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Yahoo, ICQ chats still vulnerable to government snoops

Spy agencies and hackers at your local Starbucks can vacuum up Yahoo and ICQ chats and metadata about AOL's AIM users. These services are over a decade old -- why are they not fully encrypted?

By February 28, 2014


Safe, sane alternatives to e-mail

If your e-mail account has turned into a time-sink, consider communicating with coworkers, associates, friends, and family via text messages, voice-to-text, and other services that avoid going through a traditional inbox.

By February 13, 2012


Microsoft opens instant-messaging for all comers

Any programmer now can build software to tap into Windows Live Messenger's network. Perhaps in time IM will become less fragmented and more useful.

By December 15, 2011


The 404 948: Where we're in some deep dish (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 Podcast episode: Congress rules pizzas count as vegetables, Wi-Fi "notworks" come to Brooklyn-bound subways, Salvation Army using Square for mobile credit card donations, SOPA makes powerful enemies, and AIM rises from the ashes of AOL

By November 16, 2011


Adium 1.4b1 released for Mac with Twitter support

The third-party social messaging client Adium has released the 1.4b1 beta version of their software. This version provides support for the popular micro-blogging Web site, Twitter, as well as many other feature updates and bug fixes. Adium is a free, open

By May 19, 2009


Adium gets its Twitter on in version 1.4

The open-source multiprotocol instant-messaging client for the Mac operating system is getting better, as it integrates new functions for the popular Twitter microblogging service.

By March 13, 2009


Open-source Adium becomes even more divine in Version 1.3

Adium, the Mac-based open-source instant messaging champ, just got even better with version 1.3.

By August 26, 2008


Updated: Adobe CS5 Updater freezes Snow Leopard menu bar

After loading Adobe's latest release of its Creative Suite series, version 5, I had an issue where the Adobe Updater menu bar icon froze the rest of Snow Leopard's menu bar, including MobileMe's sync icon, Spaces, and even the clock.

By June 7, 2010


Four free apps to give your new Mac a little boost

Apple has announced its annual Back to School promotion, which includes an online rebate for $199 toward the purchase of an iPod Touch. But, though your new Mac is great out of the box, here are a few free applications you might want to add right away.

By May 25, 2010


Contacts in Mail showing wrong user photo

Some users are experiencing an issue in Apple's Mail application where messages received from contacts that have user photos are displaying the incorrect image.

By February 2, 2010