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Skype has added a gifting option to Skype that enables you to send Skype credit to a contact — however, it seems this gifting possibility occurs only on a contact’s birthday. The Mac client also adds the capability to send a one-way SMS message without having to first add and verify your mobile number, fixes a hang that occurred when signing out with a Facebook account, and ensures your Skype credit amount is the same in both the main Skype window and in the account window. Skype also notes that the app may crash for those running a MacBook Pro with a Retina display with a non-Retina external display, and the company promises a fix for the next release. For the time being, the best workaround is to select Skype in your Applications folder, press Command-I to open Get Info, and then check the “Open in low resolution” option. (Free, 37.4 MB, release notes)


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Flash Sheridan  2013-02-18 07:22
Is the user interface still worse than 2.8?
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2013-02-18 07:49
The interface continues in the vein of all the versions in the last few years. So while it's not good, it also doesn't look like it's going to change.

In general, we're finding that Skype's call quality has dropped significantly over the past few months, to the point where it's unusual to have a long call not need to be restarted once or twice in the middle.
Tom Robinson  2013-02-19 19:28
They did restore being able to open chats in their own windows… (which I use as a To Do list when lots of IMs come in).
Charlie Hartley  An apple icon for a TidBITS Contributor 2013-02-20 20:15
Still using 2.8 (only occasion use), but one thing I've noticed is that my laptop's temperature rises fairly rapidly 50-75 degrees even with the fan running. Is this normal?
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2013-02-21 06:04
I'd recommend running Activity Monitor and watching Skype's CPU usage. It sounds like it's hammering the CPU and thus causing a lot of heat.
Charlie Hartley  An apple icon for a TidBITS Contributor 2013-02-25 17:26
I finally used Skype 2.8 briefly this evening and the Activity Monitor indicates that Skype is using between 79 and 91 percent of the CPU. I assume this is what is causing the computer to heat up to over 200 degrees; however, I don't have a clue on what I can do about it.
Tom Robinson  2013-02-19 19:27
Looks like MS is playing silly buggers with the version numbers again. Downloading off the website just now netted me
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2013-02-20 05:56
Pick a version number, any version number, but don't show me, and I'll guess your number. Is it 73? How about 59? :-)