You need to be an IBM SmartCloud Notes Customer, or a Business Partner with a SmartCloud Demo Account to participate.
Kramer Reeves: IBM Mail Next – Design Advisory Program – Open for Nominations!
IBM Design Advisory Program for IBM Mail Next – Nomination Form [read] Keywords: ibm
CloudGOO – combine all of your cloud storage into one drive
Fri, Mar 28th 2014 3:11p Mitch Cohen I installed CloudGOO on my Android phone today (they say an iOS version is in the works), I love the idea of showing all my cloud based files across different services as if they were all together on one big drive. CloudGOO also supports automatic upload where you can specify which service to use, or let CloudGOO decide based on the space you have available.
CloudGOO [read] Keywords: google
Pley – The Netflix of LEGO
Tue, Mar 25th 2014 8:10a Mitch Cohen My friend Daniel tweeted this link to me this morning about Pley, the “Netflix of LEGO” where you can borrow and return LEGO sets. My first reaction was “That is Brilliant”, my second reaction was “until I have to return a set and spend hours searching the house to figure out where the kids lost all the pieces” [read] Keywords: twitter
IBM Connect 2014 By the Numbers
Thu, Feb 6th 2014 12:16p Mitch Cohen Here is a quick look back at IBM Connect 2014 by the numbers
I felt like I did not take that many pictures this year, as I left the big camera behind most of the time and stuck with my phone, at the end of the week I somehow ended up with 2251 pictures between my phone and camera.
Here is my Flickr Collection for IBM Connect 2014
Everyone knows you walk, and walk, and walk at IBM Connect here were my Steps per day as tracked by my Fitbit One
Sunday – 18,428
Monday ̵ [read] Keywords: ibm
The 2014 Lotusphere Closing Ceremony
Thu, Feb 6th 2014 11:10a Mitch Cohen Yes it is called IBM Connect now, and the Closing General Session wraps up around 4:30 in the afternoon, but the true closing session takes place many hours later when Mat Newman finally removes his badge (well has his badge removed). The honor this year was given to Amanda Bauman.
The 2013 Lotusphere Closing Ceremony [read] Keywords: ibm