Skype your way to a new couch

Skype (Windows, Mac, iOS, Android)--the free VoIP app that lets you voice- or video-chat with other Skype users across the world--has become an ubiquitous tool for everyone from grandmas and grandkids to multinational corporations.

Now, the VoIP software ventures into the realm of interior design, with a "Cool My Couch" photo contest that promises the winner a free couch and Skype-enabled TV. To enter, simply submit a photo of... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Skype , Windows software

Star Apps: Counting Crows

For some audiophiles, Counting Crows and The Wallflowers will forever be associated with the mid-1990s--along with Netscape Navigator, Hotmail, and of course, Windows 95. But don't call their joint summer outing a nostalgia trip. Velvet-tongued Counting Crows vocalist Adam Duritz, hot off the heels of The Outlaw Roadshow (alongside a slew of new indie bands), prefers to view his comparatively intimate Wallflowers double bill as a much-needed respite.

Other than sharing a... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software , iOS Software

Tags: Star Apps , iTunes , Twitter , Skype , BitTorrent , Instagram

Skype (preview version) is available on BlackBerry 10

As of today, owners of the BlackBerry Q10 device will get to use Skype's free video and voice calling via the official Skype app.

Available now on BlackBerry World, the Skype app automatically adds your Skype contacts to your BlackBerry phone book when you sign in. Other features include the ability to send text messages and make calls to landlines and mobile phones for a fee.

According to Skype, though, the app available today is still only a "preview... Read More &raquo

Tags: BlackBerry , Skype , voice

Check out those pores: Skype goes high-def

If you don't take care of your skin, it could come up in your next Skype conversation, as Skype for Windows (download) updated today with support for high-def resolution.

The new version of the VoIP software also gets Facebook audio and video chat, the power to share screens with more than one person, a push-to-talk option, Bing Bar integration, and a new software updating service for automatic updates.

The high-def isn't available to just anybody, of course. You'll have to have... Read More &raquo

Tags: Facebook , Skype , Windows software

Skype 2.6 for Android knows how to share

Skype for Android jumps to version 2.6 today, and it brings with it some really nifty sharing capabilities.

Now you can send photos, recorded videos, or other files to your contacts directly from Skype's chat interface. Based on the screenshot, the feature seems simple enough, and we're sure it'll be popular with anyone who regularly uses the Skype app. File sharing is free and available over Wi-Fi or through your device's data connection.

Also, anyone with a device running Nvidia's Tegra 2... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Android , apps , video , Skype , Windows software , sharing

Skype desktop app now makes Facebook video calls

Skype deepened its partnership with Facebook today by adding Facebook video calling to both its Mac and Windows applications.

With the just-announced Skype 5.4 Beta for Mac and Skype 5.7 Beta for Windows, you can initiate a Facebook video call without having to open up your browser and log in to the social-networking site. Just connect your Facebook account to Skype, select a Facebook friend, and hit the Skype video call button. Your friend picks up the call directly... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Windows , video , Mac , Facebook , Chat , Skype , Windows software , VoIP

Skype 2.0 for Android adds video calls

Hot off the heels of its iPad-optimized app release, Skype, the popular VoIP service, makes another splash with an update for its Android-toting user base. Skype for Android has jumped to version 2.0, and at long last, it lets Android users make and receive video calls--well, it lets a few of them anyway. See, the new video-calling capability is, at the moment, only available to users running Android version 2.3 on the following devices: HTC Desire S, Sony Ericsson... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Android , apps , Skype , Windows software , VoIP

Baby browsers and other utilities

Though the Big Five browsers duke it out to see which one can come up with the best mix of speed, compatibility, and add-ons, social networking bruisers Flock 3 and RockMelt beta have taken off the kid gloves to beat each other senseless over Twitter and Facebook integration. We pit the two minor leaguers against one another in a head-to-head blog with plenty of video goodness to keep you interested.

In other news, iTunes 10.1 is out now, and... Read More &raquo

Tags: Download Dispatch , iTunes , Skype , Windows software , Flock

Skype 5 beta for Mac adds group video calls

Skype's VoIP calling is by now well known to most Mac users, and the ability to make computer-to-computer calls anywhere in the world for free is already extremely popular to international users. Skype's official version on the Mac is 2.8 and is still a bit behind its Windows counterpart (Skype 5 for Windows). But a beta release today brings the software to version 5.0 on the Mac, and the Skype team has added some great new features to... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: video , Chat , Skype , VoIP , voice

Skype's SDK arrives in beta for Windows, Mac

Software developers for Windows and Mac computers will be able to get their hands on a software developer's kit (SDK) that will put Skype's VoIP calling features into almost any app.

On Wednesday, Skype is offering a limited, invite-only beta release of the SDK, called SkypeKit, to those who request it. SkypeKit beta will work for Windows (x86) and Mac OS X.

The well-known VoIP company first announced SkypeKit in late June, and released its first beta of the... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Mac , Skype , Windows software