Product Pulse: Mobile and Mail apps, Yahoo! Neighbors, Messenger for Mac 3.0

Today, of course, is the eighth anniversary of the September 11th attacks in NYC, the Pentagon, and rural Pennsylvania. To ensure we never forget, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum just put out a call for people from around the globe to "Make History" with their images, videos, and stories as a permanent digital archive. Here's how we made history this week:

  • F-F-Fantastic phone apps: For the millions of you with touch-screen phones, you can now download some of Yahoo!'s most popular services. Call them the Three F's: Finance, Flickr and Fantasy Football (or is that four Fs?). With interactivity reminiscent of their Web-based counterparts, these apps let you access our services on the go from an iPhone, iPod touch or select Blackberry models (including Bold, Tour and 8900 series). For now, Finance and Fantasy Football users can download them in the U.S. and Canada, while the Flickr app is also available in the UK, France, Hong Kong, and Singapore. For a deeper dive, check out our post earlier this week.
  • Inviting apps & jumbo files: The new and improved Yahoo! Mail just debuted three new apps that turn your inbox into even more of a productivity hub. Head over to that handy Applications box and you'll notice new apps from Evite and pingg -- two options for sending and managing invitations. They sensibly integrate with tools like Yahoo! Calendar, Yahoo! Address Book and Yahoo! Maps to take the stress out of party-planning (and -going). And the new Attach Large Files app, courtesy of the folks at drop.io, lets you upload and share files up to 100MB. You can also collaborate by commenting on files, leaving a voicemail for more context or dialing in to a conference call for a real-time powwow. Read more here.
  • Neighbors helping neighbors: Let's say that waffle iron you plugged in blew your kitchen fuse and it's been a blue moon since you last called an electrician. Where do you turn? The best tips are often from the people you bump into every day in your neighborhood. And we've just made it easier to get their word-of-mouth recommendations. Yahoo! Neighbors, a new feature on Yahoo! Local, lets you get answers to everyday problems. Use it to find local services or post questions and tips for the community. For a taste, check out this thread from some users in Dallas in search of a driving school.
  • New souped-up Messenger for Mac: For all you Mac users, there's a new beta version of Messenger available for download. Yahoo! Messenger for Mac 3.0 comes with a bunch of new bug fixes to help it run more smoothly. You'll also get the Messenger Insider window that's available on Windows versions, giving you a daily snapshot of what's happening on Yahoo! and around the world. Want to take it for a test drive? Download it here and read more here.

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Nicki Dugan
Blog Editor