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Free long distance and video chat

If you have friends and family overseas or anyone who qualifies as long distance with your current phone plan, you should check out Skype, featured in this week's Download Dispatch for Mac.

If you have friends and family overseas or anyone who qualifies as long distance with your current phone plan, you should check out Skype. With this VoIP client installed on both users' computers, you'll be able to make free long-distance calls--computer to computer--using your microphone and speakers or any of a number of available USB handsets and headsets. If you want to be able to call landlines, you'll need to pay a monthly fee, but for computer-to-computer calls anywhere in the world, Skype is the program to have. This latest version adds Skype Access, the pay as you go Wi-Fi option you can pay for with your Skype Credit; Screen Sharing, so you can show other users what's currently on your screen; and better sound and video quality.

Also this week we have the latest version of Transmission, the easy-to-use, popular BitTorrent client for the Mac. Our game this week is Circuit Defenders, a unique Tower Defense game that has you defending computer circuits from an attacking virus with several different upgradable towers.

Don't forget to check out our iPhone apps of the week!

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