I first got to know about iTalk from the various blogs that featured it during the first phase, and now I finally downloaded the application and give it a try, little did I know it has progressed to the second phase already. Way to go!
For the uninitiated, iTalk is our local version of MSN/Skype/YM all roll into one but with more features. It supports the normal chatting function much like the other instant messaging services, and also includes a search buddy function that is similar to what icq used to offer. You can only search those who are online and filter the result by age, gender, and country, pretty nifty.
Other features packed into this program includes the ability to categorize buddies, find nearby buddies, and also blacklist certain people you don’t want to talk to. Chatroom, SMS, and VOIP are supported as well. Then there’s file sharing and even screen sharing, something that would be pretty useful especially to guide or help your friend in troubleshooting PC or just to collaborate on a project and such.
To me, the one thing that iTalk buddy can do that isn’t offered by the major IM providers is the Offline Services. Yes, you can actually use this program without connecting to the internet. This allows users to create offline community portal within a local area network that isn’t connected to the internet all the time, it even helps create local area network and enable file and printer sharing. Screen and document sharing works in this offline mode too. I think offices can take advantage of this feature, the fact that you can actually have more than one person editing a Microsoft Word document would be very helpful.
For those who are familiar with Phase 1, this new release includes several new features. There’s 3D Moji, a virtual intelligent pet that you can interact with and “keep” much like other addictive virtual pets. Then there’s PC to normal phone/mobile phone calls, of course, we will have to pay for this, but the price is rather reasonable. You can check here, calling to US is only RM0.15 per minute, neat. There are even mobile blogging and other premium services available in the future.
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I think some of you might come to know that I am a football fan, playing futsal every Thursday (while not exactly good at it since I have 2 left legs), and watching the Premiership pretty much every weekend whenever I can help it, or try to catch ESPN’s recaps otherwise.
However, if I am too busy with some interesting activities or work, it is only down to reading about the game online. I mean, soccernet is all good, but nothing beats the real highlight, “Kalou’s onside goal is somehow ruled offside” is never like seeing it in action. Which brings us to the latest TM site, hypp.tv. Our very own local internet TV with streaming video. There are a few channels such as Aniworkz, Local Scene, News, and of course, Sports.
The site is divided into free and paid content, if you sign up for the premier league contents, you will get access to highlights, video summaries and such at the end of the fingertips, anywhere, anytime (well, a day after the game is played). I was given a trial account to test drive the offering, and it is actually very fast and very clear. I have this little meter that tells me how fast the streaming is doing, and there seems to be no hiccups at all. After all, I am using streamyx, and this is a streamyx website, they both work very well together. Same can’t be said about other streaming sites since our international connectivity isn’t very good yet.
this is how it looks like on my PC, nice.
I think this service is actually pretty good for us football fans, especially to those who are not able to glue ourselves in front of the TV all day. I mean, you can even use this site at the office to share the clips with your colleagues when the boss is not around. Basically we can get our daily football fix anywhere, anytime. Be it at Starbucks with your buddy, or even at the cyber cafe in between gaming sessions. Couldn’t be more convenient.
You can check out the rates here. The package is as low as RM 89.90 for the whole year if you’re a streamyx user, that only works out to be 25 cents a day. I mean, what can you get for 25 cents these days? I must agree that this is an excellent value for money, 1 less teh ais a week would pay for this already.