Android update 3.5.1 is here!

February 17th, 2011 Jenny No comments

Hi everyone,

Here’s what’s new with Hellotxt.

We’ve had our Android 3.5.1 update this week, you can use the QR code below to take you directly to the Android Market. We are also currently putting the finishing touches to an IOS 2.5 update which will be with you shortly!

Like everyone, we left the CES show with tablets firmly on our minds, and our Android 3.5 release means that Hellotxt is now compatible with Android tablets for the first time. Apparently Android Tablets constitute 22% of recent sales of tabs, so we’re really excited to see how things go on these devices in 2011. We’ve also updated the news feed so seeing your friends and follower’s photos, videos and link updates is now much easier. We squeezed in a few important bug fixes as well :

  • Set your updates frequency in the settings page.
  • The feed page load faster in general and includes multimedia previews.
  • The scroll is quicker too.
  • We’re also a bit more compatible with foreign characters in texts.

That’s all for now – work is well underway on a major release for later in the first half of this year so watch this space.  We hope you enjoy the new features, and if you have any feedback please contact our Get Satisfaction page – the fastest way to get better is through user feedback so we really appreciate all your comments and suggestions – keep em coming!

I’ll post details of our IOS 2.5 update very soon!

Best wishes

Jenny
The Hellotxt Team

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Hellotxt’s Top Five Fridays

February 11th, 2011 Jenny No comments

Hi all,

Welcome to the second instalment of Hellotxt’s Top Five Fridays, where we’ve picked our favourite social media stories from this week.

Let’s count down from number 5:

64-Year-Old Kayaker Completes Trans-Atlantic Voyage
A Polish man crossed the Atlantic by himself in a kayak! He even managed to send out a few tweets…No reason not to reply to a tweet now!
By Caleb Garling @ Wired

Number 4:

Camera Mic Snaps Pictures in iOS by Tapping the Microphone
Apple doesn’t like apps repurposing buttons, so Camera Mic went ahead and did something creative: it turned your microphone into a button.
By Adam Dachis @ Lifehacker

Number 3:

Play Station Phone Makes A Public Debut
After a number of rumours about a Playstation Phone, Sony Ericsson given the phone its public debut. Say hello to the Xperia Play.
By Sarah Perez @ ReadWriteWeb

Number 2:

Twitter Set New Tweets Per Second Record During Super Bowl
Twitter users set a new tweets per second record during the Super Bowl Sunday, the microblogging service announced Wednesday – Also congrats to the Greenbay Packers on their Super Bowl win!
By Lauren Indvik @ Mashable

And drum roll please…now we get to number 1:

Nokia and Microsoft Form Partnership
Following the infamous “burning platform” memo earlier this week, Nokia has decided to team with Microsoft and Windows Phone 7. Could this be what Nokia needed to save their smartphone platform?
By BBC Technology News

Until next time, have a great weekend!

Jenny
The Hellotxt Team

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Valentines Doodles

February 11th, 2011 Jenny No comments

Hi everyone,

Here is a quick product update for you for this valentine’s weekend.

Here at Hellotxt we’ve decided to add a bit more fun to social networking so we’ve updated our Doodle feature to include various valentines stamps.

You can use them to doodle your Facebook friend’s profile photos (as modelled on the right!), this can be done in 3 easy steps:

  • Pick a Facebook friend to doodle.
  • Customise their photo using the various stamps.
  • Post it to their wall so that they can see your handy work.

Until next time, happy doodling.

Best wishes,

Jenny
The Hellotxt Team

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Hellotxt’s Top Five Fridays

February 4th, 2011 Jenny No comments

Welcome to the first of our Hellotxt’s Top Five Fridays, where we’ll be listing our favourite social media stories from this week.

Starting at number 5 we have:

Current Crop of Tablets: The iPad, Motorola Xoom, and Others Compared
A nice break down of the current tablets on or confirmed for market release shortly. It’s no longer a one horse race :)

By Whitson Gordon @Lifehacker.com

Number 4:

10 Mashable Comics to Make You LOL
Do you spend so much time on the Internet that you find it hard relate to people who don’t get FarmVillehumor? Do you find yourself laughing at pictures of talking cats because if cats could talk, they would totally sound like that? Do you have six minutes of free time right now?

By Matt Silverman @Mashable

Number 3:

Facebook Averaged Almost 8 New Registrations Per Second In 2010
What did 2010 look like for Facebook? Take a look!

By Robin Wauters @Techcrunch

Number 2:

Why Social Media Is Bringing Back Our Grandparents’ Values
Social media, is it really bringing back our Grandparents’ values…albeit in a more digitized form?

By Josh Rose @Mashable

And finally…Number 1:

The History of Content, From Cave Paintings to Flipboard
Remember when newspapers were king? How about the golden years of radio? Or when carrier pigeons ruled the roost? These content vessels often seem like bygone relics of a simpler time.

By Jodie O’Dell @Mashable

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Hellotxt in the media

January 31st, 2011 Jenny No comments

Hi,

We hope 2011 has got off to a great start for you.

Here at Hellotxt headquarters we have been thrilled to be featured on BBC Click and TechCrunch, we try not to be vain about these things but who doesn’t feel warm inside when they see their product name in bright lights! Thanks for all the coverage guys, it really helps and we appreciate it.

Find out more at the TechCrunch and BBC Click sites.

Thanks to those of you who posted feedback on the TechCrunch article, we are working hard to resolve any  issues you’ve encountered. If you have any further problems please visit us at our Get Satisfaction page.

We look forward to many new and exciting developments for 2011 starting with a new release next month!

Best wishes,

Jenny
The Hellotxt Team

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Announcing Video and News Updates (RSS) — Orkut Added as Network!

December 17th, 2010 Ryan No comments

Hi Everyone,

The Hellotxt Team has been working away like elves at Christmas, and we wanted to bring your attention to recent advancements made for video and news display in all areas of the product — iPhone/iPad, Android, and Web! And also welcome Orkut to the list of supported networks!

What’s New:

The release of iPhone/iPad version 2.4 and Android 3.0 (search the Marketplace for Hellotxt or click here) — AND a recent Web overhaul, where we’ve improved design as well as features. You can forget about having to jump around from app to app, or between networks in 2011…because now you can watch videos, and get updates from your favorite news, gossip, and tech blogs all in one place with Hellotxt. Check out these screenshots  of the new Web and iPad view, and read the full list of new features below!

  • Videos in the Feed — See the Web link, photo, or video that a friend has posted on supported reading networks without having to leave your feed!
  • Added RSS/News – In addition to supported reading networks, Hellotxt now displays news sources and popular blogs via Real Simple Syndication (RSS)
  • Improved Friend/Feed Interactions — Retweet, “Like,” and Comment from one feed, and now rank and rate your feeds by value to you. Want to blast out an incoming post from one network to multiple? Your wish is our command ;)
  • The Easiest Social Experience — We design and test with the easiest social experience in mind, and with your help! Thanks everyone for your feedback, and if you want to be more involved visit http://getsatisfaction.com/hellotxt
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Hellotxt’s Christmas iPad Competition Terms and Conditions

December 9th, 2010 Ryan No comments

The Hellotxt team is continuing our spirit of giving this season by giving away six (that’s right…six!) Apple iPads!

In addition to the time saving tips we’ll be tweeting each day of the work week until Christmas, this easy-to-enter competition is our way of saying thanks for being Hellotxt users. Read on for more info and the full terms and conditions.

HERE IS HOW YOU ENTER:

  • Every status update submitted via Hellotxt will equal one entry to a prize draw, there will be 3 x weekly prize draws taking place.
  • NO PURCHASE NECESSARY

There will be 3 weekly prize draws for 2 iPad WiFi 32GB models to be won each week. The qualifying weeks are:

  • 10th – 15th December
  • 16th – 22nd December
  • 23rd – 29th December

The dates of the prize draws will be 16th, 23nd and 30th of December, and the winners will be picked at random.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Only Entrants who fully comply with the Terms are eligible to receive any Prize.
  • Must be 18 (eighteen) years or older.
  • Must be legal resident of the U.K and the US. for the duration of the Competition and up until award of the Prize.
  • Hellotxt and its respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and Competition agencies, and respective officers, directors, employees or immediate family members (collectively “Competition Entities”) are ineligible to enter, participate or win any Prize in the Competition

Full Terms and Conditions

Only human submission for entry is eligible in the Competition and only one entry per household. Any actual or attempted use of any device or software or non-human means utilized to automate the entry process or utilized in efforts to increase odds of winning, or utilized for any other purpose and including (but not limited) to interference or disruption of this Competition or Hellotxt or third-party website is strictly prohibited and will result in both automatic disqualification and prosecution as allowed by full extent of law.
Accuracy of any provided information to Hellotxt or in relation to the Competition remains the sole responsibility of the Entrant. True, accurate and verifiable information, including (but not limited to) contact information, physical address and telephone number, must be provided by the Entrant to maintain eligibility in any Competition or to win and receive any Prize.

WINNER SELECTION
The winners will be drawn at random, odds of winning a prize are based on the number of entries received. The selection of the Winners will take place on 16th, 23rd and 30th December. The weekly competitions take place: Friday 10th – Wednesday 15th December, Thursday 16th – Wednesday 22nd December and Thursday 23rd  - Wednesday 29th December.
The Winners will be notified by e-mail, by announcement on the Hellotxt Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/Hellotxt) and by Hellotxt’s Twitter channel (@htxt) within 2 (two) business days of the selection, at which time a full shipping address and phone number will be required for fulfilment of the Prize.
WINNER CONFIRMATION
The Winners will have 15 (fifteen) days from notification to accept the Prize by replying to the notification e-mail. Hellotxt is not responsible for late, lost, misdirected, or unsuccessful efforts to notify the Winner. Hellotxt maintains no liability or responsibility for incorrect or incomplete information of any type as provided by Entrant to Hellotxt, nor maintains liability of any type pertaining to lack of email notification receipt related to any other circumstance, including (but not limited to) SPAM filters or any software utilized by an Entrant.
Any potential Winners of the Competition may refuse acceptance of the Prize. Written refusal of the Prize shall serve as the sole exception to which Hellotxt, its affiliates, or its representatives, may choose not to utilize likeness of an Entrant in the manner described in the Terms.
PRIZE CONDITIONS
Winners of any awarded Prize shall be solely responsible for all federal, state and/or local taxes, and for any other fees or costs incidental to or associated with the Prize, including but not limited to its collection. The Winners assumes all liability for any damages caused or claimed to be caused by participation or by any Prize and releases Hellotxt in full from all and any such liability. The Winners may also be required by Hellotxt to execute documents including an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release, and where legal a Publicity Release (collectively, “Prize Claim Documents”) all within 15 (fifteen) days of sent notification to such Winner as a condition of receiving the Prize.
If a selected Winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim the Prize, or fails to timely return the completed and executed declaration and releases as required, the Prize may be forfeited and an alternative Winner selected. In the event of any dispute related to identity of any Entrant or potential Winner which cannot be resolved to Hellotxt’s satisfaction, the participating entry and any related entry or entries for that Entrant will be deemed ineligible for the Competition.
The Winners of the Competition must allow approximately 4-6 weeks, following verification of returned Prize Claim Documents to Hellotxt, for outgoing shipment and subsequent receipt of the described Prize. Hellotxt holds no liability for any potential damage(s) possibly incurred during transit or by transit carrier to the Prize; any claim(s) related to potential or real damage(s) must be filed by Prize recipient through the transit carrier, in accordance with transit carrier company guidelines, including (but not limited) to the meeting of required timeframe(s) for filing of any such claim.
The approximate base retail value of the Prize is approximately £499.00. The Prize is non-negotiable, non-assignable and non-transferable. No cash alternative or prize substitution will be allowed except that Hellotxt retains the right to substitute a Prize of comparable or greater value or, at Hellotxt’s sole election, the cash value of the applicable prize in the event that a stated prize is unavailable, in whole or in part, for any reason.
PRIZE LIABILITY
The Prize is an electronics device which is intended for adult use only, is not a toy, and is not intended for children. Hellotxt maintains no liability in receipt or use of the indicated Prize. Any winning Entrant who accepts and receives the Prize does so knowingly, fully appreciating and accepting any actual or potential risk of death or injury that the Prize could possibly present. By accepting the Prize, Winners hereby releases Hellotxt and any or all representatives or affiliates or third-party from any and all liability of any kind to the fullest extent permissible by law, including but not limited to injury or death, as a result of or arising from the acceptance, receipt, possession, use and/or misuse of the Prize.
Each participating Entrant, and any subsequent Winners, agrees that Hellotxt or Competition entities has not made any warranty, representation or guarantee that is express or implied, in fact or in law, with respect to any Prize, including, without limitation, to such Prize’s quality or fitness for a particular purpose.

GENERAL RELEASE

The document referred to as the Terms governs this Competition. Acceptance of the Prize constitutes the Winner’s permission for Hellotxt, Hellotxt representatives or Competition entities to use Winner’s name, photograph, likeness, voice, biographical information, statements and address (town and county) for advertising and/or publicity purposes worldwide and in all forms of media now known or hereafter developed, in perpetuity, and without further compensation in any form. Winners additionally agrees to provide Hellotxt with physical, non-returnable, photograph of Winners meeting the size requirements of 3”x5” or larger (or equivalent, medium to high-resolution JPEG photographic image on CD format) within the completed Prize Claim Documents package returned to Hellotxt.All entries will become the property of Hellotxt and will not be acknowledged or returned.
No software-generated or automated multiple entries for participation in the Competition will be accepted. Hellotxt reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any Entrant who is suspected or found to be tampering with the entry process or operation of the Competition or of the Competition (or third-party) website, suspected or found to be acting in violation of the Terms, to be acting in an unsportsman-like or disruptive manner at sole discretion of Hellotxt, to be acting with the intent to disrupt or undermine legitimate operation of the Competition, or to be annoying, abusing, threatening or harassing any other person or Entrant in any manner. Hellotxt additionally reserves the right to seek legal damages and other remedies, from any such person, to the fullest extent allowed by law.

At its sole discretion, Hellotxt may prohibit any person or Hellotxt website Entrant from participating in the Competition or participating in any future Hellotxt event or Competition if Hellotxt has reason to believe that the Entrant has deliberately or repeatedly disregarded the Competition’s Terms.

Hellotxt, along with its agents and representatives, affiliates, advertising, Competition, and fulfillment agencies, and legal advisors, and services or access provided via any third-party, are not responsible for and shall not be held liable for (whether foreseen or not) (1) late, lost, delayed, damaged, misdirected, incomplete, unintelligible or unreceived entries or submissions; (2) electronic, hardware or software program, network, internet, or computer malfunctions, server delays, failures, site ‘downtime’ or difficulties of any kind whatsoever including (but not limited to) those of third parties or providing third-party services; (3) failed, incomplete, garbled, or delayed computer transmissions and/or electronic mail; (4) any condition caused by events beyond reasonable control of Hellotxt that may cause the Competition entries to be disrupted, corrupted, or unreceived; (5) any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising in connection with or as a result of the Prize or its acceptance, or from participation in the Competition; or (6) any human error or omission, or printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Competition.
Hellotxt reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to suspend or cancel the Competition at any time or for any reason, and without legal liability. Hellotxt is not liable for any errors or omissions of the Terms and may additionally end the Competition, at Hellotxt’s sole discretion, related to any such occurrence.
GOVERNING LAW & JURISDICTION
All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of the Terms or the rights and obligations of Entrants or Winners, Hellotxt, and any representatives, affiliates or Competition entities in connection with this Competition shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the internal laws of England and Wales without giving effect to any choice of law of conflict of law rules or provisions that would cause application of any other state’s laws.
By participating in the Competition, each Entrant agrees to these Terms and to the decisions of Hellotxt, which shall be final and binding in all respects.

How to Play Our Facebook Mini-Game: Do You Know Viral?

December 7th, 2010 Ryan No comments

Hi Everybody,

We’ve been having such a great time with the new Facebook Page and ways to interact with our fans, we thought we’d take it a step further and introduce a fun mini-game to play with all of you. Here’s how it works.

Do You Know Viral?


Step 1: Choose a Video

Our community manager Ryan will pick two separate videos each week from the 8 gazillion that get uploaded every day to YouTube, and post them to our Fan Page wall here: http://www.facebook.com/hellotxt

Each will be fun or interesting in that unique way that only the web can deliver…but your job is to decide which one will have more views over the next week (7 days).

Step 2: Post a Comment

Post a comment underneath the video you think will have more YouTube views with your Twitter name (for example, Ryan’s would be @rorohello).

You can tell us why you think it has a better shot than the other vid, or just type your Twitter name — either way, we’ll announce all the names of folks that picked the winner on the official Hellotxt Twitter, so you can all have a big cyber high-five!!

The Hellotxt Team

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Hellotxt Christmas Countdown — Giving The Gift of Time

December 6th, 2010 Ryan No comments

Hellotxt is a perfect match for the Holiday season, because we are all about making it easy to share online through our simple and fun social dashboard. And what is Christmas, but a celebration of sharing!

To get into the habit, and to help save you some time during this hectic period, Hellotxt will be counting down the remaining days until Christmas with a time saving tip from our team each day. These tips will be related to your life online, and we will post them for you to read on our Twitter and Facebook channels. So, if you are not doing so already, make sure you follow and fan us!

Merry Christmas from The Hellotxt Team!
Follow hellotxt on Twitter
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Hellotxt Now Multilingual — iPhone/iPad Ver 2.3!!

November 22nd, 2010 Ryan No comments

Hi Everyone,

Today we are excited to announce an update for Hellotxt on iPhone and iPad, bringing native translations for the following languages:

iPhone 2.3

Download Hellotxt iPhone/iPad Now

Download Hellotxt iPhone/iPad Now

Italian
Spanish
French
Dutch
Portuguese

iPad 2.3 language
Italian
Spanish
French
Dutch

Hellotxt has always had a truly multi-national user base, thanks to the simple and intuitive design of our web dashboard, and our humble beginnings as tiny start up in Italy.

We are happy to address the needs of our increasingly diverse mobile user base with this release, and we hope to see more posts from all you French/Italian/Spanish/Dutch and Portuguese speakers!!!

If you are an iPhone or iPad user, and you haven’t already downloaded the app, you can do so by clicking on the App Store logo above.

Best,

The Hellotxt Team

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