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Samsung announced TVs with built-in Skype

Samsung LED 7000 and 8000 series TVs get Skype

Samsung joined to the Panasonic and LG announced Skype functionality on its HDTV series 7000 and 8000. But additionally a FREETALK TV Camera should be bought (on the Skype online store, for example) to have possibility make video calls. Samsung TVs with built-in Skype are already available in Korea and should be available in Europe soon.

NUU player: Boxee, XBMC and Skype

NUU Player

Another networked player contains popular HTPC software Boxee. NUU player demonstrated at CES 2010, is based on Atom CPU and probably Intel graphics. It sports 160GB HDD, HDMI, DVI, a few USB and one Ethernet ports. There is no info about WiFi adaptor but the player includes Bluetooth module. So, the wireless headset can be attached there.

Except Boxee, the NUU player offers XBMC and Skype applications. That’s really interesting cause you may no only watch video from sofa but make also Skype calls using Bluetooth headset without standing up.

The price of the NUU player is a bit more expensive then upcoming D-Link Boxee Box – $300 (Boxee Box is just $200). The date of availability is not set yet. The demo video after jump.
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Skype For Asterisk is out

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Digium recently released the final version of the module for integration Skype and Asterisk. The implementation is done as an add-on channel driver. The module allows to Skype-to-Skype calls as well as supporting SkypeIn and SkypeOut. Additionally it offers set and retrieve online status, trunk calls between Asterisk servers over Skype, make and receive multiple concurrent Skype calls from the same Skype account. The price of Skype module for Asterisk is $66.00 per channel.

Personally I don’t see a big advantages of Skype over the SIP gates for voice calls. The SIP gates are cheaper and they give better voice quality. But the Skype module for Asterisk can be very useful in case of calling directly to the Skype accounts since Skype is a standard de-facto for business communications. In any case it’s good to have more choices for VoIP calls!

Skype for Asterisk

Skype recently announced a new module which integrates Skype functionality into Digium’s Asterisk software. It allows to Asterisk users make, receive and transfer Skype calls with multiple Skype names with low Skype global rates. Not bad, isn’t it?

The Skype for Asterisk beta can be downloaded from here

[via Skype Journal].

Make Skype calls without PC

Belkins Desktop Internet Phone

Belkin recently introduced its new Desktop Internet Phone for Skype which doesn’t need a PC for making calls. It features speaker, speed dial, call hold/release, call pickup/park, mute, redial, hold, call-timer display and contact list for comfort and productive work. Its contact list supports over 500 sets of Skype and SkypeOut™ contacts. The phone also supports SkypeIn™ – a personal and portable Skype number that people can use to call your Skype phone.

The setup of Belkin’s Skype phone very simple. Just connect it to your router using WiFi or Ethernet and type your Skype username and password.

The new Belkin’s Skype phone can be purchased in March 2008 at $99. So, if you works hardly with Skype don’t miss that date. Personally, I prefer more generic solutions offered some alternatives such SIP, GTalk, Skype or Gizmo in one. For example, I’m going to use my Nokia E65 make VoIP calls via VoipStunt (SIP protocol). In my mind Skype works unstable last couple of months and it’s expensive a bit (I mean SkypeIn and SkypeOut). In any case it’s just a matter of preferences.

[via eHomeUpgrade]

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