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ManyCam for Mac review

ManyCam for Mac allows you to add special effects to the pictures and videos you take with your computer's built-in iSight camera. When you select it as your video source, these effects can be added to your video chats with programs such as Yahoo Messenger, Google Hangouts, or Skype.

Pros

Entertaining effects: ManyCam for Mac offers many entertaining photo effects including objects, backgrounds, and face accessories. You can also draw over video, add text over video, and add date and time. However, some of the other features we stumbled upon while exploring this program were welcome surprises. For example, … Read more

Skype for iPhone review

Skype for iPhone brings the iconic service to your mobile device, so you can take advantage of it no matter where you are. Keep in touch with your Skype contacts or use the service to connect with friends on traditional telephone service using your Skype Credit.

Pros

Widely used: Calls to any other Skype users are free, no matter where they are in the world. And since so many people use the service, there are probably quite a few of your contacts you can reach this way.

Not just Wi-Fi: Unlike FaceTime or some other services that provide free video … Read more

Skype review

Skype lets you make free voice and video calls to other Skype users, and to call any regular phone line for reasonable rates. You can also chat online for free, and because it's so widely used, there are few people you can't communicate with for free using this service.

Pros

Contact integration: You can now import all of your contacts from Facebook and Microsoft, so you can keep them all collected in one place. And because so many people use Skype, it's likely you can message or call just about anyone you know right from the app.… Read more

Skype review

Skype brings to your device the essential desktop experience of the immensely popular communications service, making a positive impression with its beautifully simplified interface and the high audio and video call quality it offers. While this app proves to be at least as fun and accessible as the original software, you will have to put up with occasional quirks like dropped calls or app crashes mid call.

Pros

Portability: Skype for Android features the voice/video call and instant messaging with file sharing features of the original app and bundles them up in an accessible UI with a pleasant layout, … Read more

Sony steps closer to VR with Project Morpheus

CNET Update takes the blue pill:

In this episode of Update:

- Learn more about Sony's Project Morpheus, a virtual reality headset for the PlayStation 4.

- Smile for the camera: Facebook is able to identify your face among millions of photos with technology called DeepFace.

- Use Skype on Android without killing your battery life.

- Pay more for commercial-free Pandora One, starting in May.

- Upgrade an older home into a smart home with the Aros window-mounted air conditioner.

CNET Update delivers the tech news you need in under three minutes. Watch Bridget Carey every afternoon for … Read more

Skype for Android promises 'aggressive battery savings'

Smartphone makers are chasing new features like bigger screens, fingerprint readers, and motion sensors, but a consistent item I hear on ordinary people's wishlists is longer battery life.

Apparently somebody at Skype is listening.

Microsoft on Tuesday released an update to its service for voice, video, and text chat that comes with "aggressive battery savings," according to the Google Play store.

That means people can "leave Skype running all day with no noticeable battery drain," the company said.

One way the savings was achieved, though, was turning off push notifications for group chat. That can … Read more

How to make Skype calls in a browser

Skype voice and video calls in HD are now available worldwide thanks to a new plug-in by Microsoft. The free plug-in supports modern versions of Chrome and Firefox on both Mac and Windows computers, as well as Internet Explorer 8 and higher.

To make calls with Skype on the Web, visit Outlook.com and sign up for a free account if you don't already have one. Once you've done that, sign in.

Click the messaging icon on the top right corner and the messaging pane will appear on the right side. Under the "Add people to chat … Read more

Skype rolls out to Outlook.com users worldwide

Users of Outlook.com around the world can now tap into Skype without having to leave their inbox.

Skype integration with Outlook.com is now available worldwide, according to a blog posted Tuesday by Skype marketing executive Karen Tong. The expanded rollout follows a limited release for users in the US, UK, Germany, and other countries last year.

To enable Skype integration with your Outlook.com account, first download and install the necessary plugin. After the installation completes, you're prompted to open your Outlook.com account.

In Outlook.com, click the Messaging icon on the upper right corner. If … Read more

eBay, Carl Icahn butt heads over Skype sale

eBay and activitist investor Carl Icahn continue to duke it out in public with their latest tit-for-tat focused on the purchase and sale of Skype.

In an open letter to investors posted Monday, Icahn lashed out at eBay and board member Marc Andreessen for their mishandling of Skype. eBay bought the video chat service in 2005 only to divest it in 2009 to an investor group that included Andreessen's venture capital firm.

Icahn has accused Andreessen of a conflict of interest over the deal, challenging his claim that he recuses himself from any board discussions that involve companies backed … Read more

Microsoft repairs Skype chat syncing glitch

Skype users frustrated by messages that won't sync from one device to another should welcome a new fix from Microsoft.

Touting the service's "enhanced chat experience" in a blog posted Thursday, Skype product marketing manager Elaine Ansell said that chats are now synced across all of your Skype-enabled devices. Push notifications will also alert you when you have a new message waiting for you.

Ansell acknowledged that the Skype syncing issue caused people to miss messages and to run into messages marked as "read" on one device and "unread" on another. In … Read more