Archive for ‘Skype’

January 6, 2011

>Skype acquiring mobile video expert Qik

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Skype, a powerhouse in the area of voice and video chat over the Net, said today it’s acquiring Qik, a mobile video specialist.
The move stands to expand what Skype can mobile phones. Today it’s got apps for voice chat, but Qik brings video to the party with applications that run today on Android, iPhone, Symbian, Blackberry, and Windows Mobile.
“Together, Skype and Qik will focus on providing a richer, more integrated experience that will allow people globally to share experiences in real-time video across different platforms, as well as store those moments so they can be viewed anytime later,” Skype said in a statement. (Click here for a post on the announcement from CES.)
December 30, 2010

>Skype Video on Apple Devices

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“The latest version of Skype’s app lets users of the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch make video calls, which will expand mobile videoconferencing globally—and strain network capacities”.

Skype Technology SA, the biggest provider of international calls, introduced video calling for Apple Inc.’s wireless devices, a move that may broaden the appeal of mobile videoconferencing.The newest version of Skype’s application lets users of the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch make or receive video calls via 3G or Wi-Fi connections, the company said today in a statement.The company had previously offered its free mobile video-call app only for Nokia Oyj’s N900 smartphone. Luxembourg-based Skype is seeking to increase the number of subscribers who may eventually buy its premium services. The new app will compete with existing iPhone and iPod calling services offered by Apple, Fringland Ltd. and Tango.

December 24, 2010

>Skype to Refund Customers Affected by Service Outage: Report

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Skype’s CEO issues a statement offering refunds for customers affected by the company’s massive service outage.
Facing the wrath of its customer base following a massive service outage earlier this week, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) provider Skype said it would issue refunds to those unable to make calls during the 30-hour shut down. Skype CEO Tony Bates issued a statement on the company’s blog, apologizing for the service outage and promising compensation. Bates also issued an update on the outage, claiming the company has been able to successfully stabilize Skype due to the “dedicated supernodes deployed by Skype’s engineering team.” The service is now at roughly 90 percent of normal user volumes, Bates said. He said audio, video and IM are running normally, though a couple of the company’s other offerings, including offline IM and Group Video Calling, are not available yet. “We are working hard to restore them in due course,” he wrote. “We now understand the cause of the problem and we believe it was not caused by a malicious attack. But, we are still doing a full analysis and we will provide an in-depth post-mortem.”