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No press release yet, but with CES upcoming companies are "slipping out" details on CES-specific pages on their websites. Sony is no different, and it looks like, according to their site, that Skype is finally coming to the PSP. Details are scarce at the moment (i.e., nonexistent), but the company makes clear mention of a Skype client for the handheld game system on its CES 2008 promo site, which is pretty official -- though we're gonna hold our breath a little till we see a press release. Of course, until there's a press release, they could always pull back on this (editing the page would be so easy!), but at least for now it looks like PSPs are finally going to get VoIP functionality.... Read more...
Today Skype and UK wireless carrier 3 announced the 3 Skypephone, a new mobile phone that allows Skype users to make free Skype to Skype calls while at the same time also functioning as a normal cell phone."Skype is now truly mobile. This new handset is incredibly easy to use and lets you make free mobile Skype calls to other Skype users all over the world no matter where they are," said Michael van Swaaij, acting chief executive at Skype. "Skype began by offering free PC-to-PC calling and now we are doing the same for mobile calls with 3."The phone will be available in stores on November 2, but is currently available for pre-order.  The phone will be free with a contract.... Read more...
Straight out of Silicon Valley, and perhaps a Skype Exec's worst nightmare, a new startup calling itself Ooma is planning to offer a $399 device that will allow users to make unlimited free calls.  Unlike Skype, which made its debut on computers before moving on to telephone-like devices, Ooma is simply a box that will sit between your phone and your broadband connection.  Here's how it works:“Users plug a white machine smaller than a macaroni-and-cheese box between their home's broadband connection and a primary telephone. They can connect a secondary phone using an Ooma "Scout," to cost $39 each. The system relies on a patent-pending software code, but executives won't provide what they consider... Read more...
No, it wasn't a bad Windows Update patch that caused the massive Skype outage that started last Thursday and continued into the weekend.  It was the semi-synchronized massive reboot across the globe, which exposed a bug in the Skype Code. On Thursday, 16th August 2007, the Skype peer-to-peer network became unstable and suffered a critical disruption. The disruption was triggered by a massive restart of our users’ computers across the globe within a very short timeframe as they re-booted after receiving a routine set of patches through Windows Update. The high number of restarts affected Skype’s network resources. This caused a flood of log-in requests, which, combined with the... Read more...
After troubles that caused users to be unable to log in to the peer-to-peer VoIP service for up to two days over this weekend, it looks like Skype has ironed out their software issue.What exactly was the problem?  Other than knowing that it’s allegedly software related, Skype has been awfully tightlipped about the origin of the difficulty other than to say that they’d be releasing information today: “The company, a division of online auction company eBay Inc., said it would explain what caused the problem in more detail Monday.” The fact that they’re being so hush-hush about the issue might indicate that they may have done something embarrassing.  What do you think happened?... Read more...
Skype isn’t commenting just yet on the major outage that has befallen the service.  Since the trouble began, Skype has ceased allowing users to download the client while they iron out what is believed to be a software issue.The problem started late on the 15th, when both log-in and connectivity issues struck the Skype.  Current estimates are anywhere from 12-24 hours before complete restoration of all services. “In an update on its Heartbeat page last night, Skype said the outage was caused by a "software issue" and expects the problem "to be resolved within 12 to 24 hours."The company also said that downloads of Skype have been temporarily disabled and that users should simply leave their... Read more...
When eBay bought Skype a while back, I rushed out and picked up a few share of eBay because it just felt like a natural fit.  With Skype's ever-popular and amazing VOIP client technology taking off like a rocket, it just seemed like a total home-run for eBay to integrate that functionality into their goliath-sized online auction services, giving buyers and sellers an opportunity to speak directly regarding transactions and deals.  The stock made a nice run and I punched out quickly with a tidy gain on the smallish investment I made.   Now, Niklas Zennstroem, co-founder of both Kazaa and Skype has his eyes on another prize. Bring it Nik, bring it my man...   ... Read more...
All kinds of goodies are showing up at this week's Consumer Electronics Show. Ars technica takes a look at Nokia's improvement on their 770 Internet tablet, the N800. The most impressive new features for the N800 were the video streaming and GPS capabilities. Using a wireless router, the N800 was able to play video streamed from a PC and act as a remote control to control video played on another device. GPS functionality comes courtesy of the Nokia Navigation Kit, which has been available in Europe for a few months now. Developed by Navicore, the GPS unit connects to the N800 via Bluetooth with the maps stored on an SD card. The interface... Read more...
Skype, which has popularized Web telephone calling, on Monday marked progress in extending its low-cost calling services beyond computers to new types of phones. At the Consumer Electronics Show here, Skype, a unit of online auctioneer eBay Inc., said it was introducing 12 new phones and related phone accessories in conjunction with telecommunications equipment suppliers. The models include a dual-mode phone from Netgear Inc., the SPH200D, which enables users to place and receive both traditional phone calls and Skype Internet calls from a single cordless handset. The device connects both to a standard telephone wall jack and a broadband Internet router. Unlike many existing Skype-ready phones... Read more...
TeleSky and 60 SkypeOut Minutes Now Available With Purchase of Two New ASUS Motherboards Taipei, Taiwan, - ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (ASUS), the worldwide leader of motherboards, today announced that the ASUS TeleSkyTM telecom adaptor will now be included in the package of the M2N/TeleSkyTM and P5B/TeleSkyTM motherboards. The TeleSkyTM telecom adaptor converts ordinary house phones into multi-functional SkypeTM phones. It is a highly integrated application for traditional PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) and Skype VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) calls. The Skype VoIP system enables users to make free calls online or to dial low-cost calls to external landline and mobile phone numbers... Read more...
IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Broadcom Corporation, a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced that the Broadcom(R) Wi-Fi(R) phone platform now supports Skype(TM) software and will be available to consumers in new Wi-Fi phone handsets from Buffalo. In the past, Skype users needed a PC to make Skype calls. Now, with the availability of wireless Internet phones, users can make calls at open Wi-Fi access points all over the world without being tied to a PC. "A Wi-Fi phone is more flexible and useful than a traditional analog phone because it uses Internet Protocol (IP) as the underlying technology and can communicate with other... Read more...
SteamCast Networks, creator of the Morpheus file-swapping software, has filed a lawsuit naming Kazaa, Skype Technologies and its founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, among others, as defendants. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in the Central District of California, claims that StreamCast owns the technology underlying Internet calling provider Skype. Zennstrom and Friis are also the developers behind file-swapping software Kazaa. StreamCast and Kazaa have argued in the past over software licensing fees.... Read more...
Epox EP-9NPA+ SLI Motherboard @ pcstats.com: "The Epox 9NPA+ SLI supports any current and future socket 939 AMD Athlon64 processor and is based on the Nvidia nForce4 SLI chipset with support for up to 4GB of PC3200 DDR memory. The Epox EP-9NPA+SLI motherboard adds on to this capability with an on board PCI Express-based Silicon Image SiI3132 Serial ATA II controller. The SIS SiI3132 supports two additional Serial ATA II channels, and thanks to port multiplier capabilities it can accommodate up to 30 SATA HDDs (fifteen on each port) with an appropriate port-multiplier device." Saitek Eclipse Illuminated Keyboard @ SystemCooling: "You're the self proclaimed King of Bling. You have... Read more...
LG LRY-517 VCR/DVD Recorder Combo Review @ Designtechnica: "The LG LRY517 Super-Multi DVD recorder not only raises the bar for stand-alone DVD recorders, but with the integrated VCR and memory card slots, it runs away with it. Whether you are transferring old family movie tapes to DVDs, copying new digital camcorder recordings to DVD, recording your favorite TV programs, or displaying photos or DviX movies from a memory card or CD, the LRY517 will be the tool of choice. " Biostar's iDEQ 330P small form factor system @ The Tech Report: "Biostar's iDEQ 330P is the latest small form factor system to offer something a little different. Based on a 939-pin Athlon 64 socket and NVIDIA... Read more...
Lian Li V1000 review @ ShinyNewToys.com: "I'm torn. In some ways, this is the best case I've ever worked inside: it's sexy, it's roomy, it's sturdy, and it's easy to use. On the other hand, there are some issues that limit its flexibility..." Logitech Z-2300 THX Certified 2.1 Speaker System Review @ FutureLooks: "In this day and age of 5.1 speakers and surround sound, is there still a place for a set of top end 2.1 speakers that can rock your world? Of course there is! For the music lovers everywhere, 2.1 is where it's at, and we check out Logitech's top drawer offering to see if they are up to task." HIS X850XT IceQ II Turbo @ Viperlair: "The HIS X850XT IceQ II Turbo did well... Read more...
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