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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!


[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

News: Gmail/Google Voice Offers Free Calls Through 2011

If you have a Google Voice account, you can use it to make telephone calls to regular landlines and cell phones via VoIP.  You can also use Google Voice from within Gmail. Google, as a nice little holiday gift (and maybe a way to help people get comfortable with the idea of making VoIP calls) is offering free calls from now until at least the end of the year 2011, maybe longer.  Yes, next year calls to the US and Canada will apparently be free.  Sounds too good to be true, no?  Let’s hope they don’t change their minds.

GMail/Google Voice Calls Free Through 2012

[Source Google Blog via Mashable, Lifehacker, DroidDogs]

December 20, 2010 at 5:02 pm Posted by | Google Voice, 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

News: IM+ 3.3 Available for Android

XDA member vit_ reports that a new version of IM+ is now available on the Android platform.

Some improvements include group chats, easier switching between chat windows and the ability to log into several accounts on the same IM service.

IM+ is also available for iPhone/iPod/iPad, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Symbian, Java, Palm and a Web version.  More details on their web page.

IM+ 3.3 for Android

[Source xda-developers]

December 20, 2010 at 1:00 pm Posted by | Android, Cellphone, IM+, Instant Messaging (Multi-IM), iPhone, News, Windows Mobile | Leave a Comment

Tips: Video Calling with Qik and fring

PocketNow.com gave a good rundown a while ago of some of the issues with running video chat programs such as Qik and fring.

fring video call

Read more about it on PocketNow.com’s article.

December 20, 2010 at 12:00 pm Posted by | Android, Cellphone, Fring, iPhone, Qik, Tips, Video Chat/Webcam | Leave a Comment

Tips: Lifehacker’s Tips For Getting The Most Out of Google Voice

I haven’t even scratched the surface on Google Voice and how it can be used as an alternate way of staying in touch with your secret lover, and Lifehacker’s tips just affirm how little I’ve really played with Google Voice.  It’s a great rundown on some of the things you can do if you use Google Voice’s features correctly.

Here are some highlights:

  • Free SMS that’s not logged on your normal cell account
  • Alternate phone number so you don’t have to give out your real phone number (handy in bars too!)
  • Tie prepaid/disposable phone numbers together under a single Google Voice number
  • Voice to Text transcription and email of your incoming voice mails. That way you can silently screen the calls before replying or deciding if it’s an emergency or not
  • Special call filtering/notification settings so not all calls go through to all phone lines connected to your account. This makes it easier to receive secret calls when you want to, but funnel them to voicemail when you don’t including a special “Do Not Disturb” timer setting

Read more at Lifehacker.com

December 19, 2010 at 11:59 pm Posted by | Google Voice, Tips, Voice Over IP (VoIP) | Leave a Comment