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Skype for iPhone updates the dialer, reintroduces URI support for other apps

Skype for iPhone 5.10 keypadMicrosoft is out today with its latest version of Skype for iPhone, version 5.10, as it continues to add refinements and features to the overhauled version of its app first released last year.

The new version of Skype for iPhone highlights the ability to save contacts from the app’s phone dialer just like the native Phone app on iOS. You can also save contacts to Skype from the recent call list starting with this version, and Microsoft touts improved chat notification reliability as well.

Finally, Microsoft is reintroducing support for Skype URIs which let other developers include interactions with Skype directly in their own apps including features like calling and messaging.

As long as the Skype app is installed on an iPhone, when a user taps on a Skype name or phone number, the URI will open the Skype app to connect a call or send a message*, making it faster than ever to reach friends, family or businesses.

For example, if you’re browsing restaurant options on an app or mobile website that utilizes Skype URIs, tapping on the phone number would launch Skype so you could call and make a reservation.

If you heavily rely on communicating with Skype frequently, this means you should see deeper Skype integration in other third-party apps in the future.

Skype for iPhone version 5.10 is available now for free on the App Store.


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February 9th

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Consumer Reports finds iPhone 4S to have worthwhile antennas, says newer iPhone 4 is still problematic

"Consumer Reports recommends the iPhone 4S." It's only half a dozen words, but to the engineers (and marketers) at Apple, it spells "relief." After being profusely impacted by Consumer Reports' decision to recommend against buying the iPhone 4 due to those Antennagate issues, the entity has allowed all in Cupertino to breath a sigh of relief by effectively declaring the reception issue dead on the newest edition. To quote:

"Apple's newest smart phone performed very well in our tests, and while it closely resembles the iPhone 4 in appearance, it doesn't suffer the reception problem we found in its predecessor in special tests in our labs. In special reception tests of the iPhone 4S that duplicated those we did on the iPhone 4, the newer phone did not display the same reception flaw, which involves a loss of signal strength when you touch a spot on the phone's lower left side while you're in an area with a weak signal. (The iPhone 4, which is still available, continues to exhibit that problem, we confirmed in tests of new samples of the phone. Because of the flaw, we continue to omit the iPhone 4 from our list of recommended models, despite its otherwise fine performance.)"

In other words, even the newer samples of the iPhone 4 (perhaps even that one for Sprint?) continue to have antenna quirks, but at least the latest and greatest seems to have addressed 'em. Hit the source link for the full report.

Consumer Reports finds iPhone 4S to have worthwhile antennas, says newer iPhone 4 is still problematic originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 08 Nov 2011 09:59:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Darren Murph

November 8th

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Poll: What’s broken (or working) for you in iOS 5?

If you haven't updated to iOS 5 by now, let's face it: you never will. It's cool. We get it. Some of us are still using Netscape, too. For the rest of the iOS universe, though, iOS 5 has almost certainly been installed, and now that you've had a few weeks to tinker with it, we're interested in seeing what quirks are being found. We've received a number of reports surrounding call connection issues (on both Verizon Wireless and AT&T), "invalid SIM" warnings, a bug that shows an inbox as being full (when it clearly isn't) and iCloud refusing to load email altogether. Oh, and then there's that pesky Siri pincode bypass -- tsk, tsk! Toss your vote in below, and converse amongst yourselves in comments. Sharing is caring!

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Poll: What's broken (or working) for you in iOS 5? originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 29 Oct 2011 14:11:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Darren Murph

October 29th

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2-Year-Old Girl Saves Her Mom’s Life By Making a Phone Call [Video]

Lia Vega, a 2-year-old girl, has been pretending to be a real life superhero by cutely wearing a towel as a cape. Why? Because she saved her mom's life by making a phone call no one knew she knew how to do. More »


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October 27th

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Apple by the numbers: Figures released today at the conference call

Apple just announced some pretty interesting numbers in their Q4 earnings call. Below you’ll find them broken down:

  1. $28.7 billion in Q4 revenue
  2. $6.62 billion in Q4 net profit
  3. $7.05 per diluted share
  4. 17.1 million iPhones sold in Q4
  5. 11.12 million iPads sold in Q4
  6. 6.6 million iPod sales sold in Q4
  7. 18 billion App Store downloads
  8. 180 million iBookstore downloads
  9. 6 million Lion downloads, since its release this summer
  10. 4.89 million Macs sold in Q4
  11. $10.7 million average revenue per Apple Store
  12. $108 billion in revenue for fiscal year, 66% growth over FY10
  13. 77.5 million Apple Store visits in Q4
  14. 16% of Apple’s revenue came from China
  15. 500,000 apps available on the App Store, available in 23 countries
  16. Apple has $81.6 billion cash available
  17. 13% of Apple’s revenue from retail
  18. iPhone sales up 21% year over year
  19. 93% of Fortune 500 deploying or testing iPhones
  20. Apple set a $37 billion guidance for fiscal Q1 (holiday)
  21. 16 billion songs downloaded from iTunes
  22. iPad 2 available in 90 countries
  23. 25 million iOS device sold in Q4
  24. 357 Apple Stores world-wide
  25. $3.6 billion in revenue from Apple Stores
  26. iPod still has >70% share in U.S. 10 years after introduced
  27. Apple plans to add 40 new Apple Stores next Q, 3/4 outside of U.S.
  28. All five stores combined in China have the most traffic
  29. iPhone 4S available in 7 countries, 22 more on their way
  30. 30 new Apple stores were added in Q4

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Jake Smith

October 18th

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Apple announces Q4 earnings call set for October 18th

Apple has just confirmed via press release that they will be holding their Q4 (fiscal) earnings call for October 18th (found on investor page last month). The call will be held at 5 PM EST, and we’ll be covering it as it happens.

Apple will also be streaming the call over the web. There’s sure to be a lot of iPhone 4S and iOS 5 talk. Stay tuned!



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Jake Smith

October 13th

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Tango video calling demoed on Mango-based HTC Titan (video)

Looks like Mango's got yet another trick up its sleeve -- at least, a trick that'll be noticeable on HTC's looming Titan. Windows Phone Director Aaron Woodman -- the same Aaron that stopped by our own Engadget Show a few months back -- recently paused to show off a Tango video calling application on the aforementioned handset. We knew good and well that the front-facing Titan camera would be put to use by something, and now you know. 'Course, the "demo" looks pretty well scripted -- don't expect an accurate representation of video quality over a crowded 3G network -- but it sure serves to make the wait that much harder. Have a peek yourself just after the break.

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Darren Murph

September 15th

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