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Skyping on your couch. Who would have ever thought that would be "a thing." Crazy as it sounds, some people actually do prefer video chatting on the big screen, not on the handheld ones, and that's where companies like Warpia step in. They've just announced the new ConnectHD (SWP400VC), which brings a wide-angle camera (HD) and multidirectional microphone to your TV. The purchase? To enable video calls in the living room. Furthermore, there's a second major ability tucked in: it gives users an easy way to stream content wirelessly from any laptop computer to an HDTV without limitation. The ConnectHD can be used for additional entertainment such as playing PC Webcam games, watching movies and... Read more...
Microsoft didn't waste any time swooping in and snatching up the domain name SkypeSexFinder.com after it became available, according to Whois records online. Fusible was first to discover the domain name registration and noted that it was redirecting visitors to its Bing search engine, though not Bing's homepage. Instead, it brings up Bing search results for SkypeSexFinder, which lists plenty of sultry links. It doesn't appear Microsoft is trying to assist sex starved Web surfers with a fetish for Skype chat, and it's far more likely the SkypeSexFinder.com domain grab was simply a preventative measure. If that's the case, Microsoft might be facing a losing battle because it can't possible lay... Read more...
There's a new Skype in town, and it's bringing an awful lot of new features to Google's Android OS. Skype 2.6 for Android allows users to send photos and videos to friends or family from Skype on your Android device, and it's now even easier to share those special moments with your loved ones or send files and view documents on the go while on a business trip. And it's free and works over WiFi or 3G on a mobile data plan. As well as bringing you photo, video and file sending, we've also improved battery life and video quality with Skype 2.6 for Android on devices using NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chipset, which include amongst others; the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Motorola XOOM and Acer Iconia Tablet. Now... Read more...
VoIP. It's the wave of the telecommunications future, man. All kidding aside, there probably is some truth to that, as both LightSquared and Skype's co-founder are teaming up to offer free broadband services. The former is described as a "wholesale carrier building a nationwide wireless broadband network that will create consumer choice and drive industry innovation," while FreedomPop is described as "a disruptive new company that will offer free broadband and voice services to all Americans, have signed a wholesale network agreement." FreedomPop is spearheaded by Niklas Zennstrom, co-founder of Skype, and his venture capital firm Atomico. The company will launch in 2012 with its ultimate objective... Read more...
A bustling shopping mall in Canada is ending a more than century old tradition of having kids line up for hours to sit on Santa's knee to tell the bearded gift giver what they want for Christmas. This year they'll need to sign up in advance for a one-hour story time session on Saturday morning, in which they'll also have a chance to sit on his knee and have their photo taken; the rest of the time he'll be on Skype. "Santa has gone digital! This year, only at the Toronto Eaton Centre, your child can have a one on one Skype with Santa!," the mall states on its website. Parents can register their child for a 10-minute Skype session with Santa Monday through Friday from 6PM to 8PM and never have... Read more...
Skype for TV, Google TV -- loads of companies have already tried the whole "calling on TV" thing, and now there's one more company throwing their hat in the ring. Biscotti has just revealed the Biscotti TV Phone, hailed as the next generation of home video calling. With high-definition picture and sound, Biscotti TV Phone brings family and friends together on the biggest screen in the home, your HDTV. Real-life picture and sound creates an experience so vivid, it’s like being in the same room. Sleek and small, the biscotti-shaped device is easy to use for all ages, featuring a friendly remote and on-screen menus that work while you’re watching TV. Best of all, you can make unlimited... Read more...
Welp, it's official. Microsoft and Skype are one. Well, Skype isn't alone in this world any longer, anyway. While this deal was announced months back, there has been plenty of work in the time being to ensure all the legalities were ironed out. Now, Microsoft has closed its acquisition of Skype, locking in an $8.5 billion payment that was led by investor group Silver Lake. According to the companies, Microsoft and Skype will remain focused on their shared goal of connecting all people across all devices and accelerating both companies' efforts to transform real-time communications for consumers and enterprise customers. The completion of the acquisition also marks the official introduction of... Read more...
Who says iOS gets all the app love? Skype has just released version 2.5 for Android, which is about as big as they get in terms of expansion. The company has added support for an additional 14 Android devices, bringing total supported devices to 41 on the Android side. Now Skype video calling will also be available by default on several Motorola Devices including the Atrix 2.5 or Xoom 2.5. Download the updated Skype for Android app from the Android Market or Skype.com/m using your Android phone's browser or just scan the QR code below. The Skype 2.5 for Android update also brings you further video enhancements. You can now switch between portrait and landscape mode during video calls, and zoom... Read more...
Skype's on the acquisition trail again. Shortly after Microsoft announced their intentions to scoop up Skype for many, many billions of dollars, Skype themselves have done some shopping on the open market. GroupMe, a social startup that was gaining huge traction with their group-messaging application on Android and iOS, is now a part of the world's most well-known VoIP calling/messaging app. Many were suggesting that GroupMe was poised to becomes Skype's largest competitor, and now, well, they just swallowed that whole. Probably a smart business move. GroupMe just launched a year ago, so it's still fresh on the vine, but Skype knows that it better start picking it it hopes to narrow that pool... Read more...
With Vonage cranking out their own VoIP app, Apple's FaceTime in the mix and a whole host of third-party players gaining momentum by the day, Skype has a heck of a lot of competitors nipping at their heels. To that end, the company has just launched Skype WiFi (formerly known as Skype Access), and it's coming to iOS. It's available right now from the App Store, and can run on iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch (running iOS 4.1 or above with multitasking) at over 1 million WiFi hotspots around the world, including hotels, airports, train stations, convention centers, bars and restaurants. The app only charges for minutes used, so there is no need to buy an hour or day Wi-Fi voucher for those only looking... Read more...
Skype for Mac hasn't exactly done well with users. The overall user interface tweaks made to the software went over poorly with many, and they certainly went out of their way to make sure those complains were heard loud and clear. Now, the company is looking to silence the criticism with an all-new release tailored for use with OS X Lion. Skype 5.3 for Mac was just unveiled this week, bringing with it support for the new Mac Lion and HD Video Calls. It has several bug fixes, thrown in, and is backwards compatible with Snow Leopard and Leopard. With Skype 5.3 for Mac OS X, users can send and receive HD quality video when talking to friends and family. Users will need to use the Mac's built-in... Read more...
Did someone crown this week the week of VoIP? There's been quite a few things flying around -- namely, Google's decision to lower VoIP calling rates from within Gmail, and now, Vonage's decision to battle on the iOS front. Oh, and Viber came out with an Android app. See what we mean? Vonage has long since proclaimed to be the cheapest in-home way to call folks around the world, and now that's spreading to the mobile front. This week marks the launch of their pay-per-call international app for iPhone, with Direct Payment through your existing iTunes account. There's even free calling to 100 countries available with every download for a limited time, and after that, the Time To Call app will let... Read more...
Think Skype has the VoIP calling business on lock? Think again. Google is quietly moving in on Skype's turf, and while users have long been able to call others from within Gmail, Google's making it even more attractive this week: the company has announced that the service is now being offered in 38 new languages, and users can buy calling credit in their choice of four currencies (Euros, British  pounds, Canadian dollars or U.S. dollars) with no connection fees. In order to toss a wrench in Skype's plans, Google is reducing calling rates to over 150 destinations around the world. For example, it’s now only $0.10 (or €0.08) per minute to call mobile phones in the U.K.,... Read more...
Just as soon as Facebook and Skype announced their major integration deal a few weeks back, Skype for Windows v5.5 Beta hit the download page. Now, the final version is here: Skype 5.5 for Windows is available for download, and based on user feedback since the June beta, there have been a number of updates that the company says warrant an upgrade. The Skype 5.5 for Windows update comes with a deeper Facebook integration. Without having to leave Skype, you can check out when your Facebook friends are online and instant message with them from the new Facebook Contacts Tab (located in between the Skype and Recent Contacts tabs). You can also view and update your Facebook status and even view comments... Read more...
Facebook, meet Skype. And Skype, you should probably meet Facebook. The two met in a major way today during a Facebook "Something Awesome" press event, where a grand total of three new Facebook features were introduced. One of those was a revamped design for chatting. Evidently, a good many of the 750 million Facebook users enjoy the chat function, and it was revamped today to scale properly and take better advantage of wider browsers. The next is a revamped group chat feature; Facebook's making it even easier to initiate group chat sessions, and they said that around half of the users participate in one way or another. But those are just the appetizers. The real news came with a partnership... Read more...
Skype may be Microsoft's baby now, but to be big, you've got to play with the rivals. Skype 2.0 has just launched with something special: video calling to Android phones. What's currently the fastest-growing mobile OS now has access to video chatting on the world's most popular VoIP client. Sounds like a match made in heaven. With the new version, users will be able to make and receive free2 1-to-1 video calls over Skype between their Android phone and other Skype contacts on the iPhone, Mac, Windows PCs and even TVs. Skype for Android with video works over Wi-Fi or 3G data connections and can be downloaded for free from the Android Market or Skype.com/m using any phone browser. In addition to... Read more...
Could it be true? Is Skype going to beat Facebook to the punch? Both of these high-profile apps have become somewhat infamous for not having official iPad apps yet, but it looks like Skype may on their way to winning the war out of the basement. Based on a leaked video, it looks like Skype has an app ready to rock on the larger iOS platform (there's already an iPhone version), and if this proves true, avid users of Skype will no longer have to 'double' the iPhone version on their iPad to actually use it. What's more, we can hope that there's a video chat angle on the way as well, and perhaps the contacts page will be a bit more robust with all of that extra screen real estate. There's still no... Read more...
Skype and Facebook. Facebook and Skype. They just go together, don't they? Like the cutest couple you ever did see, these two mega-corps are joining forces in order to bring deeper Facebook integration into Skype with version 5.5. It's a beta, currently out for Windows, allowing users to chat with Facebook friends directly from Skype, ‘Like’ and comment on Facebook statuses and more. You can now instant message your Facebook friends directly from Skype, helping you stay connected with the people that matter the most to you. Simply use the new Facebook contacts tab within Skype to see when a Facebook friend you want to chat with is online and then start an IM conversation right from... Read more...
Skype on the television isn't a brand new concept; chatting on your HDTV has been possible for some time now, but the partnerships to make it more mainstream than ever seem to be popping up far more rapidly now. Comcast has just announced a new deal that will enable their customers to communicate with family and friends through HD video calling on their television. They will soon be able to make and receive Skype video calls from their television, whether their friends and family use Skype on their home TVs, PCs, compatible smartphones or tablets. Neil Smit, President, Comcast Cable, talks big game, but he's pretty much dead-on: "Our unique relationship with Skype not only will change how our... Read more...
The world is still trying to figure out what it thinks about Skyping on their TV, but if you're willing to give it a try, Creative has a new device to do just that. The company has just announced the Live! Cam inPerson HD, an HD video/voice webcam that's specifically designed to handle Skype HD video calling. It's a rather large device, meant to perch atop a larger display (like a TV!) and enable HD-quality videochatting. It's equipped with an H.264 video encoding processor, a quad-mic array, noise-canceling technology and a pretty steep price tag. $149.99 is what it'll cost, so maybe those free Skype voice calls aren't so bad after all... Creative Introduces the Live!® Cam inPerson HD –... Read more...
Skype sure has hit it big. While there are dozens and dozens of VoIP calling applications, for some reason Skype's is the one that people flock to. Possibly being the first major one was what did it, but either way, the company seems to be growing in leaps and bounds, and the attention that they are getting doesn't seem to be slowing down. Now, a fresh Reuters report suggests that Google and Facebook are separately looking into a deal with Skype. In fact, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has reportedly "been involved in internal discussions about buying Skype." The one major feature that Facebook currently lacks is a real, trusted video chat app, and that's the kind of thing that Skype could deliver.... Read more...
If you've been following Skype closely, you may remember a unique security hole that was unearthed a few days ago. It caught quite a lot of tracking, and with around 30 million Skypers online each day, it's easy to understand why. Acting swiftly, Skype has just released a new version of Skype for Android into the Android Market, containing a fix to the vulnerability reported earlier. The company's encouraging people to download that update as soon as possible, for obvious reasons. They also stated that they had no reported examples of any 3rd party malicious application mis-using information from the Skype directory on Android devices, but they will continue to monitor closely the situation.... Read more...
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