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A good bit of time has passed since Skype launched a dedicated application for Apple's iPhone OS. Last March, diehard VOIP users were elated to finally have their favorite calling program available with just a single finger tap, but one huge problem remained: you still needed a Wi-Fi hotspot in order to make or receive a call. Since that time,... Read more...
It's just a matter of time at this point: the whole world will be ditching the landline phone and Skyping before the next century. Not that we'll be around most likely to see if this pans out, but there's our wild stab at the future. Skype has already become to go-to choice for international calling, and it's already... Read more...
A sweeping change is hitting the mobile industry, and we're not just talking about 4G. It's VoIP, and it has been around for years in the PC world, but is just now gaining ground in the mobile world due to carrier's being reluctant to support it. Operators have long feared that enabling the use of Skype or any other... Read more...
For many consumers and even handset manufacturers, Windows Mobile has become an afterthought. Has it become the same for developers, as well? Skype, at least, seems to think so.Of course, Skype didn't really put it that way, but the implication in there. As of now, users can no longer download Skype Lite or Skype clients for Windows Mobile... Read more...
We're not sure this will help Samsung sell more TVs, but for what it's worth, Samsung this week announced that its new LED 7000 and 8000 series of 2010 HDTVs will come with embedded Skype software."Our consumers want their televisions to be a 'one-stop-shop' for entertainment and communication delivered with the highest quality," said Kevin... Read more...
A free Skype application is coming in late March that will allow Verizon Wireless customers with select phones and plans to make free calls via Skype. Under a deal announced at Mobile World Congress, users with one of nine compatible Verizon Wireless phones and a voice and data plan will be able to call or... Read more...
While AT&T long ago announced it was removing any restrictions on iPhone VOIP application on their network, Apple didn't follow suit. With the release of the latest, iPhone / iPad / iPod touch SDK, that restriction has been removed, and VOIP companies are jumping into the 3G pool.  iCall was the first VOIP company to announce 3G support... Read more...
Skype has done a lot to revolutionize the way we communicate; there's hardly any arguing that. But largely the service has remained the same for years now. It's a VoIP system, and while it has arrived on new devices (like the iPhone), not much has changed in terms of functionality. Until this week. From CES in Las Vegas, Skype has announced... Read more...
The overall use of Bluetooth headsets may be trending downward (c'mon, you can admit that it never really was an awesome idea to begin with), but one name isn't apt to vanish from the niche anytime soon. Plantronics has been a mainstay in the BT headset market for years now, and with personal headset purchases on the... Read more...
Ah, the videophone. Is it a dying breed, or simply a wonderful gadget being introduced too far ahead of its time. After seeing Verizon's Hub launch and then fall flat shortly thereafter, we're guessing it's the former. Frankly, hardly anyone has time these days to sit down and take a call at home, so we definitely don't have time to sit down,... Read more...
eBay on Tuesday announced the sale of 65% of its Skype Internet calling division to a group of private investors. The price: $1.9 billion. The private investors included Silver Lake and a new VC firm run by the Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen, Andreessen Horowitz, as well as London-based Index Ventures and the Canada Pension Plan. The... Read more...
Recently, it was reported that the founders of Skype, Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, were attempting to buy the company back from eBay. They can forget about that, however. eBay announced on Tuesday it will spin off Skype into its own company, beginning with an IPO in the first half of 2010. They said, however, that: Specific timing of... Read more...
AT&T Wireless has backtracked on changes to its Terms of Service (TOS), which were modified earlier in the week in such a way as to pretty much gimp anything from SlingPlayer to Skype, and more.As noted by the Public Knowledge Policy Blog, the changes (in bold) were: This means, by way of example only, that checking email, surfing the... Read more...
The rumors were true! Skype for iPhone lives, and it could hardly be better. iPhone and iPhone 3G users have long struggled to get Skype capabilities on their cellphone, and while a few third-party alternatives are out there, none of them true excelled at connecting individuals via VoIP. Today, Skype has proudly announced that Skype for iPhone... Read more...
Skype may be announcing an application for the iPhone next week at the CTIA tradeshow in Las Vegas, claims tech blogger Om Malik of GigaOM. A few months ago, Om Malik asked Skype CEO Josh Silverman when the company was going to launch an iPhone version of the P2P voice and IM service that is available for other platforms. Silverman simply... Read more...
The world's favorite VoIP calling application is making a beeline for your next Nokia handset, and believe it or not, that's perfectly okay with Nokia. During last week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Skype and Nokia teamed up to jointly announced a new partnership that would bring the planet's "leading Internet communications experience... Read more...
ASUS Makes Available World's First Skype Certified Standalone Videophone Developed in Partnership with Skype, the Eee Videophone AiGuru SV1 Enables Free Unlimited Video Calls without the Need for a Computer Taipei, Taiwan and LUXEMBOURG – ASUS today made available the world’s first Skype Certified videophone dedicated to unlimited video calling... Read more...
Look out Skype there's a new player in town.  A new low cost VoIP service, GizmoCall, launched earlier this week. GizmoCall is Flash-based, requires no download, is cross platform, and, like many VoIP services, offers a combination of free and low-cost calling. The allure of GizmoCall, however, is what it includes for free.... Read more...
The folks over at Skype are hoping that you want to be a beta tester. Starting today, Skype 4.0 Beta 1 for Windows goes into public beta, and there are a number of significant changes in the new version. The most noticeable transformation from the existing client to the new beta is a much lager default video window for video calls. (Skype... Read more...
On Monday Skype, announced new subscription plans that allow flat-rate unlimited calling to 34 countries. It should be noted that for Skype defines unlimited as 10,000 minutes / month; after that standard fees apply.  Of course, 10,000 minutes equates to about 5 hours a day, so what the heck?The company said it was offering unlimited... Read more...
For those of you skinnies, meaning owners of PSP-2000s, Skype for the PSP has arrived.  For you fatties, sorry.  The program needs the extra memory of the PSP-2000.As well as enabling free calls between users, Skype will allow PSP owners to send and receive voice and text messages, and make paid for calls to landlines and mobile... Read more...
Ah yes, as technology advances, so do surveillance techniques.  So this should surprise no one - should it?Classified documents from September 2007, leaked last week by the German political "Pirate Party," show one particular system that Bavarian police could have in place by February, and its high operating cost.The system, provided... Read more...
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