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Consumer Gadgets: 50 Ways to Have Fun and Simplify Your Life with Today’s Technology…and Tomorrow’s by Nicholas D. Evans

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Chapter 11. Communicating via Instant Messaging: Nokia Communicator

Instant messaging is the ability to instantly communicate with someone over the Internet via voice or text. It differs from traditional email in that instant messaging operates in real time and you can actually see when your friends are online. There is no waiting for a response, because if your friends or colleagues are online, they will be instantly notified of your message and will be able to reply right back to you.

Some of the types of instant messaging available include the Short Message Service (SMS), which is the instant messaging protocol of choice for wireless devices, and proprietary instant-messaging protocols from companies such as AOL, Yahoo!, and Microsoft. These ...

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