Sometimes a long back-and-forth discussion over email can be quickly resolved with a quick phone call. So Elecom's new compact wireless Bluetooth keyboard doubles as a VoIP handset letting you drop a line through your tablet or computer.
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Skype's been powering Facebook's video chat feature since July, but its new apps for Windows and OS X now let you use the Skype client to directly make video calls to your Facebook friends.
Skype is the latest mail-order bride to join Microsoft's stable up in Redmond, Washington. But unlike some of Microsoft's has-been acquisitions (Danger, I see you!), Skype is an internationally recognisable name. How will they fit into the world of Microsoft?
Last week, it was Google and Facebook who were said to be purchasing Skype. Today, Microsoft has announced that actually? They're the ones snapping up the VoIP company. The confirmed price is $US8.5 billion; considerably more than what eBay bought Skype for back in 2005.
Yeah, 911 is a joke in your town, so it's nice to know about family emergencies at home when you're away. Ooma's new notification service helps make that happen that, pinging you remotely when your home phone calls 911.
When Google launched their Voice service a couple of years ago, people made a big deal about what their move into the telecom world meant. In a print-only interview with New Scientist Peter Norvig, Google's head of research, he said the main reason they launched the service was so they could better learn how to transcribe human voice to text.
JaJah is an app for Android (and soon to be iPhone) that lets users make free phone calls to Facebook friends without punching in their phone number. It's neat! The people you call don't even have to have a JaJah account. All you do is select them in the JaJah app and they'll be pinged through Facebook chat.
The best part of the recent Skype beta was its battle royale video chatting. But the beta label is gone - and now the (free) fun is too. Group chat will now cost $US4.99 per day, or $US8.99 a month.
Google Voice recently started offering number porting, but in a limited test. Today, number porting is available for all users. Current Voice users can port their cell phone number to Google Voice for a $US20 fee, so none of your contacts have to learn a new number for you.