Video conferencing archive

  • Cisco kills Umi, its US Skype alternative
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    Cisco kills Umi, its US Skype alternative

    By 4 January 2012

    Although there's no official confirmation at present, Cisco has killed off its Umi consumer video conferencing system, and has withdrawn from taking on Skype head-to-head. The 1080p TV top chat set-up has been withdrawn from sale and, with it, the last...

  • Facebook video calling dials into Skype
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    Facebook video calling dials into Skype

    By 18 November 2011

    Back in July, Mark Zuckerberg took to the stage to announce the arrival of video chat, powered by Skype, into the social network. And now, the ability to video call your Facebook buddies has extended to the Skype software, meaning that you no longer need...

  • Video calling lands on Windows Phone 7 with Tango
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    Video calling lands on Windows Phone 7 with Tango

    By 9 November 2011

    You won't have to wait until Tango to get video calling with Mango - thanks to Tango. You get me bruv? What we're trying to say, using the crazy yoof talk that we've been learning using the Rosetta Stone method, is that video calling is now available...

  • Skype 5.3 for Mac roars in with HD video chat
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    Skype 5.3 for Mac roars in with HD video chat

    By 9 August 2011

    Skype 5.3 for Mac has landed bringing with it support for Apple's new platform, Mac OS X Lion, and offering VoIPers access to HD video calling. Obviously you'll need a HD camera for that feature, but luckily Apple has hemmed one into its latest iMacs...

  • Skype 5.2 for Mac launched
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    Skype 5.2 for Mac launched

    By 5 July 2011

    It looks like Skype has managed to turn out yet another update to its now super slick Mac video calling software. The 5.2 release brings with it group screen sharing, meaning you can share all your exciting spreadsheets with your bestest pals. All this...

  • Skype video calling finally lands on Android
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    Skype video calling finally lands on Android

    By 30 June 2011

    Skype for Android has received a major update bringing with it a long overdue addition - video calling. The mobile video calling option, which was afforded to iOS users back in December last year, is part of the Skype for Android 2.0 update, which is...

  • Fring four-way video calling lands on iPad
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    Fring four-way video calling lands on iPad

    By 27 June 2011

    Fring, the IM client that’s on Android and iOS that announced "the world's first mobile group video calls" feature in April, is back with a new release - an iPad app. And what's more, the group video calling feature is on board - which is handy as four...

  • BlackBerry PlayBook to get first tablet specific Facebook app
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    BlackBerry PlayBook to get first tablet specific Facebook app

    By 2 May 2011

    Move over Apple, take a walk Google - for the first tablet in town to nab itself a fully-fledged, official, Facebook optimised tablet app will be the BlackBerry PlayBook. The announcement was made over in Orlando, at the BlackBerry World Conference -...

  • Android 2.3.4 adds Video Chat for the Nexus S
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    Android 2.3.4 adds Video Chat for the Nexus S

    By 29 April 2011

    The latest version of Android Gingerbread has landed - 2.3.4 - bringing with it Google Voice Chat from within Google Talk. The update means you now can use your Android device to make video calls to your pals, not only to other Android smartphone and...

  • Fring flings in the world's first mobile group video calls
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    Fring flings in the world's first mobile group video calls

    By 27 April 2011

    Fring, the IM client that’s on Android and iOS has announced "the world's first mobile group video calls" feature, following a private beta testing period. Fring’s Group Video calling lets four friends video call each other simultaneously, making...

  • Skype 5.3 update for Windows improves iPhone video quality
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    Skype 5.3 update for Windows improves iPhone video quality

    By 7 April 2011

    Skype has rolled out a new update for Windows (Skype 5.3) that fixes a number of small problems and improves the quality of video received from mobile devices; iPhone, iPad 2, Android and the like. Other fixes and improvements include issues with unsent...

  • Skype free group video calling trial ends
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    Skype free group video calling trial ends

    By 12 January 2011

    Skype has been sending out emails to its users stating that the free group video trial period has ended and that a premium subscription is now required if you want to keep on using the service. You can still sign up for a 7-day free trial if you haven't...

  • iPhone video feature leads to Skype record numbers
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    iPhone video feature leads to Skype record numbers

    By 11 January 2011

    Following its recent problematic supernode-induced outage, which we're sure it would like to just forget, Skype has been enjoying quite a purple patch. It recently announced that it was buying out Qik for $150 million, and there is also the small matter...

  • Creative InPerson conferencing to improve productivity
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    Creative InPerson conferencing to improve productivity

    By 10 January 2011

    Getting the balance between work life and home can be a tricky one, and in this ever increasingly "connected" world this fine balance can be even a greater challenge to achieve. What are we to make of Creative's latest InPerson Conferencing launch then?...

  • iPhone Skype video calling uses 3.4MB per minute
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    iPhone Skype video calling uses 3.4MB per minute

    By 30 December 2010

    By now you're probably aware that Skype video calling over 3G is possible, but do you know how much of your data plan the new feature is using up? Probably not, but you'll soon find out if you over use it and you get a hefty bill from your mobile network...

  • Facebook to offer video calling?
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    Facebook to offer video calling?

    By 29 November 2010

    When Skype 5.0 landed, bringing a pretty comprehensive Facebook tie-in with it, we dubbed it one of the "biggest web communication partnerships of all time". And whilst it's all well and good that you can see what your Facebook buddies are up to via your...

  • Yahoo Messenger takes on FaceTime
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    Yahoo Messenger takes on FaceTime

    By 12 October 2010

    Yahoo has updated its Messenger app for the iPhone, bringing with it video calling. The feature will work between any two Yahoo (or other compatible) Messenger clients, whether that be iPhone 4 to iPhone 4 (as you'll need a front facing camera, obviously),...

  • Cisco umi: The HD video caller
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    Cisco umi: The HD video caller

    By 7 October 2010

    Oh dear, talk about poor timing. Telecoms expert Cisco has announced a brand new living-room based video calling platform called Cisco umi, that hooks up to your HDTV and your broadband connection to provide HD video calls. The trouble is, at $599 and...

  • Palm: webOS rival to Apple's FaceTime?
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    Palm: webOS rival to Apple's FaceTime?

    By 20 July 2010

    Hmmmm. What have we here? A job advert from Palm has cropped up over in the states for a "Video Conferencing Software Engineer" based at its Sunnyvale HQ. Could the next wave of webOS devices be boasting a FaceTime rival? The job calls for someone along...

  • Skype and Fring: The end of a beautiful friendship
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    Skype and Fring: The end of a beautiful friendship

    By 13 July 2010

    The fallout from Fring's decision to enable, then disable, 3G video calling via Skype seems set to run and run, with Skype hitting back at Fring's labelling of it as a coward and its claim that the VoIP giant had banned it from accessing the service....

  • iPhone 4 video calling on 3G with Fring
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    iPhone 4 video calling on 3G with Fring

    By 9 July 2010

    It seems that Apple is going to let app developers in on the front-facing camera fun, if the latest update from Fring is anything to go by. Version 3.2.0.5 of Fring, which has just hit the App Store is not only iOS 4 ready, it also allows you to use the...

  • Filmmaker documents Chatroulette experiences
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    Filmmaker documents Chatroulette experiences

    By 8 March 2010

    You might be familiar with Chatroulette, a website which has been making waves by allowing you to webcam chat with random strangers across the world. If you're not, and you're feeling brave, go and try it now at chatroulette.com. Inspired by his experiences...

  • O2 updates iPhone tariff to include video calls
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    O2 updates iPhone tariff to include video calls

    By 8 March 2010

    Apple websites are reporting that O2 has made a small tweak to its iPhone tariffs over the weekend, updating them to include a cost for "video calls" - which happens to be the same as for voice calls. The update lends weight to rumours that the next iPhone...

  • Video chat hints found in iPhone 3.2 SDK
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    Video chat hints found in iPhone 3.2 SDK

    By 22 February 2010

    In the latest iPhone SDK - a collection of resources used by developers to build applications for the platform - hints have been uncovered that strongly suggest that a future version of the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch may arrive with video calling functionality....

  • Asus Eee Videophone Touch
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    Asus Eee Videophone Touch

    By 21 October 2009

    If you do a lot of video calls across the Web, you'll be aware that they can be a bit of a pain sometimes. Between lossy connections and flaky webcam drivers, it can be a little tough to get things working how you want them to. Asus is trying to simplify...