Monday, January 7, 2008

Skype coming to a PSP near you

Sometime this month Sony will release a firmware update for the PSP that will feature Skype. For those of you that don't know, Skype is a VOIP that allows users to communicate with other Skype users for free. You can also make phone calls to mobile and land lines for a small fee (around 2.1 cent a minute). Skype was founded by Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis in 2003. Then they sold it to Ebay for 2.5 billion dollars in cash and stock options in 2005. Now Apple is in the picture looking to buy the VOIP that comes with it's over 246 million registered users.

PSP is continuing to separate itself from other gaming devices by not being just that, a gaming device. With the PSP you can play video games, movies, music, store pictures, surf the internet, and access your PS3 remotely via a wifi connection. The one thing I love the most, (and own) is the Location Free Base Station. This allows you to stream your DVR,DVD, or VCR to a computer or the PSP . The picture quality is really nice and smooth. You can also access all features of your devices via the on screen remote which you can create through the remote learning function. I have created a demo for you to view below. Now, add a new word to your vocabulary, Placeshifting-The ability to watch your media live or record anytime anywhere. The LCFTV is similar to the Slingbox. I like the one stop shop with the PSP, but they are both fine products.

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