If the AIM users have a Web cam, they also are able to make a video relay call using sign language.
The service currently is available to AOL, AIM and Apple iChat (versions 2.1 or higher) users and to those who can access AIM via their wireless devices, such as T-Mobile.
This new AIM feature is just one of many ways that Internet telephony has revolutionized the way communication has changed for the hearing-impaired community.
Learn more about the new AIM Relay service at www.internetnews.com/xSP/article.php/3378191.
While we are on the subject of AIM, a new version, AIM 5.5, has been released and it has a lot of neat new features, including new games, ringtones, online recipes, video AIM, and business tools featuring voice conferencing and Web meetings. Learn more about the new AIM at www.aim.com/get_aim/win/latest_win.adp.
System requirements are Windows 98/ME/NT4/2000 or XP, Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher. Note: Video IM requires Window XP.
MSN Live chat events
July 12: "Hercules" actor Kevin Sorbo chats at 8 p.m. Go to http://chat.msn.com/msnlive_feature.msnw?id=artist/kevinsorbo_july2004.
July 14: Music trio Hanson, with tour mates Ben Jelen, chats starting at 7 p.m. Go to http://chat.msn.com/msnlive_feature.msnw?id=artist/underneath.
On July 2, Microsoft released a patch for a new flaw in its Internet Explorer Web browser. The flaw allows an attack to install malicious software on a victim's computer using the ActiveX component's ability to write to the operating system. Learn more at http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1105_2-5256297.html?tag=nl.
* Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser is catching some serious heat lately with the new holes that have been found. Folks are starting to look elsewhere for an alternative browser that will offer them fewer worries as far as security problems are concerned. I will introduce you to some of those in my next column. But for now, read more about the new IE flaws at http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1105-5259374.html.
* Linspire has released an Italian version of its Linux desktop operating system called LinspireItaliano. Its exclusive Italian partner, Questar, now is offering Dell Optiplex computers that run Linspire as the operating system. Read more at www.linspire.com/lindows_news_pressreleases_archives.php?id=138 and www.linspire.com/lindows_michaelsminutes_archives.php?id=123.
Sites to see
Check out the official Shrek site at www.shrek.com/home/main.html for all sorts of ogre fun.
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