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Top 5 Video Chat Options for You

Near or far, video chat enables you to talk face-to face with someone you care about. And since the technology has garnered much praise, there are number of options being introduced every now and then. Thus, exclusively for you, we have shortlisted the best video chatting options available.

Skype

Our top favorite is Skype. Why, simply because it is a powerhouse. It not just supports instant messaging but also offers options like Wi-Fi calling and video chatting. And the best part is, it can be used on Windows PC, Mac, Linux, and other mobile apps for iOS, Windows Phone, and Android platforms. According to your requirements, you can choose either from free or subscriptions plans.

Google Plus Hangouts

This is another handy option available to do video chat. With support for as many as 10 connections simultaneously, Google Plus Hangouts enable you to connect with all your acquaintances on Google’s social network. In addition to this, the service integrates with Google Drive, allowing you to edit your documents on a real-time basis. This web app is primarily available for iOS and Android based devices.

Face Time

Powered by Apple, Face Time is the perfect mobile-to-mobile video chat solution. It easily connects users of iPad, iPhone, and iPod. Face Time is a free service and runs on Wi-Fi or a cellular connection. High-definition video calling and picture-in-picture displays are the prime highlights of this amazing video chat option. However, this app works only on Apple products.

ooVoo

ooVoo is a great option with both a browser based interface and an app. It has the ability to support around 12 users at a time and works best on Macs, Windows PCs, Android, and iOS devices. It enables you to record your chats so that you can share them on channel like YouTube.

Chatroulette

If you like to talk to strangers, this service is meant for you. Chatroulette is a free web-based video chat service that enable users to indulge in one-on-one video session with a complete stranger. Limiting your search to a few categories like language and gender, this service lets you discover new people.

So what are you waiting for! Make your choice and have a real-time conversation with your family, friends, colleagues, and even strangers.

Skype® investigates a tool that reveals user’s IP address

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and chat service Skype is investigating a potential security threat that can expose a person’s last known Internet Protocol (IP) address.

“We are investigating reports of a new tool that allegedly captures a Skype user’s last known IP address,” said Adrian Asher, Skype’s director of product security.

Steps taken by Skype

Skype, which is owned by software giant Microsoft Corporation, said in an e-mail statement, “This is an ongoing, industry-wide issue faced by all peer-to-peer software companies. We are committed to the safety and security of our customers and we are taking measures to help protect them.”

The privacy issue is raised by a tool that shows a user’s IP address via general information and log files without the need to add the targeted user as a contact. Skype uses a peer-to-peer system to route its data traffic, but security experts have recently warned that its encryption system is proprietary so it has not been open for proper scrutiny.

Dropbox® and Microsoft® Skype Gearing Up to face Google™ Drive

Eyeing the upcoming Cloud-based storage service from Google named Drive, Dropbox and Microsoft Skype updated their offerings to lure users. Google Drive is going to provide several useful features, such as 5GB of storage space, desktop folders, etc. to make Cloud-sharing a fun.

Dropbox users will now be able to share their files and folders via a link. This feature will make the service more user-friendly and accessible. According to Dropbox, “This means that people who follow your link can see pictures, look at presentations, and watch home videos without having to download and open them separately.” Dropbox is by far the king of Cloud-storage domain and with these updated features it has surely given more reasons to its users to keep using the service.

On the other hand, Microsoft has upgraded the Skype offering as well. It is now offering new apps for better desktop syncing and remote access. But, it has reduced the free storage space from 25GB to 7GB.

All-in-all, the launch of Google Drive will surely intensify the war between these companies and in turn provide more goodies for the users.

Skype® Gives Free Voice-Calling to Travelers this Christmas

Traveling this Christmas? Need to use Skype to bid goodbye to your folks from the airport, but the exorbitant Internet charges stopping you from doing so? Well, here’s a piece of good news for you. Skype is in a mood for some philanthropy this Christmas as it seems, since the popular video calling platform is gifting the travelers one hour of free Wi-Fi access at 50 major U.S. airports.

The exclusive festive offer will be valid from December 21st to December 27th. To make the most of this free Skype service, commuters need to have either the Skype Wifi App if using an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 4.1 or later, or otherwise the latest version of Skype in case they are using a Windows or Mac based laptop.

The access will be limited to an hour and within the Skype Wi-Fi hotspot footprint across the selected airports. Post one hour of free usage, you would need to buy additional Skype credit for further use.

“The holidays are all about connecting with those that you love,” Linda Summers, director of product marketing at Skype, said in a statement. She further added “Skype is helping people maintain these meaningful connections this holiday season from wherever they may be. A voice or video call via Skype when you can’t be together for the holidays is the next best thing to being there.”

You can check out the list of airports where the offer is available on Skype official blog.

This offer is a great way to make the travelers happy and to introduce them to the new and updated Skype Wi-Fi service.

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Rumor: Facebook® resumes talks with Skype®

Facebook is the world’s largest social networking website. Recently, there have been rumors that Facebook is all set to join hands with Skype. As per the news coming from the tech arena, Facebook and Skype are in talks with each other to offer voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) calls on the social networking website. If the deal goes through, it would be possible for the users of Facebook to do video conferencing and chat through text. In video conferencing, it is really great to see the person on screen with whom you are chatting.

When Facebook was launched it was never believed that it would gain such popularity. But as the time passed it added several features. For example there are applications like games, greeting cards, sending gifts and a lot more.

There is also an application which has made a swift change in the way we chat with each other; it has made it all possible to call the person over your computer. Skype is a software application that has taken a new avatar. What’s more, these voice calls are free if you are calling to the person who also has a Skype ID. It has also added a unique feature to call on a landline and mobile phone as well. But for that you will have to pay some fee.

Now there is news that Facebook and Skype are planning to join hands with each other in the market. It is a famous saying that two is better than one. Here is what these two are trying to do. As a result you will be able to call your loved one with Skype on Facebook. One of the best things is that you do not have to pay for the calls you make. The only one thing you need is that you should have is a Skype ID.

News of the collaboration between Facebook and Skype is great. So far the users were able to chat on Facebook and Skype individually, but after the partnership, it will be possible for the users to make video calls to friends on Facebook. It is really a revolutionary step. It may be a rumor, but if it is true it is going to make a drastic and welcoming change in the social networking arena. Let us hope and expect that these two players are going to join hands to make the dream possible.

Skype® Adding Ads to Windows® Version

Skype is software that lets people make calls and chat over the Internet. Two Skype users can make calls free of cost and talk for free. Skype also helps in providing new numbers and enable people to talk to other people over their mobiles or landlines. The call rates are very cheap and Skype also allows international calling. Apart from the cheap calling rates, the other features that have made Skype really popular are the instant messaging service, video conferencing and also file transfer.

Skype plans to have advertisements on the Windows platform promising that this won’t hamper the Skype experience of its customers. Skype says that the advertisements which it plans to have in Windows will appear in the home tab in countries like UK, Germany and the US. The ads will comprise of ads from Universal Pictures and Visa and many others as well. The ads are scheduled to be appearing from this week itself. The company said that the customers’ Skype experience is their prime priority and will not do anything at the cost of it. They promise that the Skype experience will remain as smooth as it was before and nothing will change the addition of ads in it.

They have also said that a lot of experiment and testing has been carried out to check how Skype responds to these ads. They also mentioned that ads have already been started in the last month or two. The ads will now start flowing at a wider basis now and the tests will keep on going on so that a check can be made whether Skype is responding properly or not and if it does not, they will make necessary adjustments.

Skype is also planning a partnership with Facebook as well. If this happens, users can connect to their friends via Skype and can send text messages and have a voice chat. About the ads Skype said that users won’t be bugged by the ads because these will appear only occasionally as they plan to show one ad from a particular brand in a day to the markets where it will be sold. They also said that the ads shown will not identify any users. If the user does not want Skype to use their personal information, they may chose the appropriate setting from the privacy options. This way the users are also not bugged and the ads can also go about easily. Another good thing that Skype did is by sticking on to one ad per day so that the users are not bugged when they log into Skype. The ads will help develop great products and can be in touch with the users through Skype.

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