Did you know that AOL’s network for Instant Messaging (AIM), which iChat talks with, has been deemed a monopoly? Next time AOL upgrads AIM they’ll have to make it interoperable with other networks. So they’re not going to upgrade it. This appears to mean, among other things, that iChat’s not likely to get nifty features like grouped buddies so you can be “away” to workmates and “available” to friends.

If you want to message across networks, you can use a client like Fire for OS X or Trillian for Windows that lets you connect with all of them – but it won’t support audio and video yet, because each network has a different protocol.

Leave A Comment

Recommended Posts

Machine Vision

Cultural Representations of Machine Vision: An Experimental Mixed Methods Workshop

Call for submissions to a workshop, Bergen, Norway
Workshop dates: 15-17 August 2022
Proposals due: 15 June

The Machine Vision in Everyday Life project invites proposals for an interdisciplinary workshop using qualitative approaches and digital methods to analyse how machine vision is represented in art, science fiction, games, social media and other forms of cultural and aesthetic expression.

Digital Humanities Machine Vision

What do different machine vision technologies do in fiction and art?

For the Machine Vision in Everyday Life project we’ve analysed how machine vision technologies are portrayed and used in 500 works of fiction and art, including 77 digital games, 190 digital artworks and 233 movies, novels and other narratives. You can browse […]