Danger Sidekick service ends today for all users, bye bye data, bye bye AppleTech

By on May 31, 2011 at 11:18 PM.

Danger Sidekick service ends today for all users, bye bye data, bye bye AppleTech

It’s been a long time coming, but the day is finally here. At the end of tonight, the servers that made your Sidekick devices so great — that insanely addictive push email, one of the best AIM experiences, one of the first app stores, and more — will be shut down for good. Since the Danger Sidekick devices were tied directly to the cloud, the devices had limited memory. What this means is that since there will no longer be data on the server, the data on your Sidekick will erase if your phone loses it’s charge. T-Mobile has recommended that Sidekick users go into T-Mobile locations to help get their data backed up, but if you’ve missed the boat, you can hit up your online T-Mobile account at the link below to access and export your data for free.

Note: the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G, the company’s latest Sidekick (Android, not Danger) is not at risk of losing data or service. More →

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Google buys Global IP Solutions, adds to VoIP holdings

By on May 18, 2010 at 9:13 AM.

Google buys Global IP Solutions, adds to VoIP holdings

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Google, Inc. has purchased internet VoIP company Global IP Solutions for a cool $68.2 million; a 27.5% premium over the company’s current stock price. While Global IP may not be a household name, you might be familiar with what they provide and to whom they provide it: the back-end VoIP engine used by the Yahoo!, AIM, WebEx, Baidu, and Lotus chat systems. Google continues to bolster its portfolio of acquired companies that supplement its Google Voice and Google Talk services — you may recall Google purchasing internet chat/VoIP company Gizmo5 several months ago — but we have yet to see any drastic feature changes/additions in said services. The future looks bright for Google Voice and Talk…although we do wonder about the VoIP fate of Yahoo! et. al now that Google owns their voice over IP engine. More →

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BeejiveIM for BlackBerry 2.0 available now

By on December 16, 2009 at 12:06 PM.

BeejiveIM for BlackBerry 2.0 available now

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We just received word from our friends at Beejive that their brand new version of BeejiveIM for BlackBerry handsets launches today, and is even on sale until the end of the year at only $9.99/$14.95 (single license or transferable license). Obviously our favorite IM client for the BlackBerry (and even iPhone), version 2.0 has some pretty amazing features in it:

  • Support for OS 5.0
  • BlackBerry Storm/Storm2 support
  • Send file transfers via link — all IM accounts supported
  • Email push notifications when running in background mode
  • Send voice notes
  • Send GPS location to buddies
  • New chat styles and background images
  • New buddy list layouts
  • Refreshed UI design
  • Improved battery life
  • Facebook IM support


You can get a free 30 day trial of BeejiveIM for BlackBerry, and if instant messaging isn’t your thing, there’s always TwitterMore →

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Apple approving apps with push, Beejive goes live

By on June 22, 2009 at 7:57 PM.

Apple approving apps with push, Beejive goes live

You heard that right, folks. People complaining that Apple’s very-much-delayed push notification service might be delayed again can all relax — Beejive 3.0, the fantastic new version with push support will be going live in about an hour or so from now.

We exclusively gave you a look at Beejive for iPhone almost a year ago, and you have to give us some credit — we called it the best IM application for the iPhone, and were we right? Now think about push notifications and a whole slew of other additions and tweaks and you’re looking at a desktop-class IM application. We’ve been using a version with push for a pretty long time and can safely say it doesn’t disappoint. Here’s a breakdown of the new goodies and let us know when you try the new version!

  • Push notifications
  • Meta contacts (link IM buddies to address book entries!)
  • Various UI enhancements, updated layout and color schemes
  • Performance enhancements

Oh yeah, two more things… the price is now $9.99 (down from $15.99), and we’re testing a version that allows videos to be sent over AIM. (You could always send photos) Look for this in the near future.

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AT&T finally pushes out BlackBerry service books for AIM and ICQ

By on November 11, 2008 at 12:00 PM.

AT&T finally pushes out BlackBerry service books for AIM and ICQ

In a move that can only be described as “long overdue”, AT&T has finally pushed out the service books necessary to run the RIM native AIM and ICQ clients on the carrier’s BlackBerry handsets. The clients have long been available to other carriers, (unless you did the bait and switch Service Book trick) but now that AT&T has finally given them their blessing, the apps can be had through mobile.blackberry.com. Both apps integrate perfectly with the OS of course, and compliment the Google Talk app and Windows Live Messenger app in rounding out the free IM solutions available directly from BlackBerry.

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Fring for your iPhone allows VoIP!

By on October 4, 2008 at 9:36 AM.

Fring for your iPhone allows VoIP!

Open up your iTunes and get this app now! Fring is a pre-release app free on iTunes which allows you to contact your friends on AIM, MSN, Yahoo, Twitter, Skype, and more. VoIP is available over WiFi and the availability of your friends are displayed in real time. The only thing is, and this is hardly a downside, they would like for you to offer your feedback, hence the pre-release offer and test. We just had some friends call and while you can tell you’re on VoIP, the call quality is amazing! It’s pretty much just as good as the Fring call quality is on any other platform. Though a little “tinny,” we had no problems whatsoever understanding each other – even outdoors where the traffic noise was substantial. Also, logging onto the instant messaging clients was a breeze and they work perfectly. You don’t need Skype in order to make VoIP calls either if your friends also have Fring. All you have to do is exchange your Fring usernames and call them through GoogleTalk or any of the other messaging clients that don’t say “Chat Only”! The one thing you may want to take note of is that Apple has been just weird lately with what apps they decide to pull from the app store, so you might want to jump on this one while you can.

Thanks, Steph and Gil!

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AOL releases new Windows Mobile AIM client, hell freezes over

By on June 23, 2008 at 5:07 AM.

AOL releases new Windows Mobile AIM client, hell freezes over

This is a happy, happy day for any AIM addicts toting around a Windows Mobile device. There are 3rd party solutions (JiveTalk, what up!), but it’s always comforting to get a piece of software directly from the source. AOL has finally released an updated AIM client, and boy does it look sexy! We’re giving it a go right now but sadly, it doesn’t look as if we’ll get file transfers at the moment. Let’s hope this feature makes it way into the final build as it is still in beta. It also is said to be compatible with just about every Windows Mobile device — Standard or Professional, 5 or 6. Anyone looking to give it a try? Hit us up and let us know what the verdict is!

[Via XDA-Developers]

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Sidekick LX OTA hits the streets June 25th, contains madness

By on June 15, 2008 at 11:58 AM.

Sidekick LX OTA hits the streets June 25th, contains madness

If you’re like us, you’re not giving that Tony Hawk Sidekick LX the time of day. But, you don’t want to feel left out when all the other cool kids in school are taking videos of their gnarly sk8board tricks. What’s a Sidekick-toting fellow to do? Well, the much-awaited OTA update for the LX will hit on June 25th. It will be a rolling OTA as usual (they slowly spread it out across the devices which can sometimes take up to 4 weeks) and we’ve got the exact details on what it will contain. Below is an easy-to-read version of what we were able to translate. 

  • Capture videos using the new video mode
  • Playback from the SD card or email attachments using the media player
  • Share videos via email, Picture messaging, and Bluetooth
  • Listen to songs or videos using a stereo Bluetooth device
  • Send and receive photos, videos, or music via Bluetooth
  • 3 IM clients & enhancements to AIM® and Yahoo!® Messenger
  • Create and join group chats
  • See who is logged into IM from the address book or email and instantly start a conversation
  • Set a custom status message then keep chatting
  • Search for friends in a buddy list
  • Got more buddies than you can keep track of? See who’s online right from the address book or email, and search for friends in your buddy lists
  • Select how Web pages are displayed based on preference
  • PC-like, full-size layout to pan & scan while reading o Standard Sidekick screen-size layout to simply scroll down the page to read · Mini Page to zoom out on an overview of an entire Web page 
  • Save images from Web pages to the SD card Personalize the way you want to surf
  • Device does not restart after a download. Just install an item, and it’s ready to use
  • Capture videos and share them directly from the Camera app
  • Video integration for playback, send, and save to gallery
  • QuickFind: search for keywords across applications to find messages or information
  • Spell Checker
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