Charlie's eyes were bright and shiny when he finally showed Karl the last photograph.
"And that's little Melinda, who is now almost one month old," Charlie concluded with pride.
"They're adorable grandkids, Charlie! You must have had a great time visiting them in Japan."
"I sure did," he agreed. And then he added, after a pause, "If only there was a way I can continue to see and talk to them."
Karl smiled, knowingly.
"But there is, Charlie. It's called Skype, and it's completely free!"
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Skype is a free computer program that turns your computer into a video telephone. It uses your internet connection to communicate with any one else who is also running Skype. As long as you have a microphone (for talking) and/or a web camera (for video capture), then you are all set!
In our next thrilling episode, we'll discuss how to safely and anonymously use Skype.