Monday, August 08, 2011, 12:25 pm PT (03:25 pm ET)
Google+ comes to iPad; Skype for Mac adds Lion & HD supportThe Google+ software for iOS has been expanded to support the iPad and iPod touch. In addition, Skype for Mac version 5.3 has been released, adding support for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, as well as high-definition video calls.
Skype for Mac 5.3
The latest version of Skype for Mac, released on Monday, brings a number of improvements to the software, but most relevant are support for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, as well as HD video calls. The software, which is a free download, is compatible with Lion as well as past versions of Mac OS X as far back as 10.5 Leopard.
With Skype for Mac 5.3, users can send and receive HD video. This feature utilizes the built-in high-definition FaceTime camera found on Apple's latest Macs, and is also supported by external HD cameras.
Skype recommends that users have an upload/download speed of 1.5Mbps to ensure the best quality with high-definition video calls.
In May, Skype was acquired by Microsoft for $8.5 billion, as the Redmond, Wash., software giant plans to use the technology to support its services like Xbox and Windows Phone. And last month, Skype teamed up with Facebook to offer video calling to the social networking service.
Google+ for iPad
Google on Monday updated its official Google+ application, adding support for the iPad and iPod touch. Version 188.8.131.526 remains a free download on the App Store.
Other additions in the update include Huddle settings, aggregated circle add notifications, and performance and stability improvements. It is a 5.5MB download.
The appearance of Google+ on the iPad is noteworthy because the fledgling social network's primary competition, Facebook, still does not have a native application for the iPad. The official Facebook for iPhone software is one of the most popular applications available for Apple's handset.
Back in June, The New York Times said an official Facebook for iPad application was set to arrive in a matter of weeks. Since then, the necessary code for iPad support was even discovered hidden in the currently available Facebook application for the iPhone.
The Times originally reported that the forthcoming iPad application will feature a "slick design" tailored for the tablet's multi-touch interface, and will allow users to shoot and upload photos and videos. Many similar features are already available on the Google+ application for iPad.
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