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The Skype Videoconferencing Chicken Dance

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What day is it?

What month is it?

Is it still 2010?  I thought we were moving on…

Oh, wait.  It is still 2010.  Sorry, vacation brain lingers.  It’s all turned to mush up there.  Not that it wasn’t pretty much mush already, but you know what I mean.

And my brain may not be the only thing turning to mush.  Soon, video communications could get downright mushy, as Skype has announced its bringing video calling to the iPhone.

Of course, Apple already brought video calling to the iPhone with Face Time.  But I guess this is video calling for everybody else (although if you already have an iPhone, you have Face Time, which begs the question, why would you need Skype?).

Hey, Turbo!  This is the tech industry!  It’s not supposed to make sense, and after their recent holiday outage, Skype needs all the help that Santa and his Christmas telecom elves can bring them!

So here’s the rundown:

With this new version of Skype for the iPhone, you can make video calls to people on thier computers as well as other iPhones (that answers that question).  You can also make free audio calls to anyone else on Skype.

And, you can make great value calls (their words) to landlines and mobiles around the world (great value meaning at a cheaper rate than many of the primary providers).

The new app will be compatible with the iPhone 4, the iPhone 3GS, and the iPod Touch 4th gen with iOS 4 or above.

You’ll also be able to receive video calls on the iPod Touch 3rd gen and the iPad (although your caller won’t be able to see you with the current iPad, because there’s no frickin’ camera!)

Look, I work from home, people.  I think video conferencing in general could be the end of telecommuting as we know it, and now we’re going to make it portable? Do you really want to be seen wearing those leopard pants and Brett Favre jersey when you’re on the phone with your team in India, just as you’re arriving at the stadium?

Although, if enough people adopt this new technology, I could see a whole new set of fashion trends breaking out that even Malcolm Gladwell might have difficulty finding the tipping point for.

You think I’m joking? Watch the Skype iPhone app promotional video and let me know which chicken dance you’ll be doing when you get this sucker downloaded?

Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Written by turbotodd

December 30, 2010 at 5:37 pm

Posted in iPhone, mobile internet

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  1. If we (at least some of us) are going to be able to communicate via voice and video between phone and computer, when and how are we (all of us) going to be able to text between phone and computer (in both directions, of course)?

    Michael Henry Starks

    December 30, 2010 at 7:59 pm

  2. That’s an awful lot to ask, Michael, don’t you think? I mean, for our computers and our phones to communicate with one another? Pretty soon you’ll be thinking the snow in NYC should be cleared in a reasonable timeframe after a major snowstorm? Shall I assume you also want your iPhone to be able to take pictures of smoke signals and automagically translate those as well???

    No, I’m with you. I’ve found lots of services where I can send texts from my computer to a phone, but very few that allow the reverse. I’m sure it’s a scheme cooked up (or leftover) from the whole “receiver pays” that was predominant in early cell phone days.

    You know, back when all your phone did was make telephone calls and MAYBE send an SMS once in a blue moon. You remember those days, right? Right?

    TTYL : )

    Todd Watson

    December 30, 2010 at 10:46 pm

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