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skype-voip-software-callingIf you are heavily into VoIP calling then here’s some good news for you. Skype has just released a new version of the VoIP software, which allows you to make group calls involving as many as 10 callers!

The second beta version of Skype 5.0 is already available for free downloads and also includes features such as automatic call recovery. The UI is better than previous versions and some of the clutter has been removed. The new Skype 5.0 is also supposed to deliver higher quality calls and fixes some of the bugs present in the earlier versions.

But 10 way video calling remains the star attraction by far. The success of the previous 5-way video calling feature must have spurred the Skype team on to deliver something bigger and better. This feature should be ideal for virtual meetings and family chat sessions. Even mini-classrooms can be run using this feature, quite easily.

This looks like Skype’s answer to Google’s video chat function, which now looks even more inferior. Will this be able to generate the same buzz as Google Voice has done recently? That’s the big question!

If you use this version of Skype, don’t expect everything to go smoothly as yet. After all this is the Skype 5.0 beta version you will be using and bugs will be there for sure. Moreover, you can use this feature with other callers only if they have the same beta version of Skype.

It will be interesting to see whether 10-way calling is made a free feature when the final release arrives. In all probability, it will be a premium feature, with the 5-way calling becoming a free feature. But if indeed that happens, Skype will face serious competition from services such as Tokbox which offer multi-person video calling for free along with other amazing features.

Beta Skype 5.0 Download For Windows

Though officially this runs on Windows only, you can tweak Mac a bit to make it work. You need to access the Mac program terminal which accepts UNIX commands. Though it is a safe procedure you should only try it if you are really desperate to use 10-way calling on Mac.

Download Skype 5.0 For Windows XP, Windows Vista and other Windows Platform from the official Skype website by clicking this link. (blogote)


vidyo iphone ipad video conferencing High Quality Video Conferencing With Vidyo App For iPhone4 and iPad [Coming Soon] Just a day after Skype launched 10-way video calling there have been further developments in the video conferencing field. Vidyo has just submitted an iPhone and iPad app to App Store for approval, which should put the app available for download pretty soon.

Vidyo specializes in high quality video conferencing tech for corporate, and now it looks like they are venturing into bringing their expertise on to the mobile platform, starting with tablets and smartphones.

Vidyo will be well served by their experience of having worked to provide virtual conferencing solutions via licensing to companies such as HP, Intel and Hitachi. By the way, even Google uses Vidyo’s technology to run the Google video chat.

The fact that they are now venturing into the mobile arena shows that enterprise is a using more and more mobile devices. They also plan to make their services available on all platforms, not just the Apple iOS. An Android app is also in the pipeline as Android OS  is slowly dominating the market .

Vidyo also realizes that corporate customers need multi-platform solutions. For example people using iOS, Android and even Windows Mobile platforms may want to communicate with each other in a virtual conference. Achieving that sort of cross-platform fluidity will be the challenge for Vidyo.

Vidyo for iPad and iPhone4

When this app will be finally available for the Apple iPad, there will be one problem for users. The app will not be able to engage in a proper conference because iPad device lacks a front facing camera. So if the users choose to view the screen, they will only be participating via an audio stream. But Vidyo is sure that future iPad devices will have a front-camera. Also, Vidyo on iPhone4 will be more convenient as it has a front camera.

Vidyo biggest challenge will be to face up to Skype, which is also looking to enter the enterprise domain. Skype has supposedly held talks with Cisco for this purpose.

Moreover, if Vidyo really has the potential and a strong tech portfolio, it may have to brace for acquisition bids from one of the tech majors. But for now let’s wait to see how good the Vidyo iOS app is! (blogote)


While Apple may be hogging all the tech headlines going around at this moment (and with good reason), let’s not ignore this bit of news about the T-Mobile G2. T-Mobile has just revealed that the device will run on a Scorpion processor and will ship with Android 2.2 Froyo.

The T-Mobile G2 SmartPhone has been the subject of much speculation of late, because both Google and HTC are involved in its development. This bit of official information may bring joy to some, but considerable heartache for others.

This is because the Scorpion processor will clock just 800MHz; a whole 200MHz short of the 1 Snapdragon that has become standard fare (not to forget the Qualcomm’s SmartPhonethat sports a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon processor) on most high-end smartphones these days. Moreover the device will not have the remarkable HTC Sense UI, which makes HTC devices so covetable.

Though the absence of Sense is indeed regrettable on T-Mobile G2, perhaps you should not lament the 800MHz CPU right away. This is because this CPU is a new one and uses the MSM7x30 Snapdragon chipset. So, assumptions about the clock speed may be a bit too premature because unlike the usual QSD chipsets we don’t know much about its performance.

Until a few benchmarking tests reveal more, you should not assume that the performance of the T-Mobile G2 will be a lot worse than phones which have 1GHz processors.

On the brighter side, the G2 phone should be totally geared up for an amazing browsing performance. Apart from the decent specs, there is access to the HSPA+ network of T-Mobile to give you better 4G speeds. Moreover it is preloaded with Adobe Flash player 10.1 and will display the latest interactive content and streaming Flash videos from the web.

Then there are one-touch ‘Quick Keys’ for instant access to various apps and Google shortcuts. The phone has been priced at $199 with a T-Mobile contract and $499 without contract (unlocked).

If you remember: the launch of the G1 was a very important milestone in the history of Android devices. Being the first smartphone designed to operate at 4G speeds – T-Mobile’s G2 should be no less important. (blogote)

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image thumb112 The Android 2.2 Lock Screen Now For Droid X Running Android 2.1

Reports of the leaked version of Android 2.2 aka Froyo have been running rampant across the Web. The version has a few bugs and wouldn’t be recommended to replace the much stable version 2.1 of the Google mobile Operating System.

Whatever be the issues with it, I personally love the Lock screen, it looks much better than the traditional  Android Lock and Silent option we see. Not really like the Apple iPhone but quite close to it. Oops, there I go again with the comparison. Lets get back to the lock screen for now.

Folks at the Android Central Forum have come out with an easy to install .apk file to give you the taste of the Android 2.2 lock screen on your Droid running the Android 2.1. You can visit the link here for more information and the link to install the same [download].


T-Mobile G2 spotted in the wild

Posted: August 21, 2010 in Google
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T-Mobile G2 open

We’ve seen leaked images and renders of the upcoming T-Mobile G2 in the past, but now we’ve got something even better.  The folks over at Engadget have received photos of the G2 in the wild, and the device definitely looks pretty slick.  All of the previous photos and renders of the device look to be spot on with what you seen above and below.  Although the G2 isn’t powered on in the pictures, you can see that you’ll be getting a Touch Pro 2-style slide out QWERTY keyboard and what is likely a 3.7-inch display.

T-Mobile G2 side

From what we’ve seen, the G2 certainly looks like it’ll be one of the most desirable, high-end devices when it finally hits the market.  Compared to the original G1, the G2 looks more sophisticated, polished, and just a little less geeky.  Pair all that with the fact that it will be T-Mobile’s first HSPA+ device, and you’ve got the makings of one hot handset.  So, how many of you are going to be picking up the T-Mobile G2 when it launches?

UPDATE: Engadget received some clearer photos that show off more of the device, so we decided to update the post to include those.  Don’t get too excited about the picture of the device with the screen raised above the keyboard, because Engadget’s tipster says that the G2 will not tilt open like the Touch Pro 2 did.


Chrome OS tablet coming to Verizon

Posted: August 18, 2010 in Google, Tablets
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Chrome OS tablet

We already know that Verizon and Motorola plan to team up to release a tablet with the code name Stingray, but now it looks like Moto isn’t the only manufacturer making a tablet for Big Red.  According to a source speaking withDownload Squad, Google and HTC are creating a tablet running Chrome OS that will run on Verizon’s network (the image above is a mock-up).  The device is set to launch on November 26th, 2010, also known as Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year.  The specs for the device looks like this:

  • NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip
  • 1280×720 multitouch display
  • 32 GB SSD (minimum)
  • 2 GB RAM
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G connectivity
  • GPS
  • Webcam
  • Possible expandable storage via a multi-card reader

The specs for Google tablet look great, although it’s disappointing that we don’t know the screen size or the potential price.  Considering it’s being built for Google by HTC, who also put together the Nexus One, I have a feeling that the device will be every bit as awesome as the N1 was.  So, how many of you would stop into a Verizon store on Black Friday to pick up a Chrome OS tablet?


This is the first part in a series of articles reviewing the Samsung Vibrant in terms of gaming and overall performance. Part one is an overview of the Samsung Vibrant and a comparison to the Nexus One. If you are considering upgrading or buying a new phone and enjoy mobile gaming you will want to read this series of articles!

I recently had the opportunity to jump from a Google Nexus One to a Samsung Vibrant(Galaxy S). The transition, which T-mobile makes extremely easy, was smooth and flawless. But as all things go in the computer/smartphone, there were a few less then stellar items that I need to note. But first lets give the differences between the two phones.

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Phone Google Nexus One Samsung Vibrant
U.S. Carriers T-mobile/ATT** T-mobile
Global Availability Released Released
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 @ 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird  Cortex A8 @ 1GHz
GPU ATI Adreno 200 PowerVR SGX540
Weight 4.59 oz
4.16 oz
Dimensions 4.69″ x 2.35″ x 0.45″ 4.82″ x 2.54″ x 0.39″
Battery Life Talk: 7 hr
Standby: 250 hr
(10.4 days)
Talk: 6.5 hr
Standby: 432 hr
(18 days)
Display AMOLED (Full-Color)
480 x 800 pixels
Colors: 65,Came536 (16-bit)
Super AMOLED (Full-Color)
480 x 800 pixels
Colors: 16.7 million (24-bit)
Platform / OS Android 2.2 Android 2.1
Application Memory 196 MB 2 GB
Total Memory 512Meg internal
4G MicroSD
16G internal memory
2G MicroSD
Camera 5 Mega Pixels 5 Mega Pixels

**The Nexus One is no longer offered by either carrier, but the phone can be purchased through third parties and VIA Google Developer program.

As you can see the major differences here are the CPU/GPU’s the display and memory. Does that really make a difference in performance though? Well read on and lets see how this all pans out in my 3 part review of the Samsung Vibrant. But first a quick and I mean quick overview of the phone.

Overview: As said earlier I had a smooth transition from my Nexus One to the Vibrant, but there were some things that show the failures in the third party tinkering. No I’m not going to get into the interface of the devices sans the fact that the Nexus One is a Google Android phone throughout with no extra stuff thrown in, and while some say it is bland, it just works and works well. The Vibrant with the Touchwiz 3.0 interface leaves a lot left to be desired, and has tons of short comings, but it didn’t take me long to get used to the interface so no real time loss there. But I will say this, when a company steps in and pushes there proprietary stuff on you they should think harder about the end user.

The Nexus One’s first boot up showed me an awesome little screen that let me either create a Google account or add my current. That was nice and made the phone feel more integrated with Google as one would expect from an Android phone. The Vibrant took me right to the desktop where I had to fiddle around with the settings to add all my google info. Was it a pain, yes… Was it a deal breaker, no… Now with the one thing that really annoyed me the most out of the way lets get to the sweetness of what the Vibrant means for the gaming community.

I must first say that the Vibrant is snappy, VERY snappy, but not everywhere. When moving around the system there are times of long hesitations that make you wonder if you hit the button. This is a known issue and can be fixed at the expense of half your apps memory, but at default this is an issue. And I also need to note that I have seen it happen in a few games. There are times in the game where the entire game stops for a moment then picks back up. I never experienced this on the Nexus One, sure there were slowdowns as with an system, but not full one sound and video stops. But as I already stated this has been fixed VIA the XDA community and doesn’t happen often enough to be in the way.

The screen so far has been very satisfying and bright, and I mean bright! At the lowest setting it is brighter than the Nexus Ones medium setting and most other phones max setting. The display is large enough that big fingers, like mine, can hit buttons and not hog the whole screen. Sure, slightly less than half and inch may not seem like much but hey that is the width of my pinkie finger alone.

The phone will be very well accepted by the gaming community for not just it’s power and bright screen, but the weight. This thing is super light and feels like a feather in your hand, which translates, for me at least, into less arm cramps(hey I’m old) while holding it in 50 different positions while playing games. Sure lighter weight may be a bad thing for some, but after playing a game on this phone for an hour I must say that it left me without cramps and without a luggy arm feeling. The thinness and shape of the phone are also very well done, and unlike the Nexus One I find myself hitting the hardware buttons at the bottom of the screen less often, to almost never. No more accidentally pausing the game or backing out to the desktop.

Sound is a big one for games as well and the speaker, whether it is due to the thinness of the phone or just speaker placement and size, is super loud. I find myself lowering the volume on the Vibrant and turning it up on the Nexus One, the difference is night and day. Besides it being loud it is also decently clear, I can hear characters talk and music and sound effects ring through, though some games do need to be toned down as some distortion occurs at max volume. The headphones that shipped with the phone sound good as well, but lets face it everyone has their favorite headset and that is not a part of the phones abilities.

So you may be thinking what is it that he can put into this to make it a three part series. Well lets see, there is the overall gaming feeling, the touchscreen input details, the speed of games, battery life, and lets not forget connectivity. Yep this phone will do 480p output to your TV VIA the 3.5mm headphone jack to your composite in(red, white, yellow). And soon there will be a MicroUSB to HDMI out cable, but it is still up in the air as to whether that will be true HD or just another 480p connection.

So stay tuned for more on Vibrant and it’s gaming abilities in the next few weeks as I plow through this phone thoroughly and test it on all fronts.