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Ask LH: How Can I Improve The Quality Of Skype Calls To My Girlfriend?

Dear Lifehacker, my girlfriend travels a lot for work which means our interactions are often limited to Skype. Unfortunately, the video quality is usually quite poor. Is there a way to improve the video without buying a new laptop or expensive webcam?


Google Hangouts Finally Gets Its Own Dedicated Home Page

Today, Google Hangouts got the biggest feature it should have had four years ago when it launched: A dedicated homepage with a simple web address. Now, in addition to all the other ways to access hangouts, you can visit it at its own headquarters.


Facebook Messenger Video Calls Now Work In Australia

Facebook launched a video chat feature for its Messenger app last month, but it wasn’t available to Australian users. Today that has changed, with the feature enabled down under.


Australians Can't Make Video Calls On Facebook Messenger Yet

iOS/Android: Facebook’s latest enhancement to its Messenger app allows you to make video calls, adding to the existing text chat and voice call features. However, like so many Facebook enhancements, this isn’t being rolled out as a worldwide release, and Australia is not on the list of the first countries getting the feature.


How To Make Sure Your Voice Calls And Audio Chats Are Crystal Clear

Whether you’re talking to family on Skype or Hangouts, or you’re playing multiplayer games and need your teammates to hear you, there are a few simple things you can to do make sure your audio comes through clearly. Here are a few things you can do to make sure you’re heard.


MegaChat Is A Browser-Based, Encrypted Voice And Video Chat App

Mega has been on our radar for secure file storage ever since the file storage phoenix rose from the ashes of MegaUpload. Now, the company has created MegaChat, which it bills as a secure alternative to Skype, offering browser-based voice and video chat.


Skype Video Chat Is Coming To The Web

Today, Microsoft announced that it plans to bring Skype to the web. While other chat services like Facebook Messenger and Hangouts have been web-based for a while, Skype has lagged behind — until now.


Gaze Lets You Watch Videos With Your Long-Distance Friends In Real Time

Everyday occurrences such as watching TV with family and friends become exponentially difficult when you’re physically far away. Gaze allows you to virtually watch videos at the same time with other people and communicate through webcam.


Blab Sends Quick Video Messages To Anyone

Android/iOS: Most messenger apps depend on both parties installing it on their phones. Blab is an exception. You can record a quick video message and send it to any contact via SMS, who can open it in a regular browser. Those who have the app can also reply.


Gruveo Brings Fast, No-Install, Anonymous Video Calling To Android

Android/Web: Previously mentioned video calling service Gruveo took the wraps off a major update today. It now includes Android support that lets you talk to others without having to install an app first..


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