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Skype For iPad App Demo Video Leaks

Skype For iPad App Demo Video Leaks

It's strange to think that Apple debuted the iPad 2 with a front-facing camera for video calling all the way back in March and we still do not have a Skype app optimized for the tablet. The most current Skype iOS app is compatible but does not take advantage of the larger screen. This may be about to change. If reports of a leaked video this morning are true, then Skype may be on the verge of launching an app specifically for the iPad.

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Google adds WebRTC to Chrome as Skype threat rises

Google adds WebRTC to Chrome as Skype threat rises

Google is baking WebRTC browser-based voice and video call support into its Chrome browser, adding fuel to rumors that the company is looking to take on Skype and other VoIP services with an install-free alternative. WebRTC, as we reported earlier this month, is an open-source project intended to put voice and video chat into the browser in a way that can be easily implemented by third-party developers; Google has already begun the process of switching Google Talk from from iSAC to the new standard.

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Skype protocol reverse engineered and source offered for download

Skype protocol reverse engineered and source offered for download

This news will not make Skype happy at all. A hacker by the name of Efim Bushmanov that calls himself a freelance researcher has announced that he has reverse engineered Skype and offered the source code up for download. Bushmanov says that he aims to make Skype open source and is looking for friends that can spend the "many hours" needed to completely reverse engineer the software.

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Skype is down, cause under investigation [Update: Fix!]

Skype is down, cause under investigation [Update: Fix!]

The number of people that use Skype to communicate with friends, family and co-workers is huge. The VOIP service has been around for a long time and is one of the most popular services of the type out there. The last time we talked about Skype was when the company was being eyed for purchase by Google and Microsoft. Microsoft eventually purchased Skype and Google is known to have been in the running before backing away from the deal.

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Bill Gates “strong proponent” for Skype deal; Microsoft bypassing carriers?

Bill Gates “strong proponent” for Skype deal; Microsoft bypassing carriers?

Microsoft's acquisition of Skype may have proved controversial thanks to the big sums involved - $8.5bn in cash, no less - but according to chairman Bill Gates it's not just "a great deal for Microsoft" but something he personally was pushing for. "I was a strong proponent at the board level for the deal being done" Gates told the BBC about what is Microsoft's largest ever acquisition, suggesting that it would "be fascinating to see how the brilliant ideas out of Microsoft research, coming together with Skype, what they can make of that." However, others suggest that rather than just having improved video conferencing in its sights, Microsoft is actually looking to do what, so far, Apple and Google have failed to achieve: undermine the carriers.

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Post-PC is Over! (If You Want It)

Post-PC is Over! (If You Want It)

Welcome to the future, the one past Dr Frink's vision for computers so large and so expensive that only the five richest kings of Europe would own them. This is a misquote, in so many words, of Thomas John Watson, Sr., president of IBM from 1914 until 1956, a period of some earth-shattering growth. Of course Watson, in his infinite wisdom as the world's greatest salesman, could never have predicted an environment such as the one we live in today where Post-PC doesn't mean that the stationary computer is gone, it means that the PC plays an inalienable role in a much bigger scheme of form factors, interfaces, and ways of connecting these devices via digital means.

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SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – May 15, 2011

SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – May 15, 2011

This past week's Google I/O developer conference brought lots of Google news involving Android, Google Music Beta, Google TV, Android Market, and Chromebooks. The keynotes for both days of the event were live casted, but just in case you weren't following along, we've highlighted them again. Various bits of news and videos were released this week from manufacturers Samsung, LG, and HTC, while a surprise announcement came late Saturday from Sony announcing that they've begun restoring the PlayStation Network.

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