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Tag Archives: messaging

Need to Get Someone’s Opinion? Get the ‘Ethan’ App and Ask Ethan!

Ethan app

There are just some things you just can’t ask Siri–and for that, you’ve got Ethan. Think of him as the friend you never had, only cooler, because he created this awesome app (which he aptly named after himself) that lets anyone get in touch with him, anytime, anywhere. Ethan Gliechtenstein originally made the app so his friends could send him a message, but when random people downloaded the app and sent him a message, well, he didn’t disappoint.

But then random people started downloading and I became sort of a virtual assistant at one point, finding music for romantic dinner or animes with dragons for them. Sometimes it’s hard because they keep asking me questions while i’m sleeping. That’s why I added the rules on the home page.

I downloaded Ethan and sent him a few messages, just for curiosity’s sake, and got a couple of responses faster than I expected. You can get the app for free from the iTunes app store.

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Smart Keychain Is Your New Best Friend

Smart Keychain

Smartphones, smart cars, smart watches, smart glasses…in case you haven’t noticed, everything is being upgraded to smart status these days. Another thing to add to that list is the Smart Keychain by Creative Designs, Inc. As the name implies, it’s a keychain that’s smarter than your average key ring.

It has built-in Bluetooth connectivity which makes key location possible. It’s also a USB flash drive so you can store stuff and transfer files on the go. It also means having a flash drive with you wherever and whenever, since you probably won’t leave the house without it.

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Chat Off the Grid Without WiFi or Mobile Coverage with FireChat

FireChat

With FireChat, you’ll be able to chat with anyone close to you location-wise, even when there’s no WiFi or when you’re outside the coverage area of your mobile network. It works by making use of the Multipeer Connectivity Framework built into Apple’s iOS 7. Think of it as being a peer-to-peer WiFi-Bluetooth connection of sorts where you’ll be able to send text messages and even images without the usual service or connectivity requirements.

FireChat works best in “Nearby Chat” mode where you have to be within 30 feet of the person you’re chatting with. The app is available for free on iTunes.

[ FireChat App ] VIA [ Laughing Squid ]

SMS Case Sends Smoke Signals

iPhone-Case-Smoke-Signal

This is an iPhone case that makes messaging less, not more, efficient. The SMS, by artist/hacker Dennis DeBel, stands for “Smoke Messaging System” and it uses a rather bulky oil vaporizer to generate wisps of smoke on command. You then record these “signals” on the rear facing camera and send the video over to your friends for interpretation. We suppose that if you want to communicate secretly, in a made up smoke signal system, this is the thing for you. But the problem is it’s not a real product, only something of a prototype that has no real plans for commercialization.

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Send Messages That Self-Destruct With Wickr

Wickr App

Have you ever sent a message that you wished you could take back a few hours or days later? Wickr won’t exactly let you do that (I think few, if any, apps actually allow you to delete a message before it’s been read), but it will allow you to send encrypted messages that expire within a certain time period once they’ve been opened.

Aside from text messages, you’ll be able to send pictures, videos, PDFs, and voice messages with an extra layer of security so that only the message’s intended recipient will be able to read or access it.

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PhoneTag App is Like a Digital Walkie-Talkie

PhoneTag

Sometimes, text messages aren’t enough. Whether it’s a declaration of love or a description of whatever it is you want your significant other to pick up, PhoneTag will be able to help you out. It’s an app that sort of works like a digital walkie-talkie: it lets you take a photo and record a voice message to send along with it.

It’s a notch behind video and one step ahead mere audio messages. I’m sure there’s a niche out there for users who prefer this over just video or audio. The app is free to download from the iTunes App Store.

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Now People Can Send Self-Destructing Messages with SecretInk

Secretink

I’m sure you’ve heard of Snapchat by now and what it does. It’s an app that lets users send text, photos, and videos that are viewable to the intended recipient for a limited time. At this point, you’ll more or less know what SecretInk is all about since it’s being dubbed as the Snapchat of email.

The service was recently launched by PowerInbox, who wanted to fill the void that was left when other encrypted email providers like Silent Circle and Lavabot chose to fold rather than wait for the NSA to come after them. SecretInk can be used with Gmail and other web-based email services via PowerInbox’s add-on.

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Send Messages Without Internet or a Cell Service with TinCan

TinCan

Most messaging services these days use your cell service or the Internet. But if you find yourself in a place with fluctuating signals and no Internet, then an alternative you can consider is TinCan. It’s an app that lets you send messages to other TinCan users who are within WiFi range, which is about 100 feet.

So how does it work? Well, the app appears as a WiFi hotspot with the ssid TinCan_(randomID) to users who don’t have the app. When the app detects someone with TinCan nearby, it automatically exchanges messages that they don’t have in common. That said, the messages are public, with its developer describing it as being “akin to Twitter or IRC.”

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Skype Rolls Out Free Video Messaging Feature on All Platforms

Skype Video Messaging
Skype has unveiled a new video messaging feature that takes a page from 1986’s hit sci-fi flick 2001: A Space Odyssey. Just like David Bowman in the movie, users will now be able to send and receive video messages for free. The feature is available on all platforms, so it doesn’t matter if you’re using Skype on your laptop or on your iOS or Android mobile device.

It’s probably one feature you’ve always wanted, but never really knew you needed until Skype rolled it out. It’ll definitely come in handy when you want to leave contacts a message that you can’t really articulate properly or express fully using mere text alone.

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