Viber for iPhone gets free text messaging

By on April 2, 2011 at 2:22 AM.

Viber for iPhone gets free text messaging

Viber, the popular iPhone application that allows for free calling to other Viber users, has been updated to version 2.0.1. After applying the update, Viber users will be able to send and receive free text messages to one another, complete with notifications. Viber has also been updated with a number of UI changes — the favorites have been moved, the calling mechanism has been improved and now shows the current state of any Viber call, and the application now has a deactivation feature. The update is available in iTunes now. More →

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BBM Social Platform hits public beta

By on March 15, 2011 at 6:34 PM.

BBM Social Platform hits public beta

Research In Motion has just announced that BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) Social Platform is now available in public beta. First announced during BlackBerry DEVCON 2010, BBM Social Platform allows developers to integrate their applications directly with BBM using a set of new APIs, and RIM is banking on developers to make BBM a more robust application. RIM hopes programmers will create multimedia apps, location-based services, games, VoIP services, and more, that can build on the existing BBM experience. Here’s one possible use case: You start up a multiplayer game with a friend and smack talk with him or her inside the game over BBM. When you’re done, maybe you want to share that game with someone else, using features enabled in the BBM Social Platform, you’ll be able to share apps. It will even let developers create custom areas inside a BBM profile, which could be used for showing game achievements or other stats. Now let’s just hope these features carry over to BBM on Android and iPhoneMore →

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Google may finally be adding VoIP to Google Voice

By on March 8, 2011 at 9:07 AM.

Google may finally be adding VoIP to Google Voice

Google is taking its sweet time adding new features to Google Voice, but it looks like some big pieces of the puzzle are finally starting to fall into place. Google finished rolling out incoming number portability to all users this past January, and now it looks as though it may soon begin tying in VoIP services. Last week, Gizmo5 users began receiving notification emails saying that the service will soon be shut down. Now, VoIP blog Disruptive Telephony has discovered that VoIP calls can be placed to a Google Voice voice number by appending “@sip.voice.google.com” to create a SIP URI. BGR tested the service earlier today and we could not get it to work, suggesting that Google may currently be rolling out the functionality quietly. This is just the first step in creating a full-fledged VoIP service for Google Voice, but it’s an important first step and one that users have been waiting for since Google acquired GrandCentral in 2007. More →

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Skype sees record usage; 27 million simultaneous logins

By on January 11, 2011 at 8:15 AM.

Skype sees record usage; 27 million simultaneous logins

After last month’s little service snafu, internet communications giant Skype is back up, fully operational, and setting company records. Just yesterday, Skype saw a record 27 million users simultaneously logged on to its network. Typically, during peak hours, the company sees close to 25 million Skypers logged on to its network. The surge in users coincides with the conclusion of the holiday season, where, presumably, more users were gifted computers and mobile devices that can run Skype’s popular chat software. The numbers should continue to rise in the coming months, especially with the company’s push to be on more smartphones and internet connected TVs — thanks to its SkypeKit APIs. Anyone recently discover, or rediscover, a use for Skype? More →

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Google extends free calling in Gmail through 2011

By on December 20, 2010 at 9:40 PM.

Google extends free calling in Gmail through 2011

Google announced Monday the extension of a free calling initiative for U.S.-based Gmail users that was set to expire this month. “In the spirit of holiday giving and to help people keep in touch in the new year,” Google has extended free calling in the U.S. and Canada through the end of 2011. The promotion applies to all calls made from within Gmail, and is completely separate from Google Voice, which also affords free calling to the U.S. and Canada. Gmail’s recently added voice calling feature is thought to be a prelude to the eventual addition of VoIP services to Google Voice. More →

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Google Nexus S now available from Best Buy

By on December 16, 2010 at 8:21 AM.

Google Nexus S now available from Best Buy

The hour is upon us. Eager Android fans are finally able to get their mits on the latest and greatest Android smartphone (for now, at least) — Google’s Nexus S. The Nexus S is the first Android-powered device to ship with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), which means it’s also the first Android phone with NFC onboard. While it is highly unlikely that anything truly interesting will materialize with NFC in the U.S. during this particular phone’s lifetime, the technology is something we should look forward to seeing in all Android devices down the road. Google has made it pretty clear that NFC is a big part of its strategy as the company looks for new revenue streams from its mobile business. Beyond NFC, the Nexus S features a 4-inch Super-AMOLED display, a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, a 5-megapixel camera, a front-facing secondary camera for video chat and plenty more. It became available online and in Best Buy stores starting at 8:00am Eastern this morning for $529.99 unlocked or $199.99 with a two-year T-Mobile service contract. More →

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Skype updates Symbian client for N8, C7, E5 handsets

By on December 9, 2010 at 4:11 AM.

Skype updates Symbian client for N8, C7, E5 handsets

In a brief blog post, internet communication company Skype announced an updated client for newer Symbian smartphones (formerly known as Symbian^3). The updated app will run on Nokia’s N8, C7, and E5 handsets, bringing free Skype-to-Skype calls, Skype Out, and text-chats to the Finnish handset maker’s latest and greatest. The post highlights the Skype’s SILK codec, which will “make sure calls are crystal clear, even when on a low-bandwidth connections.” If you’re a Symbian user and are interested in picking up the new goodies, you can direct your phone’s browser to skype.com/m. More →

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Nexus S appears on Google website; launches December 16th, starts at $199 [Updated]

By on December 6, 2010 at 10:58 AM.

Nexus S appears on Google website; launches December 16th, starts at $199 [Updated]


We’re still waiting on a formal announcement, but considering the Nexus S has already been shown off by Google CEO Eric Schmidt, why not just put it up on the site? Google’s much rumored Nexus One sequel is now live on the company’s site, along with complete specs that include Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) — which also hasn’t yet been formally announced. T-Mobile is listed as the device’s carrier, and integrated VoIP/SIP support is listed as well. Other notable specs include a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 16GB of internal storage, a 4-inch WVGA touchscreen, a 5-megapixel camera, a secondary front-facing VGA camera for video chat, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, software-based noise cancellation, NFC support and an anti-fingerprint coating on the display. While the Nexus One helped usher in the next generation of Android devices when it launched earlier this year, the Nexus S features specs that are anything but impressive considering the coming onslaught of dual-core devices.

UPDATE: The Nexus S is now official — it launches in the U.S. online and at Best Buy on December 16th, and in the U.K. at Carphone Warehouse on December 20th. Pricing is set at $199 with a two-year T-Mobile contract or $529 unlocked. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →

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Skype gearing up for a huge cloud-based offering?

By on December 4, 2010 at 10:53 AM.

Skype gearing up for a huge cloud-based offering?

TechCrunch is reporting that popular voice service, Skype, is gearing up for a big cloud-based play. This would presumably include web-based voice-calling, and possibly even video and chat services as well. In addition to the web move, it seems that Skype is starting to focus and set the company’s sights on the enterprise world. With Google Voice now available for Google Apps customers (and some sort of Enterprise-styled Google Voice service possibly coming soon), we’re wondering Skype’s next move here. TechCrunch throws out the concept of having Skype possibly integrated into Microsoft’s cloud offerings, or even possibly extending the Skype relationship with Facebook into something much larger. More →

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Skype 5.0 launches, adds Facebook integration and group video

By on October 14, 2010 at 10:12 AM.

Skype 5.0 launches, adds Facebook integration and group video

Today, internet calling giant Skype announced that the new version of its Windows client — Skype 5.0 — is now available to the general public. The new code brings with it a cleaner, redesigned interface, automatic call recovery, Facebook integration, and group video chat. The new software is available as we type at skype.com; there is a short video walk-through of the new features waiting for you after the break. More →

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Skype now available for all Android devices, Wi-Fi only in U.S.

By on October 5, 2010 at 7:19 AM.

Skype now available for all Android devices, Wi-Fi only in U.S.

If you’re an Android using Skype-lover, the day you’ve been waiting for has come. The iron-fisted grip Verizon Wireless previously had on Skype has been relinquished and the popular internet communication application is now available in the Android Market for all devices running 2.1 or higher. With the addition of Android, we are pleased that Skype is now available on three of the most popular mobile platforms today: Android, iOS and Symbian,” said the company’s product manager Mark Douglas. There is however, one catch: “In the US, Skype for Android works over WiFi only.” So sad. What do you think? Is Skype still useful for you if you have to be within range of a Wi-Fi network? More →

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Clear home router with 4G and Wi-Fi passes through FCC

By on September 28, 2010 at 9:55 AM.

Clear home router with 4G and Wi-Fi passes through FCC

The people behind the nation’s first WiMax, 4G network, Clear, have sent a new home-router to the FCC for approval. The device, which — judging by the user manual — will be called the “Clear Modem with Wi-Fi,” will corral that sweet, sweet 4G signal (if available) and make it available to all your home devices via the 802.11 wireless standard. The router also appears to have an RJ11 phone jack on its posterior; indicating that their VoIP service could also be utilized on the device. Perhaps a little taste of the future of home broadband? More →

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Fring launches fringOut service, landline and cellular calling on the cheap

By on September 20, 2010 at 9:40 AM.

Fring launches fringOut service, landline and cellular calling on the cheap

VoIP company fring has launched a new service dubbed fringOut. As the company’s press release explains, fringOut “enables users to make almost-free international calls to any regular landline or mobile phone throughout hundreds of worldwide destinations, with rates as low as 1¢ a minute.” The company also notes that “fringOut is easy to use and fully-integrated into the familiar fring mobile experience.” If you are interested in seeing how fringOut rates compare to those of Skype or Google Voice, you can view the company’s rate chart here. Currently, the mobile iteration of fringOut is only available for Nokia S60 devices; fring states that the service “will soon be available on iPhone and Android devices.” More →

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