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News: First Signs of Facetime-like Video Chat for Windows Phone 7

Apparently the current iteration of Windows Phone 7 doesn’t support front-facing cameras on devices running WP7.  What the hell?  Seems extremely short-sighted even for an initial endeavor. We know how industries work.  Someone comes up with an idea and that idea makes its way around to other companies, many of whom end up copying the idea.  So it’s not like the concept of a front-facing camera has been unknown to Microsoft when they made WP7.

Well, I guess it’s better late than never, in this case.  Maybe they realize mobile video calling may not just be a novelty because WindowsPhone7Central.com is reporting an off-the-record comment by a Microsoft employee and possible evidence deep in the development code for WP7.

As far as I’m concerned, the more the merrier when it comes to video chat support.  I really think it’s finally come into it’s own and you’ll start finally seeing more “videophone” calls as a commonplace thing.  We were promised video phones ages ago, but it took the mobile app revolution to bring it to us.

wp7-video-chat-prelude

[Sources WindowsPhone7Central via Neowin.net and PocketNow.com]

January 9, 2011 at 8:30 pm Posted by | Cellphone, News, Video Chat/Webcam, Windows Phone 7 | Leave a Comment

News: Skype Video Calling for iPhone/iOS is Official!

Skype 3.0 just hit iTunes and it’s boasting video calls to Skype users on Windows, Mac and Linux (and assuming other iPhone users as well with the 3.0 software).  Video calls supposedly work over wifi AND 3G, giving it an edge over Facetime.

No official word on Android or other platform support, but there should be more announcements at CES in Las Vegas next week.  Exciting stuff!

skype for iphone - video calling

Update: Added video released after initial article was posted:

[Source: iTunes via Engadget]

December 30, 2010 at 12:30 am Posted by | Cellphone, iPhone, News, Skype, Video Chat/Webcam | Leave a Comment

News: Yahoo IM for Android Updated, Adds VoIP Calling

A while ago, Yahoo IM for Android was updated just for the MyTouch 4G, version 1.1 I believe, to include support for video calling using the MyTouch4G’s front-facing camera.  Copies of the ripped app were all over the place, but it was a little tricky to get set up.  Now with versions 1.2 and 1.3 officially on the Android App Market, you’re now able to get the officially updated version of Yahoo Messenger and get the new Voice and Video plugin (installed within the app, even though it does appear in the Android Market).  For now, only the MyTouch 4G and EVO 4G are supported, but hopefully they’ll add more support for other devices soon.  Even without a front-facing camera, you could still take advantage of the voice calling.

yahoo im for android

[Source Droid Life via AndroidGuys]

December 28, 2010 at 12:00 pm Posted by | Android, Cellphone, Instant Messaging, News, Video Chat/Webcam, Voice Over IP (VoIP), Yahoo Messenger | Leave a Comment

News: Lifehacker’s 5 Best Mobile IM Apps

Hmm.. not sure I’d call this the ‘best’ mobile instant messenger apps, but it’s what Lifehacker decided to publish.  There are some good ones on this list, though, that I’ll be covering in more detail later.

For now, here’s the short list.  Read more details over at Lifehacker at the source link below.

Beejive

Five Best Mobile Instant Messaging Applications - Beejive

Blackberry Messenger

Five Best Mobile Instant Messaging Applications - Blackberry Messenger

Google Talk

Five Best Mobile Instant Messaging Applications - Google Talk

Meebo

Five Best Mobile Instant Messaging Applications - Meebo

Trillian

Five Best Mobile Instant Messaging Applications - Trillian

[Source Lifehacker]

December 27, 2010 at 9:00 am Posted by | Android, AOL Instant Mesenger/AIM, Beejive, Blackberry, Cellphone, Device to Device, Facebook, Google Talk/GTalk, Instant Messaging, Instant Messaging (Multi-IM), iPhone, Jabber, Meebo, MSN Messenger, MySpace, News, Social Networks, Yahoo Messenger | Leave a Comment

News: LiveProfile Messenger Beta for Android Released

One of the things Blackberry pioneered was a new, more functional IM specifically for mobile devices. Blackberry Messenger was way more suited for phones than traditional IM apps. Because of this and the fact that traditional IMs still don’t do push notifications very well, there’s a great niche for apps like LiveProfile, especially when they can work across multiple platforms.

LiveProfile (one word) is current in beta for Android, but they’re working hard on Blackberry and iPhone/iPod versions as well.

With many competitors such as Kik, WhatApp and PingChat already around, some people ask “why do we need another device-to-device IM solution?” but as the saying goes, there’s always room at the top.  The trick is getting all your friends to commit to using the same app, but if you can do that.. this looks like a great D2D option.

BTW.. it can also be used as a replacement for your default text app!

LiveProfile

[Sources LiveProfile via xda]

December 26, 2010 at 9:00 pm Posted by | Android, Cellphone, Device to Device, Instant Messaging, iPhone, News | Leave a Comment

News: IM Buddy for Windows Phone 7 (Yahoo client)

Want to chat on Yahoo IM but can’t wait for the official Yahoo chat client?  Give IM Buddy a try.  It’s the first Yahoo Messenger compatible client for Windows Phone 7 to appear on the Windows Phone Marketplace.

IM Buddy IM Buddy Config ScreenIM Buddy Online Screen

[Source WMPowerUser.com]

December 26, 2010 at 8:00 pm Posted by | Cellphone, Instant Messaging, News, Windows Phone 7, Yahoo Messenger | Leave a Comment

News: Skype Working On Video Calling for Mobile (iPhone to start)

Skype is not only known for being a forerunner in VoIP calls, but many professionals rely on it for it’s fantastic video chat capabilities.  Well, looks like they’re joining ooVoo, Yahoo Messenger, Fring, Tango, Qik, Facetime and all the others in the mobile device webcam chat arena!  This is big new!

For now, the only confirmation has been that they’re working on video calling for iPhone, but they do have an Android client as well, so we can only speculate that an Android one will be hot on the heels of the iPhone.  It helps that the iPhone 4 has a front-facing camera and is the “new hotness” in the Apple phone world.  As we see more phones with front-facing cameras, we should see a bigger push for these kind of mobile video chat apps.

Can’t wait to hear the official word from CES next month!

[Sources: Engadget, TiPd]

December 26, 2010 at 6:57 pm Posted by | Cellphone, iPhone, News, Skype, Video Chat/Webcam | Leave a Comment

Q&A: Backing Up/Forwarding Text Messages (SMS) to Email [Android]

In our first, Q&A session, “SL” asks about backing up Text Messages (SMS) to an email account on Android.

Q from SL:

I need an app to send my texts (not my IMs) but actual phone to phone texts to my email address.
I was looking at Bundle Pro.  But there’s only one review and its $10.00.
I need to send certain ones to email not all.  So I will probably have to just send them all.
Any suggestions?

Bundle Pro might do it. I don’t see any good information on how it works or what limitations it has, but remember that the Android Market has a 15 minute return policy now, instead of the former 24 hours.  This means that if you try it out and it doesn’t do what you need, you have 15 minutes to get a refund.

Some other possibilities are SMS Backup or SMS Backup Plus.

Lifehacker has a great article on SMS Backup and you can find SMS Backup Plus in the Android Market.  These seem to be the user favorites for auto-sending to your Gmail account.  If you don’t want to send it to Gmail (or the Gmail associated with your Android account) then you might want to look at some of the other options below.  TrickyWays has a really great rundown on SMS Backup Plus.

Here’s another paid app, but it automatically forwards your SMS messages to any email address: TxtForward

And another one that’s only $1  called Auto SMS To Email.

There are some other alternatives mentioned in the Android Forums.

[Sources AndroidZoomLifehacker, TrickyWays, ElectricPocketAndroid Forums]

If anyone has any recommendations for apps that and back up, archive or forward text messages to an email account, on Android or any other platform, feel free to post them in the comments section and I’ll update this article.

If you have any “how do I..?” type questions, feel free to send them along to contact@hightechaffairs.com.

December 22, 2010 at 4:45 pm Posted by | Android, Cellphone, Q&A, Text Message/SMS | Leave a Comment

News: Use Your MagicJack Account on Android

I love those happy little hackers over at xda.  They whip some some great little apps that fill niche needs nicely (but with less alliteration than I make it out to be).

A while back, xda member yozpalang shoehorned a magicJack app so you don’t need that unsightly dongle and can actually use the service in a more mobile sense.  Like other VoIP services, this can be a way to separate your clandestine calling habits from your main landline and cell phone and keep your dirty little secret as secret as it is dirty!

magicJack DongleAndroid xda magicJack Dialpad

[Source xda via PocketNow, magicJack]

December 21, 2010 at 6:37 pm Posted by | Android, Cellphone, magicJack, News, Voice Over IP (VoIP) | Leave a Comment

Tips: Talkatone Helps You Make VoIP Calls with Google Voice

Lifehacker tips us to an iPhone/iOS app that helps you use Google Voice to it’s full voice-over-IP glory. It works over 3G or WiFi using an iPhone, iPod or iPad.

Talkatone VoIP via Google Voice on iPhone/iOS

[Source cybernetnews via LifehackeriTunes link]

December 20, 2010 at 2:00 pm Posted by | Cellphone, Google Voice, iPhone, Tips, Voice Over IP (VoIP) | Leave a Comment