Skype Week archive

  • Secret Skype: Paid Skype
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    Secret Skype: Paid Skype

    By 25 January 2013

    As our final article on Skype Up Your Life week on Pocket-lint, we have one more piece of Secret Skype advice that you might think worth taking. We talking about paid Skype, the other side to Skype that financially supports the rest of the model. You...

  • Skype in the Office: Ditching the landline and going global
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    Skype in the Office: Ditching the landline and going global

    By 25 January 2013

    We've looked at people using Skype to make a living, people using it to keep in touch with friends and family, and even a handful of people using Skype to keep in touch with others from the top of mountain, but what about using Skype for work? Can it...

  • Sony CMU-BR100 Skype camera and microphone unit review
    Televisions 3 out of 5

    Sony CMU-BR100 Skype camera and microphone unit review

    By 25 January 2013

    The sky's the limit with Skype. You needn't restrict the virtual face-to-face call system's use to a computer or mobile device - or perhaps you don't happen to own either - as many of the latest smart TVs have a Skype app built in. In tandem with the...

  • 5 tips for video calls: Body language
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    5 tips for video calls: Body language

    By 25 January 2013

    A video call isn't just about what you say, it is about how you look and move. You can entirely alter a person's impression of you simply by changing your behaviour. So says non-verbal communications expert Mark Bowden - a man who excels in going...

  • How to get Skype on your landline
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    How to get Skype on your landline

    By 25 January 2013

    Skype doesn’t just have to be on your computer. In fact, Skype can be used to replace your conventional means of making a phone call. You can do away with your landline altogether and use one single Skype account across multiple devices, including your...

  • Secret Skype: Voice messages and SMS
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    Secret Skype: Voice messages and SMS

    By 24 January 2013

    Everyone knows about using Skype for its instant messaging abilities. Along with Skype calls, Skype-to-Skype IM is a core feature for the millions of users the world over. That isn’t the end of the messaging story, however, and, as part of Secret Skype...

  • Extreme video calling: up high and down low
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    Extreme video calling: up high and down low

    By 24 January 2013

    We’ve looked at some fairly innovative ways that people are using video calling beyond just a simple means of communication; innovative but essentially standard. So, today as part of Skype Up Your Life week on Pocket-lint, we’re taking it up a gear....

  • Microsoft LifeCam Studio review
    Cameras 4 out of 5

    Microsoft LifeCam Studio review

    By 24 January 2013

    A 1080p webcam sounds a little ridiculous doesn't it. But of course, webcams aren't just for video calls, they're for recording your thoughts to YouTube, presenting a video podcast or lip-syncing to Carly Rae Jepsen. They are, in fact, cheap camcorders...

  • Professional tips for video calls: using your voice
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    Professional tips for video calls: using your voice

    By 24 January 2013

    As director, voice coach and joint artistic lead at The Bridge Theatre Training Company, Mark Akrill knows a fair few things about how to sound good when you speak. A published playwright, Akrill also holds voice workshops for businesses and groups on...

  • Using Skype on the move
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    Using Skype on the move

    By 24 January 2013

    Just because Skype needs an internet connection doesn’t mean you can’t take it away with you. The whole world is going wireless and Skype is moving along with it. A Mi-Fi or even a wireless connection on a train or aircraft is all you need to get...

  • Secret Skype: Skype and Facebook integration
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    Secret Skype: Skype and Facebook integration

    By 23 January 2013

    Back in 2010, Skype and Facebook decided to make friends and the two have been liking each other ever since. Now, a few years down the line, what started as an acquaintance of contact sharing has blossomed into a full-blown relationship between the two...

  • Video calling overseas: getting in touch abroad
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    Video calling overseas: getting in touch abroad

    By 23 January 2013

    Speaking to friends and family abroad isn't cheap. Just a phone call to the United States from the UK can cost as much as 19p a minute on a BT landline. Skype does away with those costs altogether and adds in video for good measure.  Skype Week on Pocket-lint...

  • Logitech C270 webcam review
    Cameras 3 out of 5

    Logitech C270 webcam review

    By 23 January 2013

    Those of us in our thirties, and older, will remember how much it used to cost to buy something that could make video. And of course, those same people remember how hard it was to handle, edit and share that video. Now, for less than £20 you can have...

  • Professional tips for video calls: set and background
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    Professional tips for video calls: set and background

    By 23 January 2013

    Welcome back to Skype Up Your Life on Pocket-lint. At this time each day, we’ll be looking at how you can improve your video calls by asking some professionals. The professionals in questions are a group of people from an industry that’s been working...

  • Using Skype on your smartphone or tablet
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    Using Skype on your smartphone or tablet

    By 23 January 2013

    Skype has a wide range of apps for smartphones and tablets. They allow you to bring voice and video calling away from your computer and into your pocket. Be you an Android, iOS or Windows Phone fan, there is a Skype app for everyone, tablet and smartphone...

  • Secret Skype: Easter Eggs and tips for serious users
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    Secret Skype: Easter Eggs and tips for serious users

    By 22 January 2013

    Some of us use Skype every day, but very few know the ins and outs of the app. Skype can do much more than just make voice and video calls. In fact the app has plenty of easter eggs and hidden secrets that even the most seasoned of Skype pros might not...

  • Video calling for special occasions
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    Video calling for special occasions

    By 22 January 2013

    We’ve already seen how important video calling can be in our day-to-day lives. We’ve looked at how people who live, work or have loved-ones overseas use it to connect and how others use video calling in education. Today in our Skype Up Your Life...

  • Blue Microphones Tiki USB review
    Audio 4 out of 5

    Blue Microphones Tiki USB review

    By 22 January 2013

    Everything about the Tiki is interesting. It's got an interesting name - a Tiki is Polynesian wood carving, and a Māori word for the first man. It looks interesting, a little bit like some sort of high-tech snail, and most importantly it aims to liven...

  • Professional tips for video calls: camera work
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    Professional tips for video calls: camera work

    By 22 January 2013

    As part of our expert tips for making better video calls for Skype Up Your Life week on Pocket-lint, today is the day of that most fundamental piece of equipment that is your webcam. More specifically, we need to uncover some basic skills when it comes...

  • How to get Skype on your PS Vita
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    How to get Skype on your PS Vita

    By 22 January 2013

    Skype can go way beyond just your computer. Not only can it run on everything from smartphones to your TV, but on your games consoles as well. Skype was one of the first apps for PS Vita and remains one of the best. But how does it work? Read on to find...

  • Secret Skype: Best Skype apps
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    Secret Skype: Best Skype apps

    By 21 January 2013

    Welcome once again to the Secret Skype section of our Skype Week on Pocket-lint. As part of five things you may not know you could do with Skype, right now is where we discover that Skype has an SDK and, yes, therefore a bunch of apps all of its own,...

  • Logitech TV Cam HD review
    Cameras 4.5 out of 5

    Logitech TV Cam HD review

    By 21 January 2013

    Since the telephone first rose to prominence there has been chatter about the video phone. BT tried it years ago before there was even broadband - and before there was even ISDN - and it was always a flop. But it didn't fail because people didn't want...

  • Video calling for learning: Spanish, guitar and fitness
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    Video calling for learning: Spanish, guitar and fitness

    By 21 January 2013

    It’s all very well connecting with your friends and family when making video calls but there's a lot more to these social platforms than pure fun. As part of Skype Week on Pocket-lint, we've been catching up with people all over the globe who use video...

  • Professional tips for video calls: lighting
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    Professional tips for video calls: lighting

    By 21 January 2013

    Filmmaker James Cronin knows a fair bit about lighting. Hired often as a director of photography but best known for his behind-the-scenes documentaries of Hollywood movies, he has a very good idea of how to set up for a video interview. Pocket-lint wasted...

  • Getting Skype on your TV
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    Getting Skype on your TV

    By 21 January 2013

    Video calls on your TV can be a beautiful thing. For many, the television the hub of family life, so what better way to connect with friends and relatives than en masse from the comfort of your sofa with your whole family? That may sound like some kind...