TOOZE roundups: Messenger by Facebook, casino technologies, OS X Lion recovery

Messenger by Facebook

Facebook just released a standalone messaging app for iPhones and Android; Blackberry support coming later. From their product page:

Messenger is integrated with your Facebook messages and chats, so you can access all your conversations right in the app. Each message you send through Messenger is also saved as part of your ongoing conversations on Facebook.

Messenger also offers additional features like one-click access to messages through your phone, location mapping, the ability to message friends, groups and mobile contacts, and more.

If the other party doesn’t have the app installed, the message will be sent as text. Wired* explains:

If a FB user is logged into the new message app, it’ll show up there. If not, they get the message sent to them as an SMS, so long as they’ve registered their phone with Facebook.

Interestingly, I can’t seem to find it in the Singapore’s iOS App Store, and when I’m logged into Facebook accessing the product page, the following was displayed:

What I saw when I went to the product page: coming soon. Image source:

What this means is that the app is probably being rolled out by region, and its going to take a while to reach Singapore.

Well, I’d be tweeting about it when I get it so stay tuned. Oh, and in case you haven’t realized, unlike the other messaging apps like Whatsapp or GroupMe, you’d be talking to your Facebook friends only.

*Wired’s report on Messenger can be found here.


Casino technologies to prevent cheating

Gizmodo ran an article about 7 technologies deployed in casinos to prevent cheating. It’s an interesting read for both geeks and non-geeks alike.


OS X Lion Recovery Disk Assistant

Wired** reported that Apple finally relented, and released an app that would turn your flash drive into a Recovery Disk Assistant. Apparently, this is the same thing as the partition on your hard disk when you install OS X Lion, and not Lion itself. From Wired:

This Recovery Disk obviously doesn’t contain the full Lion installer. Instead, it acts like the Recovery Disk Partition that Lion hides on your boot drive when you first install it. Thus, you can “reinstall Lion, repair the disk using Disk Utility, restore from a Time Machine backup, or browse the web with Safari.”

Head over to the full article for more information about it, links, and also an article about creating an installer for OS X Lion — useful if you don’t want to download Lion again, or might want to do an install without the Internet.

**Wired’s report can be found here.


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