New curriculums in education have in perspective the extension of classes beyond the four walls of the classroom. This implies more exposure of students to other fields and other environments. Skype opens a window through the wall, a window to the world and to other students around the globe. Skype in the Classroom allows teachers to make their students collaborate with other remote students, to have have them meet experts, and to have them make virtual tours while being in the classroom. Read more
You have to download and install the app on your computer that runs Skype. Note that the download page asks for your names and email address, with a checked option to send you updates and stuff. You know what all this means, and if you are not at ease with it, look down and you'll see a link where there is direct download without having to enter all these information. Link
Dr Choo of the University of South Australia made research that shows that Android VoIP apps are easy prey to security attacks. Ten VoIP apps were tested. Yahoo Voice and Messenger was squarely unencrypted, while others, which include Skype, Viber, Google Talk and the popular band of VoIP apps, were relatively more easy to crack on Android that other platforms. He also found vulnerabilities in cloud storage systems like SkyDrive, DropBox and Google Drive. Some people must be freaked out now. Read more
VoIP apps are not all proprietary. There are some good apps out there made by some very competent people and communication enthusiasts that even share the code, making everything free. There are numerous reasons to use these open source software, especially if you are something of a geek, or are a Linux user, or a SIP user looking for clean and simple apps. Here is a list of open source voice apps.
Despite being Microsoft property now, WhatsApp is also available for the iPhone, and being improved. It scored 4+ on the App Store and works as well as it does in Android and other platforms. If you have questions as an iPhone user concerning WhatsApp, you might want to look at the FAQ for the matter. And WhatsApp is not for all iOS devices, it works only on the iPhone, not on iPod or the iPad.
While everyone agrees that VoIP and OTT services have seriously affected telcos and have drastically changed the voice communication landscape, views differ on whether the desktop phone will vanish from business and home tables in the near future. Ovum forecasts that telecoms companies will have lost around $400 billion to VoIP during the coming five years. However, Ovum also claims that the perspective of the death of the telephone is an exaggeration. On the other hand, a new survey carried out among 150 IT managers in the UK showed that desktop phones are likely to vanish from tables within the next decade. For instance, in 2013, the number of SMS messages fell year-over-year, a thing that never happened. This is because many people moved to services like WhatsApp.
You want to talk with someone using voice or video but don't have or want to bother with registration-based services like Skype and the likes. The solution is simple: Choose a number, any number, and ask the person to enter that number on gruveo.com on their computer's browser page. And it is all free. The VoIP industry has seen none simpler. Read more
The interesting thing with this service is the way is uses to have people contact you - a web address instead of a phone number (like with Viber and WhatsApp) and a username (like with Skype). This opens a number of possibilities like using it as a virtual number to protect privacy, using it as a toll free number etc. Besides, it offers free voice calling and texting service. Read review