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 eBuddy supports iPhone, Trillian Astra not yet
eBuddy supports iPhone, Trillian Astra not yet

dwergs says ( 13 Jul 2007 ):

 

Following suit of Meebo's on the ball action last week, eBuddy also proudly announced iPhone support for their web-based IM client. I have to hand it to them, being located in the Netherlands they first had to get their hands on an iPhone on eBay and then wait for it to ship over the Atlantic. But starting today, iPhone owners can simply point their browser to http://www.ebuddy.com and they will arrive at a dedicated landing page.

"This version is marked as Alpha quality (or experimental if you will), so if you find any bugs or experience strange behavior, please let us know via feedback@ebuddy.com or press the feedback button in the application itself."

The people behind Trillian are also working on a Trillian Astra interface designed especially for the iPhone. If you own one, they invite you to sign up as a Trillian Astra alpha tester (tell them about your iPhone in the "About Yourself" section). Trillian Astra for the iPhone will become available to alpha testers in the next few weeks.



 Kiwee relaunches as free-for-all internetty goodness
Kiwee relaunches as free-for-all internetty goodness

dwergs says ( 13 Jul 2007 ):

 

Kiwee finally cut the knot and removed price tags from all of their Messenger downloads. Together with this welcome move comes a completely new website located at kiwee.com, where you just have to create a account (they promise not to spam) to begin fetching backgrounds, emoticons, winks and display pics for MSN/Windows Live Messenger. One word of advice: custom content menus in Messenger will load slower if you stuff them excessively with goodies, so import with moderation.

Kiwee also added a new category of customizable "postCards" for use on MySpace and other social networking sites or blogs.

I don't believe all free content currently available Kiwee Canada has been added to the new site already, so remember that you can still get some extra stuff there.

kiwee free messenger winks, emoticons, backgrounds, display pictures


>> Visit Kiwee.com

[Reported by: karen] [Digg this story]



 Work some yellow magic: become a Simpsons character
Work some yellow magic: become a Simpsons character

dwergs says ( 12 Jul 2007 ):

 

Being a fan of the series for nearly two decades, I'm very much looking forward to the release of The Simpsons Movie in two weeks. Awaiting that moment, I've found my way to the official Simpsons avatar creator and created a special dwergs character as if it was drawn by Matt Groening himself. The generator can export 96x96px images which are perfectly suitable for MSN/Windows Live Messenger. Just click the down arrow icon in the bottom menu when you're finished and select ICON > DOWNLOAD to download your Messenger display picture. JPG > DOWNLOAD exports to a full-size character image, not bad either. Oh, and if you register and save your character it might appear unexpectedly on the The Simpsons Movie website.

For those who still prefer the original cast, I've uploaded the 51 official The Simpsons Movie display pictures to our extensive collection. They mention the release date valid for most countries, but check here for exceptions.

simpsons avatar maker messenger

>> Create your own Simpsons character here (share them on our forum).
>> Browse 51 The Simpsons Movie Display Pictures.
>> Browse over 200 The Simpsons Display Pictures.



 Messenger by SFR launched in France
Messenger by SFR launched in France

dwergs says ( 12 Jul 2007 ):

 

Just like Vodafone Portugal, French mobile operator SFR yesterday started to offer a downloadable Windows Live Messenger client to their customers. Messenger by SFR, currently compatible with Nokia N70 and Sony-Ericsson V630i only, will also be free to use until October 31st. Afterwards, the first 50,000 subscribers will be charged just €4 per month for unlimited use. Occasional users pay the same for an IM message as for an SMS.

SFR also enabled access to other popular web services Dailymotion, MySpace, YouTube, eBay and Google Maps from 3G/3G+ compatible phones through the Vodafone Live! portal.

>> More information on the Messenger by SFR homepage.

[Reported by: jesjes] [Source: SFR]



 Xbox 360 Messenger Kit named, priced, dated
Xbox 360 Messenger Kit named, priced, dated

dwergs says ( 11 Jul 2007 ):

 

Microsoft at the E3 trade show officially named their QWERTY keypad accessory the "Xbox 360 Messenger Kit". The device which attaches to the standard Xbox 360 controller has a backlit keyboard and allows users to enter text while playing games or while chatting over Messenger. The kit will also include a wired headset, as the keyboard occupies the original headset input.

The Xbox 360 Messenger Kit will go on sale in the U.S. on September 6th (some sources report September 4th) for $29.99.

>> Official product page.

>> View pictures of the device.



 Vodafone Messenger launched in Portugal
Vodafone Messenger launched in Portugal

dwergs says ( 11 Jul 2007 ):

 

vodafone messengerVodafone Portugal today launched Vodafone Messenger, a downloadable application that allows its 700,000 customers to access Windows Live Messenger on their mobile phones. According to the press release, Vodafone Portugal is the first operator in the Vodafone Group to launch this service.

"Vodafone Messenger enables users to chat with the same list of contacts as on their PC, check their contacts' online status and send and receive emoticons. The service notifies users when new messages arrive, even when it is hidden. Users can chat between mobile phones and computers, provided that they have Windows Live Messenger installed."

Because of a special launch promotion, use of Vodafone Messenger is unlimited and free of charge until October 31st.

>> To download the application, Vodafone Portugal customers have to send IM as a text message to 12345.

>> More information on Vodafone Messenger here (Portuguese).

[Source: Vodafone]



 Updated: Adium X 1.0.5
Updated: Adium X 1.0.5

dwergs says ( 10 Jul 2007 ):

 

Adium, the popular IM client for Mac that connects to the .NET Messenger Service as well as other major IM networks, has been updated on Monday. Version 1.0.5 comes with the following changes directly related to Messenger:

- Removed MSN's random "Authorization Failed" dialogs.
- Fixed MSN to correctly detect incorrect passwords.
- Get User Info on MSN is now more reliable & accurate.
- File transfer progress for transfers on MSN is now correctly displayed.
- Fixed Open Hotmail Inbox for MSN to work more reliably.

>> Check the changelog for a complete list of changes.

>> Download Adium for Mac.



 Transformer Agent to be launched. Autobot or Decepticon?
Transformer Agent to be launched. Autobot or Decepticon?

dwergs says ( 10 Jul 2007 ):

 

I can't imagine a movie that deserves its own Messenger bot more than this summer's robot-packed blockbuster: Transformers. Together with an MSN Homepage ad (and takeover on July 20th) as well as in-game advertising on PC and Xbox360, the Transformer Agent is part of the biggest single digital investment (a 6-figure deal!) from a Hollywood studio in the UK.

the transformers messenger botThe bot was developed by the people behind InsideMessenger, Inside C, and sports an interactive and animated activity window that shows two movie trailers and invites you to tell 5 people about the bot in return for free Transformers display pictures. You are also asked to choose sides, so what's it going to be? Autobots or Decepticons? A fitting conversation background will be yours.

Notwithstanding interesting technical bells and whistles, the bot regrettably lacks the depth and character I'd expect it to have seeing the movie's robot theme. It will go live tomorrow and at least until the movie's UK release on July 27th.

>> Add transformers@insidemessenger.com to your contact list.

>> Visit the homepage here.

UPDATE: I just found these cool Transformers t-shirts you can buy online and I thought I'd share them with you: Decepticon, 1984 Movie Poster, Optimus Prime, Robots In Disguise and 1984 Optimus Prime (I own this one myself!).



 Windows Live Messenger Mobile's contacts sync flaw
Windows Live Messenger Mobile's contacts sync flaw

dwergs says ( 09 Jul 2007 ):

 

Even though issues with contacts syncing were already adressed in an early beta version of Windows Live Messenger Mobile, the feature still doesn't seem to work seamlessly. the::unwired's Arne Hess shares his "déjà vu" horror experience in which he lost his entire contact list and he even goes as far as to advise against using the Messenger client on your phone at all.

"If you continue to use it anyway (don't say I haven't warned you) please make sure you regularly backup your buddy list on your PC." You can make a backup by selecting "Save instant messaging contacts..." from the Contacts menu in Windows Live Messenger.

"Even if Windows Live Messenger Mobile asks you during the first setup, you cannot turn [the contacts sync feature] off. Because if you do so - Windows Mobile Live Messenger won't show you your buddy list - because you "have not synchronized" it."

>> Check his blog post for the full story.



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