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Spending a lot of time not using the built-in Dialer on your iPhone? Then you may be interested to learn of the newest Skype update. Skype 4.6 has just been released for iPhone and iPad, which delivers an entirely fresh calling experience. There's also new one-to-one chats that appear in the correct order, an option to select your messages as 'Read' with less steps, and a smattering of new fixes and improvements. Skype for iPad version 4.6 supports iPad, iPad 2, iPad mini and the latest iPad with Retina Display, while Skype for iPhone version 4.6 supports iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone... Read more...
Logitech announced a new webcam designed for business, the Logitech Webcam C930e, and like its predecessors (including the C920-C), it’s laden with high-end features to make videoconferencing a more efficient, less distracting, and nicer-looking affair. The C930e boasts a 90-degree field of view, which Logitech says allows viewers to see an entire whiteboard during a meeting. Further, the Carl Zeiss-certified lens is built to eliminate fish-eye distortion, which is a nice touch. To allow the camera to more smoothly zoom in and out and move around to focus on various people or presentation... Read more...
Microsoft may be focusing efforts on making newly-acquired Skype the ideal VoIP communication tool for its own Windows Phone and Windows desktop platforms, but it understands the value of keeping a polished app experience over on another popular platform: iOS. This week, Skype 4.5 was released for iPhone and iPad, and the changes aren't insignificant. For both the phone and tablet, Skype has added automatic call recovery for dropped calls when using questionable Wi-Fi connections, installed a fix so that IM conversations appear in the right order, and added a marketing opt-in/out selector within... Read more...
Skype temporarily removed the page that enables users to reset their password after a security hole was found that enables someone to take control of another user's account. After making changes to the password reset feature, Skype turned the page live again. The issue was first documented on a Russian forum two months ago. To take advantage of the flaw, all a user had to do was create a new Skype account using the same email address as the intended victim. After proceeding through the signup process and ignoring the warning that an account with that email already exists, a person could use the... Read more...
The first Windows Phone 8 handsets are trickling out, and for those anxious to see what Microsoft has been cooking up in terms of Skype integration, now's your turn. Microsoft has today released a Skype Preview for WP8 (version 2.0). According to the company, this Preview build will give users "all of the Skype basics in the new, modern design along with many of the new features such as integration with the People Hub and a combined contact list with buddies from Windows Live Messenger. Additionally, you'll start receiving some call and message notifications - even when the app is closed and in... Read more...
Microsoft's theme for the year might as well be "Out with the old and in with the new." That philosophy accurately describes the launch of Windows 8, which dispenses with the old way of doing things (like with a dedicated Start menu, for example) in favor of a touch-friendly future, and it also applies to Microsoft's instant messaging strategy. According to reports, Microsoft is taking Windows Live Messenger out of the instant messaging game and inserting Skype into the starting lineup. "Several sources" tell The Verge that Windows Live Messenger will ultimately end up integrated into Skype within... Read more...
Windows Phone 8 is looking to make a major splash this holiday season, but unlike Windows Phone 7, this iteration will have a major product on its side: Skype. The hugely acclaimed VoIP app has become a fully integrated part of Windows Phone 8, which shouldn't be a surprise given that Microsoft is now Skype's parent. That said, Skype for Windows Phone 8 looks more beautiful than one could've imagined, and it's as integrated with WP8 as FaceTime is with iOS. It's truly a FaceTime rival, but the sheer scope of Skype makes it that much more appealing. It's also always on, enabling you to take voice... Read more...
With the Windows 8 launch only days away, Microsoft made official something that has been widely known unofficially for months: Skype is built into Windows 8. The move is part of Microsoft’s push to put communication center stage in the newest, heavily revamped version of the Windows operating system. The first thing you’ll notice about the Skype integration is that Skype gets its own Live Tile on the new Windows 8 Start Screen. Any Skype IM messages will appear in the upper-right corner of the Start Screen, and you can snap your Skype video conversation to the left or right side... Read more...
Well, we can't exactly act surprised. With Windows 8 and Windows RT just around the bend, you may have wondered if Microsoft was going to try and integrate Skype into the fabric of those operating systems, much the same way FaceTime is integrated into OS X. With Microsoft paying a princely sum for Skype, it seems that the VoIP app will not only appear in Windows 8 and Windows RT, but will play a starring role. Microsoft and Skype are both being pretty quiet on the whole ordeal, but their websites speak louder. Both "Anna" and "Elena" are shown in screenshots on both sites, making it pretty easy... Read more...
Logitech and Skype announced the new Logitech TV Cam HD. This high-definition camera is designed to be connected to any HDTV using an HDMI connection. The camera offers built-in Skype functionality, making it easy for you to connect with friends and family directly from your living room. The TV Cam HD connects to the Internet using Wi-Fi or Ethernet connectivity. A remote control is included with the TV Cam HD. You can use the Logitech TV Cam HD to make Skype video calls or to call landline or mobile numbers using your Skype Credit or calling subscription. The camera features Logitech Fluid Crystal... Read more...
Hey, Windows users -- seeing ads in your Skype calls? Fret not, it isn't an unathorized version of the software; it's just a new twist on "free" VoIP calling. Skype has today announced the launch of Conversation Ads, finally, a way to make cash off of free calls. These new display ad units will appear within the calling window of users who do not have Skype Credit or subscriptions when they're making 1:1 Skype-to-Skype audio calls using Skype for Windows. Strangely, no other platforms -- desktop or mobile -- are mentioned; perhaps ads are being ported elsewhere as we speak. These new Ads are billed... Read more...
Windows-based Skype users have reason to be enthused with the unveiling of version 5.8. New features include full HD video calls, Facebook audio and video calling, push to talk functionality, and group screen sharing. Assuming you have a capable webcam such as the Logitech C920 (so suggests the blog announcement), users can now make video calls in HD. Though still in beta, the Facebook calling feature should appeal to a wide range of users; it enables you to make audio or video calls to your Facebook friends, even if they aren’t Skype users. The new push to talk feature is designed for (nay,... Read more...
The video chatting and collaboration aspects of unified communications (UC) are a big deal in the enterprise as companies routinely work with far-flung companies and employ remote workers in droves; for that matter, large companies rely on it as employees working in separate buildings or on different floors need to collaborate. Logitech is looking to make the video experience better to use and also easier to deploy with new webcam technology, full HD 1080p video at 30fps (thanks to a collaboration with Skype). The new technology keeps the H.264 video encoding in the camera itself, thus avoiding... Read more...
We still can't get over the irony: Although Microsoft now owns Skype, the video calling service is still not available on Microsoft's Windows Phone platform. Microsoft has promised Skype will be available someday to Windows Phone users, but that's still a pretty vague timeframe. It would appear the Windows Phone Skype app may be nearing its release. During an interview at CES 2012, Skype's VP of products, Rick Osterloh, said the company is working on a Windows Phone product that will be "coming out soon." Although we still don't know an exact timeframe, this gives us a bit more hope that the app... Read more...
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