Download the official eBuddy App for the iPhone and iPod Touch
Posted by absorbation on Thu 09 Jul 2009 (18:48 GMT) (5600 views)
This week the eBuddy team have released eBuddy for iPhone and iPod Touch to the Apple App Store, in a move to make their web messenger a truly mobile, on-the-go experience. With iPhone contracts typically allowing unlimited Internet usage, the app aims to provide your IM client wherever and whenever you want. With push notifications you can always be connected even when using the device's other features.

The application is simple, easy to use and just works. It obvious has had a lot of care taken in its development phase to produce an app that competitors such as Meebo simply do not provide. Specifically designed for the iPhone's latest 3.0 software update (yet compatible with previous versions) eBuddy for your iPhone and iPod Touch offers these main features:
  • One buddy list for MSN, Yahoo, AIM, ICQ, Google Talk, and Facebook
  • Stay online when you exit the app
  • Get push notifications for incoming messages when you exit the app
  • Reconnect automatically if connection is lost
  • Get offline messages after reconnecting
  • Get new message alerts & typing alerts in the chat screen
  • Easily switch between chats by swiping your screen
  • Shake your iPhone or iPod Touch to send a buzzer

The product is still in its early stages, but is one of the great few free apps available in the store. Future updates will allow more features and hopefully address issues such as only allowing to be signed in for 30-minute periods. On the whole however, anyone who wants to use IM at any time or in any place should definitely consider this wonderful program. eBuddy for the iPhone gives it the edge over popular competitor Meebo.

Download the eBuddy App for the iPhone/ iPod Touch
Source: Now in the App Store… eBuddy for iPhone & iPod Touch (eBuddy blog)
Visit the eBuddy website for more details



Yahoo! Messenger app now available for iPhone
Posted by absorbation on Thu 09 Apr 2009 (19:02 GMT) (2906 views)
Mobile Messenger clients aren't a relatively new thing, people have been logging into them for years. That being said, many lack the most basic of features, and often only use simple interfaces. The iPhone, with its large screen and rich API has allowed a new generation of mobile apps: eBuddy, Meebo and now an official app form Yahoo! themselves. Below are a list of features:

  • Instant message: Send text messages back and forth with your friends, including emoticons and web links.
  • Photo sharing: Take a photo on your iPhone and send that, or grab one from your photo gallery to share.
  • Stealth settings: Sign in as invisible, or change your status to invisible once you're in the app.
  • Custom status message: Enter a custom status message for your friends to see. You can even include a web link with it.
  • Recent conversations archive: Under Messages, tap a contact and you'll see your most recent conversation. You can type in a message from there to start chatting again.
  • Special idle state: If you have to leave the app for whatever reason, like a call comes in or you click a link in an IM that takes you to Safari, the Yahoo! Messenger for iPhone app will keep you signed in but change your status to idle. That way you can continue to receive messages and provided you return to the app within ten minutes, pick up where you left off.
  • Additional settings: Tap the Settings icon to change the sort order of your contact list, or to show or hide offline contacts in your list.


View a video of the app in action
Source: Yahoo! Messenger blog
View a heap of screenshots of the app at LiveSino



Updated: eBuddy for iPhone/ iPod Touch
Posted by absorbation on Mon 28 Jul 2008 (18:27 GMT) (4816 views)
Just a quick post here, the popular web messenger eBuddy has been updated for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The new interface is sleeker and easier to use than ever, with the ability to add eBuddy to your home screen if you're an iPhone 3G user.

View the announcement at the eBuddy blog



Google Talk now available for the iPhone
Posted by absorbation on Thu 03 Jul 2008 (16:31 GMT) (2790 views)
The iPhone's large high resolution touch screen interface has made it very popular for web applications to take advantage of. Google have continued this trend by today releasing Google Talk for the iPhone and iPod Touch:

Attention iPhone owners! You can now chat with all your Google Talk buddies while on the go. Our new version of Google Talk is designed specifically for the iPhone and runs in the iPhone's browser, so you don't need to download or install anything. Just visit www.google.com/talk on your iPhone, sign in, and start chatting. And because it is built for the browser, it will work on today's iPhones as well as on tomorrow's 3G iPhones.



The success of the iPhone has meant many popular web services now have specific pages and functions designed for it, including the most popular web messengers.

Source: The Google Talk development blog
View Google Talk for the iPhone



eBuddy works like a charm with the iPhone
Posted by absorbation on Fri 17 Aug 2007 (12:06 GMT) (4082 views)
Technology has been changing in recent years, we are moving away from using applications on our desktops and we are trying to use services when they are convenient to us. RSS updates on our mobile phones, social networking websites working on our palm tops, using the Internet on my gaming console; you get the idea.

All this may seem good but I'm not really into it. I don't check my email on my Nintendo Wii, I don't use Facebook/ MySpace on my mobile phone, nor do I use web messengers designed to be more portable. Well the iPhone has changed this. The screen is large enough to provide a good user experience, just look at the video made by Vincent Manuhuwa using eBuddy below:



You can clearly see using eBuddy is quick, clean and easy to use. Although Trillian Astra for the iPhone may have the charm of a flashy design, I could see myself using eBuddy wherever I am.

Visit eBuddy
View the andyman's thread on eBuddy for mobile
Source: eBuddy blog


Not-so-speedy-speedlinking: July catchup
Posted by the andyman on Sat 28 Jul 2007 (18:30 GMT) (3736 views)
There have been several news stories this month which I have felt either didn't need a whole post to themselves or that I haven't had time to write about. There were also several things that I missed while I was away on my holiday and thought I couldn't write about in detail so long after they were first announced. So here is a brief round-up of the news that "got away" this month:
  • The eBuddy multi-network web messenger beta has been updated twice in July. Read the improvements of the July 6th update, which include connection and performance improvements and lots of bugfixes, and the changes in the most recent July 19th update, which include the abilities to upload your own display picture and to receive custom emoticons from Windows Live Messenger users.

  • In other eBuddy news, the eBuddy Mobile Messenger beta has now been downloaded over 100,000 times - helped partly, I would like to think, by my tutorial and review of it.

  • Also, for any "lucky" iPhone owners out there eBuddy have released a special version of their web messenger for you to use, offering a convenient and attractive messaging solution for the device. After managing to get hold of one in the US to ship over to their offices in the Netherlands, the eBuddy team started making a modified version for it straight away and ended up with one of the most advanced, AJAX powered, web-based, multi-network chat clients currently available for the iPhone. It is currently an alpha version (so expect more updates and changes in time) and allows you to use your iPhone to connect to your Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger and AIM accounts. If you have an iPhone just browse to eBuddy.com and it will automatically take you to the sign-in page for the iPhone version. Find out more and see a screenshot here.

  • Messenger Air Live 2 has been released! Download it here or find out more about the features it offers, including custom alerts, contact cloner, toast flood protection and display picture slideshow.

  • The Messenger content provider Kiwee (which has been offering all of its content for free on its Canadian site for a while now) has relaunched at kiwee.com. At the new address they are offering backgrounds, emoticons, winks and display pictures for free (to any one who creates a free account), as well as 'postCards' to use on social networking sites such as MySpace. They actually seem to be moving away from Messenger content and focusing more on things like these 'postCards' and therefore haven't moved all off the content from their old site over to the new one, but luckily for you their old site is still available and the Canadian one is still free.

  • The official XBOX 360 Messenger Kit has been designed to make it easier to type messages when using the Windows Live Messenger integration on your XBOX 360 and is due to go on sale in the US in early September for about $30.

  • The latest version of Adium, a Messenger client for Macs, has been released. View the changelog for version 1.0.5 or download the latest release now.

  • To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the emoticon Yahoo! Messenger conducted a survey of 40,000 of their users to find out how they use emoticons. See the results at the official Yahoo! Messenger Blog.

  • Although we're now celebrating the birthdays of Windows Live Messenger, some people are still nostalgic and marking the 8th birthday of MSN Messenger which was on July 22nd.


Web messenger for the iPhone: Trillian Astra
Posted by absorbation on Wed 11 Jul 2007 (21:30 GMT) (29232 views)
The Apple iPhone has dominated the media over the past couple of weeks, and it even seems to have wormed its way into the world of Messenger (despite it being a Microsoft product designed for Windows). The device is sure to change how those bulky, bloated palmtops are designed but that doesn't stop people getting into the inner working of the phone.

Although web messengers such as Meebo have added temporary support for the iPhone (by adding a submit button, rather than relying on a key press), there is one web messenger that is providing full support and is designed specifically for the iPhone.

Trillian Astra, the highly awaited new IM client, will provide an iPhone web messenger. It has been designed to look like other applications on the iPhone. Unfortunately you cannot get your hands on it yet, but it is suspected that alpha testers will receive a build this week.

It just shows how web messengers are evolving, and becoming much more portable. Just a couple of years ago they were rare, difficult to use and lacked in features. Now they have been seriously popular and huge money making scripts.

View screenshots of Trillian Astra for the iPhone in action
Learn more about Trillian Astra
Source: Cerulean Studios' Blog