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Posted on February 19, 2010 at 12:02 pm

As Facebook chat becomes accessible by Jabber, you can use it with iChat, Adium or any other chat client – for free!

Ok, we’re all wasting our time on Facebook – and someone trying to build some biz on it too (by the way, check & become a fan of MacSwitching’s Facebook Page)!
One thing I really hate about it, is that FB chats just go nowhere, there’s simply no history, no way to call back just that important URL that you need the most right now.
Not anymore!

Facebook itself announced Jabber chat grand opening, so now you can use your iChat (or Adium, so to speak) to chat – even if you’re not using Facebook in a browser!

Let’s see how this is done.

facebook ichat

  • Open the iChat menu “Preferences”,
  • click on Account and then on the “+” button below,
  • select “Jabber” from the chat list,
  • insert the account name as follows: [your account name on facebook]@chat.facebook.com ,
  • your Facebook password,
  • click on “Server options” and type: Server: chat.facebook.com , Port: 5222, uncheck Use SSL.

    That’s all! Now all your friends will appear just as usual iChat contacts!

    Note #1: I love iChat but I’m still in love with Adium, since it works with a wider spectrum of IM services, and has lots of plug-ins.

    Note #2: By the way, this means to me that I can use Facebook chat even on my trusted ol’ Nokia E61, thanks to Talkonaut! Just waiting for the right iPhone app as well!

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    Posted on January 7, 2009 at 11:10 am

    MacWorld 2009: a few new -yet cool- things introduced

    Still have to sort out all stuff that’s been announced yesterday.
    In a nutshell:

  • Apple MacBook Pro 17″ with unibody, 8-hour battery (even though non user-replaceable) and up to 8 GB RAM (!!!)
  • iLife ’09 which, along with all updates, introduces an interesting Garageband feature: music school lessons with the best artist around!
  • iWork ’09
    that introduces iWork.com, right now a public-beta online service for document sharing
  • iTunes pricing changes:

  • All Songs DRM-Free
  • Users Can Download Songs Directly Onto iPhone 3G Over Their 3G Network for the Same Price
  • In April 2009, Songs on iTunes Will be Available at Three Price Points
  • (check our partner site iPodPalace.com about this iTunes-related topic)

    Highly recommended: check these Garageband previews with music lessons from selected artists!


    Posted on May 7, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    iPhone: 4th (or so) SDK Beta update

    Since I’ve downloaded the very first iPhone SDK beta, I must tell there’s much more to iPhone fun than using the Aspen Emulator…

    iPhone development seems so amazing!!!


    Posted on March 7, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    iPhone SDK, developer news and much more

    Yesterday, Steve’s presentation covered too many things about the upcoming iPhone SDK, the (again) upcoming 2.0 firmware update and a lot of developmente undergoing.
    Some apps & games were showcased along with the App Store: the marketplace for all iPhone developer with a pretty interesting business model.

    Check full coverage on partner site tiPhones.com


    Posted on February 6, 2008 at 11:54 am

    iPhone and iPod touch with double memory announced!

    Partner site tiphones.com reports:

    Apple yesterday rolled out new iPhone and iPod touch models with beefed-up memories and bumped-up prices.

    Apple has just upped the iPhone’s storage capacity to 16gb, and the iPod touch 16 GB to 32gb.

    The iPhone, formerly available only in an 8 GB model for $399 now has a 16 GB cousin that retails for $499. The iPod touch also added a big brother, launching a 32 GB model for $499 to accompany the 16 GB and 8 GB models that sell for $399 and $299 respectively.

    “For some users, there’s never enough memory,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide iPod and iPhone Product Marketing, in a statement. “Now people can enjoy even more of their music, photos and videos on the most revolutionary mobile phone and best Wi-Fi mobile device in the world.”

    The new iPods touch and iPhones will ship with the new software that CEO Steve Jobs unveiled at last month’s MacWorld Expo in San Francisco, including a maps application that allows users to use a combination of cell tower and Wi-Fi hot spot triangulation to mimic a GPS device and find their location on Google-powered maps.


    Posted on October 15, 2007 at 11:47 am

    Facebook makes it onto iPhone

    Partner site tiphones.com reports that:

    Apple has released a list of apps, or web-based applications available for the iPhone, which include social networking website Facebook.

    The list of more than 200 iPhone “apps” includes games, news aggregators and utilities.
    The most popular programs have been Facebook, Bejeweled, Sudoku, and a Twitter (mini-blog) app called Hahlo.

    The apps run within the phone’s web Safari web browser, not its operating system, which has annoyed many software developers who are wanting to develop more complex applications.

    Several websites are reporting on rumours that a software development kit (SDK) may be made available soon, however others doubt Apple will be willing to loosen its tight grip on the iPhone’s operating system.

    Despite this, the iPhone hacking community has been busy creating applications for the iPhone, including hacks to free it from the AT&T network.

    A recent iPhone firmware update from Apple disabled previous hacks for third-party application support, turning many hacked iPhones into “iBricks”. But in what is becoming a game of “catch me if you can”, hackers have recently announced new work-arounds.


    Posted on September 22, 2007 at 12:37 pm

    Daylite 3.5 syncs with iPhone, iPod

    daylite sync iphone ipodMarketcircle today released Daylite 3.5, a major update to the Mac business productivity software that uses Apple’s Sync Services to bring Daylite contacts, appointments, tasks, and reminders to Apple’s iPhone and iPod as well as other mobile devices.
    Designed for the unique needs of Mac-based businesses of 1-50 people, Daylite 3.5 helps users organize at every stage of the business cycle, from identifying and qualifying opportunities to delivering projects.
    The update features new syncing abilities that allow users to select and sync distinct contact categories, and introduces more than 300 contextual help articles via Apple Help that aim to expose little-known Daylite features to more users. Daylite 3.5 is a free upgrade for Daylite 3.x users, and requires iSync 2.4 or later to connect to regular cellular phones.

    New licenses are priced at $150.

    Daylite 3.5 adds support for international time zones, the ability to multi-select Daylite-enabled colleagues to set or revise appointments, and a new multi-user trash system that allows everyone in a Daylite workgroup to review or re-instate trashed items regardless of who deleted them or which method was used. The latest release also allows users to export files in a tab delimited format as well as .csv formats.


    Posted on September 19, 2007 at 6:07 pm

    Run Mac OS X Widgets on your iPhone, almost…

    Friends at partner site iPhone and Mac OS X widgets.


    Posted on September 8, 2007 at 1:25 pm

    iPod nano & iPod classic test drive video

    iPod fever never ends!

    Partner site iPodPalace.com released two new videos on the new iPod nano and iPod Classic.

    This one shows the new iPod nano games: three are embedded and more are upcoming on iTunes!

    [you can see this video by clicking here too]

    Another video shows the Cover Flow feature on the new iPod Classic.


    Posted on September 7, 2007 at 12:15 am

    iPod touch test drive video

    Partner site iPodPalace.com just published a video with the first hands-on experience with the new iPod touch!


    Posted on September 6, 2007 at 1:22 am

    The Apple Touch: new iPod lineup!

    ipod touchAs expected Steve took everybody by surprise: the new iPod touch is much an iPhone-minus than a regular enhanced-iPod nano.

    The facts about iPod touch:
    – 3,5″ wide screen,
    – same touch-screen user interface as iPhone,
    – slightly smaller than iPhone, but same cool design,
    – WiFi-enabled,
    – Safari & Widgets,
    – 8 GB and 16 GB

    Some pretty update for all other iPods:
    – smaller iPod nano,
    – bigger-capacity iPod Classic (hard disk-based).

    Read more here, here and on partner site iPodPalace.com


    Posted on August 5, 2007 at 4:35 pm

    iPhone and Leopard integration

    Trumors.com reports that

    Today Apple announced enhanced Leopard and iPhone integration including proximity sensing, and bluetooth syncing. Todo lists, and notes will finally sync with Leopards Mail.app. Apple also noted more features to come.

    Check here http://truemors.com/?p=7919