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10.2. iChat

iChat is Apple's souped-up version of AIM, America Online's Instant Messenger program. With iChat, you can carry on typed conversations with other people, share pictures and documents with a quick drag-and-drop, and have video and audio chats with Mac and PC fans alike—assuming you and your buddies have high-speed Internet connections and video cameras.

If you've signed up for Apple's $100-per-year Mac.com service, you already have an iChat user name: it's your .Mac email address. If you don't use .Mac, you can still use iChat by signing up for a free AIM screen name. You don't need to be a member of AOL to receive an AIM name, either. Just visit www.aol.com/community/directory.html and follow the link that says, "Try AOL Instant Messenger now for FREE."


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