Skype launches HD video calls for Mac OS X Lion

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Aug 082011

Today Skype announced the 5.3 update for Mac OS X which brings HD video calls to Lion among a handful of other UI enhancements and bug fixes. The official Skype blog explains:

With Skype 5.3 for Mac OS X, you’ll also be able to send and receive HD quality video when talking to your friends and family. You’ll need to use the Mac’s built-in webcam or choose from a variety of webcams from our Skype Shop, such as the Logitech C910, to make video calls in crystal clear HD quality. To receive clear HD video calls on your Mac, we recommend an upload/download speed of 1.5Mbps.

While previous versions of Skype, even 2.8, seem to run rather well on Lion, official support should iron out any bugs you’ve been noticing since upgrading. The new update is not only available for Lion users, however, Skype’s blog post notes it is also compatible back to Leopard.

You can grab Skype 5.3 for Mac OS X here. We’ll let you know if we find anything else interesting in this latest update.

Apple iCloud pricing per year: $20 for 10GB, $40 for 20GB, $100 for 50GB

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Aug 012011

As a part of today’s launch for developers, Apple has revealed the price points for extra iCloud storage for end users. As you can see in the screenshot above, iCloud will come with 5GB of free storage – as previously noted by Apple – but users will be able to upgrade their account to up to an extra 50GB. storage can be purchased through iOS 5′s settings application by end users. The best part about iCloud storage is that your Photo Stream images – which stay in the cloud for 30 days – don’t count against your tally.

iPhone 5 Design Images Leaked? 4 inch Screen

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Mar 112011

Chinese site iDealsChina claims to have got hold of engineering design images of what could possibly be for the next-generation iPhone 5.

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Skype 5.0 for Mac with group video calling and streamlined interface

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Jan 272011

Mac users have already been able to do some group video calling with recent beta versions of Skype, but the company has now finally brought things fully up to speed with its Windows counterpart and released the final version of Skype 5.0 for OS X. In addition to group video calling, the application sports a whole new interface that Skype says has been “slimmed down” (compared to the previous beta versions, at least) and allows you to see 30 percent more contacts at once. As with the Windows version, however, that group video calling feature has now been relegated to the premium package which, after a free seven-day trial, will run you $4.99 for a day pass or $8.99 a month for a subscription (though you can get 33 percent off if you sign up before February 28th). Head on past the break for quick video overview. Continue reading »

Steve Jobs says AirPrint has not been ‘pulled’

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Nov 112010

We’re still just as much in the dark as you are as to the current state and future of AirPrint, but we do now have a solution. Yesterday it was looking like wireless printing from iOS devices was out the window, but according to Steve Jobs has responded to one disgruntled user’s ask for clarification, saying in typically terse prose:

AirPrint has not been pulled. Don’t believe everything you read.

Indeed you should not believe everything you read, and given there’s no way to authenticate this supposed response you might want to take that with a bit of a grain of salt too. But, until we get official confirmation one way or another, Mac developer Steven Troughton-Smith has managed to find a way to re-enable the service in the released version of Mac OS X v10.6.5. It won’t be easy, you’ll need to pull some files from a pre-release version of that version (confused yet?), but if you need to print something wirelessly today give it a shot. Or, you could just wait until tomorrow when iOS 4.2 rolls out and we see for sure what’s going on with AirPrint.

[via engadget]

Mac App Store begins accepting apps

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Nov 042010

If the original iTunes App Store and Android Market launches were any indication, it’s going to take software devs some time to adjust to another platform still… but the acclimation process for Apple’s desktop marketplace starts right now. Registered Mac developers are receiving emails inviting them to begin submitting programs to the Mac App Store even as we speak, and the above banner is flying high on Apple’s developer website. If you’re comfortable with Apple’s extensive guidelines and have a idea ready to go, you’d best get a move on — there are fewer than 76 days remaining before the whole shebang goes live. By the way, we’re joking in this article’s headline: please, if you’re reading this, please don’t submit any fart programs this time.

[via engadget]