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How to Delete Your Kik Messenger Account on Android

Thursday June 13, 2013

While removing the Kik Messenger app from your Android phone or device is easy, you will need a friend's help to completely delete your account from the service. Fortunately, I've made it easier to remove it all by building this illustrated tutorial which shows in just four easy steps how to do both.

Get Started Now: Remove Kik App from Android

Check out the tutorial above and learn how to remove Kik completely from both your phone and the service altogether.

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Download Kik for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

Wednesday June 12, 2013

Kik Download

Grab your Apple device and download Kik for fast and fun instant messaging action at your fingertips. With the Kik IM app, you can send and receive messages, share YouTube videos, photos and Internet memes, sketch with the app's whiteboard feature and more.

Get Started Now: Download Kik for iPhone

Like Kik for Android, the Apple version is easy-to-use and features a tabbed window with all your chats in one place. Your IM window features a clean design with bubbles of text between you and your buddies.

You can add a photo or avatar to personalize your Kik experience, too!

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Getting Started on Kik for Android

Tuesday June 11, 2013

Kik

Kik is a mobile instant messaging app for Android users that allows users to send and receive messages for free, in addition to YouTube videos, sketches, pictures and Internet memes.

Get Started Now: Download Kik for Android

But, what I love most about Kik is the simplicity of the app. While it is chock full of features, the app reminds me a lot of Gtalk with its easy-to-use interface and clean "bubble" delivery of messages.

Personalize your account with an avatar or photo by browsing your phone or device's gallery for an existing image or create a new one with your camera.

Chat messages appear in a single window, allowing users to click and choose conversations as you wish. Find out when messages are delivered and read with messaging status.

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Download Jack'd for Android

Friday March 1, 2013

Jack'd

How do you meet gay men in your area? Rather than hitting the bars or joining some sort of club, you could look no further than Jack'd on your Android device and connect with guys in just a few minutes.

Jack'd is a great app for those looking to meet gay men for friendship, fun, dating, relationships or more amorous activities. Whatever it is you are looking for, the wide community of 2.5 million users on this app is sure to yield a few options.

I believe Jack'd is the best gay app on the market today for smartphone users. With two ways to meet people, from browsing profiles to connecting with the photo-based Match Finder, you can connect with people down the street or across the country instantly.

Get Started Now: Download Jack'd for Android

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Is Google Talk Free?

Thursday February 28, 2013

Question: How much does it cost to use Google Talk? Or is it free? --Daphne Vega, Albuquerque, N.M.

Answer: This depends largely on what feature you are talking about, but on the whole, Google Talk is free and does not cost a thing to use. A little explanation:

Google Talk, also known as Gtalk, is the web search giant's desktop instant messaging program, which allows users to chat with others on the Google network. This application is free. You can download Google Talk with help from our illustrated guide.

Gtalk can also be used as an embedded, web-based instant messenger inside of your Gmail account. You can learn how to send IMs with Gmail here, also free.

Google also provides users with a free audio/video plugin for making free video calls to other Gmail users.

The newest kid on the block, Google Plus, is the web search company's very own social network. Where it blows Facebook away is with Google Plus Hangouts, which allows users to video chat with multiple friends at once plus add friends in by telephone from the U.S. and Canada at no charge. That's right-- gratis, gratuit--or, in English, free.

So, when does "Google Talk" cost you money? The answer: When you go international.

As long as you use these features in the U.S. and Canada, particularly those in which you are calling someone's phone from your computer, it is free. But, only when you use the tools to call someone in the U.S. and Canada.

If you want to call someone in France, Germany, India or Mexico, you need to purchase credits using Google Wallet. You can check out the current international rates offered by Google on their website.

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How to Send Pictures on Jack'd for Android

Thursday February 28, 2013

Question: I have tried searching for a way to send photos with Jack'd on Android, but am having no luck. Any ideas? -- Pete Garcia, Houston, Texas

Answer: Unfortunately, while Jack'd for iPhone gay app users are able to send photos to the guys they are pursuing, non-iOS users cannot. You may see photos on Android appear as a link in your message windows. Clicking this link will open the photo, allowing you to view the image.

This missing component is one reason I couldn't give five stars in my Jack'd review, even though I believe it is the best gay app available for smartphone users today.

My advice: Create an Instagram account, fill it with photos you don't mind sharing (ensure you allow others to follow you without permission) and post your Instagram screenname to your Jack'd profile.

This is a great way to share pictures on Jack'd for Android without having to answer that age old query: "Do you have more pics?" --BDH

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Download Nimbuzz 2.5.0 for Windows PC

Thursday February 28, 2013

Nimbuzz 2.5.0

The all-new Nimbuzz for Windows PC (Version 2.5.0) was released today, and with it comes a laundry list of improvements and fixes from earlier releases.

With the new Nimbuzz download, users can find:

  • Recent Chat Window, including the last 50 friends you chatted with--including chat history
  • Fix for the Status/Presence Issue reported in previous iterations of the instant messaging client
  • Other minor fixes and updates

Nimbuzz is free to download, and provides support for Facebook Chat, Yahoo Messenger, Gtalk, Twitter and more in this all-in-one IM client.

Get Started Now: Download Nimbuzz 2.5.0 for Windows PC

See Also: Download Nimbuzz for Mac

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Nimbuzz vs. Fring: Two Mobile Instant Messaging Powerhouses

Thursday February 28, 2013

Stumped as to which instant messaging client is better? When comparing Nimbuzz and Fring, there are a multitude of similarities but only a few differences.

As a personal preference, I like Nimbuzz better, but both offer the same stellar commitment to quality and the features you want at your fingertips, including:

  • Free calls to other users of the same app
  • Cheap phone calls to any phone using their paid services
  • Group and one-on-one instant messaging

Read More: Readers' Choice Awards: Nimbuzz Named Best Mac IM

Where Fring might be a more popular choice for mobile users is in its free group video capabilities, allowing you and three other friends to video chat simultaneously.

But. Nimbuzz upends Fring when it comes to social media integration. In addition to chatting with other Nimbuzz users from your smart devices, including Android, iPhone, Blackberry, Windows Phone, Nokia, and Java, you can also connect with Facebook Chat, Yahoo Messenger and Gtalk users, too.

Even better, that same network of friends is available all on one contacts list, accessible even on your computer's desktop. Fring, meanwhile, does not offer a desktop IM client.

Vote: Nimbuzz vs. Fring


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Yahoo Chat Discontinued to Make Room for New Messenger Products

Thursday February 28, 2013

Yahoo Chat

First AIM, now Yahoo.

For fans of the popular Yahoo Chat feature once included in Messenger, the news of their closure was bittersweet.

By discontinuing Yahoo Chat, Yahoo Messenger said, it would help spring the venerable instant messenger forward into the future, according to their blog:

We know that some long-term Yahoo! Messenger customers enjoyed these topic-based communities. However, we feel that by embracing the modern technologies and platforms available today, Yahoo! will be able to uncover better ways to foster meaningful communities and connections for our customers to use to connect with the people they care about.

A significant decline in the number of users is probably what helped drive the decision to kill the chat rooms, as was the closure of AIM Chat in 2010.

Granted, AIM Chat was still fairly robust and meeting people was a possibility in those chat rooms. Yahoo, meanwhile, was plagued with issues, including everything from spambots to the last remaining real-life users kicking people from rooms with booters.

While a CAPTCHA was added to help prevent spamming, it was already too late.

Yahoo Chat was discontinued on December 14, 2012.

A Look Back: Discover New Friends with Yahoo Chat

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Download Jack'd for iPhone

Thursday February 28, 2013

Whether you want to meet new friends, a boyfriend, a partner or just some fun, Jack'd is one of the best ways to meet gay men in the palm of your hands. In addition to offering free access to over two million users worldwide, a variety of search tools and "scenes" help you zero in on the type of person you've been dying to meet.

One of the best gay apps on the market, and one of the easiest to use. Find out why more people have chosen Jack'd as their app of choice for gay dating.

Read More: Download Jack'd for iPhone

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