Last Friday, AT&T added multimedia messaging (MMS) capability to the iPhone 3G and 3Gs, allowing customers to send and receive video, pictures and audio messages in the same way they could send text messages.
To enable MMS messaging, connect your iPhone to your computer and click “Check for Update” in iTunes. Once the update is completed, restart your iPhone by turning it off then on again. Note that iPhone OS 3.1 is required so you may need to perform that software update first. Once you connect to iTunes, you will be prompted through the correct steps.
I’ve been able to successfully test this within the AT&T network, but still cannot send or receive MMS messages across carriers. Can anyone else confirm if this is working or not?
Digsby, the multi-network IM and social media tool has been updated with tighter Facebook integration and added support for MySpace IM. This is good, but the really great news is that dotSyntax has also removed the confusion mess of crapware nags from their installer.
The new installer now gives you an option to install the ‘Digsby Toolbar’ and asks if you want to contribute unused CPU cycles to sponsored research. While all of the adware/sponsor programs used in the old Digsby installer were optional, the new installer makes opting out easier and more obvious — a real plus considering that most users don’t really read the fine print during installation.
MySpace users can now use Digsby to connect to their contacts using MySpace IM, without opening a browser. And yes, in spite of the fact that MySpace seems to have fallen off the face of the planet from a press standpoint, there are still 70 million users, making it over 3x bigger than Twitter.
The real meat of the changes are in Digsby’s Facebook integration. Now you can fully interact with your Facebook Newsfeed right from Digsby. You can post your status updates, comment on friend’s activity, “like” status updates and browse photos. And of course, you can use Digsby to connect with your Facebook contacts via Facebook Chat. It’s a great way to stay connected, even when you don’t have Facebook open.
Chat bots can be fun or useful, but until now, deploying and maintaining a chat bot for Google Talk was difficult. Google has announced a new XMPP API that makes it easier to build your own chat bots with the Google App Engine.
The XMPP support lets you create apps that exchange messages with users on any XMPP system, including of course Google Talk, but any Jabber network. Where it gets really interesting is the built-in XMPP support for the fast-approaching Google Wave, which will be rolling out to a larger beta group at the end of September. This means that you’ll be able to use the XMPP API to build bots that interact with your Waves.
For all the details, read the API release notes.
Amazon passed one million followers on their official Amazon MP3 Twitter account, and to celebrate, they are giving away one free MP3 to anyone who wants one. The offer is good from now until Sunday, September 6 at 11:59 PST.
Technically, the offer gives you a $1.29 credit. If the MP3 you buy costs less, you keep the remaining credit for another purchase. If it’s more, you’ll be charged for the difference.
To claim your credit and download your free MP3 from Amazon, visit their promo page. The promotional code is FIRSTMIL.
I downloaded Weezer’s new song, “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To)I Want You To.”
Let me know what you download!