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Skype to Break Language Barriers with ‘Skype Translator’

Posted in Skype by Tam Yue on May 30th, 2014

Skype translatorNeed to have a Skype video conference with someone overseas that doesn’t speak your language? In the near future this will be no problem because Skype has come up with Skype Translator, as it is being called for now.

The technology was demonstrated at the Recode Code Conference in California on Tuesday night. In the demonstration the two people on the Skype video call spoke different languages, one German speaking and the other English speaking. As we don’t know German very well here, the translator technology appeared work excellent. The conversation they had was not a simple one either. They discussed their plans to move to London and went into details about sight-seeing, moving with kids and different neighborhoods.

Each person takes their turn to speak and then there’s a short pause while Skype Translator translates what was said. It would send it …

Skype for Android is here

Posted in Skype by Conner Flynn on October 5th, 2010

Android users have been waiting for this for a long time and now Skype is finally offering Skype for a wide range of Android phones. Android users just need to go to skype.com/m and follow the instructions there.

You can make Skype-to-Skype calls of course, and users will be able to send and receive IMs as, one-to-one, or in a group chat. You can also call phones using Skype Credit over Wi-Fi or 3G. If you are already a Skype user, you’ll see your full contact list when you sign into your account on your Android phone.

Skype to unveil group video calling

Posted in Skype by Conner Flynn on May 5th, 2010

Ahh, look at that. Skype has made another grandma happy as yet another child tries to move slowly away and escape. Well, Skype is about to get even better. Next week, they will be rolling out a public beta of Group Video Calling that will connect you with up to four friends, for free. Get ready for some long distance partying. And some extra boring business while looking at some extra co-workers

The feature will be available only to Windows PC users initially, but a Mac version will arrive later this year. By that time it may no longer be free, but we will see. Skype does say that it plans to charge for the feature within the next three or four months.

Samsung LED 7000 and 8000 TVs get Skype

Posted in Samsung,Skype by Shane McGlaun on February 26th, 2010

Anger over the high price of Samsung 3D glasses aside, the firm makes some cool products. Samsung and Skype have announced that the Samsung LED 7000 and 8000 HDTVs are getting a new feature.

Skype video and voice calling has been added to the feature list in Korea already and will come to other parts of the world in the first half of 2010. To make video calls you will need the ISS FREETALK TV camera.

Verizon Smartphones get unlimited Skype-to-Skype calling

Posted in Skype by Conner Flynn on February 16th, 2010

Starting next month, nine Verizon smartphones with accompanying 3G plans will be able to make unlimited Skype-to-Skype calls and call out to regular phones internationally at a reduced rate.

Sounds like great news at first, but the problem is, you can’t call Skype out to regular lines domestically to save minutes. On AT&T, the fring iPhone app allows Skype-out calling. When will Verizon allow domestic Skype-out?

FaceVsion announces TouchCam N1 Skype HD webcam

Posted in Skype by Conner Flynn on January 9th, 2010

FaceVsion, along with dropping the “i” from it’s name is now introducing its first Skype HD-ready TouchCam N1 webcam. It comes packing an embedded H.264 video compression chip to help with 720p video streaming, and it also includes dual unidirectional mics to make sure that the video has some quality audio to go along with it.

It may not be the most stylish design, but you can expect this one to be available next month for just $99. Don’t need a mic? Then it will only cost you $69.

Skype does 720p, makes the leap to LG and Panasonic HDTVs

Posted in Skype by Conner Flynn on January 5th, 2010

Skype has some interesting news: Looks like they are all about better video quality, with new HD webcams and software support. Even bigger news is that they’re teaming up with LG and Panasonic for Skype-enabled HDTVs. Yes skype will now be starring on HDTVs.

Skype 4.2 beta can achieve video quality of 1280 x 720 resolution at 30fps. There’s also a line of HD webcams with video encoding and processing onboard. There are two versions from each manufacturer: FaceVision has one with and one without a microphone for $100 and $70. In Store has the Freetalk Pro for $120 and the Freetalk Pro Plus for $140.

Skype USB Communicator

Posted in Skype by Conner Flynn on July 29th, 2009

Skype USB CommunicatorSkype meets Star Trek(Sort of) with this communicator from Polycom. The device lets you talk hands-free. The C100S USB Speakerphone for Skype features two high-quality microphones that will give you excellent range in group conversations and eliminates pesky echoes and feedback.

It connects via USB and does double duty as a speaker if you want to listen to music. You can even pick up or hangup without using a mouse. So free your hands! They have been enslaved long enough.

Skype application officially available on the App Store

Posted in Skype by Shane McGlaun on March 31st, 2009

skype-logo-sbSkype has been around for a while and started out as a PC application that allowed users to call each other for free over the Internet. Later Skype gained the ability to call landline and mobile numbers for a per minute rate. Yesterday we mentioned that Skype was coming to the iPhone today.

Skype officially announced this morning that the application is now on the App Store for download. The app adds all of the features that users of the desktop application know and love including free Skype-to-Skype calls, the ability to call landlines and mobile numbers for a fee, IM, and a personal Skype number.

Skype coming to iPhone Tuesday, BlackBerry in May

Posted in Skype by Conner Flynn on March 30th, 2009

Skype coming to iPhone Tuesday, BlackBerry in MayLooks like Skype is coming to the iPhone on Tuesday, and to BlackBerry devices in May. There have been plenty of Skype-capable apps for the iPhone, but the quality can’t beat the official Skype App that doesn’t require the extra audio transcoding workaround required by the unofficial apps.

The Skype app only works over WiFi (not over EDGE or 3G) and supports calls to SkypeOut contacts, plus it features many of the other features from the desktop client. iPod touch owners will need earphones with an embedded mic for talking.

Star Trek VoIP/Skype communicator

Posted in Skype by Conner Flynn on February 5th, 2009

Star Trek VoIP/Skype communicatorIt’s no coincidence that there’s a new Trek movie just as Dream Cheeky will be releasing a USB VoIP/Skype phone in the form of geek gold: A replica of the communicators used on the original Star Trek TV series.

The phone is compatible with XP, Vista and OS X Tiger or greater, and you’ll get speakerphone, mute and volume control functions, plus the usual Star Trek sounds. Stuff like, “Transporter room ready to beam up”. It’s due out in April, but we don’t have any pricing info yet. Should be affordable though.

Skype 4.0 for Windows debuts

Posted in Skype by Shane McGlaun on February 4th, 2009

Skype 4.0Skype was among the first free software products to allow users to make and receive free phone calls over the Internet from other Skype users. As the product matured, it added the ability to be able to make calls to non-Skype users at low per minute charges compared to cellular or long distance plans.

Skype announced this week that its latest software version 4.0 is now available for download. The new version offers face-to-face video calling that makes it easier to start video calls and allows calls to be viewed full screen.

Buffalo keyboard & Skype phone combo

Posted in Keyboards,Skype by Conner Flynn on January 25th, 2008

Buffalo keyboard & Skype phone
With the BKBU-SKJ109/SV Buffalo keyboard and built-in Skype phone, you’ll have everything you need to communicate with the outside world right at your fingertips. This would be a great addition to any evil villains HQ, whether your mind is on the business of the day or taking over the world by night.(Though you might look a tad dorky on the phone as it looks a bit like a toy.)

The receiver is Skype certified, so it’s pretty much ready to go. You just need Skype on your machine and the appropriate software. The downside, as mentioned earlier is that the set is pretty small. I know they didn’t want to make the keyboard larger then necessary, but it is a bit funny looking. That’s okay though, once you take over the world, no one will laugh. Until then just tell yourself size doesn’t matter.

Skype on PSP delayed in Japan

Posted in News,PSP,Skype,Sony by Darrin Olson on January 23rd, 2008

Sony delayed launch of Skype for the PSPSony is only days away from releasing the availability of Skype on the PSP and the company has released an announcement saying that the January 24th launch will be delayed. In particular, Sony officials said that the microphone products they’ve created for the PSP to go along with the Skype service are what is causing the problem.

Both the Single Pack and the Double Pack microphones did not meet Skype’s specifications, and instead of going on without them Sony is going to hold up the whole works. A new solution and a new launch date for the Skype service and microphones for the PSP are being “sought after” and will be announced at a later time.

The good news is that this delay so far seems limited to Japan. It’s strange that they would come to this conclusion only a day before the launch. Are the microphones for Japan customers different and not up to standard while the microphones for the U.S. are acceptable, or is there some other force in Japan that doesn’t like the idea of free mobile VoIP minutes?

CES 2008

Belkin’s new Desktop Internet Phone for Skype

Posted in Belkin,CES 2008,Skype,Telephones by Conner Flynn on January 8th, 2008

Belkin’s new Desktop Internet Phone for Skype
Belkin introduced it’s new Desktop Internet Phone for Skype, which allows you to make free Skype Internet calls without having to turn on your computer. That’s something I would make some desk space for. It’s simple to setup and easy to use and brings the Skype experience to more people and at an affordable price.

It will be available in March 2008 in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia. The price is $99 U.S.