Sad to see MeeGo rolled into something else but it really never had a chance.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
I was willing to get over last weeks no-show from her but today pushed it over the edge. Cait had been calling her the fat lady and I was reprimanding her... Baby girl, you can now call her whatever you want.
On a side note, I am thankful she has the best kindergarten teacher ever.
Sent from my iPhone
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
The walk4hearing helps support advances in Technology - which you all know I am obsessed with.
If you are in PA this Sunday please come by and walk with us, the kids would be so happy. If you can't stop by we would all appreciate it if you would help this cause by donating what you can.
Please use this link to donate.
Amplify’d from hlaa.convio.net
Caitlyn & Conor's Walk4Hearing Page
As many of you may know, both Caitlyn and Conor have hearing loss. Caitlyn (5.5yrs old) was diagnosed with bilateral Sensorineural Hearing Loss in the mild/moderate range and has been aided since 3 months old. Thankfully this was caught early and she is on target with her hearing peers.
Conor was also diagnosed in August 09 with bilateral Sensorineural Hearing Loss in the mild/moderate range. He has had his hearing aids since he was 4 months old.
We are fortunate that both kids received an early diagnoisis and will be on track for typical speech development. I wish I could say that I was surprised when we found out about Conor's hearing loss but I almost expected it. Our next step is to start genetic testing and see where that takes our family. If your kid is delayed in speech or you think he/she may not hear you - please don't take the wait and see approach. Be proactive. As parents we are the kids only true advocate.
My family will be participating in the Walk4Hearing to support all those with hearing loss. I need your support to make this event a success. Please take a moment to sponsor my efforts. Thanks!
Saturday, September 17, 2011
1. Stop drinking alcohol
2. Go home
3. Don't puke in the car on the way home.
4. Get a sugary drink - Gatorade works the best but I was stuck with a damn capri sun tonight.
5. Grab a handful of mortin, take with sugary drink.
6. Eat a slice of bread. I had fresh pumpkin bread that I made this morning so initially I thought it was a good idea. I'm now rethinking that and should have gone with the standard store bought because I put extra flax seed in the pumpkin bread. That may not be a winning combo with all this alcohol.
7. Drink an entire bottle of water before passing out.
8. Lastly, brush your teeth so it doesn't taste like you were licking the cats litter box.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Monday, September 5, 2011
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
I love how they mention the iPhone 5 as a competition, I clearly do NOT see it that way. And the bionic, sure I was excited about that earlier but have lost interest 6 months later. Motorola lags behind HTC & Samsung.
Samsung Galaxy S2 Comes to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile
Samsung plans to launch the Galaxy S2 on three of the four major U.S. carriers, beginning with Sprint on September 16 for $200.
The smartphone runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and expands upon the first generation of Galaxy S handsets in a number of ways. It features a Exynos 1.2-gigahertz dual-core processor, a rear-facing 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video capture, a larger battery, support for 4G speeds, and a Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen.
The AT&T version of the Galaxy S2 has a 4.3-inch display, while the T-Mobile and Sprint variants will sport a 4.5-inch display.
All the models have a six-axis motion sensor and support touch- and motion-gestures, allowing users to flip the phone over to silence an incoming call, for instance.
Sprint will be the first carrier to launch the device, which will go by the name of Samsung Epic 4G Touch. Both AT&T and T-Mobile will retain the Galaxy S2 name; AT&T said the handset is arriving at the carrier in the coming weeks, and T-Mobile stated the S2 would arrive “this fall” at the carrier. Neither wireless operator revealed pricing for the device.
Verizon, however, will not carry the Galaxy S2. The carrier instead has chosen to release the Droid Prime as its flagship Android model.
The release of the Galaxy S2 on the U.S. market marks the arrival of what may be one of the upcoming iPhone 5′s strongest competitors. The Samsung handset has already sold nearly 5 million units worldwide, and its rollout in the U.S. may boost sales even further. With the iPhone 5 anticipated to arrive in October, the S2′s early release may give it a head start as the fall retail season heats up.
However, the S2 faces intense competition as other high-profile handsets arrive at market in the coming weeks. Besides the iPhone 5, Motorola will release the Droid Bionic, which has been delayed since spring while the carrier made modifications. The Droid Bionic may have a September 8 release date, but Motorola has not confirmed this rumor.
Read more at www.forbes.comThe S2 is expected to be the high-end flagship of a whole range of Galaxy-branded smartphones that Samsung will deploy this fall. The company recently announced it will release four more Galaxy models at various price points to reach more segments of the smartphone market.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Noblo Umbrella Buddy will keep your beach umbrella secure while you are playing with your kids or lucky enough to have a cool beverage in hand and relaxing. I vaguely remember the relaxing beach days... vaguely. Now I am constantly saying "don't eat the sand, please stop throwing sand, you can't go in the water by yourself..." and it is anything BUT relaxing. The smiles on the kids faces makes up for it though.
This is really more than a neat idea. When I went to the Noblo web site I realized what a great product this is:
- Manufactured in New Jersey, USA
- Affordable for people and families retails at $14.99
- Packaged in Eatontown, NJ by CVR; a local non-profit organization that hires mentally and physically handicapped individuals
- $.05 a bag sold to be donated to USLA – United States Lifesaving Association
- Invented by moms
- It’s super easy to use
- Available in yellow,pink, turquoise, blue, black, and bright green
We had planned on going to the beach last weekend but Hurricane Irene visited us and put a damper on the good times. My kids absolutely love the beach and can't wait to try the Noblo Umbrella Buddy!
**Disclosure: I received a Noblo Umbrella Buddy at no cost for review
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
The first Hello Kitty phone to run Android
Apart from cute and adorable the Kitty is now also smart. The recently announced SoftBank 007SH clamshell runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, packs in a 3.4 inch 3D ready display supporting a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels, Infrared, Bluetooth, Felica (Mobile wallet), One seg TV tuner and a Micro SD card slot. The phone has a 16 megapixel camera which shoots video in full HD and offers similar features which you would find in digital cameras. It comes preloaded with Hello Kitty goodies like wallpapers, screensavers, ringtones, applications and the face has the cat etched on it. The phone measures 113 × 51.8 × 19.3mm and weighs 140 grams and will be Japan only.
Monday, August 15, 2011
With appointments scheduled all I could do is wait. They wanted a follow-up u/s in 6 to 8 weeks and a hysteroscopy as soon as possible.
Last Monday I developed severe abdominal pain where I couldn't function. I stuck it out as long as possible taking care of the kids... See the post from last Tuesday. I was admitted to paoli hospital with a ruptured 4cm cyst.
So now that the cyst is gone it is time to deal with the uterine polyps. After getting no sleep last night, I'm waiting for the dreaded Gyn for a hysteroscopy. It is cold in the waiting room and I'm nervous about how much this will hurt. I can take pain but anything in that region scares me. I don't ever want to hear a doc say "This will only be a little pressure or a pinch" when you nearly pass out from the pain. It would be nice if you bitch-slap them and say "That was just a little bit of pressure".
Time to go back... Wish me luck.
Sent from my iPhone
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Please just stop all the rumors and release the damn device here in the US. I don't even care which carrier at this point. It really sucks that other countries get all the best mobile devices first. I am tired of my crappy iPhone that constantly has to be rebooted or dies at 40% remaining battery.
As the release of the US variants of the Samsung Galaxy S2 approaches, minute details are beginning to leak and shaping what we expect to see from the long awaited Samsung US models.
Samsung Galaxy S2 with 4G LTE surfaces
Now one of the biggest questions when it comes to the Verizon variant of the Samsung Galaxy S2 (Function) is whether or not it will pack 4G LTE radios. Well we can safely say that the Samsung Galaxy S2 is compatible with 4G LTE thanks to a leak over in Korea where a new variant of the Galaxy S2 has popped up.
According to Korean site IT Tong, an Samsung Galaxy S2 variant with 4G LTE, 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen, 16GB internal storage, 8-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front cameras, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and a pumped up 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon APQ8060 processor has made an appearance.
Of course, you can't just buy it and use it here in the US as the frequency is different (800MHz vs Big Red's 700MHz). But what this does tell us is that there is a Samsung Galaxy S2 with LTE already produced.
Read more at www.gizmocrunch.com
On a side note, if this is the exact same Verizon Samsung Galaxy S2 variant we are waiting to launch here, it has a faster processor and larger display than the normal Galaxy S2, suggesting that Verizon's model may have an advantage of the Sprint Within and AT&T Attain (4.5-inch 1.5GHz SGS2 versus 4.3-inch 1.2GHz model).
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Over the past few months I've had bad pain in my lower right abdomen and it all came to a head this weekend. Sunday I felt really crappy and in pain. If you know me, you know I just tried to deal with it the best I could. I tried taking a nap and getting a ton of fluids. No amount of rest was helping.
By the time I woke yesterday morning I could barely walk the pain in my abdomen was so great. But I still pushed through and took Conor to the dentist for an emergency visit. Once we got back home I tried to get caught up on some work for a few hours. The pain was progressively getting worse so I lay down for a little bit. That only hurt more.
At 4pm I decided to take Caitlyn to her TaeKwonDo class. Waves of pain getting worse and worse but it helped take my mind off by watching her truly excel at a sport. We made it back home and I was afraid to eat... Knew it was just going to come right back up. Conor was being exceptionally clingy; I think he sensed the pain I was in but holding him was killing me.
I finally gave in after the kids ate dinner and was brought into the ER. The ride here was horrendous. Every bump was exaggerated by the pain I was in.
The ER is new since having Conor at this hospital 2 years ago and very nice. They did my triage and immediately brought me back -- thank you for not making me wait!!
Once in my little room they hooked me up with an IV and took a crap load of blood. Within being here for 30 min they had ultrasound waiting to take me down. They gave me some pain meds before sending and anti-nausea stuff so I'd stop vomiting.
--the pain meds did not touch the pain--
During the U/S I did my best to try to keep it together but had a hard time. She was gentle and understanding. I was sent back to my room in the ER and they gave me even more pain meds... This truly messed me up. I was a wreck, couldn't walk or move much. The pain was minimized though so I guess worth it in the long run.
The U/S results came back and the 4cm cyst on my right ovary had burst. That explains all the pain. They also told me the lab results -- low blood count near transfusion level, potassium was so low that they gave me pills right then (of course I puked them up) and low iron.
The doctor admitted me and brought me upstairs to my room. I would sleep for 20 min and wake again. Not much sleep last night but it really is a comfortable bed.
Time for my washcloth bath... I'll try ordering my breakfast after that and if I can keep the food down I'll request to go home.
Oh I am scheduled for a hysteroscopy on Monday and I asked if they could do it while I am here now and they pretty much said no. That has been the only disappointing factor.
Sent from my iPhone
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Monday, August 1, 2011
|Love my baby girl!|
|Charlotte & Caitlyn|
|Caitlyn & Master Walsh|
Later that day, to her surprise, her sparring gear arrived! She was so excited and has been practicing putting it on and hitting a few things.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Instead of printing my reservation I figured I could scan the barcode from my phone like you can at the airport. So I was standing there looking like an idiot trying to make this work, thankfully I looked over and realized I wasn't the only one trying to do this. But... I was caught!! To my left Karla Trotman, Belly Button Boutique, was standing there. All the Philly Social Media Moms were meeting at the train station but this isn't how I wanted to be found. We met up with Julie Meyers Pron, Robin Elton, Melissa Angert and Andrea Howard.
We made it just in time for the panel discussion, How to work with Mom Bloggers, hosted by Suzanne Kantra, Founder/Editor-in-Chief
Techlicious.com. During this discussion I learned scores are not everything and Mom Bloggers give your brand a personality and reason to buy it. It was a very insightful discussion. After this was finished we went to the press room and attended a mini conference where Suzanne presented tech ways to make blogging easier. Some of the items presented were:
- Photogene to add watermarks using your iPhone or iPad. Not only does it provide watermarks but editing and sharing capabilities for the iOS devices but it IPTC stamps the file.
- iRig Mic for iPhone - this is key for interviews
- Zoom Q3HD - This is perfect for sound and HD quality video. Tip - always use 2 hands while recording and if you have to move, move your whole body and not just your hands.
|What a great charger!|
|The Thrive is a dual core 10" Android tablet!|
There were many other great products at the show and I am grateful that I was invited. At the end we were given a gift bag that included many fun products but my kids have not stopped playing with the Hex Bugs since I got home. Most toys in the house have a life span of a few hours but these little things keep crawling around everywhere. Speck gave us a beautiful A Line Bag for iPad's and 10" Netbooks along with a shell for the iPad 2... now if only I had a tablet.
Thanks Julie for organizing this!
**Disclosure - We received free transportation and conference entrance along with a gift bag.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
A week and a half ago I found out I had a kidney infection, beyond painful and thankfully 1000mg of cipro daily for 7 full days killed it. BUT half way through that I ended up getting a nasty virus that I am still fighting. Poor Conor got it too, I thought he was getting better and then he spiked a 103 temp. Took the little dude to the doc and the step test was negative. He recovered just in time for his 2nd Birthday party at Arnolds -- what a relief. So we thought we were through the worst of it and had a fun day planned for Monday (his actual birthday) but of course his sister got sick. Yesterday Caitlyn developed a 104 fever, this morning the fever was still as high so she went to the doctors. This one tested positive for strep.
What supplements do you give your kids? What do you take yourself? I need the kids to be healthy for 4th of July weekend.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Now this is exciting! I have always loved the N Series devices and have never ventured out to purchase one due to the OS. This changes everything... running mango! Windows Phone 7 shouldn't be discredited at this point, it is still young but catching up fast.
Nokia's first Windows Phone: images and video, codenamed 'Sea Ray'
Ok, this one's odd. In fact, we didn't believe the images until a video just surfaced showing Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop, foolishly asking a crowd of people to "put away their cameras" for the unveiling of something "super confidential," codenamed "Sea Ray." Naturally, a few people ignored the plea for "no pictures please" and, indeed, leaked the new device out to the blogosphere. What is it? Why, it's Nokia's first Windows Phone. While it looks nearly identical to the just announced N9, the different LED placement on the back (in line with the same 8 megapixel Carl Zeiss lens) confirms it's a new device as does the additional hardware button (for shutter release, we presume) along the side. And the fact that it's running Windows Phone 7 Mango seals the deal. See a few more shots and a snippet of the video after the break, then hit up the source to see the video uncut.Read more at www.engadget.com
Thursday, June 16, 2011
I'll have to check this out. Great idea if it is implemented properly.
T-Mobile debuts "More for Me" Android app, aggregates daily deals
T-Mobile has launched a new application and service for Android smartphones that aims to make it easier for users to see and take advantage of daily deal offers.
The new app, called More for Me, aggregates daily deals into one, easy-to-access place for customers. T-Mobile has partnered with Living Social to load the More for Me app with locally relevant deals for each user. Users can specify their interests for more personalized recommendations within the app as well.
Read more at www.mobileburn.com
More for Me is in beta now and available in the Android Market for any device running Android 1.6 Donut or higher, even if it is not on the T-Mobile network. The app and service are free. T-Mobile has plans to develop More for Me for other smartphone platforms in the future.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Evernote's Peek the first app to take advantage of iPad 2's Smart Cover
Evernote has just introduced a cool new app that utilizes the magnetic capabilities of the Smart Cover on the iPad 2 to help users study and improve their memory skills
Called Evernote Peek, the app utilizes the flexible, magnetic Smart Cover for the iPad 2 to present pieces of information to the user in a similar fashion to flash cards. The user can lift up just a portion of the smart cover to reveal a question, and then lift it up further to see the answer. When the cover is closed fully, a new question is generated. Evernote is positioning Peek as a tool for students, trivia buffs, and anyone who is looking to enhance their memory.
Users can create clues and answers right in their Evernote account. The note titles become clues, and the body of the note will contain the answer. Peek allows players to keep score as they play along. The iPad 2 has to have its brightness set to about 75 percent and the auto-lock disabled in order for Peek to work properly.
Read more at www.mobileburn.com
Evernote Peek is free and available in the iTunes App Store now. It requires an iPad 2 and an Apple Smart Cover for the iPad, though it does not matter what color Smart Cover one chooses.
Take a look at the video below showing Evernote Peek in action.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
I wonder how much will be broken... will we get any stats on this?
World IPv6 Day
World IPv6 Day is an event sponsored and organized by the Internet Society and several large content providers to test public IPv6 deployment. It will start at 00:00 UTC on June 8, 2011 and end 23:59 the same day. The main motivation for the event is to evaluate the real world effects of the IPv6 brokenness seen by various synthetic tests. On World IPv6 Day, major web companies and other industry players will come together to enable IPv6 on their main websites for 24 hours.The goal is to motivate organizations across the industry – Internet service providers, hardware makers, operating system vendors and web companies – to prepare their services for IPv6 to ensure a successful transition as IPv4 address space runs out.
The test will primarily consist of websites publishing AAAA records, allowing IPv6 capable hosts to connect using IPv6. Although Internet service providers (ISP) are encouraged to participate, they are not expected to deploy anything on that day, just increase their readiness to handle support issues.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Still shaking my head. Hope this works for them.
Want One of the First Google Chromebooks? Try Gilt Groupe.
“We were able to get our hands on some early Samsung Chromebooks before they go on sale June 15, so we wanted to find a way to make them available to our biggest Chrome enthusiasts,” a Google representative said in a statement. “We teamed with Gilt Groupe to provide early access to our eager applicants of the Chromebook pilot program last year.”
Read more at allthingsd.comGoogle also promised Chromebooks to all attendees of its I/O developer conference, but no word on when those will be arriving. Samsung showed off its Chromebook at an event following last month’s conference.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Another step in the right direction, keep chugging along.
Windows Phone web marketplace to arrive with Mango update
Microsoft has announced its plans for a web-based version of its app Marketplace, where users can browse and install apps on their Windows Phone smartphone from a browser on a PC or Mac.
Read more at www.mobileburn.com
Similar to the web-based version of Google's Android Market, the Marketplace will allow users to pay for new apps with the credit card associated with their Windows Live account or assign a new credit card. The app will then be sent to the phone, via SMS or email, to be installed. The Marketplace will also keep a tally of the apps installed on a phone, so if a user switches devices, they will be able to reinstall the same apps they had previously. There will also be an implementation of parental controls.
[via The Next Web]
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
My faith is dwindling fast. I drank the kool aid on day 1 trying to believe in this but even with all the recent purchases they have made they are still falling behind. I sincerely like this platform, saw potential but they are taking too long. I know Microsoft wants to take their time and do it "right" but they are taking too much time and not exactly getting it right. A fail/fail scenario.
Pick up the steam!! Be the Little Engine that Could!
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Search - Sometimes they are hard to find in the app store.
Cost - Browser is free.
Memory - Don't want to use your memory on that particular app.
Time to market - Apples approval process
I had a co-worker that didn't want to create a gmail account for his Android device so he couldn't access the app store and therefore no native apps. So there are some scenarios out there where this is relevant.
Google has updated its mobile Maps website for the iPhone and Android browsers, bringing the mobile website up to speed with a lot of the features found in the native apps
When users visit maps.google.com in a mobile browser, and enable location sharing, they can now access features such as current location; local search complete with suggest and autocomplete; clickable icons of popular businesses and transit stations; driving, transit, biking, and walking directions; satellite, transit, traffic, biking, and other layers; Place pages with photos, ratings, hours, and more; and access to starred locations and My Maps when signed in to their Google account.
Read more at www.mobileburn.com
The new Google Maps mobile website is available now for the iPhone and Android phones, but it begs to ask the question, why not just use the native app?
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
One warning... Don't put it on your monitor and let it ooze down!
Disclaimer - I was not contacted by this company, this is a product that I have on my desk at work that I love.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
During her IEP I had her evaluated for Anxiety due to her stomach issues and wanting to take her aids out. I can't tell if the stomach issues are a concern or stress. I've had new earmold impressions to make sure they are not the issue. She goes in regularly for her audiological appointments. I talk to her all the time about her aids and how important they are. She uses her Phonak FM System and does really well with it during class but her hearing loss will ALWAYS be there. It will always be a factor in her life. I simply don't know how to make it better for her.
What. Do. I. Do?
Monday, May 16, 2011
- Kids programming -- It has turned my 5yo daughter into a Big Time Rush FREAK. I mean this is a serious issue, if she doesn't see that show on a daily basis there are tantrums. She has learned to effectively use the remote. It has improved her memory skills because she knows what time and channel.
- On demand -- So when she can't get her fix of her favorite show or she misses it due to a TaeKwonDo Class Caitlyn knows how to navigate through the screens to reach her destination. Of course there is a large variety of other shows to watch if you get bored with the few hundred channels that are playing.
- FiOS Internet -- For the whole family! Yes, you read that right... even down to the almost 2yo. We are all connected. The kids love playing games and watching videos. Keeping with the crazy 5yo theme – BTR has a website that she visits to watch their latest info. I think at this point she must be their biggest fan. On a personal note - it is helpful for me when the kids are sick and I end up working from home.
- FiOS Phone -- Most days I question why I have a land line but I guess I need somewhere for telemarketers to call so I can hang-up. I actually let my kids answer the home phone and where it is unlimited calling I don't mind when the little one sits there and just pushes buttons and doesn't really say much.
- Widgets -- Saved the best for last. Since I am never really have time to watch TV it is so easy to pop the weather widget on in the morning while scrambling around trying to get the kids ready.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
The only 4.3" I was willing to get was the Droid Bionic and that is a mythical creature at this point. My last post about it was back on April 5th and there still isn't any movement -- I give up!
So, overall... it might be worth it but looks like everything else out there. I'd rather wait for the Android Sensation this summer.
Samsung Infuse 4G review
We're just getting into the swing of spring, flowers blooming and skeeters biting, but already it's been a great year for Samsung -- if we ignore the whole lawsuit thing. Just a few weeks ago the company delivered to us our highest scoring Android phone yet, the Galaxy S II and, while that handset has not appeared on American shores, we were graced with the Droid Charge, which offers LTE speed, strong battery life, and an on-contract price that slightly exceeds its design.Read more at www.engadget.com
Not so with the company's latest assault on American carriers. It's the Infuse 4G, it's $199 on-contract, and it has a decidedly high-end feel. It even looks a little like the S II -- if you squint. This is its own phone, though, a giant 4.5-inch screen setting it apart from its predecessors, and a giant battery inside giving it plenty of life. But is it really as good as it looks?
Friday, May 13, 2011
Almost tried one of those Dream Water's but decided that wouldn't be a good idea because knowing my luck I'd sleep through my alarm tomorrow. The experiment will take place tomorrow night!
Night all... hope sleep happens soon.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
This is huge. Hopefully Microsoft will make Skype more stable. I think it is another positive relationship for them. First Nokia and now Skype... they may actually have a shot in the Mobile Arena IF they do this right.
C'mon Microsoft, kick Apples ass! Android is a little too far ahead but you have a good shot at Apple. On a completely side note -- it would be nice if Android would get their act together a little bit and be more organized.
Microsoft set to buy Skype for $8.5bn in biggest deal in history
Microsoft is on the verge of buying Skype for $8.5 billion - despite the Internet phone service making a loss last year.
The deal would be the biggest in the 36-year history of the world's largest software company.
Microsoft has trailed Apple and Google in the mobile and Internet arenas.
Despite doubling sales and profit in the last eight years, Microsoft's
stock has mostly languished at the same level.
It has left investors worried about
its ability to counter new rivals or adapt to new ways
Skype was formed in 2003 in Luxembourg and originally sold to eBay in 2005 for $3.1 billion.
At the time, it was thought that Skype calls could be used in auctions by bidders or sellers but the idea never materialised.
In 2009, eBay sold a majority stake in Skype but retains about a third of the company.
Microsoft already has video chat as a function in its Windows Live
Messenger service, but it is not available on its Windows Phone 7
Skype is a well-known name but its profits are on shaky ground. It recorded a loss of $7 million last year.
Although 663 million people are registered on Skype, most of its services are free as calls are made between computers or in some cases internet-enabled phones.
Potential: Teaming up with Skype could help Microsoft's position in the mobile and Internet arenas
It makes money on voicemail services and calls to landlines or mobile numbers.
Microsoft's most high profile Internet purchase was the $240 million it paid for a 1.6 per cent share in Facebook in 2007.
Bill Gates's company has also invested in the MSN Internet portal and Bing search engine, racking up $7 billion in losses in the last four years.
There is potential for Skype software to be combined with Microsoft's Xbox Kinect for an interactive gaming experience that would link up players across the world.
Apple's FaceTime video-calling service -- available on its latest iPhone and Mac computers -- has been a big hit with consumers.
Google recently followed suit by adding video to its popular Google Talk application for smartphones.
Competitors: Microsoft shareholders have been concerned about the company's ability to compete with rivals such as Apple
The deal is relatively small for Microsoft, which has $50 billion in cash and short-term investments on its balance sheet.
'I think the price is quite reasonable,' said Sean Lee, a
Taipei-based manager of the Global Top Dividend Fund at Shinkong
Investment Trust, which owns Microsoft shares.
Skype had recently been looking at other options including tie-ups with Facebook and Google.
Read more at www.dailymail.co.uk
Microsoft and Skype declined comment.