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Service: Vemail
Company: NCH Swift Sound
Download Link: Here
Location: Australia


Vemail is a cool little (234k download) voice-2-email application for windows machines. There aren’t many features, but it does what it does well.

Once you install and launch the application, you simply type in an email address (no support for multiple emails), hold the F6 button and talk. If you have a microphone, it will record what you say, and once you let F6 go, it will email the file as a sound file to the selected email address.

I did a quick test email and sent it to myself. A 14 second message was only a 23k wave file, emailed to me with the subject line “Vemail Voice Message� (note that you cannot change the subject line of the email).

The quality was great, the file size was manageable and overall it worked as promised. It is also free, which we approve of greatly. Try it out, and drop us a voice message at

Compare this service to Springdoo, which we profiled on July 27, 2005. Note that Springdoo is located in New Zealand, and Vemail is Australian. We like the rivalry. :-)

We also hear whispers that Nivi may be coming out with something somewhat similar, but much more interesting, in the near future.

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  • Dan MacTough

    So glad you mentioned So many of us are jonesing for track’s return.

  • David Damore

    Exciting changes just on the horizon. We can start to ‘see’ them now.
    Where all this leads in the next three to six months will be very interesting.

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  • dMix

    Yay, TechcrunchIT and Twitter again. Plus some FriendFeed mentions.

    I love getting my business technology news here.

  • Nik Cubrilovic

    would like to hear what developers of twitter apps think of this.

  • Nik Cubrilovic

    dMix: might not seem relevant to you right now, but we wont be getting very far in building out web services if even Twitter, once a leading light in openess, is protecting user data in this way. How are we supposed to ask the big guys to co-operate?

  • Luke S.

    The reasonable assumption that you make regarding Summize recording and parsing through the feed sounds quite plausible. Now, why can’t Twitter just set up several mirror sites that do something similar and then transition to a new architecture later?

    That way, they might just be able to also open up the XMPP stream to everyone else.

  • Scott Kingery

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    Now lets hope that TwitterSpy can scale.

  • Mindaugas Dagys


    In the light of this maybe idea of decentralized Twitter starts looking more appealing, even though this is promoted by Dave Winer.
    We all would not be at the mercy of what the service owners decide (what is best in their business interests).

    To Twitter: do you really think you are going to win fighting your most dedicated users?

  • Matt Terenzio


    I was planning on using Summize in my client to imitate Track anyway, so it doesn’t change my plans as a developer of an app. . .but. . .

    There is no way that Twitter can claim witha straight face that this is in response to technical challenges. It’s completely a business decision.

    Hell, the Twitter developer community is so ga-ga over Twitter they’d be lining up to mirror the firehose stream in the way that SourceForge and Linux-distros get mirrored by the community.

    In fact, that’s what would still happen if they hadn’t put conditions on the way Summize and the others can use the data. But I’m sure they have and that kinda proves it’s a business move, not a technical one.

  • Paris

    At last a Steve Gillmor that does NOT drone on about Twitter… on wait sorry my mistake.

  • come on...

    excuse me, why is Twitter / Summize / FriendFeed considered IT news? It’s not as if we’re not getting enough of them in TechCrunch…
    Can we get to more interesting & relevant news? I suggest a VMWAre update, seems pretty dynamic over there today, and surprisingly (or not?) neither TechCrunch IT nor TechCrunch have written about it. Sure, it’s way more fun to write about Twitter, right.

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