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Skype v2.6 released and Skype 3.0 beta coming soon

October 11, 2006

Lots of Skype news coming out of Internet Telephony Conference & Expo. First, Skype v2.6 beta was released today. It has the following new features:

- Click to call ordinary phone numbers on any website (optional install)
- Find and join Skypecasts in the Live tab.
- Share your favorite links in mood message. They’re clickable.
- Search the web with the Google Toolbar (optional install)

Looks like Skype is partnering for the two optional pieces.

Skype combo devices - what's the point?

October 3, 2006

Seems like every day there's some newfandangled Skype device that combines Skype along with some combination of a speakerphone, a mouse, a keypad, an LCD, a toaster, a blender, etc. etc.

Remember the Sony Skype device I wrote about? Let me refresh your memory with 2 pictures...

Sony VAIO VNCX1-B Mouse

Now word comes about a new combo Skype device called the Skype USB Phone ASG-142 SkyGenie MouseFone.

It features an 800 DPI optical sensor, Skype speakerphone, an a 1.3-inch LCD for caller ID display. Although it is USB, it only works on Windows.

FOX News reviews the Sony Mylo

September 22, 2006

Skype for Mac 2.0 has video!

September 13, 2006

Raketu new P2P VoIP app takes on Skype

September 12, 2006

Is Raketu the next Skype killer? Raketu today launched a new VoIP client that also offers information and entertainment services. Raketu’s communications features include dialout calling (rakOut) to landline/mobile phones, Instant Messaging (supporting Raketu, Yahoo, MSN, AOL, ICQ, Google and Skype), SMS-text messaging, and file transfers/sharing.

Raketu's information features include news, sports, weather, stock feeds, and an advanced internet and travel searching facility. Raketu’s entertainment features include a podcast reader/player, games, and a full featured multi-media player with karaoke.

Global IP Sound releases new iSAC 2.0 codec

September 12, 2006

Global IP Sound (GIPS) today announced the availability of version 2.0 of its iSAC codec.  iSAC 2.0 is now optimized for use in hardware devices. This solution allows the makers of IP phones, gateways and chipsets to deliver products that offer the same high quality voice experience that users of software-based VoIP softphones have achieves using GIPS' voice platform. (i.e.

VOX for Skype for mobile phones

September 11, 2006

VoxLib announced the launch of VOX for Skype, a plugin application to Skype that enables Skype to be used on any mobile device.  This plugin enables users to benefit from Skype while away from their desktop. VOX for Skype requires no mobile data plan, mobile browser or software to download or install on the mobile device. It also works regardless of the user’s mobile carrier.

Skylook 2.0 for Skype sneek peak

September 6, 2006

Skylook is one of the most powerful add-ons for Skype you will find. Skylook 2.0 includes a major new feature called “Alerts and Forwarding”. This feature allows you to be alerted about important events that occur when you are away from your PC. These events include: The receipt of an important Email; the receipt of an instant message, an important contact coming on-line, a missed Outlook reminder; a missed call or voice message.

Panasonic to launch Skype WiFi phone

September 1, 2006

USRobotics USR9630 Cordless Phone for Skype

August 30, 2006

USRobotics just launched a new cordless phone for Skype called the USR9630 Cordless Phone for Skype and the USR9631 Accessory Handset.  The USR9630 base station connects to both a traditional phone line and an available USB port on a PC running Skype. It allows up to four cordless handsets to be connected to the same telephone line. This product is somewhat similar to the Linksys CIT200 Skype phone that I reviewed, which also supports multiple handsets and also uses DECT, however, this USR product supports both Skype and PSTN phone calls, thus making it a practical home phone replacement for the entire family.
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