How to make free phone calls from your iPad.

I love my iPad, it was bought as a tool to do live music mixing. I purchased a Mackie DL1608 for my bands live mixing needs. Playing around with the iPad is a perk of that job.

Soon I found myself using the iPad while laying on the couch watching TV. It should also be pointed out that I am a diehard PC user. Having never purchased an Apple product in my life. On the other hand working for the local ISP as a Internet Technician trouble shooting Road Runner ISP connection issues, I do have extensive experience using OS X.

What I needed though, was a way to access my Google Gtalk application, I know there are many multi IM messaging apps out there. I only use Gtalk, and Talkatone seems to have the market cornered when it comes to iOS devices. Installation was a breeze and the price cannot be beat. It’s free and supported by ads. You also have the option of purchasing an upgrade to remove the ads.

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Stop Talkatone from posting Gtalk status messages

If you’re using the TalkaTone app on your iPad or iPhone to place and recieve Google voice calls, you might be aware that the app frequently sets your status message to something akin to an advert for this app. I had no idea, but it was pointed out to me by a friend that my status message kept flipping back and forth from the status I have set in Gmail, to the TalkaTone default status message. Something along the lines of….

(on push) on Talkatone for iPad (http://tktn.at) — free calls and texts over WiFi or 3G/4G/LTE

Once someone pointed this out to me, I removed the offending app from my Ipad. This did not stop the status message from flipping back and forth. How annoying! I like the idea of using the Ipad with Gtalk, and decided to re-install the app. Once the app was re-installed it was fairly easy to stop the status messages.

How to stop the TalkaTone status message from displaying.

Fire up the app, navigate to Settings and select the Google account you are using with TalkaTone.  There you will find the Status Message, which I just deleted completely. I suppose if you use multiple devices, like me, I use a desktop, and my Galaxy S3 is always connected to Gtalk you might have some competition for status message updates. I don’t have the issue with my Android, just TalkaTone.

It’s possible you could probably just log out of gmail and set you iPad’s TalkaTone app status to tell people you are on your iOS device. That might be overkill for a large majority, but if you found this article then you are probably one of those users that could use some tips on managing your multiple IM clients. Getting them to cooperate can be a little challenging.

Facebook Limits Event Invites

Facebook Limits Event InvitesThe latest Facebook buzz centers around their flimsy event application. Apparently the powers that be felt it necessary to impose restrictions on the amount of people you can invite to an event. According to the latest update from their help center dated April 9, 2013; “You can only send 100 invites at a time, and each event may only have 300 pending invites total.”

This pretty much puts a firm clamp on sending out mass invites to people who might be interested in attending your event. Bands, DJ’s, promoters, and entertainment venues will be forced to find another way to reach their fans. All in their quest to curb spam on the largest social network. So much for being social.

For now a work around might be the only way to achieve the same results you were getting before. Create event, use chrome extension or Firefox add-on/grease monkey script to do the clicking for you. Now you might actually be forced to segment your friends into manageable lists, then create multiple events for each event you are planning, then only send invites to the 100 or so people you have put into their own special list. What a PITA

Makes me wonder if they are imposing this restriction on page shares and recommendations as well, or if this affects their Event API as well. Thankfully I did not invest heavy development into building a mass invite app that works via the API.

Now onto building the social event promoter for the new standards imposed in 2013.