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Trillan Astra chat client leaves beta

After years of private testing, Trillian launched a public beta of its updated multi-protocol chat client earlier this summer. This week, the company took off the beta label, and Trillian Astra replaces the company's older chat client. Trillian Astra lets users chat with contacts on a number of services, including AOL Intant Messenger, Windows live Mesenger, Google Talk, ICQ, and Yahoo!...

VoxOx 2 adds "personal assistant" to screen your calls

VoxOx is a chat, social networking, and VoIP communications tool for Windows and Mac. When you sign up for a beta account, you're assigned a phone number which people can dial from any phone to reach you. You can also make free calls to other VoxOx users or cheap calls to phone numbers. We first looked at VoxOx when the service launched in November. This month, the VoxOx team released version...

ZenBe releases Shareflow, seems similar to Google Wave

We all went ga-ga over Google Wave when it was announced back at Google's I/O conference in May, but except for a very fortunate few, we really don't know what it will be like to use. Today online productivity suite developer ZenBe released a new product called Shareflow, which has a number of similarities to Google Wave. Shareflow is a collaboration tool that ZenBe says is not email, IM, social...

Trillian Astra beta goes public, multi-protocol chat for everyone

Trillian has launched a public beta of Trillian Astra, the company's updated chat client for AOL, Yahoo!, Windows Live, Google, and other instant messaging service. Trillian Astra also lets you update your status on Facebok and Twitter, something earlier versions of the IM client couldn't do. The application has been in private testing for what seems like forever, but a few months ago the...

Meebo launches desktop notifier for web-based IM

Meebo is a web-based instant messaging app. Users can sign into AOL, Windows Live, Google, Yahoo! and other instant messaging services from any web browser without downloading and installing any software. But today Meebo launched something new: A desktop notifier. Notice I didn't say desktop client. The new tool doesn't let you run Meebo outside of a web browser. What it does is sign you into your...

AIM Blast: finally, you can IM multiple buddies at once

AIM Blast is a new AOL Instant Messenger feature that makes me feel old, because I just realized that it's been a decade since I first wondered why there was no way to IM multiple buddies without opening a chatroom. Well, it's finally here, and it works pretty well. You can't make a Blast Group from within AIM, but if you go to blast.aim.com, you can set up and edit a group from there. Blast...

Ask DLS: Business Week declares IM dead - what do you think?

On Sunday, Business Week published an article stating "It's the end of instant messaging as we know it." In columnist Douglas MacMillan's mind, integrated chat features on sites like Facebook and GMail have signed the death warrant. Oh really? That's kind of interesting, because there's a lot of evidence that IM is alive and kicking. Taking a quick look at some stats on Download.com, I notice...

KonoLive turns instant messaging into "instant collaboration"

KonoLive is launching a new "instant collaboration" service at DEMO this week. The company's application looks a lot like an instant messaging client built on Adobe AIR. But while most IM clients allow you to do a few things besides chatting (like sharing files, images, and even video), KonoLive takes things to a whole new level. Users will be able to share Office documents, PDF files, and digital...

SpeakLike offers real-time IM translation

Need to communicate with a colleague, client, or eBay seller in China, but don't speak Chinese? SpeakLike wants to help. The service, which launches in private beta this week provides real-time chat translation services. SpeakLike works by using a combination of machine and human translation. As you send a message, a machine will automatically translate it to another language, while a human...

Yahoo! launches stealth beta of myM: A Meebo competitor?

Yahoo! appears to be working on a new social networking/chat service. MyM is in private beta at the moment, so we can't tell you much about it, but Silicon Valley gossip rag Valleywag reports that the service could be some sort of web-based instant messenger that will tie in with other social sites including Facebook, Friendster, MySpace, LiveJournal, and competing IM services including AIM, MSN...

Pidgin 2.2 flies the coop

Multi-protocol instant messaging client Pidgin has hit version 2.2. And when they say multi-protocol, they mean it. Pidgin supports AIM, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, Google Talk, Groupwise, ICQ, IRC, MSN, MySpaceIM, QQ, SILC, SIMPLE, Sametime, XMPP, Yahoo!, and Zephyr. In other words, there's a good chance this open-source program is the only instant messaging client you'll ever need to install on your...