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Skype Me

Skype Me
by Gary Woods

If all your friends use iPad 2s or iPhones then you can just fire up FaceTime for audio and video communications and call it a day. But, there are still a few folks out there who haven't heard the clarion call of Steve Jobs and cued up at the Apple Store to get an iPad 2 or other iOS device with a camera. So, what about the rest of us?

Well there's always Skype which is a very cool way of keeping in touch with people particularly overseas. You can communicate with audio and video if you have a camera on your computer and with the addition of a camera on the iPad 2 it seemed like it would be only minutes before Skype would be rocking in the App Store.

Well guess what? It took a long time for the Skype folks to get an iPad App in the App Store. Skype for the iPhone has been around since 2009, but the iPad version just arrived. As far as I can see the iPad application is just a full size version of the iPhone application which means it can be used to call, video call, chat or text someone. The great thing about Skype is if you talk with someone else on Skype it's free.

Skype for the iPad is a great alternative to FaceTime especially because it works over a 3G network which FaceTime seems to have difficulty with. So if you haven't got a Skype account now is the time to step up and start looking at who you're talking to.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc