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.
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.…
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.
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.…
Skype launches BlackBerry 10 preview, but only for Q10 owners at first (Original)
For all the hullabaloo about Skype coming to BlackBerry 10, there wasn't much to show at the Z10's launch beyond a logo. We've got more to work with today -- sort of. A preview version of Skype has indeed popped up in BlackBerry World with voice, video and instant messaging like we've seen on other platforms. However, no one in the general public can actually use it yet: the app requires BlackBerry 10.1, which won't reach the market until the Q10 ships to Brits and Canucks. That leaves Americans and Z10 owners in the lurch for a few weeks, although they can at least see the light at the end of the VoIP tunnel.
Source: BlackBerry World…
TokBox Brings WebRTC To The Cloud, Enables Multi-Party Video Chats & SIP Interop (Original)
Telefonica’s TokBox announced a huge upgrade to its OpenTok on WebRTC service today. TokBox’s new cloud-based Mantis media distribution framework is designed to overcome some of WebRTC’s limits with regard to video distribution. By default, WebRTC is a peer-to-peer platform, but that makes it hard to scale video chats beyond two participants. With Mantis, TokBox essentially puts its own cloud infrastructure in the middle of these calls and is then able to route and manage calls that include multiple participants without using a prohibitive amount of bandwidth and using a complicated mesh-based architecture.
In the future, as TokBox CEO Ian Small told me earlier this week, this will also enable TokBox to shape video streams according to the different users’ bandwidth conditions and the developers’ needs. “With Mantis, what we’re doing is putting smarts into the WebRTC infrastructure,” Small said. “Today, we’re routing traffic. Tomorrow, we’ll shape traffic.”
On cool feature Mantis already enables today is SIP interop, so developers will actually be able to write WebRTC-based apps that allow users to call in from their standard phone lines. This, for example, is useful for video conferencing services where you can now have a number of WebRTC-based video streams and a few participants on regular phone lines simultaneously.…
Facebook Voice Calling Now Available To All US Users Thanks To Today’s Android Rollout (Original)
Now the Facebook can really start to replace your phone. Today Facebook rolled out its free VoIP voice calling feature to US users of Home and its Android Messenger app. That means even less reason to open your standard “phone” app, and more data for Facebook about who you care about the most. Now all iOS and Android users in the US can Facedial their friends.
Previously VoIP for Android was available in 23 other countries, but its roll out to the United States makes it 24. Facebook tells me the rollout will happen over the course of today, and doesn’t require any formal app updates.
To start a VoIP call in Messenger you click the I icon on someone’s profile and then tap “free call”. In Home, you can start a call from a Chat Head by clicking the three dots beside a person’s name, opening the conversation in Messenger, and then following the steps above.
Facebook first began testing its open sourced version of VoIP with iOS users in Canada and the US in January, and has been slowly rolling it out to more countries and Android since. But today is the culmination of that rollout (excluding less critical developing markets).…
Amazon buys Siri-esque Evi, planning voice-based shopping assistant? (Original)
Amazon has bought British start-up Evi, akin to Apple's Siri, for $26 million, rumored to be launching a new voice-based shopping guide or its own smartphone within the year.…
Will Google Hang Up on Voice? (Original)
Will Google Voice, Mountain View's red-headed stepchild, live to see another day. Google pulled the plug on its popular Reader RSS reading service, so anything is possible.…