Keep in touch with all of your Facebook friends with fTalk

Let’s face it. You use Facebook to keep up with your friends and family. You share pictures, stories, and stuff, and it’s a lot of fun. When it comes to connecting with friends, sometimes, getting the cute fluff out of the way so you can chat with yo’ peeps is just what is needed. This is the reason why I really like fTalk. It’s a multiplatform chat client, specifically designed to work with Facebook.

fTalk enhances your social media experience by taking Facebook to the next level. With fTalk, you can chat with your Facebook friends directly from your desktop, without having to run a browser and surf to Facebook. fTalk enables you to chat with your friends even when you’re at work or in a public environment where you don’t necessarily want to; or can’t open Facebook.  You can see which of your friends have logged in, you can change your status, use emoticons and even video chat! fTalk offers a fun and light Facebook chat experience; and its free.

fTalk is a decent app. It allows you to chat with your FB friends even without having an active FB session going in your browser. It’s very much like Skype for Facebook; or something similar. The app is great. I like it. However its only real value is that it automatically integrates with your FB account and pulls in all your FB Friends.  You could manually do that with Skype Windows Live Messenger, AIM or any other chat client that also supported video. While this doesn’t kill the application’s usefulness, it does limit you to just chatting or video calling to only your FB friends, and if someone does want to chat or video chat with you, they have to be your Facebook friend first.

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Xfire – an instant messaging systems for gamers

My oldest son is 6, and he’s turning into quite the gamer. Without being able to read well at all, he was able to complete Pokemon Silver on his Nintendo DSiXL, much to the surprise of me and most of the Geek Squad at the local Best Buy. We don’t have a an X-Box360 or PS3 in the house yet, as most of the games that you’d want those consoles for aren’t age appropriate for my boys. They also don’t have a gaming class PC available to them…yet. However, for those that do, you really want to check out Xfire. It’s a must have gaming utility for Windows

Xfire is the kind of gaming utility that you were wondering would make its way on to the internet a decade or so ago, it’s that cool. With it, you find the games you play. It then tracks how long you play them; and allows you and your friends to find each other so that you can play together.

Once you finally hook up, you can use Xfire to coordinate strategy, strikes and game play. You can chat with other Xfire users, as well as your friends on AIM, Google Talk, MSN Messenger, and Yahoo! Messenger without exiting the game. If you have a hoard to command or are trying to coordinate a multiplayer strike against the enemy, you can bring your friends into a group chat. Best of all, you’re not confined to texting or IM. If the situation requires you to keep your hands on the controls, you can bring everyone into a voice chat and bark orders without a hit to performance or ping.

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Siri-like alternatives for Android

Iris is… Siri in reverse and it’s inspired from the iPhone 4S feature: Siri. Iris makes your phone talk on topics ranging from Einstein to Mozart. Well, to me it is more as a voice assisted Google search but there is potential in this app and if you ask the right thing, Iris will talk to you about things ranging from Philosophy, Culture, History, science to general conversation. As I noticed, for all queries based on common topics, Iris is likely to provide you with information from Wikipedia.

Note: You need to have “Voice Search” and “TTS library” installed in your phone for Iris. to work. Most of the phones have these pre-installed, if not please install them from Android market before you try Iris.

What can Iris actually do?

  • Call someone
  • Text someone
  • Search something (on the web)
  • Lookup for a contact

What’s new in version 2.12 alpha ?

  • Ice cream Sandwich Inspired user interface
  • New Design, new logo.

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Skyvi is another “Siri for Android” and knows about everything from local businesses to food nutrition! Skyvi makes witty remarks and even tells jokes. The app has a social side too, letting you access Facebook and Twitter using voice.

Key features in Skyvi:

  • Fun chats, witty remarks, tells jokes
  • Access Facebook with voice
  • Access Twitter with voice
  • Tweet or Update Facebook with Voice

What’s new in version 1.0 ?

  • Facebook / Twitter integration is optional
  • Major Speed improvements
  • Ongoing notifications can be toggled
  • Witty remarks, jokes, and personality added
  • You can ask now for things near you

Download Skyvi

If you’re looking just for an app which do accept voice commands (e.g.: to drive more safely) and perform predefined actions such as:

  • Send texts and emails
  • Voice dialSearch the web
  • Find local restaurants, shops and other businesses
  • Get directions
  • Update your status on Facebook or Twitter and check in with foursquare
  • Get answers to just about any question
  • Buy movie tickets and book hotel rooms
  • Open other apps and so on,

you may want to try Vlingo and/or Sonalight, however, these apps can’t be deemed as Siri-like assistants.

 

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