On the heels of similar updates for its Mac and Windows clients, Microsoft-owned Skype has just pushed out version 4.2 for both iPhone/iPod touch and iPad, integrating Messenger, Hotmail and Outlook.com into the chatting fun.
The beta of Messages, which will officially debut this summer in OS 10.8 Mountain Lion, is available starting today. I took it for a test drive and found it awesome... and confusing. Messages weirdness: Let me show you it. And if you run into anything strange (or you are slapping your head and yelling "duh" while reading my tales of woe) chime in! We can all help each other...
It's my last Friday before maternity leave. So with visions of onesies dancing in my head, I present to you these awesome apps that are at newly lowered prices -- many in honor of the just-born iPhone 4S. After all, a new phone deserves some shiny new apps, does it not? Now you'll spend less money in the App Store, and have more money for diapers. (Yes, I realize I'm the one buying the diapers, not you. But bear with me here. I'm in no condition to argue...)
As the release of iOS 5 fast approaches, one developer has turned up some interesting threads buried in OS X Lion’s iChat app which indicate that it could soon gain the ability to communicate directly with iOS 5’s iMessage for quick and easy chat from computer to mobile device.
Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype will now come with a little extra somethin’ somethin’ as the VoIP company announced their own acquisition of a year-old provider of mobile group messaging services, adding to the company’s existing portfolio of voice, video and text chat.
It’s the new old news: phone calls are being replaced by text messages, and for a lot of business and personal matters, instant messages have taken over from the more cumbersome emails of yesteryear. Rather than trading individual messages back and forth (which then must be filed or deleted in your mailbox), many things can be handled more quickly in a brief chat conversation. But unfortunately, chat networks are (mostly) walled gardens, meaning you can only chat with people on the same network. Which means we all have a handful of chat accounts on different networks to cover all the bases. Rather than running four or five different applications, Trillian for Mac promises to simplify your chatting by consolidating all your networks into a single app.
As the old saying goes: If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em! At least that seems to be the thinking at BlackBerry maker Research in Motion, who seems to be pondering a move to bring their popular BlackBerry Messenger software to Google’s Android -- and later down the line, even iOS.
You know the routine--you come home from a long day at work, plop yourself down in front of the computer and start chatting away with your friends about your hard day at the office. Before you know it, you've got three empty plates in front of you of food half eaten and a night's worth of catch up work still waiting to be started. It's not the most ideal situations, but it happens. Chatting--it's what's for dinner.