Chapter 11. Spicing Things Up with Great Gadgets and Add-Ons

In This Chapter

  • Understanding Skype as a many-platformed thing

  • Adding flexibility with a Skype phone

  • Bolstering privacy and clarity with accessories

  • Going wireless with Bluetooth

  • Getting add-ons that listen, record, transcribe, animate, talk to you, and on and on

Skype comes in four flavors: Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and Mobile. After you choose a flavor (or two), you can serve up Skype in any number of ways. Instead of a cup or a cone, you use devices such as laptops, desktops, wireless phones, mobile computers, or memory sticks to hold your chosen flavor(s). Then you can go for the toppings! Why not try adding microphones, webcams, wired or wireless headsets, or Bluetooth transmitters to your Skype sundae? You can also add software programs that record conversations, follow you with video as you move, or transform your image into a talking dinosaur.

With so many flavors and toppings (that is, platforms and add-ons) to choose from, we suggest matching your selections with how you use Skype for work or play. Here are some ideas:

  • For the frequent traveler: If you need to take Skype with you wherever you go, try Skype on a laptop (or other mobile device) with a headset.

  • For the collaborator: Suppose you need to keep track of ideas shared on Skype conference calls; try using audio recording software and transcribing software to capture every idea perfectly.

  • For the integrator: If you find it handy to connect calls from other people's ...

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