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Friday, January 13, 2012

Skype Releases New Beta for Mac

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:00 AM

"Skype has released a new beta for Mac users today that brings an enhanced call UI and more features. Call quality and stabilization improvements have also been introduced."

You can download the beta version here, and what's not to like about this update?

Tags: software, beta, skype, os x, 5.5

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Free Wi-Fi From Skype

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 02:00 PM

"‘Tis the season for stressful airport experiences, and Skype wants to make sure you at least have Wi-Fi as you brave crowded security lines and delayed flights."

And in the spirit of giving, Skype will be running a promotion starting Wednesday that gives travelers free Wi-Fi access and over 50 US airports. All you need is a Skype account, then log in at any of the airports that are participating and you have free Wi-Fi. This ends on December 27th 2011 but is certainly going to be handy for those traveling through the Christmas holidays.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Skype for iPad is Here

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 10:05 AM

"Finally! After a false start earlier this morning, Skype has finally rolled out their long waited for native iPad app."

Free download and now you can Skype from your iPad 2. You can use it on your original iPad, but you can only receive video not send. It can also be used on your other various iOS devices, such as your iPhone 4. For the full description and system requirements, check it out at the App Store.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Skype 5.2 for Mac OS X Released

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:00 AM

"Skype has released a new version of its video calling application for Mac OS X. Version 5.2 includes features such as group video calls (already present in the earlier version) and new screen sharing for its premium members."

You can download the latest version here, and if you want to use some of the more advanced features such as group calling, at least one of you will have to subscribe at a rate between $4.99 USD to $8.99 USD per month. With this version you can also show documents and make presentations to the group. Skype also has several offers, including 25% off their Premium Service, which you can access here.

Tags: software, skype, 5.2, os x

Friday, March 25, 2011

Design Skype's Mac Client Interface and Win a Prize

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 03:00 AM

"Skype has launched a design contest for the interface on its Mac client. "Create the new Skype for Mac chat style" is aimed at tapping into the design power inherent in the Mac community, and the company is offering prizes that include a MacBook Air, several iPad 2s, and some Apple TVs."

The countdown for phase one is on and in 14 days you can submit your entries. If you are curious about how much time you have, just go to the page Skype set up for just that purpose! More info can be found at the Skype contest page so best get with it, you have less than 15 days!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Skype 5 For Mac Now Available

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 07:00 AM

"Skype 5 for Mac left beta today, bringing with it new group video chat features, improvements, and a new design. The development team behind Skype for Mac listened to user concerns and complaints, which were numerous, and made changes to the final version accordingly."

There have been a lot of complaints about the new interface, but I personally like it. Yes, it's larger than the last version of Skype for Mac, but they've made significant changes since the beta, and I'm sure it'll only get better. I especially like the integration with Address Book (rather than the Address Book import from the last version) and the return of full screen video calling. Since I never plan on using the group video feature, I'm not really concerned that it's now a pay service. What do you think of Skype 5?

Tags: software, skype

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Skype, Version 3.0, Provides Video Conferencing for iPod Touch and iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 12:00 PM

"Skype unleashed version 3.0 of the Skype App for iOS this evening. The new version brings the long awaited video conferencing for iPhone and iPod Touch."

Skype is free in iTunes [link] and now even better with the addition of Skype to Skype video calls via WiFi and 3G. Two way video supported on the iPhone 4, 3GS and even iPod Touch 4th generation so that is a bonus. You can even use the video feature between desktop machines. I don't use Skype, but it's slick that you can now do video calling with a 3GS.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Make Your iPod Touch Into a VoIP Phone Without Jailbreaking!

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple iPods" @ 04:30 PM

"The latest iPhone and iPod touch are nearly identical devices, ignoring the pesky reality that the latter isn't a phone. We can fix that. Here's how to turn your iPod touch into a viable (and cheaper) iPhone alternative out of the box."

Looking for a way to reduce your mobile phone bills? Without jailbreaking, it is easy to turn your iPod Touch (and a headset) into a VoIP phone, assuming that you have a WiFi connection when needed. Skype (free if using skype-to-skype) and Line2 (formerly available mainly to jailbreakers, free app, $10/month cost) are good options, as is Fring. All provide good connections with a good WiFi signal. And, of course, SIP apps work as well.

Downsides? Skyping works well within Skype (skype-to-skype), but if you want (or need) a real phone number, it's not free. Line2 is a solid app, but needs to be running in the background, otherwise calls go to voice mail. A $10 monthly fee includes unlimited calling in the US and Canada, and is quite reasonably when compared to carrier post-paid costs.

No WiFi or in a car? You'll need a cellular data plan (and hardware) like Verizon's MiFi or Sprint's Overdrive: a small box that provides an instant hot-spot for about $60 per month for 5GB of data. Coverage is good, but this is a good alternative only if you make a lot of mobile calls (and of course use the cellular data).

Real World results? In a test while cruising the LA freeway system using a MiFi box, VoIP call quality was better than native iPhone calls, lag was more noticeable, dropped calls were about the same, but dropped much less gracefully than native iPhone calls. Overall, pretty equivalent. A downside here: yet another gadget to carry around, and the MiFi battery doesn't have a very long life. Don't forget the power cord.

The article also mentions Siphon SIP/VoIP for jailbroken iPod Touches. Similar to Fring, but better iOS integration.

I can see this technology being invaluable for international travel, to avoid those $120 phone calls.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Fring Shuts Down Skype Support on all Mobile Platforms

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 08:30 AM

"Last week Fring launched a client for the iPhone that allows two-way video calling over the 3G data network, but it seems that Fring has overloading problems like we often see on AT&T and Fring had to take actions to shut off support for Skype for all Fring users."

Fring Logo

Just last week, we reported that a recent update to Fring for the iPhone 4 would allow users to use the front facing camera to make Skype calls. The service was apparently so popular that it overloaded Fring's servers and their ability to provide service to Fring users. In response, they have shut down support for Skype in all mobile versions of Fring, including the iPhone 4 app. Fring to Fring video calling will still work, but for now, Skype to Skype over Fring will no longer work. Was anybody using Skype support on Fring, and if so, what was the experience like? And will this encourage you to use Fring to Fring calls, or will you just wait for them to turn Skype access back on?

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Stuck in the Airport? Have Some Free Skype

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 09:00 AM

"Airports are wonderful places, aren't they? Everyone is friendly, the seats are comfortable, the prices reasonable, and the food delicious. I love hanging around airports. I relish the time between connecting flights, and I have been known to pack my bags and drive to the nearest international airport just to hang out and pretend I'm waiting for a flight."

Obviously he is delusional, but if you find yourself stuck in the airport over the next two days, Skype wants to make it a little easier on you by offering free service at any of sites, which number over 100,000. This ends at 23:59GMT on Friday April 23rd, 2010. If you are stuck, check it out at Skype.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Skype 2.8 Update Released

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:00 AM

"Today Skype went public with its 2.8 software for Mac. While many of us have been using 2.8Beta for months now, this is the first chance mainstream users will be able to use Skype 2.8."

The beta version has been out for a few months but now the "real" version has been released. They have improved the sound and video quality, and you can now share what is on your screen over a free call. No more describing what you are seeing, just show it. I haven't used Skype much over the couple of years, mainly since I've moved to strictly Xbox 360 gaming from the PC I used to use. I can definitely see advantages to using it, especially with this update. Anyone out there already using the beta version? If so, how has it been working for you?

Monday, April 6, 2009

Skype Restriction Violating Federal Law?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 10:00 AM

"Since its release on Tuesday, Skype for iPhone has been downloaded more than a million times-that's a rate of six downloads a second, according to the company. All this despite the fact the software only works via the iPhone's Wi-Fi connection, and not AT&T's 3G network. That restriction has angered some, who have argued that the practice is anti-competitive. Those allegations have been turned up a notch now, as the Wall Street Journal reports that an Internet advocacy group called Free Press has asked the Federal Communications Commission to investigate whether or not the restriction is in violation of federal law."

Freepress, which is an Internet advocacy group, has asked the FCC to investigate Skype for the restriction. The claim is that it is a violation of the FCC's Internet Policy Statement. Freepress posted their letter, in which they ask the FCC to confirm that mobile internet access falls under same guidelines as traditional broadband Internet. The U.S. isn't the only country that has companies that are restricting use of a 3G network. T-Mobile in Germany is restricting VoIP usage to 3G, with an added restriction on the use of some of it's own Wi-fi networks.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Skype Arrives With Some Limitations

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 10:00 AM

Well, the day has come. Shortly after hell froze over, Skype's app for the iPhone was released. It's actually pretty cool and the voice quality is on par with what you'd get from the desktop version of skype. The screen grab above is from an active call I made after installing it this morning, and as you can see it bears more than a passing resemblance to the iPhone's built-in phone app. Not too shabby, right?

There are limitations, though. You can't initiate a conference call from the iPhone, you can't make calls over anything but WiFi (thanks AT&T, really), and you can't send files or use the integrated SMS like the desktop client offers (again, thanks AT&T). The biggest limitation, of course, is that it won't run in the background. As Ptyork from the forums pointed out, without that, your chances of realtime call notification are basically nill unless the push notification system is super fast. Guess that one we'll just have to wait and see on.

Overall, it's worth a download if you use Skype regularly. Just the amount of outgoing calls I make make this one worth having in the ole toolkt.

(One slight clarification; yesterday when I used the term rumor, I meant the release date not the actual app!)

Monday, March 30, 2009

Rumor: Skype for iPhone Lands Tomorrow

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 11:00 AM

"Months after teasing us at CES with an announcement of Skype's native VoIP client for the iPhone, the free Skype for iPhone will finally be available to download from the iTunes App Store sometime on Tuesday. We got a chance to sit down with the application's principal engineer before the announcement was made at CTIA 2009, to see Skype for iPhone do its thing"

I'm kind of excited about this one. I have friends in London and Israel that I use Skype to talk to; this would make that process a whole lot more convenient seeing as I won't have to be tethered to a computer to talk. I was going to invest in one of those Skype phones, but frankly, they're all grossly overpriced. Tomorrow should be an interesting day for Skype fans!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

SkypeCap for Mac 1.0 Released

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 04:00 PM

"Have you ever wanted to save your Skype sessions so that you could see or hear them again later or share them with someone else? Now you can with SkypeCap! Have you ever missed information during a session and wish that you had a rewind button? Now you do with SkypeCap!"

I've used Audio Hijack Pro for this for years, but one of the hardest part of doing a podcast is recording the Skype call itself. This seems to take the voodoo mumbo-jumbo out of it, but it's a hair pricey at $39.99.

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