Comcast reportedly axing Skype on Xfinity June 1st (Original)
Well, Comcast's idea to charge users $10 a month for set-top Skype hardware went as well as you could have expected. If DSLReports' sources are correct, the offering will be quietly retired on June 1st due to, surprise surprise, "low adoption." If you were one of the few triple-play customers who ponied up for the gear, fear not, as the leaked internal e-mail says that existing users will continue to be supported. Given that you can snag subscription-free gear from Logitech, Biscotti and others, it's no surprise to see Skype on Xfinity joining Cisco's Umi on the island of misfit telepresence devices.
Telenet trials voice-over-IP mobile phone service (Original)
Belgian cable operator Telenet has launched a trial of its Triiing app, which enables users to make mobile phone calls using WiFi, with billing to their fixed line accounts.
Triiing enables Telenet customers to use WiFi to make calls at home or abroad via any WiFi network, free of charge in off-peak hours
According to the company, the app is the fist step in offering a range of mobile voice-over-IP services. Triiing is currently available for iOS phones with other operating systems set to follow later. Users need a a Telenet fixed line in order to use Triiing. They can phone all Belgian numbers and European landlines free-of-charge on weekdays after 16:00 at weekends and on public holidays.
Google services suffer as unified messaging gets closer to launch (Original)
If you’ve noticed Google’s messaging services being less than stable for the last week, you’re not alone. In fact, every service that is expected to be part of their unified messaging platform has……
Now 200M Users Strong, Viber Launches Desktop App With Video Calling In Version 3.0 (Original)
Viber has made quite a name for itself as a global mobile first company, but today that all changes as the company breaks ground in the desktop space. That means that starting today, Viber’s 200 million+ users will have access to their Viber contacts from both mobile and desktop.
The rollout is part of a bigger push from Viber, including an update to its iOS, Android and BlackBerry apps to version 3.0. But the real story is this desktop app.
I played with the software earlier this week, and can say that it’s a truly impressive VoIP, messaging, and video calling platform. That’s right. Viber for Desktop (available on both PC and Mac here) marks the company’s entry into video calling with a beta version of the feature. For now, video calling is only available from desktop to desktop.
Other than that, the desktop version has just about everything the mobile version has, including messaging, stickers, etc.
To start, you must be a mobile user of Viber, so if you don’t have a number that’s already associated with the service, the desktop app will ask you to download the mobile application. From there, you simply input your number into the desktop app, enter a pin which is sent to your mobile device, and you instantly have access to all the contacts you know on Viber.…
Facebook Messenger for iOS: now with stickers and message-deleting swipes (Original)
Facebook's been giving its Messenger app quite a few facelifts lately, with the arrival of Chat Heads and VoIP calling among the highlights. Today, an app update was released for iOS that lets users add stylized critter stickers to messages, freeing them from the crippling visual limitations of emoticons in textual communications -- largely identical to the recent Android update. The upgrade also enables a swipe to delete feature to remove conversations from inboxes for good, saving users precious fingertips from an extra tap or two in the process. If your iPhone hasn't already told you about version 2.4, you'll find the fresh download at the source below.
Via: The Next Web
Source: App Store…
R.I.P. Hotmail: Outlook has officially taken over (Original)
Microsoft's Hotmail email service is no more (well, kind of; it's complicated) after sixteen years, with the company reporting that all of the former Hotmail accounts have been successfully upgraded to Outlook in just six weeks.…
Skype Video Messaging preview makes its way to Windows 8 (Original)
Windows 7 users have been able to sneak a peek at Skype's new Video Messaging feature since earlier in the week, but now the referenced Windows 8 version is available as well. The new tool, the service's version of video voicemail, is still "in its early release," so you may run into a bug or two. To that end, the team invites testers to reach out with feedback through a handful of channels. It's all outlined at the source link below.
WeChat competitor LINE hits 150 million user mark (Original)
The messaging app as social network revolution continues, and it looks like we've got ourselves a new contender. NHN announced that 150 million users around the world are now using its mobile messaging-turned-'lifestyle' app LINE.…
Type Less. Talk More. Make Skype Calls Directly From Your Outlook.com Inbox (Original)
Starting today, Microsoft is rolling out a preview version of Skype for Outlook.com, bringing two great communication experiences together — all in one place! As part of our commitment to bring you the very best ways to communicate, this Skype for Outlook.com preview is beginning to roll out in the United Kingdom and will be made available in the United States and Germany in the coming weeks. In the coming months, audio and video calling powered by Skype will be available in every Outlook.com inbox. By adding Skype conversations to your modern email, Microsoft is creating yet another way for you to connect to the people you care about most.
With the preview version of Skype for Outlook.com you can enjoy Skype video and audio calls right from your inbox — less typing, more talking! For those of you that aren’t familiar, Outlook.com is a free personal email service from Microsoft. In the first six months after launch, Outlook.com attracted 60 million new users, making it the fastest-growing email service in history.
Even with the best email service, sometimes text isn’t enough. We all face those situations where it’s just easier to jump on a call to talk something through. Sometimes that quick call can accomplish more than a long email reply.…
Chat apps to double SMS text messaging by end of 2013 (Original)
By the time 2013 comes to a close, chat apps like WhatsApp and BlackBerry Messenger will account for twice the messaging traffic of traditional text messaging - more than 40 billion messages from chat apps and only about 20 million beings traditional texts.…