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With Groom in the Hospital, Couple Gets Married via Skype

Share On her wedding day, 27-year-old Helen Oh found herself standing alone at the altar, in front of 500 friends and family. Samuel Kim, her husband-to-be, wasn't by her side, and wasn't even in the same building. But the Big Day still ended on a high note, thanks to some resourceful improvisation, and a Skype connection. A few days before the wedding, Kim came down with a serious lung...

China Declares Skype Illegal

After having already banned Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, the Chinese government has now decided to outlaw Skype, as well. The move, announced in the People's Daily, means that all Internet phone services will now be considered illegal within the country, except for those offered by two state-operated telecom companies -- China Unicom and China Telecom. In 2007, Skype launched a joint venture...

Skype for iPhone Gets Video Chat Over 3G, Devours Data

Skype for the iPhone has finally gotten around to adding video-calling capabilities to its popular VoIP app. (You'll need an iPhone 4, 3GS, or the latest version of the iPod touch to use the feature.) Amazingly, you can place video calls over both Wi-Fi and 3G, and you can even switch between the front- and back-facing cameras, just as you can with Facetime. Obviously, the 3GS doesn't have a...

Skype Struggling to Recover with Many Users Still Unable to Connect

December's been a tough month for the Web. The Tumblrpocalypse left millions unable to post earlier this month, and yesterday Skype service was shut down in a supernode collapse that left millions unable to connect to the VoIP service for most of the day. Reuters reports that 80-percent of users have regained primary voice and IM service, though offline IM and group video calling are still down....

Skype Creates Custom Video Chat Software for Refugee Workers

Despite its uncertain future, VoIP company Skype has guaranteed itself at least a small core of customers by partnering with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to provide a custom, low-bandwidth video chat service to aid workers around the world. Aid workers supporting refugees are often shipped out with little notice, and can spend months at a time separated from friends and...

Google Voice App for iPhone Lands in App Store

If you were bummed about this morning's over-hyped announcement about The Beatles coming to iTunes, you'll be pleased that the official Google Voice App has been approved for the App Store. The free app brings push notifications, voicemail transcription and free texting (to U.S. numbers) to a dedicated app, saving users from relying solely on the Web or third party solutions. Make sure you're...

Skype 5.0 for Windows Integrates With Facebook

Skype, the ever popular (but struggling) VoIP and video calling platform, officially releasing version 5.0 for Windows. The first thing regular users will likely notice is an overhauled interface that feels significantly more modern and clean than past versions. But the big news is that Skype will be integrating with Facebook using the social network's Connect feature. The interface will have a...

Skype Finally Comes to Android, Available Now for 2.1 or Later

Believe it or not, Skype, one of the most popular VoIP services, is only now available for Android. Skype has been available for Symbian and iOS for quite some time, but it wasn't until early Tuesday morning that it was available for what many expect to become the most popular smartphone platform in the world. Nothing terribly surprising here: you can make and receive calls over Wi-Fi and 3G...

Facebook and Skype Teaming Up for SMS and Voice Chat Sharing

Facebook may not be officially developing its own cellphone, but the networking service is collaborating with another massively popular communicative tool. According to All Things Digital's Kara Swisher, Facebook and Skype plan to merge their diverse, respective services through a new alliance. The collaboration will reportedly enable Facebook Connect services for Skype members, while allowing...

Google Announces 'Call Phones' Through Gmail, But Why?

Let's imagine that you're sitting in a place where you have a Wi-Fi connection or some other kind of Internet access, but no phone or cell service. (We immediately think of the New York Public Library.) But wait! In this imaginary place, it's perfectly acceptable to talk on the phone, so libraries and movie theaters are out. What kind of place could we be talking about? We have no idea. We're...

Skype, Fring Get in a 3G Cat Fight, We Grab a Seat and Popcorn

A cat fight akin to something seen on '90210' or 'The Hills' has erupted at the App Store, between two companies that offer VoIP Web chatting services. It seems to have started last week, when Israel-based Fring announced a new service that would allow users to video-chat over an iPhone 4's 3G connection instead of Wi-Fi. Fring also decided to temporarily pull Skype from its new iPhone app, citing...

Google Voice Finally Available for Everyone

Google launched its Voice program more than a year ago, but the company then granted access only to an enviable group of lucky invitees. The search engine subsequently and systematically unveiled new Voice features, and invited more participants, but still forced the general public to plead and grovel for inclusion. Those neglected, ignored and forlorn masses need wait no longer, though (as long...

Skype 2.0 for iPhone Brings Skype-to-Skype Calling Over 3G

Skype 2.0, the latest iPhone (and iPod touch) version of the popular VoIP software, landed on the App Store this weekend, bringing along Skype-to-Skype 3G calls and speed enhancements. No huge surprises here; the upgrade to 2.0 went smoothly, and we had a 3G Skype-to-Skype call up and running a few seconds after opening the app for the first time. The local AT&T connection struggled, but the...

Google Sends 'Voice' Invites to College Kids Only, We Consider Starting Switched.edu

Turns out, there are benefits to being in college other than sleeping late and drinking lots of beer. According to Ubergizmo, Google sent out its first round of Google Voice invites today, but unless you have a college e-mail address, you won't find one in your inbox. For now, only users living in the U.S. with e-mail addresses that end in .edu can apply for and receive an invite to Google Voice...

Skype Rolling Out Five-Person Group Chat for Windows Users

According to the AP, Skype plans to roll out a beta version of a new group video chat feature, which will let as many as five users talk simultaneously. While the feature won't cost a dime, for right now anyway, you will have to be a Windows user to enjoy it. Skype has said, though, that it will introduce the feature to Mac users later this year. You better get it while you can, too; Neil...