You can now send Offline Skype video messages

Skype’s video messaging service, available in beta form since February, is now an official part of the popular free calling service.

With Video Messaging for Skype you can record a video message and send it to friends, family and colleagues who aren’t online. They will see the message the next time they log in to Skype.

Video Messaging is accessible via Skype for Windows desktop, Skype for Windows 8, Skype for Mac, Skype for iPhone, Skype for iPad, Skype for Android, and Skype for BlackBerry.

“There’s also no limit to the number of video messages you can send or receive and the messages themselves may be as long as 3 minutes” – Not true because on the Blackberry Z10, It showed 25 free Videos, Upgrade to Premium to do Unlimited

Skype’s blog didn’t mention support for Microsoft’s Windows Phone, however, which seems odd since Microsoft owns Skype. CNET contacted Microsoft for comment and will update the story with further information. – CNET

Microsoft New Logo ~ What it looks like

From Microsoft Blog

It’s been 25 years since we’ve updated the Microsoft logo and now is the perfect time for a change. This is an incredibly exciting year for Microsoft as we prepare to release new versions of nearly all of our products. From Windows 8 to Windows Phone 8 to Xbox services to the next version of Office, you will see a common look and feel across these products providing a familiar and seamless experience on PCs, phones, tablets and TVs. This wave of new releases is not only a reimagining of our most popular products, but also represents a new era for Microsoft, so our logo should evolve to visually accentuate this new beginning.

The Microsoft brand is about much more than logos or product names. We are lucky to play a role in the lives of more than a billion people every day. The ways people experience our products are our most important “brand impressions”. That’s why the new Microsoft logo takes its inspiration from our product design principles while drawing upon the heritage of our brand values, fonts and colors.

We’re excited about the new logo, but more importantly about this new era in which we’re reimagining how our products can help people and businesses throughout the world realize their full potential.

Posted by Jeff Hansen
General Manager, Brand Strategy, Microsoft

It’s Official, Windows 8 PC and tablets Launches in October

Microsoft yesterday said it will officially launch Windows 8 in late October when it starts selling upgrades and its hardware partners begin selling PCs, tablets and hybrid devices powered by the new operating system.

Windows 8 is also on track to reach “release to manufacturing,” or RTM, the first week of August, said Tami Reller, Microsoft’s CFO as well as the head marketing executive for Windows. Earlier reports had suggested Microsoft was eyeing an October launch for its next-generation operating system, but Monday marks the first official confirmation from the company that Windows 8 will in fact debut in October. No specific date in the month has been set.

The October ship date, or as Microsoft calls it, “general availability” (GA), has been long expected by analysts. Using prior development cycle timelines, primarily that for Windows 7, Computerworld had pegged Oct. 25 as the most-likely launch date for Windows 8.

It’s likely that subscribers to Microsoft’s for-a-fee developer services, including MSDN (Microsoft Developer Network) and TechNet, will also have access to Windows 8’s RTM code around that same time.

Windows 8’s GA date is important because that’s when OEMs will roll out new PCs and other devices to retail.

According to a follow-up blog post yesterday by Microsoft spokesman Brandon LeBlanc and Reller, the hardware will include desktops, laptops, tablets and so-called “convertibles” — machines that combine elements of notebooks and tablets — powered by Windows 8, and tablets running Windows RT, the offshoot designed for devices with ARM processors.

October could prove to be a particularly busy month for the technology industry, as multiple reports have suggested Apple plans to launch its next iPhone that same month, one year after the debut of the iPhone 4S. Apple is also expected to introduce a new, smaller iPad before the end of the year that is rumored to become available ahead of the holiday shopping season.

Google Andriod Nexus 7 – Is this the new Tablet King?

Just last week, Microsoft announced the expectation of its Surface Tablet, Amazon announced the Introduction of two powerful tablet addition to the Kindle fire family and now one more giant to enter the tablet competition (Google) has finally entered.

Google announced the release of its first tablet, the $199 Nexus 7, at its San Francisco developers conference Wednesday. More than just another tablet to enter the hot new market, the Nexus 7 illustrates Google’s determination to reinvent itself as a “lifestyle and culture purveyor” manufacturing its own hardware to compete with the likes of Apple and Amazon. It’s a new direction for the company, and one that heats up the tablet wars in a big way.

Is Microsoft and Google turning there backs on Hardware Manufacturers?

The Nexus 7 will start shipping in mid-July, priced at $199 for the 8GB version, $249 for the 16GB version. That will make the Nexus 7 the most functional tablet at the lowest price. It will be available through the Google Play store at first, but it’s likely to reach retailers not long afterward.

Inside the Google Nexus 7 is a quad-core Tegra 3 processor packing a 12-core GPU and 1GB of on-board RAM. This, combined with some clever under-the-hood streamlining, means a buttery-smooth performance. The built-in HDMI means you’ll be able to connect it to your telly too

Read full specs of the Nexus 7 here

Also, Google looks set to follow in the footsteps of Apple and Amazon, as reports say the search giant will set up its own online store to sell the upcoming Google Nexus tablet.

One Question though, Now i want to get my tablet and yet im not confused but drawn to the my favorite Tech companies. Well the balls are in the court now, good tablets in the offerings, One Question though, do you think this Nexus 7 will be a hit or Failure?


What do you know about your Laptop Battery?

Every laptop has a certain battery life and we notice that down the line after some months of usage, battery life reduces and sometimes dies out and some users claim that the laptop brand is not good because of that. I for one have always believed that the way you use your laptop matters because as an electronic device, you need to optimize the usage to get the best out of it. Sleeping on that, i stumbled on Thomas Mikaelson article listing five ways of doing that and an interesting info graphics from you should see.
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IPAD is 2: Happy Birthday to the Tablet World Changer

Two years ago Friday, Apple’s late co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the original iPad, one of the most anticipated Apple products in history.

“There hasn’t been this much hype about a tablet since Moses came down from the mountain,” Jobs said quoting an earlier New York Times article. Speculation over Apple’s touch tablet had been circulating for months, and the as-yet-unseen product was predicted to be the savior of all things print–including books, newspapers, and magazines.

When the Apple slate finally went on sale in the U.S. in April 2010, it quickly won over fans nationwide selling 300,000 units within the first 24 hours. Competitors followed with competing tablets including the Android-based Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab, HP’s TouchPad, and the BlackBerry PlayBook.
upcoming iPad 3.

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India $35 Tablet : World Cheapest Tablet by DataWind

India has launched what it says is the world’s cheapest touch-screen tablet computer, priced at just $35 (£23). Costing a fraction of Apple’s iPad, the subsidised Aakash is aimed at students. It supports web browsing and video conferencing, has a three-hour battery life and two USB ports, but questions remain over how it will perform. (bbc news)
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HP to build new TouchPAD’s to meet Demand

Barely two weeks agos, HP reduces its Touchpad’s Tablet price from 500 USD to 400USD and then to 99USD for it to get the needed sell out after a poor sales return following the release. However, after the recent sell out, the company that was looking to close shop of the HP TouchPad and WebOS is actually now in the business of developing more new TouchPAD’s probably at the same price to maintain a developing WebOS ecosystem since its already out there.
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Smartphone OS Market share


One can only ponder what the OS market share is for the leading and growing smartphone OS out there, blackberry OS, Android OS, Windows mobile OS, Symbian, HP Web OS and others. Some are popular than others but one thing sure is that each one of them is using applications and developer base to strengthen its market. HP WebOS coming on tablets, Android already on 3.0, iOS on iPAD2 and blackberry coming with BBOS 7.0. Android, iOS and Blackberry looks stronger, the question is how will these other players break even to split the smartphone market? I stumbled on a market share this year and looks interesting…
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Send Handwritten Notes to the Cloud : Livescribe

How helpful and useful would it be to send your handwritten notes straight to the cloud for digital archiving like Google Docs or Evernote? With Livescribe Connect for your smartpen, you can easily send notes and audio as a pencast to people and destinations of your choice. Right from your paper or Livescribe Desktop.

Livescribe is an impressive piece of technology – it is like a regular pen with an ink cartridge but unlike any other pen, Livescribe pens record everything that you write on a notebook including the audio that you hear (like when you are in a meeting or a lecture).

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