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Mozilla Messaging reintegrates with Labs, unifies focus on Web-based communication

Mozilla Messaging, citing Mozilla's increased focus on Web-borne communications, will be reintegrating with Mozilla Labs. The Messaging subsidiary was formed in 2008 to focus on Thunderbird, but given Mozilla Labs' current focus on identity and contact management, it now makes sense for the groups to be merged. Thunderbird will be unaffected by the change -- some URLs might change, but that's...

BlackBerry Messenger coming to Android and iOS?

BlackBerry owners love BBM, and it's one of the best out-of-the-box messaging apps you'll find on any smartphone platform. According to Boy Genius Report, RIM may finally be preparing to extend BBM beyond its own OS -- releasing Android and iOS versions. The reason for the change of heart could be the spate of very capable and very popular cross-platform BBM alternatives. While it would...

Facebook reels in Beluga to bolster group messaging

Facebook has snatched up Beluga, one of the most popular group messaging services around. We recently mentioned Beluga in our round-up of cross-platform BlackBerry messenger alternatives, and it's been growing steadily in popularity ever since it launched just a few short months ago. In its official announcement, Facebook says it is "excited that the [Beluga] team will continue their vision...

Beluga: new cross-platform group messaging service

Beluga is a free, cross-platform group messaging service along the lines of GroupMe, Kik, or BlackBerry's BBM. It works with any phone, although iPhone and Android have dedicated Beluga apps. Beluga lets you send messages to customizable groups of friends -- called "pods" -- and users can also share photos and locations. In fact, you can view the locations of your entire pod on a single map. ...

Facebook launches 'next generation messaging', sounds a lot like Google Wave

Extolling the virtues of what messaging should be -- seamless, instant, personal and simple -- Mark Zuckerberg has just launched what sounds just like a socially-aware version of the now-defunct Google Wave. It is not email -- though you will get a username@facebook.com email address -- but it handles email. It's a messaging platform that interweaves all of your incoming messages, be they...

Mozilla Thunderbird now has Firefox's excellent about:support feature

About:support, which has long been the best way to troubleshoot Firefox, can now be used in your other favourite Mozilla product: Thunderbird. It produces an easy-to-read table with all of the debugging info you might ever need: your current version number; installed extensions; your IMAP, POP and SMTP settings; and your modified preferences -- really, everything you might want to know in a...

HeyWire for iOS sends international text messages for free

One app I've been trying to find for my iPod touch for quite some time is a free SMS app -- and one that actually works. I've tried a couple before, but with no success. Maybe because I'm in Canada. Maybe because I was missing something. Either way, I was still without a way to send text messages to my contacts. Thanks to HeyWire, however, my SMS prayers have been answered! The app works...

Google I/O day 2 details... for geeks and developers!

With the ramifications for end-users out of the way, I can now focus on the interesting bits -- the technology behind Froyo (Android 2.2) that makes it so damn exciting. First, the underlying operating system (or virtual machine) now features a just-in-time (JIT) compiler. Claims of 2- to 5-times faster performance over Android 2.1 were touted but the actual demonstration showed a gain of about...

AT&T: iPhone software update with MMS coming Sept. 25

The most embarrassing thing about having an iPhone is its lack of multimedia messaging. MMS is a feature that even old-school candybar "dumbphones" have had for years, and this supposedly cool, revolutionary device has been around for years without supporting it. Well, that's about to change. On Sept. 25, Apple will release a software update (presumably iPhone OS 3.1) that will enable MMS,...

How to add Twitter and Facebook IM support to Pidgin for Windows

Pidgin is a great multi-protocol IM client. Out of the box it provides support for 15 different protocols, including most of the important ones: MSN, Yahoo, Gtalk, ICQ, and XMPP to name a few. Two glaring omissions include Facebook IM and Twitter - both of which are built-in to Digsby by default. Thanks to the developers of two plugins, a couple quick downloads and some simple instructions can...

Notifu: group messaging to help you make plans

If you've ever been in the situation of trying to make plans with a group of people who are all communicating via different methods (SMS, IM, email), then you know how much of a pain it is to keep track of what everyone is doing. Notifu tries to make it easier, with a web app that can send messages to your friends via email, IM or text message, and let you know when they've received them. On...

Mozilla brings Twitter, RSS, other messages to Firefox with Snowl

Mozilla released a plugin for Firefox called Snowl yesterday that has the potential to completely change the way you use your web browser. Or it could just frustrate the heck out of you. Here's what it does: it brings messages from various sources (Twitter, RSS feeds, and eventually instant messaging services) to your browser. The concept is interesting. Why rely on pop up notifications to let...

Homer Simpson impersonator attacks fans' computers

Earlier this week, a Homer Simpson impersonator began instant messaging fans with a link to an "internet-only exclusive Simpsons episode." This -- like many things spawned in the dark corners of 'net -- turned out to be a PC virus. But how did this impostor gain Homer's identity? It turns out Mr. Simpson has a legitimate, real-world e-mail address: chunkylover53@aol.com, which appeared in the...

Mozilla Messaging to work on Thunderbird 3, the future of communication

A few months back, Mozilla announced plans to create a new organization responsible for development of the Thunderbird e-mail client. While Mozilla's Firefox web browser has been getting a lot of attention in recent years from both developers and the general public, Thunderbird has sort of been living in the shadow of its big, more popular sibling. Today David Ascher announced that the new...

Kevin Rose launches his Instant Messaging network, Pownce

It was known that Kevin Rose of Digg fame has been working with a small team on something to do with instant messaging for a little while now. Well, the kittie kat jumped, or should I say Pownced out of the bag on Tuesday night. Pownce is a way to send anything from messages, files, links and events to friends online. It runs care of Adobe's Apollo runtime platform, taking advantage of its many...