September 30, 2007

Flick IM was launched as an AIM client for iPhone. It's back with a web chat client for AIM, MSN, Google Talk, ICQ, Yahoo and Jabber.

As Techcrunch reported new Flick IM allows you add applications similar to Facebook:

"FlickIM is letting applications integrate right into chat messages or as widgets along a sidebar. For instance, a Yelp widget will let users search for restaurants and send the reviews to friends through a chat message. Similar to Facebook, users will be able to add and remove the applications and notify their friends about what apps they have installed.
For now Flick.IM has launched with a handful applications, but will soon let developers add their own widgets and services to the platform through an API released in the next two to three weeks.."
Read the full review : Flick.IM’s Back With IM As A Platform

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September 29, 2007


Twenty-five years ago, three keystrokes -- a colon followed by a hyphen and a parenthesis -- were first used as a horizontal "smiley face" in a computer message by Carnegie Mellon University professor Scott E. Fahlman, the university said.

To mark the anniversary Wednesday, Fahlman and his colleagues are starting an annual student contest for innovation in technology-assisted, person-to-person communication. The Smiley Award, sponsored by Yahoo Inc., carries a $500 cash prize.

Language experts say the smiley face and other so-called emoticons, or emotional icons, have given people a concise way of expressing sentiments in e-mail and other electronic messages that otherwise would be difficult to detect..."
Continue reading : University celebrates 25th anniversary of 'smiley face' emoticon

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"Skype Recorder is a simple tool for recording podcast interviews, skypecasts and voice calls made through Skype as MP3 or Windows Media audio files.

Skype Recorder will start the recording by itself as soon as you start talking on Skype. Once the conversation is over, Skype Recorder will encode the audio recording to your preferred audio format.

It has an in-built audio player, so you can replay your Skype recording immediately and decide whether you want to keep it or just delete it..."
Continue reading : Record Skype Calls and SkypeCasts with Skype Recorder

Posted by Amit Agarwal @ Digital Inspiration

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September 28, 2007

Msnletters allows you replace regular letters with the special letters. You create weird and funny looking nicknames for your IM client :

ιмєѕѕєηgя.¢σм - ρσωєя υρ уσυя ιм єχρєяιєη¢є
เ๓єรรєภﻮг.ς๏๓ - ק๏ฬєг ยק א๏ยг เ๓ єץקєгเєภςє
ImEsSeNgR.CoM - PoWeR Up yOuR Im eXpErIeNcE
íméśśéńgŕ.ćőm - pőwéŕ úp ýőúŕ ím éxpéŕíéńćé
ïmëssënġr.ċöm - pöwër üp ÿöür ïm ëxpërïënċë
!m3553n9r.(0m - p0w3r up y0ur !m 3xp3r!3n(3

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September 27, 2007

Security Hole Alarm on AIM

September 27, 2007

"Researchers at Core Security Technologies have issued an advisory disclosing a vulnerability that could severely impact millions of registered AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) users. By exploiting this vulnerability, an attacker could remotely execute code on a user's computer and exploit Internet Explorer bugs without permission or interaction from the user..."
Continue reading : Serious Security Hole Discovered in AIM

Posted by Jeff @ BigBlueForums

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SmartCam Screenshot
SmartCam let you turn a Symbian Series 60 phone with bluetooth and camera into a handy webcam ready to use with your PC.

Just install the program in Windows XP or Vista and install the client to your smartphone (be sure to follow the readme in the \win\installer directory). When it's all set up, your SmartCam works with Yahoo Messenger and most other video chat services, meaning that if your computer doesn't have a webcam but you've got Bluetooth and a Symbian smartphone, you're in luck. SmartCam is a free download, Windows only.

Source: Lifehacker

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September 26, 2007


ApolloIM has started as an AIM client for iPhone. Now it's supporting ICQ and MSN networks. It's in beta stages now. Try this downloadable version or choose one of these web based iPhone chat clients.

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Friendvox - Facebook IM
Sam Sethi from Blognation UK has stated that he has just been given a sneek preview of a new Facebook IM client that is going into beta this Friday :

"...What I like about this Facebook app is there is nothing to download or install, no registration and best of all, all of your friends in Facebook can use it instantly.
I was told by a senior Yahoo! executive last year that they would never make Yahoo! IM an open protocol because it was not in their interest. They had already partnered with MSN and so why would they want to ever open the door to Google or other XMPP clients. Well if this IM application does take off, as I expect, then Yahoo! and MSN may have to reconsider their closed proprietary positions..."
Continue reading : Facebook IM Client Coming Soon

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Microsoft released MSN Messenger 7.0.0820 for Windows XP.

As posted in the MessengerSays blog, this version is more secure than version 7.5. It's recommended that you uninstall 7.5 first, if you want to install this latest build of 7.0.

Source : BigBlueBall Forums

Download MSN Messenger 7.0.0820

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Halo Live Messenger Skin (Theme) for Windows Live Messenger 8.5 Beta(Click to enlarge)

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September 25, 2007

Yahoo! Messenger for the Web
Yahoo! released a new update to Yahoo! Messenger for the Web. This new release includes:

– Save your thumbs! Now you can send text messages (SMS) to your friends’ mobile phones for free, right from Yahoo! Messenger for the Web.

– Brand new, local language versions for Thailand and Indonesia.

– 9 new languages for the Indian version (Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Punjabi, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada).

Read more on official Yahoo! Messenger Blog

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Yahoo Autoreply (for Yahoo Messenger v.7.x.x.x ) is a useful tool which enables users to set up auto response messages when they are away from their computers.

Yahoo Autoreply, when active, would detect incoming messages and would reply with the autoresponse message set by the user.

Yahoo Autoreply Screenshots:

Yahoo Autoreply Yahoo Autoreply

Download Yahoo Autoreply from Softpedia

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September 24, 2007

ICQr Information reads out information stored in ICQ Database files.
It currently works for ICQ 99 to 2003*.

It lets you read and reveal personal information, such as nickname, address, birthday and much more. As it's a program that can display passwords of all supported ICQ versions, it can be used to get back your own lost password! With this freeware tool, you will be able to control your employees and to find out what they do not want you to know!

You can also use ICQr Information to find already deleted friends, because the DAT file is NOT "cleaned" up after removing somebody from your contact list.

You can export the gathered information into a multiplatform HTML file and save the contact list to a textfile. ICQr Information allows to select those elements you want to export.

ICQr Information Features:

· supports ALL ICQ versions (except the old ICQ 98)
· does not require .IDX (index) file
· no installation! no deinstallation, just delete!
· does not write to any INI file or Windows registry
· small & fast

ICQr Information ICQr Information

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X-PidginX-Pidgin recognize any type of IM ID you have and will connect you immediately.

X-Pidgin is a software of IM that aims at replacing Gaim. Its graphical interface lets you sign on to AIM, Jabber, MSN, Yahoo!, and other IM networks.

X-Pidgin does not only see the effective change of name, but also comes with a new interface.

X-Pidgin Screenshots:

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Ipevo Solo Skype Desktop Phone
The Solo Skype Desktop Phone is a VOIP phone designed to use with Skype. The device has a bright 2.4″ color LCD screen, a built-in speakerphone as well as support for Skype-to-Skype, SkypeOut, SkypeIn and Skype Voicemail.

Solo Skype Desktop Phone Features:

# No computer required
# Simple plug-and-connect to set up
# 2.4" TFT color LCD display with adjustable viewing angle
# Excellent voice quality: no noise, no echo
# One click speakerphone function for hands-free talks
# Memory keys for speed dials
# LED for indications of power on/off, missed call, message, mute and speakerphone mode
# Support Skype-to-Skype, SkypeOut, SkypeIn and Skype Voicemail

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September 23, 2007

Slick is mobile messaging application for mobile devices. It allows you to chat with your friends connected though various online messaging applications.

Slick is still in development, and alpha version is available for free for public testing.

Slick Features:

* Supported protocols: ICQ, Yahoo, AIM (more to be added later)
* Text messaging
* Emoticons
* Alerts - sound, backlight, vibration, notify window displaying number of new messages

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September 22, 2007

Google Talk does not provide a built-in functionality to allow you to control your idle status.

There are probably times when you'd rather not let people know you're around. gAlwaysIdle allows you update your status to 'always idle' so you appear away even when you're typing e-mails and sending instant messages.

Similar to 'always idle', it lets you update your status to 'never idle' when you're away from your computer.

Download gAlwaysIdle

Tokbox is a free service that lets you talk with your friends over live video. It allows you to set up a video chat channel in seconds. The best part is you don't need to download any software. Tokbox detects your camera and microphone and you start video chatting live on your web browser.

TokBox Features:

Free video chat
Video chat with friends for free, and registration is not required for anyone else to video chat with you
No downloads
No instant messengers, no 3rd party apps, no spyware/adware, and nothing to install
Any website
TokBox can be embedded, so it works on all websites and networks (ie Facebook and MySpace)
Privacy control
Public and private modes let you control who can see you, and who can't

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September 21, 2007

Learn How Skype Worms Work

September 21, 2007

Skype Worms

"As far as this worm is concerned, this is a virtuous cycle:

1. Cast out seeds,
2. Hope for fertile ground, and
3. Reproduce. "
Continue reading : How the Skype worms work

Posted by Phil Wolff @ Skype Journal

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September 19, 2007

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September 18, 2007

Google Pirate
Google Pirate is new search engine which allows you find Torrents, Music, Videos, Albums, eBooks, Ringtones, Comics, Roms easily on the internet. It uses Google's search technology to spot the exact file type you've searched for.

Although the site name contains the word "Pirate", it doesn't contain any illegal files and it's not affiliated with Google in any way.

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September 17, 2007

WLM Lite Beta 8.5.1288.816 is light version of Windows Live Messenger 8.5 Beta. It comes with Messpatch installed within.

WLM Lite Beta 8.5.1288.816 Features:

* enabled polygamy
* swapped now playing title and artist
* view full display pic. in contact cards
* removed text advertisement from sharing folder window

Main Window

* removed Windows Live logo
* removed Messenger title
* removed display pic. from sign-in window
* allowed status change when signing in
* removed bottom links from sign-in window
* removed windows live ID branding
* switched tabs to right side
* open display pic. dialog upon DP click
* boosted personal messages to 500 characters
* removed sharing folders button
* removed windows live spaces button
* removed windows live today button
* removed mobile button
* added sign-out button in upper panel
* added personal settings button to upper panel
* moved add a contact button to upper panel
* removed information bar
* removed emoticons from contact names
* removed emoticons from personal messages
* showed contact status in contact list
* hided personal messages in contact list
* disabled song links
* removed advertisement banner
* removed MSN search bar

Conversation Window Options

* removed information bar
* added send E-mail button to top toolbar
* added my received files button to top toolbar
* added sign-out button to top toolbar
* centered top toolbar buttons
* removed get accessories link
* open display picture dialog DP click
* disabled nudge protection
* disabled nudge window shaking
* removed featured content
* removed bottom text advertisement
* removed advertising space area
* centered formatting toolbar buttons
* removed send button
* removed search button
* removed user is writing message
* changed handwriting tab images to text

Personalization Options

Normal Contact List

Showed thumbnailed display pics in contact list ( small 32 x 32)

Detailed Contact List

large ( 96 x 96 ) pics and removed buddy icons

Download WLM Lite Beta 8.5.1288.816

Thanks to Ben to notifying me about the new release.

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PidginPidgin Team has released a new version of their famous multiprotocol instant messaging client.

Pidgin allows you to use all of your IM accounts at once and works with the following networks:

* Bonjour
* Gadu-Gadu
* Google Talk
* Groupwise
* QQ
* Sametime
* Yahoo!
* Zephyr

What's new on Pidgin 2.2.0:

* Insert Horizontal Rules and Strikethrough text from toolbar.
* Option to show protocol icons in the buddy list, from the
Buddies > Show menu. (Justin Heiner)
* Ability to build with native, non-X11 GTK+ on OSX. (Anders
* Remember the 'Enable Sounds' setting for a conversation.
* Right-clicking the empty space in the formatting toolbar
allows you to toggle back to the old "ungrouped" version.
* Protocols supporting account registration via Pidgin now show
a descriptive checkbox instead of a vague "Register" button.
* Fixed a bug where a tab would be shown on single conversations
when tabs were disabled.

Download Pidgin 2.2.0

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Gizmo for MobileGizmo released a new client for mobile phones. Gizmo for Mobile allows you chat with Gizmo, MSN, AIM, Yahoo, and Jabber contacts on your mobile phone.

Gizmo for Mobile Features:

* Chat with Gizmo, MSN, AIM, Yahoo, and Jabber contacts
* Call any number and Gizmo contacts from your mobile phone at ultra low costs.
* Purchase Call Out credit directly from the phone.
* See who's online and available at any time.
* Share files between any phone and PC.
* Customizable message alerts.
* Use your existing Gizmo account and Call Out credit balance.

Gizmo for Mobile Screenshots:

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September 16, 2007

AirTalkrAirTalkr is a multi-protocol instant messaging client that connects to MSN, WLM, Yahoo!, GTalk, AOL and ICQ. It also has connects to various Web 2.0 services like Flickr and YouTube.

AirTalkr runs on Adobe AIR, so you will need the runtime to use it. As of now, AirTalkr can run on Windows and Mac.

On top of chatting with your friends, you can watch and search photos from Flickr and videos from YouTube without leaving your desktop. You can view each of your buddies AirCard, a profiling system in AirTalkr that gathers your buddies profile from the web!

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Learn How Windows Live Messenger Works

(Click to enlarge)

"Oh it’s really rather simple once you look at it from all the right angles!
Here’s a nice little visual representation of the “Messenger Relay” system of which sends and receives all your messages. I’ve basic’d it down as much as I can because it does get tricky in places..."
Continue reading : How Windows Live Messenger works

Posted @ Firman Online 2.0

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September 14, 2007

Windows Live Messenger has a nice collection of officially licensed games for MSN and Windows Live Messenger. Note that many of these games are normally not available for people living in certain regions of the world but allows you to play them anyway.

Clicking the picture or play now button on's Games Page will open a window asking to select the contact you want to challenge (works fine with Internet Explorer ). You must be logged into MSN Messenger or Windows Live Messenger.

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September 13, 2007 released a new version of its popular patch for Windows Live Messenger 8.5.1288.

There are no changes compared to the previous version of Mess Patch (it's still +80 options) save the presence of two more languages (17 in total).

Download Mess Patch for Windows Live Messenger 8.5.1288

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"So everyone loves Skype. You know that app that works on most computers eats peoples bandwidth and is supposed to make phonecalls and chat easy…

I’ve been trying to use it with my girlfriend as of late and i’m pretty disappointed with the whole experience. More often than not the webcam doesn’t work. It keeps losing connectivity. Also a lot of the times the voice on the receiving end is barely understandable. Huge gaps in the audio prevent us from having a proper conversation..."
Continue reading : Skype? Why it’s not great at all...

Posted @ sothq dot net

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September 12, 2007

Discovr is a new hack for Yahoo Messenger, which let users users to find new friends on Yahoo! Messenger by seeing who their IM contacts have on their list. It's a prototype and has not been published yet:

"At a recent Hack Day, a team of four Yahoos built and presented “Discovr”, a hack that would enable users to find new friends on Yahoo! Messenger by seeing who their IM contacts have on their list. A “friends of friends” concept. Discovr was created by Yahoos Ashwinder Ahluwalia, Vinay Kakade, Pras Sarkar and Ramana Yerneni.

They showed me a web-based prototype of this “friend-finder”. Here’s how it worked: After typing in my Yahoo! ID, I saw a list of other Yahoo! IDs that appear on my IM friends’ friends list. Sort of like peeking into my friend’s contact lists, except that I don’t know which friend belongs to whom; it’s just an aggregate look at the universe of my friends’ contacts. There was also relevancy rankings so I could get a feel for which of these new potential friends is the most connected in my IM community. If a Yahoo! ID appears on the contact lists of 12 of my friends, it ranks highly; if it only appears on a few, the score is lower.."
Continue reading : Discovring new friends

Posted @ Yahoo Messnger Blog

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September 11, 2007

"Web chat startup Meebo, still basking in the glow of bringing instant messaging to the iPhone, is releasing a much requested new feature tonight: file sharing.

There are dozens of web based file sharing applications, such as YouSendIt and DropSend (...), but users often want to simply send a file to a friend while chatting with them. This is easy with desktop based chat, which usually allows for drag and drop file transfers. But there was no equivalent with web chat until now..."
Continue reading : Meebo Adds File Sharing To Webchat

Posted by Michael Arrington @ Techcrunch

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"The new week has started with a bang. And not the kind of bang we like.

Skype has learned that a computer virus called “w32/Ramex.A” is affecting users of Skype for Windows. Users whose computers are infected with this virus will send a chat message to other Skype users asking them to click on a web link that can infect the computer of the person who receives the message.

Please note that Skype users ONLY become infected after they have downloaded the link and run the malicious software. The chat message and of which there are several versions and is cleverly written and may appear to be a legitimate chat message and which may fool some users into clicking on the link..."
Continue reading : On the worm that affects Skype for Windows users

Posted @ Skype Heartbeat

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"Microsoft just released a new “unified” installer for a bunch of Windows Live applications. It’s so great, it doesn’t work on 64-bit machines
Rather than release the individual installers for each product, for us 64-bit users, Microsoft copped out and labeled 64-bit platforms as unsupported.
Here’s how to get the latest builds installed on your machine:"
Continue reading : Install Windows Live Suite applications on Windows Vista x64 (the hard way)

Posted @ anti|tgtsoft

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September 10, 2007

Chatting with God

September 10, 2007

"God : Hello. Did you call me?
Me: Called you? N-no.. who is this?
God : This is GOD - I heard your prayers - thought we'd chat.
Me: Well, I do pray - makes me feel good - but I'm actually busy right now. I'm in the midst of something.
God : What're you busy at? Ants are busy, too.
Me: Don't know. But I can't find free time. Life has become hectic. It's rush hour all the time.
God : Sure. Activity gets you busy. But productivity gets you results. Activity consumes time. Productivity frees it.
Me: I understand, but I still can't figure it out. By the way, I was not expecting YOU to buzz me on instant messaging chat..."
Continue reading : Instant Message from God

Posted by surjit @ gurushabad

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"Like most people, I thought I’d seen everything in terms of phishing scams. Paypal and bank phishing emails are a regular occurrence in most people’s inboxes. Then I received this:

Skype Phishing

Why in the world would a scammer want my Skype details? I have about $12 AUD in credit, which I suppose could be used to make calls, but it hardly seems worth the effort.

Notably, Gmail did not pick the email up as being a scam.

I checked the html for the email: the alleged skype link goes to a page on that is set up to look just like a page from Skype..."
Continue reading : Skype Phishing Scam

Posted by Duncan Riley @ Techcrunch

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Planimo is an instant messaging client for private lan chats. With planimo you can chat with your friends in your lan in a really simple way.

Planimo Features:

* Private chats with a tab for each one
* Group chats: you can create channels to chat with more than one user
* Not intrusive gui: you can leave Planimo to execute into system tray
* Emoticons
* File transfers beetween users
* It is portable. You can execute on any system that support its requirements

Planimo Screenshots:

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September 09, 2007

YMTiny is a free Java2 Micro Edition Yahoo Messenger client. It directly connects to the Yahoo's server and specially designed for small screen device.

Just connect with your Yahoo! ID, no other registration needed.

YMTiny Features:

- Settable message alerts: sound (midi), vibrate, flash backlight, open IM window
- Bitmap font for small screen device, and others system fonts
- "Smart Ping" maintains connection and minimizes bandwidth usage
- Receives offline messages, new mail and typing notifications
- Set status and custom status
- View a friend's status, show and hide offline friends
- Send BUZZ!!!
- Run is background
- Window and scroll animations

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September 08, 2007

twenty08 MobileChatMobileChat is a new AIM client for Apple's iPhone. It's still in beta progress.

MobileChat is light-weight and efficient. It runs just about as well on the EDGE network as it does on any WiFi network.

MobileChat Features:

* AIM Account Support
* IM Abilities
* Full Buddylist with Statuses
* Change status: Away & Online
* Suspend and stay online
* Sound notifications
* Popup Notifications

MobileChat Screenshots:

twenty08 MobileChat

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September 07, 2007

"It was about ten weeks ago when we last talked about new SkypeIn countries on this blog. Back then and we hit the sweet eighteen. SkypeIn countries and that is.

Now, we' ve added two more. Mexico and Ireland. The country that gave us Pancho Villa has a population of over 108 million. When the 6 million Irish are added and we have a crowd that packs a punch. And deserves SkypeIn numbers..."
Continue reading : Mexico and Ireland get SkypeIn

Posted @ Official Skype Blog

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The Windows Live Messenger team released a Beta 2 version of WLM. This beta is available in 35 languages.

If you downloaded Beta 1 build and you may not think that much has changed. While the look and feel is almost the same and WLM team fixed many of the top issues reported by the users.

Download Windows Live Messenger 8.5 Beta 2

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AeromessengerAeroMessenger allows you send free messages, read news headlines and summaries, as well as create your own to-do list. In a nutshell, AeroMessenger is a smart and cost-effective messaging tool that keeps you informed even when you're on the move.

AeroMessenger is free to download and use, but your cellular service provider may charge you under 1c/message for the connection.

Aeromessenger Screenshots:

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September 06, 2007

ConCon Retriever is a simple tool that gives you easy access to your MSN Messenger or Windows Live Messenger content, which includes: Custom emoticon (smiley), Display Picture (avatar/ user tile), Background, Wink, Deluxe Display Picture (mood/meego/muggin), Dynamic Background. ConCon Retriever helps you to backup Windows Live Messenger custom emoticons easily.

ConCon Retriever Features:

* Backup MSN Messenger/ Windows Live Messenger content (emoticons, backgrounds, display pictures, winks, dynamic backgrounds, and dynamic display pictures) into an MCO file, which can be edited/ installed by many programs, including ConCon MCO Editor.
* Save to image/flash files. Save custom emoticon to image (GIF/PNG) file, save background to image (JPG/JPEG) file, save wink to shockwave flash (SWF) file, and so on.
* Search/Find emoticon based on its name or key sequence. You can also rename an emoticon or change its shortcut key sequence in ConCon Retriever. - for Windows Live Messenger 8.1 only. (Thanks to Ross)
* Protect emoticons to prevent your contacts from adding your emoticons to their list. (Or unprotect to let them add your emoticons) - for Windows Live Messenger 8.1 only. (Thanks to Ross)
* Steal DP/ emoticons. Grab your contacts' display pictures or protected custom emoticons from the cached files. You can also grab the SWF/flash files of winks sent by your contacts, but cannot install them to your MSN/ Windows Live Messenger.
* Install MCO files. To view/ edit/ create MCO files, use ConCon MCO Editor.
* Easy to use but transparent. A proof that a user-friendly tool doesn't have to conceal what it does from its users.
* No installation required. Nothing added to registry or anywhere other than the ConCon Retriever folder itself. Simply delete the folder to uninstall.
* Free! No adware. No spyware.

ConCon Retriever Screenshot:

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