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Apple job ad hints at telephony service

Apple job ad hints at telephony service

Apple is looking for people who are good at telephony software. Maybe too good. In fact, some are suggesting that perhaps Apple is planning on launching its own mobile voice and data infrastructure, thus eliminating the need to sell iPhones through Verizon, Sprint, or AT&T and potentially flip the mobile carrier market completely on its head. All this from a couple job postings. But when it comes to Apple, we expect grand speculation based on small evidence.

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Skype for Mac gets updated with new features

Skype for Mac gets updated with new features

Mac users who like to use Skype frequently will appreciate the new update that landed yesterday. The new update brings Skype to version 5.6 on the Mac. Along with bug fixes, the update brings a couple new features that may be particularly interesting to Mac notebook users. One of the new features is the ability to delete part or all of a conversation in one click.

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Mobile World Congress 2012 Wrap-up

Mobile World Congress 2012 Wrap-up

At what must be one of the most beautiful venues on earth to have a conference such as this, we've got Mobile World Congress 2012, a yearly event which takes the whole world's mobile device market and gathers it up into one big week-long masterpiece. Of course it's not as perfectly simple as that, and if you've never been to the event or have never tried to follow along with the news that spills forth from it before, you may very well have a hard time fitting all the pieces together. That's why we've got this easy to read, easy to decipher guide for you to work your way through all of the devices and services announced, displayed, and teased during the events - have a look!

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Skype for Windows Phone hits beta

Skype for Windows Phone hits beta

Skype has announced that the beta version of the Skype for Windows Phone app is now available for download. The app was officially announced today at Mobile World Congress, and Skype said the gold version will be available in April. The new app supports some of the most important features that users of Skype expect with a clean interface.

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Social messaging apps cost mobile companies $14 billion

Social messaging apps cost mobile companies $14 billion

If you used Google Talk, Facebook Chat, imo, or any other data-based social messaging platform on your phone, congratulations. You helps reduce the pockets of mobile providers by nearly $14 billion. That's the number that analytics group Ovum came up with, saying the rise of instant messaging apps is killing what is one of the highest margin line items on any cell phone bill. And it isn't just text messaging. New apps that allow users to place calls without using any plan minutes are also on the rise.

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Cisco blasts EC over Microsoft Skype openness

Cisco blasts EC over Microsoft Skype openness

Cisco has taken time out from axing unpopular and overpriced teleconferencing systems to complain about Microsoft's acquisition of Skype, challenging the EC with demands for greater priority for open video standards. Although Cisco doesn't oppose the acquisition, video conferencing chief Marthin De Beer wrote on the company's official blog, it does believe the European Commission shirked on insisting Microsoft must adopt open standards that won't prevent rival services from intercommunicating.

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Google+ Hangouts presents bold threat to Skype

Google+ Hangouts presents bold threat to Skype

The social network known as Google+ has once again shown another tiny improvement set to make big waves, and it's got us all thinking that Skype may be on its way out alongside all over enterprise conferencing systems. Google+ Hangouts (the On Air version) now has a Full Screen button, this allowing you to turn your entire monitor into your conferencing station. While Skype and other conferencing systems have had similar functionality to this for a while now, Hangouts ability to use virtual whiteboards and screen sharing have the potential to put the competition out of business.

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Windows Phone Skype app tipped for late-Feb launch

Windows Phone Skype app tipped for late-Feb launch

Microsoft is dogfooding its Windows Phone Skype app, it's suggested, with employees supposedly able to download a test version of the VoIP software to their smartphones ahead of a potential MWC 2012 debut. The much-anticipated app has been brought up to speed with Windows Phone's Metro UI, insiders tell The Verge, with a dual-column contacts grid, though no integration with the platform's People hub.

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Skype for Windows hits version 5.8 with new features

Skype for Windows hits version 5.8 with new features

If you use Skype a lot for business or play, Skype has announced that it has updated the Windows version of the software to 5.8. The new version has some interesting features, including a new group screen sharing feature. That screen sharing feature may be perfect for businesses that have employees scattered around the country or for geeks need to show parents how to work something on the computer.

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