instant messaging

  • The dark (yet shallow) seeds of cell phone addiction

    Posted November 29, 2012 - 5:09 pm

    What are the psychological factors driving addictions to mobile phones and instant messaging?
  • Group chat showdown: Which instant messaging service is best for your business?

    Posted October 20, 2012 - 7:25 am

    What happens when your team needs to have a conversation, yet coworkers are scattered across town or even around the world? Conference calls can be pricey and inefficient: Talkers often overlap, no one can hear each other well, and there's no record of who said what. Oh, and you can't exactly share a file over the phone.
  • Major IT services company tries to boost productivity by ditching e-mail

    Posted December 7, 2011 - 8:00 am

    E-mail wastes a huge amount of time, according to CEO of IT services company. Want to get him a message? Come talk in person. Or on the phone. Or IM. Or on a private Wiki. Or Facebook. Or...just forget it.
  • Mattel's GirlTech Messenger could jam FBI, Secret Service digital radios

    Posted August 12, 2011 - 1:34 pm

    A research paper explains how the $30 toy can wreak havoc on a multi-billion dollar government encrypted radio protocol.
  • Defending Facebook's excitement over its new (obsolete) video-chat service

    Posted July 7, 2011 - 2:19 pm

    ITworld blogger Peter Smith was disappointed the Facebook announcement this week, which turned out to be plain vanilla video chat, giving FB no credit for being able to get excited over 5-year-old technology. It's not just video chat, Peter, it's video chat from the cloud.
  • 'Back in my day, we'd walk 7 miles barefoot in the snow to check our email -- and we used dial-up!'

    Posted December 22, 2010 - 3:29 pm

    The New York Times Bits Blog has some interesting demographic data from research firm comScore that should confirm the suspicions of anyone with teens at home -- email is for old people.
  • Apple unresponsive to iPhone IM app developers

    Posted October 17, 2009 - 9:46 pm

    Sometimes radio silence is a good thing. For example, say you're planning on defecting to the U.S. with an experimental military submarine--that would be an occasion where loose lips might literally sink ships. However, somebody might want to let Apple know that the Cold War is over and that not communicating with developers is not an appropriate reason to stay mum.
  • 8 ways modern technology could help "Mad Men"

    Posted August 24, 2009 - 5:19 pm

    From Facebook and Twitter to smartphones and VPNs, a look at how modern technology would have saved Sterling Cooper countless headaches.
  • Should Facebook, Twitter follow IM providers and block access to U.S. 'enemies'?

    Posted June 11, 2009 - 11:58 am

    Facebook and Twitter should join instant messaging (IM) services and block access to U.S.-sanctioned countries in order to avoid running afoul of the government's trade embargoes, say legal experts.
  • Microsoft, HP expand unified communications push

    Posted May 19, 2009 - 9:53 am

    Microsoft and HP have expanded their partnership to develop and sell a common platform for delivering voice, video and messaging services to office workers.
  • Review

    Yahoo Messenger for iPhone

    Posted May 5, 2009 - 9:31 pm

    Yahoo Messenger is one of the more popular chat clients, boasting millions upon millions of users. Connecting and communicating with those multitudes gets a wee bit easier with the free Yahoo Messenger mobile app for the iPhone and iPod touch. A pleasant interface and the promise of future enhancements by Yahoo makes this an ideal mobile app for Yahoo Messenger users.
  • 20 Years of AOL Annoyances and Foul-Ups

    Posted April 29, 2009 - 3:41 pm

    Over the years AOL found a remarkable number of ways to drive both loyal customers and random bystanders bonkers, shooting itself in its corporate foot again and again through everything from monumental technical glitches to willful strategic decisions. Herewith, a 20th-anniversary retrospective.
  • Password Stealers Sit on Popular Download Sites

    Posted April 13, 2009 - 9:04 pm

    You might already know that it's easy for the bad guys to buy malware kits and ready-made digital nasties on black market Web sites. But some tools are even easier to pick up, such as a blatant IM password stealer available on a major download site.
  • Clever Free Ways to Connect via Phone and Web

    Posted March 24, 2009 - 4:10 pm

    Looking to improve how you communicate? Check out these six great options in free e-mail and phone services.
  • 8 Free apps for cross-IM chats

    Posted January 30, 2009 - 12:20 pm

    These 8 free chat apps -- which can be described as cross-platform or multiprotocol IM apps -- support more than one instant messaging network. Instead of having the AIM and Yahoo Messenger chat programs running on your computer at the same time, you can use just one application to access your accounts from these two IM networks.
  • Ditch your IM software, chat in your browser instead

    Posted December 30, 2008 - 11:31 am

    So long, AIM. Farewell, Yahoo Instant Messenger. See you in hell, Windows Live Messenger. Though I still love to chat on your networks, I don't love your bloated, intrusive, still-non-cross-platform-after-all-these-years software. Enter Meebo, a browser-based solution that lets you access 9 different chat networks without installing so much as a plug-in.
  • Reports: Windows Live Messenger getting WPF-based makeover

    Posted August 13, 2008 - 5:08 pm

    The upcoming Windows Live Messenger 9.0 will sport a revamped user interface based on Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) graphical technology, according to published reports that include purported screenshots of the instant messaging software.
  • IBM/Lotus sharpens weapon for unified communications battle

    Posted July 22, 2008 - 4:19 pm

    IBM/Lotus is banking on the integration of its Sametime platform and collaboration software with tools from telephony partners to fuel its climb up the ranks of unified communications contenders.
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