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Geek Speak and Holiday Headaches

Geek Speak and Holiday Headaches

Holidays are generally a time for high blood-pressure, so it's always nice when technology steps in to smooth frustrations and make things easier. Unfortunately, time with family - or indeed away from them - can also introduce its own electronic headaches. Many of us make the annual pilgrimage to the family home with a bag full of cables, gadgets and thumb-drives loaded with anti-malware software, along with the apprehension that we'll be the unpaid Geek Squad while we're there. Some things, though, should be simple: talking to distant family via Skype, for instance. Unfortunately, as I discovered myself this Christmas, that wasn't to be the case.

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Skype adds Facebook to Facebook video calls

Skype adds Facebook to Facebook video calls

Skype has added Facebook-to-Facebook video call support, allowing users of the social networking site to initiate calls with their webcams to their Facebook contacts. Part of Skype 5.4 Beta for Mac and Skype 5.7 Beta for Windows, once your Skype and Facebook accounts are associated it's a case of hitting the video call button in Facebook and making sure your hair doesn't look ridiculous.

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BlackBerry monitoring reportedly pacified India; Skype & Twitter next in sights

BlackBerry monitoring reportedly pacified India; Skype & Twitter next in sights

RIM quietly set up a Mumbai data center, so as to allow the Indian government easier surveillance of BlackBerry users' messages, according to sources, though official demand for access continues to outstrip what the Canadian company offers. Facing threats of deactivating BlackBerry service nationwide, RIM supposedly established a small facility to specifically deal with disclosure requests, the WSJ's sources tell them; the Indian government must follow a set, legal procedure demanding message decoding on a person by person basis.

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Microsoft finalizes Skype deal, promises “ubiquity of experience”

Microsoft finalizes Skype deal, promises “ubiquity of experience”

Microsoft's acquisition of Skype has been finalized, bringing the VoIP service under the software company's wing in a deal worth $8.5bn. Skype CEO Tony Bates will now be president of the Skype Division at Microsoft, but in a separate blog post reiterates that the new owner "is committed to the ubiquity of the Skype experience" and that "communication across every device and every platform will remain a primary focus."

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Microsoft Skype buy approved by EU

Microsoft Skype buy approved by EU

It appears that last May's Microsoft acquisition of Skype has finally been approved by the EU. This Friday Microsoft can officially say that, at least in Europe, it'll be able to purchase Skype for $8.5 billion. The European Commission noted that it found both firms activities "overlapped for video communications, where Microsoft is active through its Windows Live Messenger." This of course is noted in regards to competition and whether or not there are "competition concerns" in the deal.

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Skype boosts Android video calling (but adds ads) in v2.5

Skype boosts Android video calling (but adds ads) in v2.5

Skype has added video calling support for Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1, the original Google Nexus One and the Motorola Photon 4G, as well as a host of other Android devices. Skype for Android v2.5 adds fourteen new phones and tablets to the compatibility list, bringing the total to 41, as well as adding support for switching between portrait and landscape orientation midway through a video call.

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