Hike wants to be the Indian WhatsApp

WhatsApp is very popular among Indians and that’s one of the reason why people who buy blackberries just for BBM, are decreasing. The fact that WhatsApp is cross platform, has hugely contributed to its success. It’s everywhere, even on S40 devices.

But wait, here comes Hike, a new messaging app specially targeting Indians.

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So, how is Hike different from WhatsApp? In WhatsApp, you can send messages to your friend only if he has the app installed, but with Hike, you can send messages to even non-Hike users. That sounds nice, but messages to non-Hike users can be sent only by spending your Hike credits, and you get 100 Hike credits refilled every month (for free).

You can get more credits by referring your friends to the app, and also the app can’t send messages to phones with DND on. As you’ve guessed, Hike-to-Hike messaging is unlimited and international, just like WhatsApp.The app sports a sleek design and the way it links your Hike account to your phone number, instead of tumbling with usernames/pins is nice.

It uses your address book itself as a way to add buddies and they also aim to be spam-free, providing an easier way to block spammers.

The app is now Android-only, but they plan to make it available on all the major platforms – that includes iOS, WP, S60 and Blackberry.

Link: Hike

Import Meebo Chat History to imo.im

Earlier this month we wrote about Meebo the IM web chat client which was acquired by Google only to see it’s chat feature being shut down.

We had written about alternatives to Meebo, among which imo.im is probably the most popular one. Thankfully, Meebo users can download their chat logs from their Meebo accounts.

Imo.im has a interesting option for Meebo users, they can import their  Meebo chat logs into imo.im. Just visit this link and download your meebo chat logs on your computer.

Now sign-in to your imo.im account settings icon and access your preferences.

In preferences you will be able to see the import link. Click on it and import your chat logs from Meebo.

Make sure that you have linked the same accounts on imo.im which you had linked on Meebo.

Video Demo

Here is a quick video demo by imo.im on how to go about importing meebo chat history.

Do drop in your comments.

Link: imo.im

AIM Preview: Chat with Gmail, Facebook and AIM Buddies!

Back in 2007, I was a big fan of Yahoo Messenger, especially because I didn’t have a Facebook account, not even a Google Account, to chat with anyone. Things have changed, like many (not everyone) I don’t use messengers on my Windows.

Along with Yahoo Messenger, AIM was also very popular for instant message. Today both these services are losing out big time. In order to make a comeback, AOL announced that AIM is no more orthodox, and released its new IM client, the AIM Preview.

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Features of AIM Preview

  • Chat with your Gtalk, Facebook and AIM buddies all at one place.
  • Group chat with your friends, share photos and videos, along with one-to-one video chat.
  • Get Facebook, Gmail, Instagram and Twitter notifications right inside AIM, instantly.
  • If you’re using AIM for iPhone, then it syncs the message history with the desktop version.

I have a bad experience with Facebook Chat and if you have similar issues then AIM is your best bet. It’s not the only IM client, as you have great alternatives like Digsby, Pidgin and all, but it’s hard to disagree that AIM has improved.

It’s available for Windows, Mac, iPhone and Android. Try it out and tell us how you like it.

Link: AIM Preview

Gmail Chat Launching File Transfer Feature

How many of you missed file transfer feature in Gtalk when they moved from Yahoo messenger to Google talk. This is one such feature which I always wanted to have in my Google talk application and after this update from Google team :

Starting today, you can share photos, documents, and other files while chatting in iGoogle and orkut .  To give it a try, just click Send a file… in the Actions menu while chatting with a friend (no download required)

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This news come as a surprise to me and this is good news for all the users who are fan of Gmail and it’s services. Gmail chat already integrated Video chat sometime back and enabling file transfer will make it more feature rich and I believe this will fetch them more users from their counter part IM.

I will love to know your reaction for this new feature from Gmail chat team?

Password recovery tool for all messengers on computer

Forgetting passwords is a common problem. We have previously covered how to recover passwords from protected excel files in our past post. Here is one more I thought you might like as it covers recovering passwords from the messengers you use on the computer.

If you use many chat messengers and have unique passwords for each of them. Forgetting one such password is a situation many of us might have found ourselves in. In this case what you need is a password recovery tool specifically meant for messengers.

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About MessenPass Password Recovery

  • MessenPass recovers password from almost all popular messenger clients (list is included below).
  • It is a tool that can be used for grabbing the current user on the system using the chat clients. It cannot recover the passwords from chat clients which is used by logging into a different user account on the system.
  • The only problem with MessenPass is that some Anti-Virus programs to consider the installation file as a trojan and that can be a problem. On the website there is are details on dealing with such a scenario.

List of Messengers included:

  1. MSN Messenger
  2. Windows Messenger (In Windows XP)
  3. Windows Live Messenger (In Windows XP/Vista/7)
  4. Yahoo Messenger (Versions 5.x and 6.x)
  5. Google Talk
  6. ICQ Lite 4.x/5.x/2003
  7. AOL Instant Messenger v4.6 or below, AIM 6.x, and AIM Pro.
  8. Trillian
  9. Trillian Astra
  10. Miranda
  11. GAIM/Pidgin
  12. MySpace IM
  13. PaltalkScene
  14. Digsby

Do check out the password recovery software and let me know what you think about it?

Download Link: MessenPass Password Recovery Tool

Use yahoo messenger without even downloading Y! Messenger

Yahoo Messenger, one of the most popular messenger for ‘Instant Messaging’ worldwide. But the main reason why people are not able to chat everytime on Y! messenger is that they have to download the whole software and install it which is not possible all the time specially when you are using internet from a cyber cafe, you friend’s laptop or your college’s Internet lab.

Most of the people uses Meebo as an alternative which is obviously a good option. But there’s one more official way of chatting with your Yahoo messenger friends without even downloading anything. It’s “Yahoo! Messenger for the web” which is currently in it’s beta stage. All you need is to type,

in.web.im

in your address bar and you are all set to chat with your buddies. Simple isn’t it?

Home Screen:

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Features:

  • Option of “invisible” while chatting or Login
  • Access your all saved IM history
  • Light weight page, hardly takes few seconds to load
  • Access from anywhere you want, from all browsers(check the minimum requirements below)
  • Set your status as “Busy” “Not at my Desk” e.t.c or even a custom message of yours.

System Requirements:

Internet Explorer 6.0 or later, Mozilla Firefox,Safari, Opera.

Flash 9.0 or higher.

LINKS:Yahoo! Messenger for the web, in.web.im