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Deep Skype integration promised in next-gen Windows Phone

Deep Skype integration promised in next-gen Windows Phone

Not only is a Windows Phone Skype app incoming, but Microsoft will "further integrate" the VoIP service into future versions of its smartphone OS, according to Skype CEO Tony Bates. Details on the nature of the deeper integration are still unclear, though the assumption is that - just as Android allows outgoing and incoming calls to be routed over either traditional mobile networks or via VoIP - Windows Phone will give users the option to choose the cheapest route for their calls, as well as presumably sync Skype contacts with the handset's address book and show presence status.

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Skype for Windows Phone coming soon says Microsoft

Skype for Windows Phone coming soon says Microsoft

There's been a bit of a tip from no less that Microsoft's own VP of products, Rick Osterloh, on what may very well be coming soon for their Windows Phone mobile platform: Skype! There are a select few applications out there that are so important that the very fact that they're being released on a new system is newsworthy, and Skype is certainly one of them. Microsoft recently acquired Skype (this past October) and has not been vocal about if or when they'd be creating their own version for Windows Phone made to run like a whip for your video chats galore.

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Samsung inTouch TV Hands-on

Samsung inTouch TV Hands-on

Just a short bit after we first reported on the Samsung inTouch camera we also got our first chance at a close-up encounter with the little beast. This camera is a Wi-fi enabled webcam-like device that allows you to turn your gigantic home television into a 720p conferencing station, fully integrated with Skype. This little device also allows you to browse the web and use YouTube on your television with ease. And what's best? It's doing so with Android!

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Samsung inTouch puts Skype on any HDTV

Samsung inTouch puts Skype on any HDTV

Samsung has launched the inTouch WiFi Skype camera, a Kinect-lookalike wirelessly-enabled webcam that turns a regular HDTV into a 720p video conferencing tool, YouTube player and web browser. The 3-megapixel fixed-focus webcam is paired with WiFi b/g/n and integrated microphone and speakers, while the inTouch itself actually runs a heavily skinned Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

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Skype joins telyHD for HDTV video chat in your living room

Skype joins telyHD for HDTV video chat in your living room

It's time for a paradigm shift in video chatting, all you gigantic television owners, as telyHD is now working with Skype to bring the most popular video chatting platform to the living room on your HDTV, right where it aught to be. Right now telyHD already uses 720p HD video and high quality audio, and with Skype integration you'll be able to connect with anyone that has Skype available on their own device: this including everything from home computers to laptops to smartphones! There's no need for a computer aside from the telyHD set-top device on your end, and there's no monthly fees! Set this monster up in 10 minutes and you're on your way to chatting with grandma halfway across the world in full high definition!

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Geek Speak and Holiday Headaches

Geek Speak and Holiday Headaches

Holidays are generally a time for high blood-pressure, so it's always nice when technology steps in to smooth frustrations and make things easier. Unfortunately, time with family - or indeed away from them - can also introduce its own electronic headaches. Many of us make the annual pilgrimage to the family home with a bag full of cables, gadgets and thumb-drives loaded with anti-malware software, along with the apprehension that we'll be the unpaid Geek Squad while we're there. Some things, though, should be simple: talking to distant family via Skype, for instance. Unfortunately, as I discovered myself this Christmas, that wasn't to be the case.

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