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Gwyneth Paltrow is Skype’s Newest Fan

Gwyneth Paltrow

Like most A-list celebrities, actress Gwyneth Paltrow has a lot on her plate. In addition to her acting duties, she’s also a mother, a singer, a food writer and an entrepreneur. While we know that there are many celebrities using Skype, we were pumped to see her set aside time to sit down with entertainment … Read more

Talking with an African Grey Parrot on Skype

Skype has changed how we keep in touch with the people who are important to us. Though, it’s not just people, we’ve also seen dogs communicate with each other on Skype. Recently, we decided to take it a step further and attempt interacting with a highly intelligent African Grey Parrot over Skype. We reached out to two … Read more

Harnessing the Power of Skype to Bring Relief to Haiti

Fay, Gustav, Hanna and Ike – three hurricanes and one tropical storm which rocked the nation of Haiti in 2008, affecting 8% of the country’s overall population. With an estimated $1 billion in damage, this was also the costliest natural disaster in Haitian history. When disasters like these occur, a difficult task is set forth … Read more

7 Tips for a Great Group Chat on Skype

At Skype, we’re all long-time fans of the benefits provided by ongoing group chats. Their ability to help people stay connected on a project or topic solves many of the challenges that virtual teams and remote employees can face when collaborating. Who hasn’t been stuck in a long “reply all” email chain that clogs up your … Read more

No Love for Mom? 1 in 5 People Forget to Send Mother’s Day Gifts

Mother's Day Survey

Did your mom always have the best advice when you were younger? Mine sure did – “tie your shoes”, “look both ways before crossing the street”, “don’t talk to strangers” and “don’t follow the crowd” – although I didn’t always listen. Well, when it comes to treating mom right on Mother’s Day, we’d all better … Read more

The Power of Reading: My Skype in the Classroom Read Aloud Session

Jennifer Aaker

Last week, I read aloud to an amazing Kindergarten class in Kea’au, Hawaii via a Skype video call from California. I decided to read Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand, a book that has fundamentally impacted our family.  The book is about a girl named Alex, a young girl faced with a big problem that … Read more

Skype: A World of Possibilities Contest

The world is a pretty big place, but no matter where you go – or where your loved ones are – Skype keeps you in touch. That’s why we’re hosting the Skype: A World of Possibilities contest on our Pinterest profile. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or an aspiring globetrotter, share your favorite photos from … Read more

Skype, Facebook and… You!

Have you linked your Skype and Facebook accounts yet? Did you even know that was possible? Did you know that Skype and Facebook are connected in a number of different ways? If you answered no to any of the questions above then I’ve got good news for you, I’m about to expand your knowledge of … Read more

Sir Mix-A-Lot in Tech: Social Media, Skype & Surviving in the Music Business

The babies born back when Sir Mix-A-Lot’s Baby Got Back debuted in 1992 are now of official drinking age. As the multi-platinum tribute to a fuller female figure turns 21 today, Mix-A-Lot (Anthony Ray) is still going strong – not just as a musician but also as a full-time “tech fanatic.” Mix-A-Lot released his first … Read more

How Teachers Can Make the Most of Free Skype Group Video Calling

To celebrate World Read Aloud Day in March this year, Skype gave all educators the opportunity to receive 12 months of Group Video Calling if they signed up to Skype’s global education platform, Skype in the classroom.  Since then, thousands of teachers have received and are using this fantastic teaching tool in their schools. If … Read more

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