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Skype 5.0 Debuts for Windows, But What About the Mac?

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Skype released a new version of their desktop client for Windows today. Skype 5.0 adds multiple social networking features, including the ability to integrate with Facebook, group video calling, SMS to Facebook friends, and a completely revamped user interface. But, if you’re a Mac user, there’s no need to try to update your Skype client, because you won’t find an update anywhere in sight.

Skype 5.0 also lets you instantly search through your Facebook contacts to give them a call, text message them, or even call them for free through a Skype-to-Skype connection. Skype has also revamped the call screen, giving you better controls and a distraction-free blue gradient background. Nothing can be worse than when you’re talking to someone in Skype and your Internet connection goes out, but Skype has included a new feature for automatic call recovery, which can immediately reconnect a disconnected call.

While our Windows brethren seem to be getting all of the attention right now from Skype, there’s still hope for a new Mac version.

According to a post on the Skype blog, “You may have noticed that we’ve just launched a new version of Skype for Windows, and I wanted to reassure you that our previous statement still stands: we’re working hard to deliver group video calling to the Mac as quickly as possible. But that’s not all – we intend to give our app for Mac OS X a complete overhaul, both in terms of the way it looks, and in terms of functionality.”

It looks as though we will have to do a little more waiting to get group video chats, and the other niceties in Skype 5.0.

via TechCrunch and 9to5 Mac

 

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Podcast #162: Dual-Radio iPhones and Jailbreaking Goes Live… For Windows?

Apple is rumored to be working on an iPhone that will work on CDMA and GSM networks. Dual radio iPhone FTW!

Nic and Robbie wonder why Sprint never gets any iPhone rumor love and talk about the awesomeness of switching to any US carrier we want.

Battling hackers release jailbreaking apps and both of them are Windows only. Booo. We talk about the problems with the tools, warn users about jailbreaking and talk about the iPhone Dev Team.

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Plus, we answer your hard-hitting Facebook and Twitter questions.

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Limera1n Jailbreak Released for iOS 4.1 is Windows Only

The Limera1n jailbreak is ready and willing for your 4.1 iOS device–and at this point, we really hope it’s not the iPhone 3G that’s running that thing.

But here’s the kicker of the Limera1n jailbreak: it’s for Windows only, and it’s not expected to work with Apple TV (though the website says it’s “technically supported”) or come available for Linux and OS X users for quite some time.

In addition, the jailbreak that was supposed to be released yesterday, Greenpois0n (remember? that whole 10/10/10 thing?) has been put on hold while the team clicks and clacks away at the Limera1n jailbreak to actually bring it to the appropriate demographic.

Anyway, so if you have dual booting on your Mac, you’ll probably be able to play around with this thing. But if you don’t, then you’re just going to have to wait awhile with the rest of us. Le sigh.


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Windows Phone 7 Ads Begin

It’s been rumbling out there for a while. Redmond was bringing their A-Game, the Heat, the iOS Killah, whatever you want to call it, when they rolled out Windows Phone 7. And they were going to need it. While WinMo apparently resides on a number of phones out there, you rarely hear its name. Apparently, that’s about to change.

Let’s just get this editorial part out of the way. We don’t like the looks of the new Windows-based phones we’ve been seeing. On the hardware end, it looks boxy and sharp. Software-wise, the tiles are the same big clunky real-estate hogs they were on the now-dead KIN. Engadget gave the new operating system a thorough going-over and came away with mixed feelings.

But this latest ad, if this is Microsoft’s opening salvo in a re-engagement in the mobile platform wars, doesn’t quite inspire our confidence. It’s a minute-long Lawrence of Arabia-inspired desert shot that takes a full half of the commercial before a recognizable product emerges.

There’s the dusty landscape then something blurry but moving on the horizon. What could it be? Wait 30 seconds and you see it’s a cell phone. Whose? At about the 45-second mark, the little Windows icon at the bottom of the phone becomes recognizable, but it’s not that obvious the first time through. An Arabic-ish script appears on the phone’s screen announcing “The Revolution is coming…” which is a bit of a gutsy move with the current political climate, so let’s give them credit there.

Then you get about four seconds to view the home screen. Wait, that’s it? Then the ad cuts away to the URL: windowsphone7.com.

It’s not particularly great advertising. We’re not sure if Redmond is hoping the element of mystery will be sufficient to pique interest (the site has a pretty thorough Silverlight walkthrough of the phone, and the OS doesn’t look terrible there), but we can’t help feeling that in the world of sexy Apple ads and sci-fi Droid ads, that Microsoft’s follow-ups are going to have to be tons stronger than this first one.

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