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Skype Acquires Qik for $100 Million

I was shocked to hear this morning that Skype acquired Qik for $100 Million. I’m a huge fan of both, Skype and Qik since they are the game changers of allowing users to host two-way live video calling.

Skype has acquired video streaming service Qik, the company announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

Skype CEO Tony Bates confirmed the announcement on the company blog: “I’m happy to announce that we’ve entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Qik,” he wrote.

The news was first leaked by Business Insider Thursday morning. The source who revealed the news claims that the deal cost Skype approximately $100 million.

Qik allows users to host two-way live video calls on a range of smartphones, as well as record and share video via e-mail, SMS, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and a number of other platforms.

Qik’s userbase catapulted to 5 million users in 2010, up from 600,000 at the beginning of the year, thanks in part to partnerships with major telecom providers like T-Mobile.

“Skype and Qik share a common purpose of enriching communications with video, and the acquisition of Qik will help to accelerate our leadership in video by adding recording, sharing and storing capabilities to our product portfolio,” Bates wrote. “Through this acquisition, we’ll also be able to take advantage of the engineering expertise that is behind Qik’s Smart Streaming technology, which optimizes video transmission over wireless networks,” he added.

Skype and Qik have two important board members in common: Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, who could have helped facilitate the deal.

 

VIA | Mashable

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HTC Vision = N1 With Keyboard?

The HTC Vision will be heading to T-Mobile and may have the moniker of “G1 Blaze” for the network.  Just when I got the Google Nexus One, HTC comes out with a keyboard version!  I’m going to pull my hair out!

Known specs:

  • 1GHz CPU (rumored)
  • 3.7 inch WVGA screen

VIA|Engadget

T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide Teaser

Here’s a teaser of the myTouch 3G Slide being used.  Some new features include:

  • FavsGallery – Faves Gallery presents up to 20 of your favorite people and the different ways to communicate with them – calls, texts, e-mail, instant messaging, social networking updates – in a dedicated application accessible through a soft button and a widget complete with photos, contact information and one-touch ability to respond. All Faves get special status on the myTouch 3G Slide, meaning that you’ll receive notifications as well as being able to respond directly without launching other tools.
  • myModes – myModes aims to draw a line between work and home by creating different themes with homescreen apps, widgets and wallpapers to empower people in the different roles they play each day. You can set myModes to switch at a designated time, by location, or manually with the option of create and store up to 10 customized modes.
  • Genius Button – The Genius Button, powered by Dragon Dictation from Nuance, is an easy-to-access button on the front of the myTouch 3G Slide. It allows the use of voice commands to control the phone and its features including making calls, composing and sending texts and e-mails, searching the Web or your surroundings. It’ll also read text messages aloud, and lets you dictate responses naturally.
  • Comes in black, white, red
  • Release date is sometime in June
  • Pricing is unknown but is said to be family-friendly

VIA|infoSync

T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide

T-Mobile just introduced a new Android phone with a customized UI and slide out keyboard. Expect to see this in June.  Wait…is that a parrot with seagull parents?  Somebody must have done some egg swapping.  Maybe someone could Photoshop the O RLY? bird in place of the parrot.

Specifications are below:

• Large 3.4″ HVGA touch-screen display
• 5-pane customizable home screen
• Optical joy stick for easy navigation
• The latest Android software – Android 2.1
• Instantly upload and share pictures and videos taken with 5.0-megapixel camera via e-mail, MMS, YouTube, Facebook, Flickr or Picasa
• Robust music player that displays cover album art and lets you toggle between playlists. Music player supports MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, OGG and RM
• Pre-installed 8 GB microSD card
• Full HTML Web browser and digital zoom functionality
• Turn-by-turn (spoken) directions with Google Maps

See more pics over at Engadget.

VIA|T-Mobile, Examiner, Engadget

T-Mobile to Launch 4G Nationwide Mid-2010

What is 4G? It depends who you ask.

The ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) defines 4G as International Mobile Telecommunications Advanced which is a cellular system that must have target peak data rates of up to approximately 100 Mbps for a high mobility connection and 1 Gbps for low mobility.

On the other hand, you have a carrier like Sprint which is marketing its WiMax network as “The first and only wireless 4G network from a national carrier”. Their WiMax network has a target peak of 10 Mbps, but real world tests place the speeds between 3-6 Mbps. It is still a heck of a lot faster than most 3G networks, so Sprint felt justified in calling it 4G.

So really, 4G is just a marketing term.

See the original post: T-Mobile to launch nationwide “4G” in 2010 – Android and Me

VIA: AndroidandMe