In a move that’s sure to make users stand up and say “Hallelujah,” the latest update to the Skype app for iPhone finally adds video calling.
The newest version of the app will allow users to make video Skype to Skype calls from their iPhone via Wi-Fi and 3G, and also call Skype desktop users on both OS X and Windows (and we presume their sorely neglected Linux users), as well as those using Skype on their iPhones and iPads.
Naturally, if you’re on an iPad, you won’t get to send video back — and you have to deal with the iPhone interface since there isn’t a native Skype app for the iPad. But, iPad 2 could change that. If the new hardware is released with a camera, Skype will be ready for it, and hopefully with an iPad-optimized app as well.
So, have fun with video chatting via Skype and let us know what you think of it in the comments!
Thanks for the fast tip, Daniel!
NFC technology comes to the iPhone 4 thanks to the Japanese
carrier SoftBank, which is offering Sony’s FeliCa payment system
for the iPhone 4. The system includes an NFC-enabled “seal” that
affixes to the back of the iPhone 4 and is compatible with the
official Apple bumper case. From the carrier’s press release, the
system functions independent of the iPhone, so you do not have to
install specialized software for the system to work. Three
different vendor systems will be available including those from
WAON, Nanaco and Edy, a bitWallet solution. This NFC solution will
be available for ¥2,980 (US$36) starting February 2011. Of course,
iPhone customers interested in NFC technology may want to wait for
the iPhone 5 to arrive. The next generation iPhone may include an
integrated NFC chip that would let you use your smartphone as an
electronic wallet, a security passkey or even an eTicketing device
for concerts, conferences and more. Such capabilities would boost
the iPhone above the Android-powered Nexus S, which is being used
in an NFC pilot program for local businesses in Portland,