[Engadget] Skype adds video voicemail to Windows desktop beta~Reviews~Evaluation

Engadget post time: April 30, 2013 at 07:29PM

Skype adds video voicemail preview to Windows desktop beta, Windows 8 users left hanging on the telephone

You’d think that with Skype firmly under Microsoft’s control, the service would roll out new features to Windows first. Bizarrely, though, that’s not the case. Skype’s video voicemail feature, which previously soft launched on Android, iOS and OS X, is now coming to Windows 7 and up (a Windows 8 version should be forthcoming), hitting the company’s end of April promise. The feature, still labeled a preview, works exactly as advertised, letting users record short video clips that can be sent to and viewed by any contact regardless of their OS. There’s one caveat though: you’ll need to install Skype 6.5 beta for Windows desktop and Flash to test it out. It’s just a risk your vainglorious self will have to take for modernity.

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[Engadget] Log In with PayPal simplifies shopping, uses your account on merchant sites~Reviews~Evaluation

Engadget post time: April 30, 2013 at 07:14PM

Log In with PayPal simplifies shopping, uses your account on merchant sites

There’s no shortage of single sign-on solutions out there. But whereas Facebook, Twitter and Google all have a heavy focus on social (obviously), PayPal’s take on the field is built around commerce and privacy. Rather than requiring you to set up an account with every site you shop at, entering the same personal information over and over, the stalwart online payment firm wants you to use your PayPal identity across multiple merchants. It uses the same standard protocols (such as OAuth) as its social SSO relatives, but instead of posting meals or books to your feed it sends payment information to shops through a secure channel. When you feel like snagging yourself a pair of fly kicks, all you’d need to do is enter your username and password, or phone number and PIN. All other data, such as shipping and billing address and payment information, would then be passed on by PayPal automatically — leaving you with nothing to do but admire what a beautiful pair of sneakers your precious Mr. Cuddlesworth makes. For more, check out the quick demo video after the break.

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[Engadget] Engadget Giveaway: win a 32GB iPad (4th-gen), courtesy of AnchorFree!~Reviews~Evaluation

Engadget post time: April 30, 2013 at 07:00PM

Engadget Giveaway win a 32GB iPad 4thgen, courtesy of AnchorFree!

We’re closing the month out on a solid note: this week’s giveaway involves a fourth-generation 32GB iPad. It’s made possible by AnchorFree, which is celebrating its Hotspot Shield app for iOS. The VPN client aims to keep your information secure, ensure that your identity is safe and gives you the ability to access blocked sites. If iOS isn’t your thing, it’s also available on Android, Mac and PC. So take a few seconds and turn in your entry for a chance to win, and good luck!

Note: Please enter using the widget below, as comments are no longer valid methods of entry. The widget only requires your name and email address so we know how to get in touch with you if you win (your information is not given out to third parties), but you will have an option to receive an additional entry by following us on Twitter if you so desire.

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[Engadget] Hulu: Paid subscriptions have doubled to four million in past year~Reviews~Evaluation

Engadget post time: April 30, 2013 at 06:52PM

Hulu’s future ownership may be in question, but the video streaming site is apparently doing fairly brisk business on the paid subscription front. During an advertiser event this morning, the site announced that it has managed to double its Hulu Plus accounts in the past year, up to four million. The site’s revenue also hit a record for the first quarter of the year, though Hulu’s not giving out any numbers. As with rivals Netflix and Amazon, the company’s making a big bet on original programming, with a number of exclusive series, including the animated The Awesomes and western Quick Draw.

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[Engadget] Twitter opens up ad-buying to all US users, brings new tools to self-promoters~Reviews~Evaluation

Engadget post time: April 30, 2013 at 06:44PM

Twitter opens up adbuying to all US users

Twitter has been slowly expanding its advertising offerings for some time now — first with more ads in more places, then with more folks able to buy ads. Now it’s taken things one big step further and opened up its self-serve Twitter Ads platform to all users in the United States. That means anyone can now sign up and buy promoted tweets of their very own, with all the same options and analytics previously afforded to businesses and individuals invited to take part in the program. That doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be seeing more ads on Twitter, but you may well start seeing some more unexpected ones. Those interested in shelling out some cash can find all they need to get started at the links below.

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Source: Twitter Advertising Blog, Twitter Ads

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[Engadget] Twitter opens up ad-buying to all US users, brings new tools to self-promoters~Reviews~Evaluation

Engadget post time: April 30, 2013 at 06:44PM

Twitter opens up adbuying to all US users

Twitter has been slowly expanding its advertising offerings for some time now — first with more ads in more places, then with more folks able to buy ads. Now it’s taken things one big step further and opened up its self-serve Twitter Ads platform to all users in the United States. That means anyone can now sign up and buy promoted tweets of their very own, with all the same options and analytics previously afforded to businesses and individuals invited to take part in the program. That doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be seeing more ads on Twitter, but you may well start seeing some more unexpected ones. Those interested in shelling out some cash can find all they need to get started at the links below.

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Source: Twitter Advertising Blog, Twitter Ads

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[Engadget] Hasselblad stops production of V System cameras after 17 years~Reviews~Evaluation

Engadget post time: April 30, 2013 at 06:41PM

Hasselblad stops production of its last V System camera

Almost by definition, Hasselblad is a company steeped in tradition — it’s hard to be ultra-trendy when your camera systems cost as much as a new car. We shouldn’t be surprised, then, that the company is only just getting around to halting production on its last V System camera, the 503CW, 17 years after the first models rolled off the assembly line. Interest has simply dropped off quickly in the past five years, the company says. Support will continue, and accessories will sell while they last, but the emphasis from now on will be squarely on digital-first H System cameras like the H5D. Whether or not you’re mourning the loss, there’s no question that the V System has survived a lot during its lifetime, including the transition to digital shooting and new management. We’d say it’s worth pouring one out for a true veteran of medium format photography.

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