skype

Thu
08
Nov
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Windows Live Messenger Eclipsed by Skype

Microsoft is getting ready to ditch its instant messaging service. Now that it owns Skype, according to reports, Microsoft will be switching off the Windows Live Messenger service in March, 2013. Windows Live Messenger first became available back in ... 1999, when it was known as MSN Messenger. Back then it was designed as a rival to AOL's highly popular messaging services. The original MSN Messenger service allowed users to chat with other users via text messages in real time without a public chat room, or even email. Over the years, Microsoft added more complicated features, including video and ... (view more)

Thu
11
Oct
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New Ransomware Scam: Pay $200 to Retrieve Files

Several security advisors are warning Skype users to watch out for bogus messages with links that install malicious software. Once installed, a worm virus may pretend to hold the user's files hostage and demand payment for releasing them. Graham ... Cluely of security firm Sophos warns that the scam involves instant messages rather then voice or video chats. Potential victims receive a message containing phrases such as "lol is this your new profile pic?" The message includes a link that takes the user to a Google website featuring their own Skype name. In fact, the link points to "Goo.gl ... (view more)

Wed
18
Jul
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Skype Privacy Bug: Messages Sent to Wrong People

A new bug in Microsoft's Skype video chat program reportedly causes instant messages to be sent to the wrong contact. It's a potentially harmful issue that could leave some of Skype's many users embarrassed, frustrated, and angry. The problem was ... initially reported late last week through Skype's user forum. According to reports, the bug affects Mac, Windows, Linux, and Windows Phone versions of Skype. Skype quickly admitted that instant messages can be sent to the wrong personal contact when the program suffers a crash in the middle of an instant messaging session. Last Instant Message Sent ... (view more)

Thu
26
Apr
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Microsoft: Browser-Based Skype Coming Soon

Microsoft is rumored to be working on a web version of Skype that users could access directly through their browsers without needing to download and install software. According to Liveside.net, a number of new Microsoft job postings have popped up ... in recent weeks asking for job applications from developers with experience building HTML5-based apps for a project called "Skype for Browsers". (Source: webmonkey.com ) Because of its affiliation with Facebook, Skype (which was acquired by Microsoft last year) is already accessible through a browser, technically speaking. The Facebook version of ... (view more)

Thu
23
Feb
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'Skype for Android 2.7.0.907', and 'Granola 5.0.1'

Skype for Android 2.7.0.907 Skype for Android lets you do more with your phone, including instant messaging and voice / video call to anyone in your contact list (for free). With this latest version, you can send photos and videos for free, too. ... http://www.skype.com Granola 5.0.1 With Granola intelligent software power management, you can reduce the energy consumption of your laptops, PCs, and servers by 15-35% without any adverse impact on the way you use these devices. Whether you use are out to save the world, or simply to conserve energy in your home or business, you can use Granola to ... (view more)

Wed
14
Sep
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'Electric Sheep 2.7b33', and 'Skype 5.5.0.117'

Electric Sheep 2.7b33 Electric Sheep is a collaborative abstract artwork founded by Scott Draves. It's run by thousands of people all over the world, and can be installed on any ordinary PC or Mac. When these computers "sleep", computers communicate ... with each other via the Internet to share the work of creating morphing abstract animations known as "sheep". http://electricsheep.org Skype 5.5.0.117 Collaborate, communicate and work smarter with colleagues, customers and clients by putting Skype to work in your business. Get Skype on your mobile and you can take Skype with ... (view more)

Fri
01
Jul
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New MS Office, Skype Could Spy on User Conversations

Microsoft is reportedly planning to integrate Skype into the online edition of the Microsoft Office suite. But there's controversy over a Microsoft patent that would allow government officials the ability to monitor calls made by Skype users. ... Microsoft Office 365 Launches June 28, 2011 Office 365 officially launched this week. It works the same way as the traditional Office package but the software runs on Microsoft servers and is accessed via an Internet connection (this is an example of " cloud computing ", which uses the " centralized computing " model to share ... (view more)

Thu
12
May
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Microsoft Acquires Skype for Record-breaking $8.5B

Earlier this week Microsoft announced plans to buy up popular Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service, Skype. The Redmond-based software giant agreed to pay $8.5 billion in the deal, which will bring all 170 million of Skype's users under ... Microsoft control. The deal marks the biggest acquisition in Microsoft's history. (Source: go.com ) "Skype is a phenomenal service that is loved by millions of people around the world," Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said in a recent statement. "Together we will create the future of real-time communications so people can easily stay connected to family, ... (view more)

Wed
11
May
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Skype Preps Patch For Malicious Mac Infection

Online phone service Skype is preparing to fix a bug in the Mac edition of the system that could allow hackers to take control of a computer remotely. The site that discovered the bug has accused Skype of dragging its heels on the issue. Gordon ... Maddern of purehacking.com says he discovered the bug entirely by mistake. He was talking to a colleague on a Skype connection about some code written for a client. To his surprise he was able to make the code run on his colleague's computer. Upon closer examination, Maddern discovered that the hack only worked where the recipient's computer was a Mac ... (view more)

Tue
08
Mar
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Skype to Display Advertisements

Internet phone and video chat service Skype is to begin carrying limited advertising. It comes as figures show the company is failing to convert enough free Skype accounts to paid Skype accounts. In short, Skype allows users to digitally telephone ... another Skype user's computer using a microphone or webcam, and is completely free to do so. Other premium Skype services are available (but cost a fee), including: using the PC to call a landline or cellphone long distance, or using group video calling and various business services. As of early 2009, more than 40 million different people used Skype ... (view more)

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