Skype video calling, this video is so cute. =)

Group video calling with SkypeI enjoyed this Skype group-calling video much more than I thought I would. Ahh, technological advances in society, how I adore thee!

However, this just reinforces the ideals that we will all require high-speed internet in our homes to stay connected to everything we run, or we’ll eventually be left in the dust. Unless we move out into the woods and group our own food. Or just move to Wyoming. Whichever.

Google adds phone calls

Here’s another cool update from Google that came out this past week – Google calling! And this isn’t like Skype where you’re limited to where you can call, Google calls allows you to call cell phones, land lines, etc. Check it out here!

Call anywhere in the US and Canada for free and get low rates for other countries with this small plugin — right from within Gmail.

View a cool little video:

Skype adds extremely cheap international calling rates

Skype has launched new monthly plans for international calls to landlines and cellphones, and is expected this week to launch a video chat feature. It says the plans, which cover 170 countries, give savings of up to 60 percent compared to Skype’s standard Pay As You Go rates. Subscription plans are available in 60-minute to unlimited packages, and there are one, three and 12-month calling subscriptions from $1.09 per month. They equate to rates as low as one cent per minute to almost any country.

To not make normal PC-to-PC users feel left out, Skype is also gearing up to release a new beta of its Windows software. Skype’s vice president and general manager of global consumer products, Neil Stevens, told CNET in a briefing that next week’s Skype beta will feature video conference calls for up to five callers. Right now video calling works between two people.