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Messenger on the Nintendo DS
dwergs says ( 28 Jul 2006 ):
Just like you can connect to Messenger using a Sony PSP, there's a way to chat with your buddies on a Nintendo DS as well. It requires a pretty amazing piece of homebrew, called Beup, of which version 0.3 was released this week by kevinc. I mean, it allows avatars and emoticons, a custom log-in status, shows if user is typing, hell, it even supports sending and receiving Ink messages! Doesn't that just transform the Nintendo DS into a perfectly portable Instant Messaging device to use around the house? Check out this demo video by HtheB:
It was about time for me to take a moment and update our list of web-based Messenger clients, adding the new MessengerFX on the fly. If you know any good ones that I've missed, just tell me.
Messenger emoticons inspire amateur filmmakers
dwergs says ( 27 Jul 2006 ):
On my daily visit to YouTube I came across a couple of user-generated videos starring the (sometimes slightly manipulated) Windows Live/MSN Messenger emoticons. A first clip has a couple of non-MSN emoticons performing a Spanish song ("Tu eres mia"), but about thirty seconds through *completely unexpected* comes a gruesome scene of a Messenger emoticon-decapitating factory called Interweb. I take it castor3x, the "director", doesn't like Messenger.
Viki on the other hand is definitely a (bored?) fan who manages to spend almost ten minutes discussing the "EmmEssEnn Emoticons". Though she thinks the Party smile<:o) is quite gross, especially in combination with the sheep emoticon. Tsk tsk, so young and such a dirty mind already.
Finally, we have a sick DigiWax who feels that some "emoticons that shouldn't be are, and emoticons that should be aren't" (skip to 3:11 in this video). I bet you've never heard of the Slightly retarded cousin, and that you'll never look the same again at the Ear tongued emoticon. But, being one of the biggest Pulp Fiction fans of mankind, my personal favorite is obviously Gimp mask.
Now if you feel like making your own Messenger-related video, go ahead and upload it to YouTube. If you mention Mess.be (verbally, textually,...) and leave me a message, your video might end up on this page!
Motorola's Windows Live Messenger phone details
dwergs says ( 26 Jul 2006 ):
Bill GatesannouncedMotorola's cordless dual-phone at WinHec 2006 back in May, and today we can give you some more details about the third Windows Live Messenger phone (after Uniden's and Philips's):
The T3151 feature a base station that can connect to a PC for placing calls over Windows Live Messenger service, and to a phone jack for placing standard PSTN calls. It will retail for a suggested $99.99 and will include one handset.
The phone uses the DECT frequency to provide up to 10 hours of talktime and is expandable up to six handsets the T3101, for a suggested $69.99. The handset features a speakerphone, alarm clock, support caller ID with visual call waiting and is capable of displaying online Messenger contacts on a color LCD, along with a choice of four wallpapers
The T3151 offers a private phone book that can store up to 80 names with three numbers per name, handset-to-handset intercom, 16 ringtones, and voicemail indicator.
Sorry, no pictures of the T31 series yet. To be released in the U.S. soon-ish.
By the way, Microsoft's Philips phone competition is still running across Europe.
Last time we've seen the Messenger buddy in a fight it was in a Taiwanese desktop stand-off in 2003. But this week, the green Messenger mascotte put on a sumo belt and challenged its evil twin at the Campus Party 2006 in Valencia, Spain. The wrestling match was organised in the "dohyō" at the Windows Live stand at the massive networking event. The winner got a webcam, the loser a €10 voucher to spend at MSN Music.
Don't believe me? Then check out this video on YouTube.
Window or aisle, Sir?
dwergs says ( 25 Jul 2006 ):
Chinese leading online air ticket agency Yoee.com just launched a "Bot Booking System" based on MSN/Windows Live Messenger. According to this article, a lot of Chinese professionals use Messenger and as of today they'll be able to check flight schedules, book flight tickets, find hotels, etc. just by adding firstname.lastname@example.org (Chinese only) to their contact lists.
Free shopping around in the Windows Live Gallery
dwergs says ( 25 Jul 2006 ):
Being a contestant in last year's World's Best App competition, Timothy received an e-mail from Microsoft informing him about the new home for (official) Windows Live Messenger Activities: Windows Live Gallery Beta. The WorldsBestApp website will be removed as of July 31st.
But the new Gallery is more than that, it's a "one-stop shop to personalize your Windows Live and PC experience. Windows Live Gallery helps you find all the cool & useful Gadgets, Toolbar custom buttons, Messenger Bots and much more." Developers are encouraged to upload their work to share them with others.