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Tag Archives: VoIP

Skype Rolls Out Free Video Messaging Feature on All Platforms

Skype Video Messaging
Skype has unveiled a new video messaging feature that takes a page from 1986′s hit sci-fi flick 2001: A Space Odyssey. Just like David Bowman in the movie, users will now be able to send and receive video messages for free. The feature is available on all platforms, so it doesn’t matter if you’re using Skype on your laptop or on your iOS or Android mobile device.

It’s probably one feature you’ve always wanted, but never really knew you needed until Skype rolled it out. It’ll definitely come in handy when you want to leave contacts a message that you can’t really articulate properly or express fully using mere text alone.

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Superbeam USB Earbuds Are Boomless Binaural Recorders

By David Ponce

Let’s break that headline down a bit, shall we? The Superbeam USB earbuds from Andrea Electronics are primarily meant to be used with your computer while doing video calls. They are boomless, which means you won’t have that annoying microphone extend right in front of your mouth, making you look like a failed boy-band member. They are also binaural in that they will pick up your voice from both sides, rendering your sound in stereo. And they’re recorders because, well, they can record. In stereo. Without a boom.

There’s talk of neodymium drivers, noise cancellation, “adaptive beam forming” and other tech things that are meant to justify their $129 pricetag. Oh and an extra $10 for the accessory that would let you use them with a regular solo 3.5mm jack for audio only, since they have two plugs. It’s a lot of money to get rid of a boom but maybe not looking like Justin Timberlake on a conference call is worth that much to someone.

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Video VoIP Calling Comes To iPhone

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Somewhat old news here, but you should know that Apple has removed all restrictions that prohibited making Video VoIP calls on 3G networks using the iPhone. The iPhone SDK has also been modified in order to give developers access to the Video VoIP APIs. This means you can use either iCall or Fring (which supports Skype) to make Video VoIP calls on your device and the only catch is that your carrier must allow VoIP calls to work on 3G in addition to WiFi (good luck). While stability of video is an issue with both these apps, it’s still a welcome move by Apple.

Video calls are fun, make sure you try it out on your iPhone!

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VOIP Over 3G Coming To iPhone

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By Chris Scott Barr

It would appear that the forecast in Hell is cold and snowy. AT&T announced yesterday that they have officially decided to allow VOIP applications on the iPhone which use their 3G network. Yes, you did in fact read that correctly. You’ll be able to use a service such as Skype to make phone calls which don’t actually count towards your minutes.

They just informed Apple and the FCC of their decision yesterday, so don’t expect for apps to show up right away that take advantage of this. My biggest concern is how well AT&T is prepared for the extra load this is going to put on their network. It’s been proven time and again that their 3G network can be brought to its knees by a large gathering of iPhone users. Just imagine if they’re all using Skype for their calls.

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Star Trek VoIP/Skype Communicator Lets You Avoid Those Outrageous Federation Phone Bills

Star Trek VoIP/Skype Communicator (Images courtesy Everything USB)
By Andrew Liszewski

Obviously timed to cash-in on the resurgence Star Trek will be experiencing thanks to the upcoming movie, Dream Cheeky will be releasing a USB VoIP/Skype phone that’s a perfect replica of the communicators used on the original Star Trek TV series. Due out in April, the ‘phone’ is compatible with XP, Vista and OS X Tiger or greater, and comes with speakerphone, mute and volume control functions, as well as an assortment of Star Trek related sound bites like “Transporter room ready to beam up.” I have no pricing info at this time, but don’t expect it to break the bank.

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ShowStoppers Macworld: The Cheapest Way To Call Antarctica

By Evan Ackerman

ShowStoppers Macworld, which was the only selection of exhibitors I had a chance to see since I had to get my ass out to Vegas for CES, was kinda disappointing. There were perhaps 15 exhibitors in a room which felt the size of a small closet, and most of them were selling services of one type or another. We don’t generally like to write about services, mostly because they don’t tend to come with switches or buttons or LEDs or anything. But, there were two things that caught my eye:

Truphone is a VoIP company (i.e. works on the iPod touch) that specializes in cheap international calls. Much like Skype, Truphone users can call each other for free over the internet, and pay a little bit per minute to call regular phone numbers. Truphone bases its rates on your phone number and the number of the phone you’re calling, not your physical location. So, if you’re in Azerbaijan with your US based cellphone and you want to call your friend in the US, Truphone bills you for a US to US call. Downside is, if you’re in Azerbaijan and want to call across the street, it works the other way. What I found entertaining, though, is that Truphone has predefined call rates for Antarctica, which is not only not a country, but I’m not entirely sure that it HAS cell service, much less landlines. But if it does, $2 a minute is probably pretty damn cheap to call there.

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Panasonic KX-WP800 Skype Phone With FON Support

Panasonic KX-WP800 (Image courtesy TechRadar.com)
By Andrew Liszewski

Panasonic recently announced their KX-WP800 Skype phone and while it will currently only be available in Japan, let’s hope it will eventually be sold in other markets too. Besides the decent sized LCD color display, the 55 hours of standby and the 4.5 hours of talk time, the KX-WP800 includes built-in support for the FON wifi sharing network. So if you happen to be a FON user you can take the handset with you and it will automatically log onto any FON hotspots you come across, allowing you to make wifi calls.

The handset also includes a compact wifi router for setting up a FON hotspot in your home. But if you don’t feel like sharing your net connection, the handset will work just as well with other wifi networks as long as you have the necessary login info. At about $296 it’s definitely not cheap, but in the long run it could end up saving you money if you use it enough to offset your regular phone bill.

[ Panasonic KX-WP800 ] VIA [ TechRadar ]

Skype Travel Mouse

Portable Skype Travel Mouse (Image courtesy Gadget-usb.com)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you’re a heavy Skype user this travel mouse will slightly reduce the number of laptop accessories you have to carry while away from home. It’s a pretty basic 800dpi optical mouse, with two buttons and a scroll wheel but it’s the Skype features that set it apart.

First off there’s a 128×64 pixel LCD display on top which can display caller ID and other info. The mouse also slides open to reveal a standard numeric keypad, allowing you to answer a call or dial a number without having to use the computer it’s connected to. Of course if you feel stupid holding the mouse to your head to answer a call, it also has a hands free speakerphone option. And besides not looking stupid, it also allows you to use the computer while talking to someone.

You can find the Skype Travel Mouse at Gadget-usb.com for $42.50.

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MagicJack To Be The New Skype?

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By David Ponce

Well, hell, maybe not; once you’ve got Skype’s momentum, it’s hard to come into the scene and kick some ass. Still, MagicJack is a promising new VoIP service that rests its strategy on a USB dongle with a regular, analog phone jack on one end, and… well, a USB connector on the other. It’s supposed to be simple: plug the dongle in the computer and your regular phone in the jack. Wait 60 seconds (or minutes in a spyware infested PC) for the software to auto-install, and you’re ready to make phone calls with your house phone. If it works properly, it’s something we can see the elderly and the otherwise PC-challenged crowd getting into.

Pricing is rumored to be between $29 and $39, which includes the dongle and one year subscription to the service, with the plan costing $19 a year afterwards. This would give you unlimited calling in Canada and the US, though extra charges apply for other destinations.

Of course, $30 doesn’t beat free any day of the year, and with the immense installed base Skype already has, it’s going to be tough “killing” it. But we sure do wish them the best of luck.

Official launch is set for April ’07.

[ MagicJack Website ] VIA [ EverythingUSB ]