Posts Tagged ‘Skype’

I want to start this week’s entry by telling you three interesting stories about the mobile phones that I have been using. The first story, i could name it, the ‘brick’ story. I still remember the first time I used cell phone. My dad gave it to me as a birthday present. It was a Nokia; very simple, all black, with small screen. All what I can do with this ‘machine’ is make phone calls and text messages. But as any other high-tech hungers, I stored the ‘brick’ Nokia in my little box, stopped using it, and grabbed a new sexy Motorola. It was great phone; extremely slim, heaps of applications like taking photos, shooting videos, and music. The cell phone stories went different since I said goodbye to my lovely Motorola and having a new smartphone Blackberry.

I was amazed by this new tool. Especially, a multi-tasking person like me, I found it very applicable. With the Blackberry, I can go online at any time to check email from my five accounts, read latest news, go to Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, and Youtube.

I will stop my mobile phone story here to think about how new technologies have been changing journalists‘ practices and news production. Clearly, in recent years, the booming of new technologies and web 2.0 tools has been shaping how journalists act and how news is produced. Journalists now have many choices in gathering sources and telling story. Let’s think about journalist practices in related to this week’s interesting coverage about a new attempt of Skype. This online tool which will extend videoconferencing up to ten users. Clearly, journalists from different places can hold a conference at the same time though this new Skype version. This is a precise evidence of how new media impacts on news production.

If you are hunger for Digital and Tech news and urge to know what is going on around some big networks companies, you should definitely open up Wired.com today. I bet you will thank me for a range of striking news about Google.

The first striking news is about Google’s Youtube announcement about the availability of five new native-language versions. These languages are Croation, Filipino, Serbian, Slovak, and Herbrew, which is still on the waiting list. The main objective of this action is to encourage more users to upload and download in a global scale. Also, users can participate with instructions and navigational elements in their own language.

Another impressive news is about Google’s announcement on its innovative application, Google Voice. Can you guess what this tool is? Don’t mix up with Google Talk. Remember these two are definitely different! A hint for some of you who are friends of Skype. With Google Voice, users can now make phone calls directly from their Gmail Inbox. Nothing is for free, but cheap. Calls to the U.S and Canada are free and PC-to-phone calls to dozens of countries around the world cost 2 cent per minute.

As a Gmail users and an international student, I am so exiting about this new tool. This is simply because with Google Voice, I can make calls to my parents in Vietnam, my brother in the U.S, my cousin in London at any time with no stress about high cost. But rethink about it from a media student’s angle, I found there’s a lots of questions spinning my minds. Why Google Voice? Do we really need it? Is it just another options for our daily communicative basis?

The answer is ‘It’s all about Facebook‘. Thanks to Ryan Singel\’s article about the underlying meaning of Google Voice that help me get out of the pool of questions. Singel stresses that by this new mobile application, Google will benefit from the integration as large number of Gmail users will likely sign up for Google Voice in order to receive phone calls.