CuPhone’s Echo Free USB to Phone adaptor allows you to make both Skype and land line phone calls globally at no charge. You can choose whether to use your PSTN line to route the call to your Skype or start from the Skype with the phone key pad. You can also use it to conference with a local PC, remote Skyper, and a public phone. The CuPhone works with Windows, Mac, and Linux operated systems and it has an independent sound card so it won’t occupy your sound channel. Get one for $34.00.
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Ipevo was generous enough to lend us one of their movable PoV cams that we first told you about it back in December. The $39.99 priced camera came intact with a CD, mounting pieces that are mostly easy to attach, and almost everything we needed to test it out. Unfortunately, the extended instructions were on the CD, so it was a back and forth effort. Our full review after the jump.
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If you never have enough room for all your computer accessories, at least you can get one that won’t take up extra space. The USB Mini-Webcam has its very own sucker to attach to your display screen. Good for video conferencing or just everyday chatting, the camera has a rotating lens, is compatible with most IMs and Skype, and works with Windows XP/Vista. Simply plug and play using your USB 1.0 or 2.0 port. With the tiny weight of only 175 grams, it carries a price of $20.99.
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Trying to capture the conference phone market is Spracht’s Aura SoHo. Compatible with most systems, it has multi-line and Skype compatibility, echo and noise cancellation with its Digital Signal Processing tech, and is analog ready. The plug-in bay offers wireless, Bluetooth, and PBX capability with optional adapter. With 3 built-in mics and a 5 watt speaker output, there is auto-room acoustic profiling. Add to that a one-touch conference button, built-in keypad, and redial, and this is one handy phone. The SoHo carries a $249.99 price.
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If you missed out on the first one, Sony is releasing its second gen mylo. You can use it to catch up on e-mail, take shots or view pics and/or 320 x 240 pixel videos, use it for Skype, and of course to let everyone know that you have one. With an 800 x 480 pixel resolution, it features a touchscreen, Internet surfing with Wifi, and has USB connectivity. Contact Sony to find out pricing and availability on their latest handheld.
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Ipevo will be releasing their USB PoV handheld webcam during the CES 2008. No more adjusting and readjusting that stationary camera, with this one you simply point and shoot. It can capture small details up to 4 cm with a VGA resolution and has an auto-white balance, mic, software built-in for visual effects and will work with Skype. Of course, if you are the type that needs both hands to type, you can always use the included clip/stand to keep it stationary for shots of up to 270º. Contact Ipevo for price and availability.
The UK company Hutchinson 3G, (generally known as “3”,) has developed a VoIP Skypephone. Users will have a dedicated button selection to reach the contact screen and make one touch calls. Included is the ability to integrate “normal” contacts and access to the 3 MusicStore. The handset’s price is only £50 (~$104.00) with a pre-pay contract, or free calls after a monthly subscription of £10 (~$21.00.) This will certainly be good news for Skype’s 200+ million users.
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Happy Fourth of July from MOBIVOX! The company that offers free and unlimited Skype calls without download has decided to pay back its customers with international calls today up to $10.00 with whichever phone you choose. With the service, if the recipient is also a subscriber all calls are free and if not, the rates start at just 1.9 cents a minute with no contract or connection fee. CEO Stephane Marceau certainly has the right idea with his gift that will give pleasure to those with loved ones or family that are overseas with long distance bills beyond their budgets.
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Skype has just come out with a 2.6 beta for Mac OS X for “experienced users only.” The service features automatic updates, DTMF tones for auto-answering services, and an improved audio quality. You can also call any Prime premium service provider and pay with Skype Credit.
SkypeIn is another new aid you can use if your buds who do not have the service want to call you on a regular number. Still available at the bargain price of $00.00, you can download Skype for your Mac, PC, or Linux system.
Not content to be merely the instigators of Skype, inventors Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis’ (who sold it to eBay for $2.6 billion in 2005) latest venture is Joost, a free service for TV viewing on the Internet. Like Skype, it involves downloading free software and browsing for channels and clips. The service will be ad-supported, but less frequently and briefer than on regular TV.
Already faced with such competition such as YouTube and BitTorrent, as well as DVR Tivo and re-router Slingbox, Friis claims it is the logical successor to both Skype and Kazaa (which he also co-created.) Currently in a limited beta test, plans are being made to incorporate its Luxembourg-based TVP Holdings in New York, London, and the Netherlands under the Joost name.
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