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For jewelry designer Mabel Chong, Skype is a sparkling success

Jewelry designer Mabel Chong showing a necklace to a client on Skype

Mabel Chong has been designing unique, sought-after jewelry for 10+ years and using Skype for most of that time. Her husband introduced her to Skype, and Mabel has since incorporated it into her San Francisco-based jewelry business. We were intrigued to find out about how Mabel uses our technology to communicate with other stores and … Read more

Dancing across time zones with Skype

Pierre Guibault in NYC rehearsing with Sania Strimbakou on Skype from Athens

Choreographer Pat Catterson is no stranger to creating unique dance performances and installations. But, with over 100 pieces to her credit, she’d never incorporated technology into a performance. After reading her glowing review in the New York Times, we reached out and asked her why: “Honestly most of the dance and technology things I had … Read more

Skype and avian training: birds of a feather

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Using Skype to check up on your pets while traveling is a pretty popular usage of Skype—but how about pet bird training over Skype? When this tweet (no pun intended) came up on our feed a few weeks ago, we just had to get in touch with its owner to find out more. Please meet … Read more

ON THE LINE with VICE News: Share your questions on the 2016 Presidential Primaries and the race to the White House

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With unlikely candidates soaring in the polls, heated debates and a still recovering economy, the 2016 Presidential Primaries and upcoming election have been anything, but predictable. As the topic of immigration takes center stage, many minority communities feel targeted and isolated by a number of the candidates. Concerns about healthcare costs and national security are … Read more

Skype helps people with speech difficulties

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A few months ago, we came across an article that described how Florida Atlantic University is using Skype to help people who stutter in Rwanda. With a severe lack of local speech therapists, Skype is proving to be an effective means of providing long-distance therapy. We made contact with Dr. Dale Williams, professor of Communication … Read more

Skype composes the perfect setting for musicians to collaborate

Music over Skype

English composer, Malcolm Arnold once said “Music is the social act of communication among people, a gesture of friendship, the strongest there is.” Combined with Skype, the communication possibilities are truly endless — take a look at our recent posts about blues harp harmonica and violin lessons over Skype, for example. Today we have the … Read more

ON THE LINE with VICE News: Share your questions on the Flint water crisis

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In the midst of a crippling water crisis in the city of Flint, protestors gathered on the steps of the Michigan State Capitol building calling for the removal of Governor Rick Snyder who many feel has ignored the crisis for far too long. Armed with a cooler of bottled water labeled “Flint Water,” protestors expressed … Read more

ON THE LINE with VICE News: Share your questions on the Oregon Standoff

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In a remote region of eastern Oregon armed members of an anti-government militia are occupying the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge protesting what they view as an abuse of power on the part of the federal government. The protest led by Nevada rancher Ammon Bundy and other members of the Bundy family was … Read more

Well I woke up this morning… and taught the blues over Skype

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It’s not every day you get to sit down with a virtuoso. In his three decades of playing and teaching blues harp harmonica, Michael Rubin has jammed and recorded with some of the leading lights of roots music. He performed on Broadway in the Tony-nominated musical “The Civil War” and even played the national anthem … Read more

ON THE LINE with VICE News: Share your questions on Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

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Canada’s newest Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has captured the world’s attention with his liberal political policies, charm and good looks. Trudeau defeated Conservative incumbent Stephen Harper in 2015 with an unprecedented wave of support reminiscent of Obama’s 2008 campaign. As the son of former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, his election into office marked his return … Read more

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