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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...

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...

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...

Skype 5 for Mac intentionally blocks Flash and other programs from using your webcam

It seems that Skype 5 for Mac, by design, blocks any other application from using your webcam while it's installed. A commenter on the bug report suggests that it also affects Windows machines, but we were unable to replicate the bug with Windows 7. The crazy thing is that you have to uninstall Skype 5 before using your webcam with other programs, including Flash applets on websites. It almost...

Skype 5 for Mac leaves beta, now charging for group video calls

Skype 5 for Mac is now out of beta, bringing its shiny new single-window interface to the masses. Early adopters have gotten used to having contacts, chats and video in the same window, but it's a big adjustment for folks who will be upgrading from Skype 2.8. For people who've been using Skype 5 Beta, the final version has some pluses and minuses. The good news is that Skype has slimmed down...

Skype gets to 27 million concurrent users, helped by iOS video calling

Skype hit a new significant milestone yesterday, by having, at one point, no less than 27 million people simultaneously connected to its service. Skype's previous record, of 25 million users signed onto the service at the same time, was achieved back in November. Adding two million concurrent users in little more than a month is undoubtedly connected to the launch of Skype video calling for iOS...

Android Honeycomb's Google Talk video calling shown off by T-Mobile

Android Honeycomb is getting plenty of time in the spotlight this week, what with all the tablets on display at CES 2011. One feature we're particularly excited about is support for video calling in the Google Talk app -- which T-Mobile has graciously demonstrated and posted to YouTube. Check out the brief video after the break for a sneak peek -- which includes a glimpse of the Talk app's tablet...

Skype for iPhone brings video calls over 3G

A little sooner than expected, Skype has just launched a new version of its iOS app [iTunes] that enables Skype-to-Skype video calls, via Wi-Fi or 3G. Those lucky enough to have an iPhone 4 or 3GS, or 4th generation iPod touch, will be able to make two-way video calls with any other Skype user, including desktop and laptop PC users, and presumably other mobile Skype users on Android or...

Skype for iPhone probably getting video calling in January

Skype for iPhone may be getting video calling very soon, if a Skype help document posted on Engadget is any indication. The document, called "How do I make video calls with Skype for iPhone?" actually walks users through video calling steps that aren't part of the app ... yet. That should change in early January, when Skype hits CES for a panel called "Video Calling Gets Ready for Primtime." ...

Yahoo Messenger for Android now does video calls, Yahoo Mail for Android updated

The Android apps for Yahoo's two most important services -- Messenger and Mail, have received updates. Both apps now support contact sync between Yahoo Contacts and your smartphone's address book. Yahoo Messenger for Android finally has built-in support for video calls, a feature that Yahoo has announced a while back but that until now has only made its way into Yahoo's iOS apps. There are...

FaceTime comes to the Mac, beta now available for download

During an event in Cupertino this morning, Apple has announced FaceTime for Mac. A beta version of the application is already available to download. This partially addresses one of the biggest gripes FaceTime users have had with the service -- lack of support for video chatting with people on their computers. It only partially addresses it though, since it's only available for the Mac as of now...

Skype 5.0 beta 2 has 10-way video calls and dropped call recovery

If you're a Skype for Windows user, you're in luck; Skype 5.0 beta 2 is here. The marquee feature is 10-way video calling; that's up from a limit of five in the previous beta version of Skype. Even if you'd never talk to nine other people at once, there are still reasons to upgrade, including automatic call recovery, better call quality, and a new UI. Note that group calling is still...

Fring removes Skype functionality, then says Skype blocked it

There's a minor blogstorm brewing around the relationship between Internet calling powerhouse Skype and mobile chat service Fring. The two companies have been attacking each other on their blogs today over missing Skype functionality in Fring. They both agree that Fring's iPhone 4 two-way video calling feature, which used Skype, no longer works. Here's where it gets messy, though. Fring says...

FaceTime: iPhone 4 gets its own video calling app

When Steve Jobs announced his trademark "one more thing" during his iPhone 4 unveiling at today's WWDC keynote, it was a real doozy. FaceTime is Apple's new video calling app, that works from iPhone 4 to iPhone 4 with no setup whatsoever. Just when we were getting excited that the iPhone 4's front camera would let us video call with Skype, Apple delivered something even bigger. FaceTime is not...

iPhone OS 3.2 rumors: an iPad camera, video calling and more

iPhone owners might not have access to iPhone OS 3.2 yet, but it's already running on the new iPad. Our sister site, Engadget, was able to score some of the details of the new features in 3.2, and it sounds like it's going to be great for both the iPhone and the iPad. The biggest surprise might be the inclusion of some video calling code that even includes multitasking while on a video call. This...