New Skype SDK Brings Better Hardware Support

Skype is the best online voice and video suite and has a marked presence across various platforms, including the mobile platform. Skype has recently announced a new SDK, which will let developers integrate Skype functionalities into their applications as well as hardware.

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This new SDK, which they are calling SkypeKit, has a full voice and video call support along with a support for IM through Skype network. Currently, only desktop applications can use this API. Skype has a separate runtime of its own that cannot be integrated with web services. The SDK also includes SILK, which is Skype’s flagship in-house audio compression tool.

Another new feature in this SDK is the availability of hardware support with which, developers can integrate Skype into hardware, like television and cellphones. Although this open SDK allows developers to use the API in their applications, the prices for using Skype’s communication networks using this API is not yet revealed. However, Skype has hinted a certification fees and a restriction on block usage of its network, which would mean a good amount of limitations.

Skype also has plans for its Skype Shop and plans to make an app store out of it. This is sensible enough as Skype is sure to build a wider presence with the features offered by this SDK.

The SDK is a closed beta for Linux only and requires invites for use. Windows and Mac versions will be available soon. Download the SDK  here.

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Skype Application For iPhone Updated; Adds Free Skype-To-Skype Calls Via 3G

Skype has just launched a new version of the Skype application for the iPhone. The new application version is numbered v2.0, and enables free voice calls on the iPhone over the 3G network. The new Skype application nowskype works over 3G network as well, unlike the previous version that only worked using   Wi-Fi hot spots.

Skype has also made Skype-to-Skype phone calls over 3G free until the month of August. Skype-to-Skype calls made over Wi-Fi still remain free. The updated version of the application also features a better call quality indicator. The application start-up time has also been decreased. The call quality will be near CD like on the iPhone 3GS and on the 2nd generation iPod Touch.

Users can download the latest version of the Skype application from the Apple AppStore right away.

Skype Added In Official Ubuntu Repository

Skype is finally coming in the Official Ubuntu 10.04 Partners Repository. The build process has already been finished and is awaiting approval in the NEW queue.

To install it, you have to enable the partner repository. To do this go to System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager. In the Synaptic Package Manager, go to Edit -> Repositories. In the Software Sources windows, go to the tab Other Software and check http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu lucid partner and close the window.

Then, open the Terminal and execute:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install skype

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Skype Says No To Windows Phone 7 For Now

Skype Asia-Pacific VP Dan Neary at an event in Sydney said that they will not be releasing a client for Windows Phone 7.

Skype had pulled off their Windows Mobile client sometime stating that according to them the user experience wasn’t as they would want. Back then everyone thought that this was being done since Windows Mobile is a dying platform and Skype will be focusing on Windows Phone 7. Apparently, not.

No specific reasons were given by Dan Neary but according to WMPowerUser, there are two possible reasons for this move:

  • Doubts on Windows Phone 7’s success
  • Lack of native code

I find it hard to believe that Skype would dump Windows Phone thinking that it’s not a good platform but the second reason might be valid.

Having said that, for some reason I don’t really care about Skype’s move. If native code is the issue here and Microsoft sees several developers complaining about it, an alternative will be found.

Given the beautiful concepts from Clarity Consulting, I don’t think I’d miss Skype.

via CrunchMobile

Skype For Symbian^1 Launched

Skype, after the launch of its Symbian Client for S60v5 devices, has now launched its client for all of its Symbian^1 devices. However, the major drawback of the Symbian client is that is works only on 3G and WiFi.

Features of Skype for Symbian:

  • make free Skype-to-Skype calls to other Skype users anywhere in the world
  • save money on calls and texts with our low rates
  • send and receive instant messages to and from individuals or groups
  • share pictures, videos and other files
  • receive calls to your online number
  • see when Skype contacts are online and available to call or IM
  • easily import names and numbers from the phone’s address book

Symbian Devices that it works with:

Nokia N97, Nokia N97 mini, Nokia X6, Nokia 5800 XpressMusic and Nokia 5530 and the following non-touch devices: Nokia E72, Nokia E71, Nokia E90, Nokia E63, Nokia E66, Nokia E51, Nokia N96, Nokia N95, Nokia N95 8Gb, Nokia N85, Nokia N82, Nokia N81, Nokia N81 8 Gb, Nokia N79, Nokia N78, Nokia 6220 classic, Nokia 6210 Navigator, Nokia 5320.

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Download Skype 3.0 For Windows Mobile

Skype has officially decided to remove support for Windows Mobile 6.5 in anticipation of rolling out a client for Windows Phone 7, however, if you want to download the Skype 3.0 Client for Windows Mobile, we have you covered.

Skype for Windows Mobile

You can download Skype 3.0 for Windows Mobile to your PC or directly to your device by visiting http://www.skype.com/intl/en/download/skype/windowsmobile/. If you are not able to download Skype 3.0 from the above URL, Ask the Admin has a file hosted on their servers, which you can download from here.

So, head over to the above mentioned sites and have fun Skyping with your friends or talking to them using VoIP.

Skype Drops its Support For Windows Mobile

Skype, the VOIP software maker, has withdrawn its support for Windows Mobile. Skype has pulled out both Skype Lite and Skype Mobile for   Windows Mobile from their site. This means, you cannot download the app from the Skype official site but if you already have it installed on your device it will seamlessly work.

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Skype for Windows Mobile did not always give the best possible consistent user experience and Skype has grown tired of supporting it. Instead, Skype wants to focus on delivering mind blowing app for the Windows Phone 7 Series. From the Skype blog we’ve decided to make a few changes to our lineup. Skype Lite and Skype for Windows Phones are no longer available for download. This isn’t a decision we’ve taken lightly, but the reason is simple. Neither of these apps offered a great Skype experience.

Apart from that, just last week Skype partnered with Verizon to offer free Skype to Skype unlimited calls. If Skype partners with more operators, it can completely eliminate the need for a mobile app. If you ask me, this is an indeed good move by Skype, only late. But we can understand the timing for completely kicking out the support for Skype for WinMo, when Microsoft itself is phasing out Windows Mobile and renaming it to Windows Phone Classic.

Skype Accounts for 12% of International Calls

Skype has definitely taken off in a big big way, what with Pingdom reporting that it now accounts for almost 12% of International calls being made worldwide. Right now, Skype has a user base of 521 million users, which is even bigger than the number of users who use .

Skype International Call Market Share

The study which was conducted by TeleGeography shows that out of a total of 406 billion minutes, 54 billion minutes worth of calls were made using Skype. This share may not be surprising as Skype has made its way from the traditional PCs to more and more smartphones including the .

VoIP has definitely seen a huge increase in usage, considering that it is a real cheap alternative to other mobile providers. It might not be too long before we see mobile phone’s being developed just for Skype and which will only require an active data plan.

Skype is definitely one of the cheapest way to make international calls, and will soon make it’s way to your TV too. Do you use Skype to make international calls? Do you prefer using it over your regular phone?

Panasonic: Portable Blu-Ray Player, 3D HDTVs, 3D Camcorders, Skype on TV

Panasonic the media giants have set the pace here by announcing a portable Blu-Ray player with half a second boot time. The portable player DMP-B15 has a VERA cast, SD Memory Card Slot and Wireless LAN Adapter.

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In addition to that they also announced PP-BDT350 which is a full HD 3D Blu-ray Player, Viera Cast IPTV enabled, and displays 3D over HDMI 1.4.

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More interesting announcements from Panasonic included, Skype on TV. Users will be able to make HD video calls using Skype on Panasonic TVs.

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Like most of the other television giants, Panasonic also announced a new lineup of 3D HDTVs, 3D Blu-Ray players and 3D Camcorders. With 3D making a grand entry into the TV segment, it would be less than 2-3 years before they become cheap enough to be in every home.

More Announcements from Panasonic

  • HDC-TM55 camcorder. Full HD, 8GB storage, 25x optical zoom.
  • Lumix DMC-FP3. 3-inch touchscreen.
  • Viera Plasma G Series.
  • All Panasonic TVs will have support for Skype
  • Viera Plasma V Series. Full HD 3D. 65, 58, 55 and 50-inch models.
  • 3D HDTVs, 3D Camcorders and 3D Blu-Ray players

Thanks to Engadget.

Companies Who Walked Out on Google Deals [Failed Acquisitions]

Google, the company and the brand has grown tremendously over the years. It is known best for it’s innovations and best use of technology. However, not each and every technology that Google provides is created by them. They have been purchasing companies, both small and big to supplement their existing technologies and to create new ones.

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This approach is of course beneficial, as they do not have to start from scratch and get access to a readymade and proven technology. However, not every company that Google has set their eyes on have accepted the deals. There have been quite a few companies who have rejected lucrative Google offers too.

So who are the braveheart companies who rejected offers from Google? Let us take a look at the companies from what we know. I have tried my best to include most of them, however, if you do know of any other busted deals, feel free to leave a comment.

Yelp

Google’s aim to take over the local search market took a huge jolt when Yelp walked out of discussions. There is still a lot of speculation, whether it was Google or Yelp who actually walked out of the deal. However, the deal is now off the table and you will no longer see a Google-Yelp merger, at-least in the near future.

Lala

Lala is a music company which allows users to stream music online. Though Lala was bought by Apple, there are speculations that Google had tried to buy them out before Apple did. However, Google now have a new deal with Lala to help users discover new music in Google music search

Twitter

has always been a target for the tech biggies including Google, Microsoft and . There were talks held between Google and Twitter for a possible buyout, however, Evan Williams held out splendidly and did not sell under pressure. Twitter now has deals with both Microsoft and Google, and are also making money and profitable.

Skype?

There were rumors going around in 2008 that Skype and Google are in talks for a partnership, however, nothing came out of it. Acquiring Skype would have given a huge boost to Google, however, they do have Google Voice which has taken off in a good way and have also acquired Gizmo5 recently.

Friendster

Friendster was perhaps the first company to not go along with Google. They rejected a deal from Google in 2004. Google then went ahead to create , which is one of the most popular social networking sites in India and Brazil.

Other Notable Failures

There have been other notable failures in the past, which failed at negotiation stages or due to governmental policies, these include:

Are there any other failed Google Deals you have come across? Let us know through your comments.he