Kik Update (Simple)

Yesterday Kik Interactive released an update. The new update is code-named simple. Its goals were to provide a simple interface to communicate with friends. It becomes easy to sign up with friends among other things. In the last release Kik also released an API for developers. There have been a couple cool usages. The first notable one is File Kiker. This allows you to share files quite easily between phones(Download File Kiker Here). Also there are two new Apps that use kik (Check it out here) to allow people to send video from the camera and also send voice notes.

Using the Kik API is really easy and you have a chance at $5,000 if you release an App to the iTunes App store or the Android market.

My husband used to start everyday with the product and it really works. You should be able to talk with a human being, including a licensed pharmacist, to answer questions about your prescription.

Also there will be a how to guide coming soon!

Get Nokia N8 to run on Fido Network | N8 on Fido

Here’s how to get an N8 working with your Fido SIM card

  1. Get the phone by either:
    • Buying an unlocked version on ebay.
    • Get someone you know who is a rogers customer to purchase the phone for you, slip your SIM card in and purchase a $7.99 unlock code from cellunlocker.net.
  2. We start by adjusting the Internet Settings so that we can browse the internet on the handset.
    • Go to Menu > Settings >Connectivity > Settings > Destinations to display the network destination settings.
    • Select “+ Access Point” and respond no to the next prompt where it asks to check for available access points.
    • Select Packet Data access point and name it “Fido Internet”.
    • Select Internet on the Select destination prompt

    This should bring us back to the Network destinations screen. Select the “Internet” destination and from there, select our Fido Internet access point. Fill out the fields according to this:

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    • Connection name:Fido Internet
    • Data bearer: Packet Data
    • Access point name: internet.fido.ca
    • Username: fido
    • Prompt Password: No
    • Password: fido
    • Authentication: Normal
    • Homepage: wap.fido.ca

    Press back and power the phone off and back on.

  3. Press menu and go to Web Browser > Settings > General and change Access point to Internet if it isn’t already selected. You should now be able to access the internet on your N8!
  4. Next we have to adjust the MMS settings so that we can send and receive text and media messages. Go back to the network destinations scream by following Menu > Settings >Connectivity > Settings > Destinations and follow these steps to create an MMS access point:
    • Select “+ Access Point” and respond no to the next prompt where it asks to check for available access points.
    • Select Packet Data access point and name it “Fido MMS”.
    • Select Media Messaging on the Select destination prompt
  5. This should bring us back to the destinations screen, select Media Messaging and then Fido MMS. Fill in the fields according to this:
    • Connection name: Fido MMS
    • Data bearer: Packet data
    • Access point name: mms.fido.ca
    • Username: fido
    • Prompt Password: No
    • Password : fido
    • Authentication: Normal
    • Homepage: http://mms.fido.ca
      • Now select Options on the bottom left and choose Advanced Settings
    • Network type: IPv4
    • Phone IP address: Automatic
    • DNS addresses: Automatic
    • Proxy Server address: 205.151.011.013
    • Proxy port number:0

    Press back twice and power the phone off then on.

  6. Finally, go to Menu > Messaging > Options > Settings > Multimedia message and change the “Access point in use” to “Fido MMS”. You can now send and receive text messages on your N8!

Kik Chat Picture Messaging | It's Here!

kik chat picture messaging smileyKik chat now supports picture messaging (as long as you’ve got the latest beta..) This feature will make it’s way into the next kik update, which should arrive in the next few days – provided apple sticks to their typical (terribly slow) schedule for pushing app updates through.

The first version of these new picture messaging features allows users to take a picture from within a chat. They are able to decide whether they like the picture, or they want a retake, and then they can insert it into their chat – all very seamless.

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We don’t have the ability to select pictures we took previously, but I’m sure that feature is coming. Even if it isn’t.. who cares – it’s kind of cool to know that all the pictures you receive were actually taken right then.

Once you send or receive a picture message, you can click it in the conversation to view it full screen

Along with the new picture messaging features come a few new settings for  your kik display picture. You will now be able to view the full size display pictures of all your contacts.

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The New Kik Chat | Better than BBM for iPhone, Ipod, Blackberry and Android

Kik messenger was profiled by Firstsearch Blue twice already back when it was in it’s beta stages. Since then, the Kik messenger app has changed it’s service for the better leading to so many downloads that their servers crashed!

The Kik developers have done away with the “Cheap SMS” scheme, where you used to be able to pay a low cost to send unlimited SMS text messages over wifi or 3G. This won’t really be missed, it wasn’t too functional and, if your cramped for cash, its so much easier to just get an unlimited text plan than having an expensive data plan, or running around looking for public wifi. They have re-designed the messenger interface on top of improving the predictive text and spell check to make it more user friendly.

What is left over is a sleek, intuitive, and multi-OS messenger service that, in this writer’s opinion, beats Black Berry Messenger (BBM). The app is available for Blackberry, Android, Iphone or even your Ipod touch. It has the leg up on SMS as it’s free and you have the BBM-like read receipts available. For those who don’t use BBM, this is a feature notifies the sender of the message when it has been sent to the recipient, once the message has been delivered and finally, and finally when it has been read by the user. The messages status is indicated by the little icon left of the sent message, reading either S for sent, D for delivered or R for read.

The application has had over 500,000 downloads in the last 10 days, and subscribers continue to pour in. The company is looking to try to monetize this audience eventually, most likely through streaming media sales.

You can get it on the Itunes, Blackberry and Android App Stores. Note that you might have a bit of trouble with it for the next few days as the company has temporarily shut down their servers to re-tool.

Android BBM Kik Chat

We now effectively have BBM on Android. Not only that – but thanks to Kik Chat we can now chat with BBM like features between BlackBerry, Android and iPhone.iPod/iPad!

This sweet little app can be found in the Android Market as of last Friday. iPhone and blackberry users can pick it up on the App Store and App World.
Both the android iPhone versions are flawless!

They’ve now added features to send kik picture messages to your contacts.

With Kik (kik.com) you can see when another user has read your message – a feature that has become essential to any Blackberry messenger user. The beauty is, you have this feature no matter what platform you or the other party are running.

To anyone still using gchat, msn, or some all in one messenger to talk to their friends between mobile devices: you can finally give it up!

BlackBerry to iPhone Instant Messaging | Kik Chat

The new way to chat between iPhone and Blackberry is Kik Chat. iPhone and Blackberry Messenger users can finally find some common ground with Kik Chat. Kik lets you chat blackberry to blackberry, iPhone to iPhone (basically iPhone BBM) and most importantly, Blackberry to iPhone all over your phone’s data plan. Flawless instant messaging complete with Read reports (you get to see when the other person has read the message you sent – a feature all BBM users can’t do without) Anyone used to using BBM should check out the Unavailable feature in Kik. You can read all your messages without the sender seeing that you have read them, BUT in order to send a message, you will have to return to available mode.

Unlimited Free SMS on BlackBerry

Kik chat settings

Right now you can get unlimited free SMS on BlackBerry though Kik chat!

Just open up Kik,
Go to settings
Click “SMS Credits (xxx left)”

You will instantly be topped back up to 150 SMS credits. Next time you are running low, just click the button again – unlimited SMS on blackberry! We’re not sure how long this deal is going to last, but you might as well make the most of it for now.


Kik Chat Details:

INSTANT: Just start texting any mobile phone number in your phone’s address book and we automatically get it through. You can forget about requesting or following your friends, or trying to figure out who is and isn’t on Kik. Woohoo!
UNLIMITED FREE KIK-TO-KIK: Get unlimited, free texting to all Kik users! So send your friends a free Kik message telling them to join.

TWO WAY KIK-TO-NON-KIK: Stay connected to non-Kik users with 50 free outgoing SMS messages a month (unlimited free incoming). Additional outgoing messages are less than a cent. But hey, why not save the $0.009 by getting your friends to download Kik?
REAL NUMBERS = REAL RELIABILITY: Thanks to special arrangements with US and Canadian carriers, we send your Kik-to-Non-Kik messages through real mobile phone numbers. That guarantees fast delivery of every Kik-to-Non-Kik text. Nice! Most other services still rely on email to SMS gateways, which means your texts can take up to 8 hours to deliver. Sooo 2009.

BLACKBERRY AND IPHONE PEACEMAKER: We took the time to develop an awesome app for both BlackBerry AND iPhone. Now you can easily and reliably text your iPhone and BlackBerry friends for free.
NO LONG DISTANCE SMS CHARGES: Your friends who haven’t yet joined Kik can reply without paying long distance SMS charges. How so? We automatically assign you a local texting phone number in each country we support (currently US and Canada).
FUNCTIONAL STATUS: Have time to read a message, but not respond? Don’t worry, we won’t rat you out. BBM users know why you’ll love this feature. 🙂

Try our new KIK online application.
You can access KIK from the web here

Beyond Chat
Kik Chat is cool, yes. But there’s much more to come. Kik is all about sharing and connecting – starting today with your thoughts, and soon music, pictures and video. Chat is the foundation for the unfolding Kik community.
Speaking of music… we’re on target for a Q2 launch of our mobile streaming service in the US and Canada. As we speak, we’re fine-tuning the service and finalizing licensing. This will be a truly unique on-demand model that takes music sharing to a paid service. Exactly as promised.
We’re also well underway with design and planning for video and picture sharing. And, of course, we’ve started building out the website, starting with chat (www.kik.com).