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News: First Signs of Facetime-like Video Chat for Windows Phone 7

Apparently the current iteration of Windows Phone 7 doesn’t support front-facing cameras on devices running WP7.  What the hell?  Seems extremely short-sighted even for an initial endeavor. We know how industries work.  Someone comes up with an idea and that idea makes its way around to other companies, many of whom end up copying the idea.  So it’s not like the concept of a front-facing camera has been unknown to Microsoft when they made WP7.

Well, I guess it’s better late than never, in this case.  Maybe they realize mobile video calling may not just be a novelty because WindowsPhone7Central.com is reporting an off-the-record comment by a Microsoft employee and possible evidence deep in the development code for WP7.

As far as I’m concerned, the more the merrier when it comes to video chat support.  I really think it’s finally come into it’s own and you’ll start finally seeing more “videophone” calls as a commonplace thing.  We were promised video phones ages ago, but it took the mobile app revolution to bring it to us.

wp7-video-chat-prelude

[Sources WindowsPhone7Central via Neowin.net and PocketNow.com]

January 9, 2011 at 8:30 pm Posted by | Cellphone, News, Video Chat/Webcam, Windows Phone 7 | Leave a Comment

News: Skype for Windows 5.1 Out of Beta, Group Video Chat Now Costs

ooVoo has long, in my opinion, been the king of group video chat for anyone who doesn’t have the advantage of having an expensive corporate video telepresence setup.

But with Skype’s latest beta, they’re moving from great video plus group text chat, to great GROUP video calling plus text chat.  It’s really exciting to see this becoming more accessible to the average Joe.

True, it costs a little now, but for an ad hoc $5 day pass or $9/month unlimited (with discounts for bulk buying), it’s not a bad deal.  And of course, with competition comes even better deals so maybe we can look forward to a price war between Skype and ooVoo.  BTW: One on one video chat is still free, it’s just the group video calling that will cost money, much like ooVoo.

I wonder how Skype’s recent acquisition of Qik will play into this all.

[Source Engadget]

January 7, 2011 at 5:20 pm Posted by | Instant Messaging, News, Skype, Video Chat/Webcam | Leave a Comment

News: magicJack Plus Offers Free Calling over 3G and Wifi and iPhone App!

I want to hate magicJack.  It reaks of ‘As Seen On TV’ and probably gained a lot of popularity through that channel.  But it seems to be hanging in there and gaining in function and popularity. More power to’em!

Since there was a lot of interest in the ‘magicJack for Android’ article I posted a little while ago, and since this could be used as an official, non-Android based method of having a portable private phone number, I thought it was worth mentioning.

So what you get with the magicJack Plus is a $50 VoIP solution that you can use plugged into a computer, but also.. somehow.. use it via 3G and wifi (I assume with an additional chunk of hardware) as well a a free of local and long distance calling.

The biggest surprise?  Almost as an afterthought, they mention a magicJack iPHONE APP!  Yes, the Android app may be a hacked together affair, but looks like a legit Android app may be a possibility if the iPhone app flies!  Very exciting news for fans of VoIP!

I might have to keep an eye on magicJack and what new products they may have on the horizon. I foresee them renaming themselves and rebirthing much like ValuJet did with AirTran.

[Source LaptopMag]

January 7, 2011 at 12:19 pm Posted by | magicJack, News, Voice Over IP (VoIP) | 5 Comments

News: FaceVsion TouchCam V1

Webcams have come a long way from the giant, low res monstrosities.. or the forerunner, the Connectix Quickcam with it’s off-white ball design that looked like an eyeball.  Now you can get a basic webcam for $10, but there’s always a push for bigger, better, faster, more.  Without getting into the prosumer grade of video cameras that you could, if you chose, also use as a webcam, there’s still a good push for regular webcam flavored webcams.

A new contender seems to be FaceVsion (note the odd spelling) and their N1 and V1 cameras.  I can’t tell if they’re “Korean knockoff goofy” or if they’re legit and fresh and new.  I’m leaning toward the latter because they really have something interesting here.

Facevsion's TouchCam N1

For just an affordable and very sexy $69, you get this beautiful white camera that would be at home in the kitchen as well sa the boudoir 🙂

It supports H.264 and can do 720p “highdef” and makes SkypeHD super happy.  Maybe this will help raise the bar in webcam quality so we won’t have to squint as much, trying to figure out if that’s a nipple or just an encoding artifact.

[Source Engadget, product page at faceVsion]

January 6, 2011 at 9:07 pm Posted by | News, Video Chat/Webcam | Leave a Comment

News: Skype Video Calling for iPhone/iOS is Official!

Skype 3.0 just hit iTunes and it’s boasting video calls to Skype users on Windows, Mac and Linux (and assuming other iPhone users as well with the 3.0 software).  Video calls supposedly work over wifi AND 3G, giving it an edge over Facetime.

No official word on Android or other platform support, but there should be more announcements at CES in Las Vegas next week.  Exciting stuff!

skype for iphone - video calling

Update: Added video released after initial article was posted:

[Source: iTunes via Engadget]

December 30, 2010 at 12:30 am Posted by | Cellphone, iPhone, News, Skype, Video Chat/Webcam | Leave a Comment

News: Yahoo IM for Android Updated, Adds VoIP Calling

A while ago, Yahoo IM for Android was updated just for the MyTouch 4G, version 1.1 I believe, to include support for video calling using the MyTouch4G’s front-facing camera.  Copies of the ripped app were all over the place, but it was a little tricky to get set up.  Now with versions 1.2 and 1.3 officially on the Android App Market, you’re now able to get the officially updated version of Yahoo Messenger and get the new Voice and Video plugin (installed within the app, even though it does appear in the Android Market).  For now, only the MyTouch 4G and EVO 4G are supported, but hopefully they’ll add more support for other devices soon.  Even without a front-facing camera, you could still take advantage of the voice calling.

yahoo im for android

[Source Droid Life via AndroidGuys]

December 28, 2010 at 12:00 pm Posted by | Android, Cellphone, Instant Messaging, News, Video Chat/Webcam, Voice Over IP (VoIP), Yahoo Messenger | Leave a Comment

News: fringOut Now Available for iPhone

Previously only available for Android and Symbian S60, fring’s phone service (VoIP) has recently become available for the iPhone as well.  This gives iPhone users yet another way to skirt around AT&T’s system to make cheaper international calls or be able to call home when you’re overseas without paying crazy international roaming charges (you still need some kind of internet connection on your phone, but a hotel or airport wifi should work great).

You can check fringOut’s rates here.

fringOut - iPhone Screenshot 1

Remember that fring also lets you make free ‘calls’, audio and video, to your friends who also use fring and is available on Symbian, Android and iPhone currently.  And don’t forget their recent addition of Dynamic Video Quality (can’t wait to test that out!).

[Sources iLounge via PocketNow, and here’s an iTunes link as well]

December 27, 2010 at 7:59 pm Posted by | Fring, fringOut, News, Voice Over IP (VoIP) | Leave a Comment

News: Lifehacker’s 5 Best Mobile IM Apps

Hmm.. not sure I’d call this the ‘best’ mobile instant messenger apps, but it’s what Lifehacker decided to publish.  There are some good ones on this list, though, that I’ll be covering in more detail later.

For now, here’s the short list.  Read more details over at Lifehacker at the source link below.

Beejive

Five Best Mobile Instant Messaging Applications - Beejive

Blackberry Messenger

Five Best Mobile Instant Messaging Applications - Blackberry Messenger

Google Talk

Five Best Mobile Instant Messaging Applications - Google Talk

Meebo

Five Best Mobile Instant Messaging Applications - Meebo

Trillian

Five Best Mobile Instant Messaging Applications - Trillian

[Source Lifehacker]

December 27, 2010 at 9:00 am Posted by | Android, AOL Instant Mesenger/AIM, Beejive, Blackberry, Cellphone, Device to Device, Facebook, Google Talk/GTalk, Instant Messaging, Instant Messaging (Multi-IM), iPhone, Jabber, Meebo, MSN Messenger, MySpace, News, Social Networks, Yahoo Messenger | Leave a Comment

News: LiveProfile Messenger Beta for Android Released

One of the things Blackberry pioneered was a new, more functional IM specifically for mobile devices. Blackberry Messenger was way more suited for phones than traditional IM apps. Because of this and the fact that traditional IMs still don’t do push notifications very well, there’s a great niche for apps like LiveProfile, especially when they can work across multiple platforms.

LiveProfile (one word) is current in beta for Android, but they’re working hard on Blackberry and iPhone/iPod versions as well.

With many competitors such as Kik, WhatApp and PingChat already around, some people ask “why do we need another device-to-device IM solution?” but as the saying goes, there’s always room at the top.  The trick is getting all your friends to commit to using the same app, but if you can do that.. this looks like a great D2D option.

BTW.. it can also be used as a replacement for your default text app!

LiveProfile

[Sources LiveProfile via xda]

December 26, 2010 at 9:00 pm Posted by | Android, Cellphone, Device to Device, Instant Messaging, iPhone, News | Leave a Comment

News: IM Buddy for Windows Phone 7 (Yahoo client)

Want to chat on Yahoo IM but can’t wait for the official Yahoo chat client?  Give IM Buddy a try.  It’s the first Yahoo Messenger compatible client for Windows Phone 7 to appear on the Windows Phone Marketplace.

IM Buddy IM Buddy Config ScreenIM Buddy Online Screen

[Source WMPowerUser.com]

December 26, 2010 at 8:00 pm Posted by | Cellphone, Instant Messaging, News, Windows Phone 7, Yahoo Messenger | Leave a Comment