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Skype for Linux gets an update after almost 15 months

Proving how much it cares about those people who use its app on Linux, Skype has released version 2.2 for Linux. Don't run towards the champagne though, as this is still a beta version, and, as its minor revision number implies, isn't the much-awaited big new version that achieves feature parity with its Windows and Mac brethren. It's only been what, almost 15 months since the last Skype b...

Skype 5.3 for Windows released, improves mobile video call quality

Version 5.3 of Skype for Windows has just been released, with the main emphasis of the new release being improved call quality, and the quality of video received by mobile Skype users. Presumably one party of the video call must be using Skype for Windows 5.3, though. Beyond improved call quality, not much has changed. You can now see your friends' presence icons when contact cards are colla...

Fring brings group video calling to iPhone and Android with new beta

Fring, the perennial thorn in the side of Skype and other VoIP apps on the mobile platform, has now brought group video calling to the table in its latest beta. Having been the first to launch video calling on the iPhone, fring's limited beta is available for both iPhone and Android devices, and brings free video calls with up to four people in a mosaic layout as show to the right. According to ...

Adobe Flash Player 10.3 beta 2 and AIR 2.7 beta released for download

Adobe's just let fly its latest beta of Flash Player bringing it to 10.3 beta 2. The update brings stability increases and bug fixes, as well as all the new features from the beta 1 release earlier this month. Adobe has also brought its AIR runtime up to speed with the latest developments in Flash, releasing Adobe AIR 2.7 beta for your downloading pleasure. AIR 2.7 adds support for Adobe Sit...

Skype for Mac updates to 5.1 with active speaker focus

Skype for Mac got an update yesterday bringing it to version 5.1. The recommended upgrade allows for easier group calling thanks to the ability to focus in on active speakers within a conference call. You can now dial recently called numbers direct from the dial pad too, which should speed up calls to frequently used numbers or contacts. A call quality feedback mechanism has also been added that c...

Google Voice comes to Sprint customers, no app or porting required

Google has made a pair of announcements concerning a tighter partnership with Sprint in the U.S. First, the Nexus S has arrived on Sprint's 4G network. Second, the two companies have worked together to deliver a seamless, app-free Google Voice experience to Sprint customers. Current Sprint users can now make a painless switch to Google Voice. No number porting is required -- existing Sprint ...

GNU Project begins work on totally free Skype alternative

The GNU Project has begun laying the groundwork for another piece of "Free as in Freedom" software. This time, the group has its sights set on developing a Skype alternative which rivals the original in ease of use and functionality. Dubbed GNU Free Call, the program will rely on a "self-aware, meshed calling network" to deliver secure, anonymous VoIP. The GNU SIP Witch server will provide the ...

Flash Player 10.3 beta released with enhanced privacy controls, VoIP tools and analytics

Adobe's just let loose Flash Player 10.3 beta for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, featuring a few new talents ready for developers to take advantage. First up we've got 'Acoustic Echo Cancellation,' which aims to aid voice conferencing by implementing noise suppression, voice activity detection, automatic gain control for volume level compensation, and of course, acoustic echo cancellation. Ad...

Skype rolling out ads in desktop app

Skype has announced a new change to its desktop app, but this particular feature addition isn't about functionality, it's about monetization. Yes, advertisements are coming to Skype. On the upside, they'll only appear on the Skype Home tab -- so they won't get in the way of your actual chat sessions. The blog post also states that only the U.S., U.K., and Germany will be seeing ads initially...

FaceTime hits the Mac App Store for 99c

Apple has just released FaceTime for OS X onto the Mac App Store. The app will take advantage of the 'built-in FaceTime HD camera' or any other iSight-equipped Intel Mac, to bring you Mac-to-Mac and Mac-to-iPhone 4 (or latest generation iPod touch) video calling over Wi-Fi. It supports up to 720p video for those soon to be released Macs sporting fancy new FaceTime HD cameras, or standard VGA fo...

Facebook Messenger iPhone app lets you voice chat with your friends

Vivox offers a Facebook app which allows you to voice chat with your friends as you browse the site from your desktop, but what about while you're out and about? A mobile option would be nice, too. That's what the developers at Crisp App think, too, and its iPhone app lets you do just that. Grab Facebook Messenger for $2.99 in the App Store, and you'll have a convenient way to voice chat with ...

Adobe Connect 8 gains XMPP support via chat pod extension

Adobe Connect, Adobe's Flash-based Web conferencing solution, has just gained support for XMPP integration via a 'multi-user chat pod.' The chat pod will enable Connect users to chat with meeting participants using other chat clients and protols such as Adium or Jabber. Adobe hopes this will extend the collaborative possibilities of Connect using tools people already use, creating chat rooms, or '...

Kindle, Skype, and Time magazine subscriptions coming to webOS devices

Besides the previously-unseen webOS 3.0 and introducing new hardware in the form of a tablet and two smartphones, HP had some other gems under its sleeves at today's Think Beyond event. Taking center stage at the event was HP's new TouchPad, its first webOS tablet. There was more on display than hardware of course. We now know the TouchPad will get an official Amazon Kindle application, that, l...

Skype for iPhone now supports video calls to Skype-enabled TVs

Users of the Skype iPhone app can now install an update which enables video calling to Skype contacts on more devices, including Skype-enabled TVs. While there still aren't a ton of sets which support the popular voice and video chat app, Skype really only began sidling its way into the living room last year -- so expect more models to appear in 2011. Here's hoping that Skype hurries up and upd...

FaceTime hacked to work on jailbroken iPads

FaceTime for the iPad is here! ... if you've got a jailbroken iPad running iOS 4.2.1 and you're comfortable using the command line to move files, that is. A slightly complicated 7-step hack will get you an iPad-optimized of Apple's popular video-calling app, albeit without the ability to transmit video (due to the iPad's lack of a camera). The instructions are up on 9to5Mac, and you can follow the...