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Skype Brings Video Calling to iPhone w/ Disturbing Video Demonstration

Skype has decided to release its newest iPhone app that allows for video calling over Wi-Fi and 3G cellular service. This is a surprising release as many experts expected Skype to wait until CES 2011 to roll-out the video chat functionality for iOS devices (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad). Best of all about Skype is that it is free. As long as you are able to connect to Wi-Fi or 3G service you can utilize the front-facing camera and/or the rear camera to video-Skype anyone. Even on the iPad users are able to view Skype video calls.

Skype did not spoil all of the fun by the recent release as they have said ‘there is plenty more’ for announcements during CES 2011 in Las Vegas next week. Check out the full press release from Skype for all of the fine details of Skype’s video calling and rather ‘disturbing’ video demonstration below.

Skype Brings Video Calling to iPhones

Share the Moments that Matter Most over 3G and WiFi

30 DECEMBER, 2010 – Luxembourg – Skype today announced the new version of its iPhone application that brings video calling to millions of mobile users around the globe over both 3G and WiFi networks. Available to download from the Apple App Store today, the new Skype for iPhone App allows iPhone , iPad and iPod touch owners to make and/or receive free* Skype video calls for the first time. Users can now see their family, friends and colleagues around the world while talking to them. With approximately 25 million concurrent users logged into Skype at any given time**, the new Skype for iPhone makes it easier than ever to share moments wherever you are.

Video calling significantly enhances the user experience of Skype for iPhone, which is one of the top five free iPhone apps in 2010 according to Apple. Now, users can make and receive free Skype-to-Skype calls, call mobiles and landlines around the world at very low rates, and now share more moments together with video on Skype for iPhone.

“With video calling representing approximately 40% of all Skype-to-Skype minutes for the first six months of 2010, our users have been eager to get Skype video calling on their mobile phones,” said Neil Stevens, general manager of Skype’s consumer business. “By bringing video to mainstream users at their home or work via their desktops, on the go with their mobiles, or into their living room via their TV, Skype has made it possible for millions of people to share video moments wherever they are.”

A video call evolves communication beyond transactional experiences to a shared experience where people can share any occasion with others wherever they are. Whether this is a military father watching the birth of his child while deployed abroad, loved ones communicating via sign language or work colleagues collaborating around the globe – the opportunities are endless.

Users can place Skype video calls with their iPhone over both a 3G data connection* or WiFi. The new Skype for iPhone app is compatible with the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPod touch 4th generation with i0S 4.0 or above. Video receiving capabilities are available on the iPod touch 3rd generation and iPad. Calls can be made between devices using the new Skype for iPhone app and desktops including Skype for Windows 4.2 and above, Skype for Mac 2.8 and above, Skype for Linux and ASUS Videophone.

The Skype for iPhone application is available for free download from the App Store or at www.skype.com/go/iphone

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Best Tech Gifts for 2010 Holiday Seasons – Gift Guide

It is that time of year again. You have to figure out what to get your loved one or a close friend and you don’t mind footing the bill to buy them some new tech gadget. So which one do you choose? We have a few top-tech-gifts to choose from for this year’s holiday season.

Some of the new tech gadgets out this year are simply amazing. You have everything from the new Apple iPad to new Flat-Screen HDTV sets. So what are some of the best rated tech gadgets to choose from for holiday gifts?

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Best Tech Gifts for 2010 Holiday Season

Apple iPad
A great gift for those who do not mind using iTunes and the App Store to purchase apps. Great for someone who is already familiar with Apple’s iOS and who may already have an iPhone. Pretty much the number 1 rated tablet on the market in terms of portability and ease of use. Prices start at $499.

Samsung Galaxy Tab
Available on Sprint, T-Mobile Verizon and AT&T. An excellent alternative to the Apple iPad. Runs off of the Android OS and has a starting price of $399

Amazon Kindle
Great e-book reader that has the largest library of e-book readers so far. Excellent screen for reading in bright sunlight with built-in Wi-Fi. Prices start at $139.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350
An excellent pocket digital camera with a fast shutter. If you are sick of that shutter delay then the Sony Cyber-shot line-up may be your answer. Prices start at $150

Garmin Nuvi 3790T GPS
One of the best GPS units on the market currently but comes at a higher price point starting at $440. Great function and super slim. Has an excellent touch-screen and software is easy to use compared to many other GPS units in this class.

Apple iPhone 4
Obviously one of the hottest items on the tech market period. An excellent buy if you are upgrading that old flip phone. The iPhone 4 is getting some serious competition with Android powered phones lately and now the introduction of Windows Phone 7 OS. Prices start at $199 with a 2/year contract via AT&T.

HTC Evo 4G
Sprints best smartphone and one of the most talked about Android OS phones on the market. 4G speed is awesome but coverage of 4G connectivity is limited right now in the US. Prices start at $149 with a 2/year contract.

Roku XDS Streaming Player
The Roku XDS is a great media device allowing Netflix streaming and a very wide range of media playing abilities. If you are not an avid iTunes movie goer then the Roku XDS may be your choice over the Apple TV. The price is $99.

Panasonic Viera TC-P46G25 Series HDTV
Panasonic is still sold on their plasma technology in flat-screen HDTV as are many avid TV consumers. Picture quality is among the best in the industry providing the deepest blacks you can find on virtually any flat-screen HDTV on the current market. Has built-in streaming abilities such as Netflix. Prices start around $990 at various stores. Shopping around for this one with some patients will save you some money.

Panasonic HDC-SD60K HD Camcorder
Camcorders have come a long way now offering High-Definition recordings in just about every model currently available. The new Panasonic line has great quality and records great Hi-Def video. Shop around and look at the whole line before you drop the starting price of $350 on this one.

Apple Macbook Air
If you have the cash, pick one of these up! This is by far one of the best laptops in the smallest factor form you can get on the market. The downfalls of it is its memory is not upgradable limiting you to either the 2gb Ram/64GB flash drive version on the 11-inch or up to the 4gb Ram/256GB flash drive version on the 13-inch. Prices start at $999 for the 11-inch 2gb Ram/64GB flash drive version and go up to $1,599 for the 4gb Ram/256GB flash drive version on the 13-inch.

HP Envy 17
A great looking laptop with an Apple-ish feel to it. Big clear screen and customization options. Good price for a big laptop full of power. Prices start at $1,299.

Apple iPod Touch, iPod nano, iPod Classic
Among the best mp3 players around. Although not truly classified as an ‘mp3’ player, the vast iTunes library turns the iPod Touch and Classic into a great portable media machine. New iPod nano offers the smallest size of most mp3 players yet packed full of audio functionality. Prices start at $49 for the iPod shuffle, $149 for the iPod nano, $229 for the iPod touch, and $249 for the iPod classic.

Playstation 3 slim & Xbox 360
Gaming is on a new level this year with new systems from both Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo. It all comes down to preference for which system you want. The PS3 Slip sports great multimedia features and bluray disc playback. The Xbox 360 has been upgraded to a slimmer and sleaker case with 1080p HDMI output and the optional Kinect system. The Nintendo Wii continues to offer unsurpassed interactivity. Nintendo Wii bundle starts at $195, Xbox 360 slim starts at $299 and the PS3 Slim starts at $299.

Dell UltraSharp U2711
If you are looking for the Mac-Daddy of computer monitors, then go no further than the new Dell UltraSharp U2711. This is the first monitor, aside from the new iMac 27inch built-in screen, to offer 2560×1440 resolution not to mention its 27-inch size. Prices start at $899.

Apple iMac 27-inch
If you do not know about the new iMac then you must come from under your rock. The latest iMac is the best looking desktop there is if you do not mind it’s all-in-one form factor. Pimped out with the Intel Core i5 2.8GHz and marvelous 2560×1440 27-inch LED backlit screen, the new iMac is a monster that can also run Windows 7. Prices start at $1199 for the 21.5 inch version and $1,699 for the 27-inch Core i3 version.

What items will you buy this year for the holidays?

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President Obama does not know how to work an iPod or iPad?

In one of the latest commencement addresses at Hampton University in Virginia, President Obama said that there’s a darker side to the technologies that have helped build his image as a hip and digitally enabled public servant. Later in his speech he said, “With iPods and iPads; and Xboxes and PlayStations – none of which I know how to work – information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation,” according to a transcript from the video below.

With hearing the President say this, should be really believe him and think that even though he totes around a blackberry, the 1st U.S. President to have one, he does not know how to work an iPod or iPad?

I think it is just more of his ways on how to relate to the modern day society and the young students that have the honor of graduating from a University. Maybe the Whitehouse should give Obama an iPad or iPad as a gift. What do you think? Check out the video below.

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How Far have Consumer Electronics Come in the Past 40 Years?

A new timeline of consumer electronics from the year 1972 to 2010 has been created to ogle, not Google, at how far we have come in the past 40 years in technological advancements making marks in history. Below is an image representation of popular devices that range from personal computers and the Sony Walkman to the DVD disc and iPod. The 2010 CES (Consumer Electronics Show) makes some of us think back to when we did not have the cellular phone, compact disc and even the Nintendo.

The image shown below is a clear representation of how far we have come in technology and consumer devices that have shaped our lives in the past 40 years one way or another. What would you do or where would you be without your iPod or for that matter, the personal computer?

Consumer Electronics Timeline
[image credit: Permuto]

Consumer Electronics Timeline (Click for Large Image)

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