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FireChat Network-Free Chat Could Be Big. And Now Itís on Android.
Yahoo ^ | Apr 3, 2014 | Rafe Needleman

Posted on 04/04/2014 2:05:48 AM PDT by kingattax

FireChat is one of the most interesting new communications products to arrive in the past year. Mostly because it’s not another take on standard messaging. By which I mean it’s not another WhatsApp clone.

FireChat is a hyperlocal chat tool that allows smartphones to connect to each other directly, without the need for WiFi hotspots or cellular networks. As long as two devices (or a bunch of devices in a small space) can connect to one another, using Bluetooth or their WiFi radios, they’ll be able to chat. (Typically, every communication your smartphone gets from another smartphone comes through an intermediary device or service. Not so with FireChat.)

The app functions as a local chatroom. You choose a username — no password required — and you can talk to anyone who is nearby.

The app came out for iPhones in late March, and today there’s an Android version available. You should try it. It’s really new.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bluetooth; firechat; socialmedia; whatarewordsfor; wifiradio; zune; zunetechnology

1 posted on 04/04/2014 2:05:48 AM PDT by kingattax
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To: kingattax

You’d pretty much have to be in the same room with people to ‘chat’ with them. I can’t be the only one...


2 posted on 04/04/2014 2:29:07 AM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To win the country back, we need to be as mean as the libs say we are.)
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To: TangoLimaSierra
I saw the end was in sight when I attended a party and out by the campfire everyone was sitting in a circle... texting someone else.


3 posted on 04/04/2014 2:57:27 AM PDT by Rodamala
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To: kingattax

If I’m close enough to connect with bluetooth, I’ll just speak directly to whomever I want.


4 posted on 04/04/2014 3:14:38 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: kingattax

Students in classrooms have to be the target users.


5 posted on 04/04/2014 3:20:49 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: TangoLimaSierra

Apple has this capability with IOS 7. The danger is that wifi could be set up so that a message would go through a series of smartphones and the authorities would look for the smartphone that is the one actually connected to a wi-fi hub. One can only turn on or off the capability. Think this will not be exploited?


6 posted on 04/04/2014 5:59:08 AM PDT by georgiarat (Obama, providing incompetence since Day One!!)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
Maybe, if it were implemented like packet radio, but somehow "secure"... otherwise, it's just a kick in the face when someone "overhears" you and gets you fired for, oh, I don't know, eating at Chik-fi-la while wearing your Duck Dynasty shirt and venting about the firing of Brendan Eich.
CAPTION

7 posted on 04/04/2014 6:10:00 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Obama is now making Jimmy Carter look like Attila the Hun. /focus/news/3138768/posts)
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To: kingattax

So hekp me understand. You are within the range of bluetooth wich is about 30 feet. And we use a phone or tablet to talk to them rather then speak?

This will be great at family dinners.


8 posted on 04/04/2014 11:18:01 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: Rodamala

Lol


9 posted on 04/04/2014 11:24:39 AM PDT by txhurl
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