February 27, 2009

YapletYaplet allows you to add a chat room to website. ıt requires no installation and no registration. Both sidebar chat and pop-up are available. You can also embed a Yaplet chat into the page.

With the click of a bookmark, you can chat directly with other people viewing the same page as you.

Yaplet Features :

* Chat with friends
* Make new friends
* Build new communities
* Find dates
* Collaborate on group work
* Telepresent
* Provide customer service
* Offer real-time support
* Educate over distance
* Play games
* Read/write reviews

Try Yaplet

February 26, 2009

"I recently had a great conversation with my teaching colleague Rick about the use of technology to engage children with reading comprehension. This post is about my lesson I taught today as a result of that brief yet productive talk.

Although we have been reasonably successful in addressing how we use our available technology to support the development of times table knowledge, reading comprehension has been much more elusive. This afternoon both Rick and I explored two different ideas we had, regarding the use of technology to engage and support the practice of comprehension skills...."
Continue reading : Using Instant Messaging to Engage Children with Reading Comprehension

Published @ ICT in my Classroom

February 25, 2009

Yesterday Yahoo! released an updated version of Yahoo! Messenger 9.0 ( This latest version includes fixes that should help those that were having problems installing 9.0. It should also alleviate problems that may have been caused by software conflicts with antivirus programs or add-ons like Speedbit Video Accelerator.

Download Yahoo! Messenger

via Yahoo! Messenger Blog

IMBooster BetaIMBooster is a free add-on for Messenger to create and send your own multimedia messages to your buddies. Yesterday IMinent team have started the new IMBooster Beta.

New stuff in this version (2.1.903.3):

# Brand new install wizard (well-behaved, cleans everything at uninstall and is very very fast)

# Several bug fixes (Buddy Bubbles don’t get stuck anymore, Emoticons are not seen as numbers anymore, Winks work properly on both sides).

# Absolutely NO ads.

# Included EXIT button

Register and Try IMBooster Beta

February 24, 2009

yafumato screenshotYafumato is an open source, web-based instant messenger client allowing users to connect to AIM, GTalk, Windows Live Messenger, and Yahoo Messenger using only a web browser via HTTP or HTTPS.

The Yafumato server connects to IM networks by proxy and provides a web interface to the user, providing access to instant messaging from anywhere.

Yafumato is a completely cross-platform application — the server code is implemented entirely in Java, and a dynamic user interface is provided using AJAX technologies.

Download Yafumato

February 23, 2009

IMCrypto is a software that allows you to protect your instant messenger conversations. IMCrypto uses one of the strongest and most reliable encryption algorithms – RSA (used in Google Mail).

IMCrypto supports ICQ 6.0, YahooIM 8.x, YahooIM 9.x. Yahoo Messenger Vista is not supported yet.

IMCrypto Free is a freeware version of IMCrypto. It has all the necessary functions to establish secure conversation, but you can use it to communicate only with one person at a time and you can use it onyl with one IM client you choose during the installation. However you can use IMCrypto Pro with multiple IM clients. IMCrypto Pro's regular price is $29.95/year.

Download IMCrypto

IMCrypto Screenshots:

IMCrypto Screenshot IMCrypto Screenshot

February 22, 2009

Skype 2.5 Gold for Windows MobileSkype team released a new full version of Skype 2.5 Gold for Windows Mobile. They've fixed a bunch of bugs, and smoothed and refined the user experience on new devices.

Skype 2.5 for Windows Mobile allows you to make free Skype-to-Skype calls, IM for free and call phones and mobiles. On this version there's a noticeable step up in sound quality when you call from a WiFi zone.

Skype 2.5 for Windows Mobile works on all Smartphones and Pocket PC phones. You can download it directly on to your phone and install it straight away, or you can save it to your PC and transfer it on to your Windows Mobile device.

Download Skype 2.5 Pocket PC | Download Skype 2.5 Smartphone

February 20, 2009

You've Got Gmail is a Gmail notifier plugin for the multiprotocol IM client Trillian Pro (version >= 2.0).

You can manage your Gmail accounts, see the list of the accounts (with new emails number) in the My Mail Accounts section of Trillian and get notified when a new e-mails arrive via systray popup windows.

You've Got Gmail for Trillian also provides you with e-mail preview and account storage information (activated when you click on a systray popup window, or double click on an account in My Mail Accounts section.

Download Gmail Notifier Plugin for Trillian Pro

Gmail Notifier Plugin for Trillian Pro Screenshots:

Gmail Notifier Plugin for Trillian Pro Screenshots Gmail Notifier Plugin for Trillian Pro Screenshots

February 19, 2009

TinyChat ScreenshotTinyChat is a free service that allows you to create a free disposable chat room that is accessible by anyone with a browser.

Simply create a chatroom from the homepage then send the link it gives to you to anyone you want to chat with. After you leave the chat room, all the chat data is gone, so its perfect for secure chats.

TinyChat lets you can change your nickname, save chat log and add chat room to your website.

via Amigo Mensajero

February 18, 2009

About.com the Best IM Awards of 2009The Best IM Awards of 2009 honors the year's top IM clients, as nominated and chosen by About.com readers each year. Click ahead to view the 2009 Best IM Award nominees and select your favorites in each category:

  1. Best IM Experience 2009
  2. Best Third-Party IM Client 2009
  3. Best Mac IM Client 2009
  4. Most Improved IM Client 2009
  5. Best IM Feature 2009
  6. Best Chat Rooms 2009
  7. Best IM Design (GUI) 2009
  8. Best IM Developers 2009

February 17, 2009

Truephone for G1Truphone is a software that allows you to make mobile calls over the internet. On top of calling, Truphone for the G1 also allows you to Instant Message your MSN Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger contacts, and IM and call your Google Talk contacts,

Truphone is now available for G1, commonly known as the Android, or 'Google phone'.

Truphone for G1 Features :

* Cheap international calls
* Simple calling process
* Easy to install
* IM your Google Talk, MSN Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger friends
* Update your Twitter

Download Truephone for G1

February 16, 2009

WLM StatusWLMStatus is a Messenger Plus! Live script which allows you to display MSN/Windows Live Messenger Status, your display picture or the music you are currently listening to on your home website. Your visitors will be able to see that without having to log in to Messenger first.

You should to have Messenger Plus! Live plugin installed on your computer to install this script.

WLMStatus Features :

* Automatically refreshing web image
* Select one of 28 available styles, or use different ones in different locations
* Image contains your nick, your status (e.g. Busy), your personal status message or the song youre currently listening to, your display picture (uploaded automatically), the date and time youve last updated your status, and your messenger email address.

Download WLM Status

A-Patch for Windows Live Messenger 9 Build 14.0.8064.0206 Now AvaliableA-Patch allows you to enhance your Windows Live Messenger experience by adding or removing some features. A new version of A-Patch has been released for Windows Live Messenger 9 Build 14.0.8064.0206. At the moment only 10 A-Patch options are available. Fully optioned A-Patch will be released soon.

A-Patch for Windows Live Messenger 9 Build 14.0.8064.0206 Features :

# Remove Ads
# Remove What's Hot Section
# Remove Nudge Delay
# Disable Nudge Sahre
# Accept more than 3 files at a time
# Polygamy (Multi-MSN)
# Shorten Status Info in Info Bar
# Remove Advertisements
# Remove "says" Text (English only)
# Remove Billing Info Menus

Download A-Patch for Windows Live Messenger 9 Build 14.0.8064.0206

February 13, 2009

Download Windows Live Messenger 9 Build 14.0.8064.0206The latest version of Windows Live Messenger 2009 (14.0.8064.0206) is now available for free download.

Over the next month, if you’re still running versions 8.1 or 8.5, you’ll get a prompt encouraging you to upgrade to the latest version of Windows Live Messenger. If you accept the optional upgrade, the installer will launch and start your free upgrade.

Microsoft made some improvements to the latest release so even if you have downloaded Windows Live Messenger 2009 in the past month, you will still receive the upgrade prompt.

WLM 2009 has tons of new features like improved video and audio calls, new “favorite” contacts, dynamic display pictures, a fast and easy new way to share photos and more...

Download Windows Live Messenger 9 Build 14.0.8064.0206

"The number of its users is growing by the population of Singapore (more than four million) every 12 days and nearly a third of its registered subscribers now use it for business purposes.

As if to celebrate its fifth birthday, IP telephony service provider Skype recently achieved a milestone of 15 million concurrent users, meaning there are now 405 million skype users across the planet. This figure, they say, is growing by 380,000 every day.

Skype, an eBay company, unveiled these extraordinary figures in Singapore, to mark the launch of its new software Skype 4.0, which it describes as 'the most exciting and fundamental change to Skype's software in the company's history'..."
Continue reading : Skype Growing by 380,000 Users a Day

Posted by Ross O. Storey @ PC World

PJIRC Java based Webchat ClientPJIRC is a very complete Java IRC Client. It can be run from an applet, but can also be executed from any "stand alone" java virtual machine. In order to use PJirc you need to already have a server to connect to.

Installing the applet is simple. All you have to do is upload all the files to your favourite webhost using your favourite FTP program.

PJIRC Features :

* Highlight support
* ASL handling
* Graphical bitmap used for smiley's
* Nickname auto completion
* Nick, channel and URL catcher
* Sound support
* Multilingual support
* Esthetical options such as background image, per-channel color configuration, and so on...
* UTF-8 encoding support
* Support for external control via javascript
* "On connect" command list
* Time stamping
* Fast, light and reliable
* Free and open source

Download PJIRC | Read FAQ

February 12, 2009

Real Spy Monitor allows you to monitor all PC activity including keystrokes typed, web sites visited, windows opened, program executed, screen snapshots, files/docs accessed and more. It can also record instant messenger conversations including AIM, ICQ, MSN, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo Messenger.

You can use Real Spy Monitor to spy Web Mail Content including MSN/HotMail, Yahoo! Mail, prevent your children or employee from some application or websites that include special keywords and when you left your your PC, record your PC actions and send them through Email delivery at set times.

Download Real Spy Monitor

February 11, 2009

Gizmo5's new free service OpenSky allows any mobile phone, web browser or IP aware phone network (SIP, asterisk, etc) to communicate with Skype users. OpenSky also supports sending text messages and voice calls.

Go to GizmoCall.com from any browser and register. Then enter a Skype ID like this: skype_echo123 (in this example echo123 is the Skype username). The skype_ indicates to GizmoCall that you want to dial a Skype user. Then click the green call button and you're ready to talk! Nothing to download or install. 1-5 minute calls are free. For longer calls you will need to buy OpenSky for $20.

February 10, 2009

Meebo Adds Facebook ChatThe popular all-in-one web based IM client Meebo is getting even more useful, adding the popular Facebook Chat to the list of instant messaging systems it supports. Meebo is now the first launch partner of the “alpha” version of the Facebook Connect + Chat integration.

You can login to Facebook from the front page or, if you have a Meebo account, login with your Meebo username and add Facebook as a network account from inside Meebo.

lampiroLampiro is a Jabber/GTalk client that allows you to chat with your buddies on your mobile phone.

Jabber is becoming a de facto standard in Instant Messaging with thousands of servers all around the world and by the increasing number of supporters like Google Talk. With the help of special services hosted on Bluendo Jabber servers (and many other Jabber servers in the world), Lampiro can connect you with your friends that use MSN/Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger and ICQ.

Lampiro is currently available for Java capable cellphones supporting GPRS connection.

Download Lampiro

WLM SafeWLM Safe is a Messenger Plus! Live script allows you protect your computer againts viruses spread by Windows Live Messenger.

Many viruses spread via WLM by sending links in the conversation window. Once you click on these links you will be infected by the virus. WLM Safe locks links in and out and asking for confirmation alert before you open them. WLM Safe also warns in case of new threats on WLM. In addition to block urls that you receive, you can also block those that are sent by you in case. In this way, if you have a virus WLM safe prevents this will be not spread automatically.

Download WLM Safe

via MsnTribe

February 09, 2009

Download Download Messenger Discovery 2 Beta for WLM 8.5 and 2009MessengerDiscovery Live is a free Windows Live Messenger addon that adds over 150 features, settings and customizations. Discovery team released a new beta version called Messenger Discovery 2 today. Features are incomplete and non-existent, but over time features will be added. This new beta is compatible with Windows Live Messenger 8.5 and 2009.

Messenger Discovery adds some features like Webcam recording, Encrypted instant messages, Beautiful skinable alerts, Entirely new settings interface, Pinable contacts, Webcam snapshots and Over 50 other improvements etc. to WLM.

Download Download Messenger Discovery 2 Beta for WLM 8.5 and 2009

Answer.im Screenshot Answer.im is an instant messaging answering service that allows you to setup your online status, automatic answer text and notifications even you even when you turn your PC off. Answer.im currently supports MSN, ICQ, Yahoo, AIM and Gtalk.

Login to Answer.im using your instant messaging account credentials, setup your online status, automatic answer text/notifications and exit. Your account will stay online and automatically answer incoming messages with your text.

via MsnTribe

Windows Live Cache MessengerI've found Windows Live Cache Messenger via msntribe. The homepage is in Italian, a far as understand it's a modified version of Windows Live Messenger and compatible with Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Windows Live Cache Messenger has the following features :

# Save protected emoticons
# View and save all your contacts display pictures
# Clear your Windows Live Messenger cache

Download Windows Live Cache Messenger from MSNTribe

February 06, 2009

Yahoo Messenger
Yahoo team released an updated version of Yahoo! Messenger 9.0. This latest build (version includes a fix for the sign-in issues that have been affecting some users.

If you were seeing an error code 81003005 when trying to sign in, this latest version should fix that problem. Even if you were experiencing a different kind of sign-in issue, Yahoo tean recommen dinstalling this latest version.

Download Yahoo Messenger

February 05, 2009

Create Flash Chat Rooms for Your Website, Blog or Social Network99Chats.com provides a flash chat
widget that enables you to interact with your website visitors. This widget allows you to start your own chat room. You can also easily add your chat room to your website, blog, eBay page, social network profile and virtually anywhere on net.

99Chats.com is free and could be fully customized, from colors, background and fonts to border style, size and design, to fit perfectly on any web page design. 99Chats.com is light-weight and takes only 65Kb, it also supports tabbed private messaging with chat members. With your free account from 99chats you can start your own chat room.

Facebook Status is a Messenger Plus! Live script which allows you to automatically update your Windows Live Messenger Personal Message with your Facebook Status.

The script allows you to enter a feed URL (the options window tells you how to find it), as well as a duration in minutes at which it should check for updates and an optional prefix to go before your status (eg: Facebook Status - Danny is happy), the part in italics being the prefix.

Find more info on Messenger Plus! Live Forums

Download Facebook Status Script

via Amigo Mensajero

February 04, 2009

Skype 4.0 for WindowsSkype 4.0 for Windows has ben released yesterday. This new version has a radically overhauled user interface – a slicker, cleaner look with less clutter and easier-to-find core features. Skype 4.0 brings features like bigger videos, clealer sound quailty, tabbed conversations...

Skype 4.0 Features :

# Improved video calling (a new built-in bandwidth manager that allows you make quality video call even on a low bandwidth connection)
# Calls and instant messages are easier to manage (new Conversations tab makes it easy to hold multiple conversations at once)
# Call quality is substantially improved (Calls sound richer and clearer)
# New Interface allows you to use bigger video
# Compact View retains the structure of the Skype 3.8 interface for those of you who prefer to work that way
# Improved the History and search features
# Abuse reporting

Download Skype 4.0 for Windows

Skype 4.0 Screenshots :

Skype 4.0 Screenshots Skype 4.0 Screenshots

MSN Photo Virus Remover allows you to remove viruses (including MSN Photo Virus) spreaded through MSN and Windows Live Messenger.

MSN Photo Virus Remover uses a detection system for MSN viruses named ICERAT. ICERAT monitors MSN/Windows Live Messenger and waits for the virus to activate it’s self and try to send the messages to your contacts. When this occurs it terminates the program that is attempting to interact with Messenger and gathers some data. The data is sent to developers so that they can add the detection to their database. The ICERAT database is then downloaded by MSN Photo Virus Remover and the detections used.

MSN Photo Virus Remover currently fixes around 9000 viruses.

MSN Photo Virus Remover Feautes :

# Removes many different strains of common MSN Viruses.
# Restores access to Regedit, Task Manager, Run, Command Prompt, System Restore Configuration Panel and Folder Options.
# Scans External drives such as USB drives and portable harddrives for auto runs which may reinfect the system.
# Has a handy details window to allow you to see what is happening.
# Saves a log file and backup files, in case you have any questions or a false positive is detected.
# Checks for a newer version when you run it.
# Includes a variety of languages.

Download MSN Photo Virus Remover

February 03, 2009

Nokia team relaunched its beta chat client as Contacts on Ovi. In this version lots of bugs have been resolved. Contact on Ovi supports lots of more devices now. With the new client available for the latest models you'll be able to broadcast the music you listen as a part of your personal message. If you have a Series 40 based phone, there's a J2ME client available. With the Contacts on Ovi client you’ll be able to chat with your friends in Google Talk too.

Contacts on Ovi Key Features :

* Chat: Send instant messages and enrich them with smileys, voice and location messages.
* Presence: At a glance you can see if your friends are available, busy or on the phone.
* Enhanced presence: You can let your friends know what you are listening and broadcast your important scenes.

Contacts on Ovi Key Screenshots :

Contacts on Ovi Screenshot

February 02, 2009

Messenger Plus! Live ScreenshotMessenger Plus! Live team released a new version of their famous Windows Live Messenger addon. Messenger Plus Live 4.80 is full compatible with the latest version of Messenger, Windows Live Messenger 2009.

Messenger Plus! Live 4.80 Features :

# This version is entirely compatible with the final version of Windows Live Messenger 2009 (build 1202)
# The new UIB encoded version of the windows' styles and definitions is completely supported by Messenger Plus!
# Information for all add-on and patch developers working on Messenger
# Compatibility with all previous beta versions of Windows Live Messenger 9/14/2009 has been removed
# Contacts from Yahoo! Messenger are now handled better by Messenger Plus!
# Messenger Plus! now displays many of its windows using the specific color selected for each contact
# The Contact Information window now displays an animation for animated display pictures
# When chatting with more than 2 people, the size of the header in chat logs is now reduced
# Read the full changelog

Download Messenger Plus Live 4.80