July 31, 2007

"According to a study released by Nielsen/NetRatings Meebo is the instant messaging solution with the highest US growth in the last 10 months. Meebo, a web messenger that lets you connect to Yahoo Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, AIM, ICQ and Jabber/Google Talk, increased its US user base from 434,000 to almost 2 million. In the same period of time, Google Talk grew from 904,000 to 2,25 million users. It's unclear whether the study only included Google Talk's desktop client or it also considered the web interfaces from Gmail and iGoogle. The more powerful Skype has 2,6 million users in the US..."
Continue reading : Meebo Grows Faster Than Google Talk

Posted by Alex Chitu @ Google Operating System

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Yahoo! Messenger For The Web
Click the country links to open Yahoo! Messenger For The Web in your language:

Americas
ArgentinaBrazilCanadaCanada (in French) – Yahoo! Telemundo (in Spanish) – MexicoUnited States

Asia Pacific
Australia & New ZealandHong KongIndia (English) – KoreaMalaysia - Philippines - SingaporeVietnam

Europe
FranceGermanyItalySpainUK & Ireland


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"Web based instant messaging platform meebo has announced a new partnership with Live Nation and The Firm to promote “Family Values,” a series of live music events billed as “this summer’s biggest tour.”

The partnership includes concert promotion and concert presence. Music fans visiting meebo.com, the Family Values Tour website and featured band websites have a chance to win 2 free concert tickets and backstage access to every day of the tour..."
Continue reading : Meebo Hits The Live Music Promotion Road

Posted by Duncan Riley @ Techcrunch

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July 30, 2007

Messenger MAniA is a small, simple and free tool that automatically changes your Windows Live (MSN) Messenger status.

You can change your online status to busy to offline and back online again with a custom frequency: Your chat buddies will be suprised.

Messenger MAniA is a standalone program that takes only 16 kb of space and does not require any installation.

Messenger MAniA Screenshots:



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"Many people don’t know Microsoft’s Windows Live Messenger can be used to send and receive text messages in addition to IMs. It’s simply a matter of adding mobile phone information to your contacts or creating new entries specifically for texting. Do this step once and you will be able to send text messages to those contacts and receive their responses from your desktop computer, the same way you IM today. The first time you send a text to one of your contacts they will need to authorize using their phones. The best way to see this process for yourself is to send a text to your phone first.
...
Watch the short (1:20) video below to see how to set things up and start texting from your PC..."
Continue reading : Using Windows Live Messenger to Send & Receive SMS Text Messages

Posted by Keith @ Keith’s Amusing Musings

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July 29, 2007

"Actually, I'm still using the GAIM version-- the project was renamed Pidgin because AOL got their panties in a bunch about it.

Anyway...

this multi-IM client of mine keeps crashing with MSN. I thought about upgrading GAIM to Pidgin, and then remembered why I had not done so. The developers decided to strip Pidgin of protocol icons, which I have preferred from the very beginning, including when I was still using Trillian..."
Continue reading : Grumbles about Pidgin

Posted @ the eclectic world of jaklumen

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July 28, 2007

POPmePOPme is an instant messaging system for local area (office) networks.

POPme Instant Messaging allow you to quickly exchange pop-ups with each other.

A typical setup would be when one person is answering phones, and does not want to use the intercom, or get up and go and see if another person is available to take a call.

By using two mouse clicks, a popup will appear on the second person's computer screen. With one click they can respond to the message.

POPme Instant Messaging Features:

· Send instant "POP up" messages to other users on your network
· Customizable Quick POP buttons
· Customizable Quick Response buttons
· Local network Chat

POPme Instant Messaging Screenshots:

POPme Instant Messaging POPme Instant Messaging

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July 27, 2007

Xbox 360 Messenger Kit allows you chat with friends and family on Xbox LIVE and Windows-based PCs. This device easily connects to any Xbox 360 controller and provides easy to use chat capabilities while maintaining gameplay functionality in one easy-to-hold device. The Messenger Kit includes a Chatpad and Xbox 360 Headset.

Xbox 360 Messenger Kit

Xbox 360 Messenger Kit Features:

* Chat on Xbox LIVE with ease featuring dedicated keys to letters and characters.
* Don't hamper your style—the Xbox 360 Chatpad attaches seamlessly to your Xbox 360 Controller.
* Backlit buttons allow you to accurately type words even in dimly lit environments.
* Messenger Kit includes the Xbox 360 Wired Headset for the ultimate communication bundle.

Xbox 360 Messenger Kit Pictures:

Xbox 360 Messenger Kit Xbox 360 Messenger Kit

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Useful Skype PTT client allows you to use Skype on your mobile phone connected over Bluetooth to PC with Skype client.

It performs calls through your PC over Bluetooth link. Your calls are free, but you need to be in the Bluetooth coverage of your PC.

Useful Skype PTT shows your Skype contacts on the phone and allows you to call and talk to them from the phone. It works in Push To Talk (PTT) mode, meaning you need to press Talk button to talk. While it is not pressed the client is in Hear mode allowing you to hear the other side of the call.

Useful Skype PTT consist of two parts: the client running on your phone and the server running on your PC. The product setup runs on your PC and instructs you to download the client to the phone at some point.

Useful Skype PTT Screenshots:

Useful Skype PTT Useful Skype PTT

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July 26, 2007

Google Talk Gadget is a web based version of Google Talk and allows you chat with your friends on your web browser like Firefox, Internet Explorer etc. No download required.

Your can add Google talk Gadget to your Blogger blog as a page element :


Google Talk Gadget for Blogger

Press the "Add to your blog" button at the end of this post to add Google Talk Gadget as a Page Element to your Blogger blog.

You'll be redirected to the Blogger page where you can change your Page Element Title.

You can optionally change "Width" and "Height" values by clicking Edit Content link. Default values are set to 200 for width and 300 for height.

Finally press "ADD WIDGET" button at the end of that page, you're done!





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Turbo MSNTurbo MSN is a mobile MSN client, supporting the following devices:

* Nokia 6600/6620/6630/6670/6680/6681
* Nokia 6260/7610/3230
* Nokia N70/N90
* Nokia 9300/9500
* Nokia 7710
* Panasonic X700
* Nokia N71, N72, N73, N75, N76, N80, N91, N92, N93, N95
* Nokia E50, E60, E61, E65, E70
* Nokia 3250, and 5500

Turbo MSN Features:

* Contacts management: add/remove/block/unblock contact, add/remove group
* Complete emoticon support
* Presence status support
* Sound alert for incoming messages and online events (option to turn it off)
* File Transfer (send/receive photos, music, documents, etc. to/from your contacts instantly)
* Support unlimited chat sessions
* Instant message with two or more persons
* Save chat history to file
* Send SMS/MMS/EMail
* View contacts in the group view or by online/offline status
* Support English, Chinese, Swedish, Spanish, Finnish, Italian, German, Dannish and Portuguese
* Customizable front page (set your own favoriate photo as the front page)
* Customizable sound alerts (set your own favoriate sound files as alert for new message or online events)
* Sign in with invisible status, (in fact, any status you set before you sign in)
* Integrate with the web browser, launch the URL sent by your buddy directly
* Smart URL parsing capability, extract and keep track of the URLs from the messages
* Full unicode support
* Typing notification (for Nokia 9300/9500/7710 only)
* Template sentences: defining your own frequent used sentences and insert them easily without inputting every time, it comes with 5 default sentences in English

Turbo MSN Screenshots:

Turbo MSN Turbo MSN

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"In an effort to consolidate various messaging into one location, I’ve started using Trillian Pro to keep track of my contacts and manage my IM. One issue I ran into was that by default Trillian will display new mail notifications in popup toast if the server supports it. I’m using my Gmail/Gtalk jabber account, so every time I received a new message in Gmail, Jabber would pop up an annoying message.

I searched the Trillian options for quite a while before I found the fairly-obscure location where this popup can be disabled..."
Continue reading : Trying Trillian: Disabling Gmail Notifications

Posted @ Another Blogger

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July 25, 2007

Messenger Plus! Live EnhancerMessenger Plus! Live Enhancer is a Messenger Plus! Live script that adds new features to Windows Live Messenger.

Messenger Plus! Live Enhancer Features:

- windows snapping to edges
- true window docking and auto-hide to the screen edges
- hides contactlist taskbar buttons... yay
- disable flashing of windows and taskbar button when message is recieved
- auto close the contact list
- modify tray window mouse activities
- remember keyboard layout of each conversation
- opaque windows on mouse over where Plus! has set transparency etc...
- right click menu (as the drop-down menu) but activated anywhere else.

How to use this script:
- Make sure you have Live Messenger and Messenger Plus! Live installed.
- Download the script, open it, accept the warning and press Import.
- Click on the Messenger Plus! logo in your contactlist.
- Click on Enhancer, and choose Preferences.
Messenger Plus! Live Enhancer Screenshot:

Messenger Plus! Live Enhancer

via Messenger.es

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Web2MessengerWeb2Messenger is a new service that allows people to send you messages from the web to Windows Live Messenger.

You can redirect people to your personal Send Message page, or create your own Send Message page on your blog or personal website. You can even send a member a message when he or she is offline. Your message will be delivered as soon as the recipient gets online!

Web2Messenger's use isn't just limited to webmasters. People have found uses for it by including their status image and a link to their Send Message/Profile page in their forum signatures and others have added their Web2Messenger details to their Ebay sales to allow potential buyers to ask questions about the product and get real-time responses, greatly increasing the chances of a sale!

Web2Messenger can even be used as a form of offline messaging. If a message is sent to a Web2Messenger user who is offline we will store the message and then deliver it to them when they next sign in.

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July 24, 2007

HeysanHeysan is a new web based mobile messenger that allows you send IMs to your popular network. It's compatible with most of the mobile phones including Apple's iPhone.


HeysanTo try the pre-launch version of Heysan IM point your mobile browser to http://m.heysan.com

This very basic mobile client currently supports MSN, AIM and ICQ networks. Yahoo and Google are coming soon.


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Yahoo! Emoticon AssistantYahoo! Emoticon Assistant is an add-on for Yahoo Messenger that puts the hidden emoticons at your fingertips, and makes it easy to choose between standard and hidden emoticons.

Simply select one of your chat windows to send the emoticon to and then
click on the emoticon you want to send! The Emoticons will respond to
either a single click or a double click, depending on the setting in your
Control Panel -> Folder Options.

Send Immediately: - If this is checked then the emoticon will be sent immediatly INCLUDING any text you may have already typed into the chat window. Otherwise, the emoticon will be inserted into your chat window and you can continue typing before hitting the SEND button.

Favorites: - To add an emoticon to your favorites page, right click on it to get thepopup menu. To remove one, right click on the copy in the Favorites
window.

Yahoo! Emoticon Assistant Screenshot:

Yahoo! Emoticon Assistant

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Messenger Air Live is a new add-on for Windows Live Messenger. It will run alongside and offer all different features to make your instant messaging experience more fun and interesting.

Messenger Air Live 2 Features:

# Anti toast flooder
Stop your contacts flooding you with signin toasts.

# Contact shadow
Copy your contacts status, friendly name changes and also new features to play with your contact and let them know they are being shadowed.

# Display picture features
Set up a slideshow with your display pictures for your contacts and apply up to 5 different favourite display pictures for easy access.

# Status assignments
Set a display picture for each status so it changes with your status.
Set a timed assignment so your status and personal message change at a specific time.

# Messenger protection
Enable protection on your display picture, status and friendly name to stop others messing with your account.
Use the lockout feature to stop others using windows live messenger when you sign out.

# Messenger Air Live alerts
Get alerts when certain events occur such as people copying your friendly name or your favourite contact coming online etc.

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July 23, 2007

TwitterMSNTwitterMSN allows you send your tweets via Windows Live Messenger.

For updating your Twitter account by using TwitterMSN simply add msn@twittermsn.com to your MSN Contact list.

When configuring TwitterMSN, you'll actually also be setting up a TwitterMail account, which you can use to email tweets. Once the setup is done, any message you send to TwitterMSN is automatically published to your Twitter account.

Messages that are longer than 120 characters are split up across multiple tweets. And tweets posted via TwitterMSN are labeled appropriately (from TwitterMSN).

Posted by Jeff @ BigBlueMain Forums

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"After trying a few of the web based AIM and being disappointed with all of them I remember the old trick I needed to use back in the day when there wasn't a good AIM client for Pocket PC phones - use AIM over SMS. Before you do this make sure you have the unlimited messaging plan, it's $20 - but worth it, otherwise you'll end up getting a big bill when you go over all your SMS allotment super fast..."
Continue reading : The iPhone does has iChat/AIM, MSN and Yahoo.. sorta

Posted by Phillip Torrone @ Hackszine.com

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Multi Yahoo! allows you to use multi yahoo ids at a time with multiple yahoo messenger.

It means that you can use more then one id on same computer at a time using this multi messenger patch.

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July 22, 2007

Belkasoft ICQ plugin for GDS will index your ICQ history with Google Desktop Search, enabling you to use the search facilities that Google Desktop Search provides. You can search documents, files, mails and ICQ chats within the same familiar and convenient Google search interface.

You can schedule regular indexing so that you can tune it once and forget: your history index will be everytime up-to-date.

You can index the history even in case you do not have a password.

Chats on languages like Chinese, Japanese or Korean are supported.

The product works with ICQ versions 99a-2003b.

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July 20, 2007

MovaMessengerMovaMessenger is a mobile IM client. It works with your MSN, Yahoo, AIM, ICQ, QQ, GTalk, Jabber and other instant messaging accounts on your phone.

MovaMessenger Features:

* Multiple IM accounts: MovaMessenger allows you to consolidate all of your IM accounts.
* Compatibility: MovaMessenger supports MSN, Yahoo, AIM, ICQ, GTalk, QQ, Jabber and more.
* Less Data Traffic: MovaMessenger is highly optimized with data transfer compressed saving you data usage bills. Heavy use of MovaMessenger may consume approximately 2-5MB of data per month. It's usually considerably cheaper to send messages through MovaMessenger than SMS.
* User Friendly Graphical interface: MovaMessenger is easily navigated through a graphical user interface that corresponds to specific keys on your mobile phone touch pad.
* Multi-lingual Support: MovaMessenger recognizes the language capabilities within your mobile phone and allows you to communicate in your chosen language.

MovaMessenger Screenshots:

MovaMessenger MovaMessenger

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MorphVOX Pro allow you change your voice online and in-game. You can sound like the character you play in-game whether you choose to be a grumpy dwarf or a mighty giant.

MorphVOX Pro is fully compatible with the following chat programs :

Skype
TeamSpeak
XFIRE
Yahoo Messenger
AIM
MSN Messenger
Windows Live Messenger
GoogleTalk
Ventrilo
Roger Wilco
Sony Sound Forge
Audacity
Counter-Strike
Day of Defeat
There (online)
BATTLEFIELD 2 (BF2)
Dungeons And Dragons Online (DDO)
Second Life

MorphVOX Pro Features:

Superior-quality voice changing software technology
Advanced voice-learning algorithms for best quality sound
Background cancellation and noise elimination
Full integration with online games and chat programs
Low bandwidth and CPU usage for excellent performance
Additional voice changing packs
Extra Sound Effects Packs
Backgrounds - add ambiance to your voice changing
Beautiful themed skins
Add your own sounds effects and backgrounds
Advanced vocal tract filters for unlimited tweaking
After Effects: add environmental effects to your voice
10-band customizable graphic equalizer
Quick Voices: switch your voice with a single keystroke
Quick Effects: Play any effect with a single button
Audio Alarms: announce the time or play a clip.
Morph audio files or record your voice to a file.

MorphVOX Pro Screenshots:

MorphVOX Pro Voice Changer MorphVOX Pro Voice Changer

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"By every metric, Skype continues its midflight stall. Despite doing bunches of things right, Skype's core value is dying.

Skypers aren't calling any more now than they were before. SkypeOut minutes didn't change. Free Skype-to-Skype calling fell this quarter, back to where it was a year ago.
...
Skype's brand is tied to talk.

Better, cheaper, more fun, less hassle.

Does "It just works" still work for word-of-mouth marketing?

Skype desperately needs word of mouth to keep the cost of customer acquisition low and to reach clusters of people that talk with each other"
Continue reading : Q2 financials: Skype in costly trouble

Posted by Posted by Phil Wolff @ Skype Journal

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July 19, 2007

"Eclipse, a popularly known IDE for Java programmers has recently released its new version called Europa. Europa features 21 Eclipse projects for software developers and is more than double the size of last year' s record-setting release.

ECF is a collection of communication and collaboration tools. One of these is support for talking to any XMPPS (Jabber) server. Given that the popular Google Talk system uses XMPPS and we can easily configure Google Talk to run inside an Eclipse view. If you haven't installed ECF and here are the steps to install ECF..."
Continue reading : Chat with Google Talk in Eclipse Europa

Posted eshwar @ The Digital Technology Gears

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MSN Tracker is a web based service that allows you to track online offline activity of your MSN buddies in previous 24 hours without letting your MSN (Windows Live Messenger) buddies know about it.

MSN Tracker doesn't ask your own MSN username or password so your MSN username and password are not required to use this service, and are in no way connected with the usage of this service. You can track on any MSN messenger user without his knowledge. It does not matter whether he is in your messenger's list or not.

MSN Tracker

MSN Tracker Features:

1. The service tracks the online/offline activity of MSN messenger users in previous 24 hours.

We might increase the time period to 1 week in near future.

2. You can track 12 MSN users with one account. Yes its all free..!!

3. Data will be updated after every 10 minutes automatically.

4. MSN messenger users will be considered as online even if they are invisible to any number of people (not everyone). Being "on sms" and "on mobile" will also be considred as online.

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AIM Team released a new beta version of AIM 6.

Download AIM 6 Beta 6.2.32.1


* Connection settings: Having issues signing on? AIM can help you configure your firewall or proxy settings. Look for the Connection tab in your settings manager.
* Status message in the Buddy List: Broadcast a personal message to your friends, even when you're available. Simply type your message in the field under your screen name at the top of your Buddy List. It will appear under your screen name on their Buddy List and when they hover over you name too. More status integration is coming soon.
* My Quick Access Panel: Rollover your screen name at the top of the Buddy List and get one-click access to your settings, email, expressions and buddy info
* Buddy Details: From the Buddy List, roll over your buddy's screen name and take action. Send a text message, call their PC, send an email and more. Don't forget to try expanding the form and save info for your buddy.
* Tips from AIM: Did you know you could do that on AIM? Look for a tip on the IM window.
* Updated Advertisement placement: Conveniently moved to the bottom of the Buddy List to allow easier access to your menus.
* Text Message Mode: Don't waste your mobile phone text messages. Send them from AIM. Clicking the TXT Msg button on the IM form is just one new place you can access this mode.

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July 18, 2007

AIM Tracker is a web based service that allows you to track online/offline status of your AIM buddies in last 24 hours. AIM Tracker can track on thousands of AIM ids.

Your AIM username and password are not required to use this service.

AIM Tracker

AIM Tracker Features:

1. The service tracks the online/offline activity of AIM messenger user in previous 24 hours.

2. You can track 12 AIM users with one account. It's all free..!!

3. Data will be updated after every 10 minutes automatically.

4. AIM messenger users will be considered as online even if they are invisible to any number of people (not everyone). Being "on sms" and "on mobile" will also be considerd as online.

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"I went through hundreds of clients to sift out what I thought were the best multi-protocol IM clients out there. My requirements were:

* It must be free (as in beer).
* It must run on Windows.
* It cannot be a beta.
* It must be actively developed.
* It must support at least five major protocols.
* It must support encryption.
* It must support basic features like graphical smilies, message logging, themes and file transfer.
* It must not require registration to use.

Originally, the last requirement wasn’t on the list, but as I went through more and more clients, being asked to sign up for yet another online account started getting on my nerves. The goal was to consolidate my accounts, not add more. Once this requirement was added, my list was cut down to only three clients: Trillian, Miranda, and Pidgin..."
Continue reading : Three Free Multi-Protocol Instant Messengers You Should Know About

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JiveTalk Mobile Messenger for iPhoneJiveTalk is a multi-client instant messaging application for your mobile phone. It supports simultaneous connections to AIM, MSN, Yahoo!, Google Talk, ICQ, and Jabber. With JiveTalk, you will be connected to all of your instant messaging buddies anytime, anywhere in the world.

JiveTalk Key Benefits:
• Desktop-like instant messaging to all of your IM buddies from a single intuitive user interface
• Save on your text messaging plan - JiveTalk™ uses your existing data plan, no per-message charges
• Reliable and efficient networking - you can be connected 24/7, and it's gentle on your battery

JiveTalk Features:

• Multiple IM networks, multiple accounts per network: AIM/iChat, MSN, Yahoo!, GoogleTalk, ICQ, and Jabber
• Automatically reconnects in case of data service disruption, including phone calls, loss of cell coverage
• Real-time chats, quick switch between multiple simultaneous chats, intuitive chat interface:
- customizable chat skins, emoticons
- click to browse, call, send email or PIN message directly from the chat screen
- full Unicode support, chat in any language supported by your BlackBerry
• Manage your buddy-list, including add/remove, nicknames, groups, block, approve/deny requests
• Control your own availability, set custom status messages, be invisible, change privacy controls
• Configurable alerts, fully integrates with your BlackBerry alerts profiles:
- customizable sound, vibrate, and LED settings, optional global popup on new messages
- buddy pounce alerts you when specific buddies come online
• Conversation history - view or email past chats
• Full 128-bit encryption of all over-the-air data transmission
• Automatically detects best network transport option, supports BES/MDS, BIS-B NEW, and Direct TCP.


JiveTalk for iPhone is currently available to the public as an open alpha, and free to use.

To use JiveTalk for iPhone, point Safari on your iPhone to:

iphone.beejive.com

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"...Windows Live Messenger includes one feature I don't get - even after the product manager tried to explain it during the last MVP Summit back in March - and this feature is "contacts sync". Let me explain you what contacts sync does, if you haven't used Windows Live Messenger Mobile yet:

Contacts sync synchronizes your Windows Live Messenger buddy list from the Windows Live server to your Windows Mobile device and in worst case it doubles some of your contacts. Let's say you have a contact called Joe User which uses joeuser as his Windows Live Messenger's user name. Then, after the synchronization, you have two contacts in your contacts list - Joe User with all the Outlook details and joeuser with the Windows Live IM E-Mail. Every time you add a new user to your buddy list, this new buddy is synchronized back to your Windows Mobile device, next time you log into Windows Live Messenger from your Smartphone..."
Continue reading : THOUGHT: Be careful if you are using Windows Mobile's Windows Live Messenger Mobile

Posted by Arne Hess @ the unwired

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An update for Yahoo! Messenger has been released. It isn’t confirmed yet if this is an emergency update in response to a vulnerability found in the software which could be exploited by a specially crafted address book entry.

Features:

* Yahoo! Voice - Yahoo! Voice is a Voice over IP PC-PC, PC-Phone and Phone-to-PC service provided by Yahoo! via its Yahoo! Messenger instant messaging application.
* Voicemail and file sharing - Yahoo! added voicemail and file sending capabilities to their client. File-sharing of sizes up to 1GB was added.
* Plug-ins -As of 8.0, Yahoo! Messenger has added the ability for users tocreateplug-ins (via the use of the freely available Yahoo! MessengerPlug-inSDK), which are then hosted and showcased on the Yahoo!Plug-ingallery.
* Interoperability with Windows Live Messenger -This allows, for Yahoo! and Windows Live Messenger users to chat toeachother without the need to create an account on the otherservice,provided both contacts use the latest versions of the clients. For now,it's impossible to talk using the voice service among bothmessengers.

Download Yahoo! Messenger 8.1.0.413

via Project Afterlight

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July 17, 2007

1. Log on as an administrator.
2. Click Start | Run.
3. In the Run box, type gpedit.msc to open the Group Policy editor. In Vista, you will be prompted to continue. Click the Continue button.
4. In the left pane, under Local Computer Policy | Computer Configuration, expand Administrative Templates and then Windows Components.
5. Double click Windows Messenger.
6. In the right pane, double click the policy "Do not allow Windows Messenger to be run."
7. Click the Enabled option.

Note that Remote Assistance will not be able to use Windows Messenger when you disable it this way.

via BigBlueBall Forums

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"Pownce is the new brainchild of Kevin Rose and a few others. I recently got invited to try it out and I did (...). When I first read about Kevin's cryptic definition of Pownce as "IM competitor", I wondered if there's any innovation left in the "beaten to death" concept of IM. After checking it out today, I don't think it is a direct competitor to IMs but I feel there is something that Pownce has got to offer. Inspired by the sharing spirit of web 2.0 (pardon me for the cliche), Pownce promotes a new granularity of messaging - send stuff to a "group of friends"."
Continue reading : Pownce review: Messaging for web 2.0 era

Posted by Ramani @ Hackosphere

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