video calling

Amazon’s “creepy” Echo Show feature is being overhyped

Amazon’s “creepy” Echo Show feature is being overhyped

Listen to the critics, and Amazon's Echo Show represents be a honeypot of privacy intrusion and creepy surveillance. Though Alexa, the retailer's virtual assistant, isn't new, the addition of a camera to the Echo Show smart speaker gives her eyes in your home for the first time. It's the circumstances around when those eyes are open - and who can turn on that camera remotely - that is triggering privacy fears.

Continue Reading

New Skype borrows Snapchat playbook with Millennial-luring Highlights

New Skype borrows Snapchat playbook with Millennial-luring Highlights

Microsoft has completely rebuilt Skype, taking one of the more frustrating - but, for many, essential - apps and giving it a much-needed makeover. Apparently remade from the ground up, the new Skype launches on mobile first before segueing to the desktop. It puts chat at the forefront, and not just voice calls, and makes a serious (or seriously needy, depending on your stance) play for Millennials who might be currently obsessed with Snapchat.

Continue Reading

Amazon Echo calling and messaging takes on Skype

Amazon Echo calling and messaging takes on Skype

Amazon's Echo Show may be the retail behemoth's biggest news today, but it's also going after Skype and other internet calling services with a new Alexa feature. Debuting on the Echo Show, the new Alexa Calling and Messaging service will actually be available across all of the Echo devices, though not all will support the same features. At its core, though, the new service will turn your Echo gadgets into a hands-free calling system.

Continue Reading

Google Duo’s audio-only calls is finally global

Google Duo’s audio-only calls is finally global

Google really can't make up its mind when it comes to its communication apps and services. From Google Talk to Hangouts to the newly renamed Android Messaging, Google changes names, features, and apps as regularly as the phases of the moon. Even its latest "simplified" video calling app isn't immune to that trend. Google Duo, which was designed to be a dead simple way to have one-on-one video calls is now also becoming a dead simple way to make audio-only calls, with the feature now rolling out worldwide.

Continue Reading

Signal encrypted chat app adds video calls, iOS users beware

Signal encrypted chat app adds video calls, iOS users beware

At the height of the great Snowden whistleblowing phase of history, highly secure and encrypted messaging services became en vogue. While some of that has died down, a notable few like Signal remain. Developed by Open Whisper Systems, which also developers the Signal protocol now used by Whatsapp for encryption, the Signal app started out as a simple, text-based chat app. Now it is on the cusp of its next evolution, adding that oh so popular video chatting capability, though still in beta format.

Continue Reading

iOS 11 rumored to introduce FaceTime group video calls

iOS 11 rumored to introduce FaceTime group video calls

Ever since its introduction, Apple's FaceTime has been limited to call between two people, regardless of the device being used. This might finally be changing later this year, as a new rumor suggests that the upcoming iOS 11 will have FaceTime supporting group video calls. While we're still several months away from iOS 11's likely debut at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, a group call feature would have FaceTime catching up with rival platforms such as Skype and Google Hangouts.

Continue Reading

Google Duo now available worldwide on Play Store

Google Duo now available worldwide on Play Store

Google's plan to spin-off the two main functions of its Hangouts app — messaging and video calls — into separates apps officially became a reality this week as Duo, the company's take on FaceTime, was released on both Android and iOS. While Duo has both advantages and disadvantages compared to other video calling apps, Android users around the globe can now give it a try as it's available on the Play Store worldwide, not just in the US.

Continue Reading

Google Duo will support audio-only calls ‘soon’

Google Duo will support audio-only calls ‘soon’

Earlier this week, Google introduced Duo, its latest app for both Android and iOS that features simple to use video calling. The comparisons to Apple's own FaceTime are obvious, with both offering high quality video and audio, however Duo's big advantage is that it is cross-platform. Unfortunately, the one major feature that Duo doesn't have yet is support for audio-only calls. But at least Google has confirmed that it's on the way.

Continue Reading

Google Duo (somewhat) launches to make video calls a breeze

Google Duo (somewhat) launches to make video calls a breeze

Despite being called smartphones majority of users hardly use their mobile devices for voice calls anymore these days. Of course, some still do, but even those usually course it through VoIP services rather than regular cellular lines. With phone calls practically a dead venue, Google is turning its attention to what it bills as the next best thing to communicating with someone with a personal touch: video calls. But as nice as the thought may be, video chat is also the most unreliable medium. That is why Google is finally launching its Duo app and service to make video calls a piece of cake.

Continue Reading

Skype debuts new browser-based group video chats, offline file sharing

Skype debuts new browser-based group video chats, offline file sharing

Microsoft's messaging and video chat platform Skype has rolled out several new features this week, starting with a new browser tool aimed at small businesses. Called Skype Meetings, it's a free, web-based option for group video chats, along with a few of the collaboration tools from Skype for Business. In addition, Skype's standard existing apps now feature the ability to share files with users even when they're offline.

Continue Reading

Skype drops the requirement for plugins on its web app

Skype drops the requirement for plugins on its web app

Microsoft has just announced that Skype for Web will no longer require a browser plugin or download of any kind, allowing users to make video and audio calls simply by signing in to the service. The company says that the Skype feature within Outlook.com, Office Online, and OneDrive is also plugin free. The catch is that it's limited to Microsoft's Edge browser on Windows 10 at the moment, but there are plans to do the same on other browsers, making it easier to use Skype in situations where local installations aren't possible.

Continue Reading

Microsoft discontinues Skype app for smart TVs

Microsoft discontinues Skype app for smart TVs

Video calling has become a ubiquitous form of communication these days, with a myriad of apps and services on the desktop, tablets, and most notably smartphones. Microsoft's Skype is already one of the dominant options, with a popular service working well across a number of platforms. It turns out the living room television never caught on as a useful way to make video calls, so Skype has said that it's ending support for its smart TV apps this June.

Continue Reading

1 2 3 4 5 6