I’m sure all of you have had a chat online with your buddies via a IM client. I’m sure you must have realized that most of the IM clients are boring, and its not so fun to have a conversation in boring interfaces.
Well an addon for MSN Messenger called HiYo claims to bring back your chat sessions to life.
The Instant Messaging world needs a serious shaking. What we see around us is old school conventions forced into the hectic world of Instant Messaging, and it doesn’t work. Though Instant Messaging has been around for 10 years now, there is still so much more room for enhancing and enriching our conversations.
In a nutshell HiYo replaces the dull textual exchange we call ‘Instant Messaging’ into a frickin’ fun experience.
"HiYo is a free add-on for Windows Live Messenger, offering the best quality graphical content available on the net. HiYo offers a wide variety of Winks, Animations, Emoticons and Sounds that suit every mood, emotion and style. It upgrades the Instant Messaging experience making it a lot more fun and exciting than before. HiYo is very user friendly; everyone can easily browse and enjoy the content. HiYo also offers unique features such as interactive talking animations, automatically suggested content that interacts with your conversation, and slideshows of personal photos in the user’s display image within Messenger."
I got an invite email from a friend of mine, and it was for a product named OoVoO. I usually delete all invite emails before marking them as spam. But this time, I opened this one to see what it had to say. After reading the features, I ended up installing he product and now I feel so happy for having opened that email, because I’m now a big fan of OoVoO.
OoVoO also happens to be a Webware 100 Winner and here’s what it does basically :
OoVoo is a free, standalone desktop chat application that has both a text and video chat capabilities. It can handle as many as six people in one video conference as well as a dozen in the integrated voice chat conference. Users can drop in and out of conversations, and the video windows will scale with a similar effect to iChat’s “swoop.”
OoVoo also doubles as a video e-mail service. Users can send each other video messages as long as a minute in length that are available right in the application or via e-mail. Users who get the e-mail are also provided a link that takes them to a live Flash version of the video, so they can access it while away from their home computer.
Finally iPhone gets its first killer app. Yes you heard that right, Fring the Israeli company has come out with a beta of its native iPhone App.
Here’s what the press release reads like :
The special pre-release version will enable iPhone’ users to get an early taste of fring and discover the freedom of being able to take their fring‘ contacts and buddies from their other favorite online communities mobile on their iPhones.
They will also have the ability to make free and low cost mobile calls over WiFi & enjoy rich, IM-style live chat with their online contacts, regardless of whether they are on their mobiles, PC’s or other internet devices.
Considering that Fring is not a browser based app like the other IM clients we’ve seen for the iPhone like FlickIM or Mundu it needs a jailbroken iPhone to begin with.
I wonder how many of you regularly use Google Talk anymore? Its been ages since the Official Google Talk client was updated. We’ve patiently waited for new features like Group Chat, New Emoticons to make it into Google Talk, but so far that hasn’t happened. Well the Google Talk team has just released a ‘Labs Edition’ of Google Talk which is more or less same as the Google Talk Gadget, just that it is the desktop version of Google Talk Gadget.
The Labs edition of Google Talk features notification for new messages from Google Calendar and Orkut, in additional to Gmail, new emoticons and group chat.
The GMail crew seems to be working hard these days, ever since the launch of GMail 2.0. GMail has finally given us one of the most important features we’ve been waiting for quite long and that is Colored Labels. Well Labels was a great feature GMail already had, to help us organize our inbox, but these Colored Labels, help us easily spot out the message we’re looking for. A Screenshot below, shows the colored labels feature in action.
You can now set a different color for each label so you can identify messages easier. Not all Gmail accounts have the new feature, but it will probably be enabled for everyone soon (Mine is yet to come!).