Trillian is a powerful messaging client, combining Instant Messengers like AIM, Yahoo!, MSN, ICQ and chat clients like IRC in one application for more convenient usage. A version of the application, called Trillian Astra for iPhone will allow you to IM on the phone, which is a feature Apple didn’t put in the phone by default. Designed for the iPhone, the Astra uses the internet browser and as long as the window is opened, real-time messages will be delivered. An Alpha version of the Trillian Astra will be available in few weeks, and if the tests run smooth, probably soon after that we will see a final release. Source: Trillian Blogs via EngadgetMobile … [Read more...] about Trillian Astra is IM for iPhone
A few months ago, Facebook made a blunt change in its mobile app. It stripped it off its messaging functionality, which had absolutely zero wrong with it, and forced Facebook Messenger on our devices. Because, you know, so many people chat on Facebook, thus everyone will be better off doing it in a separate app, right? Well, some of you are happy with how things went down, switching between the two apps while constantly keeping them on. Others are mighty annoyed with Messenger and are either keeping it off their system, or seeking alternatives. Alas, using an older version of the Facebook app with chatting, or the website in your browser is hardly convenient. The four apps below, though, are a little better. At least they can message your Facebook friends alongside friends from a whole bunch of other networks at once. Try them out if you feel like it.TrillianTrillian, which is available on Android and iOS devices in addition to desktop computers, supports Facebook Chat, MSN, … [Read more...] about Fed up with Facebook Messenger? Try these four alternatives
I just got to mess with an incredible $100 PC that is being compared to Apple in terms of ease of use, uses Linux as its core OS (but conceals the complexity of Linux, much like OSX conceals the complexity of UNIX), and is at the outset, a Web 2.0 device leveraging heavily its connectivity to create the Apple experience for a fraction of the cost. It does have a monthly charge of about $13, which covers the online services and allows the initial price of the PC to get down to $99, but it may reflect the future of Web 2.0 computing, and it’s worth a look. Zonbox: $100 Green PC of the Future While I’ve historically not been a big fan of Linux PCs, this is because they aren’t that much less expensive, are generally more complex, and the tradeoffs are ugly. The Zonbu Zonbox caught my attention, because it actually comes very close to what Apple provides at a fraction of the price. About the size of a Mac Mini and costing much less than what that … [Read more...] about Zonbox: The $100 Green PC of the Future
Trend Micro Inc., the world’s third-largest anti-virus software maker, said on Friday computer virus attacks cost global businesses an estimated $55 billion in damages in 2003, a sum that would risethis year. Companies lost roughly $20 billion to $30 billion in 2002 from the virus attacks, up from about $13 billion in 2001, according to various industry estimates. “The economic and financial impact of virus attacks will continue to climb in 2004,” Lionel Phang, Trend Micro’s Managing Director told Reuters in an interview. He did not have a forecast for the year. Spam threats and network viruses will likely become more prevalent in 2004, he said. “The spam threat will increase exponentially, and will become the hideouts for viruses and hacking programs trying to gain an entry into the network,” he added. “Blended threats also will remain the standard way to attack networks, where one virus file will create four to five different activities … [Read more...] about Viruses Caused $55 Billion Damage In 2003
41 percent of U.S. citizens that actually care about your phone call privacy and 52 percent that care about the government snooping in on your emails, here are a few steps you can take to protect yourself from the prying eyes of the U.S. government.Granted that what the PRISM slide show says is true – which hasn’t been verifiable yet considering that technology firms have been denying their involvement in PRISM left and right – you have some options available, although they aren’t all convenient. In some cases, you’ll have to give up your go-to sites and apps. We have to warn you that these recommendations aren’t fool-proof, so if the government really thinks you’re a terrorist and wants to know where you sleep, who you are, what you’re doing, what you’re browsing, who you’re talking to, among other personal details, they’ll find ways around it – probably even if that means digging through your trash.But if … [Read more...] about How to use the Internet without all those PRISM-accused Web properties
Even though Apple includes fantastic integration with Yahoo Mail and Google's Gmail, e-mail is where the party ends. Apple, for inexplicable reasons, didn't include a built-in instant messaging client on the iPhone, and while rumors abound that there's a client in the works, who wants to be stuck using the built-in SMS (short message service) text messaging client?OK, so the built-in SMS text messaging client is extraordinarily easy to use, and it works well for sending text messages to people who don't have iPhones, who don't have smartphones and who might not even be near a PC.Also, when the text messaging gets tiresome, it's super easy to simply tap the screen to call and talk to the person.Yahoo and Google both have widely available free instant messaging clients, and users of both popular free e-mail services can easily start live chats online via Google Talk or Yahoo Messenger. Of course, AOL's AIM is popular too, and Apple's iPhone also includes built-in support for AOL-based … [Read more...] about PRODUCT REVIEW When Will iPhone Get the Message?
In the wake of Red Hat's recent announcement about abandoning the desktop market in favor of the enterprise, several companies have quickly stepped in to proclaim support for Linux on the desktop. Most recently, Xandros not only proclaimed support for Linux on the desktop, but also released Xandros Desktop 2.0, a new Linux-based distribution with a graphical interface that the company has stressed is easy to use and simple to install.Based on the "Sarge" version of Debian GNU/Linux and a Xandros-enhanced KDE 3.1.4, Xandros Desktop 2.0 offers compatibility with Microsoft Windows applications, including Microsoft's office and networking environments."Let's face it, most users are fed up with viruses, worms and the installation of patches," commented Andy Typaldos, CEO of Xandros. "For the first time there is a real alternative, a new desktop for the masses. You work with Xandros just like the other desktop, only better."Whether you're at home, school or work, said Typaldos, "you'll find … [Read more...] about Red Hat Moves Away, Xandros Steps In
When Google recently released its re-vamped desktop search engine, a central element of the new offering was a sidebar. This clever device gives keyboard jocks quick access to a bundle of useful features. You can read e-mail as soon as it arrives without opening your e-mail program, for instance, or monitor news headlines without opening your browser.If the sidebar idea seems like a good one to you, but you're less than enthused about installing a desktop search engine to have one, relax. There's a free program called, not surprisingly, Desktop Sidebar that's a viable and robust alternative to Google's offering.The basic component of the program is the panel. Panels are modules that you can add or subtract from the sidebar. They function much as "widgets" do in the new version of Apple's OS X "Tiger" operating system.When you install the application, a number of panels are pre-installed.There's a clock that displays the time and date. If you hover the cursor over the panel, a … [Read more...] about SOFTWARE TOOLBOX Give Me a Sidebar, Hold the Search