KDDI has inked a deal with Skype such that the VoIP service will be made available through a Skype Android app on KDDI’s handsets; initially Sharp’s IS03
It appears that KDDI’s partnership with Skype will be similar to Verizon’s in the US, where Skype over WiFi will not be allowed, additional restriction is that Skype to land or mobile lines within Japan are also not possible.
More details at Mobile In Japan.
I had Google Voice for almost a month now. I was so excited to receive the Google Voice invite, as I had been wanting to get an account ever since GrandCentral days; the company and service that Google purchased and rebranded it into Google Voice.
For those who does not know, Google Voice is a service where Google assigns you an unique USA telephone number. Then whenever you receive a call at your Google Voice number, you can set up the service to ring any (US) telephone numbers you have. It also enables screening and grouping of these callers so that certain individuals can be directed to voice mail or a specific telephone number.
Continue reading “Getting Google Voice Working Outside of USA”
Last week Skype iPhone application was approved by Apple and made available through the iTunes App Store.
This was one of the most anticipated application for the iPhone after Qik for the iPhone and cut/copy & paste.
For those who do not know what Skype is, please allow me to quickly explain. Skype is classified as a VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) service. It was created in 2003 by the trio, Ahti Heinla, Priit Kasesalu and Jaan Tallinn who also created Kazaa, the peer-to-peer file sharing application.
The client application is also called, “Skype”, and it is a free download, you can install onto your mobile phone or computer, enabling you to make station to station calls free of charge over the IP network (ie. Internet).
Continue reading “Why Skype for iPhone May Not Be Used?”
For all those Skype for Mac OS users who are as eager as I am to begin using the Skype version with video conferencing capability, please be “Warned” that the latest development version floating around the Internet should NOT be used.
This development version as stated by one of the Skype developer, Jaanus, will destroy your Skype data.
The one good news is that the new Mac version (v2.0) is almost ready for prime time.
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In the past year I had signed up for services that are now no longer independent.
First it was Blogger which was purchased by Google.
Next it was Skype, which everyone knows was purchased by eBay. I personally feel that the future of Skype is numbered with eBay at the helm.
A few months ago Flickr was purchased by Yahoo. Like Skype I hope Flickr will not be destroyed by Yahoo.
Today the creator, of Upcoming announced on his blog that it will be purchased by Yahoo.
What is happening? Is everything I signup for going to be gobble up by the big guys?
There are many who thinks of Microsoft as the evil empire who tries to take over the world from the technology perspective.
Others who falls into this category are: Starbucks, Disney and Virgin. Although these other three are not as commonly regarded as Mr. Gates’ company.
At least for the software industry there are new kid(s) on the block trying to take the title from Microsoft; namely Google.
Although I cannot totally disagree with the critics about their new label for Google. I personally do not have as much dislike for Google as I have for Microsoft. I like Google, except for their recent decisions to keep releasing services that are platform specific (Windows). Rather than developing service that are based on Open Standards, which is what the Internet is.
Will the new “Evil Empire” be Google or Yahoo. I guess we will soon know.
Two days ago, the growing popular software “Skype“; by the company of the same name, finally released a Beta version for the Macintosh (OS 10.3.5 and later). This is after only 9 months where our friends on the Windows, Linux and Pocket PC platforms have been enjoying the features and functionalities of VoIP with Skype.
The creators of Skype are the same ones who created one of the most popular Internet software “KaZaA“; a P2P software that people used to exchange documents, MP3, movies and images.
The Skype team further enhanced what they learned from KaZaA and introduced a bunch of other technologies to produce a VoIP client that automatically locate the shortest path between Skype users.
They also have a service called SkypeOut where you can call any telephone, either fixed line or mobile, at a very low cost.
So if you have time and a microphone attached to your computer do give this software a try, while you’re at it you can drop me a line (Skype ID: “vinko66”).