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All posts tagged "Skype"

  • Microsoft grounding users who upload cuss-filled videos to Xbox Live

    Want to be potentially banned on Xbox Live for swearing? Microsoft is going to make that nightmare come true and has recently said users of its online service, Xbox Live, could face suspensions or worse if their uploaded videos contain “excessive profanity”. This knee-jerk reaction is thanks to select Xbox Live user who’ve discovered that their Skype privileges have been revoked, as well as the use of the Xbox One Upload Studio app. The Big M issued a full statement to TechCrunch, saying: “To be clear, the Xbox Live Policy & Enforcement team does not monitor direct peer-to-peer communications...

  • Skype DUALphone review: an overly-expensive novelty

    Ever wanted to chat to a friend over Skype without being forced to sit at a desk staring at a computer screen? Behold Skype’s DUALphone 4088, a cordless telephone that lets you strike up conversations with friends overseas without the burden of having to see their face. It all comes in a sturdy box bearing an Ethernet cable, a landline cord and a docking base (plus charger). Plug the Ethernet cable and landline cord into their respective homes and you have a phone capable of making not only Skype calls but… you guessed it, landline calls too. Truly no one...

  • Windows 8 Skype update now merges with Messenger contacts

    While Microsoft may have announced its intentions to murder off Messenger, the corpse of this once great IM will at the very least live on in Skype. A new update to Skype for Windows 8 lets users add Messenger contacts, group search contact, better video calling capabilities. The Skype for Windows 8 update also addresses a ton of bugs. 2013 will be the final year of Messenger, as Microsoft quietly integrates it into Skype. After spending US$8.5-billion on Skype, it’s nice to see Microsoft finally stepping up to deliver some quality updates to very expensive purchase. It’s not as if Messenger...

  • Microsoft announce Skype for Windows Phone 8 preview available for download

    Microsoft has begun a periodic release of its Skype for Windows Phone 8 app according to WP Central. This latest version of the immensely popular VOIP application is integrated in a similar way to its desktop counterpart. The app will be integrated into the WP 8 OS, running in the background with pop up alerts, notifying users of chat requests or messages from any of their contacts. The call chat functionality is also fully screened, mirroring what we saw on the Windows 8 version, and allows other video chat requests to pop up without interference during conversation....

  • Microsoft to ditch Windows Live Messenger, opt for Skype instead

    The Verge reports that Microsoft will be laying its Windows Live Messenger service to rest in favour of Skype. This process will take effect in the coming months and will see Microsoft utilise Skype as its primary messaging service. This development follows the heavy integration of Skype into Windows 8 and Microsoft’s sizable investment in optimising the service after purchasing the company in May 2011. Microsoft’s likely reason for siding with Skype lies in the app’s massive user following: at the time of purchase Skype boasted an impressive 170-million connected users, a figure that has grown significantly...

  • Skype for Windows 8 available ahead of schedule

    According to The Verge, Windows’ online store has downloads for both Windows 8 and Windows RT users, with those running RT being able to install the app immediately. The rest of us however will have to wait a few more hours as Microsoft’s latest OS makes its official debut on 26 October. This latest installment from Skype is set to fully utilize the user interface of Windows 8 live tile support. Windows 8 and social media will work seamlessly together, with users given the ability to use either their Microsoft ID or Facebook profile to log into Skype....

  • Skype gets ‘Metrofied’ as fresh pics emerge of Windows 8 app

    Skype’s hot. Windows 8 is smoking. Metro is on goddamn fire and together it’s an heady inferno of pure VoiP sex. This site, has leaked these pictures of the Metro Skype app and predictably, it looks the business. The site even managed to get its sticky hands on the app, saying that it’s “relatively solid for performance”. It’s finger friendly app and apparently the UI is “very fluid”. Few loved, or even liked the...

  • Video Review: Jabra Link 320BT

    The Jabra Extreme bluetooth headset — mystifying. To go to so much effort to engineer such a device, make it look nice and put it in a smart box. A pair of $5 ‘buds with one side chopped off will do much the same job. So much technology, so little point. It sure looks the part. All black Cylon hi-tech styling with a range of different clips to suit every cranny of every ear. But then you use it, and deep existential questions rear their uncomfortable heads. Roger Hislop reviews a headset that packs all the technology in the world...

  • Skype video calling comes to Android

    It may be a little late to the video calling party, but as the 800-lb gorilla, Skype can be. The VoIP behemoth has just introduced video calling in its latest version of the Skype client for Android phones – although as is so often the case with Andoid apps that use peripheral hardware, device support is still a bit spotty. Currently video calls are only supported on Video calling supported on the following handsets: Samsung Google Nexus S, HTC Desire S, Sony Ericsson Xperia neo, Sony Ericsson Xperia pro. Skype is promising to add more soon. Also new is...

  • Microsoft buying Skype for $8.5 billion

    Microsoft is buying Internet phone service company Skype for $8.5 billion dollars in a move aimed at carving out a bigger presence in an online arena dominated by Google and Facebook. The acquisition of Skype, which had reportedly also attracted interest from Cisco, Facebook and Google, is the largest ever by the US software giant. “Skype is a phenomenal service that is loved by millions of people around the world,” Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said in a statement early Tuesday announcing the purchase. “Together we will create the future of real-time communications so people can easily stay connected to family, friends,...

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