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 FaceTime for Mac out of beta, Now available on the Mac App Store for $0.99!

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Feb 242011
 

After a lengthy four-month beta trial, Apple’s decided that it’s about time to make FaceTime for Mac available to the masses, meaning any Mac user can finally do video chat with other Mac or iOS users. Unlike the app’s free iOS counterpart, though, you’ll have to chip in $0.99 on the Mac App Store for some enlarged video chat sessions. But hey, it’s totally worth it, especially if you have a 27-inch screen to play with.

[via engadget]

Yahoo Messenger app now live in App Store [video]

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Oct 122010
 

Not stoked on Skype or FaceTime? Looks like you’ve got another option, bub. That overhauled Yahoo Messenger app we told you about 48 hours ago is now live in the App Store, offering multitasking on the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, 3G / WiFi video calling (iOS to iOS, iOS to Android or iOS to PC) and instant notifications. Users interested in making voice calls can also tap into their bucket of Yahoo Voice Phone Out minutes, but it’ll only work in America, France, Germany, Spain and Singapore at the moment. Hit that source link to get your download on, cool? Continue reading »

iPhone 4 launches in UAE and Qatar, without FaceTime feature

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Sep 272010
 

The iPhone 4 launched this weekend in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, but buyers wound up with a surprise — their handset’s front-facing cameras couldn’t do FaceTime. The National reports that the video chat feature is missing from phones sold at UAE carriers Etisalat and du, as well as those from Vodafone Qatar. Carriers are blaming Apple for the missing feature, and spokespersons from both Etisalat and Vodafone say they’re speaking to Cupertino about reinstating FaceTime post-haste; It was reportedly advertised on Middle Eastern versions of Apple’s iPhone website until around September 20th, when all references to FaceTime were removed. TUAW reports that some UAE denizens have actually tested FaceTime on phones bought abroad and found it working just fine, but that the functionality disappears after installing the local version of the iOS 4.1 update.

RIM’s Mike Lazaridis famously warned that countries threatening to ban the BlackBerry might thumb their nose at other forms of internet transmission too, but if’s far too early to tell if Apple was pressured into removing FaceTime or chose to for another reason entirely. It’s worth noting that both the UAE and Egypt (also missing FaceTime website ads) have banned certain VoIP services in the past.

[via engadget]

FaceTime headed for Mac OS X and Windows

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Sep 102010
 

It seems more than a little odd to us that Apple hasn’t bothered to make FaceTime compatible with its own longstanding desktop video chat service, iChat, but we’ve at least supposed that it’s an inevitability with whatever upcoming Mac OS X update or software bundle that Apple deems appropriate. NowMac4Ever, who was spot on with a pile of rumors last year, but hasn’t succeeded with its recent prediction of an iLife ’11 launch in August, is saying that Apple is prepping FaceTime both for Mac and PC. We don’t know if that means building a whole copy of iChat for Windows, or just making FaceTime compatible with some existing PC video chat service, but it would certainly improve the odds of us ever finding a legitimate use for FaceTime.

FaceTime 3G data consumption tested: about 3MB per minute

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Aug 042010
 

The folks over at 9to5Mac have kept up their investigation of FaceTime over 3G with a quick and dirty data usage analysis. Lest you’ve forgotten, jailbreaking Apple’s Quattro permits walled garden escapees to FaceTime each other using dusty old 3G, and now we’ve got some numbers to show how much of an impact doing so will have on your bandwidth allowance. Continue reading »

iPhone SDK Beta 2 Offers More Video Chat Evidence with Possible Game Center Integration

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Apr 272010
 


It should be obvious by now that Apple is planning on integrating a front-facing camera in its next-generation iPhone. The natural use for such a feature is video conferencing. Apple has had numerous references to the unannounced feature in its past iPhone firmware releases, and iPhone 4 SDK Beta 2 is no different.

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iPhone OS 3.2 SDK Reveals New Gestures; References To Video Calls Removed

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Mar 112010
 

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iPhone OS 3.2 SDK Beta 4 for iPad that was released by Apple yesterday has revealed some more interesting details.

9to5Mac reports that Apple has added support for couple of new gestures to the iPhone SDK and has started removing references that had previously hinted at the ability to make video calls on the iPad.

Folks at 9to5Mac report that Apple has added support for “3Tap” and “LongPress” gestures to the iPhone OS 3.2 Beta 4 SDK beta 4.

Apple already makes use of these gestures in the iPhone such as the triple tap gesture to turn the iPhone’s display on and off when using VoiceOver and the long press gesture to activate the copy/paste feature.

But the addition of these gestures to the SDK indicates that developers will also be able to use them in their iPhone apps in the future.

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9to5Mac are also reporting that Apple has removed several video call icons that previously hinted at the ability to make video calls on the iPad. These icons had led to speculations that Apple could release iPad with a front facing camera to make video calls when it goes on sale on April 3 or in the next generation iPad.

We had reported yesterday that Apple has also removed the camera tab from the Photo app in iPad simulator.

So looks like Apple is in the process of removing these references to avoid any further speculations.

[via 9to5Mac]

Mar 062010
 

A couple of weeks earlier, evidences were found in iPhone SDK 3.2 about the possible video chat in iPhone 4G and/or iPad. Now a UK carrier Q2 confirms it by updating their iPhone data plans which reveal that iPhone 4G will feature a front facing camera for video chat.

Have a look at the screenshot below (taken from the O2’s official site) which shows that O2 iPhone data plans also include UK video calls at the same price as that of Voice calls.

Evidence Suggests Video Chat for Next iPhone

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Feb 212010
 

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New evidence found in the iPhone SDK supports the rumor that the next generation iPhone will support video chat.

9to5Mac has found a few icons in the SDK that seem to “indicate that there will be video calling on an iPxxx device.”

Additional evidence was found hidden in the underlying iPhone telephony apps which contain some “VideoChat strings that are equally, if not more, damning evidence of future VideoChatting capabilities.”